Friday, February 20, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: February 20, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves February 14, 2015 - February 20, 2015.

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          Chief Financial Officer David Seward appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, photo by Mike Kepka/The Chronicle.

          Media Roundup

          UC Hastings made the news for its plans for new buildings in the Tenderloin district:

          Professor Scott Dodson's recent book, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was glowingly mentioned

          Dodson's law review article  that explores the influence of federal law on state law was accepted in The University of Pennsylvania Law Review. The Gravitational Force of Federal Law.

          Chancellor & Dean Frank Wu has written the foreword that appears in a book of essays about Michigan’s Asian American communities. Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest.  

          UC Hastings’ recent conference, “The Future of Technology & Democracy: How Tech is Transforming Voting, Elections, & Politics,” was highlighted in a San Francisco Chronicle article about money in politics, in which Timothy Yim, the Interim Director of the Institute for Innovation Law’s Privacy & Technology Project, and Ann Ravel ’74, the Chair of the Federal Election Commission, were quoted. FEC Hopes the Tech World Can Help Get Money Out of Politics.

          Professor Robin Feldman was quoted in a couple of articles about patent law.

          Professor John Leshy was interviewed on KQED radio about the Antiquities Act of 1906, which grants the president the authority to protect national monuments. Does California Need More National Monuments?

          Professor Dorit Rubenstein Reiss was interviewed on KPCC radio about her objection to religious exemptions for vaccines because of their potential for abuse. Should California Continue to Allow Parents to Skip Vaccines on Religious Grounds?

          Professor Richard Zitrin has written an opinion piece for The Recorder about the state bar’s appointment of a new group to rewrite the ethics rules. State Bar Initiates Ethics Rewrite 2.0.

          Congratulations to Professor Eumi K. Lee, who has been voted President-Elect of the Asian American Bar Association. She is the first female Korean American to hold the position and will be installed as the new President on March 12. Eumi Lee Voted President-Elect of Asian American Bar Association.

          Professor Rory Little was quoted in an Associated Press article about a new California statute that lowers the barrier for overturning criminal sentences when experts repudiate their testimony. California Man’s Case Prompts New Law on Expert Testimony.

          Professors David Levine and Joseph Grodin were quoted in an article about the two new appointees to the California Supreme Court, which may review the rulings in two cases decided by previous appointees. Sex Crime Ruling a Tough Test for Brown’s High Court Appointees.

          Professor David Levine also appeared on a KTVU news segment about a Texas judge’s ruling that blocks Obama’s executive action on immigration. Locals Concerned After Judge Halts Obama’s Immigration Program.  

          Professor Joan C. Williams was quoted in a couple of articles.

          The Center for WorkLife Law’s study about women in STEM fields was cited in an article about five up and coming women scientists from Sudan, Nigeria and Vietnam. Five Women Scientists from the Developing World You Need to Know.

          Dean Fealk ‘99, Partner & Chair of the Global Equity Group at DLA Piper, has been named to the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars. Inaugural Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars Announced.

          Adam Kroloff ‘89 has been appointed to the Board of Dakota Plains. Dakota Plains Announces Strategic and Corporate Updates.

          Lindsay Hoopes ‘09, who left her career as an assistant district attorney to become the general manager of her family’s winery, was profiled in article about Napa Valley winemakers. What to Drink Now: Napa Valley, In Texas.

          Celia McGuinness ‘91 has been appointed to the California Commission on Disability Access. Governor Brown Announces Appointments.

          Amy Van Zant ‘98 has joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Silicon Valley office as a partner in the IP practice. Amy K. Van Zant to Join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

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