COVID-19 Legal Perspectives & Information from UC Hastings Law
UC Hastings Law has created a podcast series to share insights related to pressing legal questions arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Drew Amerson, LexLab Director
How COVID-19 in California
Prisons Affects You
In this episode, we ask Professor Hadar Aviram why we should care about the threat of COVID-19 in California prisons.
Professor Aviram is an expert in criminal justice, civil rights, and social movements. She is the author of Yesterday’s Monsters: The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole, which examines the California parole process.
- Hadar Aviram, Cause of Death, California Correctional Crisis (Apr. 9, 2020).
- Hadar Aviram, Yes, We *Have* to Release People Originally Convicted of Violent Crime: The Last Hearing of Susan Atkins, California Correctional Crisis (Apr. 7, 2020).
- Hadar Aviram, Gov. Newsom, Please Release More Prisoners to Prevent CDCR from Becoming a Mass Grave, California Correctional Crisis (Apr. 3, 2020).
- Margo Schlanger & Sonja Starr, Four Things Every Prison System Must Do Today, Slate (Mar. 27, 2020).
Shelter-in-Place and the
Constitution: Can They Do This?
In this episode, we ask Professor Matt Coles: “Can They Do This?” to get his take on shelter-in-place orders and the Constitution.
Before joining the UC Hastings Law faculty, Professor Coles was Deputy National Legal Director at the ACLU. He also helped defeat three California ballot initiatives aimed at quarantining people with HIV in the 80s.
- Jenny B. Davis, Pandemic Power Plays: Civil Liberties in the Time of COVID-19, ABA Journal (Apr. 21, 2020).
- Wendy E. Parmet & Michael S. Sinha, COVID-19 – the Law and Limits of Quarantine, New England Journal of Medicine (Apr. 9, 2020).
- Matt Reynolds, Contact-Tracing Apps Could Help Contain COVID-19 but Raise Thorny Legal and Privacy Issues, ABA Journal (Apr. 23, 2020).
The Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19
on the Workplace
In this episode, we speak with Professor Joan Williams about the pandemic and the implications for telework.
Professor Williams has played a central role in reshaping the conversation about work, gender, and class over the past quarter-century. She has authored 11 books and over 90 academic articles. Most recently, she was quoted in a New York Times article titled Three Things Lockdowns Have Exposed About Working and Parenting.
- Arianne Cohen, Managing the Parents on Your Team Requires Flexibility, Support, Bloomberg Businessweek (Apr. 22, 2020).
- Claire Cain Miller, Three Things Lockdowns Have Exposed about Working and Parenting, New York Times (Apr. 27, 2020).
- Brigid Schulte, What Moms Always Knew about Working from Home, New York Times (Apr. 6, 2020).
- Joan C. Williams, Solving the Part-Time Puzzle: The Law Firms Guide to Balanced Hours.
- Joan C. Williams, The Pandemic Has Exposed the Fallacy of the “Ideal Worker,” Harvard Business Review (May 11, 2020).
The Vaccine Pipeline for Pandemics
In this episode, we talk to Professor Robin Feldman about the potential hurdles to the development and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Professor Feldman’s work focuses on the role of intellectual property law in technology, as well as drug pricing and health care law. Her most recent book is Drugs, Money, & Secret Handshakes: The Unstoppable Growth of Prescription Drug Prices.
- UC Hastings Law, Center for Innovation, COVID-19 Survey.
- Robin Feldman, President Trump’s Coronavirus Response Highlights a Flawed Drug Pricing System, Washington Post (Feb. 27, 2020).
- UC Hastings Law, Center for Innovation, The Law & Medicine Initiative Recent Evidence in Health Care Policy (Feb. 2020).
Where’s My Stimulus?
Why the IRS is Ghosting You
In this episode, we speak with Professor Amy Spivey about the economic impact payments and get answers to many logistical questions related to this and the IRS more generally.
