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Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2017 who were sworn in to the California and federal bars at our annual Oath Ceremony on December 12. We are so proud of you and cannot wait to see all the wonderful things you will do with the power and privilege of the law at your backs.
Faculty in the News:
Latest from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky: The government can track you on your cellphone. Doesn’t that invade digital privacy? , The Sacramento Bee , Dec. 11, 2017

Professor Amanda Tyler offers insight on ACLU v. Mattis drawing on historical material from her new book, Habeas Corpus in Wartime , LawFare , Dec. 12, 2017

See more from our faculty 👉 Faculty in the News (keep up in real time by following us on Twitter @berkeleylawnews ).
Still looking for the perfect gift for the lawyers in your life? How about one of the new books published by Berkeley Law's faculty and staff this year? See also Berkeley Law Library's annual holiday reading list .
Berkeley Law Remembers Edwin M. Lee '78
Edwin M. Lee, a 1978 graduate of Berkeley Law, died early Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 65. He was became San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor in 2011 after a long career as a civil rights attorney and social justice activist.

Read the article from UC Berkeley reflecting on Mayor Lee's continuing commitment to his alma mater, and here from The Daily Californian about his time at Berkeley Law. Below are some reactions to his passing from members of our community on social media.
Jan 4: Alumni Reception in San Diego with Dean Chemerinsky , Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Jan 31: Alumni Reception in San Francisco with Dean Chemerinsky , Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

Feb 26-March 1: VC Deal Camp — This four-day course is focused on the nuts and bolts of deal making for investors who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. Participants will work with leading UC Berkeley faculty and 500 Partners to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns.

March 9-11: Blockchain Unlocked — Back by popular demand, this three-day executive and certificate academy consists of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

March 23: 7th Annual Privacy Law Forum — Bridging academia and practice, this full-day conference brings together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, technologists, regulators, privacy advocates, and academics.
BIG GIVE: Your Berkeley Law Moment
From drafting your first memo to swearing the oath of admission to the bar, many momentous milestones happened here at Berkeley Law.
Big Give is your moment to give back. 

Your support during Big Give will help make Berkeley moments possible for future generations of students. 

Mark your calendars for Cal Big Give on Thursday, March 8, 2018!
Seeking Nominations for Berkeley Law Alumni Association Board

The Berkeley Law Alumni Association is seeking nominations for new “at-large” board members for the 2018-2021 term. Criteria for nominations and candidacies include having demonstrated leadership for Berkeley Law, through active engagement and giving, and capacity to act as an ambassador to the alumni community.

If you or someone you know are interested in being considered for nomination, please complete  this form  by April 15, 2018. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Griego at .
Help Recruit Future Berkeley Law Students

Are you willing to help Berkeley Law recruit the next generation of great lawyers? Help us share what's great about Berkeley Law with newly admitted students by becoming an Alumni Admissions Ambassador.

By signing up, your name, class year, LinkedIn URL, and email address will be added to the private, password-protected Admitted Student's Website as part of a list of alumni willing to be contacted by new admits.

If you are able to assist with this important effort, please complete this  very short survey .

Questions? Contact Jennifer Griego at
// in brief
James Ellis '74 was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award at the University of New Mexico School of Law , where he has been a faculty member for over 30 years.

Michelle Leetham '86 and Esha Bandyopadhyay '00 will be honored with 2018 Women of Achievement Award s by Legal Momentum

Hernaldo Baltodano '02 was appointed to a judgeship on the San Luis Obispo Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown 

Noura Erakat '05 was a featured guest on CBS News segment, " Palestinian reaction to Trump's Jerusalem decision "

Tia Katrina Taruc '11 was profiled for her work with The Alipato Project , which represents survivors of domestic violence in tort actions against their batterers

Angela Glover Blackwell '77 , founder and CEO of PolicyLink , will receive the UC Berkeley Peter E. Haas Public Service Award .
The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border (Oxford University Press, January 2017) by S. Deborah Kang '97 — As one of the first comprehensive legal histories of the INS in the Southwest, the book traces the myriad conflicts and contingencies that informed the shaping of US immigration law and the US-Mexico border in the 20th century. Kang is an associate professor of history at California State University, San Marcos, where she teaches and writes about the relationship between law and society on the nation’s northern and southern borders.
In Memoriam: Judge Harry Pregerson '50
Judge Harry Pregerson ’50, a fierce advocate for the disenfranchised who spent a half-century on the bench, died November 25 at his Los Angeles home. Pregerson, who had been suffering from respiratory ailments, was 94.
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