Duke Law Club of Northern California

About Us

The Duke Law Club of Northern California is a professional and social alumni group founded in 2012 with the purpose of serving and connecting the 500+ Duke Law Alumni and other Duke Alumni-Attorneys who live and practice in the Bay Area. Anyone who has a Duke connection (e.g. law school, Trinity, Fuqua, Pratt, etc.) and has or is pursuing a law degree from any law school, including alumni, current law students, practicing attorneys, non-attorneys, is considered a member of the Duke Law Club of Northern California.

           

Upcoming Events

Past Events

  • Jun 6 Duke Law in Your City: San Francisco 6:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Duke Law alumni, students, and friends of Duke are invited to join us for our annual summer reception. This is a great opportunity for students, alumni, and employer representatives to meet, connect, and celebrate the local Duke Law community. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. We hope you will join us! This event is co-organized by the Duke Law Offices of Alumni & Development and Career & Professional Development. For more information, please contact the Alumni and Development Office at alumni_office@law.duke.edu.

  • Nov 15 Duke Law Welcomes Dean Kerry Abrams: Palo Alto 6:30 PMPalo Alto, CA

    Palo Alto area alumni, parents, and friends are warmly invited to this special event to welcome Kerry Abrams as she begins her tenure as the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law. Specific location- Cooley LLP 3175 Hanover Street Palo Alto, CA 94304. This event is sponsored by the Office of Alumni & Development. For more information, please contact alumni_office@law.duke.edu.

  • Nov 14 Duke Law Welcomes Dean Kerry Abrams: San Francisco 6:30 PMSan Francisco, CA

    San Francisco area alumni, parents, and friends are warmly invited to this special event to welcome Kerry Abrams as she begins her tenure as the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law. Specific location- Winston & Strawn LLP 101 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111. This event is sponsored by the Office of Alumni & Development. For more information, please contact alumni_office@law.duke.edu.

  • Jun 14 Duke Law in San Francisco: Summer 2018 Reception 6:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Duke Law alumni, students, and friends of Duke are invited to join us for our annual summer reception. This is a great opportunity for students, alumni, and employer representatives to meet, connect, and celebrate the local Duke Law community. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. We hope you will join us!

    This event is co-organized by the Duke Law Northern California volunteers and the Duke Law Offices of Alumni & Development and Career & Professional Development. Please contact Conner Croxson at conner.croxson@law.duke.edu with questions.

    Specific Location: Rosa Mexicano 30 Mission St. San Francisco, California 94105

  • Oct 2 Northern CA: College Sexual Assault - Going Beyond Awareness 9:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Duke Northern California Women's Forum and the Duke Law Club of Northern California invite alumni (across all Duke schools and affinity groups), parents, and their guests to join an important panel conversation about the wide-ranging issues facing both colleges and students when dealing with sexual assault on campus. We will discuss how legislators, government agencies, university officials, non-profit organizations, students, parents, and alumni can help prevent and address college sexual assault and gender violence. Lisa Krieger '77, an award-winning journalist for The San Jose Mercury News and the Bay Area News Group, will moderate the panel featuring: Dr. Elizabeth Hillman '89, President of Mills College, also has conducted extensive research on the history of sexual violence in military organizations and culture; Jessica Ladd, Co-Founder & CEO of Callisto, a non-profit tech company dedicated to creating technology to combat sexual assault and empower survivors; Kamilah Willingham, advocate, writer, speaker, and activist featured in the award-winning documentary The Hunting Ground; Arthur Zeidman J.D.'78, Ret. Regional Director of the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education. Location: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 3300, San Francisco, CA 94105. Hosted by the Alumni & Development Office. For additional information, please contact Caitlin Shaw at caitlin.shaw@law.duke.edu.

  • Sep 19 Northern CA: Meet Kip Frey J.D.'85, Interim Director of Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative 11:00 AMSan Francisco, CA

    Join fellow alumni to hear from the Interim Director of Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Duke I&E), visiting the Bay Area on Tuesday, September 19. Start your day over breakfast with Duke alumni, where Kip Frey J.D.'85 will be sharing his vision of the future of Duke I&E's undergraduate certificate program, arts entrepreneurship at Duke, and various ways Duke I&E is serving as the hub of innovation and entrepreneurship at the university. Location: Sketchpad Gallery, 505 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Hosted by the Alumni & Development Office. For additional information, please contact Caitlin Shaw at caitlin.shaw@law.duke.edu.

