Thursday, July 30, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: July 30, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, July 17, 2015 - July 30, 2015.
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          Media Roundup

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss wrote a letter in response to Robert Kennedy’s recent claim that the California legislation is unconstitutional that was reproduced by a blog on the Daily Kos. Robert Kennedy is Wrong – Mandatory Vaccinations Are Constitutional.

          Professor Keith Hand provided context about the history of China’s marginalization of defense lawyers in a couple of articles discussing the country’s recent crackdown on Chinese rights lawyers.

          Professor Evan Lee appeared in a couple of media outlets.

          Professor Morris Ratner was quoted in an article about an ethics scandal embroiling the former Solano County DA who is currently a prosecutor in San Francisco. Former Solano County DA Working in SF Despite Shadow of Alleged Misconduct.

          Professor Geoffrey Hazard was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about alleged improper and unethical communications between two lawyers who represented opposing sides in the Visa and Mastercard antitrust case that settled a few years ago. Lawyer Emails Put Visa, Mastercard Settlement at Risk. 

          Professor Joan Williams was quoted in a couple of articles.

          Professor Marsha Cohen is highlighted in an article for serving as executive director of Lawyers for America, a two-year externship program for third year law students that aims to provide students with practical legal training and to expand access to legal services for people who cannot afford lawyers. Lawyers for America: Improving Legal Education and Access to Justice.

          Professor Richard Zitrin penned an opinion piece about Harper Lee’s To Set a Watchman. Monroe Freedman was Right about Atticus Finch – and Harper Lee. He was also mentioned in a couple of articles for his recent court win on behalf of clients who intervened in a case involving a side deal for fees that Wells Fargo made with a class action law firm in connection with a wage-and-hour settlement.

          Professor Rory Little penned a post for SCOTUSblog about the criminal law cases that have been granted certiorari by the Supreme Court for the October 2015 term. Criminal Law Grants for the October Term 2015. He also organized and is moderating a panel on the same topic for an ABA meeting in Chicago on July 31. Annual Survey on Supreme Court Decisions.

          Congratulations to Professor Hadar Aviram, whose book, Yesterday’s Monsters, about the Manson Family parole hearings, is under contract with the University of California Press.

          Congratulations to entering first years Luis Beltran, Adriana Mendez, Lucina Natividad Rios and 2L Allyssa Villanueva who are all recipients of Justice & Diversity Center’s 2015 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarships. Four Scholarships to be Awarded to Bay Area Minority Law Students.

          Evan Kuluk ‘07, a deputy public defender since 2008, penned an op-ed for calling on Jews to demand an end to solitary confinement of juveniles. Jews Must Call for an End to Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

          Congratulations to Long Hua ‘02 on his promotion to principal at Ernst & Young, where he is a member of the firm’s tax practice. Ernst & Young LLP’s San Jose Office Announces New Leadership.

          Michael Gehrt ’06 has joined Liner LLP’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm’s insurance recovery group. Liner LLP Adds 10-Member Insurance Recovery Group Led by Top Policyholder Attorney Kirk Pasich.

          Randy Shaw ’82, director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and the executive director of the nonprofit that runs the new Tenderloin Museum, was mentioned along with the museum in a weekly NY Times article about recent travel news. Monday’s Travel News.

          Zoe Dolan ’05 has received favorable press for her new memoir There is Room for You. Book Review

          Jessica Moore ’95 has joined Constantine Cannon LLP’s San Francisco office as Of Counsel in the firm’s whistleblower practice. Five Additional Whistleblower Lawyers Join Constantine Cannon’s Expanding Whistleblower Practice.

          Marianna Klebanov ‘96 authored an article about the lessons to be gleaned from the Duggar scandal. Duggar Scandal – 7 Lessons We Can Learn.

          Bruce Pfaff ’79, has been selected to receive the ABA’s Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who have demonstrated “outstanding merit and who excel in providing access justice for all.” Chicago lawyer Bruce Pfaff to receive Pursuit of Justice Award from American Bar Association.

          Timothy Maes ‘12 has joined Miller Starr Regalia as an associate in the firm’s Walnut Creek office. Timothy Maes Joins Miller Starr Regalia As Transactional Associate In Walnut Creek.

          Marshall Whitney ’78, a partner at McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP, was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list and announced in the Fresno media. Fresno Attorney Lands in Top 10 NorCal Super Lawyers List.

          The UC Hastings Alumni Association of Santa Barbara was noted as the host of a forum during which the district attorney’s office announced a 39% drop in felony charges since the passage of Prop. 47 last year. Thirty-Nine Percent Drop in Felony Filings.


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