february 2017 // contact // give // archive 
// what's new
Professional Legal Education (PLE) is a new program that offers legal professionals the opportunity to complete comprehensive law courses in the summer. PLE courses are ideal for attorneys looking to advance their expertise, keep up with a rapidly changing area of law, or explore a new practice area.  The program  is open to anyone who has an LL.M. or J.D. degree, or three-plus years experience in a law-related field.
During a daylong symposium at Berkeley Law on January 27, lawyers, policy experts, and scholars identified legal implications of the new presidential administration in the areas of reproductive and LGBTQ rights, environmental policy, immigration, domestic surveillance, and race. 
The sole North American university partner with Amnesty International's Digital Verification Corps, the new Human Rights Investigations Lab is  training students to use digital open source methods to bring attention to human rights abuses as well as gather evidence of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for future prosecutions.
Through a Public Interest Fellowship grant, made possible by supporters of the law school's Boalt Hall Fund, Seth Lyons '16 launched a Community Legal Services project through Congreso de Latinos Unidos. In a low-income community in Philadelphia, Lyons assists clients with employment-related issues, such as expunging criminal records.
// in brief
Seven members of the Berkeley Law community were highlighted in San Francisco Magazine's "The Resistance," a gallery feature on 43 Bay Area lawmakers, activists, immigrants, lawyers, engineers, environmentalists, and self-styled revolutionaries preparing to take on the Donald Trump presidency.
// connect
March 2: APALSA Alumni-Student Mixer — Join the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association for their annual alumni-student mixer in Steinhart Courtyard on Thursday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP here .
March 4-5: 19th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest & Social Justice Retreat — The Trina Grillo Retreat is a unique opportunity for public interest- and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities, and formulating strategies for social justice.
March 24: BCLT Privacy Law Forum — The 6th annual conference brings together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, technologists, privacy advocates and academics.  Berkeley Law faculty will share their latest research and analysis on trans-Atlantic data flows, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and government access demands. Leading privacy experts from law firms and tech companies will offer fresh insight and practical advice on these and other urgent privacy challenges.  Register now. 
SAVE THE DATE: Berkeley Law in Mexico City, Friday, April 28, 2017Members of the Berkeley Law faculty, along with Interim Dean Melissa Murray, will host a day-long event for alumni and friends of the law school at Casa de California in Mexico City. Details and registration information coming soon. 
SAVE THE DATE: Boalt Hall Citation Awards, Thursday, June 15, 2017 — The Citation Award, the law school’s highest honor, recognizes exceptional contributions to the bar, the bench, legal scholarship, the state, the nation, and the world. Details and registration information coming soon. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Holly Johnson in the Alumni Center at holly.johnson@law.berkeley.edu  or  510.642.9045.
It's time to start planning your return to Berkeley for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2017!

Festivities will kick off on Friday evening, Oct. 6, and continue all day Saturday, Oct. 7, culminating in reunion class dinners and an all-class party. Details about MCLE panels and events coming soon.

Members of reunion class years ending in 2 and 7: Join your Reunion Class Committee! Reunion Committee membership is one of the most important volunteer roles at Berkeley Law. By joining your Class Committee you will help plan a successful Reunion, encourage classmates to attend Alumni Weekend, and inspire classmates to support Berkeley Law.

For more information or to inquire about joining your Reunion Class Committee, contact Holly Fincke at hfincke@law.berkeley.edu or 510.664.9983.

Alumni Judges Wanted
Berkeley Law's Competitions Program is looking for experienced attorneys to serve as judges for our internal moot court and negotiations competitions: 

McBaine Moot Court Honors Competition
February 21, 22, 28, and March 1, 2017, 5:30-9:30 pm, Boalt Hall
The James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition is Berkeley Law’s premier advanced-level moot court competition and is open to all Berkeley Law second- and third-year JD students. The competition format is modeled after United States Supreme Court practice. Cases chosen for the competition involve cutting-edge issues of public importance. Typically 16-24 students participate. We need litigation attorneys to serve as judges for this competition.

Halloum Negotiations Competition
March 22 and 235:30-9 pm, Boalt Hall
The Halloum Negotiations Competition gives students an opportunity to experience being corporate lawyers: making business deals and working cooperatively with individuals both alongside and across the negotiation table. Typically 48 students participate, requiring approximately 20-30 practitioner judges. We need transactional attorneys to serve as judges for this competition.

Please contact Diana DiGennero at ddigennaro@berkeley.edu to get involved!
// beyond
Members of the LL.M. Class of 2016 met up for a Boalt reunion in Paris. Pictured left to right: Julien Burger '16; Viviana Chahda Mendes '16; Willem Riehl '16; Marina Soares '16; Ralph Moughanie '16.
Alumni from Bay Area firms came out to Boalt Hall for BCLT's Spring Tech Career Fair. Here, Nick Martini '04 discusses his firm, Hayes and Boone, with a current Berkeley Law student. 
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