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Alumni Reunion Weekend
On October 4 and 5, Berkeley Law graduates gathered at the law school to celebrate milestone reunion years from the 5th through the 50th. They were joined by alumni from many other classes who also came to reconnect with classmates, friends, professors, staff, and current students. 

The weekend kicked off with the Golden Circle Luncheon for members of the Class of 1969 and classes who preceded them at the law school. Over the course of the weekend alumni had opportunities to attend a number of informative CLE programs on topics such as gender bias, cybersecurity, consumer justice, and the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky hosted his annual Town Hall, where he gave a detailed update on the status of the school. Festive receptions, a rooftop barbecue, and class dinners closed out delightful evenings under a luminous moonlit California sky.

Many thanks to all who attended and especially to the reunion class committee volunteers. View photos from Alumni Reunion Weekend here .
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Justice Elena Kagan Visits Berkeley Law
On September 23, nearly 2,000 members of the Berkeley Law community gathered at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall for a conversation between Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan.

View the video of her conversation with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and read the article about her visit here .
UC Berkeley has partnered with former Gov. Jerry Brown and China’s top climate change official Xie Zhenhua to spur climate action. The new California-China Climate Institute is housed at Berkeley Law and the College of Natural Resources. It will deploy the university's resources and expertise to advance research on low-carbon transportation and zero emission vehicles; carbon pricing; climate adaptation and resilience; sustainable land use and climate-smart agriculture; carbon capture and storage; and long-term climate goal-setting and policy enforcement.
Berkeley Law's faculty is enormously prolific. Ranked the seventh most impactful law faculty among ABA accredited law schools, their work regularly inspires legislation and influences legal opinion, including citations by the Supreme Court.

Explore some of their work in the new collection of Recent Faculty Scholarship .
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UPCOMING EVENTS
NOV 5: Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Presents: Corporate Crisis Lab — Join members of the Berkeley Law faculty and alumni networks with deep corporate and governance experience in exploring responses to corporate crisis and malfeasance scenarios, based on real-life examples. Our panelists will discuss the impact of these scenarios and how to deal with various stakeholders, including boards, employees, shareholders, partners, regulators, media, and more.
Announcing New Alumni Chapters in San Francisco and Silicon Valley!

NOV 7: San Francisco Alumni Chapter Inaugural Event — Guest speaker Professor Molly Van Houweling will discuss "Satisfaction in Law and Life."

NOV 13: Silicon Valley Alumni Chapter Inaugural Event — Guest speaker Professor Peter Menell will discuss "The Future of Intellectual Property."
Executive Education Opportunities

OCT 23: Free Berkeley Boosts Webinar — SCOTUS Update & constitutional law primer with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. Subscribe to sign up here .
OCT 30 - NOV 1: Fundamentals of Banking Law & FinTech Legal Workshop Fundamentals of Banking Law addresses the key policies, concepts, and regulations surrounding the financial markets and associated institutions. The program is taught by experienced practitioners, former bank regulators, and academics from leading universities. As an added bonus, banking law participants can attend a half-day workshop, at no extra charge, designed to provide Fintech entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, and other professionals with a general introduction to the unique and sometimes counter-intuitive ways that finance innovation is regulated in the United States. Register today and take advantage of the alumni discount!
LL.M. World Tour

Each year Berkeley Law Advanced Degree Programs staff, faculty, and alumni travel the globe to meet with thousands of prospective LL.M. applicants at information sessions and fairs.

Do you know some amazing colleagues or friends who  may be interested in earning a Master of Laws at Berkeley Law or interested in the school's executive education opportunities ? Help us recruit the next generation of exceptional international Berkeley Law lawyers.

You can find  a list of upcoming events in 2019-20 here . S ign up for the Advanced Degree Program mailing list to get  handy  email invitations to events in coming up  that you can share.  
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Name: Marc Francis '22
From: Brooklyn, NY

Why did you choose Berkeley Law?
My interactions with the faculty and staff here were, by far, the most impactful in making my decision. I found that the faculty were genuinely invested in the student body and prioritized their roles as professors above all else. I wanted to attend a law school where my professors would not just be my teachers, but my role models, and I am happy to report that Berkeley Law has exceeded my initial lofty expectations.

Who is your hero in the legal profession and why?
My hero is my previous boss, SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr. As a corporate governance scholar, former investment banker, and law professor, he demonstrated the malleability and inherent value of a law degree. Rob's passions for developing healthy markets, fostering mentorship within the Democratic Party, and honorably serving the American public inspired me to apply to law school.

Why are you excited to be a BCLB Scholar?
I am so excited to be a scholar of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business because of its dedicated faculty, engaging speaker series, and opportunities to interact with legal professionals who have demonstrated success in both business and law.
PUBLIC SERVICE
The Environmental Law Clinic , directed by Claudia Polsky '96 , tackles critical environmental health and environmental justice issues through litigation, administrative agency practice, legislation, and policy analysis on behalf of real-world clients. Its environmental health and justice work reduces exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation, promotes clean energy, and increases access to clean drinking water. The clinic teaches students practical lawyering and tactical skills, preparing them to be creative and effective environmental lawyers, address the legal needs of underserved communities, and make an environmental difference.

The clinic recently announced plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of clients that include a subsistence fishery on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, an Inupiaq health worker on Alaska’s North Slope, and a marine toxicologist, for the EPA’s failure to update the National Contingency Plan that governs the nation’s response to offshore oil spills. 

Other impactful ELC work includes: 

 
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