Monday, November 14, 2011

Massey on M.B.Z. v. Clinton

Calvin Massey has just published an article titled, "M.B.Z. v. Clinton: Whither Jerusalem," 4 Charleston L. Rev. 87 (2011).

Carrillo on "The M Word"

Jo Carrillo has published an article titled, "The M Word: From Partial Coverture to Skills-Based Fiduciary Duties in Marriage," 22 Hastings Women's L. J. 101 (2011). Extra points to anyone who can guess how James Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice fits into Jo's analysis!

Carrillo on California Community Property

Jo Carrillo has just published CASES AND MATERIALS ON CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY PROPERTY (10TH ED.), with Hastings Professor Emeritus Gail Bird (Thomson Reuters/ West 2011).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Zitrin on the Problems with Bar Discipline

Richard Zitrin has published two op-ed pieces in The Recorder on the general subject of the problems with bar discipline. In the first, published September 19, titled, "Bar Discipline? How Bad? Really Bad," he tracks three cases in which the bar "abjectly" failed to discipline three bad lawyers. In the second, published October 3, titled, "Sometimes Bar discipline too aggressive," he argues that the State Bar as a whole, and the Office of Trial Counsel in particular, often operates out of "fear and self-protection," which leads to overprosecution of cases. There will be a third installment.

Lefstin on New Inventor Disclosure Requirements

Jeff Lefstin has published an essay on the disclosure provisions of the new patent reform act, "Preclusive Inventor Disclosure Under Leahy-Smith." The essay was just published on PatentlyO, which is the nation's most-read patent law blog.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Morse on Tax and the Love Molecule

You read that right: Susie Morse has published a blog post on the ASU Law Journal blog titled, "Tax Compliance and the Love Molecule." You'll just have to read it for yourself:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Marcus on Wal-Mart v. Dukes

Rick Marcus has published an article in the BNA Class Action Litigation Report titled, "Brave New World: Scrutinizing the Merits During Class Certification." Rick argues that Wal-Mart v. Dukes completes the Court's movement away from the 1974 ruling in Eisen v. Carlisle & Jacquelin, and that something approaching full discovery will now take place at the certification stage.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hazard on Cy Pres Remedies

Geoff Hazard has published an article called "The Cy Pres Remedy: Procedure or Substance?," 45 U.S.F. L. Rev. 597 (2011) (keynote symposium address). Geoff argues that, although cy pres is usually conceptualized as a procedural matter, the nature of the substantive wrong alleged should be considered in determining the remedy.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Reiss on How French Operators Used Litigation to Avoid Universal Service Obligations

Dorit Reiss has published an article titled, "No Innocents Here: Using Litigation to Fight Against the Costs of Universal Service in France," 1 Creighton Int'l. & Comp. L. J. 5 (2011). Dorit chronicles the aftermath of the dismantling of the French government's monopoly in communications and sees parallels to deregulation in the United States. Here is the link:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Little on Being a Reporter for a Law Project

Rory Little has published an article titled, "The Role of Reporter for a Law Project," 38 Hastings Con. L. Q. 747 (2011), which reflects on his experience as Reporter for an ABA Task Force proposing revisions to the Criminal Justice Standards for the Prosecution and Defense Functions. In the course of his ruminations, Rory relates valuable advice he received from Geoff Hazard, Director Emeritus of the American Law Institute, and offers some opinions about how a reporter ideally ought to function.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Marcus on the Balkanized American Legal Profession

Rick Marcus has published a chapter in The Landscape of the Legal Professions in Europe and the USA: Continuity and Change (Intersentia 2011). His chapter is titled, "The Balkanized American Legal Profession."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Obasogie Wins Franklin Prize

Osagie Obasogie has been honored with the Law and Society Association’s inaugural John Hope Franklin Prize for his article “Do Blind People See Race?” Social, Legal, and Theoretical Considerations” in Law & Society Review 44:3-4 (2010).

The John Hope Franklin Prize was established by the Law and Society Association to recognize exceptional scholarship in an article published within the previous two years on the subject of race, racism, and the law. Obasogie was presented with the award on June 4th at the Law and Society Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Here is the abstract:

Although the meaning, significance, and definition of race have been debated for centuries, one thread of thought unifies almost all of the many diverging perspectives: a largely unquestioned belief that race is self-evident and visually obvious, defined largely by skin color, facial features, and other visual cues. This suggests that ‘‘seeing race’’ is an experience largely unmediated by broader social forces; we simply know it when we see it. It also suggests that those who cannot see are likely to have a diminished understanding of race. But is this empirically accurate?
I examine these questions by interviewing people who have been totally blind since birth about race and compare their responses to sighted individuals. I not only find that blind people have as significant an understanding of race as anyone else and that they understand race visually, but that this visual understanding of race stems from interpersonal and institutional socializations that profoundly shape their racial perceptions. These findings highlight how race and racial thinking are encoded into individuals through iterative social practices that train people to think a certain way about the world around them. In short, these practices are so strong that even blind people, in a conceptual sense, ‘‘see’’ race. Rather than being self-evident, these interviews draw attention to how race becomes visually salient through constitutive social practices that give rise to visual understandings of racial difference for blind and sighted people alike. This article concludes with a discussion of these findings’ significance for understanding the role of race in law and society.

