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Alumni Portal to Launch Soon
We are thrilled to announce that the new alumni portal is almost ready for launch! B-Link is an exclusive professional online network for Boalt alumni. Among its many features, B-Link will enable alumni to:
  • Reconnect with classmates
  • Find fellow alumni by region, practice area and affinity group
  • Share news, photos, jobs, and organize events
  • Network with leading practitioners in every area of the profession

You will receive an invite to join B-Link via email in the coming weeks. Registration is so easy, you'll be set up in the blink of an eye! 

If you have questions or want to update your email to be sure to receive an invite, please contact us at alumni@law.berkeley.edu.

// what's new

In July, Berkeley Law classmates Greg Miller '12 and Karim Kentfield '12 will begin the most competitive and coveted judicial clerkships in the nation, clerking for Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, respectively.

2015/2016 Giving Impact Report

Thank you to all who gave to Berkeley Law this year for helping make this law school a place where remarkable is the norm.

Check out our 2016 Impact Report for stories of some of our generous alums and the students whose lives they have helped change.


The current issue of CLR features Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s remarks at the 2015 Jorde Symposium.

Mark Feeser '07 and Van Swearingen '08 recently achieved major court victories for their clients that have far-reaching implications for prisoner's rights.
 
// in brief

William B. Shubb '63 Sacramento’s federal court shaped by character of its judges , The Sacramento Bee

Robert K. Tanenbaum '68  Joins ‘Joy on Paper’ Radio Show , Patch.com

Leigh Steinberg '73 Jerry Maguire Celebrates 20th Anniversary, getmoresports.com


Kay Drought '85, Ruth Heintz '95, NHLA wins Supreme Court appeal on behalf of low-income parents of children with disabilities, New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Mark H. Epstein '85, Ruben N. Garcia '93 Governor Names 22 to Superior Courts, Six in Los Angeles, Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Alana Wong Robinson '88 San Diego gets new interim U.S. attorney, The San Diego Tribune

Allan T. Marks '90 Vista Ridge to Deliver 20% More Water , Project Finance International

Anthony Iton '93 The 2016 Election Results and Public Health , Berkeley Wellness


David I. Ashby '02 was appointed to Sutter County Superior Court, Imperial Valley News

Annisah Um’rani '07, Akin Gump Promotes 10 to Partnership

Nav Athwal '10 Podcast: A New Way To Invest In Real Estate , The Financial Survival Network 

Aurelio J. Pérez  '10 Littler Elevates 24 Attorneys

Sam Koch '12Attorney of the Week, Safe Passage Project

Sonya Passi '13 named among Forbes 30 Under 30 for Law & Policy
Judge Thelton E. Henderson '62 recently announced he will retire from the bench after 35 years of service. Here's a wonderful article from California Magazine (Jan/Feb 2008) examining the civil rights icon's career and what it was like to be the first black lawyer in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  
// connect
Jan. 19:  Silicon Valley Alumni Event at The Rosewood — Join fellow alumni for a reception with Dean Murray. Please
RSVP
Feb. 3: Prosecutorial Abuse & Accountability — The Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice presents a symposium featuring Hon. Alex Kozinski (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) and Adam J. Foss (co-founder and president, Prosecutor Integrity). This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP here
Feb. 8: Santa Monica Alumni Event at Estate — Join Dean Murray for an alumni gathering in Los Angeles. Please RSVP
Feb. 7-10: Venture Capital Deal Camp
 — Join us for a four-day executive education and certificate program  with 500 Startups, Berkeley Innovators, and the Berkeley-Haas Institute for Business Innovation . The program will cover the nuts and bolts of deal making for investors and attorneys who want to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. Attendees will also get VIP access to the 500 Startups Preview Day, a first-look at the latest and greatest 500 Startups accelerator companies. 

NEW ATTORNEY OPTION: limited space is available for a one-day expanded session for attorneys on Feb. 8. This is a unique opportunity for attorneys to learn and network side-by-side with our Deal Camp investor participants.
// beyond
Berkeley Law celebrated alumni captains of the 2016 Partners in Leadership (PiL) campaign with a gathering at the Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe in San Francisco. Thanks to the efforts of PiL captains, the 2016 campaign, where alumni firms and organizations compete against each other to achieve 100% alumni giving participation, doubled the number of gifts over the previous year. Interim Dean Melissa Murray, BHAA Board President John Kuo '88, and PiL co-chairs Tyler Gerking '02 and David Zapolsky '88 (pictured) celebrated PiL captains and recognized both PiL veterans and new organizations that came on board last year. The next campaign kicks off  April 27.  If you would like to join PiL and be at next year's celebration, contact Holly Fincke,  hfincke@law.berkeley.edu .
At Startup@BerkeleyLaw's first Form+Fund workshop of the spring term, many alumni turned out to help advise entrepreneurs on the nuts and bolts of raising capital and issuing equity in the startup space. Special thanks to Matt Sonsini '92 (pictured at left with 3L Philip Wiseman) and his partners at Wilson Sonsini  Goodrich & Rosati and Jason Kwon '09 of Y Combinator for sharing their expertise with a packed house of eager founders and future startup lawyers. 
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