Friday, June 05, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: June 5, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, May 23, 2015 - June 5, 2015.
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          Randy Shaw '81.

          Media Roundup

          Professor Evan Lee was quoted in an article about the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated ruling on the Obamacare subsidies. Obamacare Foes Seek to End Losing Streak at Supreme Court.

          Professor Reuel Schiller wrote a couple of new blog posts for the Legal History Blog.

          Congratulations to Professor Setsuo Miyazawa, who was recently in Seattle to receive the Law & Society Association’s (LSA) 2014 International Scholarship Prize. Unable to attend last year’s presentation, the organization included him in this year’s awards ceremony. In addition, Miyazawa, a co-founder of the LSA’s Collaborative Research Network on East Asian Law and Society, announced the formation of the Asian Law and Society Association, which will have its first annual meeting next year in Sydney.

          Congratulations to Professor Osagie Obasogie, who also received an award at the LSA’s annual meeting. He received the Herbert Jacob Book Prize for his book Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind. Professor Hadar Aviram presented the award to him.

          A warm welcome to Professor Aaron Belkin, who will be joining UC Hastings as a visiting professor in the fall. Belkin teaches political science at San Francisco State University and is a well-known LGBTQ scholar. Acclaimed LGBTQ Scholar Aaron Belkin Joins UC Hastings Faculty.

          Congratulations to Andrea Lollini, a scholar at the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, who has received a 3-year European Union grant to conduct neurodiversity research at UC Hastings.

          Professor Joan Williams appeared in several articles.

          The Center for WorkLife Law’s “Double Jeopardy” study was cited in an article about leadership and Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney. Learning from Marilyn Mosby: 5 Considerations for Courageous Leadership. 

          Professor Jill Bronfman was quoted in an article about the drop-off in privacy litigation. Wave of Privacy Suits Peters Out. 

          Professor Robin Feldman was interviewed on about the difficulty in determining whether you can copyright a piece of software. Marketplace Tech for Monday, June 1.  She was also quoted in an ABA Journal article about requirements in the New Innovation Act that would tighten pleading standards for infringement complaints. New Innovation Act, Aimed at 'Patent Trolls,' Would Require More Details in Infringement Complaints. 

          Professor Rory Little was quoted in an article about recent federal death penalty cases in states that have repealed the death penalty in their jurisdictions. Feds, Not States, Have Last Word on Death Penalty.

          During the most recent winter break, the student-led Partnership Initiative & Legal Aid to Rural Communities (PILARC) sent UC Hastings law students to conduct surveys of low-wage workers in Santa Cruz County with California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA). That work led CRLA to start an innovative partnership with the UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Labor Studies and Chicano Latino Research Center. The results of the project, which include photos, data and participant testimonials, were recently made public and can be found on UCSC’s website. Working for Dignity.

          Alex A.G. Shapiro, Acting Assistant Dean of Institutional Advancement,
          was quoted discussing UC Hastings’ current fundraising campaign in a Daily Journal article about the increase in fundraising efforts on the part of UC law schools in the face of tuition freezes. UC Law Schools Increase Fundraising Efforts Amid Tuition Freeze. Not available online.

          3L Hali Ford was profiled in a Knoxville newspaper about her experience on “Survivor” and her internship this summer at the Federal Defenders Services of Tennessee. ‘Survivor’s’ Hali Ford Brings Justice Home to Nashville. 

          Randy Shaw ’82, director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and an editor at, discussed his new book, The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco, on KQED radio. Randy Shaw on how the Tenderloin Survives in a Changing San Francisco. 

          Kamala Harris ’89, California’s Attorney General, was mentioned in an article about the dominance of northern California residents in state politics. She was referred to as the front-runner in the race for the seat that Senator Barbara Boxer is vacating. L.A. Looking to 2016 to End the Bay Area’s Lock on California Politics. 

          Jeffrey Rosichan ‘88 has joined Evercore as a senior managing director for its equity capital markets group. Evercore taps Rosichan as senior MD for equity capital markets group. 

          Victoria Alzapiedi ‘94, the founder and principal of Breakthrough Insight Consulting, is running for the position of town supervisor in New Castle, NY. New Castle Democrats Choose Slate for Fall Elections. 

          Zoe Dolan ’09 has launched a kickstarter campaign to finance the publication of her memoir, There is Room for You: True Tales from a Transgender Defender’s Heart. There is Room for You: A Memoir

          Elisabeth Pellegrin ‘09, who has her own immigration law practice, was interviewed for the blog Hearsay and Happiness. Boss Lady – Making Law & Life Work. 

          Bill Uchimoto ’81 was quoted in a Wall Street Journal artice about Dick Fuld, the former chief executive of Lehman Brothers. Lehman’s Fuld Says it Wasn’t His Fault. 

          Greg Korbel ’02, a partner at Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Christmas in the Park, San Jose’s annual holiday celebration.

          John Climaco ‘00 has been appointed the executive vice-president of Perma-Fix Medical. Perma-Fix Medical S.A., a Subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc., Expands Senior Management Team and Board of Directors. 

          Dave Cochran ‘90 has been appointed acting chief of the Reno, Nevada fire department. Reno Fire Chief Hernandez Announces Retirement. 


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