While summer break gives professors a respite from their usual classroom duties, the deeply engaged scholars at UC Hastings hardly take a vacation.
Summer is an opportunity to catch up on writing projects, delve deep into research, and for many of our faculty, visit and experience the international legal systems they study first-hand. Here are three examples of the tremendous work that UC Hastings professors complete during their summer “breaks.”
Professor Hadar Aviram visited Brazil along with a handful of other UC Hastings faculty members to teach a short-course on American criminal procedure at Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Vitoria, Brazil. She was joined by Professors Richard Boswell and Rick Marcus.
When she wasn’t teaching abroad, Aviram found time to focus on several writing projects. Among her papers and book reviews recently accepted for publication are:
Professor Aviram appeared on Bloomberg TV on August 20 regarding the removal of graphic content from social networks and KTSF TV on August 20 regarding the Leland Yee trial. She gave newspaper interviews to TIME Magazine regarding the death penalty on July 17, and the Daily Journal regarding the death penalty on August 11. She published three Op-Eds in the Daily Journal about various aspects of criminal law. And, last but not least, her book Cheap on Crime is about to be released from the University of California Press.
Staying a little closer to home, but no less busy, Professor William S. Dodge published the fifth edition of his casebook Transnational Business Problems. His forthcoming article “Defining and Punishing Offenses Under Treaties” has been accepted for publication by the Yale Law Journal, which is the most prestigious law review in the country.
On August 20, Professor Dodge delivered the Traynor Lecture at UC Hastings, based on his article in the Notre Dame Law Review entitled “Alien Tort Litigation: The Road Not Taken.” On September 5, he hosted a meeting of Northern California International Law Scholars at UC Hastings, and commented on Professor Michael Vitiello’s paper “Limiting Access to US Courts: The Supreme Court’s New Personal Jurisdiction Case Law.” Professor Dodge was also reappointed to the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law this summer. Finally, his article “Teaching the CISG in Contracts” was cited by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in In re World Imports Ltd.
Also on the teaching expedition to Brazil was Professor Rick Marcus, one of our country’s most renowned experts in Civil Procedure. Marcus delivered a series of lectures at the Universidade Federal of Esipritu Santu in Vitoria, Brazil.
On May 27, Professor Marcus presented "Misgivings About American Exceptionalism: Court Access as a Zero/Sum Game" at the 2014 Public and Private Justice Conference put on by the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, Croatia. On May 28-29, he presented the proposed amendment to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for final approval by the U.S. Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, in Washington, D.C. The amendment package was unanimously approved and goes before the Judicial Conference on Sept. 15-16; if approved there it goes to the Supreme Court. On June 12, Marcus was the keynote speaker on "The Role of A Supreme Court in a Common Law System," in Conference on the Role of Supreme Courts, put on by the University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland.
In addition, Professor Marcus completed and sent out three law review articles, worked on the 2014 Teachers' Updates for his Civil Procedure and Complex Litigation casebooks, wrote the 2014 Supplement for Gilbert Civil Procedure, and completed work on the new edition of vol. 12 of the Federal Practice & Procedure treatise.
A complete list of UC Hastings professors’ summer scholarship is coming soon.