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Haas Course Available to Law Students – “Social Lean Launchpad”

MBA 295T: Social Lean Launchpad

Welcome back to campus! We are excited to formally open the application for teams interested in participating in the fall 2015 Social Lean Launchpad course (MBA 295T) at BerkeleyHaas.

Students will join the class as pre-formed teams and will have the opportunity to develop their social venture ideas through Purpose-Centered Design and Lean Launch principles. Teams must form around one of four focus areas: Tech for Change; Education; Food, Water and Wellness; or Financial Inclusion. Please note that this opportunity is open to graduate students only.

To aid in team formation, we are holding a Social Lean Launchpad team mixer on Tuesday August 25th at 2-3pm in the Haas Courtyard. Please RSVP and attend if at all interested in the course. We welcome both those who have ideas and those who are looking to join existing teams!

Team applications are due on Tuesday September 1st at 11:59pm PST and teams will be notified of application decisions by Friday September 4th. The first class will be held on September 29th. For additional information on the class, please see the attached application and class description.

We’re very much looking forward to the course! Please direct any questions on the course or application to, the course GSI.

American Jobs Project Class Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline has been extended to August 1st.

290-18 (3) Special Topics in Public Policy
Topic: American Jobs Project
Instructors: Steve Weissman and Jennifer Granholm
CCN: 77397
Mondays 6-9 PM

Enrollment will be capped at 25, and students wishing to be selected for participation must write at least one paragraph about their interest or expertise in the subject matter of the Project, and if they have ties/special interest in West Virginia, Kentucky, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama and Indiana. Those expressions of interest should be sent to and by August 1, 2015.

Course Available at the Goldman School of Public Policy

290-18 (1) Special Topics in Public Policy
Steve Weissman and Jennifer Granholm
Topic: American Jobs Project
CCN: 77397

This seminar will be project-based. Working with Professor Steve Weissman and former Governor Jennifer Granholm, it is designed as part of The American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley, and will focus upon developing clean energy job creation strategies in states that have resisted clean energy policy. It is a precursor to a year-long project, and is best suited for those students who wish to sign on to the American Jobs Project as their Advanced Policy Analysis project, capstone or writing requirement in Business or Law in the second semester of the year. Pending funding, in the fall semester students could be sent in teams to their assigned states for short periods to do field research. The seminar will enlist as guest presenters experts in clean energy sectors, regulatory reforms and economic development.

The American Jobs Project (AJP) will focus on a bottom-up strategy of stoking jobs in the states, designing the policy roadmap for each state to create innovative energy job clusters in the advanced energy and manufacturing job sectors. The AJP will issue reports based on state-specific research and customized innovative policy recommendations, including supply and demand strategies, workforce development, access to capital and innovation ecosystems. The class will coincide with the rollout of EPA rules regarding CO2 emissions, wherein states must formulate state-specific plans for cutting carbon pollution. The final state-based reports will be delivered to candidates and office-holders of both political parties in each of the states.

The Project is a partnership between the Berkeley Energy and Climate Initiative (BECI), the Center for Innovation Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), and the schools of Law, Engineering and Public Policy, among others. Graduate students in disciplines such as Business, Public Policy, Engineering, Planning and Law with a passion for clean energy are encouraged to apply.

Enrollment will be capped at 25, and students wishing to be selected for participation must write at least one paragraph about their interest or expertise in the subject matter of the Project, and if they have ties/special interest in West Virginia, Kentucky, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama and Indiana. Those expressions of interest should be sent to and by July 1, 2015

InSITE Fellowship

For students interested in working with startups and venture capital, applications are open for the InSITE Fellowship here:

What is InSITE?

We connect students with high-potential emerging companies. Over the course of a full academic year, students meet with founders and company leaders, identify key challenges and opportunities, set deliverables, and complete semester-long business projects that contribute to real growth. To date, InSITE companies have raised more than $300 million and have enjoyed many successful exits. We also provide a curriculum focused on both venture capital and entrepreneurship for fellows that includes term sheet negotiations, raising seed and A rounds, intellectual property, and making the most of an acquisition. All curriculum events give fellows access to the InSITE network of leaders in VC and tech including companies like Citi Ventures, SoftTech VC, Amazon, Samsung, Google, SV Angel as well as law firms including Goodwin Procter, Orrick, and Wilson Sonsini.

