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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thinkers & Doers: Nov. 26, 2013

A regular feature of faculty, alumni, students, and friends of UC Hastings in the news.

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Kevin Dowling wins the half-time field goal contest at the "Big Game." Stanford beat Cal 63-13.

Geoff Hazard
Geoff HazardProfessor Geoff Hazard added a dose of realism to the heated debate of whether fabulist former journalist Stephen Glass should be admitted as an attorney to the California bar.

"You're asking a kind of a hyper-Christian redemption out of him, and I just don't think that's proper for a court to set a standard that high," Hazard told NPR. "The question is, was his integrity bad before? Of course. Can integrity be restored? I think it can. And if it can, I think this is a case where it was," Hazard said. Read more here.

David Levine
David LevineDavid Levine weighed in on homework and high-speed rail. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny denied the rail authority's request to sell $8 billion of the $10 billion in bonds voters approved back in 2008 to pay for the project. In his ruling, Kenny said the rail authority didn't provide enough evidence to explain why the it needed to issue bonds.

“Imagine this was a high school kid's homework and the teacher says you didn't show your work, I can't give you credit. Essentially that's what this is," Levine told KTVU News. Read more here.

Robin Feldman
Robin FeldmanProfessor Robin Feldman is among a group of 60 of the most prominent intellectual property law professors to sign a letter in support of patent reform. Read more from PatentlyO.

Feldman's research was also hailed recently by the National Venture Capital Association. “For a significant number of NVCA members, abusive patent assertions and litigation have become a serious concern, as indicated in a recent study by UC Hastings law professor Robin Feldman, with participation from NVCA members and portfolio companies.” Read the full post here.

Lainey Feingold '81
Catching flies with honey is not the default strategy most attorneys use to resolve disputes. But Lainey Feingold ‘81and Linda Dardarian, both longtime California advocacy lawyers, have worked out a method that avoids conflict, costly litigation and protracted time in court—while still yielding beneficial results for their clients. Read more from the ABA Journal here.

Randy Shaw '82
Randy Shaw ’82, on whether the Tenderloin is turning a corner, and how UC Hastings is a part of the positive transformation. In Beyond Chron.

Anjali I. Jaiswal ’99

Anjali I. Jaiswal ’99 of the NRDC penned on opinion piece on climate change for Common Dreams. Read more here.

Azadeh Zohrabi ’12

Azadeh ZohrabiAzadeh Zohrabi ’12 spoke in San Francisco Nov. 8 alongside Robert H. King of the Angola 3, who was released in 2001 after 29 years in solitary confinement. Zohrabi has worked for nearly 10 years advocating for those inside California’s prison. She was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship to work with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children on minimizing the use of long term solitary confinement in California. See a video of the Q&A with Zohrabi on Daily Kos here.

Kevin Dowling

Kevin Dowling, Director of Development from the UC Hastings Alumni Center, won a field goal kicking contest at the Big Game (Cal vs Stanford football) on Saturday, November 23. He won a $500 Whole Foods gift certificate and a year supply of Popchips. Keith Belling ’82 is the CEO of PopChips, a San Francisco based company.

1L Jeanette Acosta, 1L Julie Alarcon, 1L Chris Ballard and 1L Alyssa Villanueva

UC Hastings 1L students had the opportunity on behalf of the White House and United Farm Workers (UFW) Foundation to attend a comprehensive immigration reform-focused event with President Obama at the Betty Ong Recreation Center in San Francisco on Monday, November 25. 

Students who attended included 1Ls Jeanette Acosta (@jmacosta), Julie Alarcon, Chris Ballard and Alyssa Villanueva. Pictured, from second left, 1L Jeanette Acosta, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17), San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, 1L Julie Alarcon, and 1L Chris Ballard.

Nota Bene

  • Professor Robin Feldman on the “low-hanging fruit” available through patent reform. “Real damages are being done to small businesses, startups and the innovation ecosystem,” she told the Daily Journal. Follow Feldman's research at @DataDrivenLaw. Read more here (Sub. Required).
  • Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza on the fraught relationship between transitional justice and international criminal justice, in the Oxford University Press’s blog.
  • Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza on Chevron’s attempt to “crush” attorney Steven Doniger, in Salon.com.
  • Professor Dorit Reiss @doritmi on the national vaccine injury program, in The Recorder.

--November 26, 2013

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