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Berkeley Law Alumni Newsletter: March 2020
What's New

On Tuesday, March 17, U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings. Berkeley Law was ranked ninth (in a tie) this year, up a spot from 10th (in a tie) from last year. There are now a number of specialty rankings done by U.S. News as well, in which Berkeley Law had a very strong performance. Read more .
An update from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky regarding the unprecedented transition to virtual learning in response to the COVID-19 closure.
Big thanks everyone who participated in Big Give 2020.

This year's UC Berkeley day-of-giving was a BIG Success for Berkeley Law! The law school received 278 gifts totaling $93,436 (124% more gifts than 2019!). Thank you for helping make Berkeley Law moments possible for today’s students. In case you missed it, watch the video here .
Introducing Leadership in the Legal Profession , a 10-week, business school-style course for legal professionals. In today's legal world, leadership and effective people and project management skills are as essential as legal expertise. This program is designed to help you sharpen your business prowess and advance your career through an engaging virtual platform, Minerva Forum™. Read more .
Our Community
All current events have been cancelled. As the situation improves, events will be added to the alumni calendar .

Please continue to save the date for Alumni Reunion Weekend, October 2-3, 2020.
In light of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on work and financial markets, Berkeley Law Executive Education will be hosting short, live daily video interviews with leading voices from law and business. Berkeley Boosts Shorts  is part of a larger effort at  Berkeley Law  to create new and collaborative online content to help our community feel more connected.

Adam Sterling '13, director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, will host Berkeley Boosts Shorts through April 3, and may extend the program beyond that. Let us know if you have any suggestions! And don't forget to  register  for our regularly scheduled Berkeley Boosts webinar on Wednesday, March 25 on finance and the legal profession.

Upcoming guests:

Julie Brush   (Solutus) -  Financial Crises and the Legal Profession
Monday, March 23, 10:00 am PDT

Jamie Leigh   (Cooley) -  Financial Crises and M&A Markets
Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 am PDT

Sam Bell (Employ America) -  Financial Crises and the Federal Reserve
Thursday, March 26, 10:00 am PDT

Frank Partnoy (Berkeley Law) -  Financial Crises and Regulatory Responses
Friday, March 27, 10:00 am PDT

Anna Wiener ( New Yorker ) - Author of  Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
Monday, March 30 | 10:00 am PDT

Carson Block (Muddy Waters Research) -  Financial Crises and Short-Selling
Tuesday, March 31 | 10:30 am PDT

Sarah Frier (Bloomberg) -   Author of  No Filter: The Insider Story of Instagram
Wednesday, April 1 | 10:00 am PDT

Tyler Gerking (Farella Braun + Martel) -  Financial Crises and Insurance
Thursday, April 2 | 10:00 am PDT

Erwin Chemerinsky   (Berkeley Law) -  Financial Crises and Law Schools
Friday, April 3 | 10:00 am PDT
The Berkeley Law community has shown incredible resilience and strength during the rapidly evolving public health emergency. Here's a snapshot of how our faculty are responding to the challenge. Follow Berkeley Law on Twitter ( @berkeleylaw ) for more.
Reed Shaw '22
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Education: Harvard University, BA

Why did you choose Berkeley Law?
I chose Berkeley because every alumnus that I spoke with told me to choose Berkeley Law. I have been pleasantly surprised to learn that I was not oversold on the quality of education, camaraderie of my fellow students, nor the vast array of opportunities afforded to students here.

What is the work/mission of your pro bono project?
I was a part of the Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trip to Tijuana during winter break. We provided know-your-rights presentations and client consultations to migrants seeking asylum on our Southern border. I am also a legal intern at Oasis Legal Services, where I work with clients to build and advocate for their affirmative asylum claims. This semester, I'm looking forward to working with the Wage Justice Clinic, which provides legal advice to low-wage workers who may have been cheated by their employers. Being able and encouraged to take part in pro bono projects from the beginning of my legal education has been grounding and fulfilling.

What do the student-led pro bono projects contribute to the Berkeley Law community and the clients they serves?
I think a sad but true fact about many of the pro bono projects that we do at Berkeley is that if we weren't offering the services, they wouldn't exist. There is a seemingly bottomless need for these legal services that is not being met, so being part of a patch-worked safety net is gratifying, if not completely satisfying because there is so much more work to be done.
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