Student spirit!

Special shoutout to Event Services Unit student workers Victoria Berdin (UC Berkeley senior) and Leticia Camacho (UC Berkeley sophomore) for their inexhaustible work during Alumni Reunion Weekend. Their wonderful attitude, spirit, and work ethic was a shining light during the planning and execution of Berkeley Law’s biggest alumni event of the year. On behalf of the entire reunion committee, THANK YOU, we truly could not have done it without you.

Submitted by Rachel DeLetto

10-Second Bio

Name: gar Russell

Title: Director of Operations

Dept./Unit: Operations

When I started working here: 1989

What I do in five words or less: Keep the building afloat.

The best part about working here: The great folks I work with.

Something you don’t know about me: Up until recently, I suppose, folks didn’t know that I’m a writer. My first novel is coming out Oct. 29. I also write a blog.

One weird fact about the town I grew up in: Good grief, I grew up in LA—too many weird facts to choose from!

If I could have any job in the world (besides the one I have now) it would be: Writer


New Hires

Welcome to Our New Employees:

Shivani Bhatia,  Director of Finance & Business Services

Andrea Cousins, Interim Annual Fund Officer

Diane Sprouse, Interim Office Manager

Going above and beyond!

Heartfelt thanks to the Alumni Department and Thembi Jackson and Nancy Donovan of the Events Services Unit for planning and coordinating the memorial celebrating the life and career of Prof. Herma Hill Kay. And thanks to all the volunteers who helped host the event.

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On the Move!

Faculty visiting other law schools, on sabbatical or leave this fall:

  • Eric Biber (Sabbatical)
  • Peter Menell (Sabbatical)
  • Melissa Murray (Visiting NYU)
  • Justin McCrary (Visiting Columbia Law)
  • Angela Onwuachi-Willig (Leave)

Berkeley Law’s Latest American Law Institute Member

Professor Saira Mohamed was recently elected as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). The institute is the leading independent organization in the U.S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. More info on the ALI and its members can be found here.

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Props to Israel

Israel, you provide one-of-a-kind service to the Clinical Program. It’s always a pleasure working with you and learning from you. You’re quick to help us out when we’re in a bind, and we know we can count on you. In a culture where “no” can often be the first response, you always start with “yes!” You’re the epitome of positivity and diligence. Thank you so much for all you do.
Submitted by Farrah Fanara, Olivia Layug Balbarin & Amy Utstein

New Hires

Welcome to our new employees:


Prithika Balakrishnan, Lecturer;

Emily Berry, Lecturer of Legal Writing;

Juliet Bonczkowski, Database Enrollment Specialist, Financial Aid;

Fiona Bradford, Helpdesk Analyst, IS&T;


Photo contest winners

Take a look at the dynamic photos submitted to the photo contest. A shout out to all who participated and to the winners: Luke Sherman; Rachel DeLetto; Susanna Spiro; Monica Haulman; Lothar Determan; Farrah Fanara; Dominic Walshe; Ron Skinner; Jen Covens; Linda Tam; Stephanie Deaner; Lisa Ferrari; and Oliver Kay.

Submitted by Amatullah Alaji-Sabrie


Saint Montie

So, we all know how awesome Montie is, but you might not know that our international partners in Central and South America call him San Montie (Saint Montie in English.) The International Human Rights Law Clinic has a current case in Honduras, and when we encountered a variety of technical issues relating to privacy concerns, Montie stepped up and came up with creative solutions for some pretty complicated problems. It got to the point that when a new problem arose, our partners would just say, “Llame a San Montie” (call Saint Montie) and when the call was made morning, noon, or night, Montie would answer and prove his worthiness for sainthood. We are so lucky to have him here at the Law School!

Submitted by Roxanna Altholz and Amy Utstein