Thinkers & Doers Roundup: September 2018

Faculty commenting on Kavanaugh confirmation hearings – Alum provides home for 10 rescued lab chimpanzees – Prof Scott Dodson Cited in Tenth Circuit Opinion – "You Can’t Change What You Can’t See" bias interrupters study released – New student organization on campus – Why we can’t keep writing off issues of class in America – and much more


“It is a bit strange for a judge who claims to follow the literal text of the Constitution to insist that the president has a privilege that does not appear anywhere in the Constitution,” said Professor Joel Paul (@JoelRichardPaul) in an article for Tufts Now on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

— “An attorney would probably ask more thoughtful, coherent questions and would have more follow up questions that would get to the facts. Senators are inclined to perform for the cameras,” said Professor Paul, who drew from his experience testifying to the Senate Committee more than 20 years ago during the Anita Hill hearing, in an article for the San Francisco Chronicle on the Kavanaugh/Ford hearing.

“In some workplaces, screamers are valued and, at some level, informally encouraged,” said Professor Joan C. Williams (@joancwilliams) in an article for Glamour on how men who scream at work are not passionate, but abusive.

— Professor Williams discusses why we can’t keep writing off issues of class in America, and much more on Terrence McNally’s latest episode of Free Forum.

Professor Jared Ellias’ forthcoming article on “Bankruptcy Trading Claims” was promoted by Harvard Law’s Bankruptcy Roundtable.

— Professor Ellias was a guest at the Central California Bankruptcy Institute in Fresno to talk about attorney’s fees after the Penrod decision in the Ninth Circuit.

“The risk of flight is enormous. It’s a person with a lot of assets. Even bail would have meant nothing because he could afford any amount of bail,” said Professor David Levine in an article for the Wall Street Journal on the arrest of Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong on suspicion of rape.

— Professor Levine was a guest on KQED News “Forum” to discuss “The Kavanaugh Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings: What Do You Want to Know?”

— “Even if it’s a smart policy to increase diversity on these boards, it’s just flat out illegal. You can’t have a quota like this,” said Professor Levine in an interview with ABC News discussing the proposed CA bill that would require publicly traded companies to hire more women on boards.

— Professor Levine was interviewed by KTVU to comment on what it would take to invoke the 25th Amendment.

— Professor Levine was a guest on MPR News to discuss what will happen if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is fired.

KPIX 5’s Phil Matier spoke with Professor Levine in a live broadcast to discuss the chaos surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

Professor Rory Little (@rorylittle) weighed in on the tumultuous times of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in an interview with ABC7 News.

— Professor Little was a guest on KQED News “Forum” to discuss contents of newly-released emails relating to abortion and racial profiling that took center stage at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

The Western Society of Criminology (WSC) bestowed the 2019 Joseph D. Lohman Award to Professor Hadar Aviram (@aviramh), honoring her outstanding service and meaningful contributions to the society.

— Professor Aviram watched highlights from the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing and provided commentary live on ABC7 News.

— “We need to teach our children to respect each other. To teach my son to treat his female friend as a human being,” said Professor Aviram in an article for the San Francisco Chronicle on how the Ford testimony is changing views on sexual assault.

Professor Jaime King presented her co-authored paper, “California’s Drug Transparency Law: Navigating the Boundaries of State Authority on Drug Pricing” 37 Health Affairs 1503 (Sept 2018), at an event at RAND in Santa Monica.

— Professor King’s co-authored article (with Rachel Zackarias and Monica Smith ’14) entitled “The Legal Dimensions of Genomic Sequencing in Newborn Screening” was published by The Hastings Center Report.

— Professor King participated in a Convening on California Policy Options to Control Healthcare Costs, an event to convene labor union representatives and health policy experts to devise policy agendas for controlling health care costs.

Professor Scott Dodson’s (@ProfDodson) scholarly article, Dignity: The New Frontier of State Sovereignty, 56 Okla. L. Rev. 777, 778 (2003), was cited by Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Scott M. Matheson, Jr. in his opinion in the case of Tyler v. United States Dept. of Educ.

“For years, citizen petitions have been a cheap and easy way for branded companies to delay generic entry. Now, the courts are beginning to crack down,” said Professor Robin Feldman (@RobinCFeldman) in an article for Law360 on sham petition suits that are piercing Big Pharma’s antitrust shield.

Professors Dorit R. Reiss (@doritmi) and David Levine co-authored an article for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the topic of when health care providers go to court.

“It’s been a lot of work but there’s been a great response in Philadelphia. Most of the money was raised here,” said Professor Shanin Specter in an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer on the construction of the Arlen Specter U.S. Squash Center on Drexel campus in honor of his father.

Professor Zachary Price is presenting “Constitutional Law in a Polarized Era” at the University of Portland.

Professor Frank H. Wu (@frankhwu) contributed an article to the Daily Journal entitled “Lawyers Have to Represent.”

