Julia Olson makes an appearance on Netflix's "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj;" Chancellor & Dean Emerita Mary Kay Kane receives distinguished honor from an international university; Professor Joan C. Williams publishes an article in The Atlantic; Several alumni promoted to partner; and much more in this month's Thinkers & Doers.

The Faculty Buzz:

Karen Musalo, the director of Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, provided commentary for an article in The Nation that looks at an immigration case that has resulted in a major impact on asylum claims.http://bit.ly/2FO0yHx

Musalo was quoted in an article from NPR entitled “Trump Escalates Immigration Issue Days Ahead Of Elections With White House Remarks.” https://n.pr/2E5ntwk

Professor Hadar Aviram weighed in on the potential privacy concerns surrounding the use of DNA information uploaded to ancestry websites for a story from KTVU. http://bit.ly/2QA58Ny

“In a nutshell, it seems to me that intensifying political conflicts are steadily shredding the buffers around our constitutional architecture, yielding an environment of more bare-knuckle inter-branch and federal-state conflict,” writes Professor Zachary Price in an in-depth analysis published on Take Care blog. http://bit.ly/2BIZeSh

Kathryn Tucker, an attorney with the End of Life Liberty Project at Hastings, presented “Psychedelic Medicine: Galvanizing Changes in Law and Policy to Allow Access for Patients Suffering Anxiety Associated with Terminal Illness” on Nov. 15 at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Professor Frank H. Wu’s outstanding contributions in the field of diversity earned him a selection to the inaugural class of the CLEO EDGE Award Honorees.

Professor Wu published a column in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on birthright citizenship http://bit.ly/2TXzubR and appeared on Bloomberg TV, discussing the bias lawsuit at Harvard https://bloom.bg/2FR26k9

Professor Wu also served as a judge for the American Bar Associations Web 100 contest, which ranks the best law blogs, podcast, twitter accounts, and tools. http://bit.ly/2RpaPet

“Now that more than half the states allow indirect purchaser damage claims under state antitrust law, the calculus that motivated the Supreme Court in Illinois Brick needs to be reevaluated,” writes adjunct faculty member Sam Miller, Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Sidley Austin LLP, in an article published on LinkedIn. http://bit.ly/2zyR1hY

Professor Rory Little (@rorylittle) was quoted in an article in the National Law Journal titled “$400K for SCOTUS Clerks: A Bonus Too Far?” http://bit.ly/2DTW6Vb

Former Dean and Chancellor Mary Kay Kane (pictured at the top) received a medal of honor from the Kozminski University in Warsaw Poland. The award is bestowed upon individuals outside of the University whom it believes helped advance its mission. For Kane, this was the culmination of five years’ work as the chair of the university’s International Advisory Committee.

Professor Robin Feldman (@ProfRobnFeldman) chaired a panel at the National Judicial College on the impact of artificial intelligence on the legal system. Feldman also spoke at a Federal Trade Commission conference in Washington, DC on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Competition, Innovation, and Market Structure Issues.

Professor Feldman’s book chapter with Mark Lemley, entitled Is Patent Enforcement Efficient, was published in the Research Handbook of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. The work was previously published in the BU Law Review.

Why have prescription drug prices skyrocketed in the United States? Well, according to an article written by Professor Feldman and published in the Washington Post, “the answer can be found in this country’s shadowy and byzantine system for negotiating drug prices and rebate deals.” https://wapo.st/2Q3CkO8

Professor Feldman was also interviewed for two pieces in Bloomberg. One was on Genentech suing former employees for trade secret theft and the other on a proposal from the US Department of Health & Human Services that would lower Medicare prices. She also discussed pharmaceutical pricing on radio shows All Sides with Ann Fisher and the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show.

