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Molly Van Houweling

Key Copyright Contributor

Professor Molly Van Houweling will help shape the development of copyright law as an associate reporter on the American Law Institute’s first Restatement of Copyright. The publication will focus on key aspects of copyright law such as the scope of exclusive rights, the rules governing ownership and transfer, the standard for and defenses to infringement, and remedies. A Berkeley Law faculty member since 2005, Van Houweling is a co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Benson ’69 Named Conservation Local Hero >>

Ralph Benson ’69 will receive the Bay Nature Institute’s Local Hero Award at a ceremony in March for “extraordinary work on behalf of conservation and environmental education.” In 12 years as the Sonoma Land Trust’s executive director, the organization has increased five-fold in budget, tripled in protected acreage, and doubled in staff. Benson attracted more than $80 million in outside funding for acquiring scenic Sonoma landscapes, and invested major resources into restoring and managing them. Previously, he spent 24 years as general counsel for the Trust for Public Land, one of the nation’s leading conservation groups. (12/12/14)

Berkeley Law Names Senior Assistant Dean/CEO >>

Georgia Giatras has been named Berkeley Law’s Senior Assistant Dean and CEO effective January 2015. She has led financial planning, operations, and strategic planning for a wide range of academic and private-sector units. Giatras is currently the director of finance and administration in facilities planning and management at the Stanford School of Medicine, overseeing areas such as finance, human resources, and information technology. She has also held management positions in Stanford’s Departments of Comparative Medicine and Gastroenterology, and performed various finance and planning roles at New York University. (12/8/14)

Ginsburg ’17 Wins Halloum Negotiation Event >>

Jared Ginsburg ’17 teamed with Haas School of Business student Jamaur Bronner to win the Halloum Negotiation Competition Nov. 6 at Berkeley Law. The annual event allows Berkeley Law and MBA students to finalize a mock transaction under time pressure. Ginsburg and Bronner represented a fictional startup which had patented a valued technology and was being acquired by Microsoft. Jasmin Varjavan ’16 and Haas student Moe Poonja, which represented Microsoft, took second place. In each round, teams negotiated a purchase price and resolved other complex terms such as a no-shop provision, early termination fee, and CEO replacement. (11/20/14)

Video: Christina Swarns of the NAACP

Christina Swarns is the director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Criminal Justice Project. She spoke on "Post-Racial America: The View from Death Row" at a recent Henderson Center Rutch Chance Lecture. Watch here »

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