Thursday, January 09, 2014

          Thinkers & Doers: January 9, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves December 20, 2014 - January 9, 2015.
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          Ancer Haggerty '73,retires as Senior U.S. District Judge in Oregon. Photo from The Oregonian.

          Media Roundup

          Ancer Haggerty '73 retired Dec. 31, 2014, from his position as Senior U.S. District Judge after having served almost 26 years as the first and only African American judge in Oregon federal courts. Ancer Haggerty, presiding judge in two notorious neo-Nazi cases in Portland, hangs up robes. 

          Professor David Levine was quoted in a news story about the release of the names of San Francisco Police Department officers who were involved in a fatal shooting. Supreme Court Ruling Paved Way for Release of SFPD Names in Nieto Killing, and in Drug Firms Take US Alameda County Law to Supreme Court.

          Andrew Guess '14, after being called to jury duty last year, missed his swearing-in ceremony at Hastings College of the Law. After serving as the jury foreman in the DUI trial, the judge swore Guess in as a lawyer on Dec. 12, 2014. Marin Snapshot: Mill Valley man was jury foreman one minute, lawyer the next.  

          Professor Ben Depoorter was mentioned in an article about the merchandizing of t-shirts with the words “I Can’t Breathe” written on them, a trend popularized by Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. Depoorter is quoted regarding the importance of trademark law. I Can't Breathe, I Can Merchandize. 

          Professor Rory K. Little spoke on KGO radio on Dec. 28, 2014, regarding first amendment issues in banning a high school basketball team from a tournament for wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts. Not available online.

          Provost Beth Hillman is quoted in an article reporting the U.S. Justice Department’s change in interpretation of federal law regarding workplace discrimination against transgender people. Transgender Government Workers Now Explicitly Protected by U.S. Law. 

          Professor Marsha Cohen was quoted in an article about a decision by Congress to prohibit the U.S. Justice Department from spending federal funds to intervene in state laws that have legalized the use of marijuana. New law could affect criminal sentences in marijuana cases.  She also wrote an Op-Ed about new rules on GMOs in California in the Daily Journal on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Not available online. 

          Professor Karen Musalo, director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies was quoted in the Ms. Magazine blog regarding survivors of domestic violence who seek asylum in the United States. The Top 10 Feminist Moments of 2014: The U.S. did right by domestic-violence survivors seeking asylum.

          A study published in the June issue of Hastings Law Journal was mentioned in an editorial in the New York Times citing the mental health status of the last 100 people to be put to death. Shifting Politics on the Death Penalty

          Professor Alina Ball has been chosen as a Bellow Scholar. The Bellows Scholar Program recognizes and supports projects undertaken by clinical law teachers that reflect the ideals of Professor Gary Bellow, a pioneering founder of modern clinical legal education.

          Professor Hadar Aviram's interview on KPFA 94.1 about her book, "Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment," was honored during the program's Best of 2014 show. Listen to the full program here: Against the Grain: Realpunitik

          Aviram’s afterword to Keramet Reiter and Alexa Koenig's anthology "Extreme Punishment"(forthcoming 2015, Palgrave) has been accepted for publication.

          Ann Rendahl ’92 was appointed to serve a six-year term on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) beginning Jan. 1. New Commissioner appointed to the Washington UTC. 

          Noemi C. Espinosa ’84 was appointed general counsel at HeartFlow, a medical technology company. HeartFlow names new general counsel to executive team.

          Eric Kawamura ’79 was reappointed to the California Housing Partnership Corporation, where he has served since 2006. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announces appointments. 

          Jeff Adachi ’85 was sworn in for his fourth four-year term as San Francisco’s public defender on Jan. 8 at an inauguration ceremony.

           

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