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Macias twins

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The twins are back! Claudia Macias ’11 and her twin sister Nadia Macias ’11 both graduated from Cal and Berkeley Law. They were roommates then, and still are. Now, they’re back at the law school as staff members. Claudia recently took an advisor position in the Student Services Office; Nadia joined the Admissions Office last fall as an associate director. Previously, both worked in Oakland—Claudia as an attorney at the Eviction Defense Center, and Nadia as an immigration lawyer at Centro Legal de la Raza.

Schraub Named First Darling Fellow >>

David Schraub has been named Berkeley Law’s Darling Fellow, a new annual fellowship funded by a major gift from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation. Schraub will spend a year at the law school and teach Constitutional Law this spring. A 2011 University of Chicago Law School high honors graduate, he taught Anti-Discrimination Law and Constitutional Law at the University of Illinois before clerking for U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diana Murphy. Schraub then joined Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He has authored several articles, including one in the California Law Review on “sticky slopes”—when social movements act to block, instead of enable, further policy goals. (8/18/14)

Taymor Explains US Corruption Law >>

Ken Taymor, executive director of the law school’s Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, participated in a recent ethics and governance education program for senior-level Indian government officials. The officials—responsible for making policy decisions in areas such as education, health, transportation, and energy—attended the program at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Taymor’s presentation, entitled “From Corruption to Good Governance: Are There Lessons from Abroad?” discussed key elements of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and described potential problem scenarios. (8/15/14)

Ferreira Joins Financial Aid Office >>

Richard Ferreira has joined Berkeley Law’s Financial Aid Office in the newly created role of Financial Aid Advisor. He will help the office administer financial aid awards and advising services in a more efficient and timely manner. Ferreira is a graduate of Chabot College in Hayward and has nine years of experience as either a financial aid or student services specialist at Chabot and Laney Colleges. Dennis Tominaga, Berkeley Law’s assistant dean of financial aid, said “in the brief time that Richard has been with our staff, he has demonstrated that he’s an enthusiastic, quick learner with initiative.” (8/14/14)

Video: Christina Swarns of the NAACP

Christina Swarns is the director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Criminal Justice Project. She spoke on "Post-Racial America: The View from Death Row" at a recent Henderson Center Rutch Chance Lecture. Watch here »

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Libraries are reluctant to digitize books whose copyright owners can’t be found, fearful of infringement lawsuits. While some argue for a legislative fix, clinic director Jennifer Urban writes that U.S. Copyright Law’s ‘fair use’ doctrine might offer a more flexible and less costly solution.

In "Land Recording and Copyright Reform," Professor Molly Van Houweling argues that copyright reformers can look to real property law as a model for reform. For example, she says the copyright system could be improved by incentivizing better record keeping, akin to U.S. land law.

In a paper co-authored by Prof. Katerina Linos and Kimberly Twist, the two discuss results of a survey conducted before and after SCOTUS decisions. Their ‘real-world’ findings show that people are more apt to accept the ruling if they watch news shows that emphasize the court’s majority viewpoint.