Friday, May 01, 2015

          Thinkers & Doers: May 1, 2015

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves, April 25, 2015 - May1, 2015.
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          Media Roundup

          Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza has been selected by the Open Society Justice Initiative as one of five independent experts to monitor the upcoming election of commissioners and judges to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. New Independent Panel Will Monitor Election of Inter-American Human Rights Commissioners and Judges. 

          Professor Emeritus Brian Gray penned a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal in response to the paper’s “California’s Farm-Water Scapegoat” editorial. The California Drought and the Law. 

          Professor George Bisharat wrote an op-ed defending freedom of expression while calling for American news media to exercise respect and restraint in its commentary on Islam. Free Expression Should Never Be Suppressed, but Should Be Exercised with Respectful Restraint. 

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss’ testimony during a state senate committee hearing about SB 277, the proposed legislation mandating vaccinations for children attending public and private schools, was highlighted in several articles about the bill.
          California Vaccine Bill Easily Clears Senate Judiciary Panel.
          ACLU Criticizes California Vaccine Exemption Bill. 
          California’s School Immunizations Bill Passes Another Committee. 
          Third Panel Backs Bill to Mandate More Children Be Vaccinated.
          California Mandatory Vaccination Bill Breezes Through Senate Committee. 
          Panel Agreed to Pass SB 277. 

          Professor David Levine commented on this week’s Supreme Court arguments about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans for KQED radio. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage Bans. 

          Chancellor & Dean Frank Wu’s Huffington Post essay, “Why Law Firms Fail,” was picked up by a French-Canadian legal industry website. Réussite d’un Cabinet: Le Talent des Avocats Ne Suffit Plus. 

          Professor and Associate Dean for Research Reuel Schiller was quoted in an article about a class action lawyer who represents drivers of Uber and Lyft in lawsuits that dispute the drivers’ independent contractor status with the companies. Schiller remarked that the sharing economy tends to informalize the employment relationship. The Class-Action Lawyer Shaking Up the Share Economy. He also started blogging about his new book, Forging Rivals, on the Legal History Blog.

          Adjunct Professor Kim Manolius and UC Hastings Law Library Budget Coordinator Jeffrey Herrara will be rocking it out for a good cause, playing with the Karney Band the 3rd annual Law Rocks benefit concert on May 8. Their band will be raising funds for the San Francisco Food Bank. Law Rocks Concert. 

          Professor Joan Williams was quoted in a New York Times article about A Woman-Led Law Firm That Lets Partners Be Parents.

          Zoe Dolan ’05, a criminal defense lawyer and member of the UC Hastings Board of Governors who transitioned to female when she was a 1L, was quoted in an article about the transgender community’s reaction to Bruce Jenner’s recent interview. Transgender Community, Allies See Bruce Jenner Interview in a Positive Light. 

          Jeffrey Blanck ’84 has been appointed Humboldt County Counsel.

          Randy Gast ‘91 has been appointed board president of the town of Allouez, Wisconsin. Randy Gast Appointed Allouez Board President. 

          Congratulations to David Chang ’14 and Benjamin Buchwalter ‘14, whose Hasting Law Journal notes were cited in two published court opinions:

          • Buchwalter’s note was cited by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in its Sellers v. Township of Abington opinion. Sellers v. Township of Abington, 106 A.3d 679 (Pa. 2014).
          • Chang’s note on preemption was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in its Caplinger v. Medtronic, Inc. opinion. Caplinger v. Medtronic, Inc., No. 13-6061, 2015 BL 112893 (10th Cir. Apr. 21, 2015).

          Congratulations to Daniel Vermillion ‘09, a senior associate at Farella, Braun & Martel LLP, for making the North Bay Business Journal’s annual “Forty Under 40” list. Meet the 2015 Forty Under 40 Professionals. 

          Michele Simon ’95, a public health lawyer and president of Eat Drink Politics (a consulting group dedicated to helping advocates counter industry practices to improve public health), is slated to be a keynote speaker at the Specialty Food Association’s 2015 Natural Products Expo East in September. Natural Products Expo East: What’s New for 2015? 

          William Beko ’52 was remembered on the 20th anniversary of his death in a personal essay by the former owner of the Tonopah Times-Bonanza & Goldfield News. Reflecting on the Boko Legacy 20 Years After His Death. 

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