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Newswise: New Report: California Lags in Fracking Regulations
10-Apr-2013 4:45 PM EDT
New Report: California Lags in Fracking Regulations
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A new report on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in California warns of possible water contamination and seismic activity near drilling sites, unless the oil-extraction method is tightly regulated.

Newswise: New Book Reveals Human Cost of Climate Change
Released: 8-Feb-2013 6:00 AM EST
New Book Reveals Human Cost of Climate Change
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Andrew Guzman, an authority on international law and economics, predicts a grim future unless citizens demand action to reduce carbon emissions.

Released: 17-Jan-2013 11:30 AM EST
Berkeley Law Launches Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

On the eve of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Berkeley Law launches a new research center to study the economic and legal impact of restrictive reproductive laws on women, families, and communities.

Newswise: Survey Finds Americans Support “Do Not Mail”
Released: 3-Dec-2012 3:50 PM EST
Survey Finds Americans Support “Do Not Mail”
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A new national survey finds that a very large majority of Americans support a Do Not Mail initiative, similar to the popular Do Not Call registry.

Newswise: CA Leads Nation in Exonerations of Wrongfully Convicted
Released: 24-Oct-2012 5:00 AM EDT
CA Leads Nation in Exonerations of Wrongfully Convicted
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A new criminal justice initiative today released a study showing that 200 or more wrongful convictions have been thrown out since 1989 in California, costing those convicted more than 1,300 years of freedom and taxpayers $129 million.

Released: 30-Aug-2012 2:00 PM EDT
New High Court Training Program for Lawyers
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Berkeley Law launches the first moot court for attorneys who want to test their skills on cases pending before the California Supreme Court. The program will be run by the law school's new California Constitution Center, which will study state constitutional issues.

Released: 7-Jun-2012 9:00 AM EDT
How to Meet California’s Local Renewable Energy Goals
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A new report offers a "how-to" guide for California to meet its ambitious local renewable energy goals of 12K megawatts by 2020. It looks at obstacles, from grid planning to building permits, and recommends ways to overcome them.

Released: 9-Feb-2012 9:00 AM EST
New Report Finds Biometric ID Card Could Cost $40 Billion
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A first-ever in-depth analysis of the costs of a biometric employment I.D. card that has an embedded fingerprint or hand vein scan. The card would replace various forms of ID, such as a driver’s license, social security card and passport during the hiring process.

Released: 24-Oct-2011 6:00 AM EDT
New Report: How To Harvest Clean Energy From Degraded Farmland
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

California’s goal of 33% renewable energy by 2020 could receive a significant boost if the state built large-scale solar plants on degraded farmland. A new report explains how to expedite these projects, while protecting prime farmland and natural habitats.

Released: 19-Oct-2011 1:50 PM EDT
Report Faults Immigration Program for Wrongful Arrests, Detentions
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

The majority of people arrested in a federal immigration enforcement program are jailed without bond, without access to a lawyer, and without a court hearing, according to a new report. Researchers analyzed data obtained through Freedom of Information Act.

Released: 25-Aug-2011 9:00 AM EDT
How to Overcome Legal Barriers to Accountable Care Organizations
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Roll-out of the new national health care law is underway, but a new report warns of legal and regulatory barriers that could derail one of its critical components.

Released: 19-May-2011 12:00 PM EDT
Water Conservation Can Save Energy and Reduce Pollution
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Consumers may not be aware of the connection between water and energy consumption--or the greenhouse gases emitted as a byproduct. A new report offers steps industry and state leaders and consumers can take to reduce water consumption and save energy.

Released: 12-May-2011 6:00 AM EDT
Berkeley Law Think Tanks Merge Into Research Powerhouse
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Berkeley Law is merging three critically-acclaimed think tanks into one centralized research unit, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy. The institute’s core research areas will include education; health, economic & family security; immigration; and criminal justice.

Released: 24-Feb-2011 6:00 AM EST
New Institute to Expand Jewish and Israel Studies
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Berkeley Law launches new institute to expand and diversify Jewish and Israel studies on campus. This interdisciplinary initiative reflects both a flourishing of Jewish legal studies in U.S. law schools and a national surge in the academic study of Israel.

