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          In conversation with UC Hastings Professor Joan C. Williams.

          UC Hastings Professor Joan Williams welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a conversation that touches on a broad range of subjects, from opera to marriage to work/life balance, doctrinal questions, and cases from the 1970's to present, including the court's role in establishing individual rights and equal protection. 

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          Thinkers & Doers: March 2017

          The Californian who tried to fix Washington -- TRIAL TEAM IS #1 -- Clean Water Regulation Rollbacks -- Big Whistle-Blower Lawsuit Win -- “Defender” Documentary -- Boutique Suing Ivanka Trump -- The Endangered Antiquities Act -- and much more
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          Professor John Leshy on CBS's Matier in the Morning.


          Professor Robin Feldman’s New England Journal of Medicine piece, “A Citizen’s Pathway Gone Astray—Delaying Competition from Generic Drugs,” is live and ready for viewing. 
          -- “The FDA’s number one job is safety. That’s what they’re good at. They’re not designed as a competition policing agency,” says Professor Feldman in the Atlantic’s report on “How Pharma Companies Use 'Citizen Petitions' to Keep Drug Prices High.” 
          -- Professor Feldman interviewed with Beth Wang, a reporter for Inside Health Policy on her NEJM article.
          -- Professor Feldman was quoted in the Northern California Record article, regarding patent battles over the CRISPR genome editing technology. 
          -- Professor Feldman was interviewed by Yahoo Finance Reporter Roger Parloff for a report on patent venue bills and court cases. 
          -- Professor Feldman was interviewed by Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Palazzolo about her article “Coming of Age of the Federal Circuit” and attempts to roll back the SC patentable subject matter decisions.

          Professor Jill Bronfman was interviewed in a KQED podcast by Katie Orr on the balance of power between the state of California and the federal government on data protection.
          -- Professor Bronfman will be writing the U.S. chapter for Human Computer Interaction in Cybersecurity, to be published by Taylor and Francis and co-authored by the Senior Director of Security Architecture at Salesforce.
          -- Professor Bronfman was interviewed by USA Today about potential Wikileaks code releases and the consequences.
          -- Professor Bronfman says it may be time for California to get creative in applying current laws if the federal government tries tapping into state databases in KQED’s The California Report. 

          Professor Rory Little discusses a Hawaii federal judge’s block on President Trump's new travel ban on KQED’s The California Report. 
          -- Professor Rory Little moderated the The Bay Area Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society presentation entitled “The Gorsuch Nomination and the Future of the Supreme Court.” 
          -- Professor Rory Little comments on the legal issues with Trump's revised travel ban for the Associated Press. 
          -- Professor Little opines on the Fourth Amendment and unlawful pretrial detention claims for SCOTUSblog. 
          -- Can a conspiracy defendant be ordered to forfeit proceeds he never obtained? Professor Little discusses Honeycutt v. United States for SCOTUSblog. 
          -- “Filibuster is a weird strategy to me,” said Professor Little in a SF Chronicle article about opposition to Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. 
          -- Professor Little will be a speaker at The Bar Association of San Francisco presents Trump, the Constitution and the Judiciary. 
          -- Professor Little gives even more analysis on the decision in Honeycutt v. United States for SCOTUSblog. 
          -- Professor Little was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about the legal stakes at play in California's case against antiabortion activists. 
          -- "If I'm a corporate lawyer and I publish an op-ed about how I love immigration, but I don't say, 'By the way, I'm the general counsel of Google, and Google hires a lot of immigrants' would that violate any rule of ethics for lawyers? I can't think of one," said Professor Little in an article for Corporate Counsel. 

          Chancellor and Dean David L. Faigman’s coalition with other law school deans to urge a lowering of the passing score on California’s bar exam made the front page of the Daily Journal. 
          -- Dean Faigman continued his discussion about the suggested lowering of the California bar passage rate for KPPC. 
          -- Dean Faigman takes aim at state bar examiners in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. 
          -- The Lawyer Herald helped Dean Faigman continue his fight against harsh bar exam pass rates in the court of public opinion. 
          -- "In a sense, what the court is saying is when a defendant has behaved badly, the costs associated with that is providing resources to support legal education to create protectors so that other, future defendants don't behave badly," said Dean Faigman in a Recorder and Wall Street Journal article about a judge directing over $45 million in punitive damages awarded against Bank of America to go to University of California schools. 

          The Ninth Circuit cited Professor Scott Dodson’s Michigan Law Review article "New Pleading, New Discovery." 

