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Challenger defeats 1 incumbent in school board race

Ty Alper quoted in The Daily Californian, November 5, 2014

“I’m looking forward to working with this board and superintendent to keep moving the district forward, because we have a long way to go to be the district that we want to be,” said Alper, who secured the greatest share of the votes.

Prop 47: As California goes, so goes the nation?

Barry Krisberg writes for The Crime Report, November 5, 2014

California has traditionally been ahead of national developments, but a good predictor of future political trends. Since California is the largest state in the country, if Prop 47 passes other states may well follow suit. As California goes, so goes the nation.

Challenger Ty Alper gets seat on Berkeley School Board

Ty Alper quoted in Berkeleyside, November 5, 2014

Whatever the outcome, Alper said, “The other candidates are really exceptional people who are so dedicated to the public schools. I’m so excited to work with them and Dr. Evans.”

Creditors keep troubled law schools on life support

Steven Davidoff Solomon writes for The New York Times, November 4, 2014

It doesn’t take an economist to know that lower demand has hurt almost all law schools outside the top 10 terribly. Hardest hit are law schools in the lower tier, where law school applications have fallen even more rapidly.

Brown wins historic 4th term as governor

Stephen Rosenbaum quoted in The Daily Californian, November 4, 2014

Stephen Rosenbaum, a campus lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Law, said that although he is pleased with what the governor did for primary and secondary education, higher education “needs all the funds it can get.”

California’s Proposition 47: softer on crime

Barry Krisberg writes for The Conversation, November 4, 2014

It will save California taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and use those savings to support education, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and help for victims of crime.

Liberals wrongly repeat the race hustler attack

Ian Haney López writes for The Huffington Post, November 4, 2014

Talking about race need not reduce to racial demagoguery. On the contrary, addressing race can advance society, because racial reform depends on understanding racial dynamics. As with every deep social problem, resolution requires frank engagement.

9th Circuit en banc panel to consider if state artwork law violates Commerce Clause

Jesse Choper quoted in Daily Journal (registration required), November 3, 2014

“I don’t think it violates the dormant Commerce Clause,” Choper said. “The burden of the tax falls exclusively on California citizens. This is not a state tax that’s trying to soak out-of-staters. To me that makes a big difference.”

‘Raising of America’ Portland screening

john a. powell cited in, November 3, 2014

In the documentary … john a. powell … [discusses] topics such as pediatric neuroscience, a 1971 universal childcare bill that was vetoed at the 11th hour, the economics of investing in early care and education, and childhood trauma.

US ambassador to Mexico: Who is Maria Echaveste?

Maria Echaveste quoted in AllGov, November 3, 2014

Beginning when she was eight years old, with her parents and her siblings, she harvested cotton. … “I know we were out there because my family needed the money. But there is something wrong about children working when they’re tired and hungry and cold or hot.”

2 candidates challenge incumbent slate for school board seats

Ty Alper quoted in The Daily Californian, November 2, 2014

“We have an opportunity in Berkeley that we don’t have in many other districts,” he said, “which is to better harness the resources at Cal, because we have this great research university in our backyard. As a faculty member, I’m excited about the new ideas I will bring to the table.”

Lansing suburbs slow change in ethnic diversity

Ian Haney López quoted in Lansing State Journal, November 1, 2014

“If we have a notion of whiteness that’s central to American political self-identity, it can only operate against a notion of non-whites, where whites are seen as people like us, people who deserve to be here, and non-whites are seen as people we need to guard against.”

E-Discovery tools within reach

Anne Joseph O’Connell quoted in California Lawyer, November 2014

“Predictive coding should be given careful consideration in a case like this,” she said, “and I am absolutely happy to endorse the use of predictive coding and to require that it be used as part of the discovery tools available to the parties.”

A company caught between a hostile bid and a side deal

Steven Davidoff Solomon writes for The New York Times, October 31, 2014

The hostile offer from BGC Partners to acquire the GFI Group, a New York brokerage and clearing firm, may really just be a smokescreen.

Key points in China’s flood of legal reform rhetoric

Stanley Lubman writes for The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2014

Both reports strongly reaffirmed the party’s control over law and legal institutions while alluding to pilot programs and reform plans intended to translate the leadership’s vague commitment to “governing the country according to law” into practice.

Can Proposition 47 solve California’s problem with mass incarceration?

Jonathan Simon quoted in Pacific Standard, October 29, 2014

While mass incarceration is a problem everywhere in the United States … California has served as a crucible for this issue, the “Mississippi of mass incarceration,” in the words of University of California-Berkeley law professor Jonathan Simon.

Woodland Hills sole practitioner poses unlikely opponent in state attorney general race

Barry Krisberg quoted in Daily Journal (registration required), October 29, 2014

“As long as I can remember, the AG’s race has been hotly contested, often representing a pretty broad ideological difference between the candidates,” Krisberg said. “This is really very different.”

Whisper and the meaning of anonymity

Deirdre Mulligan quoted in The Wall Street Journal, October 28, 2014

“These companies have stuck their necks up above the pack, making a market play as privacy-preserving apps without investing the technical resources to back up their promises,” Mulligan said, referring to both Snapchat and Whisper.

For journalists coming into US, policies border on the absurd

Catherine Crump quoted in CPJ Online, October 28, 2014

“Journalists who want to keep their materials safe need to use technological protection measures, such as encryption, rather than relying on the law.”

The consequences of saying no to a hostile takeover bid

Steven Davidoff Solomon writes for The New York Times, October 28, 2014

Outperforming the market is almost impossible in the long term. When a buyer is offering top dollar in a hostile offer, it is going to be exceedingly hard for a company’s management to contend that it could do better unless it has a unique product that no one else can replicate.