Friday, March 27, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: March 27, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves March 22, 2015 - March 27, 2015.

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          Professor and Associate Dean for Research Reuel Schiller with his new book, Forging Rivals, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

          Media Roundup

          Professor and Associate Dean for Research Reuel Schiller has just published a book with Cambridge University Press. Forging Rivals: Race, Class, Law, and the Collapse of Post-War Liberalism examines the “legal and institutional contradictions that undermined progressive politics in the mid-twentieth century United States.”  Forging Rivals.

          On a separate note, he was quoted in a couple of articles about the potential wide-reaching impact of a gender bias suit recently filed against Twitter.

          Congratulations to Professor Osagie Obasogie, whose book, Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind (Stanford University Press, 2014),  has just won the prestigious 2015 Herbert Jacob Book Prize, an award established in 1996 by the Law and Society Association to honor works of socio-legal scholarship.

          Professor Joan Williams continued to provide commentary on the lack of women in STEM fields and the Ellen Pao gender discrimination lawsuit.

          Professors Williams and Schiller were both quoted in an article about the need for Silicon Valley tech companies to pay far more attention to gender dynamics in the wake of the Ellen Pao case. What the Ellen Pao Case Means for Companies in Silicon Valley.

          Liz Morris, Deputy Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, and Professor Williams have co-authored an article with Cynthia Thomas Calvert, President of Workforce 21C, for the Harvard Business Review. The article discusses the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Young v. UPS. What Young vs. UPS Means for Pregnant Workers and Their Bosses.

          Professor Ugo Mattei will be a panelist at a conference in Paris on April 13 on the subject of the “Sharing Economy: Legal Strategies for a European Perspective.” Biens Communs: Des Stratégies Juridiques pour des Perspectives Européennes.

          Professor Scott Dodson was one of 14 legal scholars to join an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision implicating heightened pleading standards that make it harder for employees to recover lost wages. Leading Civil Procedure Professors Urge High Court to Grant Review in Case Implicating Workers’ Access to Courts.

          Professor Dorit Reiss was mentioned in two articles that present opposing views about about parents’ right to privacy when it comes to their decisions about vaccinating their children.

          Professor Robin Feldman was mentioned in an article about her study, “Does Patent Licensing Mean Innovation?” Does Patent Licensing by Patent Trolls - Or Anyone - Serve A Useful Purpose?

          Professor Jill Bronfman will be a featured speaker at the upcoming RSA conference: Does The New 2015 California Data Breach Law Protect Individual Privacy, Corporate Security, Both or Neither?

          Professor Ahmed Ghappour was will be speaking at a conference in Washington, D.C. and was interviewed a lawyer at Orrick.

          Chancellor and Dean Frank Wu was profiled in an article about his life and the events that influenced his early career as a civil rights activist and scholar. Frank H. Wu: ‘Stand-Up’ Activist, Educator.

          Professor Rory Little was quoted in a couple of articles about the recent U.S. Supreme Court arguments in a case that addresses whether the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to police encounters with mentally ill criminal suspects.

          In addition to his media activity, he will be speaking on a panel entitled “People v. Newton: What the 21st Century Can Learn from the “Trial of the 20th Century” at the NDCA 2015 Judicial Conference on March 28.

          Congratulations to 3Ls Sonya Rahders and Arneta Rogers who have been named LSRJ Reproductive Justice Fellows for 2015-2016. Sonya will work at Advocates for Youth and Arneta will work at the Positive Women’s Network-USA. LSRJ Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program.

          Professor Katheryn Harris-Brown ’86 was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, her children's picture book about the jazz musician Melba Liston. Professor’s Book Nominated for NAACP Award.

          Abby Ginzberg ‘75 has directed a documentary entitled “Soft Vengeance” about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter. The film is set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. The film will be screened, with both Ginzburg and Sachs in attendance, at UC Berkeley School of Law on April 9.

          Eric Kawamura ‘79 has been reappointed to the California Housing Partnership Corporation. Eric Kawamura Reappointed to State Post.

          Bryan Jamar ‘59, who served for 20 years as a judge in Sonoma County, died on March 22. Longtime Sonoma County Judge Bryan Jamar Dies at 80.

          UC Hastings was mentioned in a few articles.

          • The school is ranked fourth in the number of alumni working at Apple. How to Get a Job at Apple.
          • The school, which won the right in 2010 to deny recognition of a religious organization on campus in a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court, was mentioned in an article about eight pending anti-LGBT measures in Missouri and a bill that just passed in the Kansas state Senate that would allow “exclusive” student groups on college campuses.  Kansas Wants to Fund Discrimination, Missouri Ready to Follow.
          • The school was mentioned for having hosted last week’s conference, “Regulating the Disruption Economy,” in an article about virtual money. Les Monnaies Virtuelles à l’Heure de la Régulation.
          • The school was mentioned in a photo essay about notable Bay Area women, including Clara Foltz, who sued in the late 1870s to win admission to UC Hastings after being rejected because of her gender. She prevailed and went on to become an advocate for the women’s voting rights movement and the first woman to run for California governor in 1930. Reader Picks: Notable Women Throughout the Bay Area’s History (slide 9).

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