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          Wednesday, May 02, 2018

          Thinkers & Doers: April 2018

          Professor Dubal cited in the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision – Professor Aviram discusses “Sanctuary City” litigation outside the Ninth Circuit – Ellen DeGeneres asks Kamala Harris about 2020 presidential aspirations – How Asylum Works and Doesn’t Work – Professor Ball earns national recognition with 2018 Shanara Gilbert Award – Highlights from the Spring Soirée – and much more
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          Professors Miye Goishi, Eumi Lee, Ascanio Piomelli, Alina Ball, Gail Silverstein, and Brittany Glidden celebrating Professor Ball's 2018 Shanara Gilbert Award.


          Professor Veena Dubal (@veenadubal) was cited in the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision. 
          -- "It seems like a seismic shift. I'm pretty floored by this decision," said Professor Dubal in a follow up article by the Associated Press. 

          Professor Hadar Aviram (@aviramh) joined Phil Matier on KPIX to discuss immigration enforcement. 
          -- KPFA 94.1-FM Berkeley featured an interview with Professor Aviram while covering the Administration’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit order blocking its attack on sanctuary cities. 
          -- Professor Aviram demonstrated her fluency in both the law and Spanish in an interview with Telemundo on the sanctuary city lawsuit before the Ninth Circuit. 
          -- Professor Aviram appeared on Univision to discuss Sinclair Broadcast's 'fake news' scandal.
          -- Professor Aviram was interviewed by Sam Brock of NBC Bay Area to discuss issues in sex offender registration.

          Professor Alina Ball earns national recognition from the Clinical Section of the American Association of Law as the winner of the 2018 Shanara Gilbert Award. 

          “They throw them back to Guatemala. They harass them along the way. They make life very miserable for them. They basically violate international law,” said Professor Richard Boswell in an article for Maclean’s on the Trump administration’s desire to declare Mexico a safe third country. 

          Professor Robin Feldman’s (@RobinCFeldman) new research shines light on the highly secretive world of drug prices, including hidden payments, rebates, and inducements that drive the system toward higher-priced drugs. 
          -- “They’re using a variety of techniques: citizen petition, additional regulatory exclusivity, and adding these on. Each delay may be of limited time, but they may be extremely valuable—and together, they can add up to significant costs to the consumer,” said Professor Feldman in an article for Marijuana Moment on the FDA’s rejection of an anti-legalization pharmaceutical company’s cannabis drug request. 
          -- Professor Feldman was interviewed by Mashable reporter Dana Froome regarding IP rights and the Chinese Goophone company that sells knockoffs of the iPhone.

          “It’s a pretty serious blow to the Blues,” suggests Professor Tim Greaney in an article for The Wall Street Journal on a ruling that determined some of the practices of Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers could represent an automatic violation of federal antitrust law. 

          “The risks of employing a sexual harasser have very sharply increased over the past year,” said Professor Joan C. Williams (@joancwilliams) on a panel discussion called “Making the Future #NOTMeToo!” sponsored by the Women Attorneys Advocacy Project and featured in an article for The Recorder. 

          Professor Rory Little (@rorylittle) appeared on the MSNBC special documentary program “Headliners: Robert Mueller.” 
          -- Professor Little provided legal analysis on the issues facing DACA and the Travel Ban for KQED Newsroom. 

          “The reality is, there are certain hot button issues where you’ve got these splits, and there’s not that many people in the middle,” said Professor David Levine in an Associated Press article on whether Trump is right about judges’ leanings. 
          -- Professor Levine was interviewed by KTVU on the sanctuary city lawsuit before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

          Professor Carl W. Chamberlin’s new book, “Trial Advocacy: Strategy, Evidence, Skills & Ethics,” was published. 

          Professor Joel Paul appeared on a panel to discuss how he turns “Groundbreaking Scholarship into Page-Turning Prose” at the Bay Area Book Festival. 

          Professor David Takacs discussed issues with biodiversity offsetting at the 18th International Wildlife Law Conference held at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. 

