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          Tuesday, July 03, 2018

          Thinkers & Doers: June 2018

          Inside the battle to save California’s water – Addressing rampant pregnancy discrimination at companies – Say Yes to Pro Bono – Enough with the racist gestures at the World Cup – Alum invests in properties to house the homeless in LA – Back to the Dark Ages of Rights for Women? – Hastings Law Journal article cited by Supreme Court – and much more
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          Awards, media appearances, and behind the scenes of the latest projects, all in the June 2018 edition of UC Hastings Thinkers & Doers.


          Professor David Levine appeared on KQED’s Forum to discuss the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision. 
          -- Professor Levine was interviewed live on KTVU to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold President Trump’s travel ban. 
          -- “You’re swimming upstream if you’re a plaintiff,” said Professor Levine in an article for the Associated Press on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the travel ban. 
          -- Professor Levine appeared on MPR News to discuss the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. 
          -- Professor Levine sat down with ABC7 News to give his thoughts on the latest Supreme Court rulings and Justice Kennedy's retirement. 

          “I think it means that we know no more now about this kind of discrimination than we knew before the Court took the case,” said Professor Matthew Coles in an interview with KPIX on the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision. 
          -- “Courts have said for a long time that students don’t shed their First Amendment rights when they go into a public school — unless a student says something that throws the school into disruption or makes it hard for other students to get an education,” said Professor Coles in an article for NBC News about a high school valedictorian who was silenced during a graduation speech for bringing up the mishandling of her sexual assault case. 

          “I think judges have to be accountable to each other for the rest of us to believe in the judiciary, with the amount of public trust and power it has,” said Professor Emily Murphy in an article for the Washington Post on a group’s recommendation for sweeping changes after examining harassment in the judiciary. 

          Kathryn Tucker, director of End of Life Liberty Project, contributed an article to Jurist on “Aid-in-Dying is Health Care.” 
          -- The End of Life Liberty Project was mentioned in a Chicago Catholic Press article lamenting the reinstatement of California's aid in dying law. 

          “If we say in the year 2018 that a woman has been beaten almost to death in a country that accepts that as almost the norm, and that we as a civilized society can deny her protection and send her to her death? I don’t see this as just an immigration issue … I see this as a women’s rights issue,” said Professor Karen Musalo in the Washington Post’s article on Jeff Sessions’s asylum ruling that reverses decades of women’s rights progress. 
          -- “If you put it all together, he is trying to cut back in every way on access to protection,” said Professor Musalo in an article for The Marshall Project on the attempt by the Trump administration to roll back protections allowing victims of domestic violence to seek asylum. 
          -- "This is not just about domestic violence, or El Salvador, or gangs. This is the attorney general trying to yank us back to the dark ages of rights for women," said Professor Karen Musalo for multiple publications on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ deciding that domestic and gang violence will generally not be considered grounds for asylum. 
          -- Professor Musalo added more commentary on the Jeff Sessions’ ruling for The Root. 
          -- Professor Musalo was interviewed live on Democracy Now! about Jeff Sessions’ ruling against her Salvadoran client A.B., and Sessions’ overturning of a groundbreaking precedent from 2014 in which the immigration appeals court affirmed that domestic violence survivors are deserving of protection. 

          “It’s a waste of effort and money to even consider the issue. The state is far better off working within its existing boundaries than taking on the challenge of creating new ones,” said Professor Dave Owen in an article for Salon on the radical “Cal 3” campaign that proposes to split California into three separate states. 
          -- Professor Dave Owen presented for Vermont Law School’s ‘Hot Topics’ summer lecture series on environmental issues with a talk on “Consultants, the Environment, and the Law.” 

          “This shift to the internet transformed mugshots of ordinary citizens from public records that generally fell into ‘practical obscurity’ into commodities posted for entertainment and commercial gain,” said Professor Eumi Lee in an article for The Guardian on how predatory websites use mugshots to exploit the shame of arrest. 
          -- The Sacramento Bee quoted Professor Lee in its article on how posting mugshots on internet draws criminal charges from California attorney general. 

          Professor Richard Boswell contributes to the discussion of Trump’s family separation reversal and how it still leaves children to languish in detention, for an article in the Pacific Standard. 

