Thursday, July 16, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: July 16, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, July 2, 2015 - July 16, 2015.
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          The Tenderloin Museum opened this week at the corner of Eddy and Leavenworth Street.

          Media Roundup

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

          Professor Chimene Keitner was quoted in an AP article (that has been picked up by many media outlets) about American Samoa, which has questioned the applicability to its territory of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. American Samoa Questions Gay Marriage Validity in its Territory.

          Professor Rory Little appeared in a few media outlets.

          Professor George Bisharat was quoted in an article about the difficulty of successfully using an entrapment defense. Entrapment ‘Almost Impossible’ to Prove in Federal Cases.

          Professor Joan Williams co-authored and was mentioned in a few articles.

          The Center for WorkLife Law’s “Double Jeopardy” study was the subject of a few articles.

          Professor Ahmed Ghappour was quoted in an article questioning the validity of searches conducted by the FBI in a recent sting that used malware to access a child porn site. Feds Bust Through Huge Tor-Hidden Child Porn Site Using Questionable Malware.

          Visiting Professor Aaron Belkin was interviewed on KCRW radio about the military’s plan to abolish the ban on transgender people from serving openly in the armed forces and the Boy Scouts’ decision to drop the ban on openly gay scout leaders. LGBT Equality in Military Service and the Boy Scouts.

          Professor Evan Lee was quoted in an article about a recent California Supreme Court ruling that limited the reach of the death penalty in holding that driving the getaway car in a fatal armed robbery is grounds for a murder conviction but is not a capital crime. Driving Getaway Car Ruled Not a Life-Without-Parole Crime.

          Professor Jill Bronfman was quoted in an article about a recent complaint filed against Google for refusing to remove content that U.S. citizens have requested be hidden from search results. Can Privacy Advocates Force Google to Bring ‘Right to be Forgotten’ to U.S.?

          Professor Reuel Schiller was quoted in a few articles. On recent cases involving Uber:

          • The California Labor Commission’s ruling against Uber. Uber, Airbnb and the Sharing Economy.
          • A recent federal district court’s decision that rejected the company’s arbitration agreement with its drivers. Travel Law: Uber Drivers and the Validity of Mandatory Arbitration Agreements.
          • About the pending California legislation that would require professional cheerleaders to receive minimum wage and other benefits. Pom-Pom Pay: California Bill Gives Cheerleaders Minimum Wage.  The AP story was picked up by many outlets, including the NY Post and ABC7 News.

          Professor Leo Martinez was quoted in an article about auto insurance for drivers who work for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Insurance Facts for Uber, Lyft & Sidecar Drivers.

          Visiting Scholar Flavia Madeiros Santos, an ethnographic researcher who studies how different professions (e.g., doctors, scientists and police) view death, particularly homicide, was interviewed about those who investigate death. Ethnographic Research – The Study of Us.

          The UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Public Policy was noted for its work with two advocacy groups, Catalyst for Payment Reform and Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, to counteract arguments against transparency in health care pricing. California Gets an ‘F’ on Health Care Price Transparency.

          Randy Shaw ’82, director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and the executive director of the nonprofit that runs the new Tenderloin Museum, was extensively quoted in an article about the new museum which is located in the Cadillac Hotel, the longest running single-room-occupancy hotel in the West. New Tenderloin Museum Celebrates Area’s Gritty History. He also appeared on KQED.

          Congratulations to Charles Umeda ’84 who has been appointed to a judgeship in the San Bernardino County Superior Court.

          Peter Engstrom ‘85, General Counsel of Baker & McKenzie, was interviewed for Legal500 & General Counsel Magazine about his role at the firm. Interview: Peter Engstrom.

          Gerald Sterns ’59, founding partner of Sterns & Walker, was interviewed for the August 2015 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers. I Don’t Know What I’d Do Otherwise.

          Tal Winter ’97 and Kate Cutler ’98 were profiled in a Bloomberg Business article about the company they co-founded, Bkr, which manufactures reusable glass bottles protected by silicone sleeves. Bkr Tries to Make Drinking Water More Chic.

          Reid Shannon ‘10 has joined Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis, LLP as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice. Miller Morton Continues Growth with Addition of Litigation Attorney Reid Shannon.


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