Faculty Achievements: February 2021


Binyamin Blum, “Book Review: American Contagions: Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19 by John Fabian Witt,” 55(1) Law & Society Review 206-209 (2021).

Marsha Cohen, “Written Informed Consent – Translating into Plain Language. A Pilot Study,” 9 Healthcare 232 (2021) (with Agnieszka Zimmermann, Anna Pilarska, Aleksandra Gaworska-Krzeminska, and Jerzy Jankau).

Ben Depoorter, “The Economics of Copyright Exemptions: A Comparative Analysis,” in The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright Limitations and Exceptions, Balganesh, Wee Loon, and Sun (eds.), Cambridge University Press (2021).

Robin Feldman, Book Review of Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner, Governance (2021).

Chimène Keitner, “Cybercrime vs. Cyberwar: Paradigms for Addressing Malicious Cyber Activity,” National Security Law & Policy (February 2, 2021) (with Mieke Eoyang).

Chimène Keitner, “Testimony on the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, Coronavirus, and Addressing China’s Culpability,” Harvard National Security Journal Online (February 23, 2021).

Dorit Reiss, “Employer-Mandated Vaccination for COVID-19,” American Journal of Public Health (2021) (with Mark A. Rothstein and Wendy E. Parmet).

Jodi Short, “Manage the Suppliers That Could Harm Your Brand: Know when to avoid, engage, or drop them,” Harvard Business Review (March-April 2021) (with Michael W. Toffel).

David Takacs, “Book Review: Red Gold: The Managed Extinction of the Giant Bluefin Tuna by Jennifer Telesca,” Law and Society Review (2021).


Works Accepted

Scott Dodson, “Article III and the Political-Question Doctrine,” Northwestern University Law Review (forthcoming 2021).

Veena Dubal, “The New Racial Wage Code,” Harvard Journal of Law and Policy (forthcoming 2021).

Jared Ellias, “Bankruptcy Process for Sale,” Yale Journal on Regulation (forthcoming 2021).


Blog Posts, Op-Eds, Magazine Columns, and Amicus Briefs

Jo Carrillo, “Jessica Vapnek on Gender-Silent Legislative Drafting,” Scholarship at UC Law SF Blog (February 25, 2021).

Robin Feldman, “What Is the Price of a Prescription Drug?,” Promarket (February 4, 2021).

Dorit Reiss, “Workers with COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Deserve Time Off to Recover,” Health Affairs Blog (February 5, 2021) (with Arthur L. Caplan).



Ben Depoorter co-organized the Midterm Law & Economics Workshop at Hamburg University (February 11, 2021).

Scott Dodson presented “The Making of the Supreme Court Rules” at the Bay Area Procedure Forum (February 2021).

Scott Dodson presented “Constitutional Jurisdiction and Venue: A Comparative Analysis” at the Civil Procedural Law & Justice conference in Luxembourg (February 22, 2021).

Veena Dubal presented “The New Racial Wage Code” on the Racial Capitalism Panel at the Law and Political Economy Conference (February 22, 2021).

Veena Dubal gave the Keynote Address, “The New Racial Wage Code,” at Leuven University (Belgium), Workshop on Technology and Philosophy (Feb. 17, 2021).

Veena Dubal presented her paper, “Gig Worker Organizing in the Covid19 Pandemic,” on a Panel on Race & Economic (In)Justice—Past, Present, Future at the Southwestern Law Review 2021 Symposium, “Widening the Lens of Justice” (February 5, 2021).

Veena Dubal was featured in Thomas Reuters Foundation Explainer on Gig Work.

Heather Field delivered the 2021 E.L. Wiegand Lecture at the University of San Francisco Law School on How Good Tax Lawyers Go Wrong:  Aggressive Tax Planning, Bounded Ethicality, and the Meaning of Ethical Tax Lawyering (February 9, 2021).

Nira Geevargis presented on Supervision & Feedback in a Time of Remoteness: Best Practices for the Field & Academic Supervisor panel at the Disruption in the Legal Sector: How Technology Can Enable Educators, Students, Lawyers, and Judges Around the Globe to Stabilize the Sector and Provide Access to Justice conference sponsored by The Institute for Global Understanding of Rule of Law at Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi (IGUL), Atlanta John Marshall Law School, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law (February 11, 2021).

Nira Geevargis co-led the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Teaching Methodologies Committee’s Externship Case Rounds (February 25, 2021).

Rory Little spoke to the Stanford Women’s Club of San Francisco on Originalism and Textualism-U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Philosophies (February 25, 2021).

Manoj Viswanathan presented “Implementing a (Modern) Progressive Consumption Tax,” at the University of Kentucky, Inframarginalism & Internet Conference (February 2021).


Grants and Awards

Veena Dubal received The UC Law SF Board of Trustees Foundation Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Dorit Reiss was appointed to the Lancet Commission on Vaccine Refusal, Acceptance, and Demand in the USA, which will design public policy to support high acceptance of safe and effective vaccines.


Prominent Citations

Jon Abel’s article, Batson’s Appellate Appeal, was cited extensively in a proposed rule change for the jury selection process in Arizona.