Research Dean's December-January Roundup of Scholarly Activities


Significant Blogs, Op-Eds, and Online Essays


  • On Jan. 9, Ugo Mattei was appointed lead counsel for the Piedmont Region in the constitutional challenge of the Anti-Immigration Statute (Decreto Salvini) in the Italian Constitutional Court.
  • On Jan. 19, Ugo Mattei was voted President of the National Committee that is promoting the popular proposition of the Commons into the Italian Civil Code.
  • Richard Zitrin was the principal outside drafter of SB 820, which passed and became effective as Section 1001 of the California Code of Civil Procedure on January 21, 2019. 


  • Jo Carrillo presented a paper on property formation at a conference titled Literature & International Law at the Edge at New York University on Dec. 14.
  • Veena Dubal presented “History of Contract labor, Litigation, and Dynamex” at the Tech Worker Coalition in San Francisco in December.
  • Veena Dubal participated in a roundtable discussion at Harvard Law’s Labor & Worklife Program on Criminal Prosecution and Workplace Violations in January.
  • Veena Dubal participated as a discussant on “Law & Political Economy and Cross-Disciplinary Methods” at Yale Law School in January.
  • Jennifer Dunn gave a talk titled “How the Midterm Elections Impact Reproductive Rights and Health” at UCSF Mission Bay on Dec. 13.
  • Tim Greaney spoke at the AMA’s Annual Legislative Strategy Meeting on Jan. 19.
  • Chimène Keitner presented a paper on “Personal Jurisdiction and Fifth Amendment Due Process” at UVA’s annual Sokol Colloquium on January 11-12.
  • Sheila Purcell presented “Developments in Court Connected ADR in the US” at the Association of Malaysian Muslim Attorneys on Dec. 5.
  • Sheila Purcell was a panelist on “Ethics in Negotiation” at a PLI conference on Jan. 9.
  • Sheila Purcell co-hosted “The Integrated Lawyer” conference at UC Law SF on Jan. 11.
  • Naomi Roht-Arriaza spoke on a panel titled “Human Rights and Grand Corruption” at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 3.
  • Naomi Roht-Arriaza organized and moderated a panel on “Our Global Fight for Human Rights” at UC Law SF on Jan. 16.
  • Naomi Roht-Arriaza spoke at a conference on “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70” at UC Davis on Jan. 24.
  • David Takacs spoke on a SF Bar CLE panel titled “Current Developments in Climate-Change Litigation” on Dec. 6.
  • Frank Wu gave a lecture titled “Should You Move to America Now?” at NYU Shanghai on Dec. 10.
  • Frank Wu gave a talk on U.S. Politics at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China on Dec. 12.
  • Frank Wu was a guest on Uli Baer’s podcast Think About It discussing free speech.

Compiled by Scott Dodson, Associate Dean for Research, Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law.