Saturday, October 10, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: Oct. 10, 2015

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          Professor Jaime King testifying at a congressional hearing on the state of competition in the health care marketplace.

          Professor Jaime King appeared as a witness at a congressional hearing on September 29th about the state of competition in the health care marketplace: Regulatory Reform Subcommittee to Hold Second Hearing on the State of Competition in the Health Care Marketplace. Her appearance was noted in an article about the hearings: Hospitals, Doctors Rip Insurance Deals at Capitol Hill Hearing.

          Professor Robin Feldman appeared in a few articles. She was interviewed for a story about proposals that would require pharmaceutical companies to conduct more R&D, which could help to lower drug costs. Should We Start Worrying about Pharmaceutical Patent Trolls? She was also quoted in an article about the lack of patent cases on the Supreme Court’s 2015-2016 docket. Supreme Court’s Patent Plate is Empty-for Now. And her work was mentioned in a press release issued by Unified Patents about its products that deter patent trolls. Unified Patents Introduces New Start-Up Membership Tier with Cost-Effective Patent Insurance.

          Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza was the subject of a profile for her work in the area of transitional justice. Lawyer Limelight: Naomi Roht-Arriaza.

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss was quoted in a couple of outlets: In an article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a challenge to a New York state law that requires that all children be vaccinated before they can attend public school. How U.S. Supreme Court Just Made it Tougher to Challenge California Vaccine Law. And in a story about failed efforts to repeal California’s new vaccine law. California Vaccine Law: Opponents’ Repeal Effort Fails, but Fight Goes On.

          Professor Rory Little penned a few posts for About the Supreme Court’s focus on the Eighth Amendment in the new term: As the 2015 Term Opens: the Court’s Unusual Eighth Amendment Focus. This post was cited in a New Yorker article. Richard Glossip and the End of the Death Penalty.A couple of posts about arguments in Ocasio v. United States, the first criminal case of the new term: Argument Preview: A Brain-Teaser for Criminal Conspiracy LawArgument Analysis: A Simple Answer Regarding Hobbs Act Conspiracy?

          Professor Dave Owen has been busy on the lecture circuit: He will be speaking at a symposium about the Clean Water Act at Vermont Law School on October 23. Water Quality Focus of Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Symposium at Vermont Law School. As the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Distinguished Young Environmental Scholar, he recently gave a couple of lectures in Salt Lake City on the subject of headwater streams. Stegner Center Young Scholar 2015

          Professor Jeffrey Lefstin was quoted in an article about a tech company suing its former employees for violating their employment agreements by using company IP for a new video service. Smule CEO Defends the Company’s Lawsuit Against Former Employees.

          Professor Zachary Price has just published an article entitled the “Politics of Nonenforcement” in the Case Western Reserve Law Review

          Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu wrote an opinion piece about the different models of success for institutions of higher education. Four Models for Higher Education.

          Professor Joan C. Williams appeared in several articles. Professor Veena Dubal interviewed her for California Lawyer. Law Professor Joan C. Williams on Standing Up for Women in the Workplace. She was quoted in a Bloomberg Business article about recent data from the American Bar Foundation that shows the stark gender imbalance in the legal profession. The Legal Profession’s Gender Imbalance in a Chart. She and the Center for WorkLife Law’s report, “Disruptive Innovation,” were mentioned in a couple of stories: In an Atlantic story about men who are leaving traditional firms to pursue careers in more flexible “new model” firms. Law Firms Are Learning: Work-Life Balance Isn’t Just for Moms. In a brief story in the Australasian Lawyer.Morning Briefing: Male Lawyers Choose Life over Career. She was quoted in an article that summarized the Disruptive Innovation report. Lawyers Are Finally Moving Toward Decent Work-Life Balance. She was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article about companies that are starting to offer more generous parental leave benefits. Workplaces Begin to Offer Expanded Parental Leave. She was quoted in a Forbes article about fathers who are seeking a better work-life balance. Dads: We Want Work-Life Balance, Too. She was cited in a speech about the future of journalism given by Geneva Overholser, a senior fellow at the Center for Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Changing the Discussion about the Future of Journalism. Professor Williams also penned an article with Jessica Lee, a legal fellow at the Center for WorkLife Law, about women who are forced to leave undergraduate and graduate programs because they are pregnant: It’s Illegal, Yet it Happens All the Time. And the Center for WorkLife Law’s “Double Jeopardy” study was cited in an article about the lack of women and minorities in STEM professions. This is the Lesson American STEM Should Learn from Ahmed Mohamed.

