Robert Garcia, Mayor
Long Beach, Calif.
Robert Garcia holds an M.A. from the University of Southern California and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Garcia immigrated to the U.S. From Lima, Peru, and was raised in Southern California. He currently serves as the 28th Mayor of Long Beach and as a Board Member on the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) representing much of the South East County of Los Angeles.
Sam Mihara, Former Internment Camp Detainee
Sam Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American. During World War II, he and his family were forced to move from their home in San Francisco to a detention camp in Pomona, Calif., and then to the Heart Mountain prison camp in Northern Wyoming, where they stayed for three years. Upon being released from Heart Mountain, Mr. Mihara went on to graduate from U.C. Berkeley and UCLA graduate school with engineering degrees, ultimately becoming a rocket scientist with Boeing Co. Upon retirement from Boeing, Mr. Mihara created his own high-tech consulting firm and became a public speaker. He now gives his “Memories of Heart Mountain” presentation to audiences across the U.S. as a way to educate the public about Japanese-American internment during World War II and help ensure similar civil rights violations do not happen again.
Richard Reeves, Senior Lecturer
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Richard Reeves is an author and the Senior Lecturer at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism of the University of Southern California. He is a former chief political correspondent of The New York Times and has made six television films which have won a number of documentary awards. His area of study focuses on the American presidency, and has written books on President Kennedy, President Reagan and President Nixon. Professor Reeves was named the Regents Professor of Political Science at UCLA in 1992 and has taught political writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Prof. Eric Yamamoto, Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Professor Yamamoto has received eight outstanding teacher awards, including the Outstanding Law Professor for 2006 award from the Society of American Law Teachers. He has published more than 80 articles and book chapters, as well as three books. His legal work and scholarship focuses on civil procedure, as well as national security, civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice, with an emphasis on reconciliation initiatives and redress for historic injustice. His work as Korematsu coram nobis legal team member focuses on reopening the World War II Japanese-American internment case, and continuing with post-9/11 disputes, while working with others toward a balanced accommodation of security and liberty in American democracy.
*Hon. Holly Fujie, Judge
Los Angeles Superior Court
Holly Fujie was appointed to the California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles by Governor Jerry Brown in December 2011, and currently sits in a civil assignment at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Prior to her appointment, Judge Fujie was a shareholder in the Los Angeles-based law firm of Buchalter Nemer, specializing in complex litigation, where she was named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Southern California. She received her J.D. in 1978 from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In 2008-09 she was the third woman and the first Asian American to serve as President of the State Bar of California. Judge Fujie’s parents and their families were incarcerated in Tanforan and Topaz “relocation camps” during World War II.
Monika Bickert, Head of global policy management
Monika Bickert’s global team manages the policies for what types of content can be shared on Facebook and how advertisers and developers can interact with the site. Bickert joined Facebook in 2012 as lead security counsel, advising the company on matters, including child safety and data security. She was previously resident legal advisor at the U.S. embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, where she specialized in Southeast Asian rule-of-law development and response to child exploitation and human trafficking. She also served as assistant attorney for 11 years in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, prosecuting federal crimes ranging from public corruption to gang-related violence.
Rajesh De, Partner
Raj De is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington, D.C. office and leads the firm’s global Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District. Mr. De is also co-leader of the firm’s National Security practice group, and a member of the firm’s Congressional Investigations & Crisis Management team. Mr. De has spent two decades in private practice and public service across all three branches of the U.S. government, has held senior appointments in the White House, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense, and has served as general counsel in the National Security Agency.
*Harvey Rishikof, Chair
ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force
Harvey Rishikof received his J.D. from New York University Law School and specializes in national security, civil and military courts, terrorism, international law, civil liberties and constitutional law. Before joining Crowell & Moring as senior counsel, Mr. Rishikof was the dean of faculty at the National War College, former chair of the department of National Strategy, legal counsel to the deputy director of the FBI, federal law clerk to Leonard I. Garth (Third Circuit), and AA to the Chief Justice of the U.S. Currently, he is the Chair of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.
Prof. Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law; William M. Rains Fellow; David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy; Director, Center for Legal Advocacy
Loyola Law School
Laurie Levenson earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, teaching criminal law and procedure, ethics, and evidence. Before joining Loyola’s faculty in 1989, Professor Levenson served as an Assistant Attorney in the Central District of California for eight years and clerked for the Third Circuit Judge James Hunter III. Professor Levenson is the head of Loyola’s Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic, The Fidler Institute annual symposium, and the Project for the Innocent. She is the co-author of the California Criminal Law and California Criminal Procedure.
Prof. Rory Little, Professor of Law
UC Hastings College of the Law
Rory Little received his J.D. from Yale Law School and practiced law for 12 years before becoming a full-time academic. He is currently the Joseph W. Cotchett Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings College of Law, where he has repeatedly won the student-voted “Best Professor” award. He teaches criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and legal ethics, and is a regular contributor to the SCOTUSblog site. He also serves part-time as Senior Counsel to the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery, specializing in appellate and complex litigation matters. He has held various positions in the Department of Justice, from Associate Deputy Attorney General in Washington, D.C., to Appellate Chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California.
*Hon. Brian Hoffstadt, Associate Justice
California Court of Appeal, Second District
Brian Hoffstadt received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Ninth Circuit Judge Cynthia Holocomb Hall. He is currently an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles. Prior to taking this position in 2014, he served as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, as a partner at Jones Day, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California, and as a legal policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Justice Hoffstadt is the author of California Criminal Discovery and regularly teaches judicial education courses.
Hon. Joel Bolger, Justice
Alaska Supreme Court
The Honorable Joel H. Bolger is a Justice on the Alaska Supreme Court. He received both his undergraduate economics degree and his law degree from the University of Iowa. Justice Bolger is currently Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Working Group and a Member of the Fairness, Diversity & Equality Committee of the Alaskan Court System. Prior to serving as a Justice on the Alaska Supreme Court, Justice Bolger was a District Court Judge, Superior Court Judge, and Court of Appeals Judge in Alaska.
Hon. Catharina Haynes, U.S. Circuit Judge
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
The Honorable Catharina Haynes is a Federal Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She was nominated to the position by President George W. Bush and received her commission in 2008. Prior to being appointed to the Fifth Circuit, Judge Haynes was a Texas state judge in Dallas and a partner at Baker Botts, LLP’s Dallas Office. Judge Haynes received her undergraduate degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and her law degree from the Emory University School of Law.
Alicia Hickok, Partner
Alicia Hickok is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Drinker Biddle. She is head of the Litigation Group’s Appellate Team and Navigator Initiative, she is responsible for talent management for the Litigation Group, and is a member of the firm’s Public Interest Committee. Ms. Hickok received her undergraduate education from Texas Christian University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is also currently an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
*Robert Byer, Partner; Chair, Trial Practice Group, Appellate division
Robert L. Byer is a partner at Duane Morris and Chair of the Appellate Division of the firm’s Trial Practice Group. Mr. Byer received both his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He also engaged in post-graduate studies at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Prior to becoming a partner at Duane Morris, Mr. Byer was a judge on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline.
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