Thinkers & Doers Roundup: December 2018

Eumi Lee appointed as a California Superior Court Judge; Jennifer Dunn appointed to Faculty at UCSF; Professor Joan C. Williams appears in Refinery29 article; UC Hastings becomes home to former SEC Commissioner; and much more in this month's Thinkers & Doers.


Professor Veena Dubal (@veenadubal) appeared in the KCET and Link TV documentary series “City Rising: The Informal Economy.” An article about the acclaimed series appeared in Boyle Heights Beat.

– “There’s hypersurveillance. All the corporate entities are super vigilant (and) weary of union activity among the workers who are there temporarily,” Dubal said in an article from KQED News on an investigation into claims one of the workers brought in to replace thousands of Marriott hotel employees.

Professor Frank H. Wu published “How We Look at Each Other” as part of his regular column in the blog Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The column was re-published in two additional news sites.

-“It’s a subversive, personal statement of rebellion to embrace yellow,” Professor Wu said in a feature from NBC News titled “’Beautiful and empowering’: Was 2018 the year Asian Americans took ‘yellow’ back?”

–Wu spoke at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, in Chengdu on current US Politics. His other speaking engagements included Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, Hong Kong University and NYU Shanghai.

Jennifer Dunn with others
Jennifer Dunn pictured second from right.

Professor Jennifer Dunn was appointed to the Faculty at UCSF.

Professor Robin Feldman’s work on the rising price of prescription drugs was discussed in the California Health Care Foundation blog.

-Professor Feldman also discussed her book, Drug Wars: How Big Pharma Raises Prices and Keeps Generics off the Market, on Top of the Mind with Julie Rose on Sirius Radio and on The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler on KRLA radio Listen to the segment on SoundCloud

— Professor Feldman also published the peer-reviewed paper May Your Drug Price Be Ever Green in the Oxford Journal of Law & the Biosciences as well as Identifying Extensions of Protection in Prescription Drugs: Navigating the Data Landscape for Large-Scale Analysis in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.

Professors Hadar Aviram (@aviramh)and David Levine made two separate appearances on KTVU FOX 2 News, discussing the Robert Mueller investigation.

– Professor Levine appeared on KTVU three more times, discussing President George H. W. Bush’s death, the Mueller investigation, and the settlement UC Berkeley obtained with the College Republicans regarding the cost of access to event spaces. He appeared on KGO-TV to discuss the request of defense counsel in the BART stabbing case to have the defendant evaluated for competency to stand trial.

Clinical Professor Eumi Lee has been appointed by Governor Brown to serves as a California Superior Court Judge. Professor Lee’s appointment was also mentioned in the Korea Herald

An Op-Ed penned by Chancellor and Dean David Faigman and several other law school deans advocating for lowering the cut score for passing the bar exam appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

Professor Zachary Price posted his paper Precedent in a Polarized Era (Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 94, 2019) on SSRN. The posting was mentioned in Legal Theory Blog.

“Judge Sullivan’s decision ensures that our asylum system remains open to refugees at our border, including those fleeing domestic violence and gang violence,” said Eunice Lee, co-legal director of Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) in a joint press release from the ACLU and CGRS.

“I think this is the law going forward, and that means that groundwater management decisions by public agencies are subject to the public trust doctrine,” said Professor Dave Owen, offering an academic perspective at the Groundwater Resources Association’s Western Groundwater Congress.

“One might speculate that the justices have been stung in recent months by the bitter Kavanaugh confirmation process and November’s ‘tête à tweet’ between the president and the chief justice,” writes Professor Rory Little (@RoryLittle) in his latest post on SCOTUSblog.

– Professor Little offered his expertise to the San Francisco Chronicle for a piece titled “Could murder charges be brought against PG&E? There’s legal precedent.”

–Professor Little also made an appearance on KPIX 5’s Matier in the Morning.

Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss published “Vaccine exemptions and private schools – what are the facts?” in The Skeptical Raptor blog.

-“The reaction to any step to educate is seen as a risk. It’s really hard to reach people who are getting their news from such bad sources. If parents think their kids are getting poisoned, there’s not a lot you can do,” says Professor Reiss said in an article on Governing titled “’Ripe for an Outbreak’: Vaccine Exemptions Are on the Rise.”

Professor Joan C. Williams was quoted in an article from Refinery 29 on the Martin Agency, which recently replaced its top male executives with women.

Professor Williams also wrote an article for the December edition of The Atlantic untangling a problem in the Democratic party.

