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          Monday, April 21, 2014

          Thinkers & Doers: April 21, 2014

          Professors Osagie K. Obasogie, Sheila Purcell, Robin Feldman, James Lambden '75, Juliana Maio ’78, Philip Kan Gotanda ’78, Sergio Gutierrez ’83, Jeff Adachi ’85, James T. “Jim” Hammer ’86, Niki Solis ’95, Ryan C. Hughes ’10.
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          Sergio Gutierrez, chief judge of Idaho’s Court of Appeals, will be the keynote speaker at graduation at the College of Southern Idaho. Gutierrez is a former dropout and farm worker who says his proudest accomplishment was earning his General Equivalency Diploma while in the Job Corps.

          Osagie K. Obasogie

          Professor Osagie K. Obasogie was quoted in The Atlantic about how minority students are changing the face of college-level debate tournaments.

          Jessica Carew Kraft writes: “These days, an increasingly diverse group of participants has transformed debate competitions, mounting challenges to Osagie K. Obasogietraditional form and content by incorporating personal experience, performance, and radical politics. These 'alternative-style' debaters have achieved success, too, taking top honors at national collegiate tournaments over the past few years. But this transformation has also sparked a difficult, often painful controversy for a community that prides itself on handling volatile topics.”

          College debater Ameena Ruffin told the magazine: “For them to tell us that we can’t bring our personal experience, it would literally be impossible. Not just for black people—it is true of everyone. We are always biased by who we are in any argument.”

          The piece continued: “Liberal law professors have been making this point for decades. 'Various procedures—regardless of whether we're talking about debate formats or law—have the ability to hide the subjective experiences that shape these seemingly ‘objective’ and ‘rational’ rules,' said Obasogie, who teaches critical race theory. 'This is the power of racial subordination: making the viewpoint of the dominant group seem like the only true reality.'” Read more here.

          Sheila Purcell

          Sheila PurcellProfessor Sheila Purcell co-authored a piece with Janet Martinez for Dispute Resolution Magazine, published by the ABA. “Mediators in the Field: Experiences Around the Globe,” drew on the authors’ survey of court-based ADR in 11 countries.

          “At its heart, mediation offers a voluntary, confidential, neutral-facilitated process to resolve a broad array of disputes. As mediators around the world have exchanged experiences through cross-training and conferences, we have learned anecdotally that the voluntary, confidential and neutral components of mediation take different forms according to local history, needs and resources.”

          Purcell is Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR). Martinez is Director of the Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program at Stanford Law School. Read more here (membership required).

          Robin Feldman

          Professor Robin Feldman (@RobinCFeldman) was quoted in the Minnesota Daily about how patent reform is likely to impact universities.

          Robin FeldmanThe article reads, “The University of Minnesota, like many of its peer schools, supports patent reform in general and deems patent trolling practices unethical. But it’s concerned that the proposed Senate bill might restrict universities from enforcing their intellectual property claims. Patent reform advocates and researchers have said that this stance places research universities in the unfortunate bind of being on the same side of the debate as patent trolls — companies that some schools, including U of M, have been tied to financially."

          “'They appear to be feeding the trolls,'” Feldman told the daily. “The main sticking point is fee-shifting, where a judge could make one side of a lawsuit — usually the loser — pay the attorneys’ fees for the other.” Read more here.

          James Lambden

          The Honorable James Lambden ‘75, retired Justice of the California Court of Appeal, was on hand to announce the winners of the Snodgrass Competition, the internal UC Hastings Moot Court competition. Read more of the Mootsters success and awards ceremony here.

          Philip Kan Gotanda

          Prolific playwright Philip Kan Gotanda ’78 was appointed a professor in the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. He is also a filmmaker, screenwriter, and musician. His films “The Kiss,” “Drinking Tea” and “Life Tastes Good” have all been screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Read more here.

          Juliana Maio

          Juliana MaioJuliana Maio ’78 (@julianamaio1) has published City of the Sun, a work of historical fiction March by Greenleaf Book Group Press. Maio was born in Egypt but expelled from the country with her family during the Suez Crisis. She was raised in France and completed her higher education in the United States. She practices entertainment law in Los Angeles and has represented internationally renowned filmmakers as well as a host of independent production companies. Prior to that she served as vice president of worldwide corporate and business affairs for Triumph Films, a joint venture between Columbia Pictures and Gaumont Films.

          Sergio Gutierrez

          Sergio Gutierrez, chief judge of Idaho’s Court of Appeals, will be the keynote speaker at graduation at the College of Southern Idaho. Gutierrez is a former dropout and farm worker who says his proudest accomplishment was earning his General Equivalency Diploma while in the Job Corps. Read more here.

          Jim Hammer, Niki Solis, Jeff Adachi

          Former San Francisco prosecutor and media analyst Jim Hammer ’86 and San Francisco Deputy Public Defender Niki Solis ’95 are among the speakers at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Justice Summit, April 23 at the San Francisco Main Library. San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi ’85 will attend, and be available for interviews. Read more here.

          Ryan C. Hughes

          Ryan HughesRyan C. Hughes ’10 (@RyanHughesCA) ublished a piece on niche legal practices for the American Bar Association. Ryan Hughes is an ERISA and election law attorney at Reich, Adell & Cvitan who also represents a DIY jam making business.

          “Entrepreneurs always need lawyers, and in recent years, the do-it-yourself (DIY) market has exploded. Etsy store proprietors, craft food makers, home brewers, independent fashion designers, hyper-local food growers, and vintage decor resellers—to name a few—are everywhere. Odds are that you have a family member or friend who’s involved in a DIY business. Fueled in part by the struggling economy and in part by increased demand for locally produced goods, DIY businesses will likely increase their presence in the American economy.” Read more here.

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          --April 21, 2014

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