Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
Southwestern Reporter

Fall 2012, Number 2

A Dozen Questions for Professor Ryan Abbott


Professor Ryan AbbottQ: As a physician, what piqued your interest in the law?

A: In medical school, I found that I was most excited about studying health care systems and thinking about the big picture. I was particularly drawn to the subject of how laws and regulations affect medical practice. Over the years, as I've had the opportunity to work as a physician, attorney and acupuncturist, I've learned that I'm happiest thinking of new ways to solve problems. Legal academia is a great place to do that.

Putting it another way, in medical school, you spend a lot of time following senior doctors around, and you quickly realize that they love complaining. Common gripes include, "I work too much," "I'm not paid enough," "I don't have enough professional autonomy," and "I don't get enough respect." Frequently, this ends with the admonition that, "I should have been a lawyer." So, because I was an attentive and enthusiastic medical student, I took my attendings at their word and decided to study the law.

Strangely enough, the situation was much the same at my law firm, where I discovered that lawyers love to complain just as much as doctors, and about all the same problems. However, they generally conclude with, "I should have been an investment banker." So, I went to interview with Goldman Sachs, told the recruiter what I'd experienced, and asked if he was happy with his job. He said, "to be honest, I've always wanted to dance." On the plus side, I rarely hear law professors complain. Outside of exam grading, that is.

Q: Why did you pursue both a conventional M.D. as well as a degree in traditional Oriental medicine?

A: In high school and college, I was really into martial arts and oriental philosophy. One day while practicing Kendo, I injured my right hand which promptly swelled up to twice its normal size. Six months later the swelling still hadn't resolved, and my girlfriend convinced me to go see a doctor. I went to UCLA where I had x-rays taken, and a doctor there told me I'd probably broken my knuckle, but that he couldn't do anything about it. He said I should expect the swelling to subside in another year, and that I would likely have arthritis in the hand for the rest of my life. But, he assured me that a lot of people have arthritis.

That answer didn't do it for me, so I went to see an acupuncturist. She completely resolved the swelling in a couple of treatments, and the hand hasn't bothered me since. She went on to suggest that I should study acupuncture, and, assuming that would take around six weeks, I thought it sounded like a good idea. To my surprise, I learned that California requires a four-year master's degree for an acupuncture license. I took a few classes anyway and found the subject fascinating, so I decided to stick it out.

During this time I was still an undergraduate, and I developed an independent major to accommodate my studies in traditional oriental medicine. The major combined courses in biology, biostatistics, chemistry, mathematics, physics and public health with courses in philosophy, anthropology, history, and Chinese language and culture. I also got to work at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, where I was principal investigator of a randomized controlled trial of Tai Chi for tension headaches. The Center employs physicians who practice integrative medicine, and they encouraged me to continue my studies in medical school. Although I was enjoying my studies in traditional medicine, I knew that I still had a lot to learn about health and disease.

Q: How were you able to simultaneously complete your M.D. at UC San Diego and your J.D. at Yale? How have you found time to squeeze in two divergent degrees from institutions based at opposite ends of the country?

A: Lots of frequent flier miles. But, it wasn't all that bad. While it was a dual degree program, which reduced the academic requirements to a mere six years, I was only ever studying one thing at a time. Even at the same institution, it isn't possible to have law and medical coursework in the same semester, because medical school has such heavy time demands - often in excess of 80 hours a week. After a few semesters in medicine, I was downright eager to return to my studies in the law. That was something my law school classmates had trouble understanding.

Q: Still, three professional degrees - is there some way you see everything coming together?

A: I think that my background gives me a unique perspective on health care. The health care system today is so complex, that the ability to come at a problem from multiple angles is an asset. Most of the problems in health care are solvable, but actors in the health care arena often have powerful incentives to resist change.

Take the example of complementary and alternative medicine. Americans use alternative medicine because they believe it is effective, but very little of it has been accepted by mainstream health care. This is largely because there is a limited amount of high quality scientific research to support the use of alternative medicine.

It seems surprising that there been so little research on alternate medicine given its popularity. Mostly, that has to do with money. Drug companies are in the business of getting new drugs approved, because those drugs have the potential to produce a significant return on investment. Even though the research needed for approval costs hundreds of millions of dollars, those medicines go on to receive intellectual property protection which allow producers to set monopoly prices. The same isn't true of alternative medicines. Most alternative medicines are already on the market and not eligible for patent protection.

