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USF Law Professor Richard Leo on NOPD's Participation in the Innocence Project

USF Law Professor Richard Leo on NOPD's Participation in the Innocence Project | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Under heavy pressure from the federal government to reform, a police force with an alarming record of putting innocent people behind bars has called in an unlikely pair of teachers — two attorneys from the Innocence Project New Orleans, a group best known for freeing the wrongfully convicted.

Perhaps no other place needs this education like New Orleans.

Louisiana has the second-highest rate of exonerations of people who were wrongly convicted of any state, according to the National Registry on Exonerations. And Orleans Parish has the highest exoneration rate of any major county or parish in the country."

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“I wouldn’t have guessed that (the NOPD) would have been the first one to invite an Innocence Project in,” said Richard Leo, a professor at the University of San Francisco and an expert on false confessions. “They’ve had, as you know, a long history of racism and corruption and misconduct and shady things.”

 

[Via @theadvocateno] 

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USF Law Dean John Trasviña Weighs In on the Viability of Congress Passing President Trump's DACA Deal 

USF Law Dean John Trasviña Weighs In on the Viability of Congress Passing President Trump's DACA Deal  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"I don't think anybody can put much faith in the statement that there is a deal, because so much can change," said John Trasvina, dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law and an immigration expert who worked in Washington under the Clinton and Obama administrations. "I've seen tons of times when people think they have an immigration deal, and then it goes away."

Under the Trump administration plan, those already enrolled in DACA remain covered until their two-year permits expire. If their permits expire before March, 5, 2018, they can renew them for another two years as long as they apply by Oct. 5. But the program isn't accepting new applications.

 

The University of San Francisco, which has about 80 DACA recipients, is advising students to adhere to that deadline and is raising money to help pay the $495 renewal fee.

 

Despite reassurances from schools that they'll be able to continue attending classes, many students are anxious. They're worried about how they'll pay for school if they can't work.

 

Ana Maciel, a 23-year-old who works full time to put herself through a University of San Francisco education Master's program, says she's been on "an emotional roller coaster." She fears being deported to Mexico, the country she left at age 3, and wonders if it's smart to keep investing in school if she can't work afterward.

 

"Is this what I should spend my money on?" Maciel says about her $8,000 tuition. "Everything is up in the air."

 

[via Time Magazine]

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USF Law Dean John Trasviña Comments on President Trump's DACA Deal with Democrats

USF Law Dean John Trasviña Comments on President Trump's DACA Deal with Democrats | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Trump’s proposed agreement with congressional Democratic leaders puts the president — elected on a vow to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — in the narrowest of political channels.

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That made it seem like “he’s trying to have it both ways” with both his conservative base and more moderate Republicans, said University of San Francisco Law School Dean John Trasviña, who was general counsel for a Senate Judiciary subcommittee in the 1990s.

Building the wall “is one issue that drove those hopes. And he is potentially pulling the rug out from his base,” said Trasviña, a former president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. “I don’t know what one issue would make them more angry. At this point, he has pulled away from his base.”

 

[via San Francisco Chronicle]

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USF as New Star Route Farm Owners, Open Ears to Community

USF as New Star Route Farm Owners, Open Ears to Community | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Despite it being balmy and clear last Sunday afternoon, Bolinas residents flooded indoors for an informational meeting and question-and-answer session with representatives from the University of San Francisco concerning the recent purchase of Star Route Farms. Though attendees were largely welcoming of the new owners, some asked that the university be sensitive to the community, including by contributing to community services, allowing students to continue crossing the property on their way to school and not adding to parking congestion."

 

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"University representatives at the meeting included the provost, chief financial advisor and general counsel. Following Mr. Butler’s introduction, they presented plans for the property, assuring the audience that business would largely continue as usual."

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ABC7 News: USF Marketing Professor John O'Meara on Warriors Jersey Sponsorship

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USF Alumnus John Campbell Named Wells Fargo Director of Investor Relations

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced that Investor Relations (IR) Manager John Campbell has been promoted to lead the IR group, effective Sept. 15. As Director of IR, Campbell succeeds Jim Rowe, who served in IR for over a decade before being promoted in July to lead the company’s new Stakeholder Relations Group.

 

Campbell has been with Wells Fargo and its legacy banks for more than 20 years in a variety of roles and has served as a manager in the IR group for the last seven years. He will continue to be based in San Francisco and will report to Rowe.

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Campbell has held various positions in IR, Mortgage, Treasury, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Accounting during his two decades at Wells Fargo. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University and an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco.

