Legal Studies Latest News as of November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021


1) Roosevelt Network
2) LS 190's still open!

3) Recent Grad EPA Job
5) Haas Scholars
6) Stronach Prize
7) Be a BUILD Mentor
8) Judge Henderson Talk
9) Job Shadow Xtrnshp
10) Capital Fellows
11) Comic Books & the Jewish Identity
12) Tenant Rts Volunteers
13) Meditation Sessions
14) Soc Svc Professions
15) Study Abrd Recordings
16) Intl Education Week
17) Law Job for Grad
1) Roosevelt Network

Roosevelt Network


Roosevelt Network at Berkeley, Cal’s very own student-led, interdisciplinary policy think tank,  is recruiting 6-8 research associates for its Spring 2022 Policy Initiative in Legal Policy. This Spring’s topic will be conducting comparative analysis and identifying policy recommendations for public defender reform in the US. The application can be accessed here and closes on December 15

The goal of the Policy Initiative is to produce an evidence-based memo covering the policy topic. Part of the group’s work will be identifying and approaching publication venues. Research associates will be in charge of conducting a literature review, identifying, evaluating, and analyzing current policies, and finding supporting evidence and interviews as a part of writing the memo. Guidance and training are provided for all tasks.

The final artifact serves to act as a portfolio piece for the group as a whole and all participants meeting expectations will be listed as co-authors. Time commitment is roughly 3 hours per week with more or less each week depending on tasking and participant interest.

Prior experience in the subject matter, research experience, and/or policy experience is not required to apply as the experience is intended to be educational - yet will make applicants interested in serving as the Initiative Lead more competitive.

Please refer to the application link for further information and email with any inquiries!

Alexa Apodaca RNB Director of Administration


2) LS 190's still open!

LS 190's still open!
Our 190 seminars still have plenty of seats, especially the four listed below.

Take a look at LS 190.9 because, as Professor Marshall put it, "Mary Vogel wrote the book on plea bargaining." And here's that book.

190.5 is being taught by Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg.
Check out Professor Dancig-Rosenberg's profile.
And check out the profile for Janice Rogers-Brown who is co-teaching 190.8 with Stephen F. Hayward.

All impressive. 

If you need a Distribution requirement you are in luck, because the 190's count towards the Areas. You can find out how by clicking on 'Course Offerings' for the semester in question.

190.5: Comparative Criminal Justice Reform, Hadar Dancig Rosenberg, 4 units, Area I

This course will introduce current criminal justice reforms, focusing on examples from the Israeli and American criminal justice system. We will examine a variety of punitive and non-punitive justice mechanisms that have proliferated in recent years as social responses for crime, including Pre-Settlement Conferences, Restorative Justice, Community courts, Drug Courts, Diversions, Hybrid Civil-Criminal processes and even Social Media as an arena for seeking justice. We will discuss the background for their emergence and explore their perils and promises. The course will also examine the influence of American criminal justice reforms and the deepening legitimacy crisis of mass incarceration on Israeli criminal justice system, and the ways Israeli criminal justice system embraced, as well as resisted and transformed American reforms in light of the specific history, culture and challenges of the Israeli context.

190.7: Truth, Justice and Reconciliation: Responses to State Violence, Julie Shackford-Bradley,  4 units, Area II or Area IV

How do people and communities envision and enact justice in response to state-sponsored and state-sanctioned violence? How have TRCs (Truth and Reconciliation Commissions) and analogous approaches taken shape in the United States, in response to state-sponsored violence, including “legal violence”? With South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a foundational model, this course will examine an array of community-based strategies for surfacing truths about historical harms, pursuing accountability through apologies and reparations, and restoring relationships, communities, artefacts, and lands. We will also address the many challenges that arise in establishing official commissions, reaching out to communities, and following through with recommendations, especially when working with the same governmental and political structures that perpetrated or enabled the violence, and when the violence is ongoing. The course will “think globally and act locally” by presenting examples of TRCs around the world and in the US, and engaging students in research on the possibilities of TRC approaches for the Berkeley campus and Bay Area.

190.8: Natural Law & Constitutional Interpretation,  Steven F. Hayward & Janice Rogers-Brown, 4 units, Area IV or Area V

This course will examine whether Natural Law is still relevant today. The Natural Law tradition stretching back to antiquity was at the center of Anglo-American and European law at the time modern constitutional democracy took shape. For more than a century Natural Law reasoning has been supplanted by numerous modern foundational rivals. Is Natural Law legal reasoning therefore wholly obsolete? What might remain operative from this tradition? Can it inform judicial review of constitutional controversies in any substantial way? This seminar will review the Natural Law tradition and its principal challengers; the two forms of modern Natural Law thought (Aristotelian/Thomistic, based on teleology, and the Kantian Natural Law theory based on synthetic rationalism), and the relation of Natural Law to the common law and positive law.