How do we facilitate a method for health care actors to want to change and improve research on alternative medicine? One option is a new market exclusivity regime for evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine. There is some precedent for this. The Orphan Drug Act was passed in 1983 to facilitate the commercialization of drugs to treat rare diseases. Prior to the Orphan Drug Act, only 38 drugs were approved to treat rare diseases. Now, there are more than 2,100.

A new market exclusivity regime would improve public health by keeping patients away from alternative medical treatments that don't work, and by integrating beneficial practices into mainstream practice. That is something mainstream health care sorely needs.

Q: Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, what do you think will be its most significant effects on the U.S. health care system? What are the potential challenges the law poses?

A: There are entire law school courses and textbooks devoted to answering those questions, as the Act is the most significant legislative change to our health care system in a generation. The media has largely focused on the Act's effects on access to health care and insurance reform. It should result in insurance coverage for 32 million currently uninsured people by 2019, in part through an individual mandate which requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The Supreme Court recently held that the individual mandate was constitutional within Congress' taxing power, though not valid under the commerce clause.

Most of the expanded coverage will come from expanding Medicaid to individuals with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level. That's an estimated sixteen to twenty million people. The Federal government will pay 100% of the cost of expanding Medicaid through 2016, down to 90% by 2020. However, in its ruling the Supreme Court also held that Congress cannot penalize States that choose not to participate in the Medicaid expansion by taking away their existing funding. Several republican governors have already vowed to opt out of the expansion. In Florida, that means the state will turn down 4.4 billion per year, and in Texas, it means an extra 2 million uninsured residents.

But the Supreme Court decision only deals with part of the legislation. The Act is a comprehensive reform package that, for example, encourages the creation of accountable care organizations and health homes, restructures provider incentives, expands quality monitoring, and changes the way health information is used and stored.

Hopefully these changes will lead to a stronger health care system, but even simple legislation can result in unintended consequences. Insurers, providers, and consumers are still struggling to figure out how the law is supposed to work and what Congress intended to do, with only a few court decisions for guidance. That's part of what makes being a law professor exciting. Legal scholars get to think deeply about these issues, and conduct empirical research, to help shape the implementation of the law in a way that maximizes benefits for everyone.


Q: In addition to health care reform, what are some of the most pressing issues in health care law?

A: Outside of the Affordable Care Act there is no shortage of exciting issues in health care law. Recent U.S. Federal Circuit and Supreme Court rulings on cases such as IMS Health, Prometheus, and Myriad are changing the landscape of health care law. For example, the Myriad case concerns whether genes can be patented. Myriad Genetics owns patents on two gene mutations that, when present, indicate a woman is at a high risk for getting breast or ovarian cancer. Myriad has also patented a test to evaluate for the presence of these genes that costs over $3,000. The patents are being challenged because they significantly raise medical costs and limit competition from other companies and researchers.

A U.S. District judge in New York invalidated Myriad's patents in 2010, ruling that genes are ineligible for patent protection as "products of nature." However, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit disagreed, holding that genes are eligible for patent protection because DNA isolated from the body is "markedly different" in chemical structure than DNA as it exists inside the body. The case has not yet come before the Supreme Court, which recently remanded the case back to the court of appeals to reconsider in light of its decision in Prometheus. The outcome of this case will be critically important to patient access to medicines and funding medical research and development. Thousands of human genes are already patented in the U.S.

Q: What have been some of the most significant issues you've dealt with in the consulting work you've done for the World Health Organization, UCLA East-West Medicine, etc.?

A: I was part of a project by Health Research for Action, a global policy think tank based in Belgium, to reform intellectual property laws in the Caribbean. While intellectual property rights create incentives for development of useful inventions, they also create obstacles to accessing technologies. In the case of new medicines, patent protection promotes investment in research and development. However, these same protections may limit access to medicines, particularly in developing countries. Over the past two decades, the increasing cost of medicines has disproportionately affected developing countries and meant that a large proportion of the world's population has been denied regular access to essential medicines.

I worked with government officials in Caribbean countries to analyze laws governing intellectual property legislation and regulation. I then made a series of recommendations to change local laws to maximize public health benefits. Although not everyone was receptive, several government officials accepted my recommendations and proceeded to amend their national laws and government policies. As a result, some Caribbean countries should now have an easier time getting low cost essential medicines for diseases like tuberculosis and malaria.

Q: Describe the primary focus of your research, both in medicine and in law.

