Across the country, small businesses are struggling amidst the COVID-19 crisis. In response, the Berkeley Center for Law and Business is proud to announce the launch of our resource center for small businesses and the CARES Act stimulus . In addition to providing information about the stimulus -- including video presentations by our faculty co-chair Robert Bartlett -- we are launching a pro-bono pilot project to match law students with small business owners.

How can you help?

If you are a small business owner, register your interest in the pilot program today. Please also share this resource with any struggling small businesses in your network.

If you are a practicing attorney, let us know if you'd like to volunteer to support our students. We are also looking for companies to help provide marketing and financial support to the program.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Adam Sterling, Berkeley Center for Law and Business
DAILY | 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM PDT | WEBINAR
Berkeley Boosts Shorts

Our daily video conversation with thought leaders on financial crises continues this week. On Monday, we welcome Professor Jo-Ellen Pozner to discuss board governance. On Tuesday, Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica to discuss financial and corporate malfeasance. On Wednesday, Neil Pai of Founders Fund and Scott James of DCVC to discuss venture capital. On Thursday, Steve Bochner of Wilson Sonsini to discuss capital markets. And on Friday, Anne Simpson of CalPERS to discuss institutional investors. Register here>
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020 | 1:30 PM | WEBINAR
M&A Dealmakers Roundtable

Is dealmaking dead for the foreseeable future? How vulnerable are companies to hostile attacks focused on short-term objectives and opportunistic takeover bids? 
Join BCLB co-faculty director Steven Davidoff Solomon, George Boutros of Qatalyst , and Jamie Leigh of Cooley, in a discussion -- hosted by Cooley -- on early trends emerging in the marketplace and proactive strategies for navigating the volatile deal markets in the COVID-19 era. Register here>
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020 | 6:00 PM | WEBINAR
FORM+FUND: Accounting & Raising VC Today

FORM+FUND is a live workshop series for Berkeley-affiliated founders. In this session we'll cover the systems and processes to have in place for a financially healthy startup . The session will be led by Scott Orn of Kruze Consulting. Register here>
Announcing Virtual Programs for Legal Professionals!

Leadership in the Legal Profession is a ten-week online leadership and management certificate course from Berkeley Law and the Minerva Project. The course is conducted virtually via the Minerva Forum — allowing participants to join from their home or office. Cohorts are capped at 20 participants to ensure a high level of interactivity, collaborative learning, and relationship building. Topics include systems thinking, behavioral science, motivation, agile innovation, and decision leadership. The first cohort of Leadership in the Legal Profession launches on May 5, 2020 and applications are now open. Learn more and apply today>

Finance Online is an eight-week online corporate finance program focused on applying financial information analysis and corporate valuation in a variety of corporate settings and throughout the legal practice. The program is delivered through a series of pre-recorded online lectures and interviews and supplemented by live virtual office hours with our instructors. The first cohort of Finance Online launches on May 13, 2020 and registration is now open. Learn more and register today>

Berkeley Law Executive Education also offers lawyers the opportunity to participate virtually in single courses -- during our professional track summer semester -- in the areas of business law, technology, or in a package of courses culminating in a certificate from mid-May through mid-August. Courses vary from one week to three weeks in length.  Learn more and apply today>
Faculty in the News

How ready is the bankruptcy system for the coming wave of distress? In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece -- Bankruptcy Law Needs to Boost for Coronavirus -- BCLB faculty fellow Kenneth Ayotte offers ways to prioritize solutions to buttress the system.

How is COVID-19 affecting the public school system? In another Wall Street Journal opinion piece -- Berkeley Schools Leave Every Child Behind - - BCLB faculty co-chair Steven Davidoff Solomon argues that local public school systems are failing to provide adequate online resources.