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Hastings professor Joan C. Williams has been called a “rock star” in the field of gender studies. For more than a quarter of a century, her work in the areas of pregnancy discrimination and work-family accommodation have helped define the issue
In 1970, as a 20-year-old college student, Eva Paterson famously debated Vice President Spiro Agnew on The David Frost Show. She went on to become a fierce advocate for civil rights, eventually working for 26 years at the Lawyers’ Committee for
John Henry Browne is a criminal defense attorney in Seattle who is best known for his work on behalf of the notorious. One of his first clients was Ted Bundy—a vicious, serial killer who murdered scores of women in at least a half-dozen states.
Over the 67-year history of the CIA, no agency staff attorney has ever wielded more influence or power than John Rizzo. A self-described “company man,” Rizzo joined the Central Intelligence Agency back in 1976 and over the next three-and-a-half
Over the last two decades no criminal defense lawyer in America has had a more profound impact on advancing the rights of the convicted than has Barry Scheck. In 1992, when DNA testing was still in its infancy, Scheck, along with his colleague
Kenneth Feinberg is best known for the work that he did as the Special Master of the Victim Compensation Fund that was established by Congress to distribute billions of taxpayer dollars to those who were either injured or lost loved ones during
As both a diplomat and a scholar, Dennis Ross has had a truly extraordinary career. Under President George H.W. Bush, he led the U.S. State Department's Policy Planning Staff. He also served as a Special Envoy to the Middle East under President
As the 46th Solicitor General of the United States, Donald B. Verrilli Jr. is best known for the case he made before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 in which he successfully defended the constitutionality of President Obama's Affordable Care Act
In late 2012, an NSA contractor named Edward Snowden leaked to the press almost 200,000 classified documents exposing secrets about the scope and methods of American intelligence gathering. To some this made him a hero; to others a traitor. In
During the waning days of South Africa's apartheid era, Judge Richard Goldstone led a series of investigations that exposed the human rights abuses committed by his own country's security forces--an effort that may well have prevented a full bl
In a country where as many as 100,000 rape cases are now pending in its courts, human rights attorney Rutuparna Mohanty has devoted herself to fighting for the rights of abused women and their families. In September, as a guest of the Joan B. K
No attorney in the United States has done more to weaken, if not kill, campaign finance laws than James Bopp Jr. As the principal plaintiffs attorney behind the Citizens United case, he paved the way for the U.S. Supreme Court decision that all
In 2008, Sadakat Kadri began an intellectual journey that would take him to Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, as well as to his father's birthplace in Northern India, in order to better understand both the history and the meaning of Shari'a law. Kadri re
At a time when the debate over new gun laws couldn't be more divisive, Adam Winkler's 2011 book, Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, has drawn praise from both opponents and advocates of stricter measures. In April 2013
Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis) is perhaps best known as the co-sponsor of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (a.k.a. McCain-Feingold). He also cast the only vote in the Senate against the USA Patriot Act, which he believed po
More than any other lawyer in the country, Paul Hoffman is responsible for turning an obscure 1789 law called the Alien Tort Statute into a potent weapon. Under the ATS, Hoffman has, on behalf of the tortured, successfully sued foreign national
Once, he presided over the third largest newspaper empire in the entire world. He also was a celebrated author with massive biographies of both Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon to his credit. But that was all before he served three years in
It was while working as an assistant U.S. attorney that David Lat fell in love with blogging. For Underneath Their Robes, his first blog, Lat went undercover to poke fun at the very judges he tried cases in front of. Then, in 2006, he founded A
UC Hastings Law School Alum Lloyd Braun began his career as an entertainment lawyer, but eventually moved over to the creative side of the business. Since then he's had a hand in developing some of the biggest hit shows in television history, i
Los Angeles attorney Paul Morantz has devoted his professional life to fighting cults. But in the late 1970s that life almost came to an abrupt end when one of the cults he litigated against planted a live rattlesnake in his mailbox. Morantz sp
As the top lawyer for the U.S. State Department, Harold Hongju Koh is the man who both President Barak Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have most depended on to insure that the administration's policies conform with international la
For prosecutors, as well as priests, how we have sex has long been a matter of serious concern. So serious, in fact, that whenever community standards are challenged, the response is often repression, and, sometimes, severe punishment. Eric Ber
As a partner with the Cooley law firm in San Francisco, Sandy Tatum became over the course of four decades one of America’s most influential lawyers. He's also known as the "Dean of American golf." Tatum was a moving force behind the multi-mill
MacArthur genius award recipient Elyn Saks has written extensively about the rights of the mentally ill. She has also written at length about her own bouts with serious mental illness. In this very candid interview Saks, who is a tenured law pr
What are the nine unelected justices of the U.S. Supreme Court really good for? In a wide ranging interview with UC Hastings law professor David Faigman, Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer talks about the role that the High Court
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