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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thinkers & Doers: August 22, 2014

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Nnena Ukuku '08, Founding Partner, Venture Gained Legal LLP (Photo from The Recorder)

The Roundup:

  • Professor Joan C. Williams, director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of Law was quoted in a report on APM’s Marketplace radio report about Starbuck’s changing employee scheduling algorithm. Williams was also quoted in a Washington Post article, discussing how flex time at work benefits men more than women: Dads, not moms, benefit from flexible work
  • UC Hastings and Hastings Law Journal are co-hosting a symposium on Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. United States District Court, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that held forum-selection clauses to be enforceable under Section 1404(a)'s authorization of venue transfer. The symposium will bring renowned scholars from across the country--including UC Hastings' Professors Scott Dodson, Rick Marcus, and Professor and Emerita Dean & Chancellor Mary Kay Kane--to discuss the decision and its implications. Jim Wagstaffe, an adjunct professor at UC Hastings and a partner at the firm Kerr & Wagstaffe, will offer concluding remarks. More: Forum Selection Clauses After Atlantic Marine Symposium.
  • Nnena Ukuku ‘08 was profiled in an article in The Recorder addressing the rising trend of recent graduates starting their own practices: Soft Job Market Nudges More Grads Out on Their Own.
  • Professor Hadar Aviram appeared on Bloomberg TV on August 20, 2014, speaking on a segment about “How Do Social Media Sites Remove Graphic Content?” in relation to slain journalist James Foley. 
  • Elisabeth Leonard '10 was featured in an article in the Press Democrat of Rohnert Park + Cotati, CA, commenting on the publication of her 2014 novel, Moth and SparkDragons are alive in Cotati.
  • The 7th Circuit (Judge Posner) cited an article by UC Hastings Research Chair and Professor of Law Ben Depoorter and his former student Robert Kirk Walker '13 in dismissing copyright infringement suit by the heirs of Sherlock Holmes and awarding attorney fee-shifting to the defendant. Read all about it: Posner Cites Depoorter (Again).
  • Fairuz Abdullah, Associate Director for Public Interest and Clerkship Programs discussed 2L clerkship hiring with the blog, The Girls Guide to Law School: I Didn’t Get a Clerkship! Now What?  
  • Grants Writer Beverly Parayno published an interview with Professor Morris Ratner for The RumpusThe Rumpus Interview With Morris Ratner
  • Professor Rory Little was quoted in an article in the San Jose Mercury News about a new grand jury probe into a recent PG&E explosion in Carmel, CA: PG&E target of new federal grand jury probe. Professor Little also spoke live with KCBS radio about the appeal by State Attorney General Kamala Harris '89 to a ruling last month that declared California’s enforcement of the death penalty unconstitutional.
  • Professor Chimène I. Keitner’s book chapter, prepared for a conference on “Reconsidering the Insular Cases” held at Harvard Law School on February 19, 2014 was published on the SSRN: From Conquest to Consent: Puerto Rico and the Prospect of Genuine Free Association
  • Pennsylvania Senior Deputy Attorney General Laurel Brandstetter ‘00 will join Leech Tishman in Pittsburgh, PA beginning Sept. 2, helping the law firm to launch a new practice area that includes risk, compliance and investigations:Brandstetter to join Leech Tishman
  • Alliant's ProQuest launches a new entertainment practice in Santa Monica, CA and hires former adjunct professor of digital and entertainment law Joe Anderson
  • Former Attorney Judge Manuel "Mannie" Kugler ‘50 of Chula Vista, CA passed away on August 2. Kugler became the first and only city attorney to successfully win a case for the city of Chula Vista in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1960. His landmark Supreme Court victory against the Rohr Aircraft Corp. ultimately got him appointed as a South Bay Municipal Court judge by then-Gov. Pat Brown.
  • Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty in Kailua, Hawaii added Vicky Yu '95 to its legal team. 

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