Berkeley Law Foundation The Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF) is an income shar- ing organization comprised of Boalt students and alumni who are dedicated to providing legal services to historically under-served communities. Started in 1976 by Boalt students, BLF was the ﬁrst organization of its kind in the nation. BLF provides direct funding to support public interest law and promote diversity in the legal profession. Every year, BLF gives out dozens of summer grants to current Boalt students for public interest legal intern- ships, and awards larger year-long grants to new attorneys to launch new legal service initiatives around the country. In 1997, BLF inaugurated the Phoenix Fellowship, for Boalt students of color with an outstanding commitment to public interest legal work.15th Annual Auction Extravaganza Planning CommitteeAudrey Barron Cozette Tran-CaﬀeeMary Gilbert Yanin SenachaiAry AmerikanerWe would like to thank the following organizations, community members and individuals for goingabove and beyond to make the 15th Annual Auction Extravaganza a success:Hannah Alsgaard David Oppenheimer Mark G. and Judy YudofSonja Diaz Diana Rashid Back to Easrth CateringErin Everett Neil Satterlund David Brower CenterJeﬀ Halley Tirien Steinbach Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc.Tam Ma Susan Schechter And over 100 BLF student and alumniJohn Mills Kathleen Vanden-Heuvel volunteersBoard Members Honorary DirectorsAry Amerikaner Joey Hipolito Anya BinsaccaHolly Baldwin Arthur Liou Chris DaleyAudrey Barron Madeline Neighly Amy DeVaudreuilLin A. Chin Yanin Senachai Marc-Tizoc GonzalezYohance Edwards Blake Thompson Michelle LeungLisa Ells Cozette Tran-Caﬀee Dave PogrelMary Gilbert Kathleen Vanden-Heuvel Harini RaghupathiJon Givner Jessie Warner Gail Silverstein Cover design by Neil Satterlund Layout by Alexandra Widmann
15th Annual Auction ExtravaganzaEvent SponsorsThe Berkeley Law Foundation board would like to thank the following sponsors for theirgenerous support of this evening’s Auction Extravaganza. Champion of Diversity Advocate of Diversity Kirkland & Ellis LLP Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Farella Braun + Martel LLP Jenner & Block LLP Guardian of Diversity King & Spalding Leonard Carder, LLP Mayer Brown LLP Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Rutan & Tucker, LLP Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP Supporter of Diversity Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP Foley & Lardner LLP Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLPBerkeley Law Journal Sponors BERKELEY JOURNAL OF GENDER, LAW AND JUSTICE
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The Phoenix Fellowship In 1997, the Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF) inaugurated the Phoenix Fellowship, which it awards every year to admitted Boalt students who have demonstrated an outstanding committment to community service. BLF oﬀers the Fellowship as part of its committment to deseg-regate higher education in the aftermath of Proposition 209 and break down the barriers for lawyers ofcolor to pursue public interest careers. In 1998, the National Association of Public Interest Law (now calledEqual Justice Works) awarded BLF a prestigious national commendation for its creation and administrationof this crucial and unique mechanism for student recruitment and ongoing support at the country’s leadingpublic law school.The Phoenix Fellowship oﬀers recipients a $9,000 scholarship for the ﬁrst year of law school. It also fundsPhoenix Fellows for summer public interest work serving underprivileged and underrepresented commu-nities. Phoenix Fellows have served with a range of social justice organizations, including the Center forConstitutional Rights, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Volunteer Lawyers forthe Arts, California Rural Legal Assistance, New Orleans Legal Assistance, Legal Services of NorthernCalifornia, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Aaron Bianco (Class of 2011) Aaron is a former foster youth from Richmond, California, who is devoted to the cause of supporting foster youth in the transition to adulthood. In 2001, Aaron successfully helped lobby Congress to supplement foster care spending with $47 million in scholarship grants. As part of his Phoenix Fellowship, he created a best practices manual to guide foster youth and interested practitio- ners, through the process of emancipation. Currently, Aaron is working with Bay Area organizations to preserve funding for California and foster youth services. Aaron graduated from Princeton University and plans to use his law degree to improve the national infrastructure for emancipating foster youth. Tam Mai Ma (Class of 2011) Tam is a third-year law student at UC Berkeley Law School and is currently a judicial extern for the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of California. Tam has worked on a wide range of poverty law issues as a law clerk with Legal Services of Northern California, East Bay Community Law Center and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. Prior to attending law school, Tam was a California Senate Fellow and spent six years working as a policy consultant to State Senator Sheila Kuehl, where she advised the Senator on legislation before the Senate Judi- ciary Committee and issues relating to housing and tenants rights, gender- based crimes, social services and immigrants’ rights.
