Chancellor and Dean David L. Faigman takes on the bar exam; Professor Veena Dubal speaks on the gig economy; Kara Stein of the Center for Innovation appointed to the board of an investors exchange; Alums launch a new law firm; SEC taps veteran enforcement lawyer Erin Schneider '01 to head San Francisco Regional Office; and much more in this month's Thinkers & Doers.

THE FACULTY BUZZ:

“Everybody wants to point to someone else as the bad guy. But to be fair, each of the parties is contributing to what is driving the prices up,” said Professor Robin Feldman in a piece on non-profit news organization Marketplace. http://bit.ly/30WWb3t

Professor Robin Feldman wrote about the soaring cost of medication in MedPageToday, a leading information center for physicians and other healthcare professionals. http://bit.ly/2JVtpem

Professor Robin Feldman also appeared on KQED Forum to discuss prescription drug pricing (http://bit.ly/2QH1z61) and was quoted in a piece from Healio (http://bit.ly/2KpukTw)

An Op-Ed, “California Needs a Task Force to Study the Bar Exam, and Needs It Now,” written by Chancellor and Dean David L. Faigman, Jennifer L. Mnookin, Stephen C. Ferruolo was published in The Recorder. http://bit.ly/317pT5O

Professor Veena Dubal spoke to multiple news outlets, including, KPIX 5 (https://cbsloc.al/2XvwCEB), New York Magazine (https://nym.ag/2EQnLWm), Mission Local (http://bit.ly/2HSDh67), The Guardian (http://bit.ly/2ww842c), NBC News (https://nbcnews.to/2JWlzkk), about the rideshare driver strikes, Uber’s IPO, and the gig economy.

Professor Dubal was quoted in an article from The Nation on the emerging tech-labor movement (http://bit.ly/2HWWAN2) and she was referenced in a story published on AlterNet (http://bit.ly/2ZaJost)

Professor Dubal also published Op-Ed’s on Slate, discussing the rideshare strike (http://bit.ly/2wA3S1C) and The Guardian, discussing San Francisco’s facial recognition ban (http://bit.ly/2XomH3v).

Professor Jared A. Ellias was quoted in an article from The Verge titled, “Faraday Future is working with ‘a bankruptcy legend’ to stave off collapse. http://bit.ly/2EMZyk2

Professor Shanin Specter appeared on the SiriusXM program The Michael Smerconish Program. Listen.

Professor Hadar Aviram spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle for a story titled, “Why wasn’t Donald Trump Jr. indicted? Look to Mueller’s ‘exercise of caution’” http://bit.ly/2EJVZee

It was announced Professor Aviram will take the reins as the next book review editor for Law and Society Review.

Professor Dorit Reiss spoke with the New York Times for an article on growing religious objections to the measles vaccine. https://nyti.ms/2V6lPDs

Professor Reiss also appeared on episode 77 of The Accad & Koka Report to debate the issue of vaccine mandates. Listen.

Professor Reiss provided expert commentary to the Mercury News (https://bayareane.ws/2QJJmEF) and KTVU 2 for pieces on the San Francisco city attorney’s investigation into medical records of a local pediatrician (http://bit.ly/2QGF1Cb)

Professor Reiss published “Maine vaccine exemptions – non-medical exceptions eliminated for schools” on Skeptical Raptor blog. http://bit.ly/2XmCYWw

Professor D. Kelly Weisberg offered expert commentary to the Associated Press for an article on so-called “marital rape exemption” or “spousal defense” that still exist in most states. http://bit.ly/2WeNIF0

– Professor Weisberg was also mentioned in a Santa Cruz Sentinel article detailing the retirement of longtime UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal. http://bit.ly/2HU2zRp

Professor George Bisharat’s Op-Ed, “The case for a democratic one-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians,” was published in the LA Times. https://lat.ms/2WqVEIv

“Congress has unsuccessfully tried to reform the Mining Law of 1872 several times over the years, including a near-miss in 1994. It’s high time to try again,” writes Professor John Leshy in an Op-Ed published on The Hill. http://bit.ly/2JQmnqY

“There is a documented shift in the ideals of parenthood,” said Professor Joan C. Williams in an article from the California Magazine. http://bit.ly/2EQR37m

