Opinion: Just as schools were becoming safer, Trump ‘safety’ commission likely to halt progress

Christopher Edley writes an Op-Ed for The Hill, December 12, 2018

In a move likely to make schools significantly less safe, President Trump’s school “safety” commission is about to release a report expected to recommend the cancellation of the Obama administration’s guidance on school discipline that has helped schools find productive alternatives to student suspensions and expulsions.

How To End A Presentation Vividly And Memorably

Olga Mack writes for Above the Law, December 10, 2018

While captivating your audience in the beginning is important, the end of your talk is another opportunity to engage, inform, and inspire. So, how do you end? Here are the three ways to make a vivid and is memorable talk ending.

Blockchain: Resources To Get On Top Of This Technology

Olga Mack writes for Above the Law, December 3, 2018

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have been buzzwords in the last two years, and I am certain that we will hear more about both of them for years to come. Because many professionals increasingly share this view, I am often asked to recommend resources to get up to speed about blockchain and cryptocurrencies. What follows is a compilation of resources in no particular order that I and many other professionals have found useful.

An important reform in antitrust law could be on the way

William Fletcher mentioned in CFAAC, December 4, 2018

If the Supreme Court takes this more aggressive interpretation of antitrust law, it would uphold the Ninth Circuit’s decision in this case. Headquartered in San Francisco, the Ninth Circuit is the frequent target of President Trump’s criticism. The author of the Ninth Circuit opinion was Judge William Fletcher, a former UC Berkeley law professor, and appointee of President Clinton. From indications at oral argument, Judge Fletcher is soon to be upheld by at least six justices, possibly in an opinion written by Justice Kavanaugh!

Invitation to Nobel Peace Prize ceremony a moment of sheer joy for Human Rights Center’s Seelinger

Kim Thuy Seelinger mentioned in the Berkeley News, December 7, 2018

Tuesday will see Seelinger take part in a pair of panels with the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, Pramila Patten, to talk about progress made (and not made) toward accountability for these crimes.

And she is looking forward in particular to Wednesday, when she will attend the opening of this year’s Nobel Peace Center exhibition, “The Body as a Battlefield.” Seelinger helped the curators develop it, drawing from her Berkeley students’ research on historical examples of conflict-related sexual violence and attempts to prosecute it.

Who Gets to Define the Crime?

John Yoo quoted in The Regulatory Review, December 10, 2018

“Due to a combination of increasing societal complexity and congressional cowardice, Congress has punted more and more of its duty to legislate to agencies,” law professors John Yoo, of University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and James C. Phillips of Stanford Law Schoolwrote in the National Review. “Agencies have been only too happy to assume vast legislative powers, without the accountability of answering to the voters.”

Opinion: State counties must relieve youths, families of juvenile fees

Stephanie Campos-Bui and Jeffrey Selbin writes an Op-Ed for the DailyCal, November 30, 2018

Under state law, juvenile fees were supposed to help protect the fiscal integrity of counties. According to groundbreaking research conducted by the UC Berkeley School of Law and students from the Public Policy Clinic, the fees harmed youth and families, were often collected unlawfully and generated little net revenue for counties. Because youth of color are disproportionately arrested, detained and punished in the juvenile system, the fees were especially burdensome for families of color.