Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thinkers & Doers
Thinkers & Doers: August 28, 2014
UC Hastings people in the news and making moves.
After 15 years of tireless advocacy, the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at UC Hastings is pleased to announce the issuance of a landmark decision recognizing domestic violence as a basis for asylum.
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- A federal immigration board ruled on August 26, 2014 that a married woman who is a victim of domestic violence in Guatemala is eligible for political asylum in the United States. The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies submitted arguments on behalf of the respondents, and CGRS Director Karen Musalo pioneered this area of the law. Matter of A-R-C-G- et al., Respondents.
- Blaine Bookey, a lawyer at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle article about the immigration board ruling: Domestic violence ruled a reason for political asylum.
- Lisa Frydman, a director at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies was quoted in an August 28 article in Mother Jones about the immigration board decision: Top Immigration Court Hands Huge Win to Battered Women Seeking Asylum. Conservatives Freak Out.
- Professor Chimène Keitner’s article, “The Common Law of Foreign Official Immunity” in 14 Green Bag 2D 61 was cited in U.S. District Court Judge Boasberg’s August 19 opinion, re Sikhs For Justice v. Singh.
- Professor William Dodge authored a blog post about Judge Boasberg’s ruling: Official Act Immunity and the Singh Case.
- The Guardian published an overview of Robert Lustig MSL XX work on the negative effects of dietary sugar. Robert Lustig: the man who believes sugar is poison.
- Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss wrote an article for DailyKos.com: Natural News gets the law all wrong about mandatory vaccinations.
- Professor Robin Feldman was quoted in an article on Law.com about the Octane Fitness case on patent fee shifting at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Circuit Judges Put Spin on Patent Fee Shifting.
- Professor Hadar Aviram wrote an article for The Life of the Law: Marital Infidelity and the Public/Private Divide.
- UC Hastings’ established learning outcomes were called "way ahead of the curve" on Prawfsblog. Learning Outcomes Are Coming — What They Are And How to Draft Them.
- The Recorder printed a roundup of new faculty in the Bay Area, including UC Hastings' Jared Ellias, Ahmed Ghappour, and former U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker.
- Professor Osagie K. Obasogie’s op-ed in the New York Times from July 24, 2013 was discussed in an August 28, 2014 article on LegalNews.com: Asked & Answered: Is DNA evidence infallible? NYT link: High-Tech, High-Risk Forensics.
- Professor Brian Gray was quoted in an article on theAtlantic.com about underground water regulation in California: California’s Underground Water War.
- Professor William K.S. Wang wrote an editorial for the Detroit News about the tax benefits of buying bulk consumer goods. As an investment, toilet paper is as good as gold.
- Auction.com appointed Mindy Heppberger ‘96 Chief Legal Officer.
- Corporate law firm King & Spalding hired Matt Jacobson ‘97 in their New York office.
- BlackStone Discovery of Palo Alto, CA named Derek M. Duarte ‘08 Vice President of Technology Solutions.
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