On September 20th, Kirkland organized and sponsored aCareer Panel Event for the University of California Berkeley School of Law’s Asian, Black, and Latino students. Designed to coincide with the school’s Alumni Weekend, the event drew a number of influential alumni, including: the Honorable Henry Ramsey Jr. (Berkeley School of Law '63).
Judge Ramsey, who is believed to be the school's 13th black alumnus, is also a former Berkeley School of Law professor and a past Dean of Howard Law School. Panelists included John Burris (Berkeley School of Law ’73), who has been called the “Johnnie Cochran of Oakland.” He discussed his work on the Rodney King civil case and the Oakland Riders cases. Duane Valz (Berkeley School of Law '96) shared the career path that led to his current position as Vice-President and Associate General Counsel of Global Patent Strategy for Yahoo Inc. Kirkland associate Shani Moore Weatherby, a 2004 graduate of Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, discussed why she chose to work at the Firm.