Posts Tagged ‘Frank H. Wu’

Law School Chancellors Reviewing 16-Year-Old Movies: Frank Wu of UC Hastings on Ronin (1998)

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Here it is, apropos of nothing, from Frank H. Wu, Chancellor & Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law on the HuffPo.

But we’re not talking about the recent film 47 Ronin, non non.

We’re talking about plain old Ronin, from when you were in elementary school, Gentle Reader.

Now the thing about Dean Frank is that he’s new in town. The things I disagree with him about have to do him embracing certain corrupt local institutions. Of course he sometimes needs to deal with such entities to get his job done, but he doesn’t display an awareness of the fact he’s living in the most corrupt big American city west of Chicago. For instance.

No matter, I entirely agree that Ronin is worth your time. (And I’m shocked that its Rotten Tomatoes score is in the ’60s. This is one of the best films you can see with a rating that low.)

You oughtta watch the whole thing.  

“The University of California’s Hastings College of the Law (UC Hastings or Hastings) is a top tier public law school in San Francisco, California, located in the Civic Center neighborhood. Founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings, the first Chief Justice of California, it was the first law school of the University of California…”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer Graces U.C. Hastings – Another Interview From “Legally Speaking” Series

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I’ll tell you, our UC Hastings Law School down in Civic Center has been en el fuego this past year or so, what with its new, new-school dean and whathaveyou.

For example, here’s yesterday’s joint, featuring United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer getting interviewd by UC Hastings Distinguished Professor David Faigman, an expert on constitutional theory:

Via James Block - click to expand

(And that comes on the heels of another Supreme Court Justice and the political debates they’ve had recently. It’s amazing, really.)

What were the topics? I have no idea. But Bob Egleko was there (with his pencil and notepad, since they don’t allow recordings), so check his report.

And I’ll be sure to upload video or link or whatever I can find in a week or two, pinky-swear.

“Legally Speaking: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer
11/16/2011 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
198 McAllister, Louis B Mayer Lounge

Legally Speaking is a series of probing interviews with prominent lawyers, judges and academics, co-produced by UC Hastings and California Lawyer.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer will join UC Hastings for a Legally Speaking interview. Justice Breyer is the third U.S. Supreme Court Justice to spend time at UC Hastings in the last 13 months. He will be interviewed by UC Hastings Distinguished Professor David Faigman, an expert on constitutional theory. Justice Breyer’s most recent book Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View will be the topic of discussion.”

UC Hastings Announces New Plan, Vision for the Future: Charts Way Forward as National Leader in Legal Education

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Well, here it is:

“UC Hastings Law Announces New Plan, Vision for the Future: Charts Way Forward as National Leader in Legal Education

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California Hastings College of the Law, the first law school of the American West, is responding to the changed circumstances of legal education with a bold strategic plan for the future. UC Hastings 2011: At a Crossroads charts this public institution’s way forward as a national leader in preparing law students for a dynamic marketplace that demands professionals capable of addressing the most complex problems of law and policy. It was accepted by the UC Hastings Board of Directors on September 10, 2011.

“We stand at a crossroads,” said Frank H. Wu, UC Hastings Chancellor and Dean. “We are witnessing profound changes within the legal marketplace, higher education, and the economy. Many of these changes are structural, rather than temporary in effect. They reflect a new era of dynamic transformation, powered by technology and global in scope.”

“Whether it is due to outsourcing within the profession, distance learning, or consumer expectations,” continued Wu, “UC Hastings faces a changing legal profession. We will embrace the challenges before us. Legal education, no different than the society it serves and the problems it is meant to address, must change. Legal education requires a new paradigm. This is our vision.”

Click here to read the full media release.

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UC Hastings Mission:
The mission of the University of California Hastings College of the Law is to provide an academic program of the highest quality, based upon scholarship, teaching, and research, to a talented and diverse student body and to assure that its graduates have a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the law and are well trained for the multiplicity of roles they will play in a society and profession that are subject to continually changing demands and needs.”

Former Interim Chancellor Dean Professor Leo Martinez passing the torch, from back in the day:

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OMG, UC Hastings Law Students Will Have a Chance to Walk Five Miles to School With Dean Frank Wu!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

You’d think he’d just ride MUNI or his BMW K1200 RS motosickle, but no, UC Hastings Dean Frank H. Wu sometimes actually walks almost five miles to get to campus just south of the Tenderloin* and just north of the Twitterloin.

Anyway, this is the notice that all Hastings students just got, per Elie Mystal:

I invite you to walk with me to UC Hastings. From time to time, I walk to work. The route proceeds from the Forest Hill neighborhood, north through the Inner Sunset, enters Golden Gate Park at 9th Avenue, proceeds along the Panhandle, takes a slight detour through Alamo Square Park, continues along Golden Gate Avenue and ends at school. This route is approximately 4.6 miles. The pace is approximately 17 minutes per mile, but if faster walkers are amenable it could be increased to 15 minutes per mile.

I will be walking on Friday, September 23, beginning at 6:30 am. You may join me at the JP Murphy playground at 6:30 am; the 9th Avenue entrance to Golden Gate Park at 6:45 am; Faletti’s (at 308 Broderick Street) at 7:10-7:15 am; Alamo Square Park at 7:30-7:40 am.