190.9: Plea Bargaining in Anglo-American Law, Mary Vogel, 4 units, Area I or Area IV 

One striking feature of American courts is the widespread practice of plea bargaining. Why might a country with strong jurisprudence, laws and legal institutions turn from jury trials and judicial decisions to a “negotiated” criminal justice? And why reward those claiming guilt? This course explores the nature of plea bargaining, varieties in its form across diverse legal systems, its causes, forces shaping its practice, and its consequences. The role of the US Supreme Court in decisions on constitutionality of the practice is probed with emphasis on voluntariness, coercion, fairness, efficiency, equity along lines of difference, access to justice, and fair trial. We explore competing accounts of the historical emergence
and contours of plea bargaining in the United States and England and look to the British Commonwealth to examine dynamics in several member countries. Anglo-American plea bargaining is then set in comparative perspective by contrasting it with a few Roman-Dutch law-based jurisdictions. Paradigms of elite social control, political corruption, and “localization” of human rights are analyzed. Finally, we consider pros and cons of plea bargaining; its potential implications for legitimation of governance and normativity of law; and possible impacts on the role of evidence, charging decisions, and trial practice.
Alternatives and proposals for reform are weighed.


3) Recent Grad EPA Job

Recent Grad EPA Job

Look here for the EPA job details.

SURF - Summer Undergraduate Research and Fellowship Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships , known as “SURF”, provides $5,000 stipends to students to carry out indepth research over the summer. There are a variety of program tracks within SURF, and each of them has different eligibility requirements. Some of the tracks are for students completing a senior thesis under faculty supervision (SURF L&S, Rose Hills Independent) while others are for students doing research in support of graduate students (SURF-SMART) or faculty (Rose Hills Experience). If you are interested in SURF, please attend an upcoming info session via Zoom. The deadline for the program is March 1, 2022 so now is the time to begin developing your application. 


5) Haas Scholars
Haas Scholars

Haas Scholars Program

Every year, the Haas Scholars Program funds 20 students for up to $13,800 to carry out a capstone project in the summer preceding and during their final year on campus.  Haas Scholars also receive guidance from faculty mentors (who also receive a stipend) and from a full-time staff member, membership in a close-knit interdisciplinary community of scholars, and connections to an alumni network of almost 500 members.  Eligibility:  3.45+ UCB gpa, Graduating F ’22 or Spr ’23, and financial need (EFC <$26,000); undocumented and international students are eligible if they demonstrate the required level of need. Deadline 2/16/22; interested students should attend an upcoming info session and contact the Program Manager for an appointment. 


6) Stronach Prize
Stronach Prize

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize

The Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports recent Cal graduates to undertake a public service, creative, or community-based research project in the year following graduation (fall 21, spring and summer 22 graduates eligible). Recipients are awarded up to $25,000 for projects that serve the public good and heighten awareness of social issues.  Application deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  The dates and times of upcoming information sessions will be posted on the website. Interested students are highly encouraged to make an appointment with the program manager to discuss their project ideas. 


7) Be a BUILD Mentor
Be a BUILD Mentor

Become a BUILD Reading Mentor!
Earn work study or field units by helping K-5th graders grow their reading skills! BUILD mentors work in teams at 20 East Bay elementary after school programs to support struggling readers. If you do not have Work Study, you cannot be paid but can mentor for units or as a volunteer. Average time commitment is 5-10 hours/week in the afternoons.  

Apply by: November 28 for priority placement at   
Pay: $16.32/hour in Work Study 

8) Judge Henderson Talk

Judge Henderson Talk

The Politics, Philosophy & Law (PPL) minor is excited to host the distinguished Judge Thelton Henderson for a discussion on civil rights and life in the law.
Thelton Eugene Henderson graduated from Berkeley Law in 1962—where he was one of just 2 black students in his class—and was the first black attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In the Deep South, he protected voter rights alongside everyday citizens and visionaries like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the federal bench, where he has championed transformative justice for nearly four decades.
His remarkable legal work include:
  • In 1987, he became the nation’s first judge to declare that gay people, like racial minorities, are entitled to equal protection and due process of law under the United States Constitution.He was ahead of his time: twenty-eight years later, the United States Supreme Court agreed that gay people are entitled to marriage equality. 
  • He saved dolphins from the tuna industry. And he is credited with making the  San Francisco Bay Area meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. 
  • He was on the panel that found California’s overcrowded prisons violated the Constitution and ordered 40,000 people released from prison. The United States Supreme Court affirmed this decision in Brown v. Plata. He also ordered the Oakland Police Department to submit to federal monitoring following authenticated reports of police brutality.
Come join us Wednesday, November 10th, at 5 PM. The event is on Zoom and open to the UC Berkeley community.

