The Street View of Property

Vanessa Casado Perez - Volume 70, Issue 2, 367-408 Parking on public streets is scarce. The current allocation system for parking spots based on the rule of capture coupled with low parking fees creates a tragedy of the commons scenario. The misallocation of parking has consequences for commerce, for access to public spaces, and for pollution and...

Explaining Choice-of-Entity Decisions by Silicon Valley Start-Ups

Gregg Polsky - Volume 70, Issue 2, 409-454 Perhaps the most fundamental role of a business lawyer is to recommend the optimal entity choice for nascent business enterprises. Nevertheless, even in 2018, the choice-of-entity analysis remains highly muddled. Most business lawyers across the United States consistently recommend flow through entities,...

A Tribute to Professor Jonathan Rohr

Volume 70, Issue 2, 455-462

Blockchain-Based Token Sales, Initial Coin Offerings, and the Democratization of Public Capital Markets

Jonathan Rohr and Aaron Wright - Volume 70, Issue 2, 463-524 Best known for their role in the creation of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, blockchains are revolutionizing the way technology entrepreneurs finance their business enterprises. In 2017 alone, tech entrepreneurs raised over $6 billion through the sale of blockchain-based digital tokens,...

The Emergence of the Environmental Impact Assessment Duty as a Global Legal Norm and General Principle of Law

Tseming Yang - Volume 70, Issue 2, 525-572 More than half a century ago, Rudolf Schlesinger announced a global survey of legal principles in the pages of the American Journal of International Law. The project’s objective was the identification of a “common core” of legal norms among the family of nations and the ultimate goal the production of...

Payment Is Not Enough: Materiality in Implied False Certifications Under the False Claims Act

Mike Chow - Volume 70, Issue 2, 573-594 In Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, the United States Supreme Court resolved a longstanding circuit split by holding that implied false certifications—transactions involving a failure to disclose noncompliance with material ancillary requirements—can expose government...


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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Topical Past Publications

No One Owns Data

Lothar Determann - Volume 70, Issue 1, 1-44. Businesses, policy makers, and scholars are calling for property rights in data. They currently focus on the vast amounts of data generated by connected cars, industrial machines, artificial intelligence, toys and other...

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