Yearly Archives: 2013

The Sugar Pandemic: Policy vs. Politics vs. Law

UCSF professor and UC Hastings graduate (MSL '13) Dr. Robert Lustig will discuss the science and policy that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years. In the late 1970s the government mandated that we limit fat in our food, and the food industry responded by using more sugar. Dr. Lustig argues that the result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.

Dr. Lustig's lecture will be followed by a signing of his new book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.

Please be advised that C-SPAN will be filming this lecture, including any audience questions or comments.

Update: A recording of the event can be found here.

Consortium Summer Workshop: Student Perspectives on the First Year of the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors

Sean Pan, 3L

Amanda Hamilton, 3L

About the Event:
The Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors (MLPS) is a unique clinical partnership between UC Hastings and UCSF that provides free legal assistance to low income elderly patients of UCSF Medical Center.  Legal services are provided by law students enrolled in a course at UC Hastings, who work under the supervision of law faculty.   The legal team works closely with the UCSF medical providers to provide "whole person" legal and health care that promotes the dignity, autonomy, and well-being of low income elderly patients.  

The MLPS was launched in 2012 and has just concluded its first full year.  Students will present on their experience in the clinic working alongside medical providers on behalf of elderly clients.

Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP here by Monday, July 22nd. 

Consortium Summer Workshop: The Comorbidity of Criminal Law and Psychiatry at the Costa County Mental Health Court

Jessica Cooper will lead a Consortium Summer Workshop on her current research examining the confluence of criminal law and psychiatry in the Costa County Mental Health Court (CCMHC), a nonadversarial, problem-solving, criminal court that adjudicates only mentally ill offenders. As a result of participation in the CCMHC, offenders gain access to mental health care treatment in place of incarceration. Her paper examines the daily operations  of the CCMHC through a six-month ethnographic study. Here, she argues that the commensuration of legal and psychiatric truth claims results in a unique form of adjudication that offers the state novel avenues of intervention in the lives of participants.  

About the Speaker:
Jessica Cooper is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University. Her research investigates the connections between medical and legal domains the United States, particularly through the examination of the criminal adjudication of the mentally ill. She hopes to use this site as a way of exploring both criminal law and health policy innovations for distributing health care and to examine the implications for individuals’ relationships to the state. Prior to her work at Princeton, Jessica received a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. in the Social Sciences, with an emphasis in Anthropology, from the University of Chicago.

Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics: The Supreme Court Decision

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 from 12-1pm

Byers Auditorium, UCSF Mission Bay


Co-sponsored by the Institute for Innovation Law

and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy


The Supreme Court has just held in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. that human genes are not patentable. This holding has profound implications for law and science and has been followed closely by legal and scientific commentators alike. Join us June 27thas experts on genetics and the law from UCSF and UC Hastings explain the Court's decision and predict its implications for the future.


Dan Dohan, PhD

Co-Director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy

Associate Director for Training and Development, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies


Pamela Munster, MD (via video)

Medical Oncologist

Director, Early Phase Clinical Trials Program

Karin Immergluck, PhD

Acting Director, Technology Management

UCSF Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances

Robin Feldman, JD

Director, Institute for Innovation Law

Professor of Law, Patent and Intellectual Property Law
UC Hastings College of the Law

Jeffrey Lefstin, PhD, JD

Professor of Law, Patent and Intellectual Property Law

UC Hastings College of the Law

Update: A recording of the event can be found here.