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Welcome Class of 2022!
This week Berkeley Law welcomed new students—325 J.D.s, 250 LL.M.s, and XX Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy.

During Thursday's formal orientation program for the J.D. students, Judge Thelton E. Henderson '62 delivered the Oath of Professionalism. Professor Emeritus Bob Berring '74—who started law school at Berkeley Law, transferred in his 2L year to Harvard Law, then transferred back for 3L and spent the majority of his professional career teaching here—explained the many ways this law school is special.

Stay tuned for an article coming soon about the many reasons you should be very proud of today's Berkeley Law students.
Berkeley Law Welcomes Nine New Faculty Members
An impressive roster of nine new faculty members joined the Berkeley Law faculty on July 1. They bring a wide range of practice-area and doctrinal expertise to the law school's already intellectually prolific community of scholars. 

“It’s really exciting to have so many terrific new faculty members choosing Berkeley Law,” Dean Erwin Chemerinsky says, adding that he is proud to lead the law school into this new era. Read more .
In this FREE one hour webinar, Professor Ken Goldberg will discuss recent advances in artificial intelligence, robots, and machine learning that are enabled by big data, digital cameras, and cloud computing. These advances open an enormous Pandora's box in terms of security and privacy. Ken will discuss the implications in the context of recent examples, cloud computing, and Freud's concept of the Uncanny. He'll also describe his Whitney Museum art installation and potential responses such as his concept for "Respectful Cameras." RSVP required .
OCTOBER 4-5: Registration for Alumni Reunion Weekend is now open! Come back to Berkeley and reconnect with fellow alumni, enjoy engaging MCLE programming, and learn about the ways Berkeley Law is making an impact in the world today. REGISTER NOW!

Thank you to reunion committee members for organizing these happy hour kick-off events in the following cities:

SEPT 5: Berkeley
SEPT 11: San Francisco
SEPT 12: Los Angeles
OCT 19: Meet & Greet with Dean Chemerinsky at the California Lawyers Association 2019 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite. More info .
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Christopher Kerosky '84 , " Know Your Rights as an Immigrant ," Sonoma County Gazette

John Petr '87 was named vice chair of his firm, Kutak Rock in Omaha, Neb.

David Zapolsky '88 , "' Justice for All’ Requires More Funding and Innovation ," Fortune

Cynthia Lee '89 was named Edward F. Howrey Professor of Advocacy, an endowed chair, at The George Washington University Law School

Agustina Perez LL.M. '18 is serving as a consultant on gender and women’s economic empowerment at UN Women in Argentina
On August 10 at the  ABA Annual Meeting  in San Francisco, Dale Minami '71 received the ABA Medal , the association's highest honor, which recognizes exceptionally distinguished service by a lawyer or lawyers to the cause of American jurisprudence. Previous recipients include Bryan Stevenson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Ted Olson '65.
A.J. Kramer '79 received the prestigious 2019 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award  for the D.C. Circuit. Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit presented the award during the Judicial Conference of the D.C. Circuit on June 27 in Cambridge, Maryland.
Seven Berkeley Law alumnae— Elizabeth Cabraser '78, Kelly Dermody '93, Daralyn Durie '92, Melinda Haag '87, Sonal Mehta '02, Charlene (Chuck) Shimada '79, and Anita Stork '89 —were named among Benchmark Litigation's 2019 Top 250 Women In Litigation .
" Sisters in Law, " a new production written by Jonathan Shapiro '90 based on the bestselling book about R uth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor, sets California premier for Beverly Hills in mid September.
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Elizabeth Cabraser '78 were part of the trial team honored with Public Justice's Trial Lawyer of the Year award for their work on a 20-year-long class action case fighting dark money in politics.
Professor Ian Haney Lopez: " Why do Trump's supporters deny the racism that seems so evident to Democrats? " Los Angeles Times , Aug. 13, 2019
Professor Taeku Lee: " Why Trump Fears Women of Color " The New York Times , Aug. 13, 2019
Professor Claudia Polsky '96 , director of Berkeley Law's Environmental Law Clinic: " California must pass the right-to-know bill on toxic cosmetics ," Los Angeles Times , Aug. 11, 2019
Emily Bruce, Berkeley Law's director of equity and inclusion: " My ancestry traces back to the American Revolution. People still ask my nationality " Sacramento Bee , Aug. 5, 2019
Professor Jeff Selbin, director of Berkeley Law's Policy Advocacy Clinic : " States must abolish juvenile fees. They’re putting families in debt ." Washington Post , July 19, 2019
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