Please direct any questions about InSITE to Josh Ephraim at

Join Session 11 of PH 236: US Food and Drug Administration, Drug Development, Science and Health Policy

Open Invitation to Join Session 11 of PH 236:
US Food and Drug Administration, Drug Development, Science and Health Policy
Session 11: Response to Global HIV and HCV Epidemics

April 9, 2015 * Stanley Hall 105, UC Berkeley * 6:30-8:30 PM
**Networking reception: 5:45-6:30 PM**

Registration Required. More information here.

Guest Lecturers/Panelists:
Stefano Bertozzi, MD, PhD: Dean, School of Public Health; former Director of HIV at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD: Global Health Sciences, UCSF; former Global AIDS Coordinator Gaston Picchio, PhD: Vice President, Hepatitis Disease Area/Global Virology, Janssen Research & Development, LLC Jim Rooney, MD: Vice President of Medical Affairs, Gilead Sciences, Inc. Anil Soni: Global Commercial Leader, Infectious Diseases, Mylan, Inc.

Course Co-Instructor and Moderator:
Veronica Miller, PhD: Executive Director, Forum for Collaborative HIV Research

PH 236 Session 11 caps PH 236 lecture content by recruiting five global health experts to discuss the role and responsibilities of public and private organizations in the response to the global HIV and HCV epidemics. From policy advances to facilitate access to life saving antiretrovirals for millions of patients, to challenges in regulatory infrastructure, to the rocky path for point-of-care diagnostics and treatment monitoring technologies, to the recognition that treatment is prevention and key to any containment strategy – the lessons provided by the expansion and entrenchment of the HIV epidemic, and successes and failures in the public health response are unparalleled in the global health arena. The growing recognition that the HCV epidemic offers equally imperative opportunities and deserves just as strong a response is a chance to reflect on these lessons and find ways to move forward without stumbling on many of the issues already encountered in HIV. The perspectives and reflections of these five global health leaders on these topics provide an exclusive and unique window on global health and will be of great interest to the wider Berkeley, UCSF and Bay Area community.

Grounded in the work of Berkeley School of Public Health’s Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, PH 236 introduces Berkeley, UCSF and UC Davis students, visiting scholars and post-docs to the basics of drug development and regulatory policies emphasizing the role and benefit of multi-stakeholder engagement. Students and VSPA affiliates have learned how the US Food and Drug Administration responded to the public health challenge presented by the HIV, HCV and liver disease epidemics by adapting regulatory policies to expedite and accelerate drug approval so that more patients could access life-prolonging and life-saving drugs. The course includes guest lecturers from the Forum’s academic and biotech partners in the Bay Area. The course, taught by instructors Veronica Miller and Jur Strobos, is designed for students and postdocs interested in careers in biotech, regulatory science or federal health policy.

Research Grant in Hotel Law Topics

In connection with the Hospitality and Tourism Law Program annual symposium, a research grant of $2500 is also being offered, separate from the symposium itself, to the applicant interested in writing on certain topics related to the hospitality law field. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Dorsey & Whitney Foundation Scholarships: Attend The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice

The International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) is offering a prestigious and specialized scholarship for exceptional law students to attend the 2015 The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice. In this summer’s symposium, participants will have the unique opportunity to engage in an intense and academically rigorous three weeks of interactive lecture, discussion, and experiential education led by the field’s foremost political leaders, scholars, practitioners, and advocates in the city of international law. Faulty includes Justice Richard Goldstone, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor David Crane, among many others.

Through a generous contribution from the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, IPSI is pleased to be able to offer 2 Dorsey & Whitney Foundation Scholarships for the 2015 The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice worth $2500 each. This is the largest scholarship IPSI offers for any of our Symposiums, and I want to make sure that students of Berkley don’t miss this opportunity.