  • Jun 22 Northern CA: Duke Law Club Karaoke Night Hosted by Eugene Lao L'95, L'95 9:30 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join the Duke Law Club of Northern California for a night of karaoke, generously sponsored by Eugene Lao L'95 L'95. We will be in the Jack Daniels Room at Pandora Karaoke & Bar in Union Square, SF. For additional information and to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/duke-law-club-karaoke-night-hosted-by-eugen.... Hosted by the Alumni & Development Office. For additional information, please contact Caitlin Shaw at caitlin.shaw@law.duke.edu.

  • Jun 10 Northern CA: 4th Annual Duke Law Club Summer BBQ 3:00 PMMenlo Park, CA

    Join us for the 4rd Annual Duke Law Club Summer BBQ, our summer alumni tradition. This year's BBQ is being generously hosted by John Donald (Law & Fuqua '97) and Elaine Hammond (Trinity '92). Although the main dishes will be provided, it is suggested to bring a side dish, dessert, or something to drink. If you are able to bring something, please use the shared Google Doc available here to sign up. While most Duke Law Club events are open to the entire Duke alumni community, this event is restricted to "Duke Law Club Members", which includes all Duke Law Alumni, Other Duke Alumni who have non-Duke JDs, current or incoming law students, recent graduates/new alumni, and their guests. Location: Home of John Donald (Law & Fuqua '97) & Elaine Hammond (Trinity '92). Address will be emailed to attendees. Sponsored by the Law Alumni & Development Office. For additional information, please contact Caitlin Shaw at caitlin.shaw@law.duke.edu.

  • May 18 Northern CA: Operationalizing Privacy: How Businesses Across Sectors Are Meeting & Greeting Evolving Privacy Laws and Best Practices 9:30 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join us for a lively discussion of how businesses from various industries think about evolving privacy and data security responsibilities - amidst shifting consumer expectations, always-on personal data streams and regulatory environments in flux. The alumni panel moderated by Jeff Ward J.D.'09, LL.M.'09, Chair of the Technology & Access Working Group and Associate Clinical Professor of Law will provide an overview of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and discuss key data privacy considerations for companies and law firms. Location: Perkins Coie, 505 Howard Street #1000, San Francisco, CA 94105. Hosted by the Alumni & Development Office. Please contact Caitlin Shaw, caitlin.shaw@law.duke.edu, for additional information.

  • Feb 11 Northern CA: Poker/Game Night 10:00 PMPalo Alto, CA

    Steven D. Lee L'12 will be hosting a casual game night at his home in Palo Alto. Please join us and feel free to bring food, drinks and games! 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Palo Alto (address will be sent out to those that RSVP). Hosted by the Alumni & Development Office. For additional information, please contact Caitlin Shaw at caitlin.shaw@law.duke.edu.

  • Dec 17 Northern California: Private Screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 7:15 PMRedwood City, CA

    After the success of last year's private screening of A Force Awakens, the Duke Law Club of Northern California is excited to present a private screening of this year's new Star Wars movie, Rogue One during its opening weekend. Please feel free to bring your significant other, children, or other family members, or a friend/co-worker. Redwood Downtown 20 and XD 825 Middlefield Road Auditorium #5 Redwood City, CA 94063Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 7:15 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)Hosted by the Alumni & Development Office. For more information, please contact Caitlin Shaw at caitlin.shaw@law.duke.edu.

  • Sep 9 Meet & Greet with Prof. Rai & Dr. Merrill - Palo Alto, CA 6:30 PMPalo Alto, CA

    Please join us in welcoming Prof. Arti Rai and Dr. Steve Merrill to the Bay Area by attending our Meet & Greet event hosted at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office. Prof. Rai and Dr. Merrill are visiting on behalf of the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy to attend the Patent Quality Conference jointly hosted by the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy and the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute. Presented by the Duke Law Club of Northern California. Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-greet-for-prof-arti-rai-dr-steve-merri.... For more information, please contact Anna Walker at walker@law.duke.edu.

  • Aug 4 Reception with David F. Levi, Dean and Professor of Law - San Francisco, CA 6:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join Dean Levi, local alumni, and students for a reception in connection with the annual meeting of the American Bar Association. The event will take place at E&O Kitchen and Bar, 314 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Presented by the Duke Law Alumni Office. Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.squadup.com/events/duke-law-reception-with-dean-levi-in-san-.... For more information, please contact Sandra Good L'01 at sandra.good@law.duke.edu.

  • Jul 31 3rd Annual Duke Law Club Summer BBQ - San Francisco, CA 5:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join us for the Third Annual Duke Law Club Summer BBQ, our summer alumni tradition, at the San Francisco home of fellow alumnus and Duke Law Club Board Member, Jenny Cotner (T'99, L'02). Presented by the Duke Law Club of Northern California. Learn more and RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-duke-law-club-summer-bbq-tickets-.... For more information, please contact Steven D. Lee L'12 at stevendlee@alumni.duke.edu or Jamie Yoo L'13 at jamiejyoo@gmail.com.

