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          Thinkers & Doers: Oct. 30, 2015

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          Professor Karen Musalo talking with reporter John Carlos Frey for the PBS NewsHour.

          Professor Karen Musalo spoke with reporter John Carlos Frey and the PBS NewsHour audience regarding the need for domestic violence victims seeking asylum to better understand the screening process when they enter the U.S. She explained, “If they don’t indicate right there at that initial interview that they left because of some kind of fear, they could be immediately returned.” Inside the “Pure Hell” of Honduras’s Rising Tide of Domestic Violence.

          What do the Gap, Speaker Paul Ryan and the NFL have in common? They’re all on Professor Joan C. Williams radar. As an influential voice in the battle against on-call scheduling practices that unfairly impact shift workers, her work with the Gap to help the company find new ways to stabilize workers’ schedules is often cited in news stories. The most recent mention: an article in The Atlantic about the State of New York’s efforts to end on-call scheduling. She also recently lent her voice in TIME to the spirited debate that ensued following Paul Ryan’s comments about safeguarding his family time should he become Speaker of the House. Williams said that his comments help change the “default assumptions” people have by showing that a man can be ambitious and still say “my family time is not negotiable…[which] is a revolution.” Finally, Wired sought out Williams to comment on the revelation that the tech industry is looking to the NFL for inspiration when it comes to increasing diversity in its ranks. The NFL is Showing Silicon Valley How to Be More Diverse.

          Health care professionals need to learn how to make pregnancy accommodation requests legally binding, says Liz Morris, Deputy Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, who speaks about the deficiencies of most requests in an ABA Journal article discussing the Center’s Working Group on Pregnancy Accommodation.

          Professor John Leshy calls ‘em like he sees ‘em when it comes to easing water restrictions in drought-inflicted California. “If you’re in the worst drought in recorded history, as we are now, it’s pretty hard to argue that conservation is unreasonable,” he said in a Voice of San Diego article about the growing debate over easing vs. increasing water restrictions in the state.

          Al Jazeera English asked five experts on law and politics in the Middle East, including Professor George Bisharat, to weigh in about whether Palestinians have a legal right to resist occupation. Forum: How Can Palestinians Legally Fight Occupation? On a more local note, Bisharat chimed in about the issuance of a gag order in a Bay Area murder case. Arraignment of Drifters Charged in Two Bay Area Slayings Put Off.

          When NY Times columnist Joe Nocera asked whether universities are patent trolls, Professor Robin Feldman had an answer. In a recent op-ed by Nocera, she clarified that federal law, in order “to encourage the innovation of new products,” gives universities the right to apply for patents on inventions that stem from federally funded research. The Patent Troll Smokescreen.

          “If a 14-year-old can’t consent to sex, how can a 10-year-old waive his rights to Miranda?” remarked Professor Rory Little in the San Francisco Chronicle, comparing a recent California Supreme Court ruling that upheld the homicide conviction of a 10-year old boy who purportedly waived his Miranda rights to a CA law that prevents accused rapists from claiming victim consent if the victim is younger than 14. Confession of Boy, 10, Raises Doubts over Grasp of Miranda Rights. Professor Little also spoke with McClatchy DC about a case he said "could lead to an end to race-based strikes of jurors." Georgia death row inmate’s case reaches Supreme Court

          Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hazard weighed in on a kerfuffle involving the Pennsylvania Attorney General and her office’s release of emails sent by a state judge that the AG contends link him to judicial misconduct. Kane: Judge’s Emails Legally Obtained.

          Congratulations to James Pistorino, an intellectual property litigator who shares his legal expertise with law students as an adjunct at UC Hastings, on his recent move to the Parrish Law Offices as a partner in the firm’s Menlo Park office.

          Add published author to 2L Anthony Rodregous’s impressive list of accomplishments. He recently co-authored an article for the Daily Journal that discusses whether California can continue to maintain the death penalty without any executions, a question that is currently before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Jones v. Davis.

          William O’Neill ‘07 is running for a seat on the Newport Beach City Council. He currently serves on city’s finance committee and is a litigation partner at Ross, Wersching & Wolcott LLP. Finance Committee Member to Run for Newport City Council.

          Hallie Noecker ‘14 is on the move. She has joined the San Francisco office of Constantine Cannon as a staff attorney in the firm’s growing whistleblower practice.

          The Roseville Courthouse is going to be named after the late Hon. Howard G. Gibson ‘53 who served as a Placer County judge for more than 25 years and is remembered by the local judicial and legal communities as an exemplary jurist. Roseville Courthouse to be Named for Former Placer Superior Court Judge.

          Deck the halls with trick or treaters! In a continuation of a decades-long tradition, UC Hastings students opened the school’s residential tower to kids from the Tenderloin district for an afternoon of serious trick-or-treating and ghoulish fun (Hoodline). 

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