Saturday, March 21, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: March 21, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves March 7, 2015 - March 21, 2015.

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          Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer George Roberts '69 of private equity firm KKR seen in the office in Menlo Park, California on Friday, February 20, 2015. Photo by Liz Hafalia of the SF Chronicle.

          Media Roundup

          Chancellor & Dean Frank Wu blogs for The Huffington Post. Check out his latest posts:

          UC Hastings and UC Davis have just announced a combined four-year JD/MBA program that will launch in fall 2015. UC Hastings & UC Davis GSM Launch Concurrent JD/MBA Degree Option.

          Professor Robin Feldman continued to make the rounds to discuss her study, “Does Patent Licensing Mean Innovation?,” and other IP-related current events and issues.

          Professor Hadar Aviram appeared on the news in San Francisco and was mentioned in a recent Israel Supreme Court opinion.

          • She appeared on a KTVU news segment about the investigation of four San Francisco police officers who allegedly sent racist texts. Four SFPD Officers under Investigation for Allegedly Sending Racist Texts.
          • Her 2009 article, “Almost Duress’: Using Criminal Defenses at the Sentencing Stage,” which was published in the Israel Law Review: Special Edition–The David Wiener Book of Criminal Law and Ethics, was cited in a recent Israel Supreme Court decision.

          Professor George Bisharat has appeared in the media a few times over the past couple of weeks.

          • He was profiled in California Lawyer about his extra-legal life as a blues musician whose stage name is Big Harp George.  His most recent CD, “Chromaticism,” is one of the 2014 nominees for “best new artist album” by the Blues Foundation. Legal Pastimes: Blues at the Bar.
          • He was quoted in a longform article by Rima Najjar, an English professor at Al-Quds University in the West Bank. Life in Abu Dis Continues Quietly.

          Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hazard was quoted in an article about a retired Pennsylvania state supreme court judge who may have breached ethical rules by directing referrals to a number of law firms that then paid referral fees to his attorney wife. New Documents: McCaffery Had Role in Referral Fees.

          Professor Joan Williams has provided commentary to various outlets about Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins.

          The Center for WorkLife Law has also been in the news.

          Professor Dorit Rubenstein Reiss continues to speak out on the controversy surrounding the anti-vaccination movement.

          Timothy Yim, Program Manager for the Privacy & Technology Project at the Institute for Innovation Law, has been active:

          • He organized “IAPP KnowledgeNet: Year in Review and A Look Forward to What 2015 Holds in Store for Privacy and Security,” which took place on March 20 at Perkins Coie. San Francisco Bay Area KnowledgeNet: March 20, 2015.
          • He will speak on the “Internet of Things” panel at the Blockchain Global Innovation Conference at Stanford on March 23-24.  Stanford Blockchain Workshop.

          Professor Rory Little was quoted in an article about a recent federal court decision that protects historical cell phone data under the 4th Amendment.  Cell-Tower Data Now Harder for Feds to Get.

          Professor Brian Gray was noted for having co-authored “Policy Priorities for Managing Drought,” a report on the lessons learned from California’s current drought and Australia’s Millennium Drought, published by the Public Policy Institute of California. PPIC: State Should Improve Water-Use Information, Promote Conservation, Strengthen Environmental Management.  

          Adjunct Professor Sigrid Irias ’86 wrote a column that provides tips on how to conduct successful discovery. How to Survive Written Discovery.

          Adjunct Professor Mark D’Argenio ‘05 wrote a column that provides advice on how to take a deposition. Five Tips for Mastering the Seven-Hour Deposition.

          Three alumni were profiled in The Silicon Valley Business Journal after receiving honors at the 2015 Top Corporate Counsel Awards.

          Rachelle Chong ’84 was quoted in an article about her great-uncle, who was posthumously granted the right to practice law in California 125 years after he was denied a license because of his race. 125 Years Late, Chinese Lawyer Earns Right to Practice Law in California.

          James Cole ’79 has joined Sidley Austin’s government litigation and investigations practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Sidley Austin Snags Former Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole.

          George Roberts ’69, one of the co-founders of the private equity firm KKR, has been nominated for the San Francisco Chronicle’s inaugural Visionary of the Year award, which will be presented on March 31, 2015. Visionary of the Year Nominee: KKR’s George Roberts.

          David Aronoff ’86 has joined Fox Rothschild as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Fox’s LA Office Welcomes Two Esteemed Media and Entertainment Pros.

          John Donald Jelletich ‘52, a retired Kern County Superior Court judge, died on March 3. Former Judge Remembered as 'Historic Figure,' Respectful, and Close to Family.

          Daniel Vermillion ’09 has joined Farella Braun + Martel LLP as a senior associate in its family wealth group. People: Week of March 9, 2015.

          Ollie Benn ’06 has been named the new executive director of San Francisco Hillel and will be responsible for overseeing the chapters at several local campuses, including UC Hastings. San Francisco Hillel Announces New Executive Director.

          Ellen Mouchawar ‘91 [JF3] is a candidate for an interim seat on the Sequoia school board. Six Candidates Seeking a Seat on High School District Board.

          Jonathan Fortman ’13, an alumnus of the inaugural Masters of Studies in Law for Health & Science Professionals program, has published an article in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. The Inadequacies of Community Consultation in Emergency Medicine Research: A Proposal for Revising the Rule.

          Christopher Parkhurst ’98 became a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. Christopher Parkhurst, Premier DUI Attorney, New Member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys.

          Incoming student Mark Louis Javitch was featured in an engagement announcement.

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