Law And The Pandemic

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COVID-19 Legal Coverage and Perspectives from UC Hastings Law

Episode Date
How the Pandemic and Racism Collide

Today we speak with Professor Sarah Hooper about why communities of color are hospitalized and dying at disproportionately higher rates and what we can do to mitigate this serious issue. 

Professor Hooper is Executive Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. Her research focuses on legal issues in aging and dementia care, including health care decision making and informed consent.

Jul 21, 2020
Who’s the liability? A look at COVID-19 Waivers

Today, we speak with Professor Shanin Specter about liability waivers and whether they are a viable legal strategy or simply a deterrence tactic.

Professor Specter has been teaching at UC Hastings Law since 2017 and is a founding partner of Kline & Specter, one of the leading catastrophic injury firms in the US. He recently published an opinion piece on related to this topic.

Jul 15, 2020
Pandemic or Pretext? Changes to the US Asylum System

Today, we speak with Professor Karen Musalo about changes to the U.S. asylum system since the pandemic hit.

Professor Musalo is the founding director of the UC Hastings Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. She has contributed to the evolving jurisprudence of asylum law through her scholarship, as well as her litigation of landmark cases.

Jul 08, 2020
An Overview of the UC Hastings Transition to Online Education and the What’s to Come

Today, we speak with Professor Abe Cable about how UC Hastings Law had to suddenly adapt to the pandemic and the implications for Fall 2020 and beyond.

Professor Cable is the Faculty Director of Online Legal Education at UC Hastings Law. This past February, he wrote the college’s Online Education Handbook, which contains information and best practices for faculty.

Jun 23, 2020
Bank Accounts for All – The Federal Reserve Could Get It Done

Today, we speak with Professor John Crawford about the role of the Federal Reserve in managing the financial fallout from the pandemic and his proposal that the Fed should provide a bank account to every American.

Professor Crawford’s current research focuses on the regulation of financial markets and institutions. 

Jun 09, 2020
Can They Do This, Too? Shelter-in-Place Updates and the Curfews Professor Matt Coles

This week marks a historic time for the United States, as curfew orders have been put in place across the country in response to protests following the death of George Floyd.

UC Hastings Professor Matt Coles, former Deputy Legal Director and Director of Center for Equality at the ACLU, rejoins us this week to weigh in on the constitutionality of these curfew orders.

Jun 05, 2020
The Accelerated Adoption of Legal Technology

Today, we speak with Professor Alice Armitage about law firm economics and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Armitage is the Director of Applied Innovation at UC Hastings, where she teaches a course on the business skills necessary to build a tech startup. She’s also a two-time entrepreneur.

Jun 02, 2020
A Bird’s Eye View of the Tax Provisions of the Cares Act

The government is spending a lot of money to try to keep the U.S. economy afloat. How is it all being spent?

Today, we speak with Professor Manoj Viswanathan to get an overview of the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which is also known as the CARES Act.  

Professor Viswanathan teaches doctrinal tax courses as well as the UC Hastings Business Tax Practicum for Social Enterprises. His research focuses on tax policy, economic development, and the regulation of tax-exempt organizations.

May 12, 2020
Clearing California’s Barriers to Creating Advance Care Directives Online

It's not pleasant to think about, but making sure you have a plan for your worst case scenario during COVID-19 is important for both you and for your family.

Today we speak with Professor Sarah Hooper about how to complete an advance care directive in the age of social distancing.

Professor Hooper is Executive Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. Her research focuses on legal issues in aging and dementia care, including health care decision making and informed consent.

May 12, 2020
The Vaccine Pipeline for Pandemics

What has to happen before we get a vaccine? What even is a vaccine?

Today we talk to Professor Robin Feldman about the potential hurdles to the development and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Professor Feldman’s work focuses on the role of intellectual property law in technology, as well as drug pricing and health care law. Her most recent book is Drugs, Money, & Secret Handshakes: The Unstoppable Growth of Prescription Drug Prices.

May 12, 2020
The Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 on the Workplace

Schools and offices are operating remotely for the first time in history. Is it working?

Today, we speak with Professor Joan Williams about the pandemic and the implications for telework.

Professor Williams has played a central role in reshaping the conversation about work, gender, and class over the past quarter-century. She has authored 11 books and over 90 academic articles.

Most recently, she appeared in a New York Times article on “Three Things Lockdowns Have Exposed About Working and Parenting.”

May 12, 2020
Finding a Cure That is Better than the Disease – The Toolbox for Defeating COVID-19

Today, we speak with Professor Dorit Reiss about the vaccine development process and other tools being deployed to combat COVID-19.

Increasingly, Professor Reiss focuses her research on legal and policy issues related to vaccines, school mandates, and tort and administrative issues related to vaccines.

May 12, 2020
How COVID-19 in California Prisons Affects You

Today, Professor Hadar Aviram explains why those inside the California prison system are so susceptible to COVID-19, as well as the risk that poses to the rest of us.

Professor Aviram is an expert in criminal justice, civil rights, and social movements. She’s the author of Yesterday’s Monsters: The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole, which examines the California parole process.

May 12, 2020
"Where’s my stimulus?" Why the IRS is Ghosting You

Confused about who's getting a $1200 check?

Today we speak with Professor Amy Spivey about the economic impact payments and get answers to many logistical questions related to this, and to the IRS more generally.

Professor Spivey joined UC Hastings Law earlier this year as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Clinic Director for the school’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.

May 12, 2020
Shelter-in-Place and the Constitution: Can they do this?

On our inaugural episode, we ask the number one question on everyone's mind: Can the government actually do this?

We're joined today by Professor Matt Coles to get his take on shelter-in-place orders and the constitution.

Before joining the UC Hastings Law faculty, Professor Coles was Deputy National Legal Director at the ACLU. He also helped defeat three California ballot initiatives aimed at quarantining people with HIV in the 1980s.

May 12, 2020