Friday, November 06, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: Nov. 6, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves.
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          “The fact that the lead-up to the dump is so unpredictable is predictable,” remarked Professor Ahmed Ghappour in Re/Code on November 3, regarding the recent KKK membership reveal by Anonymous.

          A hearty congratulations to Professor Morris Ratner, whose article “Class Counsel as Litigation Funders,” published earlier this year in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, has just been announced as one of the co-winners of the sixth annual Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility. The prize is awarded by the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Professional Responsibility and will be presented on January 7, 2016 in New York City.

          The Law and Society Association has selected its slate of 2016-2018 trustees, including Professor Hadar Aviram. In her most recent blog post, Aviram discusses the fact pattern underlying a recently filed wrongful death lawsuit accusing the Oakland police of using excessive force. She also provided commentary for a recent Huffington Post article about the case. Oakland Police Sued in Killing of ‘Unconscious’ Man in His Car.

          The National Jurist magazine can’t get enough of UC Hastings. Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu made the magazine’s list of the Top 20 Leaders in Diversity, which recognizes outstanding minority law professors who have “furthered diversity efforts in legal education.” Citing a recent study, the publication also notes that the school ranks fifth among law schools with the most liberal graduates. Last but not least, the magazine loves the school’s moot courtroom, ranking the Justice Marvin and Jane Baxter Appellate Law Center fourth on its moot court list and quoting Assistant Dean of Legal Research & Writing and Moot Court Toni Young, who discusses the school’s great facility.

          An interview with Professor Karen Musalo aired on Latin Pulse today. It follows a short news update on Latin America in the following clip: Femicide and Violence Against Women in Latin America.

          “The fact that the lead-up to the dump is so unpredictable is predictable,” remarked Professor Ahmed Ghappour in Re/Code regarding the recent KKK membership reveal by Anonymous: Anonymous Might Have Screwed Up #OpKKK on Monday. That Doesn’t Mean It Will on November 5.

          Professor Rory Little commented on the upcoming federal trial of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and the likability of the defense lawyer, whose arguments condemning “big, bad government” tend to resonate with juries. Shrimp Boy Chow and FBI to Clash in Classic San Francisco Trial. He was also interviewed on KQED radio about the difficulty in establishing policies surrounding the use of police body cameras, noting that “San Francisco, as is often the case, is both a leader in thinking in this area and representative of the national-level controversy.”

          Professor Veena Dubal spoke with the E-Commerce Times about a lawsuit filed against Amazon by four former delivery drivers for Amazon Prime Now. How much control a company exerts over someone determines whether or not that person is an employee, said Dubal. However, interpretations of control "vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction." 

          "It’s pretty amazing how little has changed in that world. In the 1970s, feminists made critiques about [the stock photo industry’s] body imagery and how unrealistic the feminine ideals were. And that was years and years ago," remarks Professor Joan C. Williams in a Racked article about efforts to eliminate sexist stock photos.

          What do Katie Buckland ’87 and actress Geena Davis have in common? Buckland, the executive director of the Writers Guild Foundation, joins Davis on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, a 17-member committee that promotes and educates the public on issues related to economic equity, access to health care and protection from violence.

          Thanks in part to the pro bono amicus brief filed on behalf of the National Association of Immigrant Judges by John Lim ‘82 and his colleagues at law firm Lim Ruger, the US Department of Justice lifted a blanket recusal order against Immigration Judge Afsaneh Tabaddor ’97. The order, which was based solely on Judge Tabaddor’s ethnicity, prevented her from hearing any cases involving Iranian nationals despite no finding of bias or misconduct on her part.

          Kudos to Hon. Martin Tangeman ’78 who was unanimously elected presiding judge by his fellow judges at San Luis Obispo Superior Court, where he has served for the past 14 years.

          It’s been a big week for alumni moves and promotions. Joseph Azam '08 has joined a media empire, becoming News Corp’s Senior Vice President, Legal & Chief Compliance Officer. In his new role, he will oversee the Compliance and Investigations division in the areas of anti-corruption, antitrust, trade & sanctions, privacy, and business conduct for News Corp and its affiliated companies. Kathryn Oehlschlager ’03 has joined the San Francisco office of Downey Brand as a partner in the firm’s environmental law practice. Ji-Hyun Helena Kim ’00 has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins. Based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, she focuses on corporate debt, equity and M&A transactions. Julia Graeser Mata ’13 has joined Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP as an associate in the firm’s environmental law and litigation practice.

          Our fingers are crossed for S. Alan Ray ‘90, currently in residence at Harvard Law School as a visiting scholar, who is a finalist in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ search for a new president.

          Congratulations to Edith Matthai ‘75, name partner at Robie & Matthai, who has been named one of three “Persons of the Year” by the Metropolitan News-Enterprise in Los Angeles.

          The Race & Poverty Law Journal convenes a who’s who of law enforcement officials for today's 14th annual symposium. Entitled “21st Century Civil Rights: Community Empowerment in Police Reform,” the event "will provide an opportunity for legal practitioners, community members, academics, and law students to examine past and current attempts at addressing police misconduct, to discuss current and past challenges and successes of identified solutions, and to determine the most promising avenues for securing police accountability measures." 

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