Released: 11-Jan-2011 1:00 PM EST
Justice Sotomayor To Preside Over Berkeley Law Competition
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will preside over the final arguments of Berkeley Law's honors moot court competition on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Released: 16-Dec-2010 9:00 AM EST
'Restorative Justice' School Program Reduces Student Delinquency
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A program to change how teachers and administrators respond to student misbehavior led to a dramatic drop in suspensions and expulsions at an Oakland, CA middle school. During one year of the alternative “restorative justice” program, suspensions dropped by 87 percent and expulsions dropped to zero.

Newswise: Report Finds Dramatic Crime Reduction in East Palo Alto, CA
14-Dec-2010 9:00 AM EST
Report Finds Dramatic Crime Reduction in East Palo Alto, CA
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

An independent analysis of data in East Palo Alto, CA shows a dramatic drop in crime over the past two decades. Once known as the U.S. per capita “murder capital,” the city’s crime rate dropped 62% between 1986 and 2008.

Released: 19-Nov-2010 9:00 AM EST
How to Improve Job Prospects for People with Criminal Records
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Job prospects are bleak for anyone with a criminal record in California, and the current economic downturn makes it even tougher. But a new report offers ways to reverse that trend with recommendations from employers, unions, police, government officials, and academics.

Released: 28-Sep-2010 9:00 AM EDT
Top Legal Experts Explore Reforms to Copyright Law
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A new report by legal experts explores ways to update copyright law in the digital age. Millions of ordinary citizens now publish and distribute material with the click of a mouse. But the outdated law exposes new users to huge damage awards and industry copyright owners to piracy.

Released: 9-Sep-2010 7:00 AM EDT
Prop. 23 Creates Legal Turmoil, Cuts State Revenue, Reduces Job Growth
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A white paper on California’s Proposition 23 finds the initiative would create legal turmoil, cut state revenue, and jeopardize clean energy jobs. Prop. 23 would also slow state efforts to reduce climate change and could have a domino effect nationwide.

Released: 26-Aug-2010 8:00 AM EDT
CA’s Juvenile Justice System Ill-Equipped to Care for Girls
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

The number of girl offenders in California's juvenile justice system is rising faster than the number of boys, yet a new report finds that the state lacks effective programs to service their unique needs. The co-authors call for better programs to serve delinquent girls.

Released: 31-Mar-2010 9:00 AM EDT
Deportation of Lawful Immigrant Parents Harms U.S. Citizen Children
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

The U.S. has deported the lawful immigrant parents of nearly 88,000 citizen children in just a decade, according to a new report released today from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Davis law schools.

Released: 14-Jan-2010 9:00 AM EST
Study Denounces Immigration Program as Assembly-Line Justice
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A new study offers a scathing critique of a U.S. immigration enforcement program that targets migrant workers. The report states that the program, Operation Streamline, violates the civil rights of defendants and diverts resources from fighting border violence: drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Released: 16-Sep-2009 5:00 AM EDT
Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws Led to Racial Profiling
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A Hispanic community that lived in fear after a spike in arrests now has evidence it was unjustly targeted to enforce immigration laws. When local police had constant access to immigration agents, Hispanic arrests for minor crimes rose nearly 150 percent. Berkeley Law report.

Released: 27-Aug-2009 9:00 AM EDT
New Report Shows How to Increase Climate-Friendly Neighborhoods
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

A blueprint for policy makers on how to boost climate-friendly real estate development in California. This type of development is typified by walkable communities near transit, jobs, and services and is key to reducing California’s greenhouse gas emissions. Released by Berkeley Law and UCLA Law.

Released: 10-Jul-2009 12:15 PM EDT
Berkeley Law Experts Available for Interviews on Sotomayor Hearings
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

UC Berkeley School of Law scholars are available for insight and analysis on Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court. The nomination has stirred debate about judicial activism, among other issues, due partly to comments she made during a 2001 Berkeley Law speech. U.S. Senate confirmation hearings begin July 13.

Released: 18-Mar-2009 1:00 PM EDT
Law Schools Launch "Legal Planet" Blog on Environment
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Top California law schools launch new blog, "Legal Planet," which provides insight and analysis on climate change, energy, and environmental law and policy.

Released: 26-Feb-2009 9:00 AM EST
Top UC Law Schools Launch Washington, D.C. Program, UCDC Law
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Top UC law schools launch Washington, D.C. field-placement program, UCDC Law. This uniquely collaborative program places second and third-year students in congressional offices on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Department of Justice, and regulatory agencies. Students learn first-hand how laws are made.


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