Anne Joseph O’Connell writes for Brookings, Jan. 23, 2018
This picture of delay, nonchalance, and blame masks some important complexities. After having made an earlier assessment of President Trump’s progress in filling top positions at the 100-day mark, I now offer four points to consider one year in.
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.”
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.
Erwin Chemerinsky writes for The Sacramento Bee, Jan. 22, 2018
A judge should be subjected to recall only for illegal or unethical conduct. … Subjecting a judge to recall for unpopular decisions undermines the independence of the judiciary.
Leti Volpp quoted by The Daily Californian, Jan. 21, 2018
According to … Leti Volpp, although California is a “sanctuary state,” SB 54 cannot prohibit ICE from conducting raids. Volpp added that AB 450, however, could stall the process of workplace raids by requiring subpoenas and warrants.
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.
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.”
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.”
Leti Volpp quoted by AliveForFootball, Jan. 18, 2018
“We can understand this threat as of a piece with the recent targeting of immigrants’ rights activists who have either been served with notices to appear in immigration court, are in detention, or have already been deported,” Leti Volpp, a UC Berkeley law professor, said in an email.
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.”