Press Releases

New study shows how to increase local renewable energy, slow climate change

For Immediate Release Report recommends harnessing energy potential of rooftops, roads, aqueducts Berkeley Law: Susan Gluss, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu510-642-6936UCLA Law: Lauri Gavel, gavel@law.ucla.edu310-206-2611 As world leaders prepare for climate change talks in Copenhagen, innovative programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are finding promise in California. Yet, as global leaders struggle to find consensus, energy innovators are similarly blocked […]

Women Scientists and American Competitiveness

ContactSuzi Emmerling, 202.481.8224, semmerling@americanprogress.org Patching America’s Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences  Following the release of “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything,” the Center for American Progress continues its work examining women in various sectors of the workforce in the United States. Together with the Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security at […]

Conference takes on national health reform’s impact in California

ATTENTION: Health policy reporters and editors Contact: Sarah Yang, (510) 643-7741, scyang@berkeley.edu What:“Bringing National Health Reform to California,” a one-day conference at the University of California, Berkeley, to address the implications of national health reform and the unique challenges in this state. The event, organized by the Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security […]

HIV & Neglected Diseases Patent Pool Conference

ATTENTION: journalists covering biotech, biomedical research, patent law Contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu WHAT: A one-day conference to address a preeminent challenge of our time:  the creation and distribution of essential medicines to the developing world. Scientists, patient advocates, scholars, attorneys, government officials, and pharmaceutical and biotech executives will discuss best methods of sharing […]

New health care study: public option would generate more benefits, savings than projected

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Gluss, UC Berkeley School of Law media director (510) 642-6936 Mary Boyle, Common Cause(202) 736-5770 The UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center on Health, Economic & Family Security today released a report entitled The Costs and Benefits of a Public Option in Health Care Reform: An Economic Analysis,  which argues […]

Global flow of personal information raises consumer privacy risks

WHAT:UC Berkeley School of Law, The Centre for Information Policy Leadership, and The Privacy Projects release two new studies that show how businesses can take ownership of —and be accountable for — the privacy risks they create for consumers, no matter where, how, or by whom data is processed. Examples of six leading companies are […]

Supreme Court of California to Hold Special Session at Berkeley Law

ATTENTION: journalists covering courts, the law, social justice Contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Lynn Holton, (415) 865-7726, lynn.holton@jud.ca.gov WHAT: UC Berkeley School of Law will host a special outreach session of the Supreme Court of California as part of the Court’s effort to improve public understanding of its role and function. The Court will […]

The legal and ethical impact of social networking

ATTENTION: journalists covering technology, criminal justice, law Contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu WHAT:A one-day conference, Social Networks: Friends or Foes?, will examine the legal and ethical issues of civil and criminal investigations that rely on social networks for evidence and information. Prominent cases in the news include cyberbullying with a fake MySpace account; the […]

Americans Reject Tailored Advertising

For Immediate Release Contacts:Susan Gluss, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu  Joe Diorio, 215.746.1798 jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu Berkeley, CA and Philadelphia, PA—September 30, 2009… Contrary to what marketers claim, most Americans do not want online advertisements tailored to their specific interests. That’s a conclusion from a new consumer privacy study by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at UC Berkeley […]

New Study Finds Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws Led to Racial Profiling

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Gluss, 510.642.6936 sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—September 16, 2009… A Hispanic community in a small southern city that lived in fear of police after a spike in arrests now has evidence that it was unjustly targeted to enforce federal immigration laws. A new analysis of arrest data shows that police in Irving, […]

“Cyberlaw Cases” blog is monitoring top 10 Internet-related cases

For Immediate Release Contacts:Susan Gluss, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.eduKathleen Maclay, 510.643.5651, kmaclay@berkeley.edu Berkeley—September 4, 2009… Two University of California, Berkeley, professors are teaming up with two colleagues to launch “Cyberlaw Cases,” a blog covering what they consider the top 10 most important pending U.S. legal cases involving issues that impact the Internet, databases and software programs. The […]

National Coalition of Authors Urge Rejection of Google Book Search Deal

For Immediate Release Contacts:Susan Gluss, Berkeley Law, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.eduRebecca Jeschke, Electronic Frontier Foundation, 415.436.9333, press@eff.orgRobynRobyn Shepherd, American Civil Liberties Union, 212.549.2666, media@aclu.org New York, NY—September 8, 2009… A coalition of authors and publishers—including best-sellers Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, and technical author Bruce Schneier—is urging a federal judge to reject the proposed settlement in a lawsuit […]

