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The Robbins Collection invites enrolled Berkeley Law 2L and 3L J.D. students to submit their unpublished research papers on comparative law or legal history for this competition.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

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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.

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:

Peaceful Home Seeks Friendly Housemate

To see photos and to reply, please visit

One room is available in a beautiful home in the hills just above Cal’s campus. The room is quiet, private, and spacious. It features hardwood floors and three large windows facing trees. It adjoins the master bathroom, the shower of which you would share with one female housemate. There is one closet plus ample storage space.

Built in 1925, the house has the charming features of that era, including built-in bookcases and china cabinets, wall-away ironing board, and a wall-length mantelpiece atop a working, wood-burning fireplace. But it also has the modern conveniences of a fully renovated kitchen with dishwasher, garbage disposal, ample counterspace, two ovens, and a glass-top range. If you like to cook, the kitchen is a joy. Behind the laundry room is access to the backyard — a perfect place to lay out, barbecue, or just sit and read. The house is just a five minute walk down to the Gourmet Ghetto’s shops and restaurants, a 10 minute walk to campus, and a 15 minute walk to the Downtown Berkeley BART.

Our wonderful housemate is moving away, and we are hoping to find someone just as sweet to replace her. We are a guy and a girl (not a couple), looking for someone who is friendly and fun, clean and considerate. If you like to share meals sometimes, or just hang out with a glass of wine and chill, this could be a good fit for you. It’s best for grad students, postdocs, or professionals.

Water and garbage are included in the rent. We share the other utilities, including electric and internet.

Our landlady does not allow pets or smoking on the property, or shoes inside the house. The room is for one person, not a couple.

The room is unfurnished and the move-in date is negotiable.

If interested, please tell us enough about yourself to give a sense of who you really are. We look forward to hearing from you.

2015 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition

The Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Business & Securities Law announces the release of the 2015 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition. Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format to by February 20, 2015. All inquiries should be directed to Ashley Byers: jbsl@law.msu.eduAttached is a flyer with additional details.

Spoon Poster 2015

Bristol Law Review Call for Submissions

Dear students and members of staff,

The Bristol Law Review is the University of Bristol’s premier journal of legal scholarship. It aims to promote legal research and provide a forum for the discussion of interdisciplinary and contemporaneous legal issues.

We are currently accepting submissions for our 2014 Edition, and would like to invite all interested parties to submit their work on any legal topic within the remit of UK, EU or international law for consideration. We are prepared to consider entries which do not adhere to this stipulation on a case-by-case basis, although preference will be given to those which do. Your work must adhere to the Style Guide, available at

Submissions need not be specifically written for the Review; all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate work previously produced and submitted to the author’s law school as part of their coursework are also welcome, subject to compliance with our Style Guide.

Please e-mail all contributions to
, together with any questions you may have. In addition, please ensure that you have completed our submission form which can be accessed at

The deadline for submission is Sunday, 30th November 2014 at 11:59pm. However, contributions will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so you are highly encouraged to make an early submission.

We have opened submissions to academics, legal practitioners and students from around the world, making this an excellent opportunity to showcase your work alongside other praiseworthy pieces on an international stage. We also intend on exhibiting pieces from a variety of qualification levels, so we encourage law students of all years to contribute, from first years to postgraduates and alumni.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Yours Faithfully,

The Bristol Law Review Editorial Board

University of Bristol Law School
Law School
Wills Memorial Building
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Bristol BS8 1RJ
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0)117 954 5356 / +44 (0)117 33 15114
Office Hours: 10am-4pm

Posted on the Boalt Bulletin Board by
Vera Ann Yeh
Research Editor Bristol Law Review
University of Bristol LL.B, Year 2

Bryan Garner – Advanced Legal Writing Seminar, Oct. 24

The California Constitution Center has invited Bryan Garner, the universally-acknowledged preeminent authority on modern American legal writing, to present his advanced legal writing seminar here at Boalt. This is a one-day, all-day course on Fri 24 Oct in Booth Auditorium. There is no cost, and materials will be provided. The syllabus is attached.

There are only 30 open seats in this class. This offer is open only to second and third year Boalt JD students. Admission is by reservation only. The names will be chosen at random on October 20.

Reservations can be made here:

Reserving a spot means a commitment to attend for the full day, and attendance will be taken. The deadline to RSVP for a seat is 5:00 pm on Fri 17 Oct.

Summer Ethics Fellowships for Law Students

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing practicing attorneys today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2015 FASPE Law program will run from May 24 to June 4.

Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2015.  All FASPE programs are non-denominational and candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at

See flyer here.

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 – – for more details about the program or to talk to their department’s Graduate Student Affairs Officer:

College of Environmental Design: Kathleen Pera,

Haas School of Business: Thomas Chappelear,

Berkeley Law School: Ken Taymor,

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: 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: 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:

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