Wednesday, July 01, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: July 1, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, June 20, 2015 - July 1, 2015.
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          Professor Rory Little speaking on CBS.

          Media Roundup

          Professor Rory Little:

          He was also quoted in a couple of articles discussing the Supreme Court’s ruling in Glossip v. Gross, which upheld the use of a controversial drug used in executions.

          He was interviewed on KQED radio about the Supreme Court’s rulings on lethal injection, pollution limits and redistricting. Supreme Court Rules on Redistricting, Lethal Injection and EPA Air Pollution Limits.

          Professor Evan Lee wrote a piece about the recent Supreme Court decision in Johnson v. U.S., which struck down the “residual clause” of the Armed Career Criminal Act. Is Johnson v. United States a Sleeper?

          Both Professors Evan Lee and Rory Little were quoted in an article about the controversy surrounding the Marin County DA’s decision to prosecute a shooting case. Marin DA Berberian Defends His Actions in Corte Madera Shooting Case.

          Professor David Levine was interviewed a couple of times on KQED radio:

          Professor Joel Paul also commented on the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision in an interview on KPFA radio. UpFront, June 25, 2015.

          Professor Hadar Aviram penned a few articles:

          Professor John Leshy’s work on the Arizona Constitution was cited in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent majority opinion in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

          Professor Ben Depoorter was quoted in an article about the Supreme Court’s refusal to grant cert in Google’s copyright dispute with Oracle over the Java interface. Supreme Court Sends Google-Oracle Feud Back to SF Judge.

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss was quoted in several articles about California’s new vaccine legislation, which was just signed into law by Governor Brown.

          Professor Osagie Obasogie was interviewed by Discovery News about his groundbreaking research into blindness and perception of race, which became the subject of his book, Blinded by SightHow the Blind See Race. Buzzfeed picked up the interview and wrote an article about his work. Here’s How Blind People Determine Race. His 2013 NY Times Op-Ed piece, Hi-Tech, High-Risk Forensics, was cited in a recent article on DNA forensics. DNA Forensics not as Infallible as Investigators Claim – but not Because of Science.

          Professor Joan Williams and the Center for WorkLife Law appeared in several articles. She was quoted in several stories about the Center’s new study, “Disruptive Innovation: New Models of Legal Practice.” The study recently made the SSRN’s Top 10 download list.

          The Center’s “Double Jeopardy” study was excerpted in a Daily Kos article about race and gender bias in STEM fields. At the Intersection of Race, Gender and STEM.

          Professor Williams was quoted in an article about men’s increased desire to obtain work flexibility to care for their children, despite perceived stigma. Striving to be a 21st Century Good Dad.

          Professor Reuel Schiller continued his press rounds following the California Labor Commission ruling against Uber finding that one of the company’s drivers was an employee and not an independent contractor.

          Professor George Bisharat’s musical alter-ego Big Harp George has been nominated for a 2015 Blues Blast Music Award for Best New Artist Debut Album for “Chromaticism.” The awards will be presented on September 25, 2015 in Champaign, IL. 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards Nominees.

          Professor Bisharat was also quoted in a couple of articles about the UN’s recently released Gaza war crimes report.

          Professor Scott Dodson gave a talk at the Commonwealth Club of California about the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

          Professor Richard Zitrin was quoted in an article about whether GM’s outside counsel has a responsibility to reveal what they knew about the company’s cars’ deadly ignition defect. What Did Counsel to GM Know?

          Professor Robin Feldman’s study (conducted with Professor Mark Lemley of Stanford), “Does Patent Licensing Promote Innovation?,” was analyzed in an article appearing on Global Government Venturing. Patents’ Minimal Impact on Innovation.

          The recently enacted California state budget for the upcoming fiscal year will allow UC Hastings to keep its student fees flat for the fourth consecutive year. The budget also appropriates significant funds for construction of a new academic building. State Budget Keeps Fees Flat, Funds Long-Range Campus Plan.

          Andrew Houston '07, Kasheica McKinney '13 and Bari Williams '08 have received the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates award. National Bar Association Names 40 Under 40 Recipients.

          Julie Pearl ‘87, CEO & Managing Partner of the Pearl Law Group, was profiled on Bloomberg for her achievements as the founder of innovative legal tech companies. Being Julie Pearl, Legal Tech Entrepreneur.

          Juliann Sum ‘90 was confirmed by the California Senate as the Chief of the Department of Industrial Relation's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (also known as Cal/OSHA). Senate Unanimously Confirms Juliann Sum as Chief of Cal/OSHA, Art Carter as Chair of OSH Appeals Board.

          Stalacia Leggett ‘14 was profiled in an article about her Olympic boxing aspirations, having recently qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials. Fighting Lawyer Stalacia Leggett Qualifies for Olympic Boxing Trials.

          Zoe Dolan ’05 is in the final days of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for her book, There Is Room for You: Tales from a Transgender Defender's Heart. In addition, her new e-book,Am I Transgender Anymore? Story-Essays of Life, Love & Law is now available on Amazon. A prelude to There Is Room for You, this collection gathers the writing, photographs and artworks that form her Being Transgender - Naked project. A percentage of the proceeds from sales of the book will go to UC Hastings.

          Przemysław Schmidt, a UC Hastings Fulbright Fellow from 1991-1992, has been appointed a member of the supervisory board of Private Equity Managers SA. SA Powołanie Członków Rady Nadzorczej Private Equity Managers S.A


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