UCHastings Instagram

          When Prof. Jaime King talks about #healthcare, Congress listens! Read all about her recent testimony (and more) in the 10/10 Thinkers & Doers at uchastings.edu/news.
          Instagram Photo Likes ashavora, golinejati, brittanyadele25 and 31 others like this.
          Thursday, March 13, 2014

          Thinkers & Doers: March 13, 2014

          Professor Brian Gray, Research Fellow Brian Pascal, Noah Frigault '13, 2L Joy Siu, 2L Emily Goldberg.
          Sample alt tag.
          Source: EPA

          Brian Gray

          Professor Brian Gray co-authored a report showing how critical funding shortage are damaging the state’s already fragile water system.

          Brian GrayReleased by the Public Policy Institute of California, the report details how California faces critical funding gaps in five key areas of water management. These areas include safe drinking water in small, disadvantaged communities; flood protection; management of storm water and other polluted runoff; aquatic ecosystem management; and integrated water management.

          The report identifies the overall funding gap in these five areas at $2 billion to $3 billion annually. Filling this gap would require a spending increase of 7–10 percent—or $150 to $230 per household—for a water system with annual spending of more than $30 billion.

          Experts identified how best to spend general obligation bonds, and what new state fees and taxes might help alleviate the water crisis.

          "California will need to better align its funding laws with the goals for modern water management to address funding gaps and prevent new ones from forming,” Gray said.

          The report was picked up by several outlets, including KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. Read more here. Read the full report here.

          Brian Pascal

          What’s in our nation’s telephone metadata? Plenty, if a new study sampling is any indication.

          Researchers culled information from an app, called MetaPhone, on Android phones. Study participants knew their calls were being tracked.

          Brian PascalThe software turned up call information that has civil libertarians and privacy activists in a tizzy. Data showed calls from specific phone numbers to Alcoholics Anonymous, gun stores, NARAL Pro-Choice, labor unions, divorce lawyers, sexually transmitted disease clinics, strip clubs, and more.

          Research Fellow Brian Pascal, of UC Hastings’ Institute for Innovation Law, told Ars Technica that it’s surprising that even those who knew they were being monitored appeared to not “skew calling habits towards the bland.”

          “For example, 2 percent of participants called ‘adult establishments,’ knowing that their calling metadata was being recorded. It’s not difficult to imagine that some users, knowing that MetaPhone gathers this information, might change their calling habits. Without a control group, though, it’s impossible to know just how much MetaPhone (or surveillance in general) changes behavior. Admittedly, MetaPhone focuses more on illustrating just how powerful metadata can be, rather than on the impact of surveillance on personal choice, but it’s an interesting implication nonetheless.”

          Read the full story here.

          Noah Frigault

          Noah Frigault ’13 authored an op-ed in the Daily Journal about new city legislation, the Fair Chance Act, aimed to prevent discrimination based on Noah Frigaultconviction history in both private employment and affordable housing.

          Frigault worked on the legislation with city leaders as part of his work as a Bridge Fellow with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

          “The growing number of those with arrest and conviction records, mostly for minor, nonviolent drug offenses, means more and more qualified individuals are shut out of work, housing and public benefits,” Frigault wrote. Yet, “it is widely accepted that steady employment and stable housing are vital factors in determining whether a person with a criminal record will reoffend.”

          Read the full op-ed here (subscription required). Read more about the legislation here.

          Joy Siu, Emily Goldberg

          2L Joy Siu and 2L Emily Goldberg have founded Women of UC Hastings. The group hosted its first speed networking event with Ms. JD March 6.

          "As a 1L, it can be challenging to envision how your strengths and interests in law school will best translate to a legal career,” said Lesley Hamilton, who attended the event. “Opportunities like the Women of UC Hastings event to candidly engage with inspiring legal professionals has been instrumental in honing my career goals while cultivating a network of support among women in the legal community."

          Read more about the event here.

          Read more Thinkers & Doers here.

          --March 13, 2014

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Saturday, October 10, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: Oct. 10, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves.
          Thursday, October 01, 2015

          Drug Wars: A New Generation of Generic Pharmaceutical Delay

          New paper by Professor Robin Feldman and Research Fellow Evan Frondorf follows evolution of strategies used by pharmaceutical companies to delay entrance of generic drugs, revealing clever “games” being played out in courts, conference rooms, and laboratories across the world.
          Wednesday, September 30, 2015

          Celebrating Professor Joseph Grodin

          Tribute event for former California Supreme Court Associate Justice and long-time UC Hastings Professor Joseph Grodin to be held Thursday, November 12, 2015.
          Friday, September 25, 2015

          3L Nick Howe: Javelin Champion

          Howe’s dreams of competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are a study in determination and perseverance.
          Friday, September 25, 2015

          Upcoming Guest Lecture: Custom, Jewish Law and State Authority

          Nathaniel Deutsch, Director of the Institute for Humanities Research and the Center for Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz will speak about the dynamics of Jewish observance.
          Go to News Archive