          Professor Chimène Keitner (@KeitnerLaw) was announced as the inaugural “Scholar-In-Residence” at Orrick as an innovation of collaboration that will support attorneys focusing on numerous areas of practice, including cyberlaw issues. 

          Professor Jaime King attended the American Antitrust Institute's annual conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., where her paper, “The Anticompetitive Potential of Cross-Market Mergers in Healthcare” (co-authored with Erin Fuse Brown) was awarded the Best Antitrust and Mergers Paper of 2017. 
          -- Professor King analyzes Professor Robin Feldman’s article “Empirical Evidence of Drug Pricing Games – A Citizen’s Pathway Gone Astray” for the Scholarship Blog. 

          Professor George Bisharat, aka Big Harp George, released a teaser song on YouTube entitled “Alternative Facts,” which from his upcoming album set for release on July 16. 

          Academic Dean Morris Ratner discusses the way Professor Scott Dodson’s new Northwestern University Law Review article, titled “Personal Jurisdiction and Aggregation,” unpacks how jurisdiction, preclusion, and joinder doctrines together enable aggregation, and highlights the increasing role played by personal-jurisdiction doctrine as a constraint, in the latest post for the Scholarship Blog. 

          Professor Mai Linh Spencer contributed an article to the Daily Journal entitled “Some unintended consequences of California’s inflated cut score.”
          -- Professor Spencer wrote an article published in the Daily Journal about a recent ruling by the California Supreme Court that shows defendants arguing error still have a steep uphill appellate climb.

          “Some women hit the maternal wall long before the glass ceiling,” said Professor Joan C. Williams (@joancwilliams) in an article for the New York Times on the rampant pregnancy discrimination inside America’s biggest companies. 
          -- Professor Williams was featured in the Danish publication Politiken. 
          -- The Financial Times welcomed Professor Williams to discuss social class for its podcast. 

          Professor Tim Greaney’s testimony at Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ hearing on the CVS/Aetna merger was discussed in an article for Law360. 
          -- Professor Greaney’s statement before the Commissioner can be read here. 
          -- Professor Greaney offers policy recommendations in a Healthcare Antitrust White Paper. 

          “This is a very frightening moment for the left,” said Professor Hadar Aviram (@aviramh) in an in interview with ABC7 News on the impending retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. 
          -- An interview featuring Professor Aviram was broadcast on Telemundo.
          -- Professor Aviram commented on how chicken activists broke the law to start a reasonable debate about animal cruelty, in an article for the Pacific Standard. 

          "They've got to still be thinking about it, because the scene is still changing every day -- the president issued this executive order so now they can't just say, 'You need to end your policy' — the response of the Trump people was going to be, 'Oh we did end it.' So now they have to attack the executive order," said Professor Rory Little (@rorylittle) in an article for KQED News on how California and nine other states may sue Trump over family separations. 
          -- “I think Roe v. Wade will be on the chopping block,” said Professor Little in an article for the San Francisco Chronicle on the future of SCOTUS decisions after Justice Kennedy’s retirement. 
          -- Professor Little was a panelist on KQED’s Forum to discuss what Janus v. AFSCME could mean for public-sector unions. 

          “It’s not a new issue. It keeps happening,” said Professor Frank H. Wu (@frankhwu) in an article for ESPN’s “Undefeated” on the slanted-eye racist gestures at the 2018 World Cup.  
          -- Professor Wu was a presenter at The Third Annual China Global Think Tank Innovation Forum 2018. 

          Professor Ugo Mattei (@UgoMattei) was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) for his contributions to the study of legal transition.

          Professor John Leshy contributed an opinion letter to the New York Times on “Saving Biodiversity in Protected Areas.” 
          -- Professor Leshy discusses the latest product of Professor David Takacs’s more than two-decade-old exploration of humankind’s efforts to protect the earth’s dwindling biodiversity, an article entitled “Are Koalas Fungible? Biodiversity Offsetting and the Law,” for the Scholarship Blog. 
          -- Professor Leshy analyzes Professor Dave Owen’s research on “The Conservative Turn Against Compensatory Migration,” for the Scholarship Blog. 

