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Congratulations Class of 2018
On Friday, May 11, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and members of Berkeley Law's faculty and staff joined proud families and friends to celebrate the Class of 2018 commencement exercises. Joining the Berkeley Law alumni family are 309 J.D.s, 231 L.L.M.s, 3 Ph.D./J.S.P.s, and 2 J.S.D.s. Pictured here, J.D. Class of 2018 Co-presidents Alfredo Diaz and Ashwin Narla delivered a warm, funny, and optimistic commencement address that embodied the resilient community spirit of this amazing class. Watch the video here . See the commencement photo gallery here .
Through Berkeley Law  New Business Practicum 's Central Valley Ventures initiative, students are steadily filling the void for legal services in one of the nation’s poorest regions through workshops, office hours, phone counseling, and online resources offered in Spanish.
Mei-Wah Lee and Zahraa Hadi spent nearly their entire time as law students helping San Quentin inmate Chris Deragon navigate the parole process. Just three weeks before graduation, their client was released after more than 22 years served.
Read the New Issue of Transcript!
Berkeley Law's alumni magazine, Transcript , is going bi-annual! The spring issue is out now in print and online. Special features inside this issue include a look at why Berkeley Law is one of the world's top destinations for international lawyers to earn a Master of Laws and how our wide-ranging racial justice work is confronting inequities throughout the legal system. You'll also catch up with faculty scholarship , meet some outstanding alumni making a difference at Berkeley Law and in the world, and much more.

May 21: Meet the Dean in Boston — Latham & Watkins

June 3: Alumni Gathering in Beijing, China —Join Professor Robert Merges and fellow alumni for a talk on Sino-US Technology and IP Policy at Beijing IParagon Law Firm.
June 14: 2018 Citation Awards Join alumni, faculty, and friends at the City Club of San Francisco to celebrate the accomplishments of the Berkeley Law community. The event includes a short reception, a welcome by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a seated luncheon, and the awarding of the Citation Award, the Young Alumni Award, and the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award. P lease register her e by May 24.

June 18: Meet the Dean in Denver Arnold & Porter
Sept 14 & 15: Memorial and Symposium for David Caron '83 — Please save the date for two events to commemorate the life and work of David Caron, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law (Emeritus), to be held at the Berkeley Law. Details coming soon.
Registration for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2018 opens June 1. Register before August 1 to get the Early Bear Special discount rate on the full program! Visit for details.
Partners in Leadership – Workplace Giving Program is Off to an Impressive Start!
Seventy-six firms and organizations with over 1,600 Berkeley Law alums are competing with the goal of achieving 100 percent participation among alumni employees by June 15. Please give and check your workplace ranking at .
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Hon. Thelton E. Henderson '62 , The Catalyst , The Marshall Project

Dr. Todung Mulya Lubis LL.M. '78 was appointed Indonesian Ambassador to Norway  by Indonesia's President Joko Widodo

Andrew Demetriou '79 was nominated for a three year term on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors, representing the State of California

David Caron '83 , professor emeritus, leading US arbitrator, and judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, has been given a posthumous Global Arbitration Review lifetime achievement award months after his unexpected death at age 65.

David Estrada '93 joined Bird as chief legal officer , Tech Crunch

Kacy Keys '97 was featured in " Developer converts old Sears into new experiences ," Los Angeles Times

Tara-Nicholle Nelson '01 was featured in " How A Spirituality Startup Is Solving Silicon Valley's Religious Apathy ," Forbes

Marek Reavis '00 was appointed public defender of Humbolt County , North Coast Journal

Austin Ku '03 will appear in the world premiere of Soft Power , the new play by Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang & Jeanine Tesori. Los Angeles, Ahmanson Theatre, May 3-June 10 , and San Francisco, Curran Theatre, June 20-July

Ariel Clark '05 expands women-owned cannabis law firm Clark Neubert , adds Jay Purcell '11 , The Recorder

Joshua Weishart '06 , " WVU law professor wins prestigious scholarship award ," West Virginia Record

Colin Allred '13 was featured in " Will Democrats Win the House? Ask Texas ," The New York Times

Irving Tragen'45 was awarded the Global Ambassador of Peace and Public Service Award at the 30th Annual International House Celebration and Awards Gala. Photo by International House at UC Berkeley .
Tiffany Austin '12 , solidifies her standing as one of the leading vocalists on the international jazz scene with her new album, "Unbroken," according to Broadway World . Pictured here performing with her band at Berkeley Law's 2018 graduation celebration.
Alumnae Melinda Haag '87 (partner at Orrick in San Francisco), Elizabeth Cabraser '78 , and Kelly Dermody '93 (both partners at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein in San Francisco) have been named among the Daily Journal ’s “Top Women Lawyers” for 2018.
Some things are best done the old fashioned way. Here, an artisan engraves the names of generous donors of $1 million or more onto the Builders of Boalt wall outside the law school's Cafe Zeb at the law school. Newly memorialized donors include Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors America, Robert M. Corson '40 , June K. and Sanford H. Kadish, Cassius L. Kirk Jr. '54 , Ruth F. and Douglas Peter Rathke, Lance J. Robbins '72 , the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and The Wollenberg Foundation.
Amsterdam Exposed: An American's Journey Into The Red Light District by David Wienir '00 — An original and provocative travel memoir detailing Wienir's time in Amsterdam as an exchange student from Berkeley Law in the late 90s. Read an interview with the author in the Santa Monica Observer .
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On April 13, the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law hosted the fourth annual Berkeley Law Sports Industry Conference. It was an outstanding day of conversations on cutting-edge topics including e-sports, sports betting, concussion litigation, and an inspiring keynote talk with Marc J. Spears, NBA writer for ESPN's The Undefeated, and Sacramento Kings Guard Garrett Temple. Special thanks to alumni panelists Cameron Mabrie '12 , Rodney Gilmore '86 , and Frank Fahrenkopf '65 and the many alums in attendance. Click here for photos .
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