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Justice Ginsburg Visits Berkeley to Honor Herma Hill Kay
Small in stature but a towering icon, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg received thunderous standing ovations from a packed house of Berkeley Law students, faculty, staff, and alumni at the inaugural Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture.

The justice shared a tribute to her longtime friend before sitting down for a conversation with her former clerk, Professor Amanda Tyler. Read about the event here and watch the video for the full experience.
//what's new
New Issue of Transcript Magazine

Berkeley Law is excited for you to peruse the new issue of  Transcript,  the school's compelling biannual magazine, which was recently mailed to alumni and friends. Our fall issue highlights the incredible cohort of nine new faculty members; the impressive work of our students and Admissions Office team that has helped cultivate an accessible, welcoming environment for Native American students; our expanding Women in Business Law Initiative; a family tradition of serving Bay Area residents in need through the East Bay Community Law Center; and so much more.

Read some of the featured content on our website.

Centro Legal de la Raza, founded by Berkeley Law alumni, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. During a recent event at the law school, leaders past and present discussed the group’s dogged efforts, and how students have fueled its mission through volunteer work and internships.

Berkeley Law's Policy Advocacy Clinic didn't rest after it achieved enactment of a landmark law that eliminates juvenile justice fees in California. A new report and interactive map monitors enforcement of the law across the state.

From  Dean Erwin Chemerinsky  and clinic directors to pro bono program leaders, students, and alumni, the Berkeley Law community has worked in various ways to protect DACA and its recipients. On November 12, alumnus Theodore Olson '65 presented oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, asserting that the decision to rescind DACA was unreasonable and illegal.
//our community
DEC 12: California State Bar Swearing-In Ceremony — Graduates who recently passed the bar are invited to come back to Berkeley Law for the State Bar Admission Ceremony. Bring your family and friends to celebrate this huge accomplishment. Please RSVP here .
MCLE & Executive Education Opportunities

NOV 23: Free Berkeley Boosts Webinar New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac will discuss his new book, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber , with Adam Sterling '13 , executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business Subscribe to sign up here .
Regional Engagement Alumni Chapters (REACh)

The Berkeley Law Los Angeles Alumni Chapter began its second year with a panel discussion on crisis management featuring Professor Frank Partnoy, Berkeley Center for Law and Business Executive Director Adam Sterling '13 , David Taylor '06 , former general counsel at Theranos, and Anya Goldin '90 , former Latham & Watkins partner and GC of Sistema. Special thanks to Berkeley Law Alumni Association Board member Jennifer Romano ‘97 and Crowell & Moring LLP for hosting the event.

Two Bay Area alumni chapters were launched this month as well. On November 7, the San Francisco Chapter held its first alumni gathering at Vinson and Elkins. Professor Molly Van Houweling spoke on "Satisfaction in Law and Life." This event was hosted by Michael Charlson '85 , who is also a member of the Berkeley Law Alumni Association Board. The inaugural event for the Silicon Valley Chapter was held on November 13 at Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto. Professor Peter Menell discussed "The Future of Intellectual Property." We are most grateful to John Kuo '88 , senior vice president and general counsel of Varian, and Quyen Ta '03 and Mark Mao '04 of Boies Schiller Flexner for hosting this event.

If you would like to become more involved with any of these alumni chapters, please email .
Emeritus Professor Phillip Johnson passed away on November 2. He was the Jefferson E. Peyer Professor of Law Emeritus and taught at Berkeley Law from 1968-2000. Johnson was the author of the influential book Darwin on Trial . Here , the Discovery Institute, where he co-founded the Center for Science and Culture, reflects on the impact of the book and its "quirky but brilliant" author.
Name: Victoria Sun '22
From: San Francisco Bay Area

Why did you choose Berkeley Law?
I chose Berkeley Law because I wanted to stay in the Bay Area to keep my family and friend support networks during law school, and Berkeley Law offered many public interest opportunities.

Who is your hero in the legal profession and why?
I am fascinated by Kimberlé Crenshaw's work in critical race theory and intersectionality.

Why are you excited to be a Henderson Center Scholar?
I want my legal education and experience to be centered around social justice, and the Henderson Center's programming reinforces why I came to law school and why I want to be an attorney.

Fun fact : I enjoy gardening on my balcony and this past year I have successfully grown an entire garden started from seeds.
On October 25, Berkeley Law's Pro Bono Program partnered with Morrison & Foerster and Centro Legal de la Raza to host a clinic to help DACA recipients complete and file renewal applications. Eighteen students—nine 1Ls, six 2Ls, and three 3Ls—participated in the pro bono clinic, as well as MoFo alumni. Watch the video below to learn more about the impactful day.
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