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//what's new
Douglas Letter '78 , general counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, was a pivotal figure in the House team prosecuting the impeachment trial of President Trump. Read Q&A .
Professor Lauren Edelman was honored with the 2020 Outstanding Scholar Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). She received the accolade at the 64th Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet during the Midyear Meeting of the ABF in Austin, Texas.
A new report by Roxanna Altholz '99 , co-director of Berkeley Law's International Human Rights Law Clinic, found that families of murder victims in Oakland often face discriminatory treatment by police, devastating financial burdens, and psychological trauma with inadequate government support. Read more .
//our community
UPCOMING EVENTS
Energy Symposium: Current Topics and Trends in California Energy Law

Presented by the Berkeley Law Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, this two-day MCLE program for energy law specialists, attorneys, and other professionals will cover critical and rapidly-evolving aspects of energy law, providing valuable information and updates to current practitioners and a boot-camp-like introduction for those new to the field.

Please join fellow alumni for a regional reception with prospective students who have been admitted to Berkeley Law's Class of 2023:

MARCH 14 : Berkeley Law — RSVP

MARCH 18 : San Francisco — RSVP

MARCH 19 : Los Angeles — RSVP

MARCH 25 : Washington, D.C. — RSVP

MARCH 26 : New York City — RSVP

MARCH 31 : Chicago —   RSVP

APRIL 2 : Boston — RSVP
SAVE THE DATE:

JUNE 11: Citation Award Celebration Luncheon

OCT 2-3: Alumni Reunion Weekend
For 25 years, the  Berkeley Center for Law & Technology  (BCLT) has been a pioneer, offering teaching, research, conferences, workshops, and student activities on intellectual property, privacy, and other issues at the intersection of law and technology.

On February 27, BCLT will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. Click here for details and registration for the Gala and the BCLT/BTLJ Symposium .
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Jessica Williams '21 is a co-leader of the Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trip (BLAST), Atlanta. Student-initiated BLAST projects allow students to take a brief, but deep dive into serving clients outside of the Bay Area during the winter and spring breaks.

What is the mission/work of BLAST ?
BLAST Atlanta (fondly known as BLASTlanta) focuses on providing pro bono legal services to survivors and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Virginia Lyon '21, our co-leader, and I have focused training materials on broadening conceptualizations of what a person living through domestic violence or human trafficking looks like. We hope to deepen students' commitment to serving others, no matter what form that takes as they move through their careers. Every member of our trip has already dedicated part of their past or has seen up-close how human trafficking or domestic violence affects a person's life, self-worth, and expectations. Working in Atlanta on these issues is an extraordinary opportunity, and we are grateful to Berkeley Law for the support we have felt as we have delved deeper into this issue.

What do the BLAST projects contribute to the students and clients they serve?
The BLASTlanta trip is one of the few opportunities students have to do live client work during their 1L year in an area at the intersection of family law, immigration law, and criminal law. These are facts of life and areas of law that disproportionately affect womxn and womxn of color, two identities wildly marginalized in the law and society at large. It was important to Virginia and me, who met on Berkeley Law's Journal of Gender, Law & Justice , to develop a service project that worked with these communities. Each BLAST trip is difficult. Students just finding their feet at law school come into close contact with clients who need help, and they frequently find we are unable to help everyone. I hope that students on this trip, myself very much included, will find points of commonality with other participants and clients and use that knowledge to make a difference in the classroom and future jobs.
Boost your career in 2020

Berkeley Law Executive Education is a leading platform for advancing professional development and connecting legal practitioners, investors, executives, and nonprofit leaders through open enrollment and custom programs, as well as free webinars.

Click here for information on our upcoming programs in 2020, including Berkeley Boosts, our free series of monthly webinars (with MCLE credit). Discounts available for Berkeley Law alumni.
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