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Beyond Ferguson

With the new year, Berkeley Law has begun planning a series of events and activities in response to the police-related deaths in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and elsewhere. Our faculty and students have been active in their response so far. Learn more here.

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)

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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Refuting claims that arrests at all ages usually involve just one person, Franklin Zimring says co-offenders are prevalent in most serious youth crimes. Analyzing single and multiple arrests of different offenses in seven states, Zimring and Hannah Laqueur ’13 write that group behavior has a major impact on adolescent crime.

Bertrall Ross says the Supreme Court’s distrust of the political process has led the justices to treat the state like a witness in its own trial. Ross writes that the court’s partisan blocs overly scrutinize lawmakers’ factual records. He argues that this should occur only when there’s proof of democratic malfunction.

Professor Mary Ann Mason says California’s new anti-discrimination law protecting pregnant grad students could become a model for states across the U.S. Her recent article explains why the law, which orders higher education to abide by Title IX, will help more female students achieve their professional goals.