Friday, September 18, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: Sept. 18, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, September 5, 2015 - September 18, 2015.
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          Kate Cutler ‘98 and Tal Winter ‘97, co-founders of BKR, a manufacturer of eco-friendly reusable glass water bottles.

          Media Roundup

          Professor Karen Musalo was quoted in an article about the antiquated nature of U.S. asylum law, which doesn’t contemplate the dangers women refugees face because of their gender. Simona Agnolucci ‘06 was also mentioned in the story as the pro bono lawyer for a woman from Saudi Arabia seeking asylum here. For Some Women Fleeing Violence, Safety Means Changing US Law ‘Stuck in the Past.

          Professor Jaime King was quoted in an article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the lack of disclosure of insurance reimbursement rates. Clear Health Costs: Insurers’ Payments Vary More than Hospital Charges.

          Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza was mentioned in an article previewing the Congreso Internacional de Jurisdiccion Universal (the International Conference on Universal Jurisdiction), which Professor Roht-Arriaza attended in Buenos Aires. Baltasar Garzón ante el II Congreso de Justicia Universal: “Tenemos la Exigencia Moral de Combatir la Impunidad.

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss was quoted in an article that debunks myths surrounding vaccines and outlines why parents should vaccinate their children. 8 Reasons Parents Don’t Vaccinate (and Why They Should).

          Professor Scott Dodson and UC Hastings Senior Communications Writer Ami Dodson recently co-authored an article that ranks the current Supreme Court justices by the number of literary references in their opinions. While William Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll are the most oft-cited fiction authors, Justice Scalia is the most “prolific citer.” A Top-Ten Ranking of the U.S. Supreme Court: Literary Justice. Their article was the subject of a story in the National Law Journal. Finding the Justice with the Most Literary Chops.

          Professor Robin Feldman was quoted in an article about the increased frequency in patent lawsuits filed by universities. Schools that Sue: Why More Universities File Patent Lawsuits.

          Professor Feldman and Lyft General Counsel Kristin Sverchek ’07 were named to The Recorder’s 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law list. Introducing the 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law.

          Professor Joan Williams continued to make the media rounds.

          Professor Williams and Cynthia Thomas Calvert, a senior advisor at the Center for WorkLife Law, provided quotes and context for a New York Times article about fathers who are starting to sue companies for unfair paid parental leave policies. Attitudes Shift on Paid Leave: Dads Sue, Too.

          The Center for WorkLife Law’s recent report, “Disruptive Innovation,” was highlighted in article about lawyers’ struggles to balance demanding work schedules with their family lives. Parents in Law: Is it Possible to be Both an Attorney and a Committed Mom or Dad?

          Professor Emeritus Brian Gray was interviewed by KPCC radio about the future of water rights in California. Future of Water: Can California's arcane water rights system change?

          Professor David Faigman was mentioned in an article for his participation in the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, which studies the implications of neuroscience on criminal justice. Law and Neuroscience Research Gets $1.4 Million in Additional Grant Money.

          Professor Paul Cort, staff attorney for Earthjustice and adjunct professor was a guest on KQED Forum for a "look at the state of California's air." As Wildfires Burn, Concerns About Air Quality. 

          UC Hastings’ StartUp Legal Garage is partnering with primeUC, which is part of UC President Janet Napolitano’s Initiative on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The four winners of the primeUC 2015 program, which grants seed funding to the most promising start-ups to emerge from the UC system, will also receive legal services from the StartUp Legal Garage. PrimeUC Announces Partnership with StartUp Legal Garage at UCHastings.

          Kate Cutler ‘98 and Tal Winter ‘97, co-founders of BKR, a manufacturer of eco-friendly reusable glass water bottles, were profiled in an article about the success of their company. This Designer Water-Bottle Startup Is Making Millions Thanks to a Shrewd Merchandising Strategy.

          Steve McCormick ‘76, co-founder and CEO of The Earth Genome Project, a start-up venture to create the first global, open-source information platform on ecosystem services and natural capital, has joined the Board of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences. Dr. Jill Tarter elected President of the Academy; eight new members join Board of Trustees.

          Sandra Eskin ‘84, director of food safety at Pew Charitable Trusts, was quoted in a NY Times article about the federal government’s recent finalization of new food safety rules. U.S. Makes Final an Array of Rules on Food Safety.

          Adam Elsesser ‘87, president, chairman and co-founder of medical device company Penumbra, Inc., was noted in an article about the upcoming IPO of his company. Our IPO Pick of the Week: Penumbra.

          Leslie Katz ’86 has joined Greenberg Traurig’s San Francisco office as a shareholder in its Government Law & Policy practice. Greenberg Traurig Hires Former San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member Leslie R. Katz, Expands Government Law & Policy.


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