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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thinkers & Doers: March 25, 2014

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Joan C. Williams

Professor Joan C. Williams (@JoanCWilliams) spoke with the New York Times on how women can negotiate raises--despite the double standard to which they are often held.

Some women may bridle, justifiably, at adjusting their behavior to conform to stereotypes. But the negotiation experts say that they think about these strategies pragmatically. “These stereotypes will hold us back, so we might as well use them to move forward,” Williams, a co-author of “What Works for Women at Work,” told the Times. Read the full story here.

Williams spoke to Salon about her own experience in the workplace. Williams doesn’t just study the gender double standard — she’s experienced it firsthand. She spoke with Salon.com about "gender judo" and other workforce patterns that can work against women. In the preface of her new book, “What Works for Women at Work,” she writes of the years she spent being disliked for her outspokenness at work, while men who acted similarly were praised: “I was a selfish prima donna. They were smart and quirky,” she told Salon.

Read more from her interview with Salon.

Robin Feldman

Professor Robin Feldman (@RobinCFeldman) spoke at a panel at Stanford on patents, with Intellectual Ventures' Peter Detkin among others, which was covered in The Recorder.

Robin FeldmanDetkin told the largely anti-NPE (non-practicing entity) audience that IV has provided a public service by creating a secondary market for quality patents. That's helped pave the way for transactions such as Lenovo's $100 million purchase last week from Unwired Planet. Feldman said the market IV has created is opaque and unregulated and, therefore, not nearly as helpful as it could be. Read more from The Recorder here.

Frank H. Wu

Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu (@FrankHWu) will speak April 10 at UC Riverside on the complexities of race and civil rights. The lecture, "Race Beyond Black and White: The Future of Civil Rights” is free and open to the public. More information here.

Joe Schieffer

Joe Schieffer ’76 was featured in the Oakland Tribune for his marathon prowess. He has 99 ultramarathons under his belt and in 2007 logged 100,000 miles -- slightly more than the distance around the earth multiplied by four. "Now I'm up to 117,000," said Schieffer, now a lean 64 year-old. "I'm doing this on muscle memory," said Schieffer, who carries 130 pounds on his 5-foot-11 frame. Read more from the Oakland Tribune here.

Patrick Mattimore

Patrick Mattimore ’83 wrote an op-ed for the Contra Costa Times, arguing that California’s public universities should once again consider race and ethnicity in admissions. His editorial reads in part:

"The California Senate has sent a bill to the Assembly to permit California's public universities to once again consider race and ethnicity in admissions. Although that bill is likely to die in the Assembly, largely because of a backlash from Chinese-American parents who fear it will make it harder for their children to get into UC schools, the dilemma facing Californians regarding racial preferences is ongoing. What's more, Californians' questions about race mirror the nation's." Read the full piece here.

Leah Weil

Leah Weil ’85, senior executive vice president and general counsel for Sony Pictures Entertainment, will speak March 31 at Southwestern Law School. She will be “in conversation” with Professor Steve Krone, director of the Biederman Institute.

Leah WeilWeil oversees all legal matters relating to SPE and its operating divisions worldwide, including motion pictures, television, home entertainment, television networks and digital entertainment. In addition to serving as the company's most senior legal advisor and the head of its law department, Weil oversees the company's Labor Relations, Music Affairs and Compliance groups, and its Government Affairs Department.

"Leah has been a key player at SPE through a period of extraordinary change in the industry generally and at Sony itself," Professor Krone said. "I'm looking forward to gleaning her insights on key developments - and on what's coming next." Read more here.

Philip Besirof

Philip BesirofPhilip Besirof ’96, managing parter of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, was profiled in the San Francisco Business Times. He is a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Criminal Defense Group. He has 17 years of experience in complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on representing companies and their directors and officers in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and regulator inquiries and investigations. Read more here.

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--March 25, 2014

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