Download a pdf of the full article.

Congratulations Osagie!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shanske on California v. Amazon

Darien Shanske has posted a blog item on Zocalo about how states are now attempting to tax online retailers. Here's the link:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lambert on Citizens United and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Fred Lambert has delivered a symposium keynote address, to be published in the Hastings Business Law Journal, called "Citizens United After the Sino-American War: Zen and the Magic of Constitutional Interpretation." Here's a hint: the article takes place in 2018, Hastings no longer exists, Ash Bhagwat, David Faigman and Calvin Massey are voting members of the U.S. Supreme Court, and John Leshy is the non-voting Chief Justice. You'll just have to read it for yourself.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Keitner on Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Chimene Keitner has posted an item called, "Why Has DSK Not Asserted Immunity? Because He Can't," to the blog Opinio Juris. Here's the link:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Obasogie on Race and Low-Sodium Diets

Osagie Obasogie has published an op-ed on Slate titled, "Black Salt: Should the Government Single Out African-Americans for Low Sodium Diets?" Here's the link:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Izumi on the Illusion of Mediator Neutrality

Carol Izumi has published an article called "Implicit Bias and the Illusion of Mediator Neutrality,' 34 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol. 71 (2010). Carol concludes: "The veneer of neutrality is stripped away by research findings that show convincingly that mediators fall far short of the ethical duty to treat parties impartially and without bias. Under current conditions, we are failing to meet our articulated goals and the expectations of the parties. Surely, it is naive to think we can completely eliminate bias in mediation. It is equally certain that nondiscrimination in mediation is attainable only with more deliberate, informed, and self-concsious practices by mediators."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Marcus on Looking at the Merits in Class Certification

Rick Marcus has published an article called "Reviving Judicial Gatekeeping of Aggregation: Scrutinizing the Merits on Class Certification," 79 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 324 (2011). Rick notes that scrutiny of the merits during the decision about whether to certify a class has been making a comeback. The 1974 case of Eisen v. Carlisle & Jaquelin disapproved such scrutiny, but the 2003 Amendments to Rule 23 have in part brought it back. Rick ultimately views this as something of a "back to basics" development, saying that "In a number of ways, Eisen has seemed a wrong turn in class action law . . . ." While Rick views the development generally positively, he warns that "it nonetheless comes with potential consequences that may unnerve some," most prominently that "there will be even more settlement-class than litigation-class certifications."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lefstin on Robinson and the Essence of Patent Law

Jeffrey Lefstin has delivered the inaugural Dean William Callyhan Robinson Lecture at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University. This distinguished lectureship in intellectual property was created to honor William Robinson, the author of patent law's most influential work. The lecture was called "William Callyhan Robinson and the Essence of Patent Law," and here is the abstract: Professor Lefstin explores how Robinson -- originally an Episcopalian minister -- came to Catholicism and to patent law. Surprisingly, the two were intertwined in Robinson's thought, and both Robinson's Catholicism and his system of patent law were products of the unique milieu of late 19th Century America. Paradoxically, the cornerstone of Robinson's system of patent law --- his "essence of the invention" -- was both the most influential, and the most forgotten, aspect of his monumental work. Professor Lefstin examines how Robinson's concept shaped the patent law of the 20th Century, and how renewed attention to his concept might serve the patent law of the 21st.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hazard on the Moral Position of Advocates

Geoff Hazard has co-authored an article with Professor Dana Remus (University of New Hampshire) called, "Advocacy Revalued," 159 U. Pa. L. Rev. 751 (2011). Here is the abstract:

A central and ongoing debate among legall ethics scholars addresses the moral positioning of adversarial advocacy. Most participants in this debate focus on the structure of our legal system and the constituent role of the lawyer-advocate. Many are highly critical, arguing that the core structure of adversarial advocacy is the root cause of many instances of lawyer misconduct. In this Article, we argue that these scholars' focuses are misguided. Through reflection on Artistotle's treatise, Rhetoric, we defend advocacy in our legal system's litigation process as ethically positive and as pivotal to fair and effective dispute resolution. We recognize that advocacy can, and sometimes does, involve improper and unethical use of adversarial techniques, but we demonstrate that these are problems of practice and not of structure and should be addressed as such.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Little on SCOTUS Criminal Law Cases

