Entries from March 2009
March 25th, 2009 · Comments
Street vendors peddle counterfeit goods on sidewalks and in alleyways around Latin America. While the informal economy in developing countries provides jobs and access to inexpensive consumer goods, the intellectual piracy fueling these cheap goods poses a serious danger to public health and cultural heritage.
Intellectual Property theft results in losses more devastating and widespread than the loss of income for those whose work is stolen. Pirated pharmaceuticals and medical devices lack safety standards, counterfeit mechanical parts can fail, and illegal downloads and pirated CD's rob artists of an incentive to contribute to their country's heritage.
This episode of Law in 10 features California Western Assistant Dean for Mission Development and Proyecto ACCESO Director Jamie Cooper discussing his work with the U.S. Justice Department to fight Intellectual Property theft in Latin America.
March 18th, 2009 · Comments
The current economic slowdown is changing the landscape of the legal world nationally and in San Diego. Law firms and agencies exercise greater caution in new hires and businesses seek firms than can deliver legal services more economically. What does all of this mean for students preparing to leave law school for a career in law?
This episode of Law in 10 features host Pam Hardy in conversation with Lou Helmuth, Assistant Dean for Career Services at California Western School of Law.
March 11th, 2009 · Comments
The California Innocence Project appears in San Bernardino Superior Court this month on behalf of William Richards, convicted to 25 years-to-life in prison for the 1997 murder of his wife, Pamela. Project staff and students uncovered surprising new material in the case which raises serious questions about the legitimacy of the bite mark and photographic evidence used to convict Mr. Richards.
This episode of Law in 10 features host Pam Hardy in conversation with Jan Stiglitz, Co-Director of the California Innocence Project and Professor of Law at California Western.
March 6th, 2009 · Comments
The California Supreme Court again wades into the battle over same-sex marriage this month, as they consider whether to overturn Proposition 8. The constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage passed last year with 52% of the vote. The state high court will decide whether the measure was an unconstitutional revision of state law, as opposed to an amendment. Revisions require action by the state legislature.
Regardless of the outcome of this case, many scholars question whether it is wise to amend the state constitution with only a simple majority. In California most bond and tax measures require a supermajority to pass. This episode of Law in 10 features host Pam Hardy in conversation with Glenn Smith, Professor of Constitutional Law at California Western and Visiting Professor of Political Science at UCSD.