Professor Williams was also referenced in an article published on Take the Lead’s The Movement Blog titled, “Solving The Parent Trap: How Policies, Empathy and No Bias At Work Help Moms.” http://bit.ly/2WgSdiE

Professor Williams provided commentary for a CNBC article titled, “Disconnecting to spend time with your kids could sabotage your career.” https://cnb.cx/2wy5p8l

Professor Williams helped shed light on some of the changes for women in the workplace for a San Francisco Chronicle article titled, “Talking about fertility in the office is no longer taboo.” http://bit.ly/2WbQhaT

Professor Rory Little Appeared on KPIX 5’s Matier in the Morning to discuss Attorney General William Barr’s standoff with congressional Democrats (https://cbsloc.al/2EOAuco) and on KQED Forum to discuss Robert Mueller’s resignation announcement (http://bit.ly/2wyj6Eh)

Professor Little also spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle about the Jeff Adachi document leak case. http://bit.ly/2Xpp99K

Searching for more from Professor Little? Well, the American Bar Association has made it easier to find his Annual Review of the Supreme Court’s Term – Criminal Cases” booklet. Find the booklets, dating back to 2010-11, here: http://bit.ly/2MskqDq

Professor Richard Boswell spoke with Pacific Standard for an article on the growing number of legal challenges the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement faces. http://bit.ly/2HQL0l8

Professor Dave Owen sat on an expert panel for the 28th annual California Water Policy Conference. The conference, held in San Diego, was covered by Maven’s Notebook. http://bit.ly/2EQ5FnJ

Professor and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Director Karen Musalo appeared as an expert witness before the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

Professor Frank H. Wu was the featured keynote speaker at the National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning, the 2019 LSAC Annual Meeting and Educational Conference’s Plenary Session, and was a panelist at Ascend NorCal’s 2019 Executive Forum. He was honored with the William Henry Watson memorial award from The Ohio State University. And, his love of motorcycles landed him a spread in the AeroStitch catalog.

Professor Wu also provided expert analysis to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for an article titled, “NEW FINDINGS: 2 Emory researchers didn’t disclose Chinese funding, ties.” https://on-ajc.com/2Z3jkiH.

Professor Wu published “Necessary But Not Sufficient: Two Case Studies of Government Apologies Failing to Bring Closure” in Volume 16 of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. http://bit.ly/2QHaVi8.

Professor Richard Zitrin was mentioned in the New York Times. https://nyti.ms/2WbtxI9

Professor David Levine tells the Associated Press “there is zero chance” the $2.055 billion judgement against the makers of the popular weed killer Roundup Ready would stand. http://bit.ly/2MuizxQ.

Professor Levine also spoke with reporter Jana Katsuyama (http://bit.ly/2JSRbrf) as well as AdWeek about the Monsanto case (http://bit.ly/313c4oW).
The New York Times published Professor Levine’s letter to the editor. https://nyti.ms/2Kqg9xM.

Professor Thomas Greaney was quoted in a Politico story on a lawsuit involving Oscar Health. https://politi.co/315ieVE

Professor Chimene Keitner appeared on the Orrick Careers podcast to discuss her “varied and unconventional” career path. Listen.

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ON CAMPUS:

Kara Stein, former SEC Commissioner appointed under Obama and now at the Center for Innovation, was just appointed to the board of an investors exchange. The appointment was covered in Bloomberg (https://bloom.bg/2HR6zlD), BusinessWire (http://bit.ly/2QPSoQV), ThinkAdvisor (http://bit.ly/2Ik9VwD), Pensions & Investments (http://bit.ly/2Ia1CmM).

UC Hastings Law’s Prisoner’s Outreach program co-sponsored the University of San Francisco School of Law’s Racial Justice Clinic’s “Innocent on Death Row: A Conversation with Kevin Cooper” event. http://bit.ly/2wG45A1

Liz Morris, Deputy Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, was quoted in The Muse for an article titled, “What the Laws Say About Pumping at Work (and How to Navigate Them at Your Office).” https://muse.cm/2QMMj7K

The Center for WorkLife Law was also referenced in an article detailing the settlement of a class-action case initiated by a father who was denied the 16-week paid parental leave his company began offering in 2016. http://bit.ly/2wxEkC2

Research from the Center for WorkLife Law was referenced in an article from TMCNET. http://bit.ly/2KpyZVq

Recent graduates Ayana Faison, Sarah Doan-Minh, Claudia Cesena and Elsa-Marie Medeiros received the Legal Services for Children Certificate in Child Advocacy. Read the full story.

