Federal judge upholds DACA, campus community remains unsettled

Leti Volpp and Linda Tam quoted by The Daily Californian, April 27, 2018

The recent ruling is significant for new DACA applicants, said Leti Volpp, a professor at Berkeley Law and director of the Center for Race and Gender, in an email.

“I definitely think this is a sign and a step in the right direction,” Tam said. “The courts are watching out and making sure that people’s rights are properly vindicated.”

Other judges are watching the Persky recall campaign, law school dean says

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by The Daily Post, April 26, 2018

Chemerinsky said Lemley and the recall campaign are cherry picking six cases out of Persky’s 15-year career as a judge. During that time he has handled more than 2,000 cases. Chemerinsky also said by recalling Persky judges will constantly be looking over their shoulder and handing down harsher sentences, which will likely affect Latinos and African American defendants more than white defendants.

Trump poised for major makeover of liberal 9th Circuit court

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Fox News, April 24, 2018

“It really depends on whether the Republicans keep the Senate in November,” Chemerinsky told Fox News. “If they do, I think ultimately Trump will get his picks through unless they are unqualified or very objectionable. But if the Democrats take the Senate in November, I think it will be very difficult for him to get anyone confirmed.”

Born, not made: Hire lawyers on potential, not achievement

Olga V. Mack writes for Above the Law, April 23, 2018

In sum, if you haven’t been _________ (fill in the blank with a legal specialty or title) you don’t qualify to ever practice it. Again, in my head I perfected an answer that I rarely articulated: “Litigators/Fortune 500 lawyers/startup lawyers/general counsel/etc. are not born, they are made.”