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Supreme Court Review — Civil

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Dean Erwin Chemerinksy, Dean
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. Dean Chemerinsky was previously the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. Dean Chemerinsky has been named the most influential person in legal education in the United States by National Jurist.

Breakout I: Supreme Court Review — Criminal

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Dean Erwin Chemerinksy, Dean
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. Dean Chemerinsky was previously the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. Dean Chemerinsky has been named the most influential person in legal education in the United States by National Jurist.

Breakout II: Wilkommen, Bienvenue: Navigating Foreign and International Law in U.S. Courts

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Prof. Ralf Michaels, Arthur Larson Professor of Law
Duke University School of Law
Ralf Michaels is the Arthur Larson Professor of Law at Duke Law School. His research focuses on the role of domestic courts in globalization, the role of conflict of laws as a theory of global legal fragmentation, and the status and relevance of law beyond the state. Professor Michaels has been a visiting professor at the universities of Pantheon/Assas (Paris II), Princeton, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and the London School of Economics. He has held senior research fellowships at Harvard, Princeton, the American Academy in Berlin, and the Max Planck Institute for Private Law in Hamburg.

*Kirsten Castañeda, Partner
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend
Kirstin Castañeda began her practice as a trial lawyer. Selected as one of the Top 100 2016 Dallas/Fort Worth SuperLawyers, Ms. Castañeda is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, as well as the Appellate Sections of the State Bar of Texas and Dallas Bar Association.

Past Progress, Current Challenges, Future Goals: Diversity in the Appellate Sphere [ethics credit]

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Prof. Christine Goodman, Professor of Law
Pepperdine School of Law
Christine Goodman joined the Pepperdine faculty in 2001 after being an associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione, and then teaching at UCLA School of Law. She serves as an advisor to the Black Law Students’ Association and the Women’s Legal Association, and has been a mock trial team coach. Professor Goodman writes on equal protection topics, including affirmative action, preferences, diversity and racial privacy, as well as evidentiary issues. Professor Goodman was an officer of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and served for several years as chair of its Diversity in the Profession Committee. She was also a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Board for many years, and now serves as President of California Women Lawyers. As a law student, she served on the board for the Annual Women of Color and the Law Conference.

Marcy Hogan Greer, Partner
Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend
Marcy Hogan Greer clerked for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following her clerkship, she joined the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP where she practiced for almost 20 years and was a partner for 10 years. She has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1997. Ms. Greer is listed in Best Lawyers in America in appellate, bet-the-company litigation, and commercial litigation and was selected as the 2016 and 2012 Austin Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2015 Austin Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”. She has been included in Texas Super Lawyers for her appellate work every year since its inaugural list and has been listed in the Top 100 for the past several years.

Hon. Luis Lavin, Associate Justice
California Court of Appeal, Second District
Luis Lavin received his J.D. from Harvard Law School where he served as an editor of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. Before serving on the Court of Appeal, Justice Lavin served for more than 13 years as a judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court. Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court in 2001, Justice Lavin was Director of Enforcement and General Counsel for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Before that, he served as a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. Justice Lavin has taught classes at the USC Gould School of Law and Southwestern Law School.

Hon. Jacqueline Nguyen, U.S. Circuit Judge
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Jacqueline Nguyen received her J.D. from UCLA Law School and began her legal career in private practice at the law firm of Musick, Peeler & Garrett in Los Angeles. In 2012, Judge Nguyen was nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Court of Appeals and is the first and currently only Asian-American woman on the federal Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment, Judge Nguyen was a trial judge for 10 years, and served as a district judge on the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and as a judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Nguyen served as an Assistant Attorney for the Central District of California, as well as Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section.

*Pilar Ramos, General Counsel
MasterCard
Pilar Ramos is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, North America at MasterCard. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in French and International Relations. She then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was the Executive Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Prior to working at MasterCard, Pilar was Assistant General Counsel for DIRECTV Latin America, LLC.  At MasterCard, she has served in multiple roles, and she assumed her current position in January 2015.

 

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