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History Channel Quotes Professor Chin on Chol Soo Lee Case

Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin spoke to the History channel website about the wrongful conviction of, and groundbreaking community efforts to free, Chol Soo Lee, a Korean immigrant and death row inmate released from San Quentin in 1983.

The groundswell of support behind Lee’s release represents an “early example of multi-ethnic APA [Asian Pacific American] political action,” Chin said.

The History article also quotes Richard Kim of UC Davis’ Asian American Studies department.

Professor Dodge Lectures in France on Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts

Professor William S. Dodge recently gave two lectures in France on human rights litigation in U.S. courts. On April 14, he spoke to students at the Institute of International Humanitarian Studies of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Aix-Marseille University. On April 19, he lectured at Salle 102, a joint workshop of the Universities Paris 1 and Paris 2 focusing on private international law. A video of the second talk is available here.

UC Davis Law to Host Unity Bar Summit Featuring Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye '84


UC Davis School of Law is honored to host the 2022 Unity Bar Summit, “Access to Justice,” on Saturday, May 21 at King Hall.

Speakers at the daylong event promoting diversity and excellence in the judiciary include Gov. Gavin Newsom (by video); the Chief Justice of California, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye ’84; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Martin J. Jenkins, and the governor’s Judicial Appointments Secretary, Luis A. Céspedes.

New Faculty to Join UC Davis Law in 2022-23

UC Davis School of Law will welcome two acclaimed new faculty members to the law school to start the 2022-23 academic year. 

Professor Mary Ziegler will join the faculty as an expert on the law, history, and politics of reproduction, health care, and conservatism in the United States from 1945 to the present. She is one of the world’s leading historians of the U.S. abortion debate.

Professor Joe Discusses Wrongful Convictions on King Hall Podcast

Professor Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe discusses her forthcoming article, “Learning from Mistakes,” where she explores the role of the public defender in wrongful convictions in death row cases. To start with, she points out that unlike medical, aviation and military systems, there is no national or formal process in place to review wrongful convictions. Professor Joe looks at the role prosecutors, judges and other system actors can play in helping public defenders learn from their mistakes.

UC Davis Law Event Explores Racism in Western Academy

On April 20, UC Davis Law hosted the panel discussion “Looking in the Mirror: Exploring the Racial History of the Western Academy.” The event was sponsored by the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies and UC Davis' Department of History and Humanities Institute.

The discussion featured distinguished scholars who have entered the terrain of investigating racism in western U.S. universities, exploring topics including antisemitism at Stanford and the naming of buildings at public universities after oppressors of Tribal Nations and Black and Asian people.

Professor Fish, Aoki Center File Brief in Racial Justice Case

On April 15, UC Davis Law’s Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies joined UCLA’s Center for Immigration Law and Policy and the Southern Poverty Law Center in filing an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Carrillo-Lopez.

Professor Frank Addresses Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank made a presentation on April 14 to the Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court in Davis.

His presentation focused on California’s antiquated system of water rights law, and the efforts that he and other water experts are recommending to the Legislature and Gov. Newsom’s administration to reform that system in light of climate change and other 21st century conditions.

Daily Journal Quotes Professor Frank on Key Ninth Circuit Ruling

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank was quoted in the April 20 Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, in a story on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that a climate change damage lawsuit brought by several California local governments against the fossil fuel industry should be pursued in state -- rather than federal -- court.

Wayne Bartholomew '71, Wife Jacque to Receive UC Davis Medals

Congratulations to Wayne Bartholomew ’71 and his wife, Jacque Bartholomew, who are among the recipients of this year's UC Davis Medals! Both longtime supporters of UC Davis Law and other campus units and initiatives, the pair met at UC Davis and both received their undergraduate degrees in 1964.

The campus' highest honor for individuals, the UC Davis Medal recognizes “extraordinary contributions that embody the campus’ Vision of Excellence.”

Another married pair of UC Davis alums, Pam Rohrich and Karl Gerdes, also will receive UC Davis Medals this year.

Dean Johnson Lends Expertise to S.F. Forum on Immigration Reform

On April 14, Dean Kevin R. Johnson took part in the “Exploring Immigration Reform” public forum presented by San Francisco’s World Affairs global affairs organization.  

Johnson, the nation’s most-cited immigration law scholar, offered expert insights during a program moderated by Steven Kull, director of the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

Professor Lee Presents Works in Progress at Boston University, NYU

Professor Peter Lee recently presented a forthcoming article at a workshop at Boston University School of Law. The paper, “Patent Law’s Asymmetry,” explores patent law’s ability to internalize positive externalities but not negative externalities from technological innovation. The article will be published later this year in the Cardozo Law Review.