“The kind of open discrimination that these reports indicate is pretty unusual in a sophisticated company in this day in age,” says Professor Joan C. Williams (@joancwilliams) in an article from Forbes on alleged pregnancy discrimination at The Wonderful Company. http://bit.ly/2Qxj3nS

Professor Williams also penned an article that appeared in The Atlantic untangling a problem in the Democratic party. http://bit.ly/2Q5NTEA

Professor Chimène Keitner, Alfred & Hanna Fromm Professor of International and Comparative Law (@KeitnerLaw), published an article on OpinioJuris called “Symposium: Domestic and International Challenges to the Rule of Law.” http://bit.ly/2TXiuCx

Professor Veena Dubal (@veenadubal) co-authored an article for Perspectives on Politics Vol 16, Issue 4 called “Disrupting Regulation, Regulating Disruption: The Politics of Uber in the United States.” http://bit.ly/2reEsUA

“Despite the sporadic organizing, despite the efforts in both legislatures and in courts to create a more conducive environment for worker protections, they really haven’t gotten that far,” Professor Dubal said in a Buzzfeed article on Instacart delivery worker boycotts. http://bit.ly/2zz3q5n

Professor Dubal was also quoted in an article about marijuana delivery job and state regulations that have affected the gig economy.http://bit.ly/2RoiCcp

Kate Jastram, gender asylum campaign director, appeared on episode 10 of the Tempest Tossed podcast, where she discussed actions taken under the Trump Administration that make it practically impossible for women who are victims of intimate partner violence to be granted asylum. Listen.

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Julia Olson’s lawsuit advocating for the right to a climate capable of sustaining life was highlighted on the Nov. 11 edition of the Netflix series “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”

In the Neighborhood

Restaurant Elmira at 154 McAllister is currently home to pop-up restaurant Beyond Burma, a Burmese restaurant that offers classics like tea leaf salad and more adventurous fare like catfish chowder.  The pop-up has “happy hour” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is open until 9:30 p.m Tuesday through Sunday. The pop-up takes over brunch on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Campus:

The Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors was profiled by the Richmond ReView/Sunset Beacon. http://bit.ly/2AyACtF

Forbes’ 30 under 30 featured a founder of a company in the Startup Legal Garage. http://bit.ly/2rcH2KH

Wendy Melissa Hernandez 2L received a 2018 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship. She, along with other recipients, was recognized at a gathering attended by board members of the Justice & Diversity Center and the Bar Association of San Francisco. http://bit.ly/2TYuqE0

Alumni-Land

Alumna Liz Curtis ’09, founder of San Francisco–based preplanned table settings rental service Table + Teaspoon, was featured in a New York Times article. https://nyti.ms/2DS5Mzd

Stephen J. Kaufman
Stephen J. Kaufman

Legal publication The Daily Journal named political attorney Stephen J. Kaufman ’87 to its annual Top 100 list of California’s most influential lawyers. Kaufman, the founder of the Kaufman Legal Group, was recognized due in large part to his firm’s defense of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Alumna Christine Sacino, deputy city attorney, was honored with the Defense Attorney Of The Year Award from the San Francisco Chapter of the California Applicants’ Attorney Association. http://bit.ly/2SouICw

Alumnus Jeff C. Kauffman was recently appointed Solano County superior court judge. He took the bench for the first time on Nov. 5, according to an article from the Daily Republic. http://bit.ly/2E49Ddz

Three Hastings alums, Vincent L. Brown, Catherine A. Ongiri and Saron W. Tesfai were elected to the Charles Houston Bar Association 2019 Executive Board.

The San Francisco Bench elected Judge Samuel K. Feng to serve as the incoming Assistant Presiding Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court. His term begins Jan. 1, 2019. http://bit.ly/2Rpglhp

Carin Fujisaki, as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three (San Francisco), was appointed to the court of appeals. http://bit.ly/2AA5VnI

Brent T. Epstein and Gavin M. Masuda
(From left to right) Brent T. Epstein ‘08 and Gavin M. Masuda ‘08

Associates Brent T. Epstein ‘08 and Gavin M. Masuda ‘08 were promoted to partner Latham & Watkins LLP, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. http://bit.ly/2E5pg4w

Alumnus Jonathan Fetterly was elected to partnership at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s San Francisco office.

Congratulations to Keo Chea ’06, an assistant director of the public engagement division at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, who was married to Edward Chan on Nov.23. https://nyti.ms/2Smw94y

Alumnus and Bay Area housing activist Randy Shaw recently published his new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. The book was discussed in a feature from Berkeleyside. http://bit.ly/2Q493ml

November Elections:

Former Hastings law professor and current Deputy District Attorney Lori Frugoli was elected as the new Marin County district attorney.http://bit.ly/2Sicr9S

Alumna Carlyn Christianson ’79 was re-elected to her second full term as a San Luis Obispo City Council Member. http://bit.ly/2KJG3dP