Cup of Joe

 I want very much to have a coffee with the staff at least once a semester. I have no agenda, just a chance to get together and talk. Our first coffee will be on Monday, Nov. 6, from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Warren Room.

I very much look forward to it!

Warm regards,

2017 Curtailment Dates

Campus is planning its annual energy conservation closures for the end-of-year holidays. Enjoy!

Closure dates will occur between Mon. Dec. 25, 2017 and Mon., Jan. 1, 2018.

The closure days are:

Monday, Dec. 25, 2017:         Administrative & Academic Holiday
Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017:        Administrative & Academic Holiday
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017:  Closure day
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017:      Closure day
Friday, Dec. 29, 2017:           Administrative & Academic Holiday
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018:          Administrative & Academic Holiday

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2017

On the weekend of October 6-7, we will welcome over 600 alumni and guests to the school for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2017.

We’d be delighted for your volunteer help once again in making this a success. If you can volunteer for a 4-hour slot, we’d like to invite you to attend the whole weekend program. For those of you unable to volunteer, we appreciate your patience as we convert the school temporarily to Memory Lane.

Reminder: Alumni Weekend is preceded by a community celebration of the life of Dean Herma Hill Kay. All are invited to the International House, Chevron Auditorium on Friday, October 6, 4pm-6pm. You can register here to attend.

Please contact Amy Ambrose for more information.

Bake Sale

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 8am to 2pm, in the Donor Lobby for a BAKE SALE to support two amazing organizations that are doing incredibly important work helping individuals with DACA applications.  The organizations are:

East Bay Community Law Center

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

All proceeds raised will be split in half and shared equally with these two organizations.

We will have coffee for sale by the 1951 Coffee Company, a non-profit specialty organization seeking to promote the well-being of the Bay Area refugee community. The company provides job training and employment for refugees and asylees, while educating the community about refugee life and issues.

We need your help in two ways:

  1. Please bake something—sweet or savory—now is your moment to shine. We welcome all goodies—healthy or not healthy. If they have nuts, please make that clear. And, of course, vegan items are welcome!
  2. Please come and buy something!

Thank you for your help and support. If you want to do more, please contact us.

Submitted by Erin Dineen and Sue Schechter, on behalf of the law school’s Climate Committee Community Service Group





Racism and Privilege: What’s Up at CAL?

Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 12:30 – 2pm  in room 240 Boalt Hall. Bring your lunch!
This is a conversation about current resources, workshops, and strategies for talking about race and privilege on campus presented by the Berkeley Law Community Staff Circle on Anti-Racism. A presentation will be made by Dr. Sidalia (Sid) Reed, director, Staff Diversity Initiatives, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion. It will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

Herma Hill Kay Memorial

Herma Hill Kay Memorial
Friday, October 6,
4-6:00 pm
Chevron Auditorium, International House
University of California, Berkeley

Please join us for a memorial celebration honoring the life and legacy of esteemed Berkeley Law Professor and former Dean Herma Hill Kay (1934-2017) on Friday, October 6 at the International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue (just across from Boalt). The second female faculty member and first female dean of Berkeley Law, Herma was an iconic pioneer among women in the law. A leading figure in family law, conflict of laws, and sex-based discrimination, she was also a mentor to many generations of faculty, students, and alumni. Join us in commemorating her enormous contributions to the law, our institution, and the world. Immediately following the memorial, all alumni are invited to join us for the welcome BBQ for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2017 on the law school’s roof terrace. If you are interested in attending, but have not already registered for Alumni Weekend, please register for the BBQ or full program at

Berkeley Law Community Walk

Join us on Thursdays on the west side of the building (by the picnic benches) at 12:10-1:00 pm for the Berkeley Law Community Walk. It’s weekly, free, and fun! On July 20, the following folks wandered the campus for about 45-minutes: Richard Fisk, Magdalene King’ori-Brewer, Annabelle Gonzales, Barbara Karvelot, and Sue Schechter. For information or encouragement, please contact Barbara Karvelot.

First Annual Berkeley Law Backpack Drive

Dear Berkeley Law Faculty and Staff,

On behalf of PIWG (Public Interest Working Group) and the Climate Committee’s Events/Recognition Subcommittee, we are excited to organize our First Annual Backpack Drive. We have selected the Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro which operates a shelter and is collecting backpacks for students to start school with new and nifty backpacks and supplies. We need your help in two ways:

  1. Please donate! We are aiming for $2,000 – any amount is great – but if you need a range ($5 -100) works. If you’re interested in donating, or volunteering, contact Sue Schechter, sschechter (at) Please donate by Friday, August 4, 2017 so we can purchase the supplies. If anyone has a good lead on backpacks, school supplies, we welcome it! If you are more comfortable giving supplies, here is the list of K-12 supplies that we are collecting (only new items please): Backpacks, Pencils/pens, Colored pencils, Crayons/Markers, Composition Books, Folders, Highlighters, Erasers, Note cards, Ruled paper, Notebooks, Glue sticks, and Scissors. Please drop off in the Law Library barrel or box in 471 Boalt Hall by Friday, August 4, so we know what we need to buy.
  1. Whether you donate or not, please join us from 3:00 – 5:00 on Wed., August 9, in the Warren Room to help assemble backpacks. We hope to gather enough money and supplies to provide between 35 and 50 backpacks to local kids in need. If you have ideas, suggestions – we welcome them.

Thank you for your help – it takes a village as we all know!

PIWG and the Climate Committee’s Events/Recognition Subcommittee