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          Thinkers & Doers: Oct. 23, 2015

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          On the whole, though, Depoorter is positive about the Ninth Circuit's decision in Lenz v. Universal Music. "The sender now has the burden of taking fair use into account," he said. "You can't just ignore fair use."

          In a case of be careful what you wish for, the U.S. is “attempting to export both our complexities and the generosity of our provisions to pharma…[but] one might be wary about exporting it,” commented Professor Robin Feldman in The Problem with Tying Health Care to Trade, an article on the FiveThirtyEight blog about the unintended consequences of regulations meant to promote generic drugs in the U.S. that have been used by the pharmaceutical industry to obtain longer monopolies and keep prices high. “Drug Wars: A New Generation of Generic Pharmaceutical Delay,” a paper co-authored by Feldman and Evan Frondorf, a research fellow at the UC Hastings’ Institute for Innovation Law, was also cited in the story.

          The football season wouldn’t be complete without at least one UC Hastings faculty member contributing commentary about an NFL-related uproar. Professor Ben DePoorter was quoted in an article about the recent removal of football-related GIFS from the Internet, in a dispute involving the fair use doctrine and bots that attempt to identify copyright infringement. Behind Flap Over Football GIFs, Questionable Calls.

          Q: How many UC Hastings professors does it take to comment on the 2d Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision allowing Google’s book digitization project to continue? A: Two. Professors Ben Depoorter and Scott Dodson were quoted in Appeals Court Validates Google’s Mammoth Book Search Project. “The case is a vivid illustration of the fact that you can get away with a lot of copying if you also provide a very tangible, socially valuable product in the process,” said Depoorter.

          Professor George Bisharat was interviewed for a couple of radio programs to discuss the most recent clashes in Israel – providing historical context as to why they’re happening and what can be done about them. On KQED’s Forum program: As Violence in Israel Escalates, Some Predict a Palestinian Uprising. On KPFA’s UpFront program: Behind the Violence in Israel/Palestine. He has also penned a forthcoming piece for Al Jazeera English on whether Palestinians have a legal right of resistance to Israeli occupation.

          Professor Chimène Keitner recently contributed her expertise in international dispute resolution to a conversation with the executive director of the Association of for Civil Rights in Israel about the struggle to achieve lasting piece between Israelis and the Palestinians. Human Rights in Israel: Safeguarding the Future.

          Professor Michael Salerno will be boarding a plane next month to Washington, D.C. where he will be speaking at the World Bank’s annual Law, Justice & Development Week, a weeklong conference exploring the role played by governance and the law in the economic and social development of nations. He also recently contributed a piece to the Daily Journal, “What if an Amicus is Called Out, but the Court is Wrong?,” that posed the question of how to let the court know when a judge erroneously claims, during oral arguments, that an amicus brief contains an incorrect citation.

          Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu was interviewed for an article appearing in Mandarin-language Study Abroad Magazine about the programs offered by UC Hastings.

          UC Hastings received a lovely shout-out in a Haitian newspaper article celebrating the 20th anniversary of the country’s l’École Supérieure Catholique de Droit de Jérémie (ESCDROJ). Since 1999, the Hastings to Haiti Partnership has sent an annual delegation of students and faculty to the Haitian law school and has hosted delegations of Haitian law students and faculty in San Francisco.

          The Hon. Richard Flier ’71, who sits on the UC Hastings Board of Governors, was honored by the UC Hastings Contra Costa County alumni group as their Alumnus of the Year. Currently a mediator/arbitrator and judge for ADR Services, Inc., Flier previously served as a superior court judge for more than two decades in Contra Costa County. 

          Marshall Rudolph ‘90 holds a record. He’s the longest-tenured county counsel in the state of California and has just been appointed Inyo County Counsel by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors. He has also served as county counsel for Monroe County for 19 years. Rudolph Now Bi-County Counsel.

          The UC Hastings community extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Ronald Allison Miller ’73, who died on September 25, 2015 of pancreatic cancer. He was a fixture for many decades in the Inland Empire legal community where he practiced law for most of his career. Ronald Allison Miller.

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