Local zoning is getting in the way of housing

Ethan Elkind co-writes for The Sacramento Bee, Feb. 21, 2018

Too many California cities and counties impose zoning restrictions that make it practically impossible to build low-cost, walkable housing. For decades, state leaders have allowed these local zoning policies to proliferate, to the point that the state now faces a severe housing shortage.

Bringas-Rodriguez v. Sessions

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Daily Journal (registration required), Feb. 21, 2018

“The statute allows for asylum for those who were persecuted based on sexual orientation and I think this makes sure that asylum is available to those individuals.”

The three gun control myths that are killing American kids

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for The Sacramento Bee, Feb. 20, 2018

Requiring all purchasers to undergo a background check is of only limited value unless we are confident that the system effectively screens the vast number of prohibited purchasers from obtaining firearms. … Yet, even these minimal steps to gun control seem out of reach. In part, this is because of myths surrounding the gun control debate.

Learning to let go: Layoff advice for startup GCs

Olga Mack writes for Above the Law, Feb. 20, 2018

Due to the temporary and at times turbulent nature of startups, layoffs happen. … with relative regularity and are completely normal. And startup general counsel is often squarely in the middle of planning the layoffs, being laid off themselves, or both. … To make the startup layoff process as efficient and painless as possible, I follow a few major principles.

Berkeley Law dean speaks up for free speech at UC Merced

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Sierra Sun Times, Feb. 16, 2018

“All ideas and views can be expressed on college campuses,” Chemerinsky said. “The First Amendment applies to government. The government can never suppress, create liability or punish people based on their views or ideas. As we talk about free speech on this or any public university, we need to be mindful of the law.”