Around the industry: Retired Seattle University professor seeks to promote civility

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  • California: Melissa Murray will serve as interim dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law as it deals with a sexual harassment lawsuit involving the former dean, Sujit Choudhry. Choudhry stepped down March 10 after his former executive assistant filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Murray is faculty director of Berkeley Law's Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (Xia/Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 3/22). 
  • New York: Researchers at the University of Rochester have released a study analyzing people's activities and locations while drinking and using social media. Thousands of tweets were divided into three categories: those mentioning alcohol, those mentioning the person drinking alcohol, and those in which the person was tweeting while drunk (WHEC Rochester, 3/18).
  • Washington: A retired Seattle University law school professor is leading a new program to nurture civility among students. Paula Lustbader's family foundation is funding a program for a small group of community-college transfer students at Seattle University to instill in them the importance of civility. The Alfie's Scholars will each receive $10,000 from the Lustbader family foundation annually (Long, Seattle Times, 3/19). 

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