— Professor Wu was a guest speaker at the San Francisco Playhouse’s post-show discussions following performances of Christopher Chen’s world premiere play “You Mean to Do Me Harm.”

— Professor Wu moderated a panel on civil rights at the 2018 Chinese American Convention.

— “Trade wars have almost always been bad, regardless of which side you are on,” said Professor Wu in an article for China Daily on the recent U.S./China trade relations.

The Center for WorkLife Law’s (@WorkLifeLawCtr) Joan C. Williams, Marina Multhaup, and Sky Mihaylo co-authored an article for the Harvard Business Review entitled “Why Companies Should Add Class to Their Diversity Discussions.”

— The Center for WorkLife Law conducted a study entitled, You Can’t Change What You Can’t See, on behalf of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and The American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession that examined implicit gender and racial bias in legal workplaces and offers new solutions and tools for interrupting bias across the legal profession.

A new Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (@CGRShastings) database offers advocates a searchable repository of qualified and pre-vetted country specialists and health professionals who serve as expert witnesses to support asylum seekers in the United States.


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An ice-skating rink is coming to Civic Center Plaza in November.

Don’t miss Big Harp George (aka Professor George Bisharat) with Kid Andersen & Friends at Biscuits and Blues on Friday, October 12th.

La Cocina breaks ground on game-changing food hall in the Tenderloin.





Check out the 2018 UC Hastings Magazine.

Haiti’s first legal assistance clinic, created in collaboration with UC Hastings and the Ecole Superieur de droit de Jeremie, was officially announced during a speech at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti.

Professors Radhika Rao, Joel Paul, and Richard Boswell discussed blockbuster civil cases from the last SCOTUS term, as well as big upcoming cases in the current term at the annual Supreme Court Review and Preview (with an upcoming part two moderated by Professor Rory Little).

UC Hastings hosted the inaugural Justice For All: Diversity and Inclusion in Law Admissions event with panelists of faculty and student leaders discussing and demonstrating the opportunities of a legal education, law school, and future legal careers—from a diverse perspective.

Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, will deliver the 2018 Mathew O. Tobriner Memorial Lecture at UC Hastings.


3Ls Elysia Buckley (Health and Human Services) and Kendall Chidlaw (Government), and 2L Tania Bonilla are “fantastic” Fall 2018 interns at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office this semester.

Introducing Hastings Hawaii Hui, a new student organization on campus aiming to “infuse all of Hastings with the contagious Aloha spirit.”



Vien Truong ’06, CEO of social justice accelerator Dream Corps, will be speaking at this Fall’s Berkeley Forum.

Forbes published an article on Vien Truong ’06 entitled “A CEO’s Full Circle In Oakland: Driving Justice At Home And Nationally.”

Dan M. Berkovitz ’82 was sworn in to serve as a Commissioner for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Project Chimps founding board member and notable animal law attorney Bruce Wagman ’91 welcomed 10 rescued lab chimpanzees to the organization’s facility in Georgia for a second chance at life.

The Recorder published a Q&A with Veronica McGregor ’98 on advising a cryptocurrency client.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Senior Vice President and General Counsel Sam Fernandez ’80 was a guest speaker at the UC Hastings event, “Opportunities in Sports Law: A Club Counsel’s Perspective,” moderated by Chancellor & Dean David Faigman.

Judge Ashley Tabaddor ’97, the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, in an article for the Recorder, said new rules from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions compromise the integrity of the nation’s immigration courts.


The UC Hastings community extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of Rodger N. Bolles ’69, Stephen Teale Clifford ’66, James D. Deare ’72, Thomas N. Douglass, Jr. ’72, Scott Showler ’71, and Daniel Wirt Baker ’49.

Rodger N. Bolles ’69 served in the Marine Corp Reserves, the Airforce Security Service, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary where he was a Russian Linguist aboard several Coast Guard Cutters. As a practicing attorney, he managed his law practice for 34 years.

Stephen Teale Clifford ’66 worked as a seaman for Chevron Shipping Company aboard oil tank ships calling at various ports including Wake Island, Samoa, Tahiti and Alaska. He returned to Bakersfield and began his diverse legal career spanning over five decades at the law firm Clifford & Brown.

James “Jim” D. Deare ’72 was a decorated veteran and was awarded a Purple Heart, a Combat Action Ribbon, two Bronze Star Medals, a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, a Meritorious Unit Citation, and a Vietnam Service Medal for his service during the Vietnam War.

Hon. Thomas N. Douglass, Jr. ’72, retired Superior Court Judge and former Assistant District Attorney for Riverside County, became a judge in 1986 and served until his retirement in 2007.

Scott Showler ’71 practiced law locally in Redlands, California for more than 42 years.

Daniel Wirt Baker ’49 formed and was a senior partner of Handler, Baker, Greene & Taylor specializing as a national expert on intrastate and interstate transportation practices by motor carriers. He was awarded many distinguished honors throughout his career including Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Service and other awards from international lawyers associations.