Alumni Newsletter | May 2021
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In addition to her tireless work on behalf of Berkeley Law's students and faculty, Professor Molly Van Houweling is also an elite cyclist. Photo Credit: Craig Huffman
When the COVID-19 pandemic sparked panic and turned educational practices upside down, Professor Molly Van Houweling sprang into action. Facilitating workshops, resource pages, FAQs, troubleshooting guides, and happy hours focused on excellence in remote instruction, Van Houweling coordinated the efforts of faculty members as well as instructional technology, media services, and curriculum staff in teaching over 1,000 diverse law students with diverse needs. For those herculean efforts, she recently won UC Berkeley’s new Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times award, one of 43 recipients from over 500 nominations. Read more>>
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Hon. Cruz Reynoso '58. Reynoso, a son of migrant workers who labored in the fields as a child, went on to become the first Latino California Supreme Court associate justice (1982 to 1987), and served as vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded him a Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — for his lifelong devotion to public service. He was a mentor and inspiration for generations of Berkeley Law students of Latin descent. Read more>>
What's New?
Eric Stover, faculty director of UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, has investigated war crimes and human rights abuses for more than 40 years. Currently, Stover is a producer of a PBS documentary about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. It will air on May 31, on the centennial of what’s known as one of the worst incidents in American history of racial violence against Black people. Watch the trailer here>>
A recent event and a special tribute issue of the California Law Review celebrate Sugarman’s indelible mark on the school and his fields. Read more>>
Experts including Professors Peter Menell and Pamela Samuelson discussed the recent ruling’s impact on software and beyond. Read more>>
Berkeley Law second-year students Rachel Wilson '22, Karnik Hajjar '22, and Emily Roberts '22 best more than 50 other teams at the annual U.S. Patent and Trademark Office event. Read more>>
A proposal from the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment that the U.S. adopt and support international adoption of a methane protocol has been selected as one of the CLEEN Project’s top three ideas for international partnerships to accelerate pathways to global decarbonization. Read more>>
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky moderated a discussion with Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón and civil rights lawyer Connie Rice about what needs reform. Read more>>
That evidence helped overwhelm the advantages police typically hold when officers are accused of committing a crime in the line of duty, Simon said. Read more>>
Six determined groups of students participated in this year’s Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips, working with grassroots groups from Appalachia to Hawai’i. Read more>>
Berkeley Law’s surging international law program got another recent boost when four standout students — Kelsey Peden ’21, Najia Humayun ’22, Christine Hulsizer ’21, and Simone Lieban Levine ’21 — were selected as Salzburg Cutler Fellows. Read more>>
Alumni Events
Wednesday, May 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT
Lawrence Center, founder of Center Leadership Coaching, will share a lifetime of wisdom about the essence of leadership for lawyers. He will demonstrate that during this unprecedented era, leadership – doing the right things – is more important than management – doing things right. This program will be open to all alumni and eligible for 1.0 CLE credit. Thank you to Mark Mao ‘04 and Boies Schiller Flexner LLP for generously sponsoring this event. Register here>>

Wednesday, June 9, 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET
The dean will provide an update on the state of the law school and then talk about the guardrails and fragility of our democracy, addressing the most immediate challenges and ways to strengthen our institutions going forward. Register here>>

Wednesday, June 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm PT
Please join us for a virtual talk with Dean Chemerinsky as he discusses the Supreme Court's most important cases from the latest term and the impact of a historic year at the nation’s highest court. The dean will also provide an update on the state of the law school. Register here >>
Class Notes

