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BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series – Veena Dubal, “Uber, Lyft, and the Future of Gig Work in California”

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Since app-based gig companies Uber and Lyft hit the streets of San Francisco in 2012, analogous labor platforms have changed the face of mobility and private transportation all over the world. But since then, regulatory questions of accountability for consumer safety and worker protections have remained hotly contested in both judicial and legislative arenas. Despite an August 2020 court decision finding Uber and Lyft drivers to be employees for purposes of California employment protections, the law of the state remains unenforced as the companies have pivoted to the ballot box. This presentation will discuss the past, present, and future of gig work in California.
Veena Dubal is a Professor of Law at UC Hastings where her research focuses on the intersection of law, technology, and precarious work. Within this broad frame, she uses empirical methodologies and critical theory to understand (1) the impact of digital technologies and emerging legal frameworks on the lives of workers, (2) the co-constitutive influences of law and work on identity, and (3) the role of law and lawyers in solidarity movements. Professor Dubal has been cited by the California Supreme Court, and her scholarship has been published in top-tier law review and peer-reviewed journals, including the California Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Empirical and Labor Law, and Perspectives on Politics. Based on over a decade of ethnographic and historical study, Professor Dubal is currently writing a manuscript (Driving Freedom, Navigating Neoliberalism) on how five decades of shifting technologies and emergent regulatory regimes changed the everyday lives and work experiences of ride-hail drivers in San Francisco.

The BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series features local practitioners, bringing real world experience and practical legal knowledge to Berkeley Law students.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors.



Tuesday, October 6, 2020
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Event Category:


Berkeley Center for Law & Technology


Online – Zoom

Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.

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