Friday, May 08, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: May 8, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, May 2, 2015 - May 8, 2015.
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          Professor Osagie Obasogie

          Media Roundup

          Congratulations to Professor Osagie Obasogie, the recipient of the Law Society’s Herbert Jacob Book Award for his book, Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind. The award honors the best book in Law & Society scholarship published in 2014 and will be presented in Seattle on May 30. Congratulations to the 2015 Law and Society Association Award Winners. 

          Congratulations to Professor George Bisharat, also known as “Big Harp George,” whose blues album “Chromaticism” was nominated for the Best New Artist Album by the Blues Music Foundation. The ceremony took place at the 36th Annual Blues Music Awards on May 7 in Memphis. UC Hastings Professor Nominated for Blues Music Award.

          On the academic front, Professor Bisharat was quoted in a Vice.com story about recent testimony by members of the Israeli military. Israeli Troops 'Breaking the Silence' on Gaza Ignite Debate Over Alleged Misconduct. 

          Professor Emeritus Joseph Grodin penned a post for SCOTUSblog about the role of judges in the context of the Supreme Court’s recent decision Williams-Yulee case, which restricted the ability of judicial candidates to solicit campaign contributions. Symposium: The Distinctive Character of Judging. 

          Professor and Director of the Center for Refugee & Gender Studies Karen Mufalo recently published an article in the Harvard International Review about the evolving standards in gender-based asylum law. Personal Violence, Public Matter. 

          Professor Reuel Schiller wrote a blog post for www.legalhistoryblog.com about Terry Francois ‘49, a civil rights attorney who became the first African American to serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the 1960s. Was Terry Francois Ahead of his Time? 

          Assistant Dean for the Office of Career & Professional Development Sari Zimmerman was quoted in an article about the improved job market for the 2014 graduating class. Class of 2014 Has Better Job Picture than Prior Year’s Law School Grads. 

          Professor Jeffrey Lefstin contributed a guest post to www.patentlyo.com about the question of whether certain information-processing techniques are eligible for patent protection. Are Specific Information-Processing Claims Abstract Ideas? On another note, an article he wrote in 1999, arguing that denial of registration to disparaging trademarks implicates the First Amendment, was recently cited in the Federal Circuit’s In re Tam opinion. In Re Tam. 

          Professor Emeritus Brian Gray was cited in a Yale Environment 360 article about exploring groundwater banking as a solution to the California water drought. Water in the Bank: One Solution for Drought-Stricken California

          Professor Morris Ratner was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article about Justice Scalia’s off-the-cuff comment in response to an anti-gay marriage protestor during the recent oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. Scalia’s Quip about Gay Marriage Protestor Stirs Bias Debate. 

          Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza participated in a human rights conference at the University of Puerto Rico sponsored by the International Baltasar Garzon Foundation and the Francisco Carvajal Foundation.
          Fundación Baltasar Garzón abre discusión de DD.HH. en la UPR. 

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss’ testimony during last week’s state senate committee hearing about SB 277, the proposed legislation mandating vaccinations for children attending public and private schools, is available online. Transcript: UC Hastings Law Professor Dorit Reiss’ Testimony on SB 278 before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

          Professor Ahmed Ghappour moderated a keynote panel entitled “Winning the Future: The Struggle for Privacy and Democracy in the Information Age” at MIT Media Lab. The panelists were well-known writers and technologists on cryptology, mass surveillance and big data. Point to Point Camp. 

          Professor Joan Williams and the Center for WorkLife Law were mentioned in a few articles.

          2L Yesi Lagunas was awarded a Peggy Browning Fellowship to attend a student conference in labor law. 

          Congratulations to Fred Allen ‘69 , founder and senior partner of business and litigation law firm Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, who was honored by Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (his undergraduate alma mater) for his distinguished career in the industry.

          Father Rod Davis ’74, a former associate justice on California’s 3rd District Court of Appeal who was ordained as an Episcopal priest following his retirement from the bench, contributed an article to Sacramento Lawyer about the role of religion in judicial decision-making. Religion’s Place in Judicial Decision-Making. 

          Richard Scotti ’88 was recently elected to the Nevada bench. He serves as judge in the 8th judicial circuit. Richard Scotti. 

          Hugo Loza ’79, who was recently appointed a superior court judge in Tulare County, was profiled in the Visalia Times-Delta. Loza Name to Tulare County Court Judge Seat.

          Congratulations to Anthony Burney ‘05 on his promotion to partner at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, where he is a member of the real estate practice.

          Vincent Yip ‘93, has joined Lee Tran & Liang LLP as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice. Lee Tran & Liang LLP Expands its Patent Litigation Practice with Two New Partners. 

          Dan McLeod ’12 has joined Farella Braun + Martel LLP as an associate in the firm’s real estate and land use practice. Farella Expands Thriving Real Estate Practice. 

          Sajid Khan ‘07, the deputy public defender at the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender, provided undergraduate students at San Jose State College tips on how to get into law school. Law School Experts Provide Pointers. 

          Cornelius (‘Kip’) Darcy, the Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Enrollment at Kettering University and UC Hastings’ former director of admissions, has been named to the board of the Hurley Foundation. Hurley Foundation Welcomes Four New Board Members. 

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