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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Thinkers & Doers: Feb. 4, 2014

Professors Jeffrey Lefstin, Brian Gray, Joan C. Williams, Morris Ratner, Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu, Robin Devaux, Jeff Herrera, Nate Cardozo '08, Hilary Briscoe '13.
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Karney, featuring drummer Jeff Herrera, left, budget coordinator for the UC Hastings Law Library, and Adjunct Professor Kim Manolius, right, plays Law Rocks at the Great American Music Hall Feb. 28.

Jeffrey Lefstin

Professor Jeffrey Lefstin’s scholarship on the pattern of dissents in Federal Circuit cases was cited by PatentlyO, the most influential patent blog (@patentlyo), this week in a posting by Jason Rantanen on the surge of dissents.

Jeffrey LefstinProfessor Lefstin's research was the first to show that studies of dissent could quantitatively measure both the indeterminacy of particular legal doctrines, as well as the social norms that promote agreement or disagreement at an appellate court. His study, which was recognized as one of the most comprehensive and rigorous ever conducted on an intermediate appellate court, examined the legal indeterminacy of patent law doctrines and the changes in norms of uniformity at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Read more here.

Brian Gray

Brian GrayProfessor Brian Gray co-authored an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee on how to create a special water market to meet the state’s goals of ensuring a reliable water supply and protecting the environment during California’s major drought. Read more here.

Joan C. Williams

"What Works for Women at Work" by Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey continues to garner press, including a recent piece in Working Mother magazine.

“Workplace politics, quite simply, are different for women than for men— and more challenging for women,” Williams (@joancwilliams) told the Joan C. Williamsmagazine. “Many times the strategies that women use to solve one problem create another problem. Women ‘lean in’ and all of a sudden, they’re witches.” Read more here.

Williams was also quoted by the New York Law Journal about the five AM Law 200 firms that did not make any women partners this year. “Implicit bias remains largely uninterrupted,” says Williams, adding that “it is happening all along the line,” to the point that when it comes time to decide who is eligible for partner, “often the jig is up.” Read more here.

Morris Ratner

Morris RatnerAssociate Professor of Law Morris Ratner published an op-ed in the Recorder, “Stephen Glass, Moral Character, and the Enemy Within.” Written in response to the California Supreme Court’s decision to deny bar admission to Glass, who fabricated material for more than 40 journalistic articles,

Ratner writes: "Between the poles of morally fit and unfit stand the rest of us: flawed individuals doing our best to exercise sound professional judgment under difficult and often murky circumstances. We should take little comfort in the spectacle of Glass' failure to establish rehabilitation, for, as Cicero said, "the enemy is within the gates." Read more here.

Frank H. Wu 

Read Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu’s most recent column for the Huffington Post, “The Problem of the Two Sherlocks,” here.

Robin Devaux

Robin Devaux, managing director of the Center for WorkLifeLaw, was quoted by the Associated Press in a story that ran in the Chicago Sun-Times and other outlets about bills in California and New York City that would protect caregivers from employment discrimination. 

“It doesn’t say people with caregiving responsibilities get to come in late or leave early,” said Devaux. “What it says is if you let Joe leave early for his golf game, then you also need to let Mary leave early to care for her father. It’s simply asking for equal treatment.” Read more here.

Nate Cardozo

Nate CardozoNate Cardozo 08 was interviewed by NPR about a Justice Department deal that Internet companies that receive U.S. government requests for information about their customers will be able to disclose more details about surveillance than has been allowed, according to a deal announced today by the Justice Department.

"It is a big deal, but it's only a first step," says Cardozo (@ncardozo), staff attorney and online privacy advocate with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He adds, "We were really looking for an agreement where they could disclose the exact number of requests that they'd gotten." 

Hilary Briscoe

Hilary Briscoe ’13 published a personal essay, “Out to Africa,” in the February edition of California Lawyer magazine about her adventure studying law in Cape Town, South Africa. She is studying for the New York bar exam. Read her essay here.

Jeffrey Herrera

Law Library Budget Coordinator Jeff Herrera appears with Karney Feb. 28 at Law Rocks at the Great American Music Hall. Karney is playing for the San Francisco Bar Association's Justice & Diversity Center. Players include Anna Karney on lead vocals and guitar, Michael Doyle on guitar, and Kimon Manolius on bass. More information here.

--Feb. 4, 2014

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