A: My research focuses on improving health care. I'm particularly interested in the relationship between health care law and intellectual property, and how changes to intellectual property protection can affect health care practices. Most recently, I've been looking at how drugs and medical devises should be developed and approved in light of advances in bioinformatics and clinical research design, as well as how regulations should adapt to successfully respond to the unique challenges posed by evaluating traditional medicines. I'm also working on projects examining how different approaches to intellectual property protection of essential medicines can impact public health outcomes in developing countries.

As a physician, I've seen all too often the human and economic effects of problems with our health care system: lack of adequate health insurance, administrative barriers to care, uneven health care quality and reporting, and misaligned financial incentives to name a few. Finding solutions to these problems is what first motivated me to study law and, as a law professor, to work toward improving outcomes for future lawyers and their clients.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about teaching at Southwestern?

A: I'm most excited about working with Southwestern students. The school has a diverse and accomplished student body, and about two-thirds of students have already worked professionally or have advanced degrees. It is exciting when students can bring real world experience and a variety of perspectives into the classroom. Southwestern also has the benefit of being a small, private law school, which means students and faculty get to interact more than may be the case at a large university.

The school has outstanding faculty who are nationally renowned for their contributions to legal research. But even more importantly, I have found them to be very passionate about teaching and engaging with students. Faculty members have already gone out of their way to make me feel welcome, and I'm honored to be joining such a distinguished group.

Q: Is this a particularly opportune time for attorneys to practice in the health care law field? What advice do you have for students interested in the field of health care law?

A: This is a great time for attorneys to practice in health care. First, health care represents a large and growing industry. Health care spending now makes up more than 18 percent of the GDP, and a growing number of attorneys are finding health care related employment. Second, working in health care is fulfilling on a personal level. Many students were motivated to attend law school by a desire to help people, and helping people is easy to do while working in health care. The modern health care system couldn't function without attorneys, who do everything from advocating for patient rights, to protecting confidential information, to helping doctors and hospitals set up medical practices.

For Southwestern students interested in practicing health care law, a good place to start would be my course: Health Care Regulations & Practices. Otherwise, they could plan to attend medical school, or maybe just watch a few seasons of House.

Q: Because of the way you've juggled concurrent programs, what advice would you give to students about managing their time?

A: Red Bull may keep you awake for an exam, but it won't help with IRAC. What you finally learn when you get through medical school is that it's all about balance.

Q: What are some of your interests outside of medicine and the law?

A: I love traveling and experiencing different cultures. I was fortunate as a child and young adult to live on-and-off throughout Europe. I had the opportunity to enroll for a semester in German middle school, and to take classes in a Parisian University during high school. As an adult, I have continued to live in and visit Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. I studied as an undergraduate at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, and for one summer during medical school I lived in Geneva, Switzerland to work as an intern, then later as a consultant, at World Health Organization. This fall, I'm traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to teach a three-day seminar on Intellectual Property and Public Health.

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

A number of practitioners and experts in a variety of fields have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for the remainder of the 2012-2013 academic year.


Donna Encinas - Family Law Practice and Procedure

Donna Encinas, a sole practitioner, will teach Family Law Practice and Procedure during the 2013 Spring Semester. Professor Encinas has been practicing family law exclusively since being admitted to the bar and has been a sole practitioner since 1998. Early in her career, she was an associate at Edwards, Edwards & Ashton in Glendale, where she specialized in general family law with a particular emphasis on child custody disputes. She has been a volunteer mediator with the Los Angeles Superior Court for the past 18 years, and has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Family Law Courts. She is active in the family law sections of several local bar associations as well as the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Los Angeles Standing Committee of the State Bar Family Section on CDR. A member of the California State Bar, Professor Encinas earned her B.A. in Speech and Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her J.D. from Southwestern.

James Feldman - Motion Picture Production Law

James Feldman, a partner with the law firm of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc., will co-teach Motion Picture Production Law in the 2013 Spring semester with Professor George Ruiz. He joined Lichter Grossman, a transactional entertainment law firm, as an associate in 1999 and has been a named partner since 2008. His clients include Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Jay Baruchel, Bill Pullman, and the director Marc Webb. He has negotiated a wide range of agreements for actors, directors, writers and producers across the film and television industries, and acts as a sales agent for several independent films each year at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. He has also been at the forefront of negotiating innovative deals in digital media, for clients such as Felicia Day, Geek & Sundry, Jenna Marbles, and Professor Feldman earned his B.A. magna cum laude in 1992 from Yale University and his J.D. cum laude in 1996 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Before starting work in the entertainment industry, he served as a law clerk for Judge Sidney Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and for Justice John Major of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Penelope Glass - Entertainment Law