 

[via Business Wire]

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USF Immigrant Law Professor Bill Hing on the Lawfulness of DACA

USF Immigrant Law Professor Bill Hing on the Lawfulness of DACA | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Ferguson said the 15-state lawsuit argued that targeting such people "shows racial animus", adding, "Sessions says DACA is illegal. That (argument) does have some appeal" and might persuade the courts, said Bill Ong Hing, an immigration law professor at the University of San Francisco."

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USF Professor and Political Ad Expert Ken Goldstein Suggests Need for New Law on Regulating Digital Advertising

USF Professor and Political Ad Expert Ken Goldstein Suggests Need for New Law on Regulating Digital Advertising | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Legislation or regulation may be needed to require Facebook Inc. and other social-media companies to prevent foreign adversaries from manipulating the feeds viewed by U.S. citizens, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said."

 

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"That’s just not the case with digital,” said Ken Goldstein, a professor at the University of San Francisco who studies political advertising. “All the laws were created before we had the digital world, and it’s just harder to track.” The companies may rush now to self-regulate to stave off government action, he said."

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USF Prof Kimberly Richman Comments on San Francisco Gay Men's Choir 'Lavender Pen Tour' Outreach

USF Prof Kimberly Richman Comments on San Francisco Gay Men's Choir 'Lavender Pen Tour' Outreach | USF in the News | Scoop.it

San Francisco's Gay Men's Chorus is about to embark on a journey through some of the most conservative pockets of the United States.

 

The group is a month out form a trip they say will take the "public conversation to a higher plane" than what we have seen. After what happened in Charlottesville, the chorus is ramping up their security and raising more money for the costly trip.

 

The Lavender Pen Tour will feature performances from a San Francisco institution all over the southern United States, but the performance might be the least prominent part of what they are hoping to accomplish.

 

"We're going to listen. I think so much about this trip that's going to beneficial for our membership is to go to these places to see how our community lives in these particular areas where they don't have supportive governments," said Tom Paulino, the co-chair for the Lavender Pen Tour.

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University of San Francisco professor Kimberly Richman, who specializes in the sociology of law, said years of data supports this kind of outreach.

 

"We've seen time and time again in research and in experience that the best way to win someone over to support your rights is by simply letting them get to know you as a person," Richman said.

 

[NBC Bay Area] 

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USF Prof Bill Hing on States Suing Over Trump’s DACA Decision

USF Prof Bill Hing on States Suing Over Trump’s DACA Decision | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The first lawsuit challenging President Trump's planned repeal of the program allowing nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States argues that the order is a thinly disguised act of discrimination against Mexicans - and that Trump's own words are the best evidence."

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"Bill Ong Hing, an immigration law professor at the University of San Francisco, said Wednesday’s suit contained substantial arguments that might be persuasive to a judge."

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USF Law Professor Bill Hing on Deporting Dreamers as an Unlikely Priority

USF Law Professor Bill Hing on Deporting Dreamers as an Unlikely Priority | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“I don’t think we’re going to see wholesale arrests of former DACA recipients,” said Bill Ong Hing, a University of San Francisco law professor and founder of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Trump plans to terminate."

 

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"But virtually every week, Hing said, “we read about people who are not enforcement priorities, not criminals. They would go in for a routine check and they would get arrested” and placed in deportation proceedings. The same fate, he said, awaits DACA recipients who find themselves “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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As DACA Faces Uncertainty, USF Prof Bill Hing Outlines Legislative Strategies to Protect Dreamers

[via KCBS Radio]

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Freed Killer in Golden Dragon Massacre Granted Parole: USF Prof Bill Hing Explains What Led to the Verdict

Freed Killer in Golden Dragon Massacre Granted Parole: USF Prof Bill Hing Explains What Led to the Verdict | USF in the News | Scoop.it

No one thought Melvin Yu would ever again walk the streets of San Francisco — not even him.

 

But one of the triggermen in the Golden Dragon massacre in Chinatown, which happened 40 years ago Monday, was paroled from state prison in 2015. And though the federal government took custody of him and tried to deport him to China, federal immigration officials said his native country has not provided travel documents.

 

So he was released in October 2015, spared by an anomaly in immigration policy. He is back in San Francisco, living a quiet life after expressing regret about his actions as a teenager, turning to religion and seeking redemption during his long stretch behind bars.

 

“I’m trying to get my life together,” Yu, now 57, said in a brief telephone interview with The Chronicle, his first since being released. “All I can say is I’m trying to make amends and do good. I have a second chance at life.

 

“It will take me a few lifetimes to make amends,” he said, “but I’m trying to do my best.”

