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Real Estate Certificate Info Session, 9/18/14 at 5pm in 106 Wurster Hall

CED, Haas, and Berkeley Law students are invited to attend an informal, informational session about the new Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate (IGCRE).  The IGCRE offers graduate students in the College of Environmental Design (CED), the Haas School of Business (Haas), and Berkeley Law the opportunity to supplement their major areas of study with courses that specifically focus on real estate. Come learn about the certificate requirements, how to apply, and meet other students interested in real estate development.

Students who cannot attend are encouraged to visit the website – http://ced.berkeley.edu/academics/additional-programs/certificate-programs/ – for more details about the program or to talk to their department’s Graduate Student Affairs Officer:

College of Environmental Design: Kathleen Pera, kpera@berkeley.edu

Haas School of Business: Thomas Chappelear, tomchaps@berkeley.edu

Berkeley Law School: Ken Taymor, ktaymor@law.berkeley.edu


First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Thomas Jefferson School of law is pleased to announce the inaugural Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, the Crane Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

The competition is open to currently enrolled law students, medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States. Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.

All submissions must be submitted electronically to: cranewritingcompetition@tjsl.edu. All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015.

For further details, please consult the competition webpage: http://www.tjsl.edu/cranewritingcompetition. Please distribute this information broadly so that we may reach as many eligible students as possible. Questions may be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp, who will be coordinating the competition: susanb@tjsl.edu.


Professor Alper Seeking Research Assistant

Professor Ty Alper, Associate Director of the Death Penalty Clinic, seeks a part-time Research Assistant for the Fall 2014 semester, and perhaps into the Spring 2015 semester as well. 8-10 hours a week, on issues related to the criminal justice system, the death penalty, methods of execution, and criminal defense issues generally. Interested students should send resume and cover letter to Professor Alper’s assistant, Olivia Layug, at olayug@law.berkeley.edu.


Fall 2014 research assistants for two CLEE projects

The Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy at Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is looking for research assistants to contribute to two exciting projects this fall:

PROJECT 1: Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities to Climate Change: Drought as Stress Test for Water Allocation and Environmental Protection

The Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy at Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is recruiting one or more paid GSRs for Fall 2014 to contribute to a project examining the human and environmental impacts of the current drought. The project involves researching legal aspects of water allocation during the current drought and past droughts.

The GSR will have the opportunity to be part of a potentially exciting research effort—the topic is timely and attention-getting, and our approach is designed to inform future water and environmental policies. The GSR will join a collaborative team lead by Professor Holly Doremus. The GSR will gain legal-research, writing, and data-analysis experience, as well as substantive knowledge of environmental law and legal scholarship.

Ideal candidates are rising second- or third-year law students with law journal/review experience, excellent research and organizational skills, and strong written and oral communication skills, task management, and self-guidance. Familiarity with environmental law and/or water law is a plus.

PROJECT 2: Citizen Suits and Enforcement of Water Quality Laws and Regulations

The Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy at Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is recruiting one or more paid GSRs for Fall 2014 to contribute to a project examining the enforcement of water quality laws, with a particular focus on the role of citizen suits. The project involves legal and regulatory research, and potentially engagement with stakeholders.

The GSR will have the opportunity to be part of an exciting research effort designed to inform environmental policies. The topic is of growing importance and is likely to garner broad attention. The GSR will join a collaborative team lead by Professor Holly Doremus. The GSR will gain legal-research, writing, and data-analysis experience, as well as substantive knowledge of environmental law and legal scholarship.

Ideal candidates are rising second- or third-year law students with law journal/review experience, excellent research and organizational skills, and strong written and oral communication skills, task management, and self-guidance. Familiarity with environmental law is a plus.

These are part-time, paid positions. Time commitment is negotiable up to 24%.

Interested applicants are invited to email a resume and a brief cover letter to Hailey Anderson, CLEE Administrator, at handerson@law.berkeley.edu. The cover letter should explain relevant skills and experiences as they relate to CLEE’s mission and programs.


Legal Internship – Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ) advances scholarly discourse, bolsters advocacy efforts, and influences public opinion through innovative socio-legal research, scholarship, teaching, and convenings. CRRJ is dedicated to the pursuit of reproductive justice, maintaining that all people deserve the social, financial, political, and legal conditions required to make genuine choices about reproduction – choices that must be respected, supported, and treated with dignity. We are particularly concerned about advancing the position of marginalized populations whose reproduction has been forced, denied, or exploited. The rights to have children, not to have children, and to parent children are of an intimate, fundamental nature and ought to be accessible to all.

