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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thinkers & Doers: Nov. 20, 2013

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From left: 3L Helen Luu, Alumni Coach Henry Truong '13, 2L Vincent Lee, 2L Joy Siu, 3L Byron Huang, 2L Nicholas Ma, 3L Monica Yun, and Alumni Coach Elaine Kuo '13 of the UC Hastings Moot Court program.

Joan C. Williams

The newest work-life pioneers are men, Joan C. Williams told the New York Times last week.

Josh Levs, a reporter with CNN, filed a charge with the Equal Opportunity Commission, claiming Time Warner, his employer’s parent company, has parental leave policies that discriminate against biological fathers. Biological mothers and adoptive parents get 10 weeks of paid leave. Biological fathers get only two.

“What is happening is the new work-life pioneers are young egalitarian men exactly like this guy,” said Joan C. Williams, founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law. “In many ways, these younger men are acting in ways that mothers have always acted: ‘I have family responsibilities that aren’t going away and either you accommodate them or there is going to be a fight against it.’ In many ways, this is economic contraction fueling gender equality.” Read more here.

Related News: Why do more American workers say they’d prefer a male boss over a female?

“That’s part of a pattern that I call ‘tug of war,’” Williams told Forbes, “when gender bias against women turns into conflict among women.” Men are more likely to wield power than women, and most of us want to work for a boss who has clout. Another issue is that women are under more pressure than men to succeed. Read more here.

Richard L. Francis

Oxnard attorney Richard L. Francis ’76 was named to the 15-member governing board of Ventura County’s Community Action Agency. Francis has served on the Ventura City Council and served two years as Ventura’s mayor. Francis is a trial lawyer. He has served as president of the Coalition Against Household Violence, and as a charter member established the non-profit corporate status for Friends of Channel Islands National Park. Additionally, he was instrumental in designing and passing--through the initiative process the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) measure to discourage urban sprawl.

John Lim ‘82

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) honored Lim Ruger with its 2013 Law Firm Diversity Award at its 25th Anniversary Convention Gala in Kansas City, Missouri on November 9, 2013 before 1,200 attendees. Lim Ruger received this award for its activism in promoting, recognizing the promise and raising the influence of APA lawyers. Founding partner John Lim '82 accepted the award.

Pete Clancy '02

Pete Clancy ’02 of Clancy & Diaz, an Oakland personal injury law firm, became a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only organization that is made up of the finest trial attorneys from each state in the nation who has met rigid qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. The selections are made based on an in-depth multi-phase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research.

3L Bryon Huang and 2L Joy Siu

Thomas Tang Moot Court National Champions Byron Huang (3L) and Joy Siu (2L) barbequed the competition in Kansas City at the NAPABA Convention. As proof that adept legal writing and research is the key to success, Byron & Joy also won the award for Best Brief in the USA! Read more of the Moot Court team's success here.

Nota Bene

Professors Scott Dodson and Ben Depoorter weigh in on the #GoogleBooks saga, via E-Commerce Times.

Professor @RoryLittle recaps Georgia v. Randolph for @SCOTUSblog here.

Professor Emeritus Geoff Hazard on illegal campaign allegations in Santa Clara County, via @nbcbayarea, here.

Chancellor & Dean @FrankHWu on Sherlock Holmes and the Thrill of Self-Invention, via LinkedIn.

Chancellor & Dean @FrankHWu on his beef with Jimmy Kimmel, via Huffington Post.

Detroit boy @FrankHWu on why he's not buying a new car, via Huffington Post.

--Nov. 19, 2013

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