How an LL.M. Can Help You Pass US Bar Exams

Berkeley Law LL.M. Program featured in LLM Guide, October 18, 2019

“The biggest challenges for students are the exams themselves which are notoriously difficult,” says Peter Landreth, director of LL.M. professional development at Berkeley Law in California.

Elon Musk debuts test tunnel in Hawthorne: ‘I really think this is incredibly profound’

Ethan Elkind quoted in Curbed Los Angeles, December 18, 2018

“If his tunneling costs are real, that would provide a staggering benefit for subway transit. And we need more transit tunnels in our cities badly as an alternative to street traffic and to expand overall capacity,” said Ethan Elkind, a transportation scholar who directs the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at UC Berkeley Law. “If it works, transit agencies may want a piece in some way.”

Apple Pushes Out Software Update to Avoid China iPhone Ban

Mark Cohen quoted in Dow Jones News, December 19, 2018

Both of those American companies stopped selling their products in China, said Mark Cohen of the UC Berkeley School of Law, a former senior counsel in China for the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. A “political narrative is not beyond the realm of possibility,” he said.

Trump dismisses a century of constitutional scholarship in bid to end birthright citizenship

John Yoo quoted in Yahoo! News, October 31, 2018

“The 14th Amendment settled the question of birthright citizenship,” John Yoo, a Berkeley law professor who served in the George W. Bush administration, wrote in a recent essay. “According to the best reading of its text, structure and history, anyone born on American territory, no matter their national origin, ethnicity or station in life, is an American citizen.”

Legal experts skeptical Trump can unilaterally subsidize Appalachian coal

John Yoo quoted in The Daily Caller, August 15, 2018

“There could be existing statutes that provide for subsidies for industries that are harmed by unfair trade competition or that are advancing innovative techniques for energy development,” said Yoo, who worked in the Bush administration Justice Department and was a major proponent of the “unitary executive” theory of government.

“The program you mention, however, doesn’t seem to fall within these categories,” Yoo said. “If no existing statute exists creating the program, then President Trump will have to ask Congress for new funds this upcoming year.”

Daughter of Slain Environmentalist Connects Migrant Caravan to Honduran Government’s Failures

Roxanna Altholz mentioned in KQED, November 2, 2018

Roxanna Altholz, who co-directs the International Human Rights Clinic at Berkeley Law, said Honduran authorities have withheld and even erased evidence from dozens of computers, cell phones and other electronic devices during the investigation.

“I am very concerned this is a show trial and it’s a trial being used to shield the masterminds, the intellectual authors, from accountability,” said Altholz, who was on the team of international attorneys aiding the family.

Watch And Learn: Why (And How) You Should Record Your Speeches And Presentations

Olga Mack writes for Above the Law, November 12, 2018

Hindsight is 20/20, and we often walk away from speeches or presentations thinking about what we could do differently. While you can’t turn back the clock, there is another way to benefit from this reflection: watching recordings of your speeches. Whenever possible, make sure you record your speeches or presentations. You can enhance your public speaking skills drastically by watching your recording and identifying ways to improve in areas that went poorly.

Obscure concealed-carry group spent millions on facebook political ads

Ann Ravel quoted in Wired, November 19, 2018

But the opacity of Concealed Online’s business also exposes a blind spot for Facebook and for the regulation of digital political ads in general, says Ann Ravel, a UC Berkeley law professor and former FEC commissioner under President Obama.

Despite all of the noise about protecting elections in Washington and Silicon Valley over the last two years, digital political ads remain largely unregulated. “The law doesn’t cover them,” she says. “My opinion is that it should. This is the essence of where campaigning has gone now.”

Ravel says Facebook’s archive is “not sufficient.” As the case of Concealed Online shows, Facebook’s database can tell you what entity placed the ad, but it reveals little about who’s really behind it. That’s an issue that’s hardly specific to Concealed Online.