Free Webinars and More on Hot Topics in Law and Business

Berkeley Boosts is a monthly series of free, hour long webinars (with MCLE credit) and articles for legal practitioners and organizational leaders. Berkeley Boosts content is carefully curated by the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and Berkeley Law Executive Education to ensure engaging discussions on subjects that matter.

Expose yourself to different viewpoints, gain insights into emerging technologies, and learn from leading practitioners who share their experience, expertise, successes, and failures.

2021 Webinar Schedule

Berkeley Boosts

(exact dates and times are subject to change)

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November 10, 2021 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM PT | Checking in on the Supreme Court

This one-hour webinar will feature Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky in conversation with Professor Abbye Atkinson. Dean Chemerinsky and Professor Atkinson will preview the major issues for the Supreme Court of the United States in 2022 and beyond. Register today>
Attorneys participating in the live, one-hour webinars can earn 1 hour of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit.

Below is a list of past Berkeley Boost webinars. To view any of them, you need access to our online archive, which is available to Berkeley Boost subscribers.

If you already subscribed, you were provided with the password via email. If you are not a subscriber, please join our email list today to obtain the password.

  • August 27, 2021 | Qualified Immunity and Civil Rights Claims with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Professor Karen Blum, Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, and Judge Carlton Reeves.
  • July 13, 2021 | Investor Voices: BlackRock and CalPERS Discuss the 2021 Proxy Season as a Turning Point for ESG with Michelle Edkins, Simiso Nzima, and Rob Zivnuska.
  • June 22, 2021 | The Surge of Gun Violence in America and How Businesses Can Respond, with Gabrielle Giffords, Peter Ambler, Paul Carrillo, and Anna Walker.
  • April 28, 2021 | Women in Law, Policy, and Government, with Ann Cleaveland, Catherine Fisk, Senator Monique Limón, and Janet Napolitano. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Brandie Nonnecke.
  • April 21, 22, and 26 | Special Three-Part Webinar Series – Speaking Up: Whistleblowers, Whistleblowing and the US’s Unique Approach to Fraud Enforcement.
  • April 20, 2021 | Book Talk – Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Investing That Matters with authors Jon Lukomnik and James Hawley
  • March 30, 2021 | PPP Fraud and Government Enforcement: What We’ve Seen, What to Expect, and How to Prepare, with Ellen London, Derek Adams, and Jennifer Short.
  • February 1, 2021 | GameStop, Robinhood, and Short-Selling with Steven Davidoff Solomon, Robert Bartlett, Frank Partnoy, Panos N. Patatoukas, and Jai Massari.
  • November 17, 2020 | The Future of ESG with Allison Bennington of PJT Partners, Suz Mac Cormac of Morrison Foerster, Amelia Miazad of UC Berkeley, Lila Preston of Generation Investment Management, Emmalyn Shaw of Flourish VC, and Tony West of Uber.
  • October 27, 2020 | Women in Finance and Law: A Fireside Chat with SoftBank with Abbye Atkinson, Brian Wheeler, and Denise Ho.
  • October 23, 2020 | The IPO Choice featuring UC Berkeley faculty and leaders from a16z, Goldman Sachs, Long-Term Stock Exchange, and more.
  • August 25, 2020 | Complementarity: Work in an Age of Anxiety about Automation and Aerosols with Ken Goldberg
  • July 22, 2020 | Investor Engagement on Racial Justice with Kimberley Lewis, Melanie Mendoza, and Doug Heske.
  • June 24, 2020 | Privacy Asymmetries: Internet Evidence and Subpoenas with Rebecca Wexler of Berkeley Law
  • May 27, 2020 | How ESG Makes Companies Resilient to Crisis with Amelia Miazad of Berkeley Law
  • April 29, 2020 | AB-5 – The Impact of California’s Independent Contractor Law with Wendy Lazerson of Sidley
  • March 25, 2020 | Finance and the Legal Profession with Apurva Desai
  • March 18, 2020 | Deal-Making in a Financial Crisis with the Deal Professor
  • February 25, 2020 | Leadership in the Legal Profession with Mike Ross
  • November 20, 2019 | Discussion of the new book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber with author Mike Isaac, New York Times
  • October 23, 2019 | Dean Erwin Chemerinsky previews the coming SCOTUS term
  • September 23, 2019 | Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in conversation with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
  • August 27, 2019 | Too Close for Comfort? — AI, Cameras, and Privacy with Ken Goldberg, William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering, UC Berkeley (this webinar was not recorded)
  • May 29, 2019 | When Icahn Comes Knocking: Best Practices and Recent Developments in Shareholder Activism with Kenton King and Thomas Ivey, Skadden
  • April 23, 2019 | #MeToo is Transforming Corporate Governance with Amelia Miazad, Berkeley Law
  • March 20, 2019 | Wild World of Class Actions with David Singh, Weil
  • February 26, 2019 | The Rise of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) with Mario Mancuso, Kirkland & Ellis (formerly Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security)
  • January 22, 2019 | Blockchain Explained with Ian Lee, IDEO CoLab, and Nancy Wojtas, Cooley LLP

