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The Real Reason So Many of Us Crave the Apple Watch

Professor Emerita Kit Yarrow explains the psychology behind consumers' obsession with Apple's newest technological innovation, the Apple Watch.

The Hazards of Financial Advisers Who Are ‘Just Like Family’

Adjunct Professor Rick Kahler explores the positive and negative aspects of becoming 'close' to one's clients.

Coupons: Why They Might Wind Up Costing You Money

Professor Emerita, Kit Yarrow, compares the spending habits of consumers with and without coupons concluding that shoppers with discounts tend to spend more.

Despite Drought, Demo Crews Douse Candlestick Park Rubble With Drinking Water

Professor Helen Kang, who advocated for the environmentally safe demolition of Candlestick Park, learns that the wrecking crew has been using thousands of gallons of clean drinking water a day to simply hose down dust. Finding the waste in face of an ongoing drought of significant proportion, Professor Kang weighs in on the situation alongside other water use advocates. To read more, click the link above.

How Boomers Can Avoid Going Bust in Retirement

David Yeske, Director of Financial Planning, provides his expert opinion on properly preparing for retirement.

Mobile-Game Makers Try to Catch More 'Whales' Who Pay for Free Games

The Wall Street Journal speaks with Kit Yarrow, Professor Emerita, on the multi-billion dollar mobile game industry and the strategy behind it's success.

When Family Meets Business: The Challenge of Work/Life Balance

Professor Michele Benedetta Neitz writes about the struggles of work/life balance in today's law firms, using several illustrations of do's/don'ts for law firm management. Her story begins with a law firm that used work/life balance as the punch line of an April Fool's Day joke, which led to a great deal of irritation amongst the firm's employees. After explaining the challenges of achieving a work/life balance, Professor Neitz moves on to how such balance can be achieved, providing illuminating examples of firms that have made it a reality through an innovative approach. To read more, click the link above.

Artist and Sledgehammer Games Creator Glen Schofield Opens "Icons" Exhibit at Alma Mater Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University (GGU) announces "Icons", the first major exhibition of works by Glen A. Schofield -- a California artist, GGU alumnus, and co-founder and CEO of Sledgehammer Games -- on view from May 21 until May 29, 2015.

Golden Gate University Announces New President

The Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University (GGU) announces the appointment of David J. Fike, Ph.D., as its new President, effective August 3, 2015. He succeeds Dr. Dan Angel, who will be retiring after a nine-year tenure.

Uber and Lyft Face Legal Test

Uber & Lyft, arguably at the center of the "sharing economy," are embroiled in lawsuits over whether their drivers are employees or independent contractors. The court's ruling could make or break the companies, forcing them to change their business model, which in turn could make the ride sharing companies too expensive to compete with local cab companies. Read more about the debate, and the lawsuits, by clicking the link above.

The Pressures on Today's Students

Dean Rachel Van Cleave writes a letter to the editor about two prior articles that spoke to how we ought to treat our country's students. One article assumed that we ought to allow some students to fail in order to allow others to succeed, while the other reviewed student culture in Palo Alto where failure is not considered an option. Dean Van Cleave argues that there is a middle ground, where we teach our students resilience and grit, while supporting them and helping them to learn from our failures, and from their own. To read the full article, click the link above.

State Supreme Court Will Revisit Rest Break Payment Issue

Professor Hina Shah, Director of the Women's Employment Rights Clinic (WERC), recently weighed in on whether workers should be compensated for their mandatory rest breaks. The CA Supreme Court recently decided to hear an appeal brought by security guards hoping to be paid for their rest breaks. According to Matthew Blake at the Daily Journal, "That opinion came just weeks after the state Supreme Court ruled for a separate class of security guards in Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, 217 Cal.App.4th 851 (Cal. App. 2nd Dist., July 3, 2013), a strikingly similar dispute over rest break payment. Justice Carol Corrigan found 'on-call hours constituted compensable hours worked' because the guards remained under the employer's control.'The justices found that remaining available to work is work,' said Hina B. Shah, a professor at Golden Gate University School of Law who filed an amicus brief for the security guards in Mendiola. 'I'm confident that Mendiola will help clarify the court's framing work for reversing Augustus.'" To read the full story, click the link above.

Ready for Marriage? Evaluating the Supreme Court's Oberfell Arguments Like a Pro

"Oral argument binds no judge. Even when the Justice meet in conference later this week to discuss the case and "vote," the opinions expressed at that point remain preliminary and nonbinding. A Justice can change her or his mind; it's happened in the past and will again. Nevertheless, oral argument does give us some indications of how each Justice is leaning on the day the Court hears the case and it can highlight the elements of the parties' arguments that a particular Justice is unconvinced of or persuadable on. So, what should you listen for when you listen to the oral argument recording? What should you look for in the same-day transcript? What questions or comments from the Justices indicate -- might indicate -- that the conventional wisdom is right or wrong to expect a victory for marriage equality?" Click the link above to find out what you should be looking for.

At Chipotle Or a Stadium, the Cost of 'Promposals' Adds Up

Professor Emerita Kit Yarrow attributes an increase in outlandish 'promposals' to possible social media attention.

