Latest News as of 7/25/18

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1) Lauri’s Hours 7/26
2) Lauri Away Dates
3) Law Firm Job SF
4) Depositions
5) Penn Law Jrnl – Submit

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1) Lauri’s Hours 7/26

Lauri’s Hours 7/26

Lauri’s hours are as follows on Thurs. 7/26:

1:30 – 4

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2) Lauri Away Dates

Lauri Away Dates

I’ll be away from the office on the following days:

Friday July 27
Monday July 30 – Friday August 3

I’ll be back and will respond to your e-mails as soon as I can.

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3) Law Firm Job SF

Law Firm Job SF

My name is Sarabi Rodriguez and I am a current 4th year at Cal studying Sociology and Public Policy. I work part-time as a Legal Assistant for a law firm off Montgomery St. in San Francisco by the name of Wykowski Law.

We are currently searching for an additional paid, part-time Legal Assistant for our office. I’ve worked here for a year now and definitely feel this is a valuable work experience to be shared with our Berkeley community. I include our job announcement below, which includes info about the position and our firm.
Best,
Sarabi Rodriguez
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Wykowski Law, a boutique law firm located in San Francisco’s Financial District, is looking for an independent and self-motivated individual to assist us in a part-time capacity with our legal practice. We are a business and tax litigation law firm. We also specialize in the representation of individuals, corporations, and non-profit entities in the nation’s burgeoning cannabis industry. Our principal attorney, Henry Wykowski, is a former federal prosecutor and a nationally-recognized authority on issues pertaining to cannabis. He has been trial counsel in many of the industry’s leading cases.  We regularly litigate cases in State and Federal Courts. 

The ideal applicant should possess strong oral and written communication skills, and have experience with Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Adobe, and cloud storage systems such as DropBox.  Duties will include answering phones, maintaining office files, monitoring daily correspondence, communicating with clients, attending to office billing, and assisting attorneys in drafting court briefs, as well as corporate transactional documents. Throughout the semester, the student may have the opportunity to attend court hearings and interact with clients. Depending on interest and ability, you may also be asked to participate in case strategy and implementation. This position is an excellent opportunity for an undergraduate considering law school or working in the broader cannabis business space. Prior assistants have attended top-tier law schools and transitioned into practice with solid lawyering skills gained through their work experience. These law schools include Harvard, Berkeley, NYU, UCLA, UC Hastings, UCI, among others. 

We are particularly interested in students in their second or third year who are available to continue through graduation provided we are a good match for each other.  This is a part-time position (10 to 20 hours a week) with the opportunity to move to full-time. Availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays is preferred. Compensation is competitive and based upon experience.

Our office is located in the heart of the Financial District, 2 blocks from the Montgomery Bart Station.

Please send our office a cover letter and resume addressed to Henry G. Wykowski by email to sr@wykowskilaw.com

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4) Depositions

Depositions

Legal Studies Fall 2018 Announcement:
An Opportunity for Undergrads to Participate in a Berkeley Law JD Skills Class with the OPTION of earning 1 unit of LS 199 Individual Research Credit

In Fall 2018, undergraduates will have a unique opportunity to play the role of witnesses in a Berkeley Law JD Professional Skills Class (Depositions: Law 246.3), taught by Professor Henry Hecht.

Professor Hecht seeks six (6) students to serve as role-playing witnesses.  Students selected will be expected to prepare in advance by reading a witness statement and a very limited amount of background material.  Witnesses will then be expected to participate in six (6) classes: one Friday (1) afternoon class from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., on September 21, and five (5) Tuesday afternoon classes from 3:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., on September 25, October 16, October 23, November 13, and November 20.  During those sessions, you will play the role of a witness for either the plaintiff or the defendant in a mock case.  Students selected must be able to commit to attending all four Tuesday afternoon classes and the one Saturday class.

Professor Hecht’s Depositions course is a skills course, in which Berkeley Law students, working in small groups, simulate the process of preparing witnesses for their depositions and then taking as well as defending their depositions.  Practicing Bay Area lawyers attend these sessions, observe the law students in action, and critique their performances.  (Note: A deposition is a pre-trial legal procedure in which witnesses in a civil lawsuit answer questions by the opposing parties under oath, typically in a law office.)
Playing the role of a witness will allow you to gain insight into the US system of civil litigation and to see it in operation.  In addition, it will provide a chance to meet and talk with Berkeley Law students and Bay Area attorneys.  Finally, witnesses will earn a $50.00 Amazon gift card for their service.

To Apply:
Please apply by e-mail to Professor Hecht’s assistant Stephanie Dorton at dorton@berkeley.edu, by no later than Thursday, August 30, at 5:00 p.m.  Please include the words “Application to be a Witness” and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  In your cover message, please include a brief statement about why you are interested in taking part in this class; and attach your resume.

Students’ applications will be reviewed by Professor Hecht, and he will notify students of his decisions by no later than Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

OPTION: Earn 1 Unit of LS 199 Course Credit for Supervised Independent Research with Professor Perry
Students who choose this OPTION have the opportunity to earn one unit of LS 199 P/NP course credit for their service as a witness in Professor Hecht’s Depositions class under the supervisor of Professor Perry.  In order to earn this supervised independent research credit, students will be required to do some additional readings on the civil litigation process and on the participant observation method.  At the end of the semester, students selecting this option must submit a paper of at least ten pages in length (exclusive of notes and bibliography).  The requirements for the LS 199 course credit, offered by Professor Perry, are described below.
Requirements for LS 199 credit:
i.     Attend all class role playing sessions, and prepare for the role plays;
ii.    Take notes on what you did and what you observed, preferably in a small note pad, organized by the date of the session; and submit the raw, handwritten pages along with your final paper;
iii.    Read materials, posted on bCourses, on participant observation methods; and consider how those method(s) apply to your own experience;
iv.    Read two chapters, posted on bCourses, from Robert Kagan’s Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law, focusing especially on Chapter 6, which mentions depositions;
v.    Meet at least twice during the semester with Professor Perry; and
vi.    Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.

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5) Penn Law Jrnl – Submit

Penn Law Jrnl – Submit

Call for Submissions – Penn Undergraduate Law Journal [www.pulj.org]

The Penn Undergraduate Law Journal is soliciting submissions for its eleventh issue. Please see below for details.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR SUBMISSION

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 9th, 2018 at 11:59 PM

PULJ is looking for papers ranging from 20 to 100+ double-spaced pages in length. Our journal is especially receptive to research papers, senior theses, and independent studies or final papers written for classes. Papers need not be on American law — they can be on the laws or legal system of any country. We consider submissions on a rolling basis for each issue, so if your piece is not finished by the deadline, please still submit it upon completion.

Students in any field of study are encouraged to submit their work, so long as their piece relates to the law or the legal system. Possible disciplinary perspectives include, but are not limited to: History, Criminology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, English, Biology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Linguistics, Psychology, and Political Science.

Please submit your work here: http://www.pulj.org/submissions.html

Selected pieces will be published in the eleventh issue of the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal.

Please submit questions or concerns on the contact page of our website, which can be accessed here:http://www.pulj.org/contact.html

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