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Faculty Highlights

Articles authored by Professors Frank Partnoy, Robert Bartlett, Steven Davidoff Solomon, and Senior Fellow Matthew Cain made Corporate Practice Commentator‘s annual list of the top 10 papers in corporate and securities law. “The Misuse of Tobin’s q” and “Does Revlon Matter? An Empirical and Theoretical Study” were selected through a poll of academics in the fields from a pool of more than 300 articles.
Professor Prasad Krishnamurthy was appointed to the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation’s new debt collection advisory committee. The committee’s only academic, Krishnamurthy will help shield consumers on the heels of a 2020 state law expanding the department’s authority to deny or revoke debt collector licenses for fraudulent, deceitful or dishonest acts.
Professor Alan Auerbach is among four recipients of the American Economics Association Distinguished Fellow Award this year, given to top economists in the U.S. and Canada. President of the Western Economic Association International and director of our Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, Auerbach is past president of the National Tax Association.
Media Highlights
Professor Catherine Fisk '86 discusses the PRO Act and says it would change whether independent contractors have the right to form a union and bargain collectively. Read more>>
Professor Elisabeth Semel, director of the Death Penalty Clinic, says race is, and it has always been, the most salient feature of the American death penalty. Read more>>
Professor Tejas Narechania says Apple v. Epic Games is going to tell us a lot about how we structure industries and the technology industry going forward. Read more>>
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky examines a recent Supreme Court ruling that potentially changes the famous Civ Pro “International Shoe” precedent that out-of-state defendants cannot be sued without their consent. Read more>>
Ken Alex, director of Project Climate at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, says Berkeley Law’s GrizzlyCorps could provide a transformative model, as President Biden’s infrastructure plan includes a $10 billion proposal to create a Civilian Climate Corps. Read more>>
Mark Cohen, senior fellow and director of the Asia IP Project at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, says local protectionism is often apparent in Chinese court rulings. Read more>>
Professor Amanda Tyler appears on Above the Law’s podcast, The Jabot, to discuss co-authoring Justice, Justice, Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Read more>>
Professor Ian Haney Lopez calls attacks on critical race theory “part of the right’s longstanding practice of dog whistle politics.” Read more>>
Visit the Media Highlights and News pages to view recent headlines and happenings.
Virtual Enrichment Programs
This year Berkeley Law will hold a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 on May 21. Acclaimed author, iconic criminal justice reform advocate, and renowned professor Bryan Stevenson will be the commencement speaker. The ceremony will be live-streamed. Alumni can watch the event on May 21 at 9:00 am PT. Watch commencement here>>
*Discounted tuition available for Berkeley Law alumni.

General Counsel Institute | Going Beyond Legal
June 3, 10, 17, and 24 | Registration is now open
This multi-day, virtual program for in-house attorneys brings together a wide range of executives from the C-Suite and beyond to discuss how they work with, and are impacted by, in-house legal professionals. Sessions will include fireside chats between CEOs and their GCs, presentations by CFOs and CIOs, and talks by other leaders who will share their experiences working cross-functionally to achieve organizational goals. Learn more and register today>>

Executive Summer Courses | Online
Seats are limited so we encourage you to apply early
Berkeley Law Executive Education offers lawyers the opportunity to participate in single courses in the areas of business law, technology, international and comparative law, and bar subjects, or a package of courses culminating in a certificate. Courses are three weeks in length and run during the professional track summer semester from mid-May through mid-August. Learn more and apply today>>

Venture Capital University ONLINE
Course opens June 1
Registration is now open for the June 2021 cohort of VC University ONLINE, the definitive virtual certificate program in venture finance from Startup@BerkeleyLaw, the National Venture Capital Association, and Venture Forward. The course is self-paced and supplemented with weekly, live instructor office hours and monthly, live webinars. As each previous cohort has sold out, we strongly encourage interested candidates to register as soon as possible! Learn more and register>>

Venture Capital University LIVE at UNC
June 14-16 | Virtual Program
VC University LIVE shines a spotlight on emerging venture communities and expands the focus on VC beyond the traditional hubs of California, Massachusetts, and New York. The program serves entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs, fund managers, attorneys, and anyone else looking to unlock their venture finance skills and build their network, locally and within Silicon Valley. Learn more and register>>
Student Spotlight
Co-directors of Berkeley Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution team

In fall 2020, Terrell-Perica and Wallach were the first team from Berkeley Law to compete on the international level at the Singapore International Mediation Competition, which virtually convened 48 teams hailing from 31 different countries. The Berkeley team competed in Singapore time (5:00 am Pacific) for five days. They won all five rounds they competed in and took gold in the Mediator and Mediation Advocate (negotiation) categories. Read more>>