Faculty and alums weigh in on the college admissions scandal; Robin Feldman's 'Drugs, Money and Secret Handshakes' hits shelves; UC Hastings awards academic village construction contract; Professor Jared Ellias talks calendar invites; and much more in this month's Thinkers & Doers.

THE FACULTY BUZZ:

Professor David Levine shed light on a number of interesting legal questions this month. First: Is it legal to pick a roommate based on astrological sign? Professor Levine spoke to The Guardian about the question in response to a housing inquiry that went viral after an applicant was turned down for being a Capricorn (http://bit.ly/2Wj2Gus). Next Levine helped answer the question of whether or not it’s illegal for parking enforcement officers to chalk your car tires (http://bit.ly/2UQOZRX).

Professor Levine spoke to the Associated Press about property rights of the owner of the Flintstone House in Hillsborough, Calif., who is being sued by the city. The article was published in the Detroit News, the Grand Island Independent, The Daily Progress, the Winston-Salem Journal, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Waco Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/2ZQe3MX), among many others.

Professor Levine appeared on KQED Forum, discussing the Senate’s vote to reduce the time lawmakers may debate district court and non-cabinet level appointments from 30 hours to two hours and its ramifications on new judicial nominees. http://bit.ly/2J80diU

Professor Levine also provided expert commentary for pieces on the college admissions scandal in the Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/2vyZfnY) and the Norwalk Reflector (http://bit.ly/2Wm1OW4).

Professor Rory Little also weighed in on the college admissions scandal, this time speaking with the LA Times News Service. http://bit.ly/2USjhnv.

Professor Little spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle for a story on the prosecution of Adam Shafi (http://bit.ly/2vzeUUi); he spoke with Buzzfeed News for a story on the Massachusetts judge who was indicted on obstruction of justice charges (http://bit.ly/2DFnvZS); and he published “Argument analysis: ACCA argument becomes a broader discussion of statutory interpretation” on the SCOTUS blog (http://bit.ly/2IZbRgX).

Professor Little also delivered a keynote lecture at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, NorCal Chapter.

Professor Robin Feldman’s new book, “Drugs, Money and Secret Handshakes: The Unstoppable Growth of Prescription Drug Prices,” was released. It was reviewed by Bloomberg (https://bloom.bg/2GNSWC1) and Pharmaceutical Commerce (http://bit.ly/2LeIJnC). Her book was discussed on EconTalk (http://bit.ly/2PHD7Rg), The Center for Biosimilars’ Not So Different podcast (http://bit.ly/2V7rwBh), Deep Dive with Laura Arnold (http://bit.ly/2ITFiRj) and in the Fiscal Times (http://bit.ly/2GZM0mR).

Professor Feldman spoke with Yahoo Finance about the system of drug pricing (https://yhoo.it/2ZNQsMH), to Law 360 about three new Senate Bills targeting drug pricing (http://bit.ly/2PHxsux) and to multiple news outlets about misleading TV ads on a Florida plan to import drugs from Canada (http://bit.ly/2J5qtu6). Feldman was quoted in the Axios newsletter in a piece titled, “New Senate bill aims at evergreening” (http://bit.ly/2GMSeov). And, her work was cited numerous times in blog posts from USA Today, Money Morning, the Insurance Journal and more.

Professor Feldman published an OpEd titled, “Why Do Americans Pay More For Drugs?” In Project Syndicate. http://bit.ly/2ZQiZ43

Professor Feldman testified before the California Assembly Committee on the Judiciary in Sacramento. Her testimony was quoted in Politico.

Professor Dorit Reiss spoke to Bloomberg about an emergency order in suburban New York county that barred unvaccinated minors from most schools amid a measles outbreak. She also spoke about the order in a piece from Wired (http://bit.ly/2GX3yjn), the Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/2GO1zfT), Jezebel (http://bit.ly/2LinDop) and the Washington Post (https://wapo.st/2Wkbf8m).

Professor Reiss also spoke with The Daily Beast for an article titled, “Top Anti-Vaxxer Says He Learned All He Needs to Know From Being a Producer on ‘Dr. Phil’ and ‘The Doctors.’” (http://bit.ly/2ITyGCE). Reiss was also quoted in articles from the New York Times (https://nyti.ms/2V6lPDs), the Los Angeles Times( https://lat.ms/2DCQ0aH) and in Bloomberg Law.

Professor Alice Armitage moderated a special LexLab panel for the LawNext podcast. http://bit.ly/2GY09AW

Science Magazine cited research from Professor Joan C. Williams for an in-depth article on the “wall of bias” working mothers face. http://bit.ly/2DGkGaW

Professor Frank H. Wu was quoted in the Asia Times in an opinion piece titled, “Internment camps for Chinese Americans?” http://bit.ly/2WoEsiN

Professor Wu was a speaker at the Howard University Law School Sesquicentennial. He also led a workshop at the UC Berkeley School of Engineering called, “Know Your Rights: Issues Facing Chinese Scientists and Researchers.

Professor Chimène Keitner was quoted extensively in a piece from Newsweek on the extradition of Julian Assange. http://bit.ly/2PJbgR0

Professor Keitner also appeared on the American Society of International Law’s podcast to discuss the Mueller Investigation and Foreign Sovereign Immunity. http://bit.ly/2Li6iMx

“That is just really off the mark to suggest that just because the state may exercise final say over price that antitrust doesn’t matter,” said Professor Tim Greaney in a story published on Axios titled, “The antitrust questions behind the Centene-WellCare deal.” http://bit.ly/2PLvEks

Professor Reuel Schiller published “The Ideological Origins of Deregulation,” in The Regulatory Review. http://bit.ly/2U6cdby

“My view of the world is, if you don’t have a calendar invite, you don’t have a meeting,” said Professor Jared Ellias in a San Francisco Chronicle article on Bay Area natives’ preoccupation with sending and accepting calendar invites. http://bit.ly/2VIcdOA

The California State Senate Energy Committee passed SB549 by a vote of 11 to 1. Professor Ellias helped write the law that that will increase the influence of the state legislature in the PG&E bankruptcy.