          Professor Setsuo Miyazawa was elected as the next President of the Asian Criminological Society for the term of 2019-2021. 

          Professor Robin Feldman (@RobinCFeldman) gave a talk to Federal Trade Commission-Western State AG’s Common Ground Conference regarding her work, “Perverse Incentives.”
          -- Professor Feldman will be submitting public comments to the Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, regarding the results of her NSF study on patent assertion and Federal labs.

          Professor Alina Ball discusses former Academic Dean Shauna Marshall’s article, “Rebellious Deaning: One African American Woman’s Vision of a Progressive Law School,” for the Scholarship Blog. 

          Professor Zachary Price, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, reacts to the Justice’s retirement news in an article for the Recorder 

          Professor John Crawford discusses why the Federal Reserve should extend its services to the broad U.S, population, in an article for Barron’s. 
          -- “The time has come to end this special privilege of banks,” quotes the New Republic in its article referencing Professor Crawford’s co-conceived idea for a “FedAccount.” 

          Professor Veena Dubal (@veenadubal) contributed an article to Law and Political Economy entitled “Rule-Making as Structural Violence: From a Taxi to Uber Economy in San Francisco.” 

          “It really is strongly limiting his ability to practice. He’s a doctor under supervision now,” said Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss (@doritmi) in a Newsweek article on a California pediatrician who was put on probation for exempting a toddler from vaccinations. 

          Professor Sheila Purcell discusses Professor Jessica Vapnek’s research on “Dispute Resolution in Post-Conflict Settings” for the Scholarship Blog. 

          “To overturn that, he would be overturning 30 years of precedent,” said Blaine Bookey of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) in an article for Mother Jones on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision that people fleeing gangs and domestic violence will generally not qualify for asylum. 
          -- The CGRS issued an official statement on Attorney General Sessions’ attempt to close the door to women refugees. 
          -- “How does a child begin to understand what kinds of evidence they have to put together or begin to understand what the definition of a refugee even means,” said Lisa Frydman, managing director of CGRS, in an article published by the Center for Public Integrity on the life-and-death struggle for asylum in America. 
          -- The CGRS issued a joint statement with the ACLU and Human Rights First to address a federal judge’s granting of a preliminary injunction in its class-action lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s arbitrary detention of asylum seekers. 

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          -- A sneak peek at the latest mural going up on Golden Gate Avenue by faith47. 

          -- The TLCBD is Talking the Tenderloin. 


          ON CAMPUS:

          -- The Supreme Court majority opinion in Rosales-Mireles v. U.S., a sentencing case, prominently cites Professor Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff's empirical analysis in her 2011 Hastings Law Journal article. 

          -- The Hastings Appellate Project (HAP) was featured in the Bar Association of San Francisco’s article entitled, “Say Yes to Pro Bono.” 

          -- Alums Casey Berman ’99, Charlene Trinh ’95, Oren Katzeff ’99, and Alexandra Ross ’98 hosted a panel and reception on opportunities in JD advantage and beyond. 

          -- Professors Dorit Rubinstein Reiss and Hadar Aviram signed an Ethicists Petition to Keep Families Together addressed to President Donald J. Trump, Attorney General Jefferson Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. 

          -- California invests $4.5 million in UC Hastings diversity pipeline collaboration. 

          -- UC Hastings extends warm wishes to Stephen Lothrop, faculty support administrator, who announced his retirement after 37 years at the law school.

          QUIPS & CLIPS:


          -- A chapter co-authored by Brent Coulter, Ken Kobayashi, Natalie Ryang, Ruichao Liu, Benson Chao, Seth Kester-Irwin, Anli Ren, and Joseph Dell was officially published in the 2018 AmCham White Paper. 

          -- Ryan A. Khojasteh received 4.27 percent of the primary vote in his in his bid for California’s 12th Congressional District seat, but it was not enough to be on the ballot this November. 

          -- The “Great Facilitator” Sammy Chang ’18 leaves a lasting legacy at UC Hastings. 

          -- Congratulations to Kayla Pearl Liu for receiving the 2018 AABA Law Foundation Public Interest Summer Grant. 



          -- Richard L. Seabolt ’75 has been appointed by Governor Brown to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court.

