“The truth is that it upends this tech model that venture capitalists have poured so much money into,” said Professor Venna Dubal in an NBC News article on Assembly Bill 5, which codifies into law a 2018 California Supreme Court ruling that defined independent contractor status.
– Why Do Employers Lowball Creatives? Professor Dubal offers some insight in this story from KQED.
— “Drivers are living in their cars. We’re fighting for fair wages. At least share that wealth with the people who have actually built your company,” Dubal said in a Newser article titled, “Uber Co-Founder Buys Most Expensive Mansion in Beverly Hills.” Dubal also spoke with The Guardian ( about Uber co-founder Garrett Camp’s record-breaking $72.5m purchase.
— Professor Dubal’s opinion piece, “Google as a landlord? A looming feudal nightmare,” was published in The Guardian.

“There are wrongdoers, and we should go after them. But that can be done without going after everyone with a similar ethnic background,” said Professor Frank H. Wu in a Nature article titled, “Chinese American scientists uneasy amid crackdown on foreign influence.”
– Professor Wu was quoted in an article from The Guardian (, in Bloomberg (, and cited in an article from SupChina called, “The New Yellow Peril.”
— Professor Wu’s columns, “How Do We Persuade People About Casual Racism and Sexism?” (, “Fitting In Doesn’t Fix Discrimination” (,
“Victory for Natural Black Hair Benefits All of Us”(, were published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
— The Daily Journal published Professor Wu’s columns “Why the ban on hair discrimination is important,” “Pick up the phone, please,” and another where he discusses the differences between discriminating based on bias and discriminating in the sense of exercising good judgement.
—- Professor Wu had multiple speaking engagements including at the Chinese American Heritage Foundation’s inaugural Chinese American National Town Hall Meeting in July and as a keynote speaker and honoree at the P.E.A.R.L. Institute’s inaugural awards ceremony.
—– Insider Higher Ed published Professor Wu’s opinion piece, “Attacking Chinese on Our Campuses Only Hurts America.” And, the Guardian published another of his opinion pieces titled, “Peter Thiel and Steve Bannon fuel a new Yellow Peril over Google and China.”

Professor Hadar Aviram was quoted in a Washington Times article titled, “Evolving definition of ‘violent felony’ sparks wave of petitions, deportation questions.”
– Professor Aviram also spoke with the Marin Independent Journal about SB 1437, which would allow certain prisoners to get murder convictions vacated if they were lesser figures in homicides, not the “actual” killers. Then they can apply for resentencing.

Professor Matthew Coles was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article untangling the free-press questions surrounding the Bryan Carmody and Julian Assange cases.

Law Professor and Associate Academic Dean Jeffrey Lefstin testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property this week about patent eligibility issues facing inventors in the U.S.
– An amicus brief written by Dean Leftsin with Professor Peter Menell of Berkeley Law was cited in the Federal Circuit’s refusal to grant en banc review in Athena Diagnostics vs. Mayo Collaborative Services.

Professor Thomas Greaney was invited by Sen. Amy Klobachar to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Antitrust on vertical mergers in health care.
– His testimony was referenced in blog posts Medical Buyer (, Health Leaders Media ( and Healthcare Finance News (
— Greaney spoke at the Federal Trade Commission’s workshop in DC on the competitive implications of State Certificate of Public Advantage laws on June 18. He was also a speaker at the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics annual Health Law Teachers meeting on state health reform initiatives.
— Professor Greaney was quoted in an article from the St. Louis Dispatch titled, “Stockholders approve Centene’s $17 billion purchase of WellCare.”

Professor Rory Little published a piece on SCOTUS Blog titled, “Opinion analysis: A straightforward definition of burglary for ACCA.”
-Professor Little was quoted in an article from Law 360 titled, “Justices Take Pragmatic Tack On Narrow Civil Rights Issue.”
–Professor Little appeared on KQED Forum in July to discuss Texas v. U.S., a major challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought by a group of Republican governors and attorneys general. He appeared again later in the month to discuss Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Professor Richard Boswell shared his expertise on immigration law with the Pacific Standard for an article on a class action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Deepfakes can be identified, so even though it requires some technological savvy to identify a doctored video, the concern among some that we wouldn’t be able to tell a fake from a real video does not seem to be well-founded,” said Professor Chimene Keitner in an article from Politico.

