Latest News as of 4/29/19

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1) Comp Tickets Ready!
2) Latinx Pre-Law Gen Mtg
3) Depositions
4) Women in Politics

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1) Comp Tickets Ready!

Comp Tickets Ready!

Graduating Seniors who are walking in the Legal Studies Commencement on 5/19/19:
Come by during my drop in office hours 8:30-12 and 1:30-4 to pick up your two comp tickets.
(If I need to change my office hours for some reason, I’ll send out a message to the list as always.)

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2) Latinx Pre-Law Gen Mtg

Latinx Pre-Law Gen Mtg

Want to learn some insight on the admissions process and get the upper hand on your applications for law school? Then come join the Latinx Pre-Law Society for our last general meeting of the semester. We will be having Admission Officers from the University of San Francisco Law School, Chapman University Law School, Loyola Law School, and UCI Law School answering all the questions you may have in regard to law school.

When and Where:

Tuesday, April 30th. Dwinelle 206 at 8:00 PM

We hope to see many of you there!

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3) Depositions

Depositions

Legal Studies Fall Fall 2019 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 2019, 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 Tuesday afternoon classes from 3:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., on September 17, September 24, October 15, October 22, November 12, and November 19, 2019. 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 six (6) Tuesday afternoon classes.

Professor Hecht’s Depositions course is a lawyering 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, September 5, 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 Friday, September 6, 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, which are described below. 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.             Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry. ################

4) Women in Politics

Women in Politics
Women in Politics at Berkeley is a new club started this semester specifically to bring about a community on campus for female identifying members in the UC Berkeley campus community. Applications for committee heads are out for the fall 2019 semester and there is also an opportunity for an External VP position for those interested. Feel free to message us on facebook or email us with any questions you may have regarding the application process, membership criteria or anything else!

Application link:

Committee Application

External Vice President Application

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