August 17, 2020

Media Highlights

Joe Biden and the Great Leaders of 2020 Are Part of a Club
New York Times – August 13, 2020
Kamala Harris:  So many of the elected officials who have stepped into the void of presidential leadership are the graduates of public universities.

California Finds Amazon On-the-Hook in Product Liability Spat
Courthouse News Service – August 13, 2020
Shanin Specter: “I think Amazon should be regarded as a supplier for the purposes of product liability law.”

20 Questions To Help Decide What’s Best For Your Kids (And You) This School Year
NPR – August 13, 2020
Center for WorkLife Law: The Center has a free legal hotline to help you understand your rights as an employee to pandemic-related leave or to schedule adjustments.

10 Things to Know about Kamala Harris and her Bay Area Background
San Francisco Chronicle – August 12, 2020
Kamala Harris: In 1989, she received her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She passed the bar exam in 1990.

Uber Will ‘Shut Down’ in California If It Must Classify Drivers as Employees
Vice – August 12, 2020
Veena Dubal: She co-wrote a paper detailing how Uber regularly flaunted the law.

What California Lawyers Are Saying About Kamala Harris, ‘Thrilling’ VP Pick
The Recorder – August 11, 2020
David Faigman: “I think obviously our students are proud to be in a community that produces leaders like Kamala Harris, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and many, many California judges.”

Ambition Has Always Been ‘Ladylike’
New York Times – August 10, 2020
Joan Williams: Women employ ”gender judo” to counter bias, exhibiting stereotypically “feminine” behaviors like warmth or friendliness while employing stereotypically “masculine” behaviors, like ambition.

Former Saudi Official Accuses the Crown Prince of Trying to Kill Him
New York Times – August 6, 2020
Chimène Keitner: “This is a long shot. I don’t see a U.S. court proceeding to adjudicate these claims.”

An Interview with UC Hastings Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza
The Daily Journal – July 24, 2020
Naomi Roht-Arriaza: “We have to be teaching students how to figure out where the line is between showing empathy and allowing recognition of the emotions without dissolving into a useless puddle where your client is not getting the benefit of your professional analysis or creativity.”

College and Community Stories


UC Hastings Magazine cover story from 2013 features Sen. Kamala Harris ’89
“Lawyers have a profound ability and responsibility to be a voice for the vulnerable and the voiceless.”

Wendy Hernandez ’20 Wins Public Law Writing Award
Her piece on equitable cannabis regulation, published in the Public Law Journal: Spring 2020, Vol. 43, No. 2 of the California Lawyers Association, earned her a $2,000 prize.

20 Students Win Pro Bono Achievement Awards
UC Hastings recognizes students who made pro bono service a hallmark of their legal education.

UC Hastings Scores Key Victory in Immigration Battle
In a win for the Center for Gender and Refugee Rights (CGRS) and the Hastings Appellate Project, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision denying asylum to a woman fleeing domestic violence.

Students Gain Vital ‘Soft Skills’ in CNDR Certificate Program
More than 50 UC Hastings Law students participated in this summer’s first Leadership Lab Certificate program, a six-week series featuring interactive learning focused on practical skills-building in the dispute resolution field.

Scholarly Leadership


Jeffrey Lefstin: “American Axle Relies Upon Misreading of Old Precedent to Create New Law,” Fed Circuit Blog
The post explains how the panel opinion is based on a serious misunderstanding of key 19th-century patent precedent.

Zachary Price: “Symposium: DACA and the Need for Symmetrical Legal Principles,” SCOTUSblog
The decision may carry implications that progressives will regret, but it is hard to tell because Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion seems deliberately designed for one day and case only.

Teresa Wall-Cyb: William and Mary Conference for Excellence in Teaching Legal Research and Writing
Participated in a panel, “Oyez, Oy Vey: Remote Oral Arguments, Pitfalls and Opportunities.”

Ugo Mattei: “The Chinese Advantage in Emergency Law,” Global Jurist
The emerging pre-eminence of the “rule of technology” over the “rule of law” in a critical event of historic proportions like a pandemic should and will set the future agenda of comparative studies in a double direction.

Robin Feldman: “The Devil in the Tiers,” 2020 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at Stanford Law School 
She presented her paper, which was recently accepted by the peer-reviewed Oxford Journal of Law and the Biosciences.

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