Join Zoom Meeting:


9) Job Shadow Xtrnshp

Job Shadow Xtrnshp

Monday, November 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
If you have questions or need assistance signing up for the Cal Job Shadow Externship program, stop by the Drop-in Session.
10) Capital Fellows
Capital Fellows

A Gateway to Public Service and Leadership

Apply by Monday February 7th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. to the Capital Fellows Programs

  • Assembly Fellowship Program
  • Executive Fellowship Program
  • Judicial Fellowship Program
  • California Senate Fellows

11) Comic Books & the Jewish Identity

Comic Books & the Jewish Identity

***Note: This course does not fulfill any requirements for the Legal Studies major.****

MON & WED 6:30-8:00PM
3 UNITS | Class #32160
130 Dwinelle
Instructor: Louis Schubert
Meets L&S Breadth, Arts and Literature

Coming from exclusion and powerlessness, Jewish creators invented the modern comic book. Comics are where Jewish stories get told, from the Holocaust to daily life.

The superhero genre, mostly invented by Jews, narrates core Jewish ethical concepts such as Responsibility to the Other. We will read lots of comics and focus on the overlapping themes of Jewish history, identity, and faith.

We will read lots of comics!

12) Meditation Sessions
Meditation Sessions

Zen/Chan  Meditation Online Sessions

We eat and sleep to sustain our health, maybe exercise to look and feel better, read or study to stimulate the mind. The activity of our life is much like a piece of music. If it's all activity, it's just noise. When we integrate "rests" into the music, it becomes a dynamic and beautiful expression. Zen /Chan allows us to find the sync between activity and inactivity, form and formless, to allow our life experience to be a beautiful and fulfilling expression of life.

This is a four-week series that covers fundamentals of Zen/Chan meditation for the UC Berkeley community, hopefully helping participants to establish and incorporate meditation into their daily routines and benefit from it. Step-by-step instructions will be given in this class. Anyone with or without meditation experience is welcome to join.

·         Dates: 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, and 11/22 (Mondays)

·         Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm Pacific Time

·         Please register here

This event is sponsored by the Graduate Student Wellness Project of Graduate Assembly


13) Tenant Rts Volunteers

Tenant Rts Volunteers

Please share this opportunity to become a trained peer-support volunteer hotline counselor with comrades in your network! Those interested should complete a volunteer application form and attend the Tenant Rights Counselor recruitment training series from 6-8pm on Mon & Wed November 8, 10, 15 & 17. 

We are in great need of bilingual English/Spanish speaking volunteers! At the moment full English proficiency is required to use all the hotline tools. Please consider volunteering if you speak Spanish fluently so we can make the hotline as accessible to monolingual Spanish speakers and immigrant communities as possible. 


14) Soc Svc Professions

Soc Svc Professions

So You Want to Help: Exploring Social Service Professions

Wednesday, November 10th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come hear from alumni and professionals who work in Social Services professions.

15) Study Abrd Recordings
Study Abrd Recordings

Sessions Hosted by UC Berkeley:

Sessions Hosted by University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) can be found on UCEAP’s YouTube Channel.

Sessions Hosted by Other UCs: 

If you'd like to begin planning for your own study abroad journey, our Get Started page will guide you through selecting a program that meets your goals, financing, and the application process.

Although we are currently remote, the entire Berkeley Study Abroad team is also available to support you. Visit our Advising Guide for more information.

16) Intl Education Week

Intl Education Week
Each November, International Education Week is observed across the globe to celebrate the benefits of studying, working, and living abroad. Join Berkeley Study Abroad and other departments on campus for special information sessions and events from November 15-19! We look forward to connecting with you!

17) Law Job for Grad

Law Job for Grad

Full-Time Legal Assistant Position 

Contact to apply

About this Job

We are currently seeking a full-time legal assistant to join our professional and collegial law office located just off the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hill, CA.  Temporarily this position allows for remote work. Candidate must be a responsible, hardworking individual who is passionate about immigration and dedicated to the international clients we serve.


·        Must have a Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, social sciences or related area that emphasizes analytical and critical thinking.

·        Must be detail-oriented, with superior writing, research, analytical, and communication skills.

·        Must have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume environment with competing demands.

·        Must have a proactive, solutions-oriented approach to problem-solving.

·        Must demonstrate eagerness, curiosity, and an engaged approach to work.

·        Previous legal experience is helpful, but not required.


Duties will include the preparation and filing of business immigration documentation and communications with government agencies as well as extensive research and writing on behalf of firm clients. Candidate will: 

·        Prepare immigration applications and petitions for submission to various government agencies within expected timelines, including drafting forms and support letters, gathering supporting documentation and compiling exhibits.   

·        Be responsible for case management of client files and communicating effectively with international clientele, predominantly working for entertainment, academic and technology employers.   

·        Master case types with varying levels of complexity within particular practice areas, developing knowledge of procedures and documentation required.   

·        Monitor the status of all filed applications and petitions, providing status updates to clients and attorneys.   

·        Work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, with increasing ability to function independently and to exercise discretion and judgment.

About Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP

Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP is headed by recognized immigration law experts representing healthcare professionals, scientists, researchers, international managers, investors, artists/entertainers and other professionals. We also represent individuals in family-based immigration matters and United States citizenship.