August 31, 2020

Media Highlights

UC Hastings to Name New Building After Bay Area Attorney Joe Cotchett
KTVU—August 27, 2020
David Faigman: “Joe Cotchett is a true lion of the law, a fierce and effective advocate for those he represents, including many without means to afford the strongest voice, whom he has represented pro bono.”

UC Hastings to Name New Building After Bay Area Attorney Joe Cotchett
SF Gate—August 26, 2020
David Faigman: “We will work to ensure that our students understand and emulate the commitment to fairness and justice that Joe has brought to the practice of law over a long and storied career.”

Will the WFH Revolution Leave Female Leaders Behind?
Chief Executive Magazine—August 26, 2020
Joan Williams: “We’re all seeing how the pandemic can serve to level the playing field as some men take on more domestic responsibilities than they used to.”

Should Employers Force Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccine? Some Experts Say They Should
USA Today—August 26, 2020
Dorit Reiss: “Legally every employer can require it – you don’t have to be a high-risk employer to require it.”

Protecting Election Integrity by Prohibiting Deception and Disenfranchisement
Center for a New American Security—August 25, 2020
Chimène Keitner: In the U.S. and elsewhere, the perception (or reality) that prior foreign influence benefited an incumbent regime can complicate efforts to protect the integrity of future elections.

Uber and Lyft Are Thinking About a Franchise Model. That Won’t Fix the Gig Economy’s Problems
Slate—August 24, 2020
Veena Dubal: Dubal points to a similar 2014 case where a court ordered FedEx to stop misclassifying its drivers. FedEx responded with a franchise-like model.

Harris’ Record as California Attorney General Could Become an Issue in Presidential Race
San Francisco Chronicle—August 24, 2020
Rory Little: The general rule is that an attorney general should defend a law that he or she personally opposes, unless its constitutional defects are nearly indisputable.

Trump’s Recent Health Initiatives Draw Mixed Reaction
Healio—August 24, 2020
Robin Feldman: Feldman noted that there is some justification for addressing the safety of prescription drugs. “His executive order might calm concerns about the safety of ingredients.”

Who Gets Asylum? Even Before Trump, System was Riddled with Bias and Disparities
San Diego Union-Tribune—August 23, 2020
Karen Musalo: Add in racism and xenophobia toward people from certain regions of the world, as well as potential anti-Muslim bias, and the potential for discrepancy grows.

Why are Black and Latino Advocacy Groups Backing Uber, Lyft in California Labor Law Fight?
The Sacramento Bee—August 23, 2020
Veena Dubal: The prominence of the civil rights organizations in the campaign is a familiar theme in the tech companies’ efforts to fight regulations across the country.

Uber, Lyft Take Worker Fight to Ballot Box after California Court Win
Toronto Star—August 21, 2020
Veena Dubal: “There’s nothing about employment status that says they are supposed to work certain hours. It’s a false narrative.”

Mothers, Children and a Menacing Virus
Daily Kos—August 21, 2020
Joan Williams: As Williams told the WSJ, “Opening economies without childcare is a recipe for a generational wipeout of mother’s careers.”

College and Community Stories

UC Hastings’ Newest Building is Named Cotchett Law Center
UC Hastings Law dedicated the cornerstone building of its new Academic Village at 333 Golden Gate Avenue, announcing it is naming the Cotchett Law Center in honor of alumnus Joseph W. Cotchett ’64, one of America’s most distinguished attorneys and a dedicated patron of the college.

UC Hastings Law Celebrates Joseph Grodin’s Legacy on 90th Birthday
Colleagues and friends of former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Grodin, who taught full time at UC Hastings Law from 1972 to 2005, recalled his legacy in celebration of his 90th birthday on Aug. 30.

UC Hastings Students Thrive as Meyers Nave Fellows
Five years ago, Eric Casher ’06 set out to create a diversity program for his firm. An ambitious program for a firm its size, it is now a successful pipeline for students of color.

Scholarly Leadership

Veena Dubal: “A Brief History of the Gig,” Logic

Jared Ellias: “Delaware Law and the ‘End of History’ in Creditor Protection,” LexBlog

Robin Feldman: “The Cancer Curse: Regulatory Failure by Success,” 21 Columbia Science & Technology Law Journal 1

John Leshy: Gave the keynote address at the “Public Lands and Energy Transitions” conference at GW Law School.

Leo Martinez: “Toward Tax Reform That Mirrors Our Better Selves,” 47 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 467

Dorit Reiss: “The Americans with Disabilities Act and Healthcare Employer-Mandated Vaccinations,” 38 Vaccine 16

Naomi Roht-Arriaza: “LAW: Expanding the Frontiers of Justice,” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Shanin Specter: Co-authored the foreword in the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s “MedMal for Beginners,” a handbook on medical malpractice litigation

Bill Wang: “Why ‘Risk’ Aversion Should Cause a High Percentage in Stocks,” Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report

Upcoming Events

Richard Marcus: Sept. 1, Marcus will give Horace O. Coil Chairholder Lecture. His talk, “Brave New World(s) for Litigators,” will provide an historical perspective on how technology has influenced and continues to influence litigation—from email, to e-discovery, to AI, to the virtual world we face in the pandemic. The lecture is open to the public.

Hadar Aviram: Sept. 26, Aviram joins Lunch With the Expert, sponsored by the Office of Advancement, to discuss her latest book and California’s addiction to incarceration.

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