Friday, September 04, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: Sept. 4, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, August 22, 2015 - September 4, 2015.
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          Photo by Ken Walton '97

          Media Roundup

          Professor Scott Dodson has written a law review article on the impact of the new pleading requirements five years after the impactful Supreme Court decisions of Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal. A Closer Look at New Pleading in the Litigation Marketplace.

          Professor Rory Little was quoted in an article about how Obama has shaped the Bay Area’s federal courts. The Bay Area’s Obama Court.

          Professor David Faigman was mentioned in article about the reliability of polygraph tests. Fact or Fiction: Polygraphs Just an “Investigative Tool.

          Visiting Professor Aaron Belkin’s recent New England Journal of Medicine study about the estimated minimal cost to the military of providing healthcare to transgendered troops was cited in an article. Report Says Health Care Costs for Transgendered Military is Minimal.

          Professor Joan Williams authored a couple of articles and appeared in many stories.

          Authored Articles

          Press Mentions & Quotes

          Professor Hadar Aviram appeared in a couple of articles. 

          Professor George Bisharat co-authored an op-ed that appeared in the LA Times arguing that although the U.S. might be able to opt out of the Iran treaty in the future, it would not be able to scuttle it entirely because it’s a multilateral agreement that involves several countries. No to the Iran Deal Means No to International Credibility.

          Professor Veena Dubal was quoted in an article about a federal judge’s recent decision to grant class action status to plaintiffs in the employee/independent contractor lawsuit against Uber. Your Cheap Uber Rides May Be Going Away. And That’s a Good Thing

          The Center or WorkLife Law’s “Disruptive Innovation” study was the subject of an article on law360.com (paywall). New Firm Models Keep BigLaw Troubles at Bay, Study Finds

          Center for WorkLife Law Deputy Director Liz Morris was quoted in an article about the Department of Labor’s review of whether employers need to compensate employees for conducting work on electronic devices outside of work hours. DOL to Consider Rule on Device Use Off Hours.

          Professor Osagie Obasogie was quoted in an article about a recent study’s finding that blind people make judgments about race. Blind People Can Be Racist, Too, Study Says.

          Professor Rory Little was quoted in an AP article about the suspect in the recent killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier and the uphill battle he faces fighting a murder charge. Immigrant Suspect Faces Tough Battle Fighting Murder Charge.

           Professor Jeffrey Lefstin was mentioned in article for an amicus brief he co-authored that urges the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to hear an en banc appeal in Ariosa Diagnostics v. SequenomWorried Biotech Advocates Swarm to Prenatal Testing Fight. They also discussed the issues raised in their brief in a blog post on PatentlyO.com. Guest Post by Profs. Lefstin and Menell on Sequenom v. Ariosa

          Professor Emeritus Shauna Marshall, chair of the California Bar’s admissions reform committee, was mentioned in an article about the state bar’s proposal to require a minimum of 15 credit hours of practical skills courses in law school. Practical-Skills Plan Divides Law School Association.

          Professor Chimene Keitner was mentioned in an article that discusses the question of whether U.S. territories are obligated to adhere to last June’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Is Same Sex Marriage Upheld by Supreme Court Another “Fundamental Right” Inapplicable in U.S. Territories

          UC Hastings was found by a recent study to be among the top five law schools with the most liberal-leaning graduates. Lawyers 'Lean to the Left,' Study Says; Which Schools, Firms and Practice Areas are Most Liberal?

          Randolph Howard ‘74, a shareholder at Kolesar & Leatham in Las Vegas, died on July 28. Randolph Howard.

          Ken Walton ‘97 was the subject of a profile in SF Weekly about his passion for street photography and his recent decision to pursue the art form as a career. Behind the Lens with Street Photographer Ken Walton.

           Jasmine Braxton ’14 was featured in an article about legal incubators that are attempting to bridge the justice gap by training new lawyers to provide legal counseling to people who cannot afford to pay for such services. How Legal Incubators are Trying to Train New Lawyers and Solve the ‘Justice Gap’.

          E. Patrick Ellisen ‘89 has joined the Taipei office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a partner in the firm’s IP practice. Orrick Adds Second Partner to Taiwan-Focused IP Practice.

          Norbert Dixon ’73, general manager of Fasken Oil and Ranch Ltd., has been named Mr. South Texas by the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association. The award honors “a deserving individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the growth and development of Laredo and the South Texas region.” WBCA Names Mr. South Texas 2016.

          Christopher Adams ‘09 has joined Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth, & Wynner as an employment and litigation counsel. Employment Law is Lawyer’s Specialty.

          Rester John Nonato LLM ‘09 has accepted a position teaching business law at the Ateneo De Manila University Graduate School of Business in the Philippines.

          Congratulations to the UC Hastings alumni who have been named to the Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2015:

          • Angela Clifford ’07, owner of Angela Clifford Law Office
          • Roger Dreyer ’80, managing partner of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora LLP
          • Steven Felderstein ‘73, managing partner of Felderstein Fitzgerald Willoughby & Pascuzzi LLP
          • Ann Kanter ‘75, owner of Kantor Immigration Law Office
          • Daniel O’Hanlon ‘85, shareholder at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard
          • Meghan Covert Russell ’10, attorney at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard
          • William Warne ’88, partner at Downey Brand LLP 

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