Penelope Glass, an attorney, business affairs executive and film producer with three decades of experience in the entertainment industry, working in the areas of feature motion picture, television, new media, publishing and intellectual property, will be teaching Entertainment Law during the 2013 Spring semester. Professor Glass earned her B.F.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she clerked for the renowned copyright, intellectual property and First Amendment expert Professor Melville B. Nimmer. She spent time as an associate and then partner at a prominent Los Angeles law firm specializing in entertainment transaction and litigation. She established her own firm in 1991, continuing to expand that core practice as well as focus on the rapidly developing new media technologies. In addition to her legal skills, Professor Glass has practical experience in motion pictures and television as an Executive/Co-Producer in motion pictures such as In the Electric MistColour Me Kubrick, and the upcoming Closer to the Moon. Her professional affiliations include the California and Washington State Bars, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Los Angeles Copyright Society, Feature Independent (FIND), Women in Film (former Board member) and California Lawyers for the Arts.

Benjamin Gluck - White Collar Crime

Benjamin Gluck, a shareholder in the firm of Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, & Lincenberg, will teach White Collar Crime during the 2013 Spring semester. Professor Gluck represents clients in a broad range of federal and state criminal matters. He represents businesses, business owners, accountants, lawyers, and public companies and their executives in investigations and at trial. Active on the ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Professor Gluck has served as chair or co-chair of the Southern California Regional and Healthcare Fraud Subcommittees, as well as the Newsletter and Young Lawyers Division. He has written and lectured extensively on a variety of white collar crime issues and serves on the National Editorial Board of Criminal Justice Magazine. In 2011, he was named as a Southern California Super Lawyer and was listed for several years prior as a Southern California Rising Star in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine. A member of the California State Bar, Professor Gluck earned his A.B. and M.A. degrees at ISTRE in France and his J.D., with distinction, at Stanford, where he was executive editor of the Stanford Law Review. Following law school, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Dean D. Pregerson, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Angela S. Haskins - Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating

Angela S. Haskins, a partner at the Los Angeles based law firm of Baker, Keener & Nahra, LLP, will be teaching Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating during the 2013 Spring semester. She currently specializes in the defense of physicians as well as other medical and healthcare personnel and facilities. Professor Haskins earned her J.D. from Southwestern in 1996, as well as her B.S. and B.A. from Ohio State University. She previously served as the President of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) from 2010-2011, and in addition to WLALA, she is a member of the California State Bar, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC), Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management (SCAHRM), and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). She has also periodically serves as a Voluntary Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court and was appointed in April 2010 by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Police Department's Police Permit Review Panel, where she has served as a Commissioner since June 2010.


Robert E. Lee - January Intersession Behavior-Based Forensic Interviewing for Attorneys

Robert E. Lee, a former Lieutenant with the Internal Affairs Division of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office (Richmond, Texas) and currently the training director and CEO for Behavioral Assessment International Inc. (Houston, Texas), will co-teach Behavior-Based Forensic Interviewing for Attorneys in the 2013 January Intersession with Professor Brian Finch. His law enforcement background consists of extensive experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a patrol officer and investigator; the former senior forensic PDD specialist and technical supervisor for the Los Angeles Police Department polygraph unit; and former chief examiner for the Colorado Springs Police Department forensic psychophysiology unit. He earned his Bachelors in Humanities from the University of California Los Angeles, and his degree in Professional Studies from the American Institute. He currently lectures on an on-going basis at continuing education seminars to law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and universities throughout the United States, Central America, South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Middle East in interview psychology, investigations and the use of forensic psychophysiological detection of deception techniques and instrumentation. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Police Polygraphists and on various committees, such as the America Association of Forensic Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, California Association of Polygraph Examiners, and Texas Association of Law Enforcement Polygraph Investigators.

Amy Peikoff - Jurisprudence Seminar

Amy Peikoff, former Visiting Fellow at Chapman University School of Law, will teach a Jurisprudence Seminar during the Spring semester. At Chapman, she taught courses in Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Information Privacy Law and Philosophy of Law. She previously served on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy as an Assistant/Associate Professor; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Visiting Assistant Professor; and the University of Texas at Austin as a Visiting Lecturer. Professor Peikoff has lectured extensively around the country and internationally on privacy law and other issues, and her scholarship has appeared in NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, and Brandeis Law Journal, among other publications. A member of the California State Bar, she completed her B.S. in Math/Applied Science (Physics and Economics) and her J.D. at UCLA, where she was an editor of the UCLA Law Review, and her Ph.D. in Philosophy at USC.