Tam currently serves on the board of the Women’s Foundation of California. She is a long-time volunteerwith My Sisters House, a Sacramento-based shelter for Asian and Paciﬁc Islander survivors of domesticviolence and has served as its board chair. Tams volunteer work with the Womens Policy Institute of theWomen’s Foundation of California and the National Asian Paciﬁc American Womens Forum has helped todevelop the capacity of progressive women leaders to inﬂuence California public policy.Tam received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in City Planning from the University of California,Berkeley. As an Americorps volunteer, Tam ran a literacy program at a juvenile probation camp. A native ofLos Angeles, Tam has lived in Northern California all of her adult life. She plans to combine her legal trainingand her policy experience to continue working for social justice. Amaha Imanuel Kassa (Class of 2012) Tam is a third-year law student at UC Berkeley Law School and is currently a judicial extern for the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller, United States Magis- trate Judge for the Eastern District of California. Tam has worked on a wide range of poverty law issues as a law clerk with Legal Services of Northern California, East Bay Community Law Center and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. Prior to attending law school, Tam was a California Senate Fellow and spent six years working as a policy consultant to State Senator Sheila Kuehl, where she advised the Senator on legislation before the Senate Judiciary Committee and issues relating to housing and tenants rights, gender-based crimes, social services and immigrants’ rights. Yanin Senachai (Class of 2012) Yanin was born in Bangkok, Thailand and raised in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. She worked for six years at the Asian & Paciﬁc Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, fostering national collaborations and ethnic speciﬁc organizing to develop and promote culturally relevant advocacy for Asian, Native Hawaiian and Paciﬁc Islander victims of domestic violence. As a summer intern at Bay Area Legal Aid, Yanin assisted undocumented women in applying for U-Visas and advocated for low-income, homeless and disabled clients in appealing their denials of social security and disability beneﬁts. She is currently an intern at the East Bay Community Law Center, assisting individuals being sued over consumer debt. Along with Makda Goitom (Class of 2012), Yanin is co-chair of the Boalt Chapter of the NationalLawyers Guild. Through her future career in law, Yanin aims to advance the availability and eﬀectiveness oflegal services for survivors and ultimately improve victims’ access to personal safety, ﬁnancial security, andwell-being.
Sonja Diaz (Class of 2013) Sonja Diaz has extensive work experience in the public sector, facilitating advo- cacy campaigns, directing qualitative and quantitative research projects, and organizing multi-cultural programming. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Sonja was a research assistant, teaching assistant, and student director for outreach and retention programs. After her under- graduate studies, Sonja advocated on behalf of communities of color in the most recent California health expansion debate as a Health Fellow at Latino Issues Forum and architected the ﬁrst interactive online advocacy portal speciﬁcally designed to increase the civic participation of Latina registered voters in California as an associate at Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). As a graduate student, Sonja directed a longitudinal participatoryresearch study on neighborhood public school choice reforms within LAUSD as a researcher for UCLA’sCenter X, documented the propensity of telemedicine to beneﬁt urban communities as a Summer Associ-ate at the Greenlining Institute, and advocated against the budget cuts to public higher education state-wide. Sonja is a Public Policy and International Aﬀairs (PPIA) fellow, a graduate of the Applied ResearchCenter’s Racial Justice Leadership Institute, and holds a Masters of Public Policy from UCLAs School ofPublic Aﬀairs. Born and raised in urban Los Angeles, Sonja hopes to reﬁne the skills necessary to advancecivil rights laws and equitable public policies for marginalized communities on federal and municipal levels. Diana Rashid (Class of 2013) Diana was born in Michoacan, Mexico. Her family immigrated to the US when she was ﬁve. She was raised in Chicago where became a leader in the immi- grant rights movement during high school, when she began organizing youth to ﬁght for ﬁnancial aid and access to higher education for undocumented students. As a high school student, Diana was instrumental in passing Illinois legislation granting in-state tuition to undocumented students. As an under- graduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, she founded a student organization that worked to advance the DREAM Act and organized in the local community for comprehensive immigration reform. After college,Diana organized in Seattle where she won community beneﬁts agreements at local hospitals and advancedlanguage access in local hospitals. Most recently Diana was an organizer with the East Bay Alliance for aSustainable Economy in Oakland, where she developed a coalition of labor unions and community organi-zations to advocate for immigration reform that protected immigrant workers’ rights to organize. After lawschool, Diana plans to continue ﬁghting to change federal immigration laws to protect immigrant workersrights and provide undocumented students access to higher education.
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