Professor Emeritus Michael Salerno was quoted in an article in LAist on why it is harder and more expensive to place measures on California ballots.

Lecturer, Global Programs Advisor, and Director of the M.S.L. Program Jessica Vapnek spent 16 days at the public law school in Warsaw, Poland under a Fulbright Specialist grant, where she taught a compressed introductory course on the US Legal System.

Professor Karen Musalo (@KarenMusalo) was quoted in an article about recent actions by the Trump administration in an article from LAist titled “Asylum Seekers Can Wait Out the Process in LA— If Sky-High Rents Don’t Push Them Out.”

“Antitrust law has an important, constrained, role to play but is especially inept in dealing with extant market power,” said Professor Thomas Greaney in an article from Healthcare Dive.

-Professor Greaney was quoted in the Hartford Courant for a story titled “U.S. judge defers ruling on whether to halt CVS-Aetna deal.” The story was re-published by Pharmacy Choice.

–Professor Greaney also discussed antitrust laws for a story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal titled “Optum drops Nevada clinics from DaVita buyout amid antitrust scrutiny.”

Professor Chimène Keitner (@KeitnerLaw ) published a piece on Just Security titled, “Deciphering the Mystery Subpoena Case: Corporate Claims to Foreign Sovereign Immunity from U.S. Criminal Proceedings.”


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The Tenderloin community welcomed a 15-foot Christmas tree at Boeddeker Park—the first in recent memory. A ceremonial tree lighting – attended by Mayor London Breed, District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney and former District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim – was held Dec.18.


The UC Hastings community is set to welcome Kara Stein as a senior research fellow at the Center for Innovation. Stein was a commissioner with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Brian N. Agius, lead buyer in the purchasing and procurement department, earned the Senior Professional in Supply Management Certification from the Next Level Purchasing Association.

All nine UC Hastings Law Journals—-289 volumes and 959 issues-—are now archived in the Law Library repository.

The Center for WorkLife Law released a new study revealing widespread breastfeeding discrimination, resulting in job loss, negative health outcomes, sexual harassment, and weaning earlier than doctors recommend. In addition to the study, the Center released a first-of-its-kind interactive map of state laws that impact breastfeeding workers The Center’s groundbreaking research was featured in an in-depth investigation by the New York Times.


Bruce Simon ’80 and his law firm, Pearson Simon Warsaw and LLP, sued the Oakland Raiders football franchise, the National Football League and each of its other 31 football teams on behalf of the city of Oakland. The lawsuit alleges the team violated federal antitrust law and breached its contract when it decided to move the franchise to Las Vegas.

Rochelle Nason ’87 was elected to Albany City Council. She was just appointed the mayor for the coming year.

Variety shined the spotlight on the top attorneys in business entertainment for its 2018 Impact Report, which included alums Matthew Thompson ’91 and Emily Zipperstein ’11, as well as Stephen Clark ‘95 and Stephen M. Fronk ‘96.

Kenneth Sheppard ’03 appeared in the recently released feature documentary Pick of the Litter, which follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born through their journey as guide dogs for the blind.

Patrick R. McKinney II ‘01 was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. He previously served as assistant secretary for legal affairs and chief counsel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Dena Sharp ’06 was made a name partner at Girard Sharp (Formerly Girard Gibbs).

Kelly Matayoshi ’12 was named President-Elect of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Barristers Club Board of Directors. After a one-year term beginning on Jan. 1, Matayoshi will step up to become President.

Arthur Liu is raising a skating prodigy. His 13-year-old daughter, Alysa, is set to compete in the senior competition of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Alysa was the focal point of an in-depth profile from NBC Sports.

Gordon B. Burns ’94 was appointed to the Courts of Appeal. The appointment was confirmed to the First and Second Appellate Districts.

Troye Shaffer ’99, a 17-year veteran of the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and its chief deputy since 2015, has been appointed a commissioner for Sonoma County Superior Court.

When he’s not practicing IP litigation at Quinn Emanuel, Claude Stern ‘80, hits the open road with his motorcycle

Gerry Hinkley, a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman LLP, was named the 2018 HealthCare Firm Attorney of the Year by the LA Business Journal.

Results of a national survey of top Democratic women of color revealed major support for Sen. Kamala Harris’s potential 2020 presidential campaign, according to an article from Buzzfeed.

A photographer for The Associated Press captured the confrontation between authorities and demonstrators at the Mexican Border who were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers. Alumna Zahra Billoo ’09 was at the center of a few of the photos.


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