Friday, December 04, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: Dec. 4, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves.
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          "Lessons From Four Decades of Investing and Providing Market-oriented Solutions to Social Issues" with George Roberts '69, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). From the Robertson Lecture Series on Global Leadership at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

          “You have to have a vision and you have to be prepared to walk the talk: don’t ask others to do something you wouldn’t do or haven’t done yourself,” said George Roberts ‘69, co-chairman and co-CEO of KKR, who shared tips, gleaned from his storied career in private equity, on how to make an impact in social enterprise at a recent talk at UCLA Anderson’s Center for Global Management. For the video, click here.

          Professor Setsuo Miyazawa has been elected founding president of the Asian Law & Society Association. The organization, which was established in Tokyo this past August, will hold its first annual meeting in Singapore in September 2016.

          Professor Marsha Cohen commented for the Associated Press on a ruling allowing consumers to sue over improper organic labeling of food, California Supreme Court OKs organic labeling lawsuits by consumers"Nothing in here is irrelevant to a parallel case in another state," she said. "The court is simply saying federal law does not supersede our consumer protection functions."

          U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has appointed Professor Karen Musalo to a 15-member committee to advise the government agency on its controversial family residential centers. She also recently spoke at a conference at UCSD on the subject of Comparative Responses to Asylum Seeking in Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Middle East.

          “Having a principled position in the federal government against the death penalty is definitely something the Supreme Court will pay attention to,” remarked Professor Hadar Aviram in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the possibility of President Obama granting clemency to some or all of the 62 prisoners on federal death row before he leaves office and the impact such a decision might have on future death penalty cases reaching the Supreme Court.

          Professor Keith Hand was quoted in an article in Foreign Policy about the controversy surrounding the American Bar Association’s recent reaction to China’s crackdown on lawyers and activists.

          "Implementing these reforms will require some adaptation. But it won’t require a complete overhaul of the state’s water rights system either,” remarked Professor Brian Gray in an article about a report he co-authored on behalf of PPIC Water Policy Center that contains recommendations to improve California’s water allocation and water rights systems.

          Word of Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu stepping down from his role leading UC Hastings spread quickly in the legal trades. The news was covered by several media outlets, including Above the Law.

          Behind Door #1: Take-What-You-Need-Policies. Behind Door #2: Lopsided Leaves. Behind Door #3: A Standard Policy for Everyone. Which one is the best when it comes to tech company parental leave policies? To find out, read Professor Joan C. Williams’ new essay in the Harvard Business Review. She also wrote a companion piece for employers that serves as a best practices guide for establishing effective parental leave policies. In addition, Professor Williams was quoted in an article on cnn.com about persistent discrimination against women of color in the workplace and her work with The Gap was cited in a Buzzfeed article about an app that might help employers better handle on-call shift scheduling.

          Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza recently shared her expertise in transitional justice at a forum about human rights abuses in El Salvador.

          In a couple of posts for SCOTUSblog, Professor Rory Little previewed and analyzed the oral arguments in Musacchio v. United States, a U.S. Supreme Court case about federal computer crime.

          The UC Hastings community extends a warm welcome to Professor Manoj Viswanathan. A specialist in tax law, he will be co-teaching the Business Tax Practicum for Social Enterprises next semester.

          "If it was an entirely private event, then the chances of recovery from the city would be extremely unlikely," said Professor David Levine in an article about a claim for damages filed against the city of Oakland following an incident in which city councilwoman Desley Brooks was accused of physical assault by the former chairwoman of the Black Panther party. Levine was also quoted in a Contra Costa Times article about a local school district’s startling defense against civil suits stemming from the case of a former teacher who was convicted on 19 counts of child abuse: that the teacher didn’t abuse the children.

          Jill Bronfman, program director of the Privacy and Technology Project at the Institute for Innovation Law, will soon be traveling to the Big Apple for the Association of American Law Schools’ annual meeting. Her paper, “The Undercover Detective Looks at Data Breach Contract Clauses: Who Should Be Responsible Under the Contract for Costs of Cover?,” was chosen via a peer-reviewed competition for an AALS panel taking place on January 9.

          Adjunct Professor Lothar Determann, who teaches data privacy law and is a partner at Baker & McKenzie in Palo Alto, co-wrote an article for Bloomberg Law about redress and remedies in U.S. courts for European Union data subjects.

          Congratulations to 3L Yesenia Lagunas, who received a 2014-2015 MALDEF law school scholarship. MALDEF’s mission is to help advance the civil rights of Latino community in the U.S.

          UC Hastings’ plans to construct new academic and housing buildings were summarized in a recent Tenderloin real estate round-up. The school was also cited in a San Francisco Weekly article for having hosted a recent event about the movement to stop racial profiling of Asian-Americans in recent espionage cases.

          When Ann Ravel ‘74, who serves as Chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, isn’t reading about campaign finance and democracy issues, she enjoys poetry. And when she’s in Washington, D.C., her “California” playlist, which includes classics by Petula Clark and the Beach Boys, helps her feel less homesick. Learn more about how Ravel spends her free time in this engaging Q&A in the NY Times.

          Governor Brown has recently named a couple of alumni to state boards. George Famalett ‘96, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, has recently been appointed to the California Board of Accountancy and John Corbett '72 has been reappointed to his position on the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

          Other alumni on the move: Andrew Bowman ‘95 joins the Land Trust Alliance as the organization’s new president. Professor Bill Hutton highly praised the appointment of his former student: “The Alliance’s choice of Andrew Bowman brings to the land trust community an experienced conservationist whose first steps on the path to the Alliance presidency may have been taken twenty-plus years ago in my land trusts seminar at Hastings.” Menaka Fernando ’10 has joined the San Francisco office Outten & Golden LLP as an associate in the firm’s Executives & Professionals practice group. After a stint at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission as counsel to the commissioner, Andrew Green ‘06 joins the Center for American Progress as the Managing Director of Economic Policy. Judith Hall ‘97 joins Blue Earth, a renewable and low carbon emissions power generation solutions company, as chief legal officer & general counsel. Summer Wynn ’05 has just been elected partner at Cooley LLP. A member of Cooley’s litigation practice, Wynn works in the firm’s San Diego office.

          Congratulations to Sai Ree Yun ‘86, managing partner of South Korean law firm Yulchon, who was honored by Asian Legal Business as Managing Partner of the Year at the ALB Korea Law Awards 2015. Under his leadership, Yulchon took home six awards, a record for the firm.

          Thomson West has just published the third edition of Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases: Reaching the Settlement by Guy O. Kornblum '66. Kornblum is a partner in the civil litigation firm of Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson & Harbison, LLP.

          Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Douglas Shorenstein ’79, who passed away last month. He was a prominent fixture in the San Francisco real estate community and, as the leader of Shorenstein Properties, expanded the company beyond its local roots into the national real estate arena.

          Oregon legalized recreational marijuana earlier this year and, as of 2016, the state will require industry players to apply for various licenses in order to conduct business. On December 5, Mike Herron ’06, a lawyer at Gleam Law in Portland, OR, will discuss business formation and structuring at “Seed to Sale,” a seminar on starting, operating and protecting a licensed cannabis business in Oregon.

          Congratulations to Keith Monteverde ’09 on his recent marriage in the Philippines to Winni Wang. The couple live and work in San Francisco.

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