  • Apr 26 Duke Law Club San Francisco Giants Baseball Game 7:15 PMSan Francisco, CA

    The Duke Law Club of Northern California is organizing a group outing to see the San Francisco Giants take on the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park (24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107). Hosted by the Duke Law Club of Northern California. Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/duke-law-club-sf-giants-night-tickets-21292....

  • Jun 25 DAA: Duke NorCal Graduate Welcome Event - San Francisco, CA 6:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join us at Restaurant Lulu in welcoming recent Fuqua, Law, and Grad School graduates, summer interns and others who are new to the Bay Area. Start summer off in the right direction with what is always a well-attended, fun event. Learn more and RSVP here: https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/DUKE/event/showEventFor.... Sponsored by DAA. Questions? Contact Gregg Wurster, B'03 at gregg.wurster@alumni.duke.edu.

  • Jun 14 Duke NorCal Day with the San Francisco Giants - San Francisco, CA 11:30 AMSan Francisco, CA

    It's time for the annual Duke NorCal-exclusive baseball chalk talk session and game outing with the San Francisco Giants. Giants' Senior Vice President and Duke Alum Bill Schlough '92 will host a Pre-Game Chalk Talk for Duke Northern California starting at 11:45 a.m. (game starts at 1:05 p.m.). Sponsored by DAA. Learn more and RSVP here: https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/DUKE/event/showEventFor.... Questions? Contact Adrian Dollard '92 at dollard@alumni.duke.edu.

  • May 14 2015 In-House Counsel Panel - Venture Capital Edition - San Francisco, CA 6:30 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join the Duke Law Club of Northern California and DLA Piper for our second annual Duke Law Club In-House Counsel Panel at DLA Piper, 555 Mission Street. This year's panel features Bay Area Duke alumni-attorneys who work in venture capital: Neil Pai, T'04 (General Counsel, Founders Fund), Ryan Purcell, L'09 G'09 (General Counsel, S23P), Bryce Steeg, T'02 (General Counsel, Thiel Capital). Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m., panel discussion will run from 7-8:00 p.m. with time for networking afterwards. Generously sponsored and hosted by Michael Torosian L'00 with DLA Piper LLP (US). For more information, please contact Steven Lee L'12 at stevendlee@alumni.duke.edu.

  • May 2 Duke Alums Engage San Francisco 9:00 AMSan Francisco, CA

    Join us for the Duke Alums Engage program, which takes the experience of volunteering to a more meaningful level. Take on a project tailored to the needs of your local community, explore the principles of civic engagement, and reflect on your project's impact on your community. This year the Duke NorCal community will partner with Goodwill of Son Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. Sponsored by DAA, learn more and register here: https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/DUKE/event/showEventFor....

  • Mar 7 Basketball Watch Event (Duke v. UNC) - San Francisco, CA 5:30 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join the Duke Law Club of Northern California at the San Francisco Twin Peaks Home of Adam Mishcon L'90 to cheer on the Duke Men's Basketball Team as they take on our archrival, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the 500+ Duke Law Alumni and other Duke University Alumni-Attorneys who live or practice in the Bay Area in a more casual and fun atmosphere. Adam (Host) and Steven (Co-Chair) will provide hot wings and beer. You are welcome, but certainly not required, to bring a drink or favorite snack food for yourself or to share with the group. Sponsored by the Duke Law Club of Northern California. For more information, please contact alumni_office@law.duke.edu.

  • Feb 4 Drinks & Networking Event at Hanson Bridgett - San Francisco, CA 6:30 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join the Duke Law Club of Northern California for an after-hours networking event which is being sponsored by Brett Gladstone L'83 of Hanson Bridgett LLP. Get reacquainted with old classmates and network with some of the more than 500+ Duke Law Alumni and Other Duke Alumni-Attorneys who or work in the Bay Area. Hanson Bridgett is generously providing Free Food & Drinks. Hanson Bridgett is located at 425 Market Street. Sponsored by the Duke Law Club of Northern California. For more information, please contact alumni_office@law.duke.edu.

  • Jan 14 Healthcare & Life Sciences Alumni Event - San Francisco, CA 7:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join us for the third annual Duke-wide Health Care and Life Sciences gathering coinciding with the JP Morgan Health Care Conference. Hear about the latest in health care innovation at Duke, and connect with fellow alumni in the health care space who live in the Bay Area, or are in town for the conference. At E&O Kitchen, 314 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA. Sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association. Learn more and register here: https://www.squadup.com/events/duke-health-care-life-sciences-reception. Questions? Contact Nicole Kempton at nicole.kempton@duke.edu.

