Professor Ahmed Ghappour (@ghappour) discussed surveillance and privacy issues with several news outlets.
A 2014 study co-authored by Professor Jodi Short, “Codes in context: How states, markets, and civil society shape adherence to global labor standards,” was cited in a Forbes article about how big companies should monitor factory conditions in their global supply chains. http://bit.ly/2cQDjdi
“We’re not just going to stand by and let you give unjustified exemptions and prevent children from being protected from these diseases,” commented Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss (@doritmi) on the implications of the effort to pull the medical license of California-based pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears, a leading anti-vaccination voice. http://lat.ms/2cQHTZA
"They have to be able to prove their case with evidence that the administration doesn't object to on the grounds of national security….That could be a problem. They also so have to prove affirmative acts on the part of people in the Saudi government acting in their official capacity, not rogue officials, not people acting in their spare time," said Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza (@roht_naomi) in a Bloomberg interview that appeared in the Chicago Tribune about the new legislation that allows 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia. http://trib.in/2dx406g
Acting Chancellor & Dean David Faigman (@davidfaigman) spoke to KCBS about forensics and taught a class about scientific evidence and expert testimony at the National Judicial College in Florida. http://bit.ly/2cH2e1G
Professor Morris Ratner (@ratner_morris) has provided commentary for a couple of recent stories.
Professor Hadar Aviram (@aviramh) talked to a couple of news outlets:
Professor Rory Little (@rorylittle) was quoted in an AP story about the mayor of Sacramento, who’s facing assault charges after tackling a protester. "Whether you're hit in the face with a pie or a fist, you've been assaulted and you're generally allowed to respond with similar force….[the mayor’s] response probably is not a disproportionate reaction, though it might not be the reaction we want our public officials to have," Little said. http://apne.ws/2cQqNiC
Little is also back on SCOTUSblog.com with a few columns:
The Journal of American History has taken note of Professor Reuel Schiller’s book Forging Rivals. An excerpt from the review: “Schiller has written an important book about the decline of liberalism over the late twentieth century….This powerful story helps us understand the inherent tensions within liberalism when it comes to social justice . . . . [T]his is a crucial story – and a big one – that deserves telling in a time of the Black Lives Matter movement and debates about economic equality.”
Professor Manoj Viswanathan provided analysis to WalletHub.com on the publication’s tax fairness survey. http://bit.ly/2dFyyUA
The Center for Worklife Law (@WorkLifeLawCtr) is back in the news.
The UC Hastings community extends a warm welcome to nationally renowned health law scholar Professor Tim Greaney, who will join the UC Hastings faculty in Fall 2017. http://uchastings.edu/news/articles/2016/09/new-faculty-tim-greaney.php
“What contacts are considered when determining personal jurisdiction over a defendant is a question that has been left unanswered by the Supreme Court and thus has divided lower courts,” remarked Professor Scott Dodson (@ProfDodson) in a Northern California Record article about the high number of out-of-state plaintiffs clogging California courts. http://bit.ly/2coEm3m
Distinguished Professor Frank H. Wu (@frankhwu) continues to write and speak at various events around the country.
His most recent essays for the Huffington Post:
Professor Zachary Price in the news:
“Perjury requires intentional awareness of what you said is false,” said Professor Geoffrey Hazard in a Daily Caller article about whether the president of MSNBC committed perjury in a 2014 deposition. http://bit.ly/2ddLFxv
Professor John Leshy made the media rounds to discuss several environmental issues this month.
Congratulations to Professor Robin Feldman (@RobinCFeldman) who has been named (again!) to The Recorder’s “2016 Women Leaders in Tech Law” list. bit.ly/2cz4wVz. In other Feldman news:
Professor Richard Zitrin penned a column for The Recorder (paywall) about the transfer of Judge Aaron Persky from criminal to civil court in the wake of the Brock Turner case. Zitrin also served as the lead in a letter from ethics professors to Second Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct offering comments on proposed rules of professional conduct: http://bit.ly/2cSOMK4
"Even making an appointment to get a drivers license in some states requires internet access….People without such access are considered to be on the fringes of society,” remarked Professor Jill Bronfman (@privacytechlaw) in a cnet.com article about the necessity of cell phones for refugees in the U.S. http://cnet.co/2cY3B1G. In other developments, Bronfman continues spread the word about cyber law - both at home and abroad:
Watch out Mad Men. In addition to producing fabulous lawyers, UC Hastings also knows how to produce memorable commercials. Our new “mascot” ad caught the attention of Above the Law, which called it the “best law school commercial EVER.” http://bit.ly/2d1vt03
A candidate for the Nevada Supreme Court, lawyers running for local office, the general counsel of the company behind Pokemon Go, a civil rights lawyer who also happens to be a baker, one of the Recorder’s “Women in Tech Law”…here are this month’s alumni in the news:
Best of luck to Judge Lidia Stiglich ’95, a district court judge in Washoe, NV, who is one of nine candidates to fill a vacant Nevada Supreme Court seat. http://bit.ly/2ctPEWq
Good luck to all of our alumni running for local office:
Congratulations to Kristin Sverchek ‘07, general counsel of Lyft, for making The Recorder’s annual list of “Women Leaders in Tech Law.” Alumna Recorder Women in Tech. http://bit.ly/2dzswVl
Several alumni have made the move to new law firms:
Kudos to Assemblyman Donald Wagner ’87, who was recently honored by University of California President Janet Napolitano for his commitment to higher education. http://bit.ly/2cJV0PK
Zahra Biloo ‘09, the executive director of the San Francisco-Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, happens to be a baker in her spare time. She uses the universal appeal of dessert to challenge Islamophobia and recently spoke at the California Institute of Integral Studies about her work. http://bit.ly/2d0RqNO
Corporate Counsel wrote about the efforts of UCHastings Board of Director member Courtney Power '01, who serves as the general counsel of Niantic, the company that created Pokemon Go, to placate lawmakers about the digital privacy practices of the company. http://bit.ly/2cM6H5w
The Chicago Tribune recently profiled Phil Wojdak ‘83, a rabid Dodgers fan who went blind at the age of 15 and who has relied on Vin Scully’s animated play-by-play for years. http://trib.in/2djp0iU
Judge Steven K. Austin ’81 has been named Contra Costa Alumnus of the Year. A reception in his honor will be held on November 1. To RSVP: bit.ly/2dpxybq
The first LGBT person of color to sit on the San Francisco Superior Court, Judge Roger Chan '98, was recently sworn in a ceremony that marked the historic occasion of his induction. bit.ly/2d138w8
Congratulations to Rodney K. Nickens Jr. ‘16, who recently received the Emerging Leader Award from the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club. http://bit.ly/2dL3mX5
Michael (Mick) Fleming ‘75, a lawyer with Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, has been elected to Eastside Distilling’s Board of Directors. http://yhoo.it/2dFGDJf
Barack Obama Mandela ’97 recently wrote a blog for the Huffington Post proposing the “Hastings Oath” (no connection to UC Hastings, other than he was inspired to write it while a student at the school), a new Hippocratic Oath for lawyers. http://huff.to/2cY4bwy
If you have some spare time to explore the streets around UC Hastings, check out this round-up of new shops, museums, restaurants and bars in the Tenderloin, courtesy of San Francisco Magazine. http://bit.ly/2dKzLNA
Did you know the Tenderloin is a haven for artists? Check out this NY Times piece about the creative energy the district is trying to preserve as the area continues to gentrify. http://nyti.ms/2cGwoH3
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