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This year, the Business Law Certificate program recognized 29 recipients. Fifteen J.D. and fourteen LL.M. students were awarded the certificate in recognition of their completion of rigorous, innovative coursework and complementary research designed to address key areas of change in the global economy, business environment, and legal structure. To view a list of this year's recipients click here. To view a photostream of the ceremony click here.
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In a recently-published LA Daily Journal article, Prof. Eric Talley weighs in on how the job market has changed over the years. Talley claims that the market is most promising for entering lawyers who have developed an appropriate skill set and who are less in need of rudimentary training while on the job.
Prof. Dwight Jaffee testified in Congress that the private market should relieve government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of their role in guaranteeing against mortgage borrower defaults.
Prof. Robert Bartlett presented his paper “Shall We Haggle in Pennies at the Speed of Light or in Nickels in the Dark?” co-written with Prof. Justin McCrary, at the annual meeting of Law and Society in Boston. They demonstrate empirically how recent proposals to modify the penny-based system of stock trading may have simultaneous and opposite effects on the incidence of high frequency trading (HFT) and the trading of undisplayed (or “dark”) liquidity. Read more>On June 4th, Prof. Robert Bartlett presented on the JOBS Act at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan.
Prof. Alan Auerbach writes about corporate tax law and how it should be updated. He concludes: US should tax corporate earnings based on where products are sold, not where firm is based. (NYT)
Prof. Aaron Edlin recently posted “The Role of Switching Costs in Antitrust Analysis: A Comparison of Microsoft and Google.” This analysis, co-authored by Robert Harris, addresses the common perception that Google’s current market position and conduct is comparable to Microsoft’s prior to the antitrust action brought against it by the Department of Justice in 1998.
After five years as general counsel of Facebook, Ted Ullyot is stepping down in July. "The timing of when someone leaves a job is almost never accidental," says Prof. Eric Talley. Ullyot's successor will have many legal issues to address, especially in regards to information privacy, Talley adds.
On May 15, Prof. Eric Talley was a panelist on ‘Regulatory Enforcement and the Judiciary,’ which examined the litigation engendered by the global financial crisis. The keynote was delivered by Judge Jed Rakoff, an outspoken critic of the use of settlements to resolve litigation against major financial institutions, arguing that they risk privileging the ‘facade of enforcement.’ The roundtable was hosted by the University of New South Wales.
Prof. Robert Bartlett's article, “Making Banks Transparent” (65 Vand. L. Rev. 293-386), has been included in this year’s list of the Ten Best Corporate and Securities Articles. The list is selected by an annual poll of corporate and securities law academics from a field of more than 550 articles published and indexed in legal journals during 2012. Bartlett argues that basic credit risk modeling combined with mandatory bank disclosures would help prevent another round of severe banking crises.
On April 24, Prof. Justin McCrary will discuss the economics of safety and policing at Councilmember Schaaf’s Safe Oakland Speaker Series. McCrary will share findings from his recent study, “The Effect of Police on Crime: New Evidence from U.S. Cities, 1960-2010,” including a cost-benefit analysis of policing.
The Inspector General criticized the lack of public education about the IRS’s plans to garnish tax refunds for taxpayers who don’t purchase health insurance under the new Federal Affordable Care Act beginning in 2014. Prof. David Gamage weighs in>
On April 16, Prof. Robert Bartlett participated in The JOBS Act: First Year Report Card. This roundtable, hosted by Nixon Peabody in San Francisco, discussed key points such as the effectiveness of the JOBS Act from legal, accounting, and investor perspectives. Bartlett presentation is here.
On April 11, Berkeley Law Chris Hammond '15 and Will Schildknecht '15 won the 2013 Halloum Negotiation Competition. The competition pairs teams to negotiate hypothetical M&A, financing, and technology licensing transactions. Teams are scored on their preparation, strategy and the outcome. The winners outlasted 48 other competitors to take home the championship and accompanying iPad minis. A big thank you to Skadden and Gibson Dunn, which sponsored the two week long competition.