          -- Former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. ’58 and Professor Rory Little appeared on KPIX with Phil Matier to discuss whether Democratic senators can do anything to stop President Trump from picking an anti-abortion candidate to fill the Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. 

          -- Sara Aminzadeh ’07, the executive director of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, and her efforts to save California’s water was featured in an article for Vanity Fair. 

          -- Katie Annand ‘08, managing attorney for KIND’s San Francisco office, contributed an article to Vox on children separated from caregivers at the border. 

          -- Zahra Billoo ’09 joined Professor David Levine as a guest on KQED’s Forum to discuss the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling to uphold President Trump's travel ban for citizens from several Muslim-majority countries. 

          -- Timothy A. Canning ’90 has been appointed by Governor Brown to a judgeship in the Humboldt County Superior Court.

          -- Morgan McGinnis ‘14 has joined the UC Hastings Community Justice Clinics as its new Lawyering Fellow.

          -- Augie Rakow '07 wants to “disrupt the legal industry” with his San Francisco-based company and law firm, Atrium. 

          -- Julia Graeser ’13 was featured in Justice & Diversity News for her pro bono representation of prisoner who was denied access to medical care.

          -- Syda Cogliati ’94 nabbed nearly 60 percent of preliminary votes for the Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge’s seat. 

          -- Guy O. Kornblum ’96 has been nominated and accepted as a Two Years American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys’ (AIPIA) 10 Best in California for Client Satisfaction. 

          -- The Los Angeles Times featured the efforts of John Betz ’96 to help house the homeless of LA. 

          -- Mary Neumayr ’89 was nominated for a key environmental position in the White House—chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). 

          -- Judge Ashley Tabaddor ’97 appeared on NPR to discuss the backlog of cases that immigration judges are facing at the U.S. border. 

          -- Valerie McGinty '06 leads a push to elect progressive women in California. 

          -- Joe Cotchett ’64 helps file a suit for San Mateo County alleging the ‘Big Three’ opioid distributors violate laws governing illegal sales and overprescribing. 

          -- Michael Nguyen ’13 was honored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division as “On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers.” 

          -- San Francisco Mayor-elect London Breed named former Supervisor Sean Elsbernd ’00 as her chief of staff. 

          -- “We know we are better than this,” said Senator Kamala Harris ’89 in a speech broadcast on CNN during the protests over children being detained at immigration centers.

          -- Paul Supnik ’71 co-authored “The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property.” 

          -- “As a public servant, as a judge, I promised I was going to follow the Constitution. I promised I was going to follow the law,” said Judge Ashley Tabaddor ’97 in a story for PRI on one of the busiest immigration courts in the country. 

          -- Chris Martin ’15 hosted the 16th Annual Shaheen Scholarship Program at A Place Called Home, a wonderful community center he grew up going to on the Eastside of South Central, Los Angeles. 

          -- Governor Brown appointed Evette D. Pennypacker ’99 to a judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. 


          The UC Hastings community extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of Nelson Clyde Barry ‘52, John Murcko ‘68, Donald Stuart Rutherford ‘64, Honorable Donald Thomas ‘54, and Patrick Welch ‘72.

          -- Nelson Clyde Barry ’52 proudly served as a First Lieutenant in the 318th Fighter Squadron, 301st Fighter Group (and, ironically, his transport ship left Seattle for Japan on VJ Day, August 14th 1945) and later managed the firm of Bishop Barry for more than four decades. 

          -- John Murcko ’68 graduated summa cum laude and became a prominent attorney in the Bay Area fighting for human rights, arguing two cases before the Supreme Court dealing with the rights of Gl's in the military. 

          -- Donald Stuart Rutherford ’64 was a criminal law attorney for many years and was also locally involved in the Yuba City S.I.R.s, Lion's Club, the Yuba City Moose Lodge, and the German Club. 

          -- The Honorable Donald Thomas ’54 was in private law practice before being elected as District Attorney of Glenn County and was later appointed to the bench as Monterey County Municipal Court Judge by Governor Ronald Reagan. 

          -- Patrick Welch ’72 served as First Lieutenant in the United States Army where he received a Bronze Star Medal for his service in the Vietnam War and, after serving his country, practiced law in San Jose, California. 


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