How much evidence do officers need to search electronic devices carried into the country? Professor Hadar Aviram shed some light on that question (which is likely headed to the Supreme Court) for a story in the San Francisco Chronicle. http://bit.ly/2vvqAY1

-Professor Aviram also provided comment to the Tribune News Service for a story titled, “Kamala Harris Championed a Truancy Law as California AG. Now She Regrets It” (http://bit.ly/2ZPZ8lC) and she weighed in on the Mueller Report (https://abc7ne.ws/2PIQosX).

Professor Manoj Viswanathan published an essay in the Stanford Law Review titled, “Hyperlocal Responses to the SALT Deduction Limitation.” https://stanford.io/2XZl6B0

Professor Shanin Specter was quoted in the New York Times for a piece on the Food and Drug Administration’s order that the two remaining medical device companies selling surgical mesh for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse stop all sales and distribution in the United States. https://nyti.ms/2V8GtTn

“Many of the cases should not be in the immigration courts and should be resolved with a legalization program. This, of course, is not what this administration wants to do at any time in the foreseeable future,” said Professor Richard Boswell in an article from Pacific Standard Magazine. http://bit.ly/2DG7Ute

“You could argue that YouTube is the joint employer of the child,” said Professor Veena Dubal in an article from The Guardian on the millions of dollars so-called “kidfluencers” are earning on social media. http://bit.ly/2ISnoOP

Professor Ugo Mattei was awarded an honorary doctorate from Université catholique de Louvain.

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ON CAMPUS:

Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC was selected to develop UC Hastings Law’s multi-phase academic village. http://bit.ly/2JgMTJh

The law school’s academic village plans were also featured in an article from GlobeSt. http://bit.ly/2vvwAA9

The law school’s cannabis law course was mentioned in the Higher Law newsletter from Law.com

UC Hastings was also the site of a citywide town hall meeting on Senate Bill 40, which seeks to expand the controversial legal practice known as conservatorship. http://bit.ly/2ZOiDLx

Research from the Center for WorkLife Law was referenced in an article published in the Harvard Business Review. http://bit.ly/2WjiwFt

ALUMNI-LAND:

Debra Bogaards ’81 spoke with Yahoo News for articles on actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman’s courtroom appearances over the college admissions scandal,(https://yhoo.it/2IRS8iO), potential jail time (https://yhoo.it/2GX97OI) and the experience behind bars (https://yhoo.it/2IWRpNw).

Christopher Darden ’80 was featured in the Washington Post for his high-profile defense of the suspect in the killing of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle (https://wapo.st/2UWAw6Z). He was profiled again in an Associated Press article. http://bit.ly/2J8G0J

Sen. Bob Hertzberg ’79, (D-Los Angeles), was named one of California’s 101 influencers by McClatchy’s California newspapers. http://bit.ly/2DLBehY  

The Los Angeles Business Journal calls Jennifer C. Hagle ’87 one of its Most Influential Women Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2DHTgBM

Leslie Krasny ’82 received a Distinguished Service and Leadership Award from the Food and Drug Law Institute. http://bit.ly/2DGQnkA

David Benett ’04 sat down with the Bay Area News Group for a Q&A about his cannabis delivery company. https://bayareane.ws/2J9XyFA

Dana Cole ’79 published a column in the Daily Journal titled, “Can the ‘Varsity Blues’ parents avoid prison time?”

Jennifer Miller ’94 was profiled in the Santa Monica Daily Press, where she spoke about starting a new firm and becoming president of the Santa Monica Bar Association. http://bit.ly/2ZPZOHG

Andrew King ’07 was named partner at Bloom and King, LLP.

The street, circle and plaza directly in front of the California State Capitol could get renamed after Willie L. Brown, Jr. ’58. http://bit.ly/2VbMcYP

Augie Rakow ’07 was featured on episode 36 of the LawNext podcast. Listen: https://apple.co/2ZHc25o

Honorable Judge Sergio Gutierrez ’83 is set to receive an honorary doctorate and offer remarks during Boise State’s spring commencement ceremony. http://bit.ly/2IQdw8c

A dispensary founded by Aaron Herzberg ’96 was named by Curbed as one of America’s 10 most high-designed marijuana dispensaries. http://bit.ly/2VEe5bd

Joon Seok Hong ’12 published an article on the Korean Constitutional Court in the American Journal of Comparative Law. http://bit.ly/2vxuwYd

Valerie Fontaine ’79 appeared in episode 114 of the American Bar Association Journal’s podcast. http://bit.ly/2VE2eKk

It was announced Jeff Adachi ’85 will posthumously receive the Progressive Visionary Award at the New Leaders Council annual gala later this month.

CONDOLENCES:

Condolences to the family of Jan Rutherdale ’82.

Rutherdale retired as the assistant attorney general of Juneau, Alaska. She spent most of her 30-year career as a tireless advocate for Alaska’s most vulnerable children. She is survived by her two daughters, three siblings, step-mother, partner and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held April 4th

GAMECHANGER:

Martha Mendizabal ’10 was interviewed by Telemundo, where she discussed her social enterprise TecnoLatinx XR Labs.

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