Friday, May 22, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: May 22, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, May 9, 2015 - May 22, 2015.
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          Soha Jafarzade, Jennifer Pham & Cliff Smoot, recipients of the 2015 Legal Services for Children Child Advocacy Award, with LSC Executive Director Abigail Trillin and Liz Steyer.

          Media Roundup

          Professor Robin Feldman’s study on venture capital was cited in testimony during two separate Senate judiciary committee hearings.

          Professor Reuel Schiller penned a few blog posts for www.legalhistoryblog.com.

          Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu was cited in an article about the detriment of labeling Asian Americans a “model minority.” Why Calling Asian Americans a Model Minority Glosses over Crucial Issues

          Professor Ahmed Ghappour appeared in a couple of articles and will be speaking at a conference at NYU.  

          Professor Joan Williams was quoted by several media outlets and has made the rounds at a couple of conferences.

          The Center for WorkLife Law appeared in a couple of articles.

          Professor Chimène Keitner has written an article about the implications of state sovereignty in the context of criminal, civil and immigration proceedings and how holding individual officials responsible for their actions does not necessarily infringe on the sovereignty of foreign states. The essay will be published in an upcoming issue of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Prosecute, Sue, or Deport? Transnational Accountability in International Law. 

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss was quoted in a couple of articles.

          Professor John Leshy was quoted in an article about a push to turn federal lands over to state control. Public Land Disputes Could Disrupt Vacations. 

          Professor Karen Musalo, the Director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, was named the "Lawyer of the Year" by the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Conference. She was also cited in an article about the plight of Guatemalan women and children who have fled violence in Central America to seek asylum the United States. Ruling Changes Little: Guatemalan Women Still Victims. 

          Congratulations to Professor Richard Zitrin, who recently received an award from the San Francisco Justice & Diversity Center for being an “Exemplary Volunteer for Legal Services & Educational Programs.”

          Professor Michael Salerno was quoted in an article about the unique role the student regent plays as a member of the UC Board of Regents, the independent governing body of the University of California. Representative or Trustee? 

          Congratulations to class of ’15 grads Soha Jafarzade, Cliff Smoot and Jennifer Pham, recipients of the 2015 Legal Services for Children Child Advocacy Award.

          3Ls Paris Hayes and Caleb Lee, who are working with Salinas Valley residents to assess their options to better manage the area’s water supply, were quoted in an article about initiatives to provide clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities in the valley. Salinas Valley Project Helps Residents Access Clean Drinking Water. 

          Congratulations to Emily Goldberg Knox ‘15, who has received the Burton Foundation’s 2015 award for distinguished legal writing. Burton Award Winners. 

          Congratulations to 3L Yesi Lagunas, who has received the prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship and is using it to spend 10 weeks this summer working at the union-side law firm Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss LLP in New York City.

          Ann Ravel ‘74, the current Chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, has recently made the news for her comments about the agency.

          Xochitl Carrion ’07 has been appointed Assistant District Attorney with the San Francisco District Attorney’s office.

          Matthew Summers’ 11 has been appointed the new city attorney for Ojai. Ojai Selects New City Attorney from Among 11 Proposals. 

          Zoe Dolan ‘05 contributed an essay to the Huffington Post about the evolution in society’s acceptance of transgender people. Hell Hath no Fury Like a Trans Woman Scorned.

          Kathryn Walt Hall ‘71, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Austria from 1997-2001 and is now the owner of HALL Wines, was the subject of a profile in Haute Living magazine. Kathryn Walt Hall Waltzes from Vienna to Napa Valley. 

          Kathy Jorrie ’85, an entertainment law litigator, has joined Pillsbury Winthrop LLP as a partner and will be based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Thirteen Attorneys Join Pillsbury’s Litigation and Public Practices Groups. 

          Karen Carrera ‘82, a partner in Villegas/Carrera LLP and an adjunct professor at UC Hastings, was the subject of a Q&A about her work representing low-wage, mostly Spanish-speaking people in employment lawsuits. Marin Snapshot: Injustices Prompt Tiburon Lawyer Karen Carrera to Help the Poor. 

          Timothy Alan Simon ’82 was quoted in an article about the reasons behind the decrease in the number of black residents in San Francisco. SF Police Scandal Focuses on Dwindling Number of Blacks.

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