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Psychologist’s research supports gay marriage decision

When a panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana this week, the justices cited work by UC Davis professor of psychology Gregory Herek. In the 40-page opinion, Judge Richard A. …
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Pirates, mercenaries and international law

UC Davis law student Ansel Halliburton has posted an interesting paper discussing the legal issues raised by how shipping companies might defend themselves from Somali pirates. Here is the abstract: Because of the recent surge in piracy emanating from the …
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How the law ignores a fifth of the population

Legal scholarship barely acknowledges the one-fifth of the U.S. population that lives in rural areas, writes law professor Lisa Pruitt on the School of Law’s faculty blog. Pruitt, who grew up in rural Arkansas, writes that the ‘urban’ population seems …
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Law School faculty on Justice Stevens

UC Davis law professor Diane Marie Amann was a former law clerk with retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and has been quoted by a number of media outlets since Stevens announced his retirement last week “He is undoubtedly …
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UC Davis expert testifies at Prop 8 trial

UC Davis psychology professor Gregory Herek is testifying today for plaintiffs seeking to overturn Proposition 8, the state ballot measure passed in 2008 that bans gay marriage in California. Herek, an internationally recognized authority on prejudice against lesbians and gay …
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How should Senator Kennedy’s seat be filled?

On Findlaw.com, UC Davis constitutional law expert Vikram Amar discusses the issues around filling the late Senator Kennedy’s seat. The Seventeenth Amendment permits, but does not require, state legislators to authorize governors to appoint someone to fill a vacant seat …
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Health care reform debate rages on

Contributed by Clifton Parker For the next month, Congress will undertake the daunting feat of trying to solve the nation’s health care woes. Given the complexity, real change, if any, is likely to be more incremental than substantive, say UC …
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Law profs blog live on Prop 8 noon today

The Sacramento Bee will host a live debate on the California Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Proposition 8 at noon today. The panelists are Vikram Amar, professor and associate dean of the UC Davis law school; Professor Alan Brownstein, an expert …
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Law dean welcomes Obama’s SCOTUS pick

Kevin Johnson, dean of the UC Davis School of Law, welcomed President Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court yesterday. “It’s an amazing nomination,” Johnson told the Sacramento Bee. “He has hit the ball out of the proverbial …
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Religious freedom and gay marriage

States that recognize gay marriage should protect the rights of individuals who object to gay marriage on religious grounds, but should take care not to infringe the new rights of gay and lesbian couples, writes UC Davis law professor Alan …
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