Berkeley Enhances Its Loan Repayment Assistance Program for Alumni

Contact: Susan Gluss (510) 642-6936 sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—September 3, 2009… As part of a series of measures to help its students and alumni during the current economic crisis, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law has significantly enhanced its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), already one of the nation’s most generous loan forgiveness plans. […]

New Report says Districts Struggling to Maintain Diversity Plans Should Look to Berkeley Public Schools for Ideas

For Immediate Release Contact:Sarah Yang, 510.643.7741, scyang@berkeley.eduShaena Engle, 310.206.5951, engle@gseis.ucla.edu Berkeley, CA—February 5, 2009… The Berkeley Unified School District’s plan to maintain diversity could serve as a model for other public schools nationwide that are seeking constitutionally sound desegregation programs, according to a new report by researchers at the Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses of […]

New Report Shows How to Increase Climate-Friendly Neighborhoods

For Immediate Release Contacts:Susan Gluss, UC Berkeley School of Law, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Lauri Gavel, UCLA School of Law, 310.206.2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu Berkeley, CA—August 27, 2009… UCLA School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law today released a new report showing policymakers how to boost climate-friendly real estate development in California. This type […]

Berkeley Law Provides Expertise in Legal Battle over “Healthy San Francisco”

For Immediate Release Contacts:Susan Gluss, UC Berkeley School of Law, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.eduMelissa Rodgers, 510-643-4283, mrodgers@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—Aug 27, 2009… The Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security (CHEFS) at UC Berkeley School of Law, a key voice in the national healthcare reform effort, is playing a critical role in San Francisco’s effort to save […]

Berkeley Law Experts Available for Interviews on Sotomayor Hearings

U.S. Senate confirmation hearings begin next week Contact: Susan Gluss, UC Berkeley School of Law, 510.642.6936 or sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—UC Berkeley School of Law scholars expect rigorous U.S. Senate confirmation hearings next week on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The nomination has stirred debate about judicial activism due, in part, to […]

Impact of Key Environmental Law Decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court

Attention: reporters and editors writing about Supreme Court environmental rulings Media contact: Susan Gluss, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu WHAT: Live WEBCAST Tuesday This has been a blockbuster year in the U.S. Supreme Court for environmental law and policy. In the Term that concludes today, the Justices have decided five major environmental cases involving many of the nation’s […]

Teleconference on national health care reform with UC Berkeley law and policy experts

Contact: Kathleen Maclay(510) 643-5651kmaclay@berkeley.edu Susan Gluss(510) 642-6936sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Two leading health scholars from the University of California, Berkeley, will be available to talk with reporters about federal health care reform in a teleconference tomorrow (Tuesday, June 16) at 8:30 a.m. PST. The call-in number is 1-866-939-3921. To reserve space, contact Jennifer Ettinger at jettinger@ourfuture.org. Jacob Hacker, […]

Economists get call from Washington to join Obama team

For Immediate release Contact: Kathleen Maclay (510) 643-5651, kmaclay@berkeley.eduSusan Gluss, 510.642.6936 sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—June 2, 2009… Two University of California, Berkeley, professors who have been named the federal government’s top antitrust economists and a third chosen as a senior official in the same field are among the latest campus faculty members enlisted to help the […]

California Supreme Court Expected to Rule Tuesday on Prop. 8 Gay Marriage Ban

Berkeley Law Experts Available for Interviews and Analysis Contact: Susan Gluss, UC Berkeley School of Law, 510.642.6936 or sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—May 26, 2009… A ruling by the California Supreme Court is expected Tuesday on the constitutionality of the voter-approved initiative, Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. The measure appeared on the state ballot in November […]

Symposium celebrates Professor Philip Frickey’s lifetime of work

Attention: Reporters and editors covering Indian and constitutional law Media Contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu WHAT: An academic symposium to celebrate UC Berkeley School of Law Professor Philip Frickey’s lifetime of work in the fields of constitutional law, legislation, and Indian law. Preeminent scholars from top law schools nationwide will present papers on policy reforms […]