Karen Shanbrom - Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation

Karen Shanbrom, the principal and founder of Shanbrom Mediation and Dispute Resolution, will teach Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation during the 2013 Spring semester. Professor Shanbrom earned her J.D. from Southwestern cum laude, serving on both Law Review and the Moot Court Honors Program as well as earning the Dean's Scholar Award. She has also previously taught the Bar Advantage Program course at Southwestern. Prior to that, she earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Southern California. She then entered USC's Ph.D. Program in Sociology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has previously worked at the law firm of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP in the Construction Practices Division, handling surety, construction and general business litigation matters. Prior to completing law school, she spent a large part of her career in professional education and training, conducting courses in such diverse fields as Communication Skills, Customer Service, Leadership and Management, Human Resources, Industrial Security, Recruiting and Selection Skills, and Computer Software.

Saundra K. Wootton - Remedies

Saundra K. Wootton, a partner in Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley PC, will be teaching Remedies during the 2013 Spring Semester. Professor Wootton is a complex business litigation attorney focusing her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, construction, environmental, product liability, professional liability, contract/UCC, and governmental entity liability. She has extensive trial, arbitration and mediation experience and represents a variety of middle market companies, including architects, engineers, contractors and product manufacturers in employment, antitrust, real estate and professional malpractice matters. In 2008, 2010 and 2011, she was listed in the Southern California Super Lawyers -Rising Stars Edition. Active in the professional community, she has served on the executive board of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Southern California Chapter, and on the Diversity in the Profession Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. A member of the California State Bar, Professor Wootton earned her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where she was a recipient of the John J. Schumacher Leadership Scholarship. She has served on the board of directors of the Southwestern Alumni Association.


  • Treating the Health Care Crisis: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PPACA, 14 DEPAUL JOURNAL OF HEALTH CARE LAW 35
  • The Price of Medicines in Jordan: The Cost of Trade-based Intellectual Property, 9 JOURNAL OF GENERIC MEDICINES 75 (with R. Bader, L Bajjali, T. ElSamen, T. Obeidat, H. Sboul, M. Shwayat and I. Alabbadi; June 2012)
  • Inside Views: Access to Medicines and Intellectual Property in Jordan, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WATCH (July 2012)
  • Presenter, Healthcare Policy and Integrative Medicine, UCLA Summer Session A: Medicine 180 - Integrative East-West Medicine for Health and Wellness
  • Presenter, "Hot Issues in Intellectual Property and Public Health," Seminar Intelectual do Instituto de Direito PUC-RIO, Rio de Janeiro
  • Quoted in "Pac-12 football coaches hush-hush about hurt players," Los Angeles Times
  • Update, LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS: STRIKES, LOCKOUTS AND BOYCOTTS, 2nd ed. (with D. Ray and W. Corbett; West Group, 2009 & Supp. 2012-2013)
  • On Emotion, Juvenile Sex Offenders, and Mandatory Registration, 3 JOURNAL OF RACE, GENDER AND POVERTY (forthcoming 2012)
  • Elected, Member, American Law Institute
  • Appointed, Standards Review Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Appointed, AALS Curriculum Committee
  • Appointed, Planning Committee for AALS Conference 2013, Workshop on Site Visits
  • Presenter, "During the Site Visit: What to Expect Over the Three Days," New Site Evaluators' Workshop, Chicago, IL
  • Presenter, "The Site Visit: Up Close and Personal," Chairs Workshop, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Chicago, IL
  • Meeting Participant, Foreign Programs Subcommittee of the Accreditation Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Chicago, IL
  • Meeting Participant, Rules Subcommittee, Standards Review Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Los Angeles, CA
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Award for the Small Claims Clinic, California State Bar (presented at Annual State Bar Meeting/Reception, Monterey, CA)
  • Lecture, "Ethics, Technology, Globalization and the Legal Profession," Wyoming Bar Convention, Jackson Hole, WY
  • Lecture, "International and U.S. Arbitration Law," Mexican Federal Judicial College, Mexico City
  • Presentation, "Report on U.S. ADR Developments, 2011-12, for NAFTA art. 2022 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Dispute Resolution," Puebla, Mexico
  • Participant, ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting, Miami, FL
  • Participant, ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Quoted in "Space: Media Psychology's New Frontier," Psychology Today
  • Interviewed regarding "Committee on U.S. Foreign Investment" and current foreign company proposed mergers, Bloomberg Press
  • Speaker, Constitutional Guarantees with Respect to Religious Freedom, Griffith Park Adult Community Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Domestic Responses to Transnational Crime: The Limits of National Law, CRIMINAL LAW FORUM Criminal Law Forum (Springer; September 2012)
  • Panelist, "Dean's Panel - Implementing Institutional Change," Conference on the Development of Professional Identity in Legal Education: Rethinking Learning and Assessment, Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers, Denver University Sturm College of Law
  • Panelist, "Extraterritoriality Post-Kiobel: The Implications of Kiobel for International Legal Theory," Annual International and Comparative Law Symposium, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Interviewed regarding the lawsuit over the Santa Monica Nativity Scene, Air Talk (KPCC)
  • Participant, ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Participant, Criminal Justice Magazine Editorial Board Meeting, Washington D.C.
  • Speaker, "The Limits of the FTC's Data Security Program: Where is the line, and where should it be?" Privacy and Information Security Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law

