november 2016 // contact // give // archive 

BIG THANKS to the entire Berkeley Law community for an incredible outpouring of support during Big Give, UC Berkeley's one-day, campus-wide fundraising campaign.

We raised a total of $803,866 for our studentswith more than 1,000 gifts from alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends.  

Special shout out to alumni of classes 2006-2016: Thanks to you, Berkeley Law tied for most young alumni donors of all units on campus! We also received great support from seed gift donors and our international alumni, who sent gifts to their alma mater from Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and the Virgin Islands!

Thanks to your participation, Berkeley Law received an additional $12,880 from campus! We are so grateful for your ongoing support and pride in this outstanding institution.

Wishing you and your family a joyful holiday. Again, thank you, and GO BEARS!


Melissa Murray
Interim Dean and Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law
UC Berkeley School of Law

// what's new
A new book by Professor Lauren Edelman ’86 (center), Working Law: Courts, Corporations and Symbolic Civil Rights, could help change the world of workplace race and gender discrimination, which persists even though almost all companies have anti-discrimination policies in place.
A new report by Berkeley Law’s Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice highlights the flaws in the “welfare family cap,” a policy that denies additional cash aid for babies born into families already receiving financial assistance.
// in brief

Michael Tigar '66Taking Action: Understanding History, Reaching Out, Monthly Review

Greg Wilkinson '72 shared the news of the passing of classmate Steve Zamora '72. Here's a short video from the memorial service. 

Jon Michaelson '78 was named Managing Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend LLP in Silicon Valley

Judge Lydia Villarreal '80 Elected Chair of The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors

Judge Amul Thapar '93 on Trump’s List of Possible Supreme Court Nominees, India West

Marilyn M. Singleton '95, The Surprise in California's Medical Bill Law; Let's Not Replace Constitutionally Proper Elections With Mob Rule, Sunshine State News

Brian Egan '00Remarks on International Law and Stability in Cyberspace, U.S. Department of State

David Snyder '08, Journalist and First Amendment Lawyer, Named to Head First Amendment Coalition

Zehra Betul Ayranci LLM '15 was  awarded the International Bar Association's global scholarship for the IP, Communications & Technology Law section, for her article "Digital Death: What Happens to Your Digital Assets When You Die?"

Criminal Genius: A Portrait of High-IQ Offenders  by  James Oleson '01 — This book provides some of the first empirical information about the self-reported crimes of people with genius-level IQ scores. Combining quantitative data from 72 different offenses with qualitative data from 44 follow-up interviews, Oleson describes the nature of crime by offenders of high IQ -- shedding light on a population often ignored in research and yet sensationalized by media.
Office Christmas Party, co-written by Justin Malen '01, hits theaters on December 9. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, TJ Miller and Kate McKinnon. Malen says Boalt alums who work in offices every day are sure to get a kick out of it, adding that his time practicing at Kaye Scholer in NY and LA was great source material for writing the movie.
// connect
Nov. 28: Urban Gun Violence: Realities & Solutions — Hosted by the Human Rights Center, t his event will penetrate stereotypes and delve into the realities of urban gun violence and successful measures to combat that violence in Richmond, Oakland, and nationwide.
Dec. 3: Hong Kong Holiday Mixer with Interim Dean Melissa MurrayHong Kong Boalties are invited to join Alumni Center staff for a holiday party with Dean Murray at Latham & Watkins LLP. Special thanks to David Blumental '99 and Joseph Bevash '87 for hosting this event. RSVP here  by November 29. 
Dec. 8-9: Advanced Patent Law Institute  — J oin our nationally recognized faculty, and leading judges, professors, litigators, patent attorneys and senior IP counsel from major corporations for the Advanced Patent Law Institute at the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto.

Legal Musicians Wanted

The LA Lawyers Philharmonic, featuring alumnus Justice Arthur Gilbert '63, presiding justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second District Division 6, is auditioning for all instruments and vocalists. Proclaimed as “LA’s Only Legal Orchestra and Chorus,” the LA Lawyers Phil and Legal Voices have achieved international recognition. The Big Band of Barristers has been named America’s No. 1 Legal Band after winning the American Bar Association’s nationwide competition. If you would like to try out for these ensembles, please email For more info, visit

Moot Court Coach Needed 
Berkeley Law is sending a team of three students to the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in White Plains, New York. Oral arguments begin with two preliminary rounds on Thursday, February 23, 2017, are followed by the third preliminary & quarterfinal rounds on Friday, February 24, and conclude with the semifinal & final rounds on Saturday, February 25 We have a local coach here in Berkeley who will help the team prepare, but need someone to accompany the team and serve as its coach during the competition in White Plains. If you are interested, please contact Diana DiGennaro, Academic Coordinator for the Competitions Program, at We would be honored to work with you and our students would greatly benefit from your support and expertise!
// beyond
Berkeley Law Ambassadors Visit Alumni, Promote Programs on World Tour
While visiting Seoul, South Korea, Anya Grossman, associate director of student advising and outreach for the Advanced Degree Programs, and Adam Sterling '13, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, spent an evening with alumni of Berkeley Law's visiting scholars program at their firm, Kim & Chang.  Pictured: Ji-Yeon Song VS '15, Anya, Adam, Chan Hoon Baek VS '93, Jung Min Eun VS '16. 
Natalie Golden of the Advanced Degree Programs Office (right) and  Catherine Escobedo LL.M. '16 at an information session on Berkeley Law LL.M. programs in Lima, Peru. 
Rising second-summer LL.M. student Sooyeon Kwon (right), hosted Anya Grossman at her company, the Green Climate Fund in South Korea, to discuss academic partnership opportunities.
Last month, Natalie Golden presented on our LL.M. and Professional Legal Education programs at Pèrez Bustamante & Ponce in Quito, Ecuador.  The event was organized by host María Isabel Aillón-Vásconez LLM '14, a senior associate at the firm. In attendance were accomplished Professional Track graduates who shared application tips and stories about why they love Berkeley. Pictured (l to r): Luca Galeotti Flori LLM '14 Maria Isabel Aillon LLM '15Pablo Morales LLM '14 Adriana Flores LLM '13 Magda Aspirot LLM '14.  
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