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Welcome to the Berkeley Law alumni family, Class of 2016! 
On Friday, May 13, we welcomed 331 J.D., 198 LL.M., 8 Ph.D., and 7 J.S.D. graduates into the proud ranks of Berkeley Law alumni. Congratulations to all on your hard work, and warm wishes for greatest success in all that lies ahead. 

Special thanks to the inspiring Michele Roberts '80, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, for delivering the commencement address. Check out our YouTube channel for videos of the speakers, and check out the photo gallery here
A Message from Outgoing BHAA Board President Nancy Fineman '86
Dear Fellow Alumni,

Berkeley Law is a special place. It is a true meritocracy which attracts the best and the brightest from all walks of life. It has provided us with tools to be successful not only in our chosen profession, but in life. 

As you know, state funding will not increase absent a miracle and we do not have multi-billion dollar endowments like the private schools against whom we compete for faculty and students. The BHAA Board has focused on new ways to raise money and we have had success, but our alumni giving participation remains low. As one of my last acts as the Boalt Hall Alumni Association President, I ask that every alumni make a gift to the law school so that future generations may also succeed.

In addition to fundraising efforts, the Alumni Association has made strides to give not only money, but time to students. We started a mentorship program for 2Ls, hosted an admitted students’ day brunch, and engaged in numerous interactions with current and prospective students. Although there have been unforeseen challenges, the law school and the BHAA are strong. I have full confidence that my successor, John Kuo '88, will lead the Alumni Association to great heights.

Thank you to the members of the Board for your dedication and service. You are a great credit to the school and I am proud to call you my friends as well as fellow alums.

Nancy L. Fineman '86

// what's new
From Hawaii to Florida to Maine to Alaska, Berkeley Law graduates will be working as law clerks alongside some of the most influential judges in the country. 
It took Berkeley Law's Veterans Law Practicum six years, five teams of students (now alumni), and four appeals, but, finally, a wounded veteran has received his VA benefits.
A two-year effort by Berkeley Law’s Policy Advocacy Clinic (PAC) resulted in a unanimous vote by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to suspend collecting administrative fees against families with children in the county’s juvenile justice system.
Claudia Polsky '96, director of the new Environmental Law Clinic, enables students to work on projects that make a real-world difference in addition to teaching lawyering skills.
Earning a degree from Berkeley Law is just the start of an invaluable lifelong relationship. We are in the planning stage of a new online alumni portal to help you stay connected to the school and each other. Help us design your alumni experience by completing this short survey.
// connect
Partners in Leadership Kicks off May 19! Find out about the broad benefits of this annual campaign from  PiL co-chairs, David Zapolsky '88 and Tyler Gerking '02.  Contact Holly Fincke ( to get involved!
June 2-3: 9th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, Washington, DC PLSC assembles privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice. 
Join the IABA for a reunion in Berlin, Germany. All Berkeley Law graduates and former visiting scholars living in Europe or elsewhere, are invited to join IABA for a reunion in Berlin, Germany. More info
Back to Boalt: Summer Courses for Alumni at Berkeley Law
Alumni and practicing attorneys can enroll in an extensive list of courses taught by Berkeley Law faculty.  Course descriptions, applications and costs are available on the Berkeley Law website .
Alumni Reunion Weekend 2016
Show your friends you're coming and start making plans for an epic Alumni Reunion Weekend in Berkeley via   Facebook .
New Alumni Center Now Open!

The Alumni and Advancement team has a new home at Boalt Hall, on the second floor across from the Reading Room. Stop by and say hi!          

Pictured: Earl F. Jones '77, Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs at Comcast, was the very first alumnus to stop by the new Alumni Center for a chat with Assistant Dean of Advancement Amy Ambrose. 
// in brief

Judge Charles R. Breyer '66, Volkswagen Case Gives Judge, Onetime Aspiring Actor, Role of a Lifetime, The New York Times

Elizabeth Cabraser '78 will receive the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Award

Judge Holly J. Fujie '78 will receive the 2016 Joan Dempsey Klien Distinguished Jurist Award from California Women Lawyers

Judge Edward Chen '79 has been named one of the 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business, Wired

Michelle Roberts '80, NBA union chief: "I have 450 kids", CBS News

Diane Citrino '82 was featured on the cover of 2016 Northeast Ohio Best Lawyers Magazine.

Rita Tuzon '84How Many F-Bombs Is Too Many for FX? Meet the Attorney Who Decides, The Hollywood Reporter

Renata Hesse '90, Selected to Head DOJ's Antitrust Division, Law360

Kate Marshall '90 nominated by President Obama for Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission

Jared Blumenfeld LL.M.'92, Longtime SF environmental leader leaving EPA, SF Gate; Blumenfeld Reflects on Six Years as EPA Chief for California and the West, KQED Forum

Lawyerball: The Courtroom Battle of the Orioles Against the Nationals and MLB for the Future of Baseball  by  Charles H. Martin '77 – A n owners’ fight over an “inside baseball” arbitration splitting cable television profits spills into a New York City trial court. The book traces this dispute from the baseball antitrust exemption to the  implications of the judge’s rulings for the baseball business, the game, its fans, and ordinary American workers.
Behead Me: A Cliff Knowles Mystery (Vol. 6)  by Russell Atkinson '73 – Inspired by his experiences as an FBI Special Agent, the most recent book in Atkinson's Cliff Knowles series finds the protagonist, also a retired FBI agent, taking on a role at a Fortune 500 company to find out why their sales of spare parts were down. Or so he thinks. He soon learns that where there's money there's mayhem - and murder.
Boalt on the Bench
Did you know there are nearly 200 ACTIVE Berkeley Law alumni judges serving on courts from county-level to the the federal bench to the International Court of Justice? Check out the Career Development Office's list of alumni judges. If you know of any judges not listed, please contact Eric Stern at  
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