Alumni Newsletter | April 2020
Together at Berkeley Law
With COVID-19 keeping us apart, the Berkeley Law family wanted to show admitted JD students what we’re all about. Watch the video above for a look at how the law school community is persevering through the coronavirus crisis.

Berkeley Law's powerful sense of unity and giving spirit has never been more important. To mitigate the coronavirus pandemic's far-reaching effects for students, the school has created an emergency fund to help them offset unexpected travel costs, increased living expenses, loss of income for a spouse or other family members, health care costs, and other unanticipated expenses. The fund raised more than $30,000 in the first week and nearly 50 grants were disbursed immediately and are ongoing. A lumni can support this vital effort here . Berkeley Law has also broadened its career counseling and mental health services outreach, and will remain fully committed to supporting its students during this turbulent time.
As Federal Funds Flow, Berkeley Law Offers Small Businesses Critical Help
Soon after Congress passed the $2 trillion CARES Act,  Berkeley Center for Law and Business  Co-Director Professor Robert Bartlett launched a resources portal and rallied students to help small businesses get assistance amid a cratering economy. Read more .
Legal Issues in Dealing with COVID-19
A new weekly faculty lecture series showcases Berkeley Law experts sharing crucial legal expertise related to the coronavirus. The first three lectures, featuring Professor Dan Farber, George Horvath '14, and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, are available now on the law school's YouTube page.
LA Times Op-Ed: Offer Provisional Bar Licenses During the Pandemic
Recognizing that the July bar exam will almost certainly not take place this summer in most states, Dean Chemerinsky and UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin argue the best path forward is to accord two-year provisional licenses to practice law to 2020 law school graduates. Another advantage to this approach is that it could help meet legal needs of those hurt by the pandemic. Read more .
Our Community
All in-person events have been cancelled. But robust digital programming continues. Learn more via the Berkeley Law events calendar .

Please continue to save the date for Alumni Reunion Weekend, October 2-3, 2020.
Berkeley Boosts Shorts
In light of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on work and financial markets, Berkeley Law Executive Education will be hosting short, live daily video interviews with leading voices from law and business. Berkeley Boosts Shorts  is part of a larger effort at  Berkeley Law  to create new and collaborative online content to help our community feel more connected.

Upcoming guests:

Ellen London (Alto Litigation) - Financial Crises and Government Fraud
Monday, April 20 | 10:00 am PDT

George Horvath '14 (Berkeley Law) - Technical and Legal Barriers to Widespread Testing
Tuesday, April 21 | 10:00 am PDT

Rob Chestnut (Airbnb) - Financial Crises and Corporate Ethics
Wednesday, April 22 | 10:00 am PDT

Anne Sheehan and Krystal Berrini (PJT Camberview) - Financial Crises and Corporate Governance
Thursday, April 23 | 10:00 am PDT

 Robert Bartlett (Berkeley Law) - An Update on the CARES Act
Friday, April 24 | 10:00 am PDT
The new issue of Transcript  magazine will arrive in your mailbox soon! Content includes our cover feature on the visionary tech-law work that has made Berkeley America's top-ranked law school in the field; a heartfelt photo essay showcasing different aspects of the Berkeley Law experience; a look at how research by two professors sparked a federal bill for more forensic evidence transparency; stories on the remarkable work of three inspiring students; alumni profiles of two high-level GCs and a recent reality show competitor; and plenty more.
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