60 Year of Desegregation

I attended the lecture of George Starke Jr. at the recent event honoring 60 years of desegregation at my law school. I also recently saw a book about The Power of Letting Go by Quame Love, a UC Berkeley graduate. Lots of thoughts. Election recount looming. The event included reflections from current students and alumni, …

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Keystone XL Pipeline Blocked in Court

A federal judge has blocked construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, The Hill reports: In a major victory for environmentalists and indigenous rights groups, Judge Brian Morris of the District Court for the District of Montana overturned President Trump’s permit for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline, which the president signed shortly after taking office last year. Morris’s ruling repeatedly faulted …

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“This Changes Everything”

In my Environmental Law course, I shared a clip from Naomi Klein's documentary, "This Changes Everything." Klein traces pollution and environmental degradation in Canada, New York, Montana, Greece, India, and beyond. In 2008, Greece was hit by an economic crisis, which has increased the environmental conflicts in the area. Recently, Klein published a new book, …

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Crazy Rich Asians Under the Dome

Everything about Crazy Rich Asians was pristine. The acting, the make-up, the hair, the dancing, the locale, the ending. Everything was in the right place. I would agree with the mild criticisms of sinofication and the lack of economic and ethnic diversity in the film, but Hollywood gets away with such shortcomings day-in and day-out. …

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Canadian court quashes construction approvals for Trans Mountain

In a stunning blow, the Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the government's approvals to build the Trans Mountain expansion project — a major victory for Indigenous groups and environmentalists opposed to the $7.4-billion project. In the decision released Thursday, and written by Justice Eleanor Dawson, the court found the National Energy Board's assessment of the …

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