          Professor Sheila Purcell was a panelist at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Washington, DC. 
          -- Professor Purcell was a speaker at the Stanford University International Symposium entitled “International Parental Child Abduction and Mediation in a Globalized World: What is Happening Between the United States and Mexico?” 

          “If you put it all together, he is trying to cut back in every way on access to protection,” said Professor Karen Musalo in a Politico article on the Trump administration’s push to shut door on abused women. 
          -- “These are death penalty cases — you fear you'll be killed if you are sent back and you don't even have an attorney,” said Professor Musalo in an interactive exposé by ProPublica on “how asylum works — and doesn’t work.” 

          Professor George Bisharat contributed an article to The Nation entitled “The Forced Displacement of Palestinians Never Truly Ended.” 

          Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss (@doritmi) was honored with the 2018 Natalie Smith MD Immunization Champion Award for her extraordinary work in protecting children and adults from vaccine preventable diseases. 

          Professor Frank H. Wu (@frankhwu) discussed the future of the relationship between China and the United States for News China Magazine. 
          -- Professor Wu wrote a piece on merging higher education institutions for Inside Higher Ed. 
          -- Professor Wu contributed an article for Diverse on “What I Learned (Not) Flying First Class.” 

          Professor Matthew Coles is being honored by Pride Law Fund with their annual Trailblazer Award. 

          "To get this through, T-Mobile and Sprint must present a compelling case that they need to merge to make the technological leap to 5G and that this would benefit consumers," said Professor Sam Miller in an article for CNN analyzing the T-Mobile-Sprint deal. 

          Professor Jodi Short and Professor Joan C. Williams both contributed to a Bloomberg Businessweek article about practical advice on some of the most uncomfortable—and important—things you could do for your career. 

          Professor Hadar Aviram discusses Professor Eumi Lee’s recent article “Monetizing Shame” for the Scholarship Blog. 

          Professor Manoj Viswanathan was ranked #5 (recent) and #10 (all-time) in the SSRN Tax Professor Rankings. 
          -- Professor Viswanathan commented for the Scholarship Blog and discussed Professor Heather Field’s recently published article, “A Taxonomy for Tax Loopholes,” and her demonstration of the lack of definitional clarity in the term “tax loopholes.” 

          Professor Radhika Rao spoke on "Informed Consent and Ownership of Human Biological Materials: Reflections on New Frontiers in Scientific Research" at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. 

          Professor Heather Field contributed to the Scholarship Blog to talk about the UC Hastings Business Tax Practicum for Social Enterprise. 

          An article in the Harvard Business Review referenced research from the Center for WorkLife Law (@WorkLifeLawCtr) that has shown women and people of color often wind up with worse assignments than their white male counterparts, hindering their ability to be promoted. 

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          -- UC Hastings Demonstration Gardens continues its Legacy at McCoppin Hub and throughout the Tenderloin community. 

          -- The second Community Open House for the Civic Center Public Realm Plan took place at Polk Hall in Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. 


          ON CAMPUS:

          -- LexLab hosted an event on innovation in the delivery of legal services with an exclusive discussion on the issues that arise from testing driverless vehicles on public streets. 

          -- The UC Hastings community turned out in force for the Spring Soirée to honor Congresswoman Jackie Speier ‘76, Fritz Duda ‘64, Anthony McCusker ‘95, Professor Emeritus H.G. Prince, and the Commit to Hastings scholarship founders (members of the Class of 2015). 

          -- La Raza hosted its 2018 Alumni Dinner and announced the launch of the Jeanette M. Acosta Memorial Scholarship. 

          -- Alumni in Southern California enjoyed the inaugural Scholarship Reception with UC Hastings Professor Joel Paul celebrating his recent publication, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," co-hosted by Jonathan Novak ’79 and Moe Keshavarzi ’02. This is the first of many regular events to be held by the new Los Angeles alumni office. 