If there is interest, I am open to walking from other starting points within the City. This is a social event and it is not an official activity of the College. Any walkers assume all risks and will be asked to sign an appropriate release form.

Please contact [Redacted] Please note space is limited; please provide your cell phone number when you RSVP and specify the rendezvous. Thank you.

Dean Frank H. Wu
Chancellor and Dean”

Enjoy.

Former Interim Chancellor Dean Professor Leo Martinez passing the torch, from back in the day:

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*The Toughest Lawyer in Town, San Francisco’s [Vincent] Hallinan used to walk to work in the Tenderloin too, back in the day, but that was a bonus because it gave him a chance to engage in pugilistics when people tried to mug him. FYI, you’ll find this book on file at UC Hastings Legal Information Center, prolly.

Meet Frank Wu, the New Chancellor and Dean at UC Hastings College of Law

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

The chair of Morrison & Foerster, Keith Wetmore, hosted a reception down at 425 Market yesterday to mark the first day of Frank H. Wu serving as Chancellor and Dean at San Francisco’s University of California, Hastings College of Law. He’s just beginning his 63-event(!), eight-month tour to settle in at his stint at the oldest and largest law school in the West.

Here’s all you need to know.

A warm welcome back at MoFo, where Dean Wu worked as an associate back in the 1990′s:

Professor Leo Martinez passing the torch:

Conversing with recent grads Shin-Yu Wang and Jessica Leal at the alumni reception:

Will Frank regularly drive his BMW K1200 RS sport/touring motorcycle down from Sutro Heights to get to school, that is, when he’s not too busy writing?

We Can Only Hope.

Bon Courage, Frank H. Wu.

UC Hastings Throws Down: Defeats Christian Legal Society in U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Remember that whole thing with U.C. Hastings (the largest and oldest law school in the West) getting into it with the Christian Legal Society? Well, it’s over, with Hastings winning in a 5-4 decision.

(That means that there will be one less thing for incoming Dean Frank H. Wu to worry about when he takes over on July 1.)

Get all the deets, here and below, and see what the CLS has to say, after the jump, and oh, here’s a nice take already from fast-working Bob Egelko.

The flag of Victory, or something, flying above The Tower at 100 McAllister:

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms UC Hastings’ Policy in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, et al. Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, et al., signifying an important win in the country’s highest court for the College’s policy on recognition of student organizations and for higher education generally.

In the ruling authored by Justice Ginsburg, the decision stated: “Compliance with Hastings’ all-comers policy, we conclude, is a reasonable, viewpoint-neutral condition on access to the student-organization forum.”

“We are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision.  The College’s intent has always been to ensure the leadership, educational and social opportunities afforded by officially recognized student organizations are available to all students attending public institutions.  The Court’s ruling validates our policy, which is rooted in equity and fairness,” said Leo Martinez, Acting Chancellor and Dean, Hastings College of the Law.  

Justice Ginsburg delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justices Stevens, Kennedy, Breyer and Sotomayor joined.  Justices Stevens and Kennedy joined the majority opinion in full and filed concurring opinions.  Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion in which Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia and Thomas joined.  

COURT’S DECISION:        Available at http://www.supremecourt.gov/

BRIEFS:        Available at http://www.abanet.org/publiced/preview/briefs/april2010.shtml

As promised, the Christians Speak, after the jump.

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Frank H. Wu Set to Take Over U.C. Hastings Law School Next Year

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The oldest and largest lawschool in the West will be getting a new leader as of July 1, 2010, when Howard University’s Frank H. Wu will become the dean at U.C. Hastings in San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin

Frank’s no stranger to the bay area, having taught at Stanfoo and also having worked for Mofo (that’s the nickname for San Francisco’s historic white-shoe law firm Morrison and Foerster, srsly) representing tenants against landlords pro bono back in the 1990′s.

Meet Frank Wu:

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Per SFGate:

 
The man has a Plan for Hastings – a three-point plan, actually: 
 
First, he said the curriculum should be structured to ensure graduates have real-world legal skills when they leave, such as taking depositions, negotiating deals, and reading balance sheets.
 
Second, students should be prepared to work in a global economy that is driven by Pacific Rim nations. “The global economy is not the future. It’s here and now,” he said. “I see us recruiting students and placing them in Seoul and Saigon.”

Additionally, Wu said the school is too reliant on state funding and he intends to launch its first capital campaign.”

Bon courage, Frank Wu.

All the deets after the jump.

*How about partially racially-motivated instead? If you kill somebody with a baseball bat in San Francisco these days and then admit it to the cops, you’re going to do some hard time, no doubt. But back in the day if you and your stepson killed somebody with a baseball bat in Detroit, Michigan, well, you might have been able to walk with probation and a $30/week restitution plan. It all had to do with a runaway judge and some county prosecutors who made a plea bargain deal and then no-showed the sentencing hearing, and later on, some feds who got caught committing prosecutorial misconduct. Why do voters support mandatory minimum sentencing and three-strikes type laws in the aughts? Because of cases like that of Vincent Chin in the 1980′s. Just saying.

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