Professor Dorit Reiss was quoted in a Governing article discussing concerns over “fake” exemptions in California.
– Professor Reiss continued the discussion on vaccination and vaccination exemptions with stories published in The Daily Beast (, the Bay Area News Group (, Forbes (, Vice News (
— Professor Reiss provided expert commentary to the New York Times (, the LA Times (, Pulse ( and the Associated Press in response to actress Jessica Biel’s vaccination comments.
— Professor Reiss spoke with California Healthline on a story titled, “California broadens investigation of doctors over their vaccination exemptions.” The story was published in the Sacramento Bee, NBC News and more than a dozen other publications.
—- Professor Reiss was referenced in a Gizmodo article titled, “Peddlers Of Medical Misinformation Are Using Social Media ‘Censorship’ As A Selling Point.”

“I don’t think it’s possible to put the tech genie back in the bottle. Which is why when it comes to facial recognition software, we need sound policies right now over how it is used,” said Professor Robin Feldman in an article titled, “California could become first to limit facial recognition technology; police aren’t happy.”
-Professor Feldman’s book, “Drugs, Money, & Secret Handshakes: The Unstoppable Growth of Prescription Drug Prices,” was advertised in the New York Review of Books.
–Professor Feldman was quoted in an article titled, “Donna Shalala Opposes Florida Drug Import Bill, And So Do Her Pharma Lobbyist Donors.”
—Professor Feldman spoke with Fortune for an article on global pharma giant

Professor George Bisharat was quoted in the Middle East Eye.
– Professor Bisharat also spoke with ABC 7 about the ICE raids that were scheduled for 10 major US cities, including San Francisco.

Professor Karen Musalo’s letter to the editor was published in The Union.

Professor Evan Lee published “Opinion analysis: Felons-in-possession must know they are felons” on SCOTUS Blog.

Professor Joan C. Williams spoke to the Washington Post about Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and the double standards for female leaders.
– Professor Williams also spoke with Huff Post about the harsh realities some women face when they choose to work part-time.

Professor John Leshy published “Secretary Bernhardt Says He Doesn’t Have a Duty to Fight Climate Change. He’s Wrong” on Environmental Law Institute blog.

“It’s kind of curious that they went in really heavy on finance and bankruptcy people, because bankruptcy really doesn’t seem to be the central challenge in front of PG&E,” Professor Jared A. Ellias said in an article from KQED.
– Professor Ellias was quoted in a Washington Post article titled, “PG&E Needs New Money, Not New Obligations.”
— Professor Ellias also spoke with the Sacramento Bee about the two hedge funds fighting over control of PG&E Corp.

Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza wrote “Corruption triumphs in Guatemala’s presidential election.” It was published in Reaction.

Professor Richard A. Zitrin’s letter to the editor was published in the New York Times.

Professor David Levine appeared on KTVU to discuss President Donald Trump’s effort to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.
– Professor Levine appeared on KQED Forum to discuss the Ghost Ship fire trial (, he spoke to the Associated Press about President Donald Trump’s “sanctuary cities” case (, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle (, and the Press Democrat (
— Professor Levine was also added as an Adviser on The American Law Institute’s new project Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Remedies.


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Prof. Matt Coles & UC Law SF OUTLaw reps with a signed copy of the original rainbow flag! 🏳️‍🌈The *story*: Not long after creating the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker had a problem. The group running an early community center told him that since he’d worked on it at the Center, the flag belonged to the group, which was going to apply to copyright and trademark it. He went to see Matt Coles, now a Professor at UC Law SF, then a recent Hastings grad who’d hung out a shingle on Castro Street. Coles assumed Baker wanted the rights for himself. No, Baker said, he didn’t want anyone to own the flag; it should belong to the world. Coles took the case, and succeeded in getting the group to back off with a couple of letters. Baker couldn’t pay, but Coles didn’t mind since the point was to make the flag available to everyone. But about 30 years later, Baker showed up at Coles’ office at the ACLU in New York with a gift: a signed copy of the original flag, with all 8 colors. It’s in Professor Coles’ office at UC Law SF now. #pride #sfpride2019 #sfpride #pride2019 #generationsofresistance #lgbtq #rainbowflag

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UC Law SF’s Academic Village is moving forward, and Globe St. wrote about its development.

Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) on June 5 introduced the Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act. The legislation is named in honor of Jeanette Acosta, a UC Law SF alumna who lost her battle with cervical cancer at the age of 32.

Student Gabby Sergi is making an impact within LGBTQ community.

Cynthia Thomas Calvert, a senior adviser at the Center for WorkLife Law was quoted in a New York Times article titled, “Victory for Fathers in a Parental Leave Case That Could Be a Harbinger.” Calvert was also quoted in Working Mother for a story titled, “Boss Denies Mom Pumping Breaks, Says It’s Just a ‘Diet Plan to Lose Weight’”

Jessica Lee, also of the Center for WorkLife Law, was quoted in an article published by GateHouse Media on the national rise of paid maternity leave.
Research from the center was also referenced in an article from Motherly.

UC Law SF partnered with Catalyst for Payment Reform to create a database for policymakers, researchers, health care purchasers and other stakeholders in state efforts to improve health care.

UC Law SF is also partnering with the American Institute of Architects to study workplace culture in the architecture profession. About the partnership, Professor Joan C. Williams said: “This provides an important opportunity to build on forty years of racial and gender bias research.”

Professor Jaime S. King, Senior Research Fellow Katherine L. Gudiksen, and Samuel “Sammy” Chang ’18 published first-of-its-kind legal analysis.

UC Law SF was mentioned in articles published on Berkeleyside ( and in the San Francisco Chronicle (


Randy Shaw ’82, author of “Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America,” joined THINK to discuss the policy change that could save America’s cities.

Julia Olson ’97 was featured in a New Yorker piece on the oral arguments in Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana v. the United States.

Leo Martinez ’78 was selected to the first full Board of Directors of Public Media Venture Group.

Meyers Nave selected Eric Casher ’06 as its Chair of the Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group.


Former UC Law SF Board of Governor President Charan Brahma ’99, a partner at Troutman Sanders, was named to the Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Nation’s Best list.

Alumna and former UC Law SF General Counsel Marcia Canning ’76 was honored with a tree planting at UCSF’s alumni center.

A memorial plaque for Marcia Canning sits underneath a dedicated tree near the UCSF alumni center.

Sam Miller was quoted in an article published on The Information titled, “Antitrust Reviews May Force Big Tech to Rethink Conduct.”

Alums Jay-Allen Eisen ’68, Arielle O. Harris ’08, Christian E. Marsh ’00, Daniel J. McVeigh ’77, Kathryn L Oehlschlager ’03, Silvio Reggiardo III ’87, William R. Warne ’88 and Michael J. Thomas ’94 were recognized as 2019 Top Lawyers by Sacramento Magazine.

Robert Im ’14 has joined McGlinchey Stafford PLLC’s Commercial Litigation practice in Irvine.

Dina Haddad ’06 launched an online divorce course, called The Complete Divorce, which provides step by step online video instruction to complete a divorce in California.

Linnea Forsythe ’08 was appointed New Mexico’s state long-term care ombudsman.

William E. Dannemeyer’s life was chronicled in a Washington Post story. The story was republished in the San Antonio Express. An obituary was published in the New York Times.

Jeffrey Li ’96 was appointed as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Keysight Technologies, Inc.

Susanne Meline ’93 was appointed to Aqua Metals, Inc’s Board of Directors.

Emily Fons ’15 Named a Top 100 Legal Influencer in Nation by The Business Journals

Peter T. Healy ’78 was appointed to Trulieve Cannabis Corps Board of Directors.

Josh Stein ‘05, San Diego Padres assistant general manager, was profiled by the San Diego Tribune.

Jinjian Huang ’07 is part of a six-partner group that joined DLA Piper.

Cheryl Sueing-Jones ’91, is a deputy district attorney with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, was featured in a CBS46 story.

Barbara Banke ’78 was named to Saratoga Living’s ‘14 Most Powerful Names In Saratoga Horse Racing list.

Maxwell Paderewski ’16 launched his personal injury website, Lone Star Injury Attorneys.

The New York Times published alumnus Steve Philips’ Op-Ed titled, “Democrats Can Win by Running Against Trump’s Racism.”