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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thinkers & Doers: May 29, 2014

Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman, Professors Ahmed Ghappour, Joan C. Williams, Chimène Keitner, Jo Carrillo, Kathryn Hall '71, Gary Lieberstein '79, Jeff Adachi '85, Rising 3L Rachel Lieberstein, Fairuz Abdullah, and Annabrooke Temple.
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"The Slanted Screen," a documentary about media stereotypes of Asian American men, will be shown at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival this weekend. The film was written, directed and produced by Jeff Adachi '85, San Francisco Public Defender.

Ahmed Ghappour

Incoming Professor Ahmed Ghappour (@amadooooo) was quoted in Pando Daily and The Guardian about the decision to release revered hacker “Sabu” without forcing him to serve jail time.

Sabu, whose real name is Hector Xavier Monsegur, is the hacker who is said to have helped the Federal Bureau of Investigation disrupt some 300 attacks against corporations, the military, and other targets. He was affiliated with LulzSec, a group considered to be part of the Anonymous collective.

Ahmed GhappourThis week Monsegur was sentenced to one year of probation with computer logging for his previous hacking conviction. The judge cited his efforts in finding eight “major co-conspirators.”

The Guardian wrote: “As Monsegur begins his year’s supervised release, including close monitoring of his computer use, questions are likely to remain over the nature of his lenient sentence, and particularly his alleged role in spearheading attacks on foreign governments while acting on behalf of the FBI.”

Ghappour, an expert in computer law, told the Guardian it was one thing to help the FBI in a sting operation on perpetrators of a crime already in motion, another “when you contribute to the creation, inducement and execution of a crime that never was. Particularly when those crimes may very well affect our foreign policy.” Read more here.

Elizabeth L. Hillman

Elizabeth L. HillmanOn June 5, Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman will be part of a panel discussion on LGBTQ Veterans and the Military at the San Francisco Public Library. “How Far We've Come” includes retired Navy Commander Zoe Dunning who successfully challenged the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy; Dr. Aaron Belkin, founder of the Palm Center; and Major Jeffrey Mueller, Co-Chair of OutServe Servicemembers' Legal Defense Network Board of Directors. The panel is at 6pm in Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. Click here for additional information.

Joan C. Williams

TIME magazine asked experts, including Distinguished Professor Joan C. Williams, (@JoanCWilliams) what single policy could ease Americans’ time crunch.

Joan C. WilliamsWilliams’ advice: make work schedules flexible—and don’t ding workers for taking advantage of that. “A well-known experimental study found that mothers were 79 percent less likely to be hired, half as likely to be promoted, offered an average of $11,000 less in salary, and held to higher performance and punctuality standards than identical women without children. Mothers face assumptions that being committed to work makes them bad mothers, and that being committed to motherhood makes them bad workers.” Men also face “flexibility stigma,” she wrote. Read the entire piece here.

Chimène Keitner

Chimène KeitnerProfessor Chimène Keitner penned a guest post, in response to previous commentary, for Opinio Juris on “Foreign Official Immunity and the Chinese Cyberespionage Indictments.”

She wrote, “At a broader level, the announcement of indictments against named Chinese officials reinforces a trend towards focusing pressure on individuals associated with undesirable state policies, whether through immigration enforcement or targeted sanctions. The full implications of this trend for international law and international relations remain to be seen.” Read the full piece here.

Jo Carrillo

Professor Jo Carrillo penned an enjoyable analysis of the recent California Supreme Court ruling in divorce of Frankie Valli.
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Or My Community Property,” ran in the May 28, 2014 issue of the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals. Jo CarrilloCarrillo opened the piece, “When is 50-50 not half?”

She continued, “Valli isn’t just about who owned the savings component of the life insurance [purchased when Valli believe he was on his death bed]. It is also about which of the parties has the post-dissolution right to name a beneficial designee to the original $3.75 million policy.”

Carrillo is the author of several books on community property, including “Understanding California Community Property,” forthcoming this year. Read the full commentary here (subscription required).

Kathryn Hall

Kathryn Hall ’71 was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Economic Development Corporation, and as special adviser on international business. She is co-owner of Hall Wines in Napa, and previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria. She and her husband Craig were recently featured in the Dallas Morning News as a “power couple making a name for themselves in Napa Valley.” Read more here.

Jeff Adachi

Jeff Adachi ’85 (@JeffAdachi) produced a documentary that will be aired at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival May 31.

The Sacramento-born Adachi decided to confront those media stereotypes of Asian American men, and in 2006, the city of San Francisco’s public defender wrote, directed and produced The Slanted Screen, a documentary about Asian men and their long history of limited and typecast roles in film and on TV.

“I came to know quite a few actors, and what was astonishing to me was that they were sort of in this Catch-22,” Adachi told the Sacramento News & Review. “They had very few roles to go for, but then they had stereotypical roles,” said Adachi. “Then they were criticized by the [Asian] community for playing those roles. What I tried to do in this film is give somebody from the outside [a look at] what it was like being an Asian-American male actor.” For more information on the film festival, click here.

Annabrooke Temple, Fairuz Abdullah

Annabrooke Temple and Fairuz Abdullah of the Office of Career and Professional Development spoke with JD Supra Business Advisor about tips for summer law job success.

Advice included how to treat your summer job as a months-long job interview, the importance of enthusiasm equal to quality work, how to clarify assignments and priorities, and how to invite feedback. Read the entire piece here.

Gary Lieberstein '69, Rachel Lieberstein

Rising 3L Rachel Lieberstein penned a moving essay in the St. Helena Star in reference to several letters to the editor regarding the Napa County District Attorney’s race. Lieberstein’s father, Gary Lieberstein ’79 is running as the incumbent. He was first elected to the position in 1998.

Rachel Lieberstein“Since I was 10 years old, I have watched my dad in court fighting for crime victim advocacy. Gary Lieberstein taught me what it means to truly love going to work every single day. He is the reason that I too have chosen to attend his alma mater and to dedicate my life to public service.”

“My vote this year and every year will always be a resounding "yes" for Gary Lieberstein; a man who not only currently serves as your district attorney, but who also has held the dual position for the past 25 years as my dad, my hero, my best friend, and my biggest supporter.” Read the entire piece here.

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--May 29, 2014

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