SCOCA Symposium 2020: State & Local Control: CA’s Battle Over Housing

Join Hastings Law Journal for our annual “SCOCA” symposium at UC Hastings College of the Law. Our theme this year is California’s state and local control battle over housing, including bills like SB 35, (proposed) SB 50, and related litigation. The symposium will feature a practitioner panel of attorneys discussing the background and impact of these legislative efforts today, and an academic panel covering the different dimensions of growth and housing in the state. Topics of the academic panel will include smart growth and environmental considerations, jurisdictional spillover from metro areas to smaller localities, structural politics and home rule, and real world data and results on dense infill development.

We will conclude with a keynote address from State Senator Scott Wiener, who authored SB 35 and SB 50. A reception in the Alumni Reception Center will follow. We are in the process of applying for MCLE credit; please check back on the registration page below for updates.

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM – 8:00 PM PST
Location: Alumni Reception Center (“ARC”)
200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Sponsors: Holland & Knight, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Miller Starr Regalia, Allen Matkins

For more information and to register, please visit our page online here.

Happy Holidays Hastings Law Journal Alumni!

We hope you will celebrate this giving season by donating to HLJ. Your charitable donation goes to helping HLJ secure renowned symposium speakers, to furthering the career and academic development of HLJ staff members, and to continuing HLJ’s production of important legal scholarship.

Please see the following link if you are interested in making a donation: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZELZf5Si590GqQrfFKoHlIM-JllK_3Vq8W02vEIpm1wSvXw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Hastings Law Journal is pleased to announce our Spring Symposium: The Jurisprudence of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

On Friday February 1, 2019, U.C. Hastings and its flagship law journal sponsored an all-day symposium on its campus in San Francisco on the Jurisprudence of Justice Kennedy.

The symposium featured a conversation with Justice Kennedy and several of his former law clerks. For more videos from the symposium, please visit our symposium webpage, here.

About Hastings Law Journal

Since 1949, Hastings Law Journal has published scholarly articles, essays, and student Notes on a broad range of legal topics. With close to 100 members, HLJ publishes six issues each year reaching a large domestic and international audience. One of these issues may be dedicated to our periodic symposium, which features speeches, commentaries, and panel discussions on an area of current interest and development in the law.

UC Hastings’ flagship law review has contributed to the advancement of knowledge in legal thinking and case law through scholarly articles written by experts in the legal community. An occasional issue is devoted to a law symposium. Each Journal Volume publishes in December, February, April, May, June, and August.

Recent Topics

Recent topics have included: “Cybersecurity, Fake News & Policy: Dis- and Mis- Information,” “The Legal Dimension of 3D Printing,” “From Bench to Society: Law and Ethics at the Frontier of Genomic Technology,” and “Law & Policy of the Developing Brain: Neuroscience from Womb to Death.”

Recent Mentions by the Supreme Court of the United States

Recent Mentions by the Supreme Court of California

  • Williams & Fickett v. County of Fresno, 2 Cal.5th 1258 (2017), citing Kenneth A. Ehrman, Administrative Appeal and Judicial Review of Property Tax Assessments in California-The New Look, from Volume 22.
  • People v. Jackson, 1 Cal.5th 269 (2016), citing Andrew E. Taslitz, Does the Cold Nose Know? The Unscientific Myth of the Dog Scent Lineup, from Volume 42.



The Hastings Law Journal works jointly with Berkeley Law’s California Constitution Center to produce publications focused on substantive coverage of the Supreme Court of California.  We analyze cases and issues before the court, and report news about the court itself.  The contributors include former justices of the court, academics, and advocates experienced in appellate practice before the state high court.

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