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

10-Second Bio

Name: Richard Buxbaum

Title: Emeritus professor since 2011, but on partial teaching recall

Department: Faculty

When I started working here: July 1, 1961

What I do in ten words or so: I was the first director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute (1968-75) and second Dean of International and Area Studies, UCB (1991-98).

Something you don’t know about me: I was one of five defense counsel for the Free Speech Movement (FSM) defendants in 1965. I lost 773 cases in one blow, thus destroying a pretty good U.S. Army Defense Counsel record. But I couldn’t let that stand, so also was counsel for campus anti-Vietnam War and Third World Strike efforts, somewhat mitigating the won-loss balance.

One weird fact about the town I grew up in: The village of Bombay, NY (at the door to the St. Regis (now Akwesasne) Mohawk Indian Reservation on the St. Lawrence River), where we lived 1940-45 after emigrating from Germany, had a total population of 180 people. My and my brother’s chores-based allowance of 25 cents per week (each) was a major contribution to its economy, via Ursula Bean’s 10-cents a slice Pie Shop.

If I could have any job in the world (besides the one I have now) it would be: An art curator’s job and life seems pretty good, provided it included travel.

Moral for today’s problems: Someone has to continue these efforts but why should it be me.

Backpack Project a Success

Thanks to the law school community for making our Backpack Project for the Davis Street Center a resounding success.  We brought almost $1,800 worth of supplies/backpacks (almost 50!) in about 15 boxes to the Center. Thank you to Alexey Berlind, Ariana Ceja, Marty Grenhart, Ahmed Lavalais, Deborah Schlosberg and Amy Utstein for helping to sort and schlep.  And especially thank you to all who donated funds and supplies! Backpack projects like these help children off to a good start for the new school year. See this recent story in the NYTimes.

Look for more opportunities for the Law School community to give back throughout the year,

Sue Schechter
on behalf of PIWG and Climate Committee’s Events/Recognition Subcommittee

Career Development Support

UC Berkeley and Berkeley Law support and encourage the growth and development of its employees. As you establish goals for the next year, remember to consider the resources available to support your success. Check out the HR website for information about paid time off, reduced fees, and free classes. Feel free to contact Trisha Milazzo in HR if you’d like help developing a plan.

Meet Mabel


Meet Mabel. A 4-ish year old Shepherd mix. Her mom, Farrah Fanara, rescued her from the San Francisco SPCA almost 2 1/2 years a go. She loves to lay on the bathroom floor while her mom gets ready for work and pretty much follows her mom everywhere. Mabel can also jump very high when playing ball. She makes very funny noises and likes to howl. Her full name is Mabel Emmet Fanaynay, but she goes by Mabes (the Babe), Marbles, Mabeline, and Mumbles.

A Grad for the Grades

NAME:  Trish Keady

TITLE: Associate Registrar

Dept./Unit: Registrar’s Office

When I started working here: A 2008 Boalt alum, I returned in 2012 as a fellow working with the SLPS projects. I worked for another year in Student Services then moved to the Registrar’s office in 2014.

What I do in ten words, more or less: I work with instructors to make sure all classes are graded and conform to the curve. I also work with students to make sure everyone has satisfied the requirements for the degree.

Something you don’t know about me: In grade school I won a writing contest with an original story told from the point of view of a soccer ball.

One weird fact about the town I grew up in: I grew up in Minnesota, famous for its lakes, which are home to many thousands of Canadian Geese. The geese are not especially great neighbors, and many view them as pests. One year, the town I grew up in decided to limit the overpopulation of geese by dispatching city workers to lakes and ponds to seek out nests and shake the goose eggs to keep them from hatching. The theory was that the adult geese would continue tending the eggs but no new goslings would be added to their number (horrifying, I know). Fortunately, the practice ended after a few weeks. I like to think that lawyers intervened to educate the town about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protects Canadian Geese, but I wasn’t there at the time and don’t know for sure.

The best part about working here: The people! The Berkeley Law staff are smart, interesting, hard working, and dedicated. The school would not be what it is without them.

If I could have any job in the world (besides the one I have now), it would be: I’d be a novelist, though perhaps not a very good one.

New Faculty Support Professionals at Berkeley Law

Last semester, the FSU welcomed Faculty Support Professionals Rachel Shuen and Cheryl Kuntz. Rachel and Cheryl support a large group of our law professors, and they have quickly become high performing contributors to our team. Please welcome Rachel and Cheryl who are both located in the FSU suite of offices in 325 Boalt Hall.

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