Berkeley Boost Shorts!

(exact dates and times are subject to change)

Berkeley Boost Shorts are free, half-hour webinars for legal practitioners and organizational leaders. Some of these presentations are sponsored by other entities within Berkeley Law.

To attend a specific Berkeley Boost Shorts webinar, use the registration link(s) below. To receive periodic emails announcing future webinars, subscribe to our Berkeley Boosts email list.

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October 15, 2021 | 10:00 – 10:30 AM PT | New Issues in Litigation Funding

This half-hour webinar, sponsored by the Civil Justice Research Initiative, will feature Professor Maya Steinitz, University of Iowa College of Law, one of the nation’s leading experts on litigation finance, and Allison K. Chock, Chief Investment Officer – United States, for Omni Bridgeway, a global leader in dispute finance. Topics will include how litigation funding actually works, differences between U.S. and global practices, and some of the debates and issues surrounding litigation finance disclosures. Register today>

October 22, 2021 | 10:00 – 10:30 AM PT | Rural Access to Justice

This half-hour webinar, sponsored by the Civil Justice Research Initiative, will feature Dr. Michele Statz of the University of Minnesota and Judge Gwen Topping of the Red Cliff Tribal Court. The program will include a discussion of Dr. Statz’s recent research on rural access to justice considerations, with a particular emphasis on rural individuals’ own expertise and experiences of the “rural lawscape,” with comments from Judge Topping. Register today>

November 19, 2021 | 10:00 – 10:30 AM PT | The Gender of Gideon

This short program on the gender of Gideon v. Wainright will feature a discussion of recent research by Kathryn A. Sabbeth and Jessica K. Steinberg, indicating that the constitutional guarantee of counsel adopted by the Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainright accrues largely to the benefit of men, primarily because the decision ignores that millions of women face compulsory and highly punitive encounters with the justice system in the civil courts. Qudsiya Naqui, an officer with the Civil Legal System Modernization Project at Pew Charitable Trusts and host of Down to the Struts (a blog about disability and design) will join Professor Sabbeth to discuss the potential implications of Sabbeth’s and Steinberg’s research for expanding access to civil justice. Register today>

A list of past programs is found in the dropdown menu below and recordings reside in our Berkeley Boosts archive. Subscribe to obtain the password.

