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2015 McBaine Competition

The highly anticipated final round of the McBaine Moot Court Competition will be held on Tues., March 31 in Booth Auditorium. Finalists Jana Loeb ’15 and Bevan Dowd ’15 will face off before a federal judicial panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: Judges Mary Murguia, Morgan Christen, and Paul Watford. This year's case, Risen v. U.S., ensues from a criminal trial subpoena compelling a reporter to reveal the identity of his confidential source.

Lemon ’80 Hailed for Domestic Violence Work >>

Nancy Lemon ’80, who directs the Domestic Violence Practicum at Berkeley Law, was recently given the American Society of Criminology’s Praxis Award. The annual award honors those who increase the quality of justice for groups that have experienced class, ethnic, gender, racial, and sexual disparities in policing and punishment. Earlier in 2014, Lemon also received the Abby J. Liebman Award from the California Women’s Law Center, as well as the Lady Justice Innovator Award from the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley. Lemon pioneered the study of domestic violence in law schools and authored the subject’s seminal textbook. (1/16/15)

Pineda ’77 Named One of Most Powerful Latinas >>

People en Español magazine has named Patricia Salas Pineda ’77 one of the 25 most powerful Latinas of 2014. The highest-ranking Hispanic executive at Toyota North America, the world’s largest automaker, Pineda is group vice president of Hispanic business strategy. She joined Toyota in 2004 as group vice president of corporate communications and general counsel, and later oversaw its national philanthropy efforts. Previously, Pineda spent 20 years at New United Motor Manufacturing, a corporate joint venture between Toyota and General Motors, where she was vice president of human resources, government, and legal affairs. (1/13/15)

Connolly ’88 Joins Marin County Supervisors >>

Damon Connolly ’88 began his elected position this week on the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Connolly has served in several public policy positions, including chair of the Marin Energy Authority’s Board of Directors, vice mayor and city council member in San Rafael, and president of San Rafael’s Dixie School District Board. A certified mediator, he was a partner at Girard Gibbs before starting his own practice in 2008. As a Supervising Deputy Attorney General for California, Connolly prosecuted energy companies that engaged in fraudulent practices. Those efforts resulted in a $1.6 billion settlement, the largest of its kind. (1/9/15)

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Teaching and Research at Berkeley Law

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As multidistrict litigation (MDL) skyrockets, Andrew Bradt says these cases should be pegged to the plaintiff’s proper home district. Bradt’s approach, cited and adopted in a recent federal case, would allow courts to apply choice-of-law rules from the plaintiff’s original state, yet still permit direct filing.

Chris Hoofnagle’s new book Federal Trade Commission: Privacy Law and Policy probes the agency’s colorful 100-year history. Hoofnagle says the FTC has regulated technology from its inception, contrary to popular belief. He explains how its rules influence our daily lives and provide myriad consumer benefits.

To help lawyers keep pace with a fast-changing practice area, Paul Schwartz has co-authored the third edition of Privacy Law Fundamentals. The book tracks new statutes, cases, and enforcement actions. It also explains key state privacy laws and tackles vital issues such as when federal law preempts state law.