Law in the News: California Right-to-Die Lawsuit Likely to be Dismissed

A San Diego judge indicated that he intends to throw out a lawsuit against the state brought by terminally ill patients seeking to strike down a California law that forbids physicians from prescribing lethal doses of “aid-in-dying” drugs to hasten their deaths.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Gregory Pollack said during a hearing Friday that it’s not the role of the courts to settle the polarizing issue, the Associated Press reports:

“You’re asking this court to make new law,” Pollack said. “If new law is made it should be by the Legislature or by a ballot measure.”

Three U.S. states — Oregon, Vermont and Washington — have approved assisted suicide through legislation. In most Western countries, physician-assisted dying remains a criminal offense.

Read article on Wall Street Journal

SPCA Dog Therapy Program April 2015

GetFileAttachment The SPCA Dog Therapy program is coming back to the Law Library beginning Monday, April 27th. Dog therapy is designed to be a fun stress-reliever for our busy students, a gift of some happy-go-lucky play with a furry friend as relief from studying. So take a break and let one of these trained, friendly dogs help you forget all about the law for a few minutes.photo22

Our doggie “therapists” will be located on the fourth floor of the 200 McAllister building in the Library. Students are welcome to sign up for 10-minute stress break sessions. All dogs are friendly and trained and accompanied by experienced SPCA volunteers. Sign-up sheets and more information can be found at the Library circulation desk.  Read here about the science of eye to eye contact between humans and dogs.

Dogs therapy is being offered in Study Room 412 in the Library at the following times:

Monday, April 27th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Hank German Shepard / Terrier Mix
Monday, April 27th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Brixton Golden Retriever
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Prancer & Dasher Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Angie Golden Retriever
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Lana Shepard Mix
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Brixton Golden Retriever
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Ollie Golden Retriever
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Igor Black Labrador


Chuck Marcus
UC Hastings College of the Law Library

Law in the News: California Vaccine exemption bill temporarily stalls in California Senate Education Committee

Facing a barrage of questions he could not answer from his Senate Education Committee colleagues — particularly about the right of California children to attend public schools even if they are unvaccinated — Sen. Richard Pan on Wednesday agreed to delay by one week the committee’s vote on his controversial vaccine legislation.

The unexpected retreat seemed a promising turn of events for hundreds of opponents who again showed up in the Capitol to challenge lawmakers and insist the bill would deprive them of their right to choose not to vaccinate their children. And some believe the delay could imperil the chances of the legislation’s passage.

Pan, a pediatrician, co-authored Senate Bill 277, which would repeal the state’s personal belief exemption and require that only children who have been immunized for diseases such as measles and whooping cough be admitted to a school in California. It would also require schools to notify parents of immunization rates at their children’s schools.

Read article at the San Jose Mercury News.