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          Thinkers & Doers: January 2017

          THE RESISTANCE -- Haiku for Law Students -- Judge Gorsuch’s jurisprudence -- A Populist Crusade Against Corporate Greed -- THE MOST READ HBR ARTICLE OF ALL TIME -- Mom bias at work -- Will Trump’s refugee "ban" survive? -- Alumni recording artists -- and much more
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          Professor Rory Little with Justice Carol Corrigan '75 and Justice Leondra Kruger at the California Supreme Court Conference.


          Professor Hadar Aviram (@aviramh) discusses immigration protests on KTVU. 

          Professor David Levine talks about President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on KQED Radio. 

          “Uber, Lyft and the taxi industry profit from the labor of refugees and immigrants,” says Professor Veena Dubal (@veenadubal)in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Yet they purposefully maintain them in a space where they are not able to enjoy the benefits of real employment.” 

          Professor Joan C. Williams’ (@joancwilliams) article “What So Many People Don’t Get about the U.S. Working Class” became the Harvard Business Review’s most read article of all time and was even endorsed by Dan Rather. 
          -- Why did one side of Puget Sound became Trump country? Professor Joan C. Williams discusses with KUOW News. 
          -- Are you facing mom bias at work? Professor Joan C. Williams in the Chicago Tribune states, “It's an order of magnitude stronger than glass-ceiling bias" or bias against women in the workplace. "It's extraordinarily strong." 
          -- Trump's inauguration is a reminder that rebelling against the ruling class is in America's DNA and that “has brought us to a pretty sorry place — not only the election of Trump, but the fact we’ve had a sharp veer to the right for many decades,” says Professor Joan C. Williams in the LA Times. 
          -- More from Harvard Business Review as it is set to publish Professor Joan C. Williams’ book entitled “White Working Class.” 

          Professor Jill Bronfman (@privacytechlaw) spoke at the Data Breach Litigation and Investigation Forum. 
          -- The Recorder interviewed Professor Jill Bronfman about the Edelson firm’s arrival in Silicon Valley. 
          -- RSA Conference will give Professor Jill Bronfman’s session on Dangerous Data top billing. 

          Obama's five new national monuments set a US record for land protection, but can Trump destroy them? Professor John Leshy weighs in with The Verge. 
          -- “There’s some murkiness about what the president can do,” says Professor John Leshy while contributing to the Atlantic article on the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipelines. 

          Professor Morris Ratner’s (@ratner_morris) ethics/civil procedure paper entitled “Class Conflicts”  was chosen to be presented at the 2017 New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop at Vanderbilt Law School. 
          -- “Recent developments ... highlight a continuing shift of authority away from lawyers and to courts and clients eager to control litigation costs,” Professor Morris Ratner says in Law360’s summary of his paper entitled "Restraining Lawyers: From ‘Cases’ to ‘Tasks’," to be published in the forthcoming Fordham Law Review. 

          “It’s sending a message to the community that this behavior won’t be tolerated,” says Professor Rory Little (@RoryLittle) in the San Francisco Chronicle about an upcoming court decision that may require PG&E to announce its criminal violations in future ads. 
          -- Professor Rory Little was also one of the moderators and speakers at the Conference on the California Supreme Court, held at UC Hastings in partnership with Hastings Law Journal, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Institute of Governmental Studies. 
          -- “Feinstein is well prepared for hearings and avoids grandstanding,” remarked Professor Rory Little about Sen. Dianne Feinstein as the Democrat to watch when President Donald Trump chooses a Supreme Court nominee. 
          -- “The minute a (union dues) case comes up that is a vehicle for this — whether it comes from California or another state —you’re going to see it go. I don’t think that’s even a question,” states Professor Rory Little in KQED News’ piece entitled “Supreme Court Pick: What’s at Stake for California?” 

          -- Professor Rory Little also live-chatted on KCBS Radio about the jurisprudence of President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

          "The survival of Trump’s refugee ban depends on how the courts see it," according to Professor Richard Boswell (@ProfRBoswell) and alumna Zahra Billoo ’09 (@ZahraBilloo), in the San Francisco Chronicle 

          Professor Heather Field (@ProfHMField) writes about Fostering Ethical Professional Identity in Tax. 

          Ars Live #10: Surveillance and immigration in Trump's America will feature Professor Ahmed Ghappour (@ghappour) to discuss a redux of the FBI vs. Apple controversy and how this may affect people in sanctuary cities like Oakland. 

          Professor Ugo Mattei (@UgoMattei) appeared as a commentator in Reclaim Control: The Revival of the Commons and Food Democracy [in Italian]. 

          Professor Leo Martinez elected Fellow of American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. 

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss (@doritmi) speaks about the current measles outbreak going on in the Los Angeles County area and the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. 
          -- Hospital employee vaccinations – employment discrimination and religion, Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss addresses it all in this post for Skeptical Raptor. 
          -- A fourth lawsuit attacking California’s SB277, the law that removed the personal belief exemption from school immunization requirements, was dismissed by the district court of California and Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss weighed in. 

          Professor David Takacs was celebrated for receiving the 2016 Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence. 

          Professor Frank H. Wu (@frankhwu) discusses the truth about Asian Americans and affirmative action in the Huffington Post. 
          -- Professor Frank H. Wu advocates for more law school consolidation. 

