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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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          Tuesday, August 01, 2017

          Thinkers & Doers: July 2017

          Polyamorous Marriages -- Prof. Feldman has Amazon’s #1 New Release in Health Law -- 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year -- Cleaning up the Tenderloin -- The Democratic Party’s Billion-Dollar Mistake -- War Games Threatcasting -- Prof. Williams’ book on Mark Cuban’s summer reading list -- and much more
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          Professor Joan C. Williams & Steve Phillips '97 went Facebook Live with the San Francisco Chronicle to discuss Democrats and the white working class.


          Professor Robin Feldman’s new book, Drug Wars: How Big Pharma Raises Prices & Keeps Generics Off the Market (Cambridge) was listed as Amazon’s #1 New Release in Health Law. 
          -- Professor Feldman was invited by the US Army’s Cyber Institute to participate in their "war games threatcasting” to consider long range threats related to corruption of data, artificial intelligence, and privacy.
          -- Professor Feldman was invited to testify at a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust regarding her research into pharmaceutical pricing games.
          -- Corporate funding runs the risk of creating the impression "that academics are lobbyists rather than scholars," said Professor Feldman in a Wall Street Journal article on Google's academic influence. 
          -- Professor Feldman gave an interview to Yahoo Finance reporter Erin Fuchs about Qualcomm filing in the ITC to block import of Apple’s iPhones.
          -- “When there is a settlement, you don’t expect the company to undo parts of that down the line,” said Professor Feldman when commenting for KQED News on the California Attorney General’s suit to stop the sale of the Martinez Oil Terminal. 
          -- Professor Feldman provided commentary to the Daily Californian on the UC filing an appeal to the CRISPR-Cas9 patent decision. 

          Professor David Levine discusses Hawaii’s push to expand the list of relatives exempt from President Donald Trump’s “Travel Ban” in an article for the Associated Press. 
          -- Professor Levine was interviewed by KPIX 5 on the legal ramifications of Donald Trump, Jr.’s release of emails about meeting with a Russian attorney during his father’s presidential campaign.
          -- Professor Levine also made several appearances on KTVU last month.

          “I would be astonished if ... recording doesn’t exist in these meetings with the Russian lawyer,” said Professor Michael Salerno in an article for the San Francisco Chronicle discussing whether Trump Jr. acted illegally during his father’s presidential campaign. 

          Read Professor Joan C. Williams’ (@joancwilliams) latest article for the Harvard Business Review entitled “Why Sexual Harassment Is More of a Problem in Venture Capital.” 
          -- “Working-class whites are deeply upset that they are losing traditional family structures,” wrote Professor Williams in a contribution to an article for the New York Times on how the fear of falling explains the love of Trump. 
          -- “It just hasn’t risen substantially in decades. What we should be looking for is progress, and that’s not what we’re seeing,” said Professor Williams in the ABA Journal about women still only making up fewer than 35 percent of lawyers in US law firms. 
          -- Professor Williams’ “White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America” is one of the 4 books billionaire Mark Cuban is reading this summer according to Money magazine. 

          Professor Brittany Glidden was part of a team of attorneys nominated by Public Justice as finalists for the 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for their work on the case of Decoteau v. Raemisch & Anderson v. Colorado. 

          Professor Zachary Price discusses an airtight opinion on fugitive emissions in an article for TakeCareBlog. 

          Where’s the Compassion for the Other Children? Professor Richard Boswell questions the administration’s inconsistent immigration stances in an article for All Things Immigration. 

          "Historically in the United States when a social program has been implemented, it's never been able to be repealed," said Professor R. Gregory Cochran in an interview for KTVU Fox 2 on the proposal to repeal Obamacare without a replacement. 
          -- Professor Cochran co-authored an article with Alicia Corbett for the American Bar Association on Canadian medical tourism. 

          Professor Hadar Aviram (@aviramh) contributed comments for BBC News on the issue of polyamorous marriages, which are being granted by special legal documents in countries like Colombia. 

          Professor Rory Little (@RoryLittle) will be a moderator for the ABA Criminal Justice section’s Annual Survey of U.S. Supreme Court Decisions in Criminal Cases at their conference in New York

          Professor Jill Bronfman (@privacytechlaw) discussed artificial intelligence’s role in the field of law at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Global TEC Forum. 

          Chancellor & Dean David Faigman was a guest on KPCC’s AirTalk to discuss the impact on law students and the legal profession if the California Supreme Court lowered the state bar ‘cut score.’ 
          -- In an article for SF Gate, Dean Faigman calls the Committee of Bar Examiners’ study of the pass rate for California’s bar exam “fundamentally flawed” as he continues to fight for ways to reform the bar exam. 
          -- Dean Faigman also discussed the recommendation to reduce the minimum score for the Associated Press. 

