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Legally Speaking

In conversation with UC Hastings Professor Joan C. Williams.

UC Hastings Professor Joan Williams welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a conversation that touches on a broad range of subjects, from opera to marriage to work/life balance, doctrinal questions, and cases from the 1970's to present, including the court's role in establishing individual rights and equal protection. 

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"I don't box just to box, to stay in shape. I want to fight." - Stalacia M. Leggett '14
Friday, August 15, 2014

Thinkers & Doers: August 15, 2014

UC Hastings people in the news and making moves.
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"What brings us together today is the first amendment of the United States Constitution." - Professor Ahmed Ghappour at The National Press Club, via C-SPAN.

Media Roundup:

  • Professor Ahmed Ghappour appeared on C-SPAN speaking at a news conference on efforts by the Obama administration to compel New York Times reporter James Risen to disclose a confidential source. Click here to view. You may also filter by speaker. 
  • Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu published a powerful call to reform legal education in the Daily Journal. 
  • UC Hastings joined millions of other Robin Williams fans in mourning the loss of his creative spirit. His address at commencement in 1983, honoring “the graduates of UC Tenderloin” was posted on the UC Hastings Facebook page. View online here (does not require a Facebook account). 
  • Judge Wilkinson cited Professor Scott Dodson’s “In Search of Removal Jurisdiction” article in last week's 4th circuit case, Flame v Freight
  • The New York Times Travel section raved about the pho at Turtle Tower in an article about the galleries, venues, boutiques and watering holes in our neighborhoodSuds, Scents and Soup in San Francisco’s Tenderloin
  • 1Ls Gabrielle Parris and Eliana Corona Vasquez each received a $10,000 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarships from The Justice and Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco.
  • Professor Robin Feldman commented on recent Supreme Court decisions reversing Federal Circuit decisions on patent holders in a publication by MLex, an independent news organization covering U.S. and European regulatory developments. Click here to read (PDF)
  • Professor Karen B. Musalo was quoted and appeared on the cover of the Daily Journal for her representation of a Mexican woman who sought asylum in the U.S. as a 20-year victim of severe domestic violence. (Article not available online).  
  • Professor George Bisharat had a live interview with Marie Choi, host of KPFA's Up Front program, about the negotiations between Israel and Palestine toward a permanent cease-fire.
  • Fairuz Abdullah, Associate Director for Public Interest and Clerkship Programs discussed 2L clerkship hiring with the blog, The Girls Guide to Law School: What Does the Future Look Like for Rising 2L Judicial Clerkship Applicants?
  • Professor Ahmed Ghappour was selected to be on the Bar Association of San Francisco’s panel on constitutional, legal, political, and practical issues involving the NSA's domestic surveillance program, on the evening of Wednesday, October 1, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m. 
  • The Recorder covered Professor Robin Feldman’s upcoming fall course Transition From Scientist to Lawyer: Trading the Lab Coat for a Law Office.
  • Five current and former UC Hastings College of the Law students organized SF LegalTech Startup Weekend, bringing together legal professionals, policy geeks, programmers, designers and students to innovate the legal services market (taking place August 15-17). Read more, via The Recorder: Legal Hackathon Planners Want to Cure Industry's 'Pain Points'
  • Alex Grab ’99 was named General Counsel at Electronics for Imaging.
  • Brian Pascal, research fellow with UC Hastings Law School’s Privacy and Technology Project, penned a “Viewpoint” column in The Recorder about how the NSA and Facebook have overstepped individual rights in their quest to harness insight from “big data.” Viewpoint: How Data Miners Miss Human Costs.

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The Faculty Executive Committee adopted this policy in 2011 after consultation with individual faculty members.

UC Hastings is committed to the principle that the pursuit of knowledge and the free expression of ideas is at the heart of the academic mission, whether in the classroom, in the selection of clinical projects and clients, and in research, scholarship, public presentations, and contributions to public fora. This is especially true when the ideas or subjects are unpopular or controversial in society, as orthodox ideas need no protection. No person or organization outside the academic community should be permitted to determine which ideas or projects may be explored, expressed, supported or endorsed. Read the full policy here. 

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