Friday, October 16, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: Oct. 16, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves.
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          Congratulations to Ryan Rezaei ’12 on the occasion of his recent marriage to Sara Steffens.
          Professor David Faigman was named a “legal innovator” by The Recorder for his “Jurilytics” idea and will be honored by the publication at an awards dinner on December 8. The Recorder Recognizes Legal Innovators.
           
          Professor Joan C. Williams will be speaking on November 4 at the “Law in the Global Marketplace Symposium” hosted by law firm Hogan Lovells. Hogan Lovells to Co-Host Second Annual Law in the Global Marketplace Symposium.
           
          Liz Morris, Deputy Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, was quoted in an Elle article about California’s updated Fair Pay Act. California is Here to Solve Hollywood’s Pay-Gap Problem.
           
          The Center for WorkLife Law’sDisruptive Innovation” study was cited in a Bloomberg BNA article about global law firm Linklaters, which recently conducted an internal crowdsourcing of ideas to improve employees’ work-life balance. Linklaters Seeks Work/Life Balance Ideas In-House.
           
          Professor Robin Feldman was mentioned in an article about a recent announcement by Unified Patents to offer insurance to start-ups to help the companies avoid patent troll lawsuits. A New $995 Million Insurance Scheme Puts the ‘Troll Problem’ in the Proper Context. She was also quoted in a Reuters article about a recent verdict against Apple in a patent infringement case brought against the tech behemoth by the University of Wisconsin’s licensing arm. Apple’s Newest Courtroom Foe is Patent-Savvy University.
           
          Professor Ugo Mattei’s new book, The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community, which he co-wrote with Fritjof Capra, was widely praised in a review by David Bollier, an expert in commons-based law. Highly Recommended: Capra & Mattei’s “The Ecology of Law.” Mattei will read from his book at University Press Books in Berkeley on October 21. For more information on the event, click here.
           
          Professor John Leshy was quoted in an Atlantic article about Sturgeon v. Masica, recently granted cert by the U.S. Supreme Court, which asks whether the federal government can prevent someone from using a personal hovercraft to hunt moose in a national preserve in Alaska. A Constitutional Right to Hovercraft?
           
          Professor Jill Bronfman is busy on the fall lecture circuit. She recently appeared on a panel at the DataLex conference on Privacy, Big Data & the Law at UC Santa Cruz. She’ll be in Amsterdam on October 24 presenting a paper entitled “I’m Ready for My Close-Up, Mr. Spielberg” at the 2015 Amsterdam Privacy Conference. On November 9, she’ll be at the ISACA conference in San Francisco speaking on the topic, “When to Add Legal to Your California Data Breach Response Team: A ‘Just in Time’ Approach.” Last but not least, she’ll be speaking at the EU Data Protection 2015 conference, also in San Francisco, on December 8.
           
          The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies was profiled on Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood’s blog. The law firm’s foundation is a supporter of the CGRS. The UC Hastings Center for Gender & Refugee Studies: A Matter of Life or Death.
           
          Congratulations to Stalacia Leggett ’14 who has been announced as one of eight Olympics Trials qualifiers in women’s boxing – lightweight division! Check out this video of her from her time at UC Hastings, in which her boxing and law student worlds collide: UC Hastings: Train Hard.
           
          Avinash Kar ‘05, a senior attorney with the National Resources Defense Council, was quoted in an article about California’s strict new rules on antibiotic use in livestock. California Adopts Tough Rules for Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals.
           
          Kamala Harris ‘89, California’s attorney general and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, was profiled by her alma mater, Howard University. Howard Grad Returns to Roots in Senate Race. In her capacity as attorney general, she has also recently launched a campaign to combat revenge porn, unveiling a resource website for victims and a “best practices” list for the tech industry. Calif. AG Unveils Anti-Revenge Porn Initiative. Harris was also honored by UFCW Western States Council as Person Of The Year 2015. Watch the Tribute Video
           
          Congratulations to Ryan Rezaei ’12 on the occasion of his recent marriage to Sara Steffens. Rezaei-Steffens.
           
          Daniel Mortensen ‘94, principal attorney at Mortensen Law, Tax, Trust & Probate Attorneys P.C., is running for re-election to the board of the Newhall County Water District. Four Square Off for Newhall County Water Board Seats.
           
          Jenny Tseng ‘06 has joined the Palo Alto office of Morrison & Foerster LLP as an associate in the firm’s real estate practice. Morrison & Foerster Continues Real Estate Expansion with Five California Additions.
           
          Myles Gutenkunst ’15 has joined Sideman & Bancroft LLP as an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. On the Move.
           
          Susan Lee ‘89, supervising deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, has been reappointed by Governor Brown to the California Law Revision Commission, on which she has served since 2005. Governor Brown Announces Appointments.
           
          Mark Coon ’86 has died. At the time of his death, he was serving as the Concord City, CA attorney. He is survived by his wife and two children. Concord City Attorney Remembered as ‘One of the Good Guys.’
           

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