          Distinguished Professor Frank H. Wu (@frankhwu) comments for the Kansas City Star on the Missouri government’s use of the term ‘Oriental’ in some state documents. 
          -- Professor Wu is heading ‘down under’ to speak at numerous engagements for the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) and the Women Lawyers’ Association of New South Wales (WLANSW). 

          In an article for Bloomberg BNA, Professor Dave Owen agrees that the EPA Water Rule repeal is based on sloppy cost analysis and suggests the EPA should have instead used estimates from more recent studies. 

          Professor Matthew Coles comments for the San Francisco Chronicle on the loss of ground for LGBT rights during the Trump administration. 

          Professor Ben Depoorter was a faculty speaker at UC Berkeley’s 2017 LL.M. and J.S.D. Degrees commencement ceremony. 

          Professor Morris Ratner is assuming the role of UC Hastings Academic Dean as of August 1.

          Professor Richard Marcus was a panelist at the Lawyers for Civil Justice’s Membership Meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss the topic: "Is Rule 30(b)(6) broken?" 
          -- Professor Marcus participated in a meeting to discuss judicial management with Chilean judges at the judicial research center in Santiago, Chile.
          -- Professor Marcus was a featured speaker at a conference on judicial management of litigation at Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Chile to discuss "La Experiencia de los Jueces Americanos in Controler Nuestro Proceso Civil."
          -- Professor Marcus participated in a meeting of the U.S. Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in Washington, D.C. to package amendments to a class-action rule, which was unanimously approved and forwarded for adoption.
          -- Professor Marcus was on a panel to discuss "Discovery Following the 2015 Federal Rules Amendment: What Does Proportionality Mean in the Class Action and Mass Tort Contexts?" at the ABA Section of Litigation 2017 Western Regional Program on Class Actions and Mass Torts. 
          -- Professor Marcus was the lead-off speaker at the Conference of Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C.
          -- Professor Marcus contributed to a meeting about Rule 30(b)(6) problems with selected members of American Association for Justice at its annual meeting in Boston.
          -- Professor Marcus was a reporter and principal drafter of a package of amendments of a class-action rule at a meeting of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee in Austin, Texas. 
          -- Professor Marcus presented on "Revolution v. Evolution in Class Action Reform" during Institute for Law & Economic Policy Annual Symposium. 

          Professor Jeffrey A. Lefstin spent some summer weeks at Bucierus Law School in Hamburg (Germany’s #1 law school), teaching at the UC Hastings - Bucerius Summer Program in International Intellectual Property Transactions. Now in its fourth year, the summer program welcomed 10 UC Hastings students and 1 UC Hastings alum, as well as 21 other students and young practitioners from the U.S., Germany, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, India, Spain, South Africa, Kenya, China, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Russia, and Ukraine. 

          Professor Joseph R. Grodin conducted a course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on California's response to President Trump’s policies, including issues around sanctuary cities, environmental policy, health care and the budget.
          -- Professor Grodin was invited to speak at a tribute to retiring California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar.

          Professor John Diamond and Professor Rory Little are co-authors of the Fourth Edition of Criminal Law, Cases and Materials released by the Carolina Academic Press. 

          Professor Abraham Cable persuasively argues that the reason for the growing number of unicorn start-ups is the ability of private companies to issue increasingly large numbers of compensatory stock options to employees without triggering onerous disclosure obligations under federal securities laws. 

          Professor John Crawford gives an informed and measured analysis of both a deregulatory approach and a throwback approach to post-recession financial reform. 

          The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) filed an Amicus Brief in the Third Circuit case of Osorio-Martinez, et al. v. Sessions, involving families detained at Berks County Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania. 

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          -- Commons On Third Thursdays brings music, food & fun to the Civic Center. 

          -- The Tenderloin Community Benefit District (CBD) and the Larkin Street Association (LSA) are literally cleaning up the streets of the Tenderloin. 

          -- Professor Rory Little speaks up for the owners of the Turk and Larkin Deli. 


          -- Rising 3L Kelsey Campbell’s article entitled “Supporting Refugees: An Imperative for American Ideals” was featured by the Pacific Council. 

          -- The Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly (CLQ) Volume 45 begins with a myriad constitutional issues to cover. 

          -- What’s your #SummerOfLaw? 

          -- When Irish Eyes are Advocating: Rising 3L Gracie Wright interns at the Adoption Authority of Ireland. 

          -- Rising 2L Monika Darwish is “nerding out” this summer at the California Energy Commission. 

          -- Lights, Camera, Legal: UC Hastings students Kristian Zanis, Eisha Perry, and Sara Khorasani were on set with Danny Glover, Terry Crews, Stephen Yeun, & more. 