          Professor Frank H. Wu compares the recent hate crime shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas to the notorious Vincent Chin case for the Asia Times. 
          -- Professor Wu spoke on “The Chinese Exclusion Act Then and Now” for The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association. 
          -- Professor Wu describes the firing of a National Weather Service employee after her criminal charges of espionage were dropped as “shocking” in an article for City Beat. 
          -- Check out Professor Wu’s appearance on The World Today. 
          -- Professor Wu contributes a public letter to new Chinese immigrants for Huffington Post. 
          -- CALOBA welcomes Professor Wu as the honored guest for their Meet the Leader Luncheon. 

          “That whole rhetoric about why don't people just come here legally? Well, people have a right. It is their right internationally to come seek protection here,” says Professor Karen Musalo in her discussion about the Trump administration’s executive order on KALW’s Crosscurrents. 
          -- "The decision is saying in general that the failure to report [abuse] should not create a heightened evidentiary standard," said Professor Musalo for the Daily Journal on the 9th Circuit’s decision to revive a gay Mexican man's asylum bid.
          -- Professor Musalo discusses why she chose "Blowing In The Wind," by Bob Dylan for KALW’s My Mixtape. 

          Professor Hadar Aviram discusses President Trump's executive actions on immigration and deportation with Phil Matier for CBS San Francisco. 
          -- Professor Hadar Aviram speaks to KTVU FOX 2 News at about the Trump administration's travel ban order. 

          Professor Leo P. Martinez lectured on Legal Education in the US at NOVA University in Lisbon, Portugal. 

          “The [Endangered Species Act] promotes resiliency to climate change by protecting habitat and helping maintain natural systems, benefitting both humans and wildlife — even those that are not listed as endangered or threatened,” said Professor Dave Owen in an article for the Scientific American. 
          -- Professor Owen discusses what's at stake with clean water regulation rollbacks for The Leonard Lopate Show. 

          Professor Jaime King discussed the plan to unravel former President Barack Obama’s health care law on KTVU.

          Professor David Levine was interviewed by KCBS to discuss the importance of a diverse judiciary.
          -- Professor Levine made an appearance on KPIX to comment on a San Francisco boutique that is suing Ivanka Trump’s brand. 

          Professor John Leshy discussed whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be charged with perjury with Phil Matier on CBS San Francisco. 
          -- Professor Leshy co-authored an op-ed for the Morning Consult entitled “Unsatisfied Mining Industry Wants More from the Taxpayer.” 
          -- Professor Leshy contributed a great article on The Endangered Antiquities Act to the New York Times. 

          Big Law firm Morgan Lewis announced a new policy that will allow associates with at least two years’ experience to work from home up to two days a week and Professor Joan C. Williams comments for Bloomberg Law. 
          -- What can Uber do to fix its broken culture of limited diversity? In an article for Fast Company Magazine, Professor Williams suggests that a company’s systemic lack of diversity stems from two types of biases: blatant bias and subtle bias. 

          Professor Zachary Price made his first contribution to the Take Care blog with “Republican (and Democratic) Hypocrisy on Faithful Execution.” 
          -- Professor Price made a second contribution on “Reliance Defenses in the Trump Era and Beyond” shortly thereafter. 

          Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza gave featured commentary for the PBS series on war criminals entitled “Dead Reckoning.” 

          Professor Ahmed Ghappour spoke at the Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit VII held in Berkeley. 
          -- Professor Ghappour’s upcoming Stanford Law Review piece was quoted in a recent federal court ruling. 

          “There’s a lot of stress and a lot of shame, and also concrete issues around credit which can impact housing and their ability to get loans at a more reasonable rate,” said Professor Juliana Fredman for KQED News about a California lawmaker’s proposal to curb high-interest loans. 

          Professor Manoj Viswanathan presented “Tax Compliance in a Decentralizing Economy” at Pepperdine University. 

          Professor R. Gregory Cochran was featured in WalletHub's recent piece about the best and worst states for doctors. 

          Professor Joseph R. Grodin wrote an article on “Jerry Brown's legacy at the high court” for the Daily Journal. 

          Professor Lothar Determann authored his analysis on the New California Data Security and Breach Notification Requirements for Bloomberg.

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          -- What’s good in the Tenderloin? UC Hastings students and staffers shared some of the great flavors of the South at Rusty’s Southern for the Restaurant of the Month campaign. 

          -- Taking your car to see Hamilton? The Mercury News suggests using the UC Hastings Parking Garage. 

          -- The Daily Journal writes about the future plans of UC Hastings to build an academic village. 


          -- We’re #1: UC Hastings Trial Team Wins National Ethics Trial Competition with 2L Pablo Wudka-Robles and 3L Emily Stover both receiving “Top Advocate Awards.” 