  • Jan 7 Basketball Watch Event (Duke v. Wake Forest) - San Francisco, CA 6:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Join the Duke Law Club of Northern California after work at Pete's Tavern for a pint and help us cheer on the Duke Men's Basketball Team as they take on Wake Forest University. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the 500+ Duke Law Alumni and other Duke University Alumni-Attorneys who live or practice in the Bay Area in a more casual and fun atmosphere. Pete's Tavern is conveniently located in SOMA, just a short walk from most law offices in the Financial District and is close to BART. Since there will be many other non-law related Duke alumni there, be sure to look for the table with Steven D. Lee L'12 or a Duke Law Club sign. Sponsored by the Duke Law Club of Northern California. For more information, please contact alumni_office@law.duke.edu.

  • Oct 23 Duke Law Club Fall Happy Hour & Networking Event - San Francisco, CA 6:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Get reacquainted with old classmates, welcome recent graduates/bar takers, and network with some of the more than 600+ Duke Law alums and Duke-affiliated attorneys who live and work in the Bay Area. Sponsored by Lori Andrus J.D. '99 of Andrus Anderson LLP. Co-sponsoring opportunity available. Questions? Contact Kirstin Riddle at kirstin.riddle@law.duke.edu.

  • Sep 18 MCLE Program & Reception with Professor Neil S. Siegel - San Francisco, CA 6:30 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP | 555 Mission St. | Suite 3000 | San Francisco, CAThe topic is "After DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) & Prop 8" and will feature Christopher Dusseault J.D. '94, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles, CA) and a leading litigator in the federal courts. This is a Forever Learning Faculty Fellow program, presented by Duke Northern California, the Duke Law Club of Northern California, and the Duke LGBT Network. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 credit hour. Questions? Contact Kirstin Riddle at kirstin.riddle@law.duke.edu

  • May 29 Duke Law Club of NorCal Drinks & Networking Event - San Francisco, CA 6:00 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Alumni in the local community are invited to attend a drinks and networking event. This will be a great opportunity to get reacquainted with old classmates and network with numerous Duke Law Alums and Duke affiliated attorneys who live and work in the Bay Area. The event will take place at Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones. RSVP through the link http://bit.ly/1hXykFL. Questions? Contact Steven Lee at stevendlee@alumni.duke.edu. Special thanks to Maxim Litvak, L'97 for hosting.

  • May 3 Duke Alums Engage - San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin 9:00 AMSan Francisco, CA

    Alumni, friends, and family are welcome to come out and volunteer with Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. San Francisco Goodwill CEO Maureen Sedonaen and Marketing leader Tim Murray, formerly of Target Stores, will lead Duke Alumni in a variety of volunteer efforts and provide educational overviews regarding Goodwill's intersection of local nonprofit, corporate and government initiatives designed to do all of the following: break cycles of poverty; provide job training; change dynamics for former prisoners; reduce landfill waste and improve local environmental outcomes through efficient product re-use and recycling efforts. Kids over 8 are welcome. For more information, contact Preston Dodd '90.

  • Apr 3 Alumni Perspective: In-House Counsel - Palo Alto, CA 6:30 PMPalo Alto, CA

    Alumni and friends are encouraged to attend an "in-house counsel" panel discussion with fellow Northern California Duke Law alums who work in those roles. Drink and appetizers will be provided, and there will be opportunities for networking and mingling. For more details and to RSVP click on the link https://dukelawclub.eventbrite.com. Questions? Contact Steven Lee, L'12 at stevendlee@gmail.com.

  • Jan 15 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference - San Francisco, CA 8:30 PMSan Francisco, CA

    Alumni in the healthcare and life sciences industries from Medicine, Trinity, Law, Pratt, Sanford and Fuqua are encouraged to attend a Duke reception at the Annual Duke University Healthcare and Life Sciences Alumni Event. The event will be at Berlinetta Lounge, Burrit Room + Tavern in the Mystic Hotel. Learn more and register through the link https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/DUKE/event/showEventFor.... Questions? Contact Grace Taylor T'81 at (919) 385-3166 or grace.taylor@duke.edu.

2015-16 Leaders:

  • Jenny Cotner '02
  • Krista Marie Enns '99
  • Allyson Gunsallus '12
  • Lila Hope '02
  • Steven D. Lee '12*
  • David Mikulka '14
  • Adam Mishcon '90
  • Ben S. Richter '07
  • Kate D. Ringness '94
  • Jamie Yoo '13*

2013-14 Sponsors:

  • Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

2015-16 Sponsors:

  • Latham & Watkins LLP

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