2012 CLR Alumni Banquet
April 19, 2012
CLR Public Interest Bar Grants
At the Alumni Banquet we will also be awarding bar grants to members of the graduating class who will be embarking upon careers in public service. For more information on how you can contribute please contact Faculty and Alumni Chair Jackie Barbera.
Information on last year's bar grant recipients is below.
Class of 2011 Bar Grant Recipients
Galen Currens | California Law Review Bar Grant
Galen was raised in the Pacific Northwest and attended college in Idaho. He was drawn to law school after working on prisoners’ rights issues at the ACLU of Idaho. Since arriving at Boalt, he has continued to advocate for prisoners through his work with a variety of organizations, including a public defender’s office, the Prison Law Office, a pro se department of a federal district court, and the Death Penalty Clinic. He was the Communications and Electronic Resources Editor of CLR. When not chained to his computer, he can usually be found skiing in the mountains or inside San Quentin teaching prisoners pre-algebra.
Ian Fein | Morrison & Foerster Bar Grant
After growing up in the Bay Area and attending U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate, Ian became a journalist because he wanted to benefit the public by informing others. But he soon realized the most important decisions were being made in courtrooms and legislative halls, and he felt constrained by the limits of his journalistic role. Realizing his desire to advocate for – and not merely report on – environmental initiatives, Ian headed to law school to study environmental law and develop skills that would allow him to participate directly in crafting solutions. Ian has interned at the Sierra Club; the public interest law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger; and the legal office of the U.S. Department of State. After clerking, he intends to return to one of those employers or work for another nonprofit environmental group.
Camille Pannu | California Law Review Bar Grant
Camille is a third-year student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), where her work focuses on the intersection of race, poverty, and environmental resource inequality. At Boalt, she has worked to establish a clinical project in rural environmental justice, chaired three conferences on environmental justice and community action, and leveraged resources to provide support for project innovation for green-collar jobs. Prior to law school Camille worked extensively with Connecticut and Kenyan farmers to sustain water and food security in rural, small farming communities. A former legal intern with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE), she will join CRPE’s Delano office in September 2011 to implement its community-owned green economic development initiative in the San Joaquin Valley.
Summer Volkmer | California Law Review Bar Grant
Summer grew up in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico. After drop- ping out of high school and traveling around the western United States, she attended college at the University of New Mexico, where she studied philosophy and political science. During and after college she worked for a New Mexico-based jewelry manufacturer, designing and producing jewelry and trading in silver, turquoise, and other semiprecious metals and stones. In 2008, Summer enrolled at Berkeley Law School to build upon a lifetime commitment to addressing issues of poverty and social and economic marginalization. Since coming to Boalt, she has participated in the Cali- fornia Asylum Representation Clinic, the Community Legal Outreach Tenant’s Rights Clinic, the East Bay Community Law Center’s Neighborhood Justice Clinic, and the International Human Rights Law Clinic. She has also interned at the Homeless Advocacy Project and the National Housing Law Project and worked as a researcher at the Warren Institute.
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