From Mock Trial to Real World Court, GGU Center Preps Litigators

This story by Lawdragon, an online legal news publication, features Professor Wes Porter, and the GGU Law Litigation Center. Professor Porter has been the Director of the Litigation Center for six years, where he has championed a shift in legal education toward practical skills training. Under his guidance, students train rigorously in essential lawyering skills. This, coupled with continuous feedback in order to foster rapid improvement, a factor missing in traditional legal education, have earned GGU Law an A+ grade from The National Jurist in Practical Skills Training, an area of education deemed essential by the ABA for all future attorneys. To read the feature story, and to learn more about GGU Law's Litigation Center, click the link above.

GGU Law's WERC Earns Honorable Mention

The Women's Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University School of Law (WERC) received an honorable mention in this year's Clinical Legal Education Awards (CLEA) for Best Public Interest Case or Project. WERC serves as legal counsel to the California Domestic Worker Coalition ("Coalition"), providing technical and legal advice to the Coalition. The Coalition consists of eight California based worker center organizations. The Coalition sponsored several bills to end the unfair treatment of domestic workers in California and to create industry-wide standards. On September 26, 2013, California's governor signed into law AB 241, the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. The bill extends overtime to approximately 100,000 domestic workers who spend a significant amount of time caring for children, elderly and people with disabilities. It is one of the greatest expansion of overtime in California since the 1970s. Drawing on their expertise in representing domestic workers, WERC provided critical legal analysis to the Coalition on existing rights, gaps in coverage and advice and counseling on strategic decisions. WERC faculty and students drafted bill language based on the Coalition's priorities, helped with messaging, trained Coalition members on the law, reviewed worker hearing testimony, submitted written analysis on the impact of proposed changes and met with legislators and the Governor's staff. WERC brought a client-centered approach to legislative advocacy, providing a framework and structure for the role that lawyers play in grassroots advocacy in empowering the members of the coalition to be leaders in their own campaigns. WERC was an integral part of the community-based, worker-led legislative campaign that is linked to a national movement for transforming rights for domestic workers. For more information, click the link above.

Farmers in Court Over Fears That Effort to Save Fish is Upending Their Water Rights

Professor Paul Kibel explains the combined effects of the CA drought and farmers water use on native fish populations. This environmental drama has developed into a power struggle that has found itself in the Third District Court of Appeal, as the future of California water rights are questioned in the name of protecting endangered fish. DailyJournal subscribers may click the link above to read more.

How to Lock In a Great Mortgage Rate

Dean Emeritus, Terry Connelly, provides his expert opinion on how to pinpoint the perfect moment to lock in a rate.

Understanding the "Backfire Effect"

Kit Yarrow, Professor Emerita, discusses emotional decision making or the 'Backfire Effect' with Ogilvy chairman Chris Graves.

What I Learned in India About Financial Advice

Adjunct Professor Rick Kahler travels to India to report on the universal misunderstanding of financial advice.

Shopping: The Ultimate Antidote to Finals Stress

Professor Emerita Kit Yarrow provides her expert opinion on the benefits of retail therapy during stressful periods.

Prof. Wes Porter Named ACE Fellow

Professor Wes Porter was named as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. He is one of 47 professors and deans nation-wide to earn this distinction this year. According to ACE President, Molly Corbett Broad, "over those five decades nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans. "Professor Porter is law professor at GGU Law where he is also the director of the school's reputable Litigation Center. He has created nationally recognized programs at the law school and National Jurist Magazine recently recognized GGU Law with an A+ rating in practical training, with a ranking of #12 in the nation. Before joining the academy, Professor Wes Porter served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate Generals Corps (JAG), an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a Senior Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was awarded the Assistant Attorney General Award for Distinguished Service. His scholarship focuses on injustices in criminal law, evidence and procedure from the perspective of the accused and he has emerged as a leading advocate for legal education reform and practical skills training across the curriculum. Click the link above to read the full article an to learn more about ACE.

Viewpoint: Assessing the Legacy of 'Pao v. Kleiner Perkins'

Dean Rachel Van Cleave examines Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, evaluating both our justice system and what makes a case a "landmark." Finally, she explains what some of the lasting effects of this case may be. Click the link above to read the full article.

Adjunct Prof. Longfelder on Gender Discrimination

Adjunct Professor Michal Longfelder weighs in on Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, a gender discrimination suit that recently concluded and is awaiting a verdict. Ellen Pao was hired at Kleiner Perksins, a venture capital firm well-known in Silicon Valley, as a junior partner venture capitalist and Chief of Staff for the John Doerr, the company's head investor. John Doerr was widely seen as a mentor to Ellen Pao. However, during Pao's time at Kleiner Perkins, she alleges she was discriminated against due to her gender, which ultimately resulted in her termination. The CBS interview, which includes Adjunct Professor Michal Longfelder is available by clicking on the link in the title above.

Empathy in Understanding Combat Veterans

Dean Rachel Van Cleave writes a letter to the editor about the use of empathy in understanding combat veterans, and she explains the efficacy of the Veterans Legal Advocacy Center (VLAC) at GGU Law.