Compelled association

Catherine Fisk quoted by Slate, Oct. 9, 2017

As professors Catherine Fisk and Margaux Poueymirou have persuasively argued, though, that if the Supreme Court holds that compulsory fair share fees are unconstitutional because they require non–union members to spend money on political causes with which they disagree, then compelling unions to expend their own scarce resources advocating for the benefit of nonmembers would similarly be unconstitutional “on the court’s own analysis.”

Professor John Yoo

John Yoo interviewed by Tavis Smiley on PBS, Oct. 9, 2017

We should be deploying missile defenses of technology over and around North Korea using drones, space, even sea-based anti-missile defenses, and try to shoot the missiles when they launch. That would give us a better bargaining position even though we can’t be sure that we would get all of them.

Savoring life on Earth — while I keep my nuclear survival kit ready

Susan Gluss writes for San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 9, 2017

The political noise, partisan gabfests and air-wave chatter obscure the fact that we are simply human, an animal species whose time is limited. Out of all the possible combinations of egg and sperm, we are the lucky few born into a cosmos stretching across billions of light-years. We are but a speck in the universe. It’s a humbling thought.

Bugged about privacy

Christopher Hoofnagle interviewed by California Magazine, Fall 2017

I’m more concerned with attacks that corrupt the integrity of our data. Imagine attacks where hackers subtly change systems so that they produce inaccurate results. We might not detect the interference, but eventually our systems would fail us and we would lose trust in them.

Space weapons, robotics and cyber are key to defeating North Korea

John Yoo writes for The Hill, Oct. 6, 2017

New technologies cannot solve every problem, and they cannot supply the political will needed to answer the North Korean threat. But they can create more options beyond appeasement of a rogue regime and full scale conventional war that could defend against the unconventional threat of an EMP or other nuclear attack.

Renowned civil rights lawyer, adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. joins Berkeley Law staff

David Oppenheimer, Catherine Fisk, Savala Trepczynski, Leti Volpp quoted by The Daily Californian, Oct. 5, 2017

“He can teach our students what it means to have a judge’s perspective on litigation and on law as a tool for social change,” said David Oppenheimer. … “He can teach them much about the meaning of constitutional rights in real terms, not as a matter of theory but as a matter of practice.”

“What he brings to campus is … a lifetime of experience as a lawyer and as a judge, using law creatively, carefully … to make the world a better place and to make the law more just,” said campus law professor Catherine Fisk.

“We focus on exploring privilege, power, subordination, and equity and we support our students’ learning outside the classroom,” said Savala Trepczynski. … “As a judge, he’s always been uniquely willing and able to stand up for the least powerful among us.”

“He’s a legal giant and a fantastic juror, and Berkeley is incredibly lucky to have him,” Volpp said. “He was a role model in terms of how to live a life and how to be a good person, as well as how to be a good lawyer.”

Civil servants charge Trump is sidelining workers with expertise on climate change and environment

Erwin Chemerinsky cited by The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 5, 2017

Thirteen legal scholars, including UC Berkeley School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky, wrote the federal office that protects whistle-blowers on behalf of Clement, warning that the administration’s approach to dealing with its senior managers runs afoul of Nixon-era laws Congress passed to prevent purges of seasoned career staff for political reasons.