Alumni Newsletter | July 2020
What's New
In a livestreamed Berkeley Conversations event moderated by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law Professors Kathy Abrams, Abhay Aneja, Taeku Lee, Ian Haney López, and Bertrall Ross discuss how race affects our electoral system, especially in an election amidst a pandemic. Watch the recording and read about the event.
Faculty Scholarship
The Indian Path to Universal Bank Access in America
Professor Prasad Krishnamurthy offers a solution to Americans without banking access. To learn more, read the article .

From Independence to Politics in Financial Regulation
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan cited From Independence to Politics in Financial Regulation , a paper by Professor Stavros Gadinis , in the court's recent Seila Law v. CFPB decision. 
Virtual Enrichment Programs
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Khiara M. Bridges participated in an interdisciplinary panel on race, law, and health policy with other UC Berkeley experts. The panelists talked about the impact of structural racism on law and health policies related to communities of color. Watch the recording and read about the event.

Alumni Hub: COVID-19
For your convenience, we have gathered information about Berkeley Law's response to COVID-19 on one page. See communications from the dean , faculty in the media, and more on the Alumni Hub page.

Alumni Reunion - Virtual Edition, October 2, 2020. Save the date! Join us online for a first-of-its-kind Berkeley Law virtual alumni reunion. More information to come.
Berkeley Law Executive Education Online Programs

  • Sustainable Capitalism and ESG: This course demonstrates how to incorporate environmental, social, and governance considerations into business strategy through a combination of focused lectures and case studies, curated readings, and in-depth interviews with over 45 thought leaders. Registration deadline is July 30. Alumni discount available. Learn more and register here.

  • General Counsel Institute Online: The program is targeted at mid-career in-house attorneys who want to gain insight into the skills, techniques, and disciplines of the general counsel role, as well as network with other up and coming legal executives. Alumni discount available. Learn more and register here.

  • Berkeley Boosts Shorts: An ongoing series of discussions with leading scholars and practitioners on the implications of COVID-19 for civil legal practice and access to justice. Presented by the Civil Justice Research Initiative at Berkeley Law. View the schedule and register here
Wednesday Mindfulness Sessions : Berkeley Law's Office of Student Services provides guided mindfulness meditation on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 PST. It is open to all members of the Berkeley Law community, including alumni. Check the Law School's Events Calendar for the Zoom links.
Student Spotlight
Chris Gronseth ’22 Finds Real Meaning in Artificial Intelligence

Before coming to Berkeley Law, Chris Gronseth ’22 worked primarily in the healthcare industry. One of his most meaningful endeavors involved helping a nonprofit improve maternal health in underserved communities. A University of Oregon graduate with an MBA from the University of Colorado, Chris recently interned in the legal department of a leading startup accelerator. He is also an InSite fellow, articles editor and blog contributor at the Berkeley Business Law Journal , and on the executive board of the Healthcare & Biotech Law Society at Berkeley Law. 

Below, Gronseth describes his summer work experience: 

I’ve been working with the Atticus Project, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in San Francisco that is exploring the intersection between law and artificial intelligence. I help support multiple Atticus Project initiatives, including efforts to publish an open-sourced artificial intelligence dataset used in legal contract review, and building a set of training materials focused on educating high school and law students about artificial intelligence and legal terminology.

I joined Atticus Project in February because of my interest in innovative, mission-driven organizations. Bleary-eyed from first-year law classes, I was excited for a new challenge and searched for ways to be involved in the robust entrepreneurial ecosystem fostered by Berkeley Law.   Continue reading.
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