Wednesday, September 25, 2013

          Student Journal Research is Cited by Courts Nationwide

          Having their journal notes cited by judges across the country is an unparalleled honor for these recent graduates.
          Kevin McLaughlin '07

          Kevin McLaughlin '07

          Over the past decade, journal notes by UC Hastings students have been cited more than 65 times by federal and state appellate courts and trial judges around the country. This recognition reveals just how much impact student-run journals can have on the adjudication of cases in courts at every level.

          For Kevin McLaughlin ’07, having his scholarship cited by several courts was a highlight of his student career. His 2007 note on Fourth Amendment implications of cellphone-location tracking, which appeared in the Hastings Communication & Entertainment Law Journal, was cited by District Courts in Pennsylvania and Texas. His work also was cited by Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit writing for the panel in ACLU v. U.S. Department of Justice, which required the release of government phone-tracking records to the ACLU. “It is a bit of a feather in the cap,” says McLaughlin, now an attorney with Meyers Nave in Oakland.

          McLaughlin is being modest. Citation by appellate judges “is a crowning accomplishment of any academic or legal scholar,” explains Dustin Ingraham ’14, editor-in-chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

          Jesse P. Basbaum ’10, writing for the Hastings Law Journal, found his note on sentencing guideline inequities in child pornography cases cited by the Ninth and Fourth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as by a District Court in New York.

          Basbaum, who has been clerking on the Ninth Circuit this year, says it is “exciting to see my work have some concrete effect on the development of legal doctrine.”

          Sophia S. Chang ’09 saw her 2009 note in the CLQ on post-conviction DNA exoneration cited twice in dissent by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers. Ingraham points out that “to be cited places your work among the most prominent scholarship in the field.”

          Read more from UC Hastings magazine here.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Friday, June 15, 2018

          The “Great Facilitator” Sammy Chang Leaves a Lasting Legacy at UC Hastings

          Recent graduate Samuel “Sammy” Chang ’18 identified many problems facing UC Hastings law students and facilitated the change needed to fix them throughout his law school career.
          Thursday, June 07, 2018

          Valerie McGinty '06 Leads a Push to Elect Progressive Women in California

          The UC Hastings alumna founded Fund Her after the 2016 election to achieve gender parity in the California State Legislature.
          Friday, June 01, 2018

          Thinkers & Doers: May 2018

          Professor Karen Musalo & actress Jane Fonda co-author New York Times piece – Can Trump block people on Twitter? – Alum builds 25-foot art installation on the Embarcadero – The health care merger arms race – Highlights from the 137th Commencement – Pride Law Fund honoring Professor Matthew Coles – Orrick Attorneys & UC Hastings Students Step Up to Help Homeless – and much more
          Friday, May 18, 2018

          UC Hastings Students Speak at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

          Members of the Hastings Human Rights and International Law Organization attended the 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to meet diplomats, engage in discussions on human rights issues, and deliver advocacy statements during proceedings.
          Wednesday, May 09, 2018

          Joseph W. Cotchett, Champion for Justice and Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar, is UC Hastings Law's 2018 Commencement Speaker

          Litigation Trial Lawyers Hall of Famer and UC Hastings Alumnus, Class of 1964, to keynote the College’s 137th Commencement
          Go to News Archive