Thursday, April 09, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: April 09, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves April 3, 2015 - April 9, 2015.

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          Suzanne Case ’83 has been nominated to head Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources. Photo by John DeMello.

          Media Roundup

          Professor Dorit Rubenstein Reiss wrote an opinion piece for the Daily Journal and was quoted in two articles about California’s pending vaccine exemption bill, which faced its first hurdle in the state’s Senate Health Committee this week.  

          Professor Robin Feldman and Institute for Innovation Law Research Fellow Evan Frondorf have just published a study in the Stanford Technology Law Review. Entitled “Patent Demands and Initial Public Offerings,” the paper analyzes the results of a survey Feldman and Frondorf conducted to determine whether there is a correlation between patent troll activity and the timing of companies’ major funding events (such as IPOs). The survey results demonstrate that “patent assertion activity is driven by lucrative economic incentives rather than legitimate and rightfully asserted claims of infringement.” Patent Demands and Initial Public Offerings

          Professor Joan Williams was quoted in several articles.  

          • She was quoted in stories about Ellen Pao’s decision to ban salary negotiations at Reddit. Reddit CEO Bans Salary Negotiations.  
          • Her quotes in the Yahoo! article above were reproduced in this PBS News Hour article. 

          Congratulations to Adjunct Professor Joseph Gratz, a partner at Durie Tangri Page Lemley Roberts & Kent LLP, who has been named one of the top nine IP lawyers under the age of 40 by Law360. Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40. 

          The Center for WorkLife Law’s study, “Double Jeopardy?,” was mentioned in a comment piece about the Ellen Pao trial. Ellen Pao’s Trial Stood for Many Earning Far Less. 

          Lynne Hermle '81 was named “Litigator of the Week” by American Lawyer, which reported how she skillfully handled voir dire and then “steadily poked holes” in Ellen Pao’s testimony during the month-long trial with Kleiner Perkins. 

          Ethan Berkowitz ’90 was one of the top two finishers in the Anchorage, AK mayoral race and faces his challenger in a runoff on May 5. Where They Stand: Anchorage Mayoral Candidates Berkowitz and Demboski on the Issues. 

          Congratulations to Kathy L. Hibbs ‘88, the Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer at 23andMe, and Jacqueline K.S. Lee ’06, an IP litigator at Jones Day, who made Silicon Valley Business Journal’s list of 2015 Women of Influence. 100 Women Rocking Silicon Valley Business. 

          Tanya Roth ‘97 and Corey Licht ‘11 were mentioned in a FindLaw.com article about where the company’s employees attended law school. Roth is FindLaw’s Managing Editor and Licht is the Editor and Team Lead for Core Content. Where Did FindLaw Go to Law School? 

          Eliza Xuan Wang ‘05, Managing Attorney at Meridian Law, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Dais Analytic. Dais Analytic: Change in Directors or Principal Officers. 

          Alison Tsao ’98’s Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly note, “Fetal Homicide Laws,” was mentioned in a vox.com article about an Indiana woman who was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison under the state’s feticide law. An Indiana Woman is Facing 20 Years in Prison for “Feticide.” 

          The Honorable Thomas Jenkins ’49, a philanthropist, lawyer and judge who served on the San Mateo County Superior Court from 1976-1990, died on March 16. Honorable Thomas M. Jenkins. 

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