Friday, August 21, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: August 21, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, August 1, 2015 - August 21, 2015.
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          Media Roundup

          Professor Robin Feldman has been named to The Recorders 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law. She is the only academic among the 60 honorees. Introducing the 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law.

          Professor Hadar Aviram was quoted in a Mother Jones article about the high percentage of forest firefighters in California who are prisoners in state penitentiaries. 30% of California’s Forest Firefighters are Prisoners.

          A 2005 paper by Professor Brian Gray was quoted in an article about this year’s El Nino forecast, which has environmentalists concerned that efforts to reform California’s water laws will founder if the drought ends because of significant rainfall. El Nino Forecast Dampens Hopes for California Water Reforms.

          Professor Ben DePoorter was quoted in a New Yorker article about a company that vigorously defends its intellectual property holdings by filing hundreds of copyright infringement lawsuits against people allegedly pirating its erotic video content. The Biggest Filer of Copyright Lawsuits? This Erotica Website.

          Professor Joan Williams appeared in several articles.

          A couple of the Center for WorkLife Law’s studies were referenced in a few articles.

          Professor Jill Bronfman was quoted in a couple of articles.

          The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies was mentioned in an article about the prevalence of sexual assaults against young women leaving Central America for the U.S. Sexual Violence Plagues Young Women Attempting to Flee Central America.

          Professor Reuel Schiller discussed the recent hearing to determine whether a lawsuit by three Uber drivers to be classified as employees instead of independent contractors should be certified as a class action.

          Professor Aaron Belkin penned an article about the recent announcement that the military anticipates lifting its ban on service by transgender troops, rebutting concerns that the costs of transition-related care would be too high. Caring for our Transgender Troops – The Negligible Cost of Transition-Related Care. His article was mentioned in Forbes. The New England Journal of Medicine Fact-Checks the Republican Debate.

          Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu has penned a new essay for Huffington Post with a message to incoming 1Ls. How to Start Law School: I Know ‘Kung Fu’.

          Professor George Bisharat was profiled about his successful foray into blues music, carving a niche playing the chromatic harmonica as Big Harp George. Hastings Prof Moonlights as Musician.

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss penned a blog post about the Maryland Attorney General’s recent clarification that private schools in the state have the right to exclude unvaccinated children from their schools. Maryland Private Schools Can Exclude Unvaccinated Children.

          Professor Rory Little was quoted in a couple of articles.

          Professor Paul Grossman was quoted in an article about new regulations surrounding the applicability of service animals to the Americans with Disabilities Act and how they impact universities. Service Animal Regs Bite Campus Registration Policies.

          Barbara Banke '78 was profiled in the North Bay Business Journal. Leadership: Barbara Banke

          Tom Mesereau ’79 was profiled for the cover story of the inaugural issue of the Los Angeles edition of Attorney at Law magazine. Tom Mesereau: The Man. The Trial Lawyer. The Speaker.

          Mark Brandenburg ‘79, president of the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, was profiled in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Casino Owner’s Life Interlaced with Las Vegas.

          Congratulations to Krista Granen ’15 who has been selected as a 2015-2016 Borchard Fellow in Law & Aging. Granen will be working with Bay Area Legal Aid in San Francisco to promote economic security for low-income seniors. Borchard Fellow Krista Granen.

          Vanessa Holton ‘83 has been named the new general counsel of the State Bar of California. Bar Names Labor Lawyer to GC Post.

          Patrick McKinney II ‘01 has been appointed assistant secretary for legal affairs and chief counsel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Governor Brown Announces Appointments.

          Brian Barrio ’05 has been named the associate athletic director for administration at Pepperdine University. Pepperdine Athletics Announces Staff Reorganization.

          Jeffrey Hoelsken 99 has been named the new executive director of Sunrise Horse Rescue in St. Helena, CA. New Executive Director for Sunrise Horse Rescue.

          Kate Konschnik 02, a lecturer in law at Harvard Law School and the founding director of its Environmental Policy Initiative, co-authored an op-ed that appeared in the NY Times about President Obama’s recently released Clean Power Plan. A Climate Plan Businesses Can Like.

          Hon. Chris Wickham ‘75, a superior court judge in the state of Washington, has been elected by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as a member of its board of directors.

          Kester So ’80 has been elected chairperson of the Council of Public Corporation Law Section of Michigan State Bar. Dickinson Wright Attorney Kester So Elected Chairperson of the Council of Public Corporation Law Section.

          Jeff Adachi '85 was quoted in a New York Times article about recent studies concluding that blacks remain disproportionately excluded from juries. Exclusion of Blacks from Juries Raises Renewed Scrutiny.

          Mark Charles Hardie ‘97, a candidate for both President of the United States and U.S. Senator representing California, penned a blog post about domestic violence and the OJ Simpson trial. Abused White Bronco: Return to the O.J. Simpson Murder Trial.

          Michele Simon ’95, a public health lawyer, will be a keynote speaker at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD in September. Natural Products Expo East.

          Hina Shah ’95 recently joined Golden Gate University School of Law as director of the school’s Women’s Employment Rights Clinic, which trains students interested in social justice advocacy and represents low-wage workers in the Bay Area.

          Ya-Chiao Chang ’94 has joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Beijing office as a partner in the firm’s IP practice. Orrick Expands Taiwan Focused IP Practice.

          Suzanne Tom ‘05 has joined tech company Calix as VP and general counsel. Suzanne Tom Joins Calix as Vice President and General Counsel.

          Roxanne Diaz ‘95 has been appointed the new Norwalk city attorney. Norwalk Gets New City Attorney.

          Lisa Stalteri ‘87 has joined Hopkins & Carley’s Palo Alto office as a shareholder in the firm’s real estate practice. Leading Real Estate Attorneys Lisa Stalteri and Jennifer Johnson Join Hopkins & Carley.

          Lynn Cadwalader ‘85 has joined DLA Piper’s San Francisco office as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice. DLA Piper Adds Partner to Their Real Estate Practice.

          William Dillingham ’76, the founder of San Francisco boutique law firm Dillingham & Murphy, died on August 3. He is survived by his wife and two sons. William Dillingham, 64, Founded SF Boutique.

          Hsin-Hsin Yang ‘08, founder of Core Studio and compliance counsel at SolarCity Corporation, has been named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 “40 Under 40” list. Silicon Valley 40 Under 40 2015: Hsin-Hsin Yang.

          A scholarship named in honor of the late Rodney T. Mathews Jr. ’83 announced four new recipients. The Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Scholarship is open to enrolled members of the more than 100 federally recognized tribes in California. 4 Students Awarded Scholarships from the Morongo Band.

          Randall Babbush ‘81 and Robert Bower ‘76, partners at Rutan & Tucker, have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Eleven Partners at Rutan & Tucker, LLP Named to 2016 List of Best Lawyers in America.

           

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