The tipping point: Can American institutions be saved?

Daniel Farber, Amanda Tyler, Bertrall Ross, James Dempsey quoted by California Magazine, Jan. 23, 2018

Farber: To function, government relies on the expertise of professionals whose skills and knowledge are developed over years or decades, says Farber, and these veteran employees are now leaving the federal government in droves. … Crucial agencies and departments are being hollowed out.

Tyler: “We’re 200 years into this experiment [of a constitutional republic], and its continued success depends in very great measure … on a fundamental respect each branch of government demonstrates for the roles the other branches play. His attacks on judicial decisions and judges are troubling in regard to this basic truth of our governmental structure.”

Ross: “Journalists have been the watchdog of government throughout history. … So when the nation’s leader attacks the media, makes a point about sowing doubt, it diminishes this crucial watchdog role. Also, the media itself is becoming polarized, and that can be seen as delegitimizing. Ultimately, leaders can be held less accountable.”

Dempsey: “We’ve devoted some private money [to funding AI research], but we have no national commitment. China has made such a commitment, and it worries me. Whoever gets there first will have significant control of the global economy, and probably the military edge as well.”

Blockchain: Disruption beyond Bitcoin

Olga Mack writes for Above the Law, Jan. 22, 2018

Blockchain is an emerging technology that any lawyer should highly consider understanding. Blockchain technology is predicted to be the most disruptive technology since the advent of the internet. While blockchain technology is most known for its role in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, there are also various sectors that will be affected as well.

Meet the campus immigration attorney who secured Luis Mora’s release

Prerna Lal interviewed by The Daily Californian, Jan. 21, 2018

While someone is detained, the sequence of events can move quickly, people can get deportation orders after two months and it’s difficult to line up paperwork with limited access to someone in detention, Lal said. But now, Lal is optimistic and has plans to work on Mora’s long-term legal status case. “He will graduate with a political science degree in one hand and a green card in another,” Lal said.

The poor woman who put Hissene Habre in jail

Kim Thuy Seelinger quoted by Dailymirror, Jan. 20, 2018

According to Kim Thuy Seelinger, Director of the Sexual Violence Programme at Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Centre in the US, the verdict represented a “huge brick in the wall that establishes sexual violence as international crimes.”  

All-female alumni association honors UC Berkeley law professor with 25k grant

Andrea Roth quoted by The Daily Californian, Jan. 18, 2018

“This award will allow me to pursue a book project on the rise of machines and algorithms in criminal justice that will take extensive research assistance,” Roth said during her address. “…To attend a training in empirical methods, and to attend a number of international conferences that will lend a new comparative perspective to my work on technology and criminal justice.”

One year of Donald Trump: how are US universities faring?

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Times Higher Education, Jan. 18, 2018

Going back to the 1950s, the McCarthyist “fight to deal with communists was in large part [conducted] on college campuses…the civil rights protests were often directed at colleges, the anti-Vietnam protests were centred on colleges”, he points out. “So it’s not surprising that if there’s going to be so-called culture wars, campuses will be at the centre of them.”