Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Even More Faculty Scholarship News!

Mark Yates accepted an offer to publish his article, "The Carnegie Effect" in the peer-reviewed Journal of Legal Writing, which will come out during the summer of 2011. The article appears in a volume (vol. 17) specifically focusing on The Carnegie Report, its critics and its effect on legal education. Perfect placement for your article; congratulations Mark!

Benedetta Faedi Duramy published a chapter, "Domestic Violence as Human Rights Violation - The Challenges of a Regional Human Rights Approach in Africa," in the book Domestic Violence and the Law in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa (Ohio University Press). (She has a copy in her office for those interested in reading it.) Also, on October 18, Benedetta presented her empirical findings from her study conducted in Haiti between 2006 and 2008 aimed at investigating why rape victims seldom seek justice recourse at a lunchtime presentation titled " Domestic Violence Awareness in Haiti" for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And even more news: Benedetta recently returned from the symposium "Untold Stories: Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials" held at Melbourne Law School in Australia, where she presented her paper "Making Peace with the Past: Federal Republic of Germany’s Accountability for World War II Massacres before the Italian Supreme Court." Here is the link of the symposium:

Karen Gebbia was off to the annual joint meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the ABA Business Law Section's Business Bankruptcy Committee earlier this month and the Chair of the Committee has appointed her Special Project Liaison to the Section, where she will be spearheading a Section marketing initiative aimed at bankruptcy specialists and she was also appointed Vice-Chair of the E-Commerce and Technology Bankruptcies Subcommittee. This is great visibility with the practicing bar and great for the school. Good work, Karen!

In other practice-related scholarly news, the 10,000 members of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar will benefit from Jan Kosel's recent article entitled The Curious History of Full Payment Checks in California, which was published in Issue 3, 2010 of The Business Law News.

Finally, much has been said abut this year's amazing Ron George event (and written:, but I want to particularly thank Dean Dru Ramey for pulling together an amazing community event that she alone could have orchestrated. You are a wonder, Dru! In other Dru news, she has been appointed by the ABA President to the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. Perfect pick!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Faculty Scholarship Updates

Karen Gebbia and Roger Bernhardt spoke at the Real Property Alumni CLE event on the topic of Purchase Money Security Interests in Real Property and Personal Property, including definition, creation, perfection, and priority battles and the problem of fixtures. Karen covered the personal property, Roger covered real property mortgages, and they both discussed fixtures. Also, Karen wrote a case comment/editor's take on the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the consolidated cases of Gebhart v. Gaughan (In re Gebhart) and Chappell v. Klein (In re Chappell), both dealing with the rights of creditors / the trustee in bankruptcy to administer and sell property (the debtors' homes) after the debtor has been discharged from his debts but when the value of the home has increased in value.

The Natural Resources Journal (published by the University of New Mexico School of Law) will be publishing Paul Kibel's article titled "The Public Trust Navigates California's Bay Delta" in early 2011. Also, Paul has been invited to deliver a paper at the February 2011 Conference at Willamette University College of Law (in Oregon) on The Human Right to Water in the West. His presentation, which draws on his forthcoming article in the Natural Resources Journal, is titled "Public Trust Rights to Instream Flow: Statutory Innovation in California's 2009 Delta Reform Act."

Rod Fong was recently appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. The Center serves as the administrative and programmatic oversight body for the three major ABA entities that focus on racial and ethnic diversity issues. Rod also wrote an article on "Getting a Jump on the Bar Exam" that was published in the CLEO Edge Magazine, Winter/Spring 2011.

Peter Keane served as facilitator moderating an all day retreat session by the San Francisco Police Commission and Chief of Police George Gascon at the Conference Center at Four Embarcadero. And on October 15 Peter participated in a debate that the Constitutional Law Society put together between him and Second Appellate District Court of Appeals Justice J. Anthony Kline on the local judicial race between Michael Nava and Richard Ulmer.

Bob Calhoun, Laura Cisneros, Eric Christiansen, Bill Gallagher and Karen Gebbia spoke at the "First Tuesday in October" Event which previewed the October 2010 term of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each chose one or two interesting and/or important cases to present to a group of about 40 students, faculty and staff.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hein Online's Intellectual Property Law Collection

We are very excited about the new library on Hein Online - the Intellectual Property Law Collection. This library contains primary materials, periodicals, treatises, agency decisions, and legislative histories. This collection is brand new and more material will be added in the months to come.

To access, go to:, scroll down and click on Hein Online. You will get the login screen; enter your last name and GGU Law ID#. Then, at the Hein Online main screen, scroll down and click on "Intellectual Property Law Collection." Once in that library, you can search by book titles, periodicals, legislative histories, federal agency decisions, scholarly articles, CFR T. 37, 17 & 35 USC, and all editions of the MPEP.

Please contact a reference librarian if you have any questions. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Student Writers Needed

The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals will publish our annual New Lawyer issue next month with essays from third-year law school students and recent law school graduates. We are looking for students interested in writing about their law school experience or their experience in the legal job market. These essays should run between 800 and 1,000 words, and will feature a photo of the student. This is an excellent way for students to start to get involved in the California legal community. The New Lawyer goes to all of our subscribers, including the general counsel of most public companies in California, and to California law school students.

Students wishing to write, should send me a one-paragraph synopsis by Friday, Oct. 29. If you are selected, the essay will be due Friday, Nov. 12. You should be available for a photo session during the first week of November and available by phone and/or email for edits to your essay between Nov. 12 and Nov. 17. The New Lawyer is published on Nov. 23, with the list of names of those who passed the July bar exam.

David Houston
Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal