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          In conversation with UC Hastings Professor Joan C. Williams.

          UC Hastings Professor Joan Williams welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a conversation that touches on a broad range of subjects, from opera to marriage to work/life balance, doctrinal questions, and cases from the 1970's to present, including the court's role in establishing individual rights and equal protection. 

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          Thursday, June 01, 2017

          Thinkers & Doers: May 2017

          The Town that Trolls Built -- BIG HARP GEORGE – March-In Rights -- The Dumb Politics of Elite Condescension -- Gov. Brown Appoints a Pair of Alums to the Bench -- 4 Ways to Be Assertive without Being (Perceived as) Mean -- Tenderloin Museum now in its Terrible Twos -- and much more
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          Professor Joan C. Williams live on BBC World News’ GMT to discuss the white working class with Lucy Hockings.


          Professor Dave Owen’s article for the UCLA Law Review entitled “Regional Federal Administration” has been selected for reprinting in the environmental law portion of West’s annual compendium, the Land Use & Environment Law Review. 
          -- Professor Owen contributed an article entitled “Gutting the EPA will be Bad for Business” to the Daily Journal.

          “They don’t want compassion. They want respect,” says Professor Joan C. Williams (@joancwilliams) in an article for the Financial Times that profiles her studies on the working class. 
          -- Professor Williams contributed an article entitled “The Dumb Politics of Elite Condescension” to the New York Times. 
          -- Professor Williams appeared on the BBC World News' GMT to discuss the white working class.
          -- Professor Williams was interviewed by WHYY about workplace discrimination against physicians who are mothers.
          -- Professor Williams was also interviewed by KPBS.
          -- Professor Williams will lecture on “How the Trump Campaign Took the White Working Class by Storm” for the Better Life Lab at New America in Washington, D.C. 

          “Why is there not a zero tolerance toward racial discrimination,” questions Professor Veena Dubal (@veenadubal) in an article for Univision News on Uber. 

          “The goal of SB 277 was to make schools safer from disease, and this data suggests that it helped achieve that,’’ said Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss (@doritmi) in an article for the Daily Democrat. 

          Professor Clark Freshman discusses the potential impact of a bill inspired by the Wells Fargo scandal for the San Francisco Chronicle. 

          Professor Rory Little (@RoryLittle) discussed the pressure on his former colleague, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to appoint special counsel for a probe into possible Russian meddling in the U.S. elections for Voice of America. 
          -- “Special Counsel Robert Mueller proved to be a quick learner, a trait that should serve him well in his new position at the center of the incendiary debate over Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election,” says Professor Little in the San Francisco Chronicle. 
          -- Professor Little discussed the probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election live on CNN. 
          -- “They may have the right to say attendance is by invitation only, and the right to exclude people who don’t have an invitation,” said Professor Little in an article about protests at rallies for President Trump for the San Francisco Chronicle. 
          -- Professor Little offered opinion analysis of the Supreme Court’s decision in County of Los Angeles v. Mendez and its rejection of the 9th Circuit’s Fourth Amendment “provocation rule” for SCOTUSblog. 

          Professor Jill Bronfman (@privacytechlaw) will facilitate a session for the 2017 International Meeting on Law and Society in Mexico City. 

          Professor Robin Feldman (@RobinCFeldman) discusses the licensing and patent dispute between Qualcomm and Apple and the ultimate affect on the price of iPhones for Bloomberg. 
          -- Professor Feldman gives a call to action to pharmacists to help in the fight against the drug companies using loopholes to delay generic drug approvals in the Modern Medicine Network. 
          -- Professor Feldman’s article “Empirical Evidence of Drug Pricing Games—A Citizen’s Pathway Gone Astray” will be published in the Stanford Technology Law Review. 
          -- Professor Feldman comments on March-in Rights and the lost opportunity to lower US drug prices for Intellectual Property Watch. 
          -- Professor Feldman discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reduce the number of lawsuits filed by “patent trolls” in the Mercury News. 
          -- "The Town That Trolls Built." Professor Feldman continues her discussion of TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods for Bloomberg News. 
          -- Professor Feldman appeared on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law” to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in Impression Products v. Lexmark International. 

