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We're tremendously grateful for all that our global alumni community does to support the law school. Wishing everyone wonderful holidays and a very happy New Year.
After introductory remarks by Berkeley Law Alumni Association President Karen Boyd '96, our graduates were sworn into the California State Bar by Justice J. Anthony Kline of the California 1st District Court of Appeal. United States District Court Judge Claudia Wilken ’75 then administered the oath to swear them into the bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. View photos from the event here.

As the center's new executive director, Rachel Johnson-Farias ’12 plans to hit the ground running. Pressing issues include America’s teenage pregnancy rate being notably higher than in other developed countries, and women of color facing disproportionate barriers to obtaining health insurance, contraceptives, and quality care during pregnancy and childbirth. In this Q&A , Johnson-Farias discusses her vision for CRRJ, its upcoming challenges, and returning to her alma mater.
Sarah Morando Lakhani '19, Reynaldo Fuentes '19, and Emma Mclean-Riggs '17 will be funded for two years of focused public interest work.

Coming Soon: A New Student-Alumni Network
The BAIR (Berkeley Alumni in Residence) program will connect current students to the Berkeley Law alumni community, encouraging their future participation with the law school following graduation. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.


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Jeff Bleich ’89 received the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award at Berkeley’s 2018 Winter Commencement this month. The Peter E. Haas Public Service Award recognizes an alumnus/a of UC Berkeley who has made significant voluntary contributions to the betterment of society within the United States. The university recognized Bleich for his work as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Special Counsel to President Obama, and as a lawyer. View his personal story here .

Mark LeHocky ‘79 , a former litigator and general counsel, was selected to the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America for Mediation for the 4th consecutive year, and also joined the professional faculty at the Haas Graduate School of Business.

Daniela Raz ‘98 has joined Bentham IMF, a litigation funder, as an Investment Manager in the company’s New York office, where she will source and evaluate commercial litigation investment opportunities. She was previously a partner at litigation-only law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, and General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for distressed asset investor LightRay Companies LLC.

Riyanka Roy Choudhury '18 is now a fellow at Stanford Law School's CodeX Center, one of the world's only legal technology center where lawyers and engineers work side by side to develop computational law. CodeX‘s emphasis is on the research and development of computational law — the branch of legal informatics concerned with the automation and mechanization of legal analysis. 
The Honorable Kelvin D. Filer ‘80 reflects on how powerful mentorship bridged the gap from his own childhood to a legal career, appointment to the bench, and eventual mentoring.

Michael Antin ‘63 is no longer teaching the tax seminar at Berkeley Law. But his award-winning "Cabaret: Holiday of Lights - Celebration of Music by Michael Antin" ran this month at the Brickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. 

Robert Evans '71 has retired as executive vice president & general counsel of Penumbra, Inc., a medical technology company. Previously, he was executive vice president and general counsel at Waste Connections, Inc. and before that he was a partner at Shartsis Friese in San Francisco.

Latham & Watkins LLP recently promoted Eyad F. Latif ‘08 to partner effective January 1, 2019. In the firm’s Dubai office, Latif is a member of the Corporate Department who represents clients in a variety of venture capital, emerging growth companies, M&A, private equity, and general corporate matters. He has advised a range of clients on transactions involving US, multinational, and Middle East-based companies across a range of industries, including energy, healthcare, and technology.

Ana de Alba ‘07 is one of 33 Superior Court judges recently appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown . De Alba has been a shareholder at Lang, Richert and Patch PC since 2013, where she was an associate from 2007 to 2013.
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