CRRJ is currently seeking a law student to work for approximately 10 hours per week from August 2014 to May 2015. The student will contribute to multiple ongoing projects, including indexing content for a comprehensive teaching textbook; reading scholarly articles and writing annotations for an interactive, virtual bibliography; and researching, reading, excerpting, and summarizing cases and articles for ongoing writing projects.

Qualifications include: at least one year of law school, familiarity with reproductive rights law and justice, strong written and oral communication skills, excellent research skills, task management, and self-guidance. Workstudy funding would be ideal, but not required.

To apply for the position, please forward a resume, cover letter, and references to Elaine Mui, Center Administrator at emui@law.berkeley.edu.

For more information on the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, please visit our website: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/reprojustice.htm


Seeking incoming 1L students for paid research interviews

University of Pennsylvania psychologists who study student achievement are seeking to conduct 20-30 minute phone interviews with incoming 1L students. The purpose of these interviews is to learn more about how students study for the LSAT. Each student who takes this 20-30 minute interview will receive $30. Students will simply answer questions about how they studied for the LSAT. Interviews will be conducted in the next several weeks, preferably before the end of July. Time and date of the phone interview will be scheduled according to the students’ availability. Students will be selected for this opportunity on a first come, first serve basis. Any interested students, please email Lauren Eskreis-Winkler to set up a phone interview at eskreisl@sas.upenn.edu.


Trademark dispute research assistance needed

We are a SF Bay Area indie software developer currently defending ourselves in trademark litigation. We are seeking occasional research assistance. If you are interested, please contact us at tm.dispute.research.assistant@gmail.com and we will provide more information. In your email, please provide a brief note as to your background, interests, and availability.
Thank you!


Call for Participants: Paid Research Study for Bar Exam Takers

I am a faculty member in the psychology department at the University of California, Riverside, and I’m conducting a study with people taking the California Bar Exam this July 2014. I would like to invite you to participate in this paid research study (participants can receive $80 to Amazon.com) that involves taking EIGHT online surveys starting one week prior to taking the exam and finishing up within a few days after receiving your exam results. Only ONE survey will be requested in the two weeks prior to the exam; all others are after the exam is completed.

Anyone over the age of 18 and taking the bar exam this July is eligible to participate. If you’re interested, please contact me at UCRLifeEventsLab@gmail.com to indicate your interest in participating or to get more information about the study. This study has been reviewed and approved by the UCR IRB.

Thank you in advance for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Kate Sweeny, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of California, Riverside
c/o Sara Andrews, Graduate Assistant


2014 Tutors for International Students – LL.M. LRW

Berkeley Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program for LL.M. students is hiring writing coaches for the academic year. These coaches will work approximately 60 hours per semester at a pay rate of $16.03 per hour.

The LL.M. students are a highly-diverse group of talented international students. Many are lawyers, some are judges, and all have legal training in their home countries. The LL.M. LRW program is similar in organization to the J.D. first-year skills program. The fall semester classes will focus on basics of US practice, legal research, and predictive writing. The spring semester classes will build on the fall semester experience and move into persuasive advocacy, including a 15-20 page brief and an oral argument.

Writing coaches will attend class sessions of legal research and writing for the LLM students; review and comment on the writing of LLM students; meet with students to help improve their writing; and hold office hours to respond to questions about legal writing and general inquiries about student life and culture.

Interested LLM applicants should submit the following materials to the program director, Betsy Candler (bcandler@law.berkeley.edu): (1) a resume; (2) a writing sample (5-10 pages in length); and (3) a brief (no more than 1 page) personal statement explaining your interest in the position.

J.D. and J.S.D. students with international backgrounds or who are interested in developing international contacts and networks are encouraged to apply.


GSRs and Interns Needed For Exciting Education Project

Summer & Fall 2014 — Now accepting applications

The Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy (Warren Institute) at the
UC Berkeley School of Law is a multi-disciplinary research center that tackles the most pressing issues in education, civil rights, criminal and juvenile justice, immigration, work/family and healthcare facing California and the nation.

The Warren Institute is currently seeking students to assist in an important education policy project.

For Each and Every Child (EEC):
EEC is continuing the work of the National Commission on Equity and Excellence. Its broad mission is to further that Commission’s consensus policy principles and strategy, and to support policy change aligned with that substantive strategy. EEC’s work in the near term will focus on three programs: (1) dissemination and recruiting allies; (2) building a network of resource-rich, network of hubs defined by either geography (e.g., California) or issue (Common Core implementation); and (3) technical assistance, especially to design detailed policy changes.