IN VIDEO:

Professor Little discussed Attorney General William Barr’s Mueller Report testimony with the Associated Press.

ALUMNI-LAND:

Erin Schneider ’01 was named Director of Securities and Exchange Commission San Francisco Office. Schneider joined the SEC staff in 2005. In her new role, Schneider will lead a staff of more than 125 enforcement attorneys, accountants, investigators, and compliance examiners involved in the investigation and prosecution of enforcement actions and the performance of compliance inspections in the Northern California and Pacific Northwest region. http://bit.ly/2HY1yb0

Dean Preston ’96, a San Francisco 5th District supervisor candidate, was profiled by Salon in an article titled, “Why San Francisco supervisor candidate Dean Preston is embracing the “democratic socialist” label” (http://bit.ly/2Mmbq2y).

Alums Patricia O’Prey ’96 and Grace Wen ’99 announced they will head their own firm, O’Prey Wen LLP, which will focus on representing corporations and individuals in financial services, securities, business and intellectual property litigation. The two litigators who managed General Electric’s probe into possible corruption by an acquisition target. http://bit.ly/2We0mUI

Penney Azizi ’17 was named Nixon Peabody LLP’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Month. Azizi helped her client clear a major legal hurdle in an effort finalize the adoption of two children.

Manuel Alvarez ’07 has been appointed Commissioner of the California Department of Business Oversight, Governor Gavin Newsom announced. http://bit.ly/2EQ5tVr

Amanda Lynn Morgan ’06 was promoted to partner in DLA Piper’s San Francisco office. Amanda focuses on complex litigation and commercial disputes related to business competition and protection of business assets.

Greg Zlotnick ’91, water resources and strategic affairs at the San Juan Water District, moderated the panel discussion at the 28th annual California Water Policy Conference. http://bit.ly/2EQ5FnJ

Laurel Gift ’00, partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, received the President’s and Directors’ Commendation, an award from the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) at its 2019 Joint Annual Conference. Gift was also recently elected as Vice President (Western District) of PACDL, and she serves as Co-Chair of PACDL’s Advocacy Committee and as the Chairperson of the Allegheny County Chapter of PACDL. http://bit.ly/2HUB5v3

John Mendlein ’93 was named executive partner at Flagship Pioneering. http://bit.ly/2JWkVmW

Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Syda Kosofsky Cogliati ’94 and Associate Attorney at Penrose Chun & Gorman LLP Anna Penrose-Levig ’03 participated in a panel discussion about the achievements of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and gender in legal discourse called, “My Own Words: The Law and Legacy of RBG.” http://bit.ly/2Kv7xFM

Alumnus Junguo (Arthur) Liu ’98 and daughter Alysa, a rising star in U.S. ladies’ figure skating, were featured in a Sports Illustrated piece profiling Alysa’s journey to the Beijing Olympics. http://bit.ly/2IahTIo

Alumnus Nate Torres’s ’07 shop Tilted Brim, which manufactures and sells UC Hastings T-Shirts, hooded sweatshirts and caps, was featured in the Apparel News Shop Dine roundup. http://bit.ly/2Mr2yIS

Ion Meyn ’00 published “The Haves of Procedure” in William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 60. http://bit.ly/2We1FTQ

Mona Motwani ’05, a former human rights lawyer who launched the e-commerce company Nidra Goods, was profiled in the April-June 2019 issue of the Sindhian.

CONDOLENCES:

Condolences to the families of Edward Hinz ’61 and William “Patrick” O’Connor ’62.

Hinz retired a Justice of the Court of Appeal. Prior to that, he served as a Municipal Court Judge and a Superior Court Judge. Hinz also received the order of the Coif in his graduating year at UC Hastings.

A service for O’Connor will be held July 6.

GAMECHANGER:

The group “Californians for Equal Access,” made up of dozens of cannabis companies, have enlisted Nathaniel Ballard ’99 to counter a cities-spearheaded lawsuit that seeks to block a new California regulation allowing weed delivery even in jurisdictions that have prohibited pot. https://politi.co/2Mshy9C

Adelmise Warner ’01 was one of nine American professionals selected as a 2019 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows. http://bit.ly/2KnK4q9

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