          Professor Zachary Price participated in a podcast about the reliance on Obama administration policies for Take Care. 
          -- Trump’s firing of Comey is a blow against the independence of federal investigators and prosecutors,” said Professor Price for the Associated Press 
          -- Professor Price discusses Trump's mistaken signing statement on marijuana enforcement for Take Care. 
          -- Professor Price comments on what Donald Trump can learn from Richard Nixon in the San Francisco Chronicle. 
          -- How Might Congress Reinforce NATO? Professor Price offers his opinion for Take Care. 

          Emeritus Professor George Bisharat (aka Big Harp George) will be showcasing his prodigious chromatic harmonica skills and “subtle but soulful” vocals at Biscuits and Blues. 

          Professor Ugo Mattei (@UgoMattei) has been selected for the prestigious Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons. 

          “The growing number of false accusations towards American citizens of Asian descent and the factual similarities among the situations show an apparent pattern and practice of selective and discriminatory treatment. It deserves rigorous monitoring,” said Professor Frank H. Wu (@frankhwu) in his commentary on the new White Paper, “Prosecuting Chinese Spies: An Empirical Analysis of the Economic Espionage Act,” published by the Committee of 100. 
          -- Professor Wu spoke for the Calvin J. Li Memorial Foundation “Bridging the Divide between Asian Immigrants and their American Children.” 
          -- The Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association will be hosting Professor Wu for a meet and greet opportunity. 
          -- Professor Wu contributed a piece on “Against Meritocracy? Remembering Judge Carswell and Senator Hruska” to the Huffington Post. 

          "You can't legislate morality. Or can you?" Professor Hadar Aviram (@aviramh) examined the parallels between the alcohol prohibition era and current cannabis policy at a San Francisco event. 

          “Does California know something the rest of the country doesn’t?” said Chancellor and Dean David L. Faigman in a Wall Street Journal article about California’s bar exam cut score. “The more I dug, the worse it smelled in terms of what California was doing.” 
          -- “I don’t know what the State Bar thinks they are accomplishing,” continued Dean Faigman in a separate article for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
          -- A study conducted by professors at Pepperdine University School of Law study suggested that lower bar exam scores increase the likelihood of attorney discipline, but Dean Faigman suggests that "if they were to publish it in its current form, it would be about as irresponsible a product of empirical scholarship I could imagine putting out for public consumption," in a Daily Journal article. 

          Professor Marsha Cohen lectured on "How Pharmacists Went from Pill Counters to Being in Front of Patients" at the Medical University of Gdansk in Poland. 

          Professor Jaime King lectured on "Medicaid: The (Almost) Great Unraveling" at UCSF. 

          Professor John Crawford contributed a short essay on “A Better Way to Revive Glass-Steagall” to the Stanford Law Review. 

          “Judge Orrick’s response to the prior argument was that it was contrary to the plain text of the executive order and I don’t see why he would respond any differently to this new memorandum,” said Professor David Levine in the Associated Press about President Trump’s push for reconsideration of sanctuary cities ruling. 
          -- Professor Levine provided live analysis for KTVU after the Trump administration’s second travel ban was blocked by the federal Circuit judges. 

          The Network for Business Sustainability published a profile of Professor Jodi Short’s research on supplier audits. 

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          -- ConfiDental Smile celebrated the grand opening of a newly constructed state-of-the art facility in the Tenderloin. 

          -- The Tenderloin Museum is now two years old. 

          -- Flyaway Productions inspires the women’s fight to be heard and with a performance at the Demonstration Gardens. 

          -- The Tender Souls Project featured neighborhood police officers Irene and Brian Michaud (who are wife and husband) with great photography from inside the Skyroom. 


          -- Paul Jones ’17 worked with Brooklyn Legal Services for New York’s Pro Bono Scholars Program. 

          -- Kei Zushi ’17 tied for second place in the Raúl Estrada Award for Emerging Scholars in Climate Law for his essay entitled “Driverless Vehicles – Opportunity for Further Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions under California AB 32” and will be considered for future publication. 

          -- The annual Public Interest Celebration recognized UC Hastings students' outstanding performance in clinics, in pro bono service, and contributions to the community. 



          -- Michael Schwartz ’87, recently appointed Dean of McGeorge School of Law, was also named the Ninth Most Influential Person in Legal Education. 