          -- UC Hastings OutLaw was chosen as the BALIF Foundation's Law Student Organization of the Year. 

          -- 1L Erin Lapeyrolerie was awarded the Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship for being committed to advancing the legal and policy priorities of low-income African American communities in the Bay Area. 

          -- 3L Michelle Freeman and other members of the UC Hastings Moot Court Team will have the opportunity to argue at the 9th Circuit, the nation's largest federal appeals court, under a program that offers law schools the opportunity to take on appeals. 

          -- The UC Hastings Negotiation and Mediation Team won 1st Place in Mediation at the International Academy of Dispute Resolution International Mediation Tournament at the University of Nebraska School of Law. 



          -- Lesley Grossblatt ’95 was named one of Fast Company Magazine's Most Creative People in Business for 2017. Lesley leads theBoardlist, an organization working to increase gender diversity on tech company boards, as its COO and VP of Product. 

          -- “Startups often have an advantage in changing times by being nimble,” remarked Julie Pearl '87, who was interviewed by Above the Law about Immigration Firms and Technology. 

          -- Okan Sengun ’10 accepted the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom’s Legal Service Award on behalf of the Center for Immigrant Protection’s The LBGT Asylum Project. 

          -- Joanne Hoeper ‘84, a former deputy city attorney, was awarded more than $2 million in damages in a lawsuit that said she was fired for exposing a long-running illegal payment scheme between municipal officials and plumbing companies. 

          -- The San Francisco Chronicle wrote a must-read piece about Ann Ravel ’74, “the Californian who tried to fix Washington,” and her resignation from the Federal Election Commission. 

          -- San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi ’85 stopped by UC Hastings to discuss universal representation and the upcoming documentary “Defender.” 

          -- Professor James M. Wagstaffe ’80 was referenced in a New York Times piece for receiving a substantial libel verdict for his client against two Cal Coast News writers. 

          -- Hali Ford ‘15, former Ventura County Deputy Public Defender was safe after the first round on the television show “Survivor,” now in its 34th season. 

          -- Bill Warne '88 was named Chairman at Downey Brand LLP. 

          -- Jonathan T. Runyan ’06 is general counsel for Okta, Inc., which just filed an IPO. 

          -- Michael Nguyen ‘08 is the new chair of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance. 

          -- KPI Therapeutics co-founder Blake Ilstrup ’00 has joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a partner and the head of its Seattle Technology Companies Group. 

          -- According to Founding Executive Director James Bell ’78, the W. Haywood Burns Institute was just awarded a prestigious $500,000.00 Racial Justice Grant from Google. 

          -- Henry Cheng ’09 was recognized by the SF Bar Justice and Diversity Clinic as one of the “volunteers of the year” for his pro bono work for the JDC Tax Court clinic.


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          -- UC Hastings ranks #20 for "most diverse law schools" in the Spring 2017 edition of the National Jurist. 

          -- UC Hastings ranks #8 for "greenest law schools" in the Spring 2017 edition of the National Jurist. 

          -- The Center for WorkLife Law was awarded a renewal grant to support its work on pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination in the amount of $300,000 over three years ($100,000/year) by the NoVo Foundation.

          -- The “hot” new podcast for SCOTUS news is called “First Mondays” and you can scroll to the 59th minute of this episode to catch some commentary from our very own Professor Rory Little. 

          -- UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy launches Health Reform Tracker website. 

          -- Legal research provided by the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies helped Fenwick & West LLP secure political asylum for a client facing persecution in Guatemala. 

          -- The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies is one of four groups that sued the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR, which runs immigration courts. 

          -- UC Hastings staffer Gabriel Bellman wrote an article on networking for the SF Bar Association’s Legal by the Bay. 


          The UC Hastings community extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of Justice Karla Gray, Assemblyman John T. Knox, and Edward Haas.

          -- Justice Karla Gray ’76 was the first woman elected to the Montana Supreme Court and the first woman to be elected Chief Justice of the Court. According to Montana Governor Steve Bullock, “Chief Justice Karla Gray was a dedicated public servant and determined champion for access to justice in Montana.” 

          -- John T. Knox ’52 joined the Assembly in November 1960 representing District 11. His creation of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission may have saved the bay from a dramatic downsizing and many highways and parks bear his name. “There is a reason things are named after him; he got things done,” said Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia of Richmond. “He did the heavy lifting and the hard work needed to make things happen.” 

          -- Edward Haas ’77 was a strong supporter of the Bar Association of San Francisco's JDC and sat on the Board of Directors of Raphael House, where he was committed to raising money to help at risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity. 

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