Berkeley Law Clinic Reps Colombian Murder Victim

Attention: reporters and editors covering Colombia, human rights, legal news Media contacts: Susan Gluss, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Roxanna Altholz, 510-643-8781, raltholz@law.berkeley FAMILY OF COLOMBIAN MURDER VICTIM ASKS FOR MAXIMUM SENTENCE, REPRESENTED BY BERKELEY LAW WHAT: U.S. judge scheduled to sentence Colombian paramilitary commander Diego Fernando Murillo (alias “Don Berna”), an admitted murderer and drug trafficker. Roxanna Altholz, […]

New report details how to create a public health insurance option

For Immediate Release Health Care Expert Jacob Hacker First to Detail How to Structure “Healthy Competition” Between Public Health Insurance Plan and Private Plans CONTACT: Toby Chaudhuri (IAF), 202-955-5665Susan Gluss (Berkeley), 510-642-6936 WASHINGTON – With Congress preparing a sweeping overhaul to the nation’s health care system, expert Jacob Hacker was the first today to outline […]

Berkeley Law releases new report that describes how to create public health insurance plan

Attention: reporters and editors covering health care, medical news, politics Report explains how to structure a public plan as part of national health care reform, explores options for “Medicare-like” choice Media contact: Susan Gluss, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu WHAT: News Conference Wednesday Health care expert Jacob Hacker, faculty co-director of the Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & […]

Supreme Court Justice Breyer Presides Over Berkeley Law Competition

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Gluss, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—April 2, 2009…UC Berkeley School of Law’s top students will have an opportunity that few attorneys experience in a lifetime during a prestigious moot court competition this month. The school announced today that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will preside over a distinguished panel of […]

Berkeley Law Announces Scholarships and Symposium in Honor of Professor Frickey

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Gluss, media relations director, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—April 1, 2009… The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law today announced two new funds in honor of Professor Philip Frickey, a renowned scholar in public law with a specialty in federal Indian law and policy. The funds will enable law students […]

Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Gluss, media relations director, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—March 17, 2009… Associate Dean and Professor of Law Goodwin Liu of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law is one of five recipients of the campus’ most prestigious award for teaching, the Distinguished Teaching Award.  The award winners will be honored […]

Law Schools at UC Berkeley and UCLA Launch New Blog on Environment and Climate Change

For Immediate Release Contacts:Susan Gluss, media relations director, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.eduLauri Gavel, director of communications, 310.206.2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu Berkeley—March 11, 2009… The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law) and UCLA School of Law today announced the launch of a new blog, Legal Planet, which provides insight and analysis on climate change, energy, and environmental […]

Identity Theft & Security Breach Symposium

Attention: Technology, business and legal writers and editors WHAT: A one-day symposium on identity theft and security breaches.  Experts from law, government, computer science, and economics will discuss laws that protect personal information and suggest reforms to strengthen them. Although most agree that reforms are needed, leading thinkers clash on what the solutions should be. […]

Top UC Law Schools Launch Collaborative Washington, D.C. Program, UCDC Law

For Immediate Release Contacts:Susan Gluss, media relations director, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.eduLauri Gavel, director of communications, 310.206.2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu Berkeley, CA—February 26, 2009… Students at UC Berkeley School of Law and UCLA School of Law are learning first-hand how laws are made in a new internship program in Washington, D.C. called UCDC Law.  This uniquely collaborative program among […]

New Berkeley Law Study Finds Formerly Incarcerated Women Face High Hurdles to Employment

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Gluss, media relations director, 510.642.6936 sgluss@law.berkeley.edu To view the full report, go to https://www.law.berkeley.edu/research/thelton-e-henderson-center-for-social-justice/research/ Berkeley, CA – February 20, 2009… In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law have documented the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated women in securing a job. Although women comprise […]

Expert panel to examine Obama administration’s new Financial Stability Plan

ATTENTION: Reporters and producers covering the nation’s economic crisis Contact: Susan GlussUC Berkeley School of Law(510) 642-6936sgluss@law.berkeley.edu WHAT: “Good Bank, Bad Bank: Increasing Credit Liquidity, Stemming Foreclosures and Supporting the Economy,” a panel discussion at the University of California, Berkeley, by a group of distinguished university scholars analyzing the Obama administration’s new Financial Stability Plan. […]

Berkeley Law Think Tank Announces New Name, New Energy Initiatives

For Immediate Release Research center is a leading source of environmental and energy programs Contact: Susan Gluss, media relations director, 510.642.6936 sgluss@law.berkeley.edu Berkeley, CA—February 5, 2009… The Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) is the new name for the UC Berkeley School of Law think tank known for its environmental and energy policy […]

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