Professor Spivey joined UC Hastings Law earlier this year as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Clinic Director for the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.
- Alameda County Bar Association, CARES Act 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (Apr. 22, 2020).
- Free Tax Prep Los Angeles, Non-Filers & the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) Stimulus – Portal (Apr. 10, 2020).
- IRS, Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments (Last Updated: May 4, 2020).
- IRS, Get My Payment Tool (Last Updated: May 13, 2020).
- State of California, Franchise Tax Board.
- Taxpayer Advocate Service, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tax Relief.
- Taxpayer Advocate Service, Low Income Taxpayer Clinics.
- California Lawyers Association, Tax Implications and Eligibility of Benefits Under the CARES Act: Navigating COVID-19 Issues (Apr. 17, 2020).
- Jenny Jarvie, These U.S. Citizens Won’t Get Coronavirus Stimulus Checks – Because Their Spouses Are Immigrants, Los Angeles Times (Apr. 20, 2020).
Clearing California’s Barriers to Creating Advance Care Directives Online
In this episode, we speak with Professor Sarah Hooper about how to complete an advance care directive in the age of social distancing.
Professor Hooper is Executive Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. Her research focuses on legal issues in aging and dementia care, including health care decision making and informed consent.
- PREPARE: Advance Care Planning Tool.
- The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, Webinar: Advance Care Planning During COVID-19, An MLP Town Hall (Apr. 16, 2020).
- Charles P. Sabatino & Louraine Arkfeld, A New Advance Care Planning Tool for Lawyers, American Bar Association (Feb. 1, 2019).
A Bird’s Eye View of Tax
Provisions of the CARES Act
In this episode, we speak with Professor Manoj Viswanathan to get an overview of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.
Professor Viswanathan teaches doctrinal tax courses as well as the UC Hastings Business Tax Practicum for Social Enterprises. His research focuses on tax policy, economic development, and the regulation of tax-exempt organizations.
- IRS, Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits and Payments through December 31, 2020 (Last Updated: Apr. 16, 2020).
- IRS, IRS Offers Guidance under the CARES Act to Taxpayers with Net Operating Losses (Apr. 9, 2020).
- U.S. Small Business Administration, Paycheck Protection Program.
- Garrett Watson, A Review of Net Operating Loss Tax Provisions in the CARES Act and Next Steps for Phase 4 Relief, Tax Foundation (Apr. 14, 2020).
Finding a Cure that is Better than the Disease: The Toolbox for Defeating COVID-19
In this episode, we speak with Professor Dorit Reiss about the vaccine development process and other tools being deployed to combat COVID-19.
Increasingly, Professor Reiss focuses her research on legal and policy issues related to vaccines, school mandates, and tort and administrative issues related to vaccines.
- Natalie E. Dean, How to Conduct Coronavirus Research at Pandemic Speed, Washington Post (Apr. 10, 2020).
- Nicole Lurie, Melanie Saville, et al., Developing Covid-19 Vaccines at Pandemic Speed, New England Journal of Medicine (Mar. 30, 2020).
- Joe Palca, When Can We Expect a Coronavirus Vaccine?, NPR (May 12, 2020).
The Accelerated Adoption of Legal Technology
In this episode, we speak with Professor Alice Armitage about law firm economics and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Armitage is the Director of Applied Innovation at UC Hastings, where she teaches a course on the business skills necessary to build a tech startup. She’s also a two-time entrepreneur.
- Alice Armitage, Design Thinking: The Answer to the Impasse between Innovation and Regulation, Georgetown Law Technology Review (2017).
- Sara Lord, ANALYSIS: The New Normal-Law Firms May Never Be the Same, Bloomberg Law (May 7, 2020).
- Brian Baxter, Coronavirus Crisis Could Bring Big Changes to Legal Operations, Bloomberg Law (Apr. 20, 2020).
- Jenn Betts, Embracing Legal Technology is Critical in the COVID-19 Era, Law.com (May 13, 2020).