While this is a competitive scholarship, we encourage all students who match the criteria (please see attachment) and who have a demonstrated passion for the field of international law and post-conflict strategies to apply. Opening an application will lead your students one step closer to better, brighter futures as peace leaders in the realm of international justice. I would appreciate it if you would pass along the information to your students!

If you have any questions about IPSI, our leadership, or the 2015 The Hague Symposium, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at or our Program Assistant, Taylor Rockoff, at

Kate Elci
Program Director
International Peace & Security Institute

The Sovereignty Symposium Writing Competitions

The Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. will host The Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII, June 3-4, 2015, at Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Hotel. The Symposium is the premier conference on Indian Law. Each year we invite law students to submit papers to the Chief Justice John B. Doolin writing competition. The three winning papers are published in the annual Symposium book of materials on Indian Law. Cash prizes of $750.00, $500.00, and $250.00 are awarded.

We invite papers on any issue concerning Native American law.  Please submit papers no later than MAY 1, 2015 by email to:  Submissions will only be accepted in Word or Word Perfect format by e-mail.  The paper should be single-spaced and in footnote form.  All citations should conform to the latest Edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (405) 556-9371. More attachments below.


Ferrell Scholarship

Edmondson Scholarship

Hospitality and Tourism Law Summer Program at American University

June 8 – 12, 2015

With Washington, D.C. as the corporate home to the titans of the hotel industry, the Hospitality and Tourism Law Program at American University Washington College of Law is recognized for its legal education in hotel law and a directed career path. Taught by leading practitioners and industry legal experts, the Hospitality and Tourism Law Summer Program provides intensive training for students and professionals interested in pursuing a career in the hotel industry.

Executives and practitioners bring practical and academic experience to the classroom, where they will share current industry practices, themes, and trends. Courses cover a broad range of complex legal issues to provide a fundamental overview of hospitality and tourism practice. Site visits in Washington, D.C. to corporate hotel headquarters and convention center hotels bring participants outside of the classroom and into the real world. Back-of-house hotel tours, events, and dinners are also scheduled for participants to network with professionals in the industry.

Please download the brochure for more information. Some scholarships available.

Farella Braun + Martel 1L Diversity Scholarship

As part of Farella Braun + Martel LLP’s continued commitment to diversity in the legal profession, the firm has awarded Diversity Scholarships for the past 14 years to support outstanding, diverse Bay Area law students.

Applicants must be current first-year, full or part-time (attending first-year classes) law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the legal profession.

All completed applications must be received by March 6, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 6, 2015 and will receive their scholarship checks shortly thereafter. Find out more about the scholarship and download the application here:

Interested students are invited to attend the program kick-off party on February 12, 2015 from 5-7pm at 235 Montgomery Street, 17th Floor. Please RSVP via our event invitation here:

For more information, please contact Diversity Scholarship Program Coordinator Priscilla Zaccalini at or 415-954-3547.

January 31 Deadline: Robbins Award

The Robbins Collection invites enrolled Berkeley Law 2L and 3L J.D. students to submit their unpublished research papers on comparative law or legal history for this competition.

Authors of the three top papers will receive awards of, each $2,000 (first prize), $1,500 (second prize), and $1,000 (third prize). Students must submit their papers by email to on or before 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2015.

Total length of the paper, not including either footnotes or endnotes and bibliography, must be between 3,000 and 4,000 words.

For additional information, please visit:

FDA and Drug Development Course at the School of Public Health

The following Public Health course welcomes Law students.
NOTE: 2L and 3L JD Students: If you want these non-Law units to count towards your law degree, please be sure to fill out an Academic Rules Petition. LLM Students: These non-Law units do not count toward your LLM degree requirements.

US Food and Drug Administration, Drug Development, Science and Health Policy
PB HLTH 236**CNN# 76069**2 Units**Spring Semester**Thursday 6:30-8:30 PM**
Instructors: Veronica Miller PhD; Jur Strobos MD JD

This interdisciplinary course reviews the history, authorizing statute and regulatory authority of US Food and Drug Administration (the most influential public health and scientific regulatory agency worldwide, overseeing more than 25% of the US economy). We demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the agency’s mandate (basic sciences, statistics, clinical medicine, ethics, toxicology, pharmacology, policy, law, foreign policy) and its influence on public health policy and responsiveness to public health needs. We present the principles and process of drug development and illustrate the evolution of regulatory policies through the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research’s experience in HIV/AIDS, HCV, CMV and liver diseases. Real-time examples such as HIV cure research, biomarker acceptance pathways for liver fibrosis, and responses to global epidemics serve as case studies illustrating the ongoing need for interaction between the agency, academia, industry and public health community. The course will be of interest to students in public health, law, medicine, business or policy interested in biotech and the pharmaceutical industry. Biotech and pharmaceutical industry experts will participate as guest lecturers, providing opportunities for direct interactions. The course will feature three special networking receptions.

No other disease offers a better insight into the drug development process and the role of collaborative interactions between regulators, industry, academic research networks and community than HIV infection — now a chronic disease thanks to the approval of more than 20 different antiretroviral agents in 7 drug classes, focused efforts to end the epidemic and collaborative efforts towards an HIV cure. Involvement of the HIV community led the way to significant changes in the approval process which benefit all drugs.
The HIV experience serves as a model for the development of HCV drugs and treatment of its worldwide epidemic. HCV affects more than 3 million people in the US and up to 170 million worldwide, its morbidity and mortality burden superseding that of HIV. Development of direct acting antivirals occurred at an unprecedented pace, with the first two drugs approved in 2011, two additional drugs reaching the market in 2014, and over 20 agents in phase 2 and/or 3 trials. The resulting treatment paradigm shift presents regulatory challenges and opportunities requiring multiple levels of interaction within the agency as well as between agency and stakeholders. The multi-stakeholder model is now being applied to the development of new drugs and vaccines to prevent/treat cytomegalovirus (CMV – dubbed the “stealth virus”) disease in transplantation settings, and new therapeutic approaches for the prevention/treatment of liver fibrosis and other consequences of fatty liver disease (affecting 30% of adults and 10% of children/adolescents in the US). “If the prevalence of NASH continues to increase at this current rate and effective treatments are not found, about 25 million Americans will have the disease by 2025, and five million will need new livers” (NY Times, June 13, 2014)


Jur Strobos, MD JD, a specialist in Food and Drug Law, served as Director of Policy Research under FDA Commissioner Kessler, has held VP positions in Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs for various pharmaceutical companies. He served as deputy director of the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research from January 2010 to December 2011, and is currently Of Counsel with Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC.
Veronica Miller, PhD, the Executive Director of the Washington-based Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, is an authority in HIV clinical research with over 20 years of experience in HIV clinical and drug development research. She has led numerous projects advancing HIV, HCV, CMV and liver fibrosis drug development in collaboration with the FDA, the European Medicines Agency, pharmaceutical and diagnostic industry, community and academia.

Draft Course outline (Please see bCourses or for updated/detailed course schedule):

Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program Announcement 2015-2016

The 2015-2016 Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program At the Court of Justice of the European Union

The United States Embassy in Luxembourg is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Dean Acheson Legal Stage (traineeship/internship) Program in Luxembourg at the Court of Justice of the European Union for 2015-2016.  These stage opportunities for periods of not more than three months are offered to a limited number of students or recent graduates from select U.S. law schools.  Applications must be received by the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg by April 1, 2015. Each application must include a nomination letter from your law school and be sent as a single PDF file.

Download information flyer

Download application

Law Students: Proofreading Assistance Requested

If you are available in the next two weeks to help in final proofreading of chapters for a forthcoming book, Global Legal Education Approaches: Special Reference to the Middle East (Mutaz Qafisheh & Stephen Rosenbaum, eds.), to be published in 2015 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, please contact Prof. Steve Rosenbaum ASAP at

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The purpose of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply and attend law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years.

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.

For more information and complete application instructions, click here for the PDF or visit the website.