          “I made peace with God. I hope y’all make peace with this,” were the last words of Terry Edwards, client of Professor John Mills, who was executed by lethal injection in Texas on January 27, 2017 and was the subject of numerous articles. Slate:; UC Hastings:; The Guardian: 

          Professor Robin Feldman’s Harvard Journal on Legislation piece, “Drug Wars: A New Generation of Pharmaceutical Delay” was cited in the Primer published by The Congressional Research Service on the Hatch-Waxman system for authorization of generic drugs. 

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          -- UC Hastings Student and Staffers shared some kabobs and other Afghani cuisine with the Tenderloin Equitable Development Project (TEDP) for their Restaurant of the Week campaign. 


          -- 2L Kelsey Campbell (@KelsLCampbell) was interviewed by Chip Franklin on KGO 810 radio about her career as an Iraq war vet, her membership with Vets for American Ideals, and the mission to put our money where our mouth is as a nation. 

          -- Kelsey also discussed Trump’s travel ban with KPCC Radio. 

          -- 12(b)(6) motion, for failure to state a claim, your pleading is lame. 2L Jacob Erez is apparently an undercover haiku humorist. 

          -- 2L Natasha Jha was a student panelist at the American Association of Law Schools Conference.

          -- 2L Sammy Chang (current ASUCH president) wrote an article for the ABA Student Lawyer. 

          -- 2L Jessica Wilson earned second place in the Federal Bar Association’s Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition.

          -- 2L Sid Singh and adjunct Professor Joe Creitz are hosting a podcast series together. 


          SWORN IN:

          -- Kamala Harris ’89 (@KamalaHarris) was sworn in to the U.S. Senate. 

          -- Former Piedmont Mayor Margaret J. Fujioka ’82 was officially sworn in as a judge to the Alameda County Superior Court bench. 

          -- Judge Lidia Stiglich ’95 was sworn in to the Nevada Supreme Court. 


          -- Joseph Azam ’08 tells the LA Times what it means to be a Muslim American in the age of Trump. 

          -- Isaac Jackson ’16 and Alexis Pomush ’16 both joined the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. 

          -- Sasha M. Cummings ’97 recently accepted an appointment at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as a Circuit Mediator and is an Adjunct Professor at USF School of Law where she teaches courses in Civil Procedure and Mediation. 

          -- Mark Madnick ’03 co-founded the boutique law firm, Kramar Madnick, LLP with partner Steven D. Kramar, in Encino, California. This marks his return to private practice after working in-house for the national healthcare company, Prospect Medical Holdings. The new firm handles business, commercial, real estate, labor & employment, health care, banking and personal injury litigation. 

          -- Lainey Feingold ’81 offers an alternative to lawsuits. 

          -- Barbara A. Blackburn '07 and K. Kayvan Iradjpanah '09 have been promoted to shareholders for Littler Mendelson P.C. in the firm’s Sacramento and Los Angeles offices (respectively). 

          -- Joe Cotchett ’64 Calls for a ‘Populist Crusade’ Against Corporate Greed on KQED Radio. 

          -- If you haven’t already, make sure to check out Joe Cotchett’s new book “The People vs Greed.” 

          -- Jennifer Freeland ’14 is welcomed back to UC Hastings as an Academic and Professional Success Lecturer.

          -- Delida Wong '11 started a new job as Legal Counsel at IMG in Hong Kong.

          -- Christine Pelosi ’93 (@sfpelosi) and Jeff Adachi ’85 (@JeffAdachi)are both featured in the San Francisco Magazine’s upcoming RESISTANCE ISSUE. 

          -- Portland law firm Dunn Carney has elected litigator Joshua D. Stadtler ’10 as a partner. 

          -- Matt Broad ‘84 relocated to Orlando to serve as General Counsel of Darden Restaurants, the largest restaurant company in the world.

          -- CAIR-SFBA Director Zahra Billoo ‘09 spoke alongside other prominent women, like Gloria Steinem, at the Women's March on Washington. 

          -- Michael Hunter Schwartz ‘87 named Dean of the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. 

          -- Chris Martin ’13 (aka Doc Martin) wrote and recorded a song entitled “Your Love.” 


          -- Thomson Reuters published its case studies on innovative experiential learning programs and focused on the Startup Legal Garage (spoiler alert: it said it was awesome). 

          -- Clinical Professor Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu sanctions a tech lawyer for splashing opposing counsel with iced coffee. 

          -- Mark your calendars because the Startup Legal Garage is hosting an event on women entrepreneurs with WeFIRST on February 23, 2017. 

          -- Barry Helft contributed a must-read piece to the Recorder on his late wife Professor Terry Diggs 

          -- New website from the Center for WorkLife Law (@WorkLifeLawCtr) features free tools to help companies interrupt and correct implicit bias at work. 


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          The UC Hastings community extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of Dennis O’Neil ’66 and Robert Rosson ’69.

          -- Dennis O'Neil ’66 was city attorney for Newport Beach from 1969 to 1979 and served on the City Council from 1994 to 2002, which included a stint as mayor in 1999. 

          -- Robert Rosson ’69 advocated compassionately for his clients throughout his legal career and was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge in Southern California. Bob and his beloved horse Jet also volunteered for many years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in their Mounted Posse. 

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