Friday, February 06, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: February 6, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves January 30, 2014 - February 6, 2015.

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          Media Roundup

          Professor Joan Williams’ study about gender bias against women in STEM fields continues to receive wide coverage. 

          Professor Dorit Rubenstein Reiss was quoted in and interviewed for several articles about the most recent measles outbreak and the resulting increased scrutiny of the anti-vaccination movement.

          Congratulations to the UC Hastings Negotiation & Mediation Team for its third consecutive win at the Liberty University National Negotiation Competition in Lynchburg, Virginia. 3L Kevin Morrissey and 1L Penney Azeezee won first place and 3Ls Justin Schultz and Ida Khamsi narrowly missed the Finals in a three-way tie.

          The UC Hastings Appellate Project was recognized for its work on an amicus brief in an appeal that has resulted in a new trial for an undocumented worker whose immigration status was revealed during jury selection in a lawsuit he brought against his employer. A Victory in the Fight for Fair Trials for Undocumented Immigrants.

          Professor Rory Little commented on the city of Oakland’s efforts to fight the federal government’s efforts to shut down the country’s largest medicinal cannabis dispensary. Medical Pot in Oakland: Appeals Court Weighs Fate of ‘Superstore.’

          California Attorney General Kamala Harris ’89 is profiled in an article about the relative advantages and disadvantages she brings to her Senate run because she lacks a legislative record. Kamala Harris, a Front-Runner for U.S. Senate, is a Blank Slate.

          Anjali Jaiswal ’99, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, co-wrote an article about the opportunity to make progress on clean energy initiatives during President Obama’s recent visit to India. How Clean Energy Can Power Climate Action During Obama's Visit to India.

          California State Assemblyman Don Wagner ’87 has announced his candidacy to represent the 37th District in the State Senate. Don Wagner for State Senate.

          George Roberts ‘69 is profiled in an article about his generous philanthropy, which includes donations to his various alma maters, UC Hastings among them. A Quick Look at the Philanthropy of Private Equity Billionaire George Roberts.

          Jim Wagstaffe ’80, an adjunct professor at UC Hastings and a partner at Kerr &  Wagstaffe LLP, was quoted in a NY Times article about the legal dispute over the Robin Williams estate. Robin Williams’s Widow and Children Tangle Over Estate.

          Dr. Kelvin Quan ‘93 has joined MayView Community Health Center as its CEO. MayView Announces New CEO Kelvin Quan.

          Kenneth Jenkins ’02 has joined Mintz Levin as a Member in the firm’s San Diego office. Mintz Levin Further Bolsters IP Practice and West Coast Presence with Addition of Kenneth E. Jenkins.

          Katelyn Keegan ’14 and Patrick Veasy ’14 have both joined the San Francisco office of Schiff Hardin. Schiff Hardin LLP Welcomes 13 Recent Law School Graduates as New Associates.

          Steven Jaffe ‘86 has been promoted to Chief Investment Officer and Principal of BH Properties. BH Properties Names New CIO.

          John Pariseault ‘05 has been elected partner of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP. John Pariseault.

          Andrew Do ‘89 won the race for the 1st District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Do Wins OC Supervisor Race.

          Alan Ray ‘90, who currently serves as the president of Elmhurst College near Chicago, is under consideration to become DePaul University’s next provost. DePaul Provost Search: Alan Ray Touts Mission, Some Concerned About Lack of Commitment to Research.

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