          -- Governor Jerry Brown appointed Somnath Raj Chatterjee ’94 as Judge to the Alameda County Superior Court. 

          -- Governor Brown also appointed Daryl E. Kennedy ’86 as Judge to the Shasta County Superior Court. 

          -- Green for All director Vien Truong ’06 says she backs the 100×50 Act because “literally my life, and my children’s lives are going to be dependent on it.” 

          -- Aaron Herzberg ’95 discusses how new medical marijuana rules could track your weed purchases for the LA Weekly. 

          -- San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Megan Cesare-Eastman ’07 was part of the team that won a $2.4 million judgment against the notorious landlord Anne Kihagi. 

          -- Kamala Harris ’89 delivered the commencement keynote address for Howard University, one of America's oldest, most storied Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

          -- Senator Harris also condemned Jeff Sessions for ‘Reviving’ The War On Drugs in the Huffington Post. 

          -- June Moynihan '94 was promoted to Executive Director of the San Antonio Bar Association. 

          -- Viviana Waisman ’95 and her organization Women’s Link Worldwide presented a human trafficking case against Spain with the UN Committee against Torture. 

          -- Christina Helwig '01 was honored for her work with domestic violence victims. 

          -- Jay Lin ‘00, founder of the Queermosa Awards and vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights in Taiwan, praised Taiwan’s gay rights crusader Chi Chia-wei in Quartz. 

          -- Brooke McCarthy ’14 received an Equal Justice Works fellowship and will monitor juvenile life without parole resentencings for the Juvenile Law Center. 

          -- Antitrust Law & American Rag: Larry Russ ’78 gives his advice on success in law and entrepreneurial ventures in an interview for the UC Hastings website. 

          -- Former classmates Tom Mesereau ’79 and Dana Cole ’79 teamed up in court to defend Playboy centerfold Dani Mathers in a criminal invasion of privacy case. 

          -- Robert Graham '15 was interviewed in the latest 805 Living Magazine about California's Cottage Food Law. 

          -- Ryan Newby ’11 was honored by Lavender Law as one of the best LGBT lawyers under 40. 

          -- Scott B. Joachim ’97 was lead partner of Fenwick & West LLP’s transaction team that represented Symphony Communication Services, LLC in its $63 million financing. 

          -- Zahra Billoo ’09 and Professor Zachary Price both spoke at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s event on “Challenging Presidential Executive Orders in the Courts.” 

          -- “Our group of small firms practice in a full range of legal specialties and are carefully vetted to uphold organization standards. We are all confident we’re giving and referring experience of the highest caliber,” says Charles T. Hoge ’83, San Diego Chapter Chair of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms, which has now grown to 11 firms. 


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          The UC Hastings community extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of David J. Friedenberg.

          -- David J. Friedenberg ’52 passed away peacefully on May 13, 2017. David practiced law in San Mateo County for nearly 60 years and had a commitment to civic engagement that saw him attend the 1960 Democratic convention as a delegate and become a founding member of the San Mateo County Human Relations Commission. He is survived by his daughter and son-in law Janis and Mike Grube, son and daughter-in-law Jon and Dodi Friedenberg, grandsons Ben Grube and Isaac Friedenberg and granddaughter Talia Friedenberg. 


          -- The International Jurist 2017 ranks UC Hastings among the Best LL.M. Programs for Academics & Career. 

          -- Above the Law spotlighted the UC Hastings library section known as “The Chill Zone,” where students are open to relax, meditate, do yoga, take a quick nap, or do other quiet activities to refresh and reenergize. 

          -- Boback Emad and other immigrant artists showcased their work at an exhibition called “Salt, Sugar & Love from Nowhere,” at a benefit for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings, which also doubled as an inauguration for Patriact, an organization that works to defend civil rights. 

          -- The Society of Women Engineers and the Center for WorkLife Law (@WorkLifeLawCtr) contributed their studies to the “4 Ways to Be Assertive without Being (Perceived as) Mean” featured in Verily Magazine. 

          -- Office of Career & Professional Development staffer Gabriel Bellman was on stage with actors from “Action Fiction” who performed his story “the 4 R’s” at the Stage Werx Theatre. 


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