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          Thinkers & Doers: February 13, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves February 7, 2015 - February 13, 2015 .

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          Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

          Media Roundup

          Professor Dorit Rubenstein Reiss has received additional media coverage in connection with the most recent anti-vaccination controversy.

          Professor Robin Feldman has been chosen to serve as an advisor for the prestigious ALI Restatement of Copyright Law. In addition, she was quoted in an article about the changing patent litigation landscape and the likelihood of patent litigation reform. Tech Companies Still Eager for Patent Reform.

          Professor David Levine was quoted in several sources.

          Professor Joan Williams appeared in a several different articles about maternity leave and gender issues in the workplace.

          Provost and Academic Dean Beth Hillman was quoted in a Stars and Stripes article about the demise of the ‘good soldier’ defense, which allowed defense lawyers to claim that soldiers couldn’t have committed the crimes of which they were accused because of their strong character. Military Lawyers Lose the ‘Good Soldier’ Defense.

          Congratulations to Professor Alina Ball, whose article, “Disruptive Pedagogy: The Intentionality of Critical Theory in Business Law Clinics,” has been accepted for publication by the Clinical Law Review.

          Professor Hadar Aviram was quoted in an article about the Supreme Court’s refusal to block gay marriages in Alabama. Alabama Gay Marriage Order Seen as a Sign of High Court’s Direction.

          Lisa Frydman, Associate Director & Managing Attorney of the Center for Refugee and Gender Studies, was quoted in an article that discusses a recent study the Center conducted about the violation of minor migrants’ human rights in Mexico, Central America and the U.S. Study: Migrant Minors’ Rights Violated in Central America, US, Mexico.

          Professor Ahmed Ghappour appeared on ABC 7 News to explain how a keylogger works. Former San Francisco Police Officer Accused of Corporate Espionage.

          Michael Healy ‘80 has been elected as chairman of Sedgwick LLP. Sedgwick Elects Michael F. Healy as New Chair.

          Gerald Posner ’78 has just published “God’s Bankers,” an in-depth exposé and history of the Vatican’s finances.  BOOK REVIEW: 'God's Bankers': Exhaustive Look at Money and Power in Vatican City.

          Michael Gorback ’03 has just been promoted to partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP, where he chairs the Emerging Companies group.

          Antony Nash ‘01 has joined Mintz Levin’s San Diego office as a Member in its litigation practice. Mintz Levin Expands West Coast Litigation with Addition of Antony Nash.

          Bill Ahmann ’01 has been elected partner at Sheppard Mullin. Sheppard Mullin Elects Eleven Attorneys to Partnership.

          Stanley Schwartz ’52, one of the founds of Santa Barbara’s Legal Aid Foundation, died on January 30.

          Walter Phillips ‘66 died on February 7. He was of counsel at Obermayer Rebmann, where he practiced law since 2005. Obituary.

          Kamala Harris ’89 was profiled in an article about her campaign to replace Senator Barbara Boxer. Woman With 'a Commanding Presence' Sprints Ahead in Race to Replace Boxer.

          Congratulations to alumni Juana Schurman ‘85, VP Legal & Compliance Officer at Oracle; Alex Grab ‘99, VP & General Counsel at Electronics for Imaging and Mark Zemelman ‘82, Senior VP & General Counsel at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for their nominations by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal as finalists for the Top Corporate Counsel Awards of 2015.

          Gary Carlin ’69, founding member and senior partner of Carlin & Buchsbaum, has been recognized for his employment law practice. Gary R. Carlin Honored by Worldwide Registry as a Leading Resource in Employment Law.

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          UC Hastings is committed to the principle that the pursuit of knowledge and the free expression of ideas is at the heart of the academic mission, whether in the classroom, in the selection of clinical projects and clients, and in research, scholarship, public presentations, and contributions to public fora. This is especially true when the ideas or subjects are unpopular or controversial in society, as orthodox ideas need no protection. No person or organization outside the academic community should be permitted to determine which ideas or projects may be explored, expressed, supported or endorsed. Read the full policy here.

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