          -- Adrian Lambie ’09, Senior Associate at ‎Archer Norris PC, and 3L Jeremy Schwartz, Chapter Leader for Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UC Hastings, discuss Cannabis Law & Policy on Facebook Live. 

          -- UC Hastings LL.M. Program continues to excel with new programs, new faculty, and superstar students. 

          QUIPS & CLIPS:


          -- UC Hastings Trial Team Wins the 2018 AAJ National Championship. 

          -- Issue 4 of Volume 45 of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly entitled “New Constitutional Questions” has now been published. 

          -- According to Mic Network, 2L Ryan Khojasteh is teaching Americans how to run for office — by challenging Nancy Pelosi. 

          -- 3L Daniel Galindo was named a 2018 Next Generation Leader by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS). 

          -- UC Hastings students debrief after spring break visit to immigration detention center. 

          -- 2L Jessica Valadez recognized for advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children. 



          -- Law firm Goodwin has added Scott Joachim ’97 to its Silicon Valley office as partner in the private equity and tech companies practices. 

          -- Ellen DeGeneres asked Senator Kamala Harris ’89 about her 2020 presidential aspirations. 

          -- Molly Peterson ’98 discusses climate science and the recent California oil case for NPR’s Science Friday. 

          -- wrote an article on Tom Mesereau ’78, Bill Cosby's “Hollywood” attorney for the retrial of sexual assault case in Norristown, Pennsylvania. 

          -- Senator Kamala Harris ’89 appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to discuss what needs to be done to protect election systems. 

          -- Jonathan W. Katchen ’04 of Alaska was nominated by President Trump to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. 

          -- Tho Vinh Banh ’01 and Amy Fairweather ’99 have been appointed by Gov. Brown to the California Complete Count Census Committee. 

          -- The Ninth Circuit will rule in the “Monkey Selfie Case,” litigated by Andrew Dhuey ’92, despite settlement. 

          -- Dan Michael Berkovitz ’82 of Maryland was nominated by President Trump to be Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, for the remainder of a five year term. 

          -- Senator Kamala Harris ’89 composed an open letter to the Class of 2018. 

          -- Judge Ashley Tabaddor ’97 and Professor Richard Boswell were both quoted by Pacific Standard in an article on the DOJ's “bewildering” decision to slash legal guidance for detainees. 

          “One of the pieces of advice I would give to someone starting in the [baseball] business is to rely on outside counsel a lot more than I [did when I was] starting in the business,” said Sam Fernandez ’80, senior vice president and general counsel, Los Angeles Dodgers, in an article for The Recorder. 

          -- Rodney Nickens ’16 is helping to gather support for SB1302 that was introduced by his boss California State Senator Ricardo Lara. 

          -- Immigration attorney Aarti Kohli ’97 will be on a panel to discuss “Walls and Bridges: Immigration” hosted by KQED at the Oakland Museum. 

          -- Ian Wallach ’99 was appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 

          -- Zahra Billoo ’09, director of CAIR San Francisco Bay Area, spoke outside the Supreme Court to talk about the case of Trump v. Hawaii. 

          -- The Public published an interview with Nate McMurray ’06 who is running for Congress in the Western New York district. 

          -- Matt Edling '07 is suing Big Oil over climate change. 

          -- Laurel Brandstetter ’00, chair of the Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations Practice Group for Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, was elected to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL). 


          The UC Hastings community extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of Jeffrey Wittenberg ’72, Ryan Kolda ’67, and Mike Dowling ’66.

          -- Professor Jeffrey Wittenberg ’72 was a fixture of the faculty at Suffolk University Law in Boston since 1986, where he focused on contracts, product liability, sports law and commercial law. Prior to teaching, he served as a law clerk on the Minnesota Supreme Court and practiced law in Chicago. 

          -- Ryan Kolda ’67 worked as a trial attorney first for Contra Costa County and the City of Oakland. 

          -- Mike Dowling ’66 worked for the District Attorney's office for nearly two years before moving into private practice and establishing his own firm, now known as Dowling Aaron, focusing on business transactions, tax and estate planning. 


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