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October 2012 
Centennial Gala is Coming!


Boalt's Centennial Reunion Weekend went off with great success -- a full house at the Political Roundtable on Friday evening followed by a day of engaging activities and memorable reunion dinners. The festivities continue with our black-tie Centennial Gala on November 9th in the Pauley Ballroom on campus. Celebrate an exciting future with good memories, good food, and good friends. Buy your tickets online here or call (510) 643-6549 for more information. 


Meanwhile, please enjoy these photos from Reunion Weekend:


* Photos from the Political Roundtable
* Photos from Back-to-Boalt Day - daytime
* Photos from Back-to-Boalt Day - evening
Election Post-Mortem: A Special SoCal Event 

SoCal panel

Join us on November 15 as Boalt Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. and two distinguished panelists discuss the outcome of the presidential election and what it means for the state of California. Our state has the ninth largest economy in the world. What can we expect from the next president?


Joining Dean Edley will be Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, and Jillian Manus, an expert on women in business and politics. U.C. Berkeley alumnus David Lazarus, a Los Angeles Times columnist, will moderate.


The event is Thursday, November 15th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m., and the panel discussion starts at 7:00 p.m.


We're co-sponsoring the event with two great partners: the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Cal Alumni Association. You can get more information about the event here, and you can buy your $20 tickets hereWe look forward to seeing you there.

Through the Decades 
Boalt in the 1960s


For many Americans, the sometimes violent turmoil that rocked college campuses in the 1960s seemed to come out of nowhere. In the past, colleges had been viewed as bucolic retreats where a privileged few were given the opportunity to nurture themselves in an atmosphere that was part vocational training, part finishing school. But during the Fall semester of 1964 everything fell apart and everything came together.


Ask the Archivist 
Guns in the Classroom 


Q: I'm always taken aback when I hear about violence on college campuses these days. Everyone seems to be waving guns around. Am I kidding myself in remembering that things were more peaceful in the 1950s when I was at Boalt?


--TW, Century City 


A. While the level of violence was certainly lower when you were at Berkeley, we don't need to dip far into the resources in the Archives to discover that it wasn't all The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. A potentially tragic incident in a Torts class being taught by William Prosser could have been (as the saying goes) ripped from today's headlines.


In Memoriam
Mark E. Zatt '80


Mark ZattOur classmate, friend and ex-Manville Haller, Mark E. Zatt, passed away on June 13, 2012. After graduating from Boalt in 1980, Mark worked for Gray, Cary, et al and in 1985 started his own successful law firm in San Diego, specializing in tax, estates and trusts. For over 20 years, Mark was involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and mentored two boys through their childhood. He was married for 32 years to his college sweetheart, Karen. His friends will remember him for his outgoing personality, wit, sense of humor, distinctive laugh and kindness. He was a good friend to neighbors and clients and will be missed terribly. To honor his memory in a way that would have been meaningful to Mark, please send donations payable to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Diego County to me, Jennifer Bergovoy, at: PO Box 1553, El Cajon, CA 92022. Deadline for donations is November 30, 2012. Karen and I will personally take the donations to the charity along with a letter from our class. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected].


Walter Olson '49 


Walter Olson Walter Olson '49 passed away after an exciting, enjoyable, and rewarding life. After graduating from Boalt, he went to work for Orrick, Dahlquist, Herrington & Sutcliffe, first as a tax lawyer and soon in corporate law. He became a partner in 1954, was managing partner in the 1980's, and retired in 1988. He had an exciting, enjoyable, and rewarding career. He was appointed by Governor Reagan to the California Commission to revise the California Corporate Securities Law and also participated in the major revision of the California General Corporation Law in 1975-76 as a member of the State Bar Committee on Corporations. He served on the board of directors of several corporations, including Alltel, CP National, Toronto Dominion Bank of California, Eitel-McCullough, and Five Commonwealth Mutual Funds. He also served on the board of directors for the Boalt Hall Alumni Association, and as its president in 1988. Read the full obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Building Boalt's Future 
Your financial support secures a second century of excellence. Please make a gift today. If you are a member of reunion classes ending in '02 or '07, your gift made through December 31 will count toward your class gift campaign.
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connectionsOnline Alumni Networks


All law school graduates are invited to join AlumNetwork. Just email [email protected] for your security ID, then visit AlumNetwork here to activate your profile. The online community includes: a directory of alumni, Class Notes, your own personal profile, alumni/ae profiles, events and registration, and more....

And be sure to join our other groups: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. LinkedIn is a great resource for referrals, job listings and career development advice from Robert White, Boalt's director of alumni career services.

Career Corner


MENTORING OPPORTUNITY: First Generation Professionals is a student organization at Berkeley Law that cuts across race and gender and is born from the common needs of law students from working-class backgrounds who are often the first members of their family to obtain higher education. We are looking to recruit alums who identify as first-generation professionals and who are working in all different sectors of the market to participate in the second year of our mentoring program. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Eric Stern in the Career Development Office at [email protected].

Support for your career development doesn't end with graduation. The Career Development Office provides resources for alums, including access to the b-Line jobs database and individualized confidential career counseling: resume review, job search strategies, career exploration (including careers outside of law practice), and more. See the Alumni Resources page on the CDO website.

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Keep your fellow alums up-to-date with your important life changes by submitting a Class Note. To submit a class note, you will need to use your AlumNetwork ID and password. If you do not have your ID, email [email protected]. We'll publish your news on the web and/or the alumni magazine, Transcript.