Boalt Bulletin Board

Volunteer to work as an Election Day Observer for the June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary

We’re currently recruiting volunteers to work as Election Day Observers for the upcoming June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary Election, and I’m contacting you to see if students from your program would be interested in volunteering.

Duties will involve the following:

  • Poll Worker Training at Assigned County (usually the week before the election)
  • Secretary of State Training

o   Attend a one-hour session (web-based presentation)

  • Visit approximately 20-25 polling places on Election Day

o   Complete Checklists (opening, polling place, closing, ballot center)

  • Post-Election Report

o   Submit checklists and a written report of your experiences.

We are looking for volunteers with good writing and observation skills, attention to detail, and customer service skills. Volunteers need to also have:

  • A private vehicle to use on Election Day (mileage reimbursed),
  • GPS or navigation equipment for vehicle, and
  • A personal cell/smartphone for use.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to see the elections process first hand, to gain personal insight into our democratic system, and to help serve the voting public.

Please let me know if you have any questions and if any of your students are interested in participating.

Thank you,

Jon Ivy

Language and Accessibility Coordinator

California Secretary of State, Elections Division

(916) 695-1581

Public Law Student Writing Competition

This competition provides students an opportunity to publish an article in the statewide publication — the Public Law Journal, and to win a $2,000 cash prize.  The winning student will also receive the award at a reception at the state bar annual meeting. The deadline is May 13, 2016. Please see the flyer for more information or contact:

Rachel Sommovilla
Assistant City Attorney
City Attorney’s Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
P.O. Box 4046
Richmond CA 94804-1630
Phone (510) 620-6509
Fax (510) 620-6518

ABA Competition for Best Essay on Professional Responsibility






This year’s contest hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising
under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a U.S.-based
law firm seeks to acquire foreign law firms in an effort to better
serve and expand its international client base.


QUESTIONS? CALL 312/988-5763

Hastings Professor Needs Research Assistant

Professor Roger C. Park, UC Hastings, needs a research assistant to work on a coursebook. The pay will be $25 per hour and the time commitment will be 5-10 hours per week until exam period starts. Most of the coordination of the work can be done by email, but it may be necessary to travel to San Francisco once every two weeks or so.

Professor Park is looking for someone with excellent academic qualifications and research skills. Apply by sending your resume, grade transcript, and writing sample to Professor Roger Park at

Seeking Student Feedback on Low Enrollment in 245.2 Civil Trial Practice this Spring

We are trying to maximize enrolled in 245.2 Civil Trial Practice and find out why enrollment remains below 12. If you originally enrolled in this course and dropped the course or if you seriously considered enrolling in the course but did not do so, I’d like to talk with you. You can contact me at or 510-643-9566. I’ll keep your identity confidential.

Thanks for your input.

Susan Whitman, Assistant Dean for Academic Planning

Seeking Housemate in Oakland Hills

I’m semi-retired and seeking housemate in a quiet, lovely hillside house in the Montclair District of the Oakland Hills. (you should have a car) Bedroom has very verdant views and its own deck. Also, off-street parking, washer/dryer, own bathroom, use of kitchen and common areas, possible use of office space. Rent is $1500 plus shared utilities (around $100) Available mid-January 2016. or call 510 339 3093. I can email you pics.

Course offered, Feb. 2016: “The Clash Between Liberal and Radical Constitutionalism in Contemporary Latin America”

“The Clash Between Liberal and Radical Constitutionalism in Contemporary Latin America”
Javier Couso

Soon after the so-called ‘wave of democratization’ swept Latin America (in the 1980s and early 1990s), a consensus on liberal constitutionalism developed in the region. This consensus was, however, interrupted by the emergence (over the last decade) of a kind of ‘radical constitutionalism’ in the so-called ‘Bolivarian Republics’ of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua. The course will analyze these two contrasting types of constitutionalism (and their impact on democratic politics) currently at work in Latin America.

Javier Couso is Professor of Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Program at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile). Ph.D. Jurisprudence and Law, UC-Berkeley, co-author El Otro Modelo.

February 2016, Thursdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm
More information at

GradFood Community Forum

Please join us on November 12 at 7pm at the Goldman School of Public Policy for a community forum on how to foster a stronger, more engaged relationship with the Berkeley Food Institute. We hope that students from across the University who are interested in food and in working with BFI will join us to discuss opportunities and perhaps come up with new ideas for how we can all work better together. We look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP on Facebook (GradFood Community Forum page).

Food, Drug, & Science Course at School of Public Health-Spring 2016

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, 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):

Session 1 (Jan 21): Introduction to FDA and Forum for Collaborative HIV Research
Instructor(s): Veronica Miller, Jur Strobos
Session 2 (Jan 28): Standards for Efficacy
Instructor(s): Jur Strobos
Session 3 (Feb 4): Ethics and Informed Consent; Case studies from HIV
Instructor(s): Jur Strobos, Veronica Miller
Session 4 (Feb 11): Pharmacology & Pharmacodynamics (PK/PD); Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
Instructor(s): Jur Strobos
Session 5 (Feb 18): Surrogate Endpoints & Accelerated Approval Pathways; FDASIA 2012; Case studies from HIV, HCV and CMV
Instructor(s): Veronica Miller + Guests (TBN)
Session 6 (Feb 25): Pathways for Biomarker Acceptance
Instructor(s): Veronica Miller + Guests (TBN)
Session 7 (Mar 3): Special Challenges in HIV Cure Research
Instructor(s): Veronica Miller + Guests (TBN)
Session 8 (Mar 10): Toxicology
Instructor(s): Jur Strobos
Session 9 (Mar 17): Charting New Territory: Liver fibrosis and NASH
Instructors(s); Veronica Miller + Guests (TBN)
Session 10 (Mar 31): Safety and Pharmacovigilance; Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
Instructor(s): Veronica Miller + Guests (TBN)
Session 11 (Apr 7): Response to Global Epidemics *Open, public, lecture*
Instructor(s): Veronica Miller + Guests (TBN)
Session 12 (Apr14): FDA Inspections
Instructor(s): Jur Strobos
Sessions 13 and 14 (April 21 and 28): Student presentations of drug development case studies

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.