Sex offender revamp in works under state bill

Ira Ellman quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, July 8, 2017

“This fixes a really terrible problem in existing law — which is the complete failure to make any distinction between people who are classified as having a sex offense,” said Ira Ellman. … “To throw them into one pot where they register until they die just makes no sense.”

Chemerinsky: Two end-of-term decisions close the courthouse doors to those who have been injured

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for ABA Journal, July 6, 2017

Until now, the high court always has said that personal jurisdiction in a federal court is identical to the state were it sits. The conclusion in inescapable that the court has provided substantial protection for corporations—even a corporation like Bristol-Myers Squibb that engaged in a nationwide marketing campaign for its product—at the expense of injured plaintiffs.

It’s magical legal thinking to say Trump can’t reverse Obama’s national monuments

John Yoo co-writes for Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2017

A presidential power to create permanent national monuments flies in the face of the plain text of federal law, the conventional relationship between presidents and Congress and historical understandings of executive power. Trump has the right to reverse the national monuments created by previous presidents without an act of Congress, but by the same token, the Constitution creates a check by allowing future presidents to reverse Trump too.

Trump’s hiring problem is getting better – but his administration is still thin

Anne O’Connell quoted by CNBC, June 30, 2017

O’Connell adds that deregulation — a key plank of the Trump agenda — could be hindered by a lack of officials at executive branch agencies. Agencies looking to repeal regulations as directed by Trump need to undertake a notice and comment process during rulemaking, something that could be hurt by fewer appointees.

California politicians’ gun control moves hit by 2 setbacks

Franklin Zimring quoted by ABC News, June 30, 2017

Politicians of both political parties wind up passing “emotionally symbolic but operationally quite modest” proposals, he said. “That’s exactly where California is,” Zimring said. “And from the standpoint of political symbolism, having a fight on the implementation is a plus for the people who passed the law, not a minus.”

A new adventure and a heavy heart

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for The Orange County Register, June 29, 2017

There always has been a sense of fragility in being part of creating something new. Yet, as I leave UCI Law School, I realize that it no longer is fragile. It is firmly established as a top law school, with a superb faculty and staff and great students. I am especially proud of its commitment to public service.

Where to plug in? Lack of charging options is a big barrier to electric car adoption in California

Ethan Elkind quoted by KPCC-FM, June 29, 2017

Now, the question of where to charge is a bigger issue, especially for the 40 percent of Californians who live in multi-unit apartment buildings, said Ethan Elkind. … Many of them don’t have a dedicated parking spot, which makes it difficult to charge an electric car at home. “It’s really telling that 80 percent of electric vehicle drivers live in a single-family home,” Elkind said.