          Professor Michael Salerno wrote a recent cover story, “Can the Court Just Remove a Measure?,” for the Daily Journal about Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v. Padilla, an important separation of powers case to be decided by the California Supreme Court.

          Professor David Jung was quoted in an article about the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, which has been accused of skirting the state’s open meeting laws. Will We Ever Crack L.A. County’s Secret Government?

          Professor Richard Marcus was quoted in an article about recent procedural moves in a case in federal court involving an antiabortion group. In Unusual Filing, Judge Explains Order Against Antiabortion Group.

          Professor Karen Musalo was quoted in a couple of articles about the refugee crisis in Europe: International Collective Action for Refugees is Slow but Crucial. In the New York TimesVietnamese Refugees Reach Out to Syrians Fleeing by Boat.

          Associate Dean for Global Programs Richard Boswell was a panelist at a recent CATO Institute conference about the 1965 Immigration Act. CATO Institute: The Successes, Failures, and Lessons from the Immigration Act of 1965.

          UC Hastings ranks among the “Best Law Schools for Big Law” by the National Jurist. Best Schools for Big Law and Small Law.

          Sandro Tuzzo ’00, founder of, a start-up that wants to make divorce available online, presented at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Separate.Us Wants to Bring Divorce Online.

          Kamala Harris ‘89, California’s attorney general and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, was profiled in the LA Times about the influence race has had on her politics. How Race Helped Shape the Politics of Senate Candidate Kamala Harris.

          Katie Buckland ‘87, the former executive director of the California Women’s Law Center, was named by Governor Brown to the California Commission on Women and Girls. Recent Governor Appointments.

          Nancy Miller ‘73, the principal shareholder of Miller & Owen, a public sector law firm, has announced the merger of her firm with Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP. Two Public-Sector Law Firms Merge in Sacramento.

          Matt Elijah ‘13 has joined the Atlanta Hawks as the team’s manager of basketball administration. Atlanta Hawks Announce Basketball Operations Additions, Promotions.

          Philip Kan Gotanda ’78, a theater professor at UC Berkeley, was interviewed for an article about two one-act plays he co-adapted for the American Conservatory Theater from “Monstress,” a short story collection by Lysley Tenorio. A Beautiful Collaboration Delivers a ‘Monstress.’

          Kelly McCarthy ’01 was quoted in an article about the former concessionaire at Yosemite, which is claiming intellectual property rights to certain site names at the historic park. Who Owns Yosemite? Concessionaire Claims Trademark on Famed Sites.

          Steven Jaffe ‘86 has joined Hudson Pacific Properties as chief risk officer.  Hudson Pacific Properties Announces Executive Appointments.

          James Santini ’62, a former Nevada congressman in the 1970s and 1980s, died on September 22 in Maryland.

          Molly Peterson ‘98, an award-winning environment journalist for Southern California Public Radio, will be speaking on October 14 at SUNY Cortland in New York about the impact of crowd-sourced climate reporting. Public Broadcaster to Speak Oct. 14.

          Theresa Gee ‘88 has joined Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C. as a partner in the firm’s employee benefits practice. Miller & Chevalier Appoints Theresa S. Gee to Employee Benefits Practice

          Brian Orion ’05, founder of San Francisco-based Lawyers for Clean Energy, was quoted in an article about the apprentice program at LegalForce, a law firm that specializes in the filing of trademarks. LegalForce is Looking for a Few Good Apprentices.

          Rev. Wesley Hills '71 has been appointed interim priest at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Pauma Valley. Saint Francis Episcopal Church welcomes The Rev. Wesley B. Hills as Interim Priest.

          Congratulations to Matthew Tague ‘05, a vice president and assistant general counsel at JPMorgan Chase, and Ross Oliver ‘04, senior counsel and chief compliance officer at Crestview Partners, on their recent wedding. Matthew Tague, Ross Oliver.


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