  • August 20, 2021 | Beth Van Schaack and Paul Hoffman | The Implications of Nestle v. Doe
  • April 16, 2021 | Erika Rickard and Miguel Soto | Debt Collection During Covid
  • March 12, 2021 | Andre Mura, Summer Gerbing, and Lani Torres | Insurance Related Issues that Small Businesses Have Had to Navigate During the Pandemic
  • March 9, 2021 | U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff  | Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free
  • February 24, 2021 | Max Frumes and Sujeet Indap – The Caesars Palace Coup: How a Billionaire Brawl Over the Famous Casino Exposed the Power and Greed of Wall Street
  • December 4, 2020 | Justin Levitt and Kristen Clarke – Civil Remedies for Voting Rights Violations
  • November 13, 2020 | Denyse Clancy and James J. Brosnahan – Attacks on the Judiciary
  • September 10, 2020 | Mike Isaac (NY Times) – The Battle for TikTok
  • September 4, 2020 | Catherine Fisk and Jennie Lee Anderson –  Employment Law During COVID-19
  • August 14, 2020 | Richard Rothstein and Zoe Polk  – The Pandemic and Inequality
  • July 31, 2020 | Deepak Gupta and Lauren Willis – COVID-19’s Impact on Consumer Law
  • July 10, 2020 | Lori Cohen and Roman Silberfeld – Case Management During a Pandemic
  • June 12, 2020 | Jeannine Bell and Paul Hoffman – Civil Remedies for Police Brutality
  • May 22, 2020 | Valerie Hans and Bob Clifford – Jury Trials in the Era of COVID-19
  • April 30, 2020 | Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson (Financial Times) – Financial Crises and Stakeholder Governance
  • April 28, 2020 | Melissa Murray (NYU) – Financial Crises and the Supreme Court
  • April 27, 2020 | Rick Alexander (Shareholder Commons) – Financial Crises and Responsible Investing
  • April 24, 2020 | Robert Bartlett (UC Berkeley) – An Update on the CARES Act
  • April 23, 2020 | Anne Sheehan and Krystal Berrini (PJT Camberview) – Financial Crises and Corporate Governance
  • April 22, 2020 | Rob Chesnut (Airbnb) – Financial Crises and Corporate Ethics
  • April 21, 2020 | George Horvath (UC Berkeley) – Technical and Legal Barriers to Widespread Testing
  • April 20, 2020 | Ellen London (Alto Litigation) – Financial Crises and Government Fraud
  • April 17, 2020 | Stavros Gadinis and Amelia Miazad (both from UC Berkeley) – Covid-19 and ESG
  • April 16, 2020 | Duc Vinh Trang (Major, Lindsey & Africa) – Financial Crises and the Corporate Legal Sector
  • April 15, 2020 | Andy Shoyer (Sidley) w/ Eric Hinton (SMU) – Financial Crises and Global Trade
  • April 14, 2020 | Adrienne Harris (University of Michigan) – Financial Crises and FinTech
  • April 13, 2020 | Joel Beck-Coon (Humanity United) and Jesse Finfrock (Morrison Foerster) – Financial Crises and Social Impact Organizations
  • April 10, 2020 | Anne Simpson (CalPERS) – Financial Crises and Institutional Investors
  • April 9, 2020 | Steve Bochner (WSGR) – Financial Crises and Capital Markets
  • April 8, 2020 | Scott James (DCVC) and Neil Pai (Founders Fund) – Financial Crises and VC
  • April 7, 2020 | Jesse Eisinger (ProPublica) – Financial Crises and Investigative Journalism
  • April 6, 2020 | Jo-Ellen Pozner (Santa Clara University) – Financial Crises and Board Governance
  • April 3, 2020 | Erwin Chemerinsky (Berkeley Law) – Financial Crises and Law Schools
  • April 2, 2020 | Tyler Gerking (Berkeley Law) – Financial Crises and Insurance
  • April 1, 2020 | Sarah Frier (Bloomberg) – Author of No Filter: The Insider Story of Instagram
  • March 31, 2020 | Carson Block (Muddy Waters Research) Financial Crises and Short-Selling
  • March 30, 2020 | Anna Wiener (New Yorker) – Author of Uncanny Valley: A Memoir 
  • March 27, 2020 | Frank Partnoy (Berkeley Law) – Financial Crises and Regulatory Responses
  • March 26, 2020 | Sam Bell (Employ America) – Financial Crises and the Federal Reserve
  • March 24, 2020 | Jamie Leigh (Cooley) – Financial Crises and M&A Markets
  • March 23, 2020 | Julie Brush (Solutus) – Financial Crises and the Legal Profession
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