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.