The Position:
EEC will be undertaking a project focused on Deeper Learning initiatives in education with an equity perspective. The goals of this initiative will be (1) a consensus view on whether and how Deeper Learning and equity concerns are interrelated or aligned, and (2) how Deeper Learning can be implemented in a way that supports the goals of the equity movement. EEC will also be working California on various projects relating to the LCFF evaluation, and to Common Core implementation.
Students will be involved in assembling research, writing support documents, assisting in the planning and execution of two, day-long roundtable meetings, and the writing of consensus- driven documents. We are looking for a commitment of 8-10 hours per week for the summer and/or Fall semester.

For more information about EEC, please go to foreachandeverychild.org.

To apply for a GSR position, please forward a resume and cover letter to Elaine Mui at emui@law.berkeley.edu and Sophie Green at sogreen@law.berkeley.edu. Subject: EEC GSR. For more information on the Warren Institute, please visit our website: www.warreninstitute.org.


Professor Mark Yudof Seeking Summer Research Assistant

Professor Mark Yudof is seeking two summer (2014) research assistants, to assist on a project for a book he is writing on higher-education policy and on his personal experiences as a university chancellor and president. The issues may include the financing of higher-education, affirmative action, college athletics, the federal role, accountability, academic freedom, higher education governance, competency-based education, financial aid, university-based research, on-line learning, politics of higher education, and other topics. Research assistants will identify, review, and synthesize media accounts, social science data, the relevant policy literature and trade journals, and the case law. Familiarity with public policy research would be very helpful. The position is a 10-week, 30 hours a week, paid position. Professor Yudof will review applications on a rolling basis. Interested students should submit their resumes, an informal transcript, and 1-2 references (if possible, someone connected with UC Berkeley), to Cynthia Palmerin (cpalmerin@law.berkeley.edu).


Saira Mohamed seeking research assistant for summer 2014

I am seeking a research assistant for the summer of 2014. The position will focus on international criminal law, specifically a project about punishment of political, political, and military leaders. I am looking for someone to conduct original legal research in the decisions of international criminal tribunals and in scholarship on leadership crimes, to draft one or more research memos, and to help edit my work. If interested, please send your CV and a cover email detailing your availability this summer (the dates and number of hours you’re interested in working) and your familiarity with international law or international criminal law to smohamed@law.berkeley.edu. Hours & dates are flexible.


Research Assistants Needed

I am seeking summer research assistance on a project involving content analysis of the testimony of witness appearing in congressional hearings held on bills that became major statutes passed by post-war Congresses. The work is highly substantive in nature and students will learn about the congressional committee hearing process focused on major bills that became law. The pay is $20 per hour. Hours are flexible, but a commitment of 20 hours per week would be desirable. If interested, please send a resume to Sean Farhang (farhang@berkeley.edu).


GSI needed for undergraduate law course

Hello, I am seeking a GSI for an undergraduate summer course called the American Legal System (Political Science 150). The class is a survey of American law with a primary focus on reading judicial opinions. The session runs from 05/27-07/03/14. GSI’s are required to teach two sections on Friday. If you are interested, please email me at farhang@berkeley.edu.


Jennifer Granholm seeking summer interns for American Jobs Project

Wanted: 10 motivated graduate students who want to change the world. UC Berkeley is launching the American Jobs Project (AJP). The first urgent phase of the AJP will be to provide 10 key states with innovative policy solutions to create clean energy economic clusters in order to create high-wage jobs. This effort will coincide with the roll-out of EPA’s new guidelines for Rule 111(d) requiring reductions in carbon pollution from existing power plants. The AJP concept recognizes that absent a miracle in Congress, all new energy policy will likely come from the states, and is based upon the premise that states should view the energy and climate environment as an opportunity for prosperity, not a threat to their economies. Working directly with former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, the AJP will assign sharp, self-starting students interested in politics, climate, energy and jobs in order to craft state strategies in partnership with universities, stakeholders, businesses, and government in the 10 states. The research project will result in a detailed roadmap that will include economic modeling and engineering forecasting for innovative energy jobs creation and carbon pollution reduction. The Project will be completed by the summer of 2015 in order to make its way into the 2016 political platforms of state, local and federal candidates – Republicans and Democrats – who are campaigning on a “jobs” agenda. The AJP 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 fields such as Business, Public Policy, Engineering, Planning or Law, with a passion for clean energy, are encouraged to apply. Looking for students with particular interest in the following states: Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Missouri. At the moment, these are mostly volunteer summer internships, although there will be two paid supervisory positions. Those interested should submit a resume and one-page letter of interest, including references and any special interest or expertise in one of the targeted states, to Jennifer Granholm via Ida Ng at 793 Simon Hall by May 1, or via email/PDF at granholm@berkeley.edu.