The American Bar Association has now created a webpage for Rory Little's thumbnail analyses of all United States Supreme Court decisions related to criminal law or criminal procedure. The link is here: It is also now on my list of "Blogs With Hastings Participants."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wu's Tribute to Judge Denny Chin

Frank Wu has published an essay titled, "Justice Through Pragmatism and Process: A Tribute to Judge Denny Chin," 79 Fordham L. Rev. 1497 (2011).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Symposium on Keitner's "Rights Beyond Borders"

Chimene Keitner's article on "Rights Beyond Borders" is the subject of an online symposium at the Opinio Juris blog today -- here are the individual URLs.

Gray on Managing California's Water

Brian Gray and a group of co-authors have published a book called, Managing California's Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation (Public Policy Institute of California, 2011). The book's authors propose moving away from the current strategy: taking desperate action to save one species at a time under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts. Instead, they argue that a broader approach is more promising: creating better conditions for many species and addressing the multiple causes of ecosystem decline.

The book is available in bookstores, on Amazon in hard copy or Kindle, and on Google Books. There also is a link in the text below to the book and executive summary on PPIC's web site.

Mattei on Comparative International Law

Ugo Mattei has written a paper (co-authored by Hastings alum Boris Mamyluk) called, "Comparative International Law." The paper has been selected as one of the six out of a pool of more than sixty to be presented at the Annual Comparative Law Workshop at Yale Law School.

Robin Feldman Speaking Appearances

Robin Feldman has made the following recent speaking appearances:

In February, Robin presented her book Rethinking Patent Law (forthcoming Harvard University Press) to Yale Law School faculty members and fellows at the Yale Information Society Project.

In February, Robin was a moderator and discussant for prize-winning papers at a conference on patent remedies at Stanford Law School.

In January, Robin presented her article titled, "Whose Body Is It Anyway? Human Cells and the Strange Effects of Property & Intellectual Property," at a symposium at Stanford Law School. The piece will be published in the Stanford Law Review.

In January, Robin spoke at Stanford Law School’s Program in Law, Science & Technology. That same month, she spoke at Stanford Medical School’s Interdisciplinary Program on Access & Delivery of Essential Medicines on “Patent Principles for Life Science Inventions.”

Also in January, as the Chair of the AALS Section on Antitrust & Economic Regulation, Robin organized and moderated a panel at the annual meeting in San Francisco on the topic of “Drug Wars: The Battle Over Generic Pharmaceuticals.” Selected papers from the panel will be published in the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal.

In February, Robin spoke at a women’s conference in Palo Alto on balancing work and family life.

Massey on Property

Calvin Massey is the sole author of a forthcoming casebook to be published by West in 2012: Property: Principles, Problems, and Cases.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The New Republic on Leib's New Book

The New Republic has published a review of Ethan Leib's new Oxford University Press book, Friend v. Friend. Here's an excerpt from the review:

"Leib's book ... [is] successful as a reflection on the complex relationship between law and friendship, and it will offer rewards to people interested in the sociology of friendship. A particularly fine chapter discusses the relationship between friendship and contract law, and the surprising degree of overlap between the two."

The entire review is available here:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Leib on Letting Voters Decide the California Budget

Ethan Leib and Chris Elmendorf have published an op-ed in the February 11 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, called "Let Californians Vote on 2 Budgets -- 1 Red, 1 Blue." Here's the link:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Seelinger on the Complexities of HIV Control in Uganda

Kim Thuy Seelinger of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies has published an article titled, "Violence Against Women and HIV Control in Uganda: A Paradox of Protection?," 33 Hastings Int'l and Comp. L. Rev. 345 (Summer 2010). Her prescriptions are mixed, and somewhat surprising. She concludes that, "if enforced meaningfully," legislation aimed at gender-based violence may serve to prevent HIV infection. On the other hand, the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, "in its current form," may actually be counter-productive.

Seelinger on Forced Marriage and Asylum

Kim Thuy Seelinger of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies has published an article called, "Forced Marriage and Asylum: Perceiving the Invisible Harm," 42 Colum. Human Rts. L. Rev. 55 (Fall 2010). In it, Kim notes that forced marriage as persecution has largely gone unaddressed. In reality, however, she says "such marriages deprive countless women of the fundamental right to freely consent to marriage, and are frequently accompanied by myriad forms of physical and non-physical abuse. As such, forced marriage should be considered a form of persecution under international and domestic refugee law."