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Welcome to the Alumni Family, Class of 2019!
On Friday, May 10 family and friends packed UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre to celebrate the outstanding graduates of the class of 2019.

California Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar delivered a thoughtful and uplifting address before Dean Erwin Chemerinsky bestowed degrees upon 329 J.D., 259 LL.M., 8 J.S.D., and 5 J.S.P. graduates.

Congratulations class of 2019, we are so proud of you and can't wait to see what you will do with your Berkeley Law educations. Welcome to the alumni family! View photos from commencement here .

At the annual Brian M. Sax Prize luncheon, winner Nirali Raj Beri '19 (left) (EBCLC Tenants Rights Workshop, Death Penalty Clinic) and honorable mention Hannah Flanery '19 (right) (EBCLC Housing Clinic) were lauded by colleagues and supervisors for their exceptional compassion and skill in client-centered advocacy and providing legal services to marginalized communities.

In 2014, during his 3L year, Adrian Kinsella J.D. '15, LL.M. '19 , who was also an active duty captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, helped bring his platoon’s translator and his family to safety in the United States.

After three years practicing law in the U.S. Marine Corps Judge Advocate Division, Kinsella decided to return to Berkeley Law and earn a master of laws degree and spend time with his family. After earning his LL.M., Kinsella is heading to Sacramento to begin his civilian legal career as a federal prosecutor.
On Wednesday, June 12 , Berkeley Law will host RAISE THE BAR , our first stand-alone alumni day of giving.

The campaign has one simple goal: To encourage more alumni to contribute to the Berkeley Law Fund in support of the next generation of Berkeley Lawyers. 

Visit to learn more about why alumni participation is so important to the continued excellence of your alma mater. Give today or help us achieve our goal of surpassing 150 new donors on June 12.
JUNE 3: Alumni Reception in Philadelphia with Dean Chemerinsky RSVP
JUNE 5 & 6: Berkeley Law Alumni – Los Angeles Chapter SCOTUS update with Dean Chemerinsky:
JUNE 13: Citation Awards Luncheon
Last chance to reserve a seat at our annual celebration of the Berkeley Law community at the San Francisco City Club. See awardees and register here .
JUNE 19: The Human Side of Judging How do judges manage the personal challenges that their role often requires them to face, including chronic stress, exposure to emotionally charged circumstances, socially and technologically complex cases, and public pressure? Join current and former judges, including Senior District Judge for the Northern District of CA Charles Breyer '63 , in candid conversations about how they manage these challenges and more. The panels will be moderated by President and CEO of the National Constitution Center Jeffrey Rosen, and bestselling author of Moneyball , The Big Short , and more, Michael Lewis. More info and RSVP .
//in brief
Inspired by a program at Alumni Reunion Weekend 2018, Russell Sunshine '68 recently launched Agile Aging , a blog that celebrates a positive approach to growing old.
Justice William Bedsworth '71 recently received the Franklin G. West Award, the Orange County Bar Association’s highest honor. After more than 20 years on the California Court of Appeal, his humor is clearly still in tact .
Pamela Price '82 and Kelly Dermody '96 were among the nearly 50 speakers who gathered from around the world at last week's Worldwide #MeToo Movement conference. Read Pamela's blog post on the event.
Executive Summer Courses for Practicing Attorneys
Berkeley Law Executive Education offers lawyers the opportunity to enroll in single courses in the areas of business law, law and technology, or a package of courses culminating in a certificate from mid-May through mid-August. Participants attend classes along with students in the LL.M. professional track and are taught by Berkeley Law faculty.  Learn more and apply .
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