          -- Silicon Valley Star: Jonathan Runyan '06 is helping startups succeed. 

          -- Kate Konschnik '02 was named executive director of the Harvard Environmental Law Program. 

          -- Yannina Casillas '15 was recognized by California State Senator Richard Pan with an "Unsung Hero Award." 

          -- Making Deals: Elizabeth A. Gartland '02, Peter T. Healy '78Jennifer M. Taylor '05, Scott B. Joachim '97, Jordan S. Coleman'09, Brian J. Kelly '12, Shannon R. Weiss '09, Mary A. Chamaki '16, Taylor K. Cashwell '14, Elizabeth A. Gartland '02, Scott D. Elliott ‘92, and Adam Halpern '00 were featured in the Daily Journal's Dealmakers section.

          -- Congratulations to Korey Anvaripour '09, whose marriage to Uber attorney Roxanna Iran was announced in the New York Times. The couple met by chance (or fate) on a Metro bus in Los Angeles in 2010. 

          -- Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP named Laurel Brandstetter ’00 as chair of the Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations Practice Group. 

          -- Colonel Claes H. Lewenhaupt ‘89, Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), is retiring from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps after twenty-seven and one half years of service. A native Californian, and direct descendant of Serranus Hastings, Col. Lewenhaupt was awarded the Legion Of Merit for distinguishing himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States Army.

          -- Barbara Banke '78, chairman of the board of Jackson Family Wines, earns Wine Spectator's 2017 Distinguished Service Award. 

          -- “A Place Called Home taught me about community and nurtured a desire to lift others as I climb,” said Chris Martin ’15, who attributes his drive for being a civil rights lawyer to the care and support he received as a child at the South Los Angeles based nonprofit organization. 

          -- Steve Phillips '97 and Professor Joan C. Williams join the discussion on the Democratic Party’s struggle with whether to woo back white voters or to broaden their coalition for the San Francisco Chronicle. 

          -- The alum and professor then appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Facebook Live feed to further discuss the relationship between Democrats and the white working class. 

          -- An Op-Ed from Steve Phillips ’97 entitled “The Democratic Party’s Billion-Dollar Mistake” was featured by the New York Times. 

          -- Lawrence Iser ’80 was recognized as one of Billboard Magazine's 2017 Top Music Lawyers. 

          -- Kristin Sverchek ’07, general counsel for Lyft, weighs in on the future of gig economy in an article for the Recorder. 

          -- Barbara Banke ’78 and former UC Hastings Provost & Academic Dean Beth Hillman were recognized among the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2017. 

          -- The Guardian reflects on whether Senator Kamala Harris ’89 can revive the fractured Democratic Party for the 2020 election. 

          -- Senator Kamala Harris ’89 co-authored an Op-Ed in the New York Times with Senator Rand Paul to encourage reform for the bail system that is “discriminatory and wasteful.” 

          -- The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recognized David Spector ‘04, director of the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) as a “model of excellence in innovative transportation financing” and was named P3 Entrepreneur of the Year. 

          -- An article for Legal Week commended Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO of the Diversity Lab, for her efforts in promoting diversity in corporations. 

          -- Vien Truong ’06 was named the chief executive of Dream Corps, the nonprofit led by CNN's Van Jones. 

          -- Jackson Chin '84 of Latino Justice PRLDEF, Inc. was part of the trial team that won Public Justice’s 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year. 

          -- Settling Up: Jonathan R. Gross '85, Ahmed I. Ibrahim '05, Drew E. Pomerance '81, Lindsey Berg-James '12, and Terrence R. O'Connor '79 were featured in the Daily Journal’s Verdicts & Settlements section.

          -- Lynne Hermle ’81, Pamela Fulmer ’91, Lindsay Llewellyn ’08, Loni Mahanta ’07, and Kristin Sverchek ‘07 were all recognized by the Recorder as 2017 Women Leaders in Tech Law. 

          -- Ike Kaludi ‘13 was ranked as a top rated employment & labor law attorney. 

          -- Berkeley City Attorney Zach Cowan '80 retired after 24 years of service. 

          -- Abigail Klem '94 is taking over as president of the Ivanka Trump brand. 

          -- Maureen Corcoran ‘79 and John Posey ‘71 were elected to be members of the Board of Directors of Pacific Vision Foundation in San Francisco. 

          -- Zahra Billoo ’09 was featured in a Washington Post article on erasing hate speech on Facebook. 



          The UC Hastings community extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Barry Stuart Engel ‘79.

          -- Barry Engel ’79 founded his own practice in Denver, Colorado and gained international prominence for pioneering the field of asset protection and integrated estate planning. 

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