Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Awards

On April 17, 2018, 6 students received the Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women award, including a check for $900 each. This award is given annually by Nancy K. D. Lemon, Lecturer in Domestic Violence Law. The Jim Fahey Safe Homes Fund for Women endowment was established in 2007 to provide scholarships for graduate students at UC Berkeley with demonstrated financial need and a strong aptitude in relevant subjects as well as a deep commitment to combating domestic violence against women. Awards have been made each spring since 2011. This year the award went to an equal number of students graduating in law and social welfare. Photo, left to right: Ali Sadler (law), Michelle Unjung Kim (law), Nancy Lemon, Karina Sweitzer (social welfare), Erica West (social welfare), Emma Halling (law), and Iris Lin (social welfare). Congratulations!

Mad Love

We have the best IT team.  Everyone in IT is friendly, competent, hard-working and caring.  Y’all are some of my favorite people to work with.  I think all of us at Berkeley Law can say the same.  Thank you so much for trouble-shooting our problems and delivering top-notch service.  I’ve got mad love and respect for you all.

Thank you FSU & Janine Nesset Tominaga!

Last week, the CDO hosted our Annual Clerkship Celebration.  In the 2018-19 term, 92 Berkeley Law graduates will be clerking in 33 different states – a Berkeley Law record. 60 members of the Class of 2018 earned federal and state judicial clerkships – 52 will be clerking in the 2018 term and 8 will be clerking in future terms. An additional 40 Berkeley Law graduates from previous classes will be clerking in the 2018 term.

In addition to recognizing all of our future judicial clerks, I also acknowledged my two most valuable partners in this process – the Faculty Support Unit (FSU) and Janine Nesset Tominaga.

Each and every year, the FSU processes thousands of clerkship recommendation letters – often on short notice and on top of the significant responsibilities that FSU staff members have on any given day.

Janine Nesset Tominaga plays a vital behind the scenes role in keeping the clerkship process moving for all of the students and alums who are applying.  She works tirelessly to make sure clerkship applicants have all the logistical support they need in order to succeed.

I am so grateful to the FSU and Janine for their hard work and dedication to this process.  The success of our program is due in large part to the role that the FSU and Janine play.  Thank you FSU and Janine for all you do!  We look forward to celebrating you all at our Annual Summer FSU Appreciation Lunch!


Awesome new colleague

Lily Yang joined the Event Services Unit and started making a positive contribution immediately.  Thanks, Lily, for your professionalism and fantastic attitude and ideas!

Roxanne Livingston: Oral Argument Guru!

Once again, all of our first-year students successfully completed their oral arguments last week, due in large part to the remarkable logistical skills of Roxanne Livingston. The professors of legal writing are very grateful to Roxanne, and so are the 1Ls! We would also like to thank Barbara Karvelot, Sara Jimenez, Edwin Bish, Whitney Mello, Julio Gil, Bill Fernholz, Diana DiGennaro, all the great folks at Bancroft catering.

Food Drive Success!

Thanks to all of you who contributed to our Food Drive to benefit The Bear Pantry! Your generous donations will support low-income UC Berkeley student families with dependent children.

Thank you to Lisa Ferrari for her help with the food collection logistics and to the Clinical Program office, Library, Registrar’s Office, and Student Services for hosting the collection bins. All of your support was key to the success of our effort.


Welcome Wagon

A shout-out to the “Welcome Wagon” idea and the committee. I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by Farrah Fanara, office manager in the clinical program, explaining that she had been paired with me. We met last week and, double-surprise, the law school paid for our coffee and gifted me with a Zeb card. I am a retiree, working on a limited basis in Jewish Law and Israel Studies, and I appreciate the hospitality and collegiality I’ve experienced since joining the law school, albeit temporarily.

Submitted by: Diane Sprouse


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

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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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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