Latest News as of 8/13/18


1) Lauri’s Hours 8/16
2) Depositions
3) Dth Pnlty Clnc Intrnshp
4) Green Initiative Fund
5) Alumna Story
6) KPFA Mid-East Intrnshp
7) Berkeley Law JD Admissions Open House


1) Lauri’s Hours 8/16

Lauri’s Drop in Office Hours on Thursday 8/16 are as follows:

8:30 – 12


2) 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, 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.


3) Dth Pnlty Clnc Intrnshp

Dth Pnlty Clnc Intrnshp

Death Penalty Clinic
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

The ideal candidate for this unique opportunity is dependable and responsible. We are looking for one more intern for the fall semester, with the possibility of continuing into the spring. We require an undergraduate, preferably a junior or senior, who can commit a minimum of ten (10) hours per week. These are unpaid positions.

The Death Penalty Clinic is a law practice engaged in direct representation of individuals facing capital punishment. Interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, the Clinic paralegal, and law students. They will be held to the same confidentiality requirements as faculty, staff, and law students in the Clinic.

As an intern, you must be: -dependable in terms of your time commitment -trustworthy because of the serious responsibility of working on capital cases -detail-oriented to best support the Clinic and, ultimately, our clients.

Responsibilities include, but certainly are not limited to: -inventory and analyzing files -researching news databases -exhibit and pleading organization -extensive filing -assisting in record preservation and management -updating our records database

As an intern, you will be exposed to the realities of working on a capital case and engage in projects that contribute to the professional work of the organization.

For more information regarding the Clinic, see our website at

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest to Heather Canfield, Clinic Paralegal, at by Monday, August 13, 2018, at 8:00 am. Materials should be submitted in PDF format and should include your last name in the file name.

Selected applicants will be invited to interview, either telephonically or in person, and may be asked to attend an in-person orientation during the fall semester.


4) Green Initiative Fund

Green Initiative Fund

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) has two open seats on its governing Committee, the Undergraduate Student at-Large Representative (open only to undergraduate students) and the Environmental Justice Student at-Large Representative (open to both graduate/professional students and undergraduate students), for the 2018-19 academic year.
More information can be found on handshake at #1832469 and #1832476 and will be available soon on our new website, once we launch next week. You can also find a Facebook post to share here and a Twitter post here to retweet.
The application isn’t too challenging (3 pages max), and we request that prospective representatives email their applications to by 5PM on Friday, August 31st. It’s a great professional development opportunity and way to shape campus sustainability.


5) Alumna Story

Alumna Story

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6) KPFA Mid-East Intrnshp

KPFA Mid-East Intrnshp

MESTU 197.1 “Voices of the Middle East and North Africa” KPFA Internship

This unique, for-credit internship opportunity allows students to help create and produce the Pacifica Radio/KPFA program, “Voices of the Middle East and North Africa.” Research topics for the show, learn all aspects of radio production: recording, editing, mixing sound, digital production, engineering, and sound design, co-produce shows and interview guests, develop social media and multimedia based on themes covered on the program, plus script writing, editorial meetings, brainstorming of new ideas.

To sign up, fill out the application form and submit it along with a copy of your c.v. and a cover letter to with “VOMENA” in the subject line. For more information, please contact


7) Berkeley Law JD Admissions Open House

Berkeley Law JD Admissions Open House

In partnership with Golden Bear Orientation Berkeley Law invites all current UC Berkeley students to:

Berkeley Law JD Admissions Open House
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Boalt Hall Room 110

The Office of J.D. Admissions invites you to attend the Berkeley Law Admissions Open House on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 4:15 PM (PDT).

The session will be hosted by a member of the J.D. Admissions team and will consist of a mock class, a general presentation and tour followed by a question and answer period. Dinner will be provided to attendees. To ensure adequate space and materials, please RSVP.

The schedule is as follows and you are welcome to join us for all or part of the evening:

4:15pm: Meet outside Boalt Hall room 110 for a tour of the law school
4:45pm: Dinner pick up outside room 110
5:00pm: Welcome Remarks
5:10pm: Mock Class: Civil Procedure with Professor David Oppenheimer
6:00pm: Student Panel
6:50-7:45pm: Admissions and Financial Aid Information Session


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