Gun violence forum addresses gun control, policies, registration

Franklin Zimring quoted by The Daily Californian, March 23, 2018

According to Zimring, recent statistics provided by the U.S. government were off by nearly 50 percent when compared to the research done by him and his colleagues. He indicated that this may have to do with the supposed lobbying influence of the National Rifle Association, or NRA, and other gun rights activists.

Chevron will stick to IPCC findings in landmark climate change trial

Daniel Farber quoted by E&E, Climatewire, March 21, 2018

Most or all of the major oil corporations have now acknowledged the reality of climate change and the need for government action (though who knows how serious they are about that),” he said. “So it would be hard for them to take a contrary view in this litigation. Getting them to say the same thing in court will be kind of a victory for the plaintiffs even if nothing else goes their way.”

If it wasn’t related to abortion, California’s FACT Act would easily be upheld by the Supreme Court

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2018

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in the case National Institute of Family and Life Advocates vs. Becerra, which challenges a California law requiring reproductive healthcare facilities to inform women of state programs that might assist them. It should be an easy issue to decide — in favor of the California law — but it is not because it arises in the context of abortion.

FTC probes Facebook over data transfers to Cambridge Analytica

Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by MediaPost, March 20, 2018

“The FTC has the burden to show non-compliance,” Hoofnagle says in an email to MediaPost. He added that doing so would require the FTC to “develop a narrative of how Cambridge Analytica was improperly supervised as a developer.”

Does online reinforce the color line?

Christopher Edley quoted by Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2018

The idea is similar to what then dean of Berkeley Law Chris Edley suggested for the University of California almost 10 years ago — an 11th UC campus that would be all online. The background assumption has remained the same: ed tech has moved the cost-quality curve, so online college is both better and cheaper than face-to-face.

Is government board service for you? Consider these 4 key benefits

Olga Mack writes for Above the Law, March 19, 2018

Could government board service be right for you? Of course, your primary reasons to serve on a government board, task force, or commission should be interest in the subject matter, a desire to serve, and eagerness to influence policy and practices in the right direction. However, there are other benefits worth considering.