  • Award Recipient, Gary Schlarbaum Prize for "Lifetime Achievement in Defense of Liberty" and Presentation, "In Defense of History," Ludwig von Mises Institute Conference, Callaway Gardens, GA
  • Speaker, "What did Ron Paul Accomplish?" and Moderator, Intellectual Property Panel Discussion, 2012 Libertopia Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, Ron Paul Rally, Sun Dome, University of South Florida, Tampa (broadcast live on C-Span)
  • Speaker, The Collapse of Western Civilization and its Aftermath, Karl Hess Club, Culver City, CA
  • Interviewed regarding his book, THE WIZARDS OF OZYMANDIAS, Robert Wenzel Show, Economic Policy Journal
  • Panelist and Presenter, "Challenging Heterocentricity in the Classroom: Integrating LGBT Perspectives," Teaching Social Justice and Expanding Access to Justice: The Role of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, University of Maryland Law School, Baltimore, MD
  • Participant, ABA Workshop for Site Team Chairs, Chicago, IL
  • An Intersystemic View of Intellectual Property and Free Speech, 81 GEORGE WASHINGTON LAW REVIEW (with M. Bartholomew; 2012)
  • Curbing Copyblight: Three Modest Proposals, 14 VANDERBILT JOURNAL OF ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW 993 (2012; Symposium issue on Copyright & Creativity)
  • Towards a Critical IP Theory: Copyright, Consecration & Control, 2012 BYU LAW REVIEW (2012)
  • Presentation, "Copyright Trolls? Rethinking Intellectual Property Asset Management and Investment Companies," American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Spring Meeting, Austin, TX
  • Presentation, "Control and Consecration in Cultural Reproduction: Towards a Critical Copyright Theory," Critical Legal Conference, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Presentation, "Curbing Copyblight," Arizona State University Legal Scholar Workshop, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Tempe, AZ
  • Presentation, "The Meaning of Public Domain: The Wizard of Oz, Betty Boop and the Intersection of Copyright and Trademark Law," Media Law Resource Center, California Chapter, Los Angeles
  • Presentation, "Remedying Copyblight," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI
  • Presentation, "Selective Racialization and the Politics of Whiteness," Alliant International University, Alhambra, CA
  • Presentation, "Who's Afraid of Hussein? The Trope of Colorblindness in the Age of Obama," International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, Iranian Alliances Across Borders, UCLA
  • Negligence, Responsibility, and the Clumsy Samaritan: Is There a Fairness Rationale for the Good Samaritan Immunity? GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2013)
  • Presentation, "Contractualism and Risk Regulation: A Reply to Barbara Fried," Southern California Junior Faculty Workshop, Los Angeles, CA


  • The Fix Up in NORTHNORTHWEST, 7th edition (The Northwest Playwrights Alliance, 2012)
  • What Good Children Do, ARCADIA LITERARY JOURNAL (November 2012)
  • Faculty Member, Domestic Violence Course at the Criminal Law Orientation for California Judges, Primary Assignment Orientations, Education Division/Center for Judicial Education and Research, Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Speaker, Legal, Practical, and Fiscal Impacts of Sentencing Realignment on the First Anniversary Since the Landmark Law Took Effect, California State Bar Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA


  • Speaker, "Law Librarians' Efforts to Enact the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (SB 1075)," Legislative Advocacy Training Panel, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
  • Panel Moderator, Innovators and Advocates: Celebrating California's Library Hall of Fame Librarians, California Library Association's Annual Conference, San Jose, CA


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