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Friday, December 06, 2013

Jennifer Granick '93, Michele Simon '95, Steven Hamilton '99, Carolyn Toto '04, Vien Truong '06

A regular feature of alumni, students, and friends of UC Hastings in the news.

Jennifer Granick ‘93

Jennifer GranickAs Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, Jennifer S. Granick ’93 has found herself smack in the middle of the current debate over NSA spying.

Granick, who is writing a book on the NSA, said the revelations about government surveillance made public by Edward Snowden have brought urgency and clarity to her work. “I have followed this area extensively and anyone who knows anything about these issues was very surprised by what has come out,” Granick told SC Magazine. The magazine has named Granick one of the Top 6 Influential IT Security Thinkers.

“I think that this country was born on the idea of individual freedom and liberty and that when people understand that what the NSA is doing is revolutionary and it affects innocent people all over the world, I believe they will reject that.” Read more from Granick here.

Michele Simon ‘95

Michele SimonPublic health advocate Michele Simon ’95 calls food stamps “the largest, most overlooked corporate subsidy in the farm bill" and has urged Congress to enact nutrition standards that would limit purchases of unhealthy food with government assistance.

"Why is it," Simon said, "that we're OK telling women what to feed their children on WIC, and certainly we're fine telling schools what to feed children, but somehow food stamps get a big pass?" she told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Nutrition standards in food stamps, she said, would present "an opportunity to shift the entire food system to a more healthy, sustainable way of providing food." Read more here. Listen to an interview Dec. 3 on KQED with Simon here.

Steven Hamilton '99, Carolyn Toto '04

Steven Hamilton ’99 and Carolyn Toto ’04 have been elected to partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Hamilton’s practice in San Diego concentrates on real estate finance, commercial leasing and hospitality. Toto, who is based in Los Angeles, practices intellectual property law, including litigation, prosecution and transactional work. She was recently profiled by Working Mother magazine as Pillsbury’s Working Mother of the Year.

Vien Truong '06

Vien TruongVien Truong '06, environmental equity director at the Greenlining Institute, was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle as one of its "Top Women Leaders in San Francisco." She spoke about growing up in a Southeast Asian family, the youngest of 11, and the only one to go to college. "I should be at the table and speaking from my personal history and be more authentic rather than less, I am still learning that." Read more about Truong and her work here

3L Mary Vegher, 3L Angel Korer, 1L Megan Miller

3L Mary Vegher, 3L Angel Korer and 1L Megan Miller (MSL '13) signed on to an op-ed in the Daily Cal calling for better treatment for animals at the UC-sponsored California State Fair. All three are members of Hastings Animal Law Society. Vegher serves as president, and Korer serves as vice president. Read the piece here.

Nota Bene

  • Professor Reuel Schiller on the questionable conduct by the PUC in wake of the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion. Read his comments in the Oakland Tribune here.
  • Professor Hadar Aviram (@aviramh) spoke with KALW about internet vigilantism. Listen to the interview here.
  • Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu (@frankhwu) wrote a column for Above the Law on the art and science of teaching. Read his latest here.

--December 6, 2013

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