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Bill Hing, a University of San Francisco professor and immigration attorney, said Yu’s case isn’t uncommon. He has even urged countries not to issue travel documents to immigrants he has represented — a last-ditch strategy to protect them.

 

“I believe that China is making a judgment that they don’t want the person because he had a violent history, and his violence is the product of the socioeconomic situation of growing up in the United States,” Hing said.

 

[via San Francisco Chronicle] 

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As President Trump Looks to Bipartisan Legislative Strategies, USF Prof James Taylor Explains What Led Him to DACA Compromise

"Donald Trump understands Americans are too compassionate to see this kind of draconian policy carried out."

 

[via KTVU News]

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USF Student Fills Truck With Supplies for Houston

USF Student Fills Truck With Supplies for Houston | USF in the News | Scoop.it
A truck filled with goods and supplies for survivors of Hurricane Harvey is leaving San Francisco for Houston Wednesday evening, and according to coordinator Bobby Basra, there's still room for donations.
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ABC7 News: USF Student Coordinates Donation Truck for Hurricane Harvey Relief

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USF Latino Mental Health Expert and Prof Belinda Hernandez Arriaga Responds to DACA’s Uncertainty

USF Latino Mental Health Expert and Prof Belinda Hernandez Arriaga Responds to DACA’s Uncertainty | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"On Sept. 5, the federal administration moved to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a policy that temporarily protects qualifying young people brought to the United States without documentation from removal proceedings."

 

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“They don’t feel comfortable living the normal life they can live in America,” said Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga, director of the ALAS grassroots cultural arts program in Half Moon Bay and a University of San Francisco Psychology and Counseling Department professor who specializes in Latino mental health."

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USF Prof Barbara Sattler Explains Why Hurricane Harvey's Environmental Toll Will Only Get Worse

USF Prof Barbara Sattler Explains Why Hurricane Harvey's Environmental Toll Will Only Get Worse | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Hurricane Harvey posed a difficult challenge for the operators of the Arkema Group chemical plant just outside Houston. The flooding had cut off the power supply, meaning chemicals could not be stored at the appropriate temperatures. And then, when even the backup generators failed, the site erupted in flames with two explosions Thursday, exposing the area to noxious fumes.

 

The explosion is not expected to have any long-term environmental impact, officials said, but the episode is just a taste of the environmental toll Harvey could leave on the region. Any mass flooding event brings with it public health concerns about the spread of contaminants through the water, but Houston's industrial sector — heavy on oil, gas and chemicals — has experts particularly worried that extreme flooding has created conditions that could lead to environmental disaster.

 

"Houston has over 500 industrial sites and in every home we've got some mix of solvents pesticides, oil," Barbara Sattler , a professor of public health at the University of San Francisco, told reporters on a conference call. "Those are all part of this huge contamination pond that is Houston."

 

[via Time Magazine] 

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USF Sociology Professor Evelyn Rodriguez on American Latina Girls Standing Up for their Roots Through Quinceañeras

USF Sociology Professor Evelyn Rodriguez on American Latina Girls Standing Up for their Roots Through Quinceañeras | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“It really makes a lot of sense because quinceañeras in the U.S. have always been about families and communities making a statement,” said Evelyn I. Rodriguez, associate professor with the University of San Francisco’s Department of Sociology, who researched and wrote Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceañeras: Coming of Age in American Ethnic Communities."

 

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“It’s a statement of cultural pride and asserting a sense of belonging in the United States while honoring a parents’ home culture and really digging your heels into U.S. culture,” Rodriguez said."

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USF Prof Mark Cannice Comments on Amazon's Search for a Second Headquarters

"Even in the digital age, a physical location still matters. The ability to walk into the conference room and meet with a senior executive is pivotal in getting things done in a timely manner."

 

[via WGBH Radio]

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USF Prof John O'Meara Outlines What the Discovery of More Unauthorized Accounts Could Mean for Wells Fargo

[via ABC 7 News]

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USF Listed as School With Diversity Increases in Humanities Students

USF Listed as School With Diversity Increases in Humanities Students | USF in the News | Scoop.it
An increasing number of minority students are pursuing associate degrees in humanities and liberal arts at community colleges.
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As Tensions Escalate Between the U.S. and Russia, USF Prof Stephen Zunes Explains What Led to Trump's Decision to Close Russian Consulates

"The Russians expelled over 700 U.S. diplomats a few weeks ago in retaliation for the sanctions imposed by Congress. We really haven't seen this kind of thing with Russia since the Cold War... The Russian Consulate has been here in the City since 1852. It is the longest running consulate in the entire United States. It goes back to the time of the Tsars."

 

[via KNTV News]

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