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Dear Berkeley Law Community,
I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone in the Berkeley Law community a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. For all of us, it is an opportunity for pausing and reflecting on all of the blessings in our lives. 
I feel so very fortunate to now be a member of the Berkeley Law community. In my first months here, I have seen that Berkeley Law has terrific faculty, great staff, amazing students, and a dedicated and wonderful group of alumni. I also have seen that this is a warm community where what unites us in our desire to make this a great law school is far more important than any differences that exist. This is the most intellectually vibrant law school that I have ever seen. In every way, it is a truly special place and I am thankful to be part of it.
So many exciting things are constantly happening at the law school. This fall, we have had many prominent speakers and excellent symposia. The faculty is in the process of hiring a number of new colleagues and the qualifications of the candidates being considered are stunning. After a national search, we have named Kristin Theis-Alvarez as the new Assistant Dean for Admissions. I know she will be terrific in this role. We are in the midst of a search for the new Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs. Our admissions process is considering the applications for the Class of 2021 and all reports are that it will be a great year for admissions. Once more, our students are being very successful in their job searches, thanks in large part to our excellent Career Development Office.
I am enormously grateful for the warm welcome and look forward to working together to make this great law school even better.
Warm regards,
// what's new
Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese '58 was among experts from opposite sides of the political spectrum who participated in Berkeley Law's recent Criminal Justice at a Crossroads conference, which tackled issues from police tactics and the rise in violent crime to surveillance and marijuana legislation.
The brutal slaying of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres was orchestrated by powerful corporate forces with involvement from state actors, according to a new investigative report prepared by a team of international lawyers that included Roxanna Altholz '99 , associate director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, and  Berkeley Law students.
To train aspiring lawyers and business leaders in the promise and pitfalls of the latest financial technology (“Fintech”) disrupter, blockchain, Berkeley Law is offering a new course in collaboration with UC’s business and engineering schools:  Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law.
Practice 99 is a newly-launched course designed to give students the tools needed to open their own sustainable practices while assisting underserved communities. The course utilizes the expertise of alumni who have successfully opened their own firms to help teach students the basics of business modeling, budgeting, and cultivating a customer base.

Latest from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky: Op-ed: What the Republican tax plan will do to students should make every American parent ashamed , The Sacramento Bee , Nov. 13, 2017; Professors are losing their freedom of expression , The Washington Post , Nov. 15, 2017

See more from our faculty 👉 Faculty in the News (keep up in real time by following us on Twitter @berkeleylawnews ).
Nov 30: ICO Financing Conference: How to raise money the right way — Explore issues relating to standardization, legality, and best practices for raising money through ICOs with top industry leaders and regulators, Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley.

Dec 7: Berkeley Law Alumni Reception in Honolulu with Dean Chemerinsky , Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing

Dec 8: Reno at 20: The Internet and Contested Content, Then and Now This free conference, hosted by Berkeley Law, will examine the continuing viability of the  Reno v. ACLU  vision in the face of multiplying concerns about sex trafficking online, terrorist content, election interference and other very hard issues, St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco.
Dec 12: 2017 Berkeley Law California Bar Admission Ceremony — Please join fellow Berkeley Law graduates who passed the California bar exam in July for the annual swearing-in ceremony, Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law
Dec 14-15: 18th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley , Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA
Jan 4: Berkeley Law Alumni Reception in San Diego with Dean Chemerinsky , Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
// in brief

Andrew Parnes '78 was honored by the Idaho State Bar with the Professionalism Award ,

Thurman White '80 inspires students in Oklahoma City Public Schools ,

Paula Boggs '84 , Success is built on life-long relationships , ABA for Law Students

Nancy Fineman '86 was appointed to a judgeship on the San Mateo County Superior Court by Governor Brown , KTVU

Jon Tigar '89 cited in Greenpeace Beats Back a SLAPP Lawsuit—for Now , The Nation

Neha Sampat '00 , Joy, Lost And Found ,

Hernaldo Baltodano '02 was named San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge , San Luis Obispo Tribune

Steven Feldstein '04 , How U.S. Policies Are Worsening the Global Refugee Crisis , The Blue Review

Kathryn Hong '08 was named partner in Ropes & Gray's IP litigation practice in the Silicon Valley office

Monique Liburd '08 named among Women Leaders in Tech Law , The Recorder
Heather McGhee '09 , president of Demos, was among the featured speakers during the opening session of the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, a gathering of civic leaders in Chicago. Read her remarks .
The  Asian American Law Journal at Berkeley Law  hosted its annual annual Neil Gotanda '72 Lecture, featuring  University of Hawaii at Manoa Law Professor Eric Yamamoto '78 on the persisting significance of Korematsu. Pictured: Don Tamaki '76 , 2L Eun Sun Jang, Eric Yamamoto , Dale Minami '71 , Karen Korematsu (Fred Korematsu's daughter and a civil rights activist), and 2L Lindsey Sugimoto.
The law firm of  Munger, Tolles & Olson hosted the Second Annual  Women of Color Collective at Berkeley Law  and Career Development Office Clerkship Panel and Reception. Special thanks to alumnae Miriam Kim '02 , Elizabeth Kim '04 , Elia Herrera '13 , and Cara Sandberg '12 who shared insight about their clerkship and career experiences as women of color.
Big thanks to Jim McManis '67 (fourth from right), who thought of fellow Boalties first when he had a few extra tickets to a recent San Jose Sharks game.
Airforce JAG Captain Joey Cachuela '12 (center) came back to Berkeley Law for a special Veterans Day event to share insight and experience with members of the Boalt Association of  Military   and  Veterans .
Judge Holly Fujie , Mike Martinez , and Louise Ing had a mini Class of 1978 reunion in Washington, DC, at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention. Can't wait to get the whole gang back together at next year's reunion!
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