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2019 AJEI Presenters

Alexandra (Alex) Wilson Albright

Alex Albright assists trial counsel and represents clients in state and federal appellate courts throughout Texas. Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she regularly assists with complex procedural and jurisdictional issues at critical junctures in the trial court and on appeal.

For almost 30 years, Alex taught Texas Civil Procedure and first-year Civil Procedure as a faculty member at the University of Texas School of Law. She also served the law school as Associate Dean. She is a long-standing member of the American Law Institute (since 2002), the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Court Rules (since 1993), and the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee (since 2006).

She is the author of a leading casebook on Texas Civil Procedure, TEXAS COURTS: A SURVEY (Dallas: Imprimatur Press 2006-2018) and the co-author of HANDBOOK ON TEXAS DISCOVERY PRACTICE (St. Paul: Thomson/West 1999-2018).

Before beginning her teaching career, Alex served as law clerk to Judge Thomas M. Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She began her private practice at the law firm of Thompson & Knight in Dallas, and in 2003, became of counsel to Alexander Dubose before joining the Firm full-time as a partner in 2017.

Alex graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1977 and received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law, with high honors, Order of the Coif, Chancellors, in 1980.

She has always been active in community affairs and is now serving on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The Travis County Women Lawyers Association honored Alex as a 2019 Pathfinder. She is married to Clint Parsley, and they have five children between them.

Jill Anderson

Jill Anderson joined the UConn Law faculty on a permanent basis in 2010 after a two-year appointment as a visiting professor. Before coming to UConn she taught for three years at Western New England School of Law, following her work as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at Western Massachusetts Legal Services, where she represented low-income disabled individuals challenging discriminatory housing policies and insurance practices.

Professor Anderson is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Lowenstein Public Interest Fellow and earned James Kent Scholar honors. She was studying theoretical linguistics in graduate programs at Stanford University and the University of Copenhagen before an abiding interest in social justice led her to law. Prior to attending Columbia, she spent four years developing diversity training and testing projects at a law firm that monitored consent decrees in the aftermath of civil rights litigation.

Professor Anderson is known for her innovative and consequential scholarship on language and law. Her expertise in linguistics informs her articles on statutory interpretation, which have appeared in the Yale Law Journal and Harvard Law Review, and which reach substantive areas as diverse as disability discrimination, white collar crime, intellectual property, and genocide law. She has presented her work at numerous scholarly events and regularly shares its practical payoff by speaking before judicial and practitioner conferences. Professor Anderson teaches in the areas of insurance, contract, legal interpretation, and law and cognition. She views thoughtful engagement with her students as the best way to explore our legal culture of cognition: what does and should count as “good thinking” in law?  

John Q. Barrett

John Q. Barrett is a Professor of Law at St. John’s University in New York City, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Legal History.  He also is the Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow and a Board member at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School.

Work on Justice Jackson: Professor Barrett is writing a biography of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg prosecutor Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954).  This work will include the first inside account of Justice Jackson’s service, by appointment of President Truman, as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, Germany, of the principal surviving Nazi leaders following World War II.

The Jackson List: Professor Barrett regularly sends email to thousands of subscribers around the world who are interested in Justice Jackson and related topics. To read archived copies of past Jackson List posts, click here. To join the Jackson List, a one-way list that does not display recipient identities or email addresses, send a “subscribe” note to

Justice Jackson’s book “That Man”: Fifty years after Robert Jackson’s death, Professor Barrett discovered and edited Jackson’s previously unknown manuscript, now an acclaimed book, That Man:  An Insider’s Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Oxford University Press). That Man, an eloquent memoir of FDR from Jackson first meeting him in 1911 through their close working relationship and friendship during the New Deal years, and World War II, is both FDR biography and Jackson autobiography.

Prof. Paul Bergman

Paul Bergman joined Professor David Binder in pioneering the School of Law’s Clinical Program in 1970. Since he became an Emeritus Professor, he primarily teaches Evidence. Prior to retirement he regularly taught courses such as Trial Advocacy, Film and the Law, and Street Law (a seminar in legal communication in which students taught legal concepts to high school students). Professor Bergman is regularly invited to give film clip-based presentations to groups of lawyers and judges all over the country. He has received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and an award from the American Trial Lawyers Association for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy. He was also awarded the Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award from UCLA Emeriti Relations for outstanding research, scholarly work, teaching and service since retirement.

Professor Bergman likes to play tennis, and often comes to his office by combining his love for bicycling with the increasing options that Metro trains and buses provide. As a law student, he felt it his duty to keep levity in the classroom, a practice he continues as a teacher, earning him the gratitude of his students.

In the field of lawyering skills Professor Bergman has co-authored Deposition Questioning: Strategies and Techniques (with Binder and Moore) (2001); Depositions in a Nutshell (with Binder, Moore and Light) (2016); Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques (with Moore and Binder) (1996); Lawyers as Counselors: A Client Centered Approach (with Binder, Tremblay and Weinstein) (3rd ed., 2012); Fact Investigation- From Hypothesis to Proof (with Binder) (1984); and Trial Advocacy in a Nutshell (6th ed., 2016). For Nolo Press, Bergman has created four books for laypeople who want to be “educated clients” or pro se litigants, including Nolo’s Deposition Handbook (with Moore) (6th ed., 2014; 7th ed. forthcoming 2018); Represent Yourself in Court (with Berman-Barrett) (9th ed., 2016); The Criminal Law Handbook (with Berman-Barrett) (15th ed., 2017); and Criminal Law: A Desk Reference (3rd ed., 2016).  Bergman is a co-author of the widely-used law school evidence textbook Evidence Law and Practice (with Taslitz and Friedland) (6th ed., 2014; 7th ed. forthcoming 2018). Bergman is also a co-author of Cracking the Case Method- Legal Analysis for Law School Success (with Goodman and Holm) (2nd ed. 2018). And, with Professor Michael Asimow, he has written about popular culture, movies, and the law in Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (2nd ed., 2006). Each edition of Reel Justice has been published in China in a Chinese language edition.

Along with Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Paul has also written You Matter- Ten Spiritual Commitments for a Richer and More Meaningful Life (2018).

Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was sworn in as the Chief Judge of the DC Court of Appeals on March 17, 2017.  In that capacity, she chairs the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration for the District of Columbia court system. Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby previously served as an Associate Judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals, a position for which she was nominated by President George W. Bush in August 2006. During her tenure as an Associate Judge, she chaired the District of Columbia Courts’ Standing Committee on Fairness and Access, and served on the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission

Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was nominated by President Bill Clinton as an Associate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court, where she served from 2000-2006, and she was a Magistrate Judge on the D.C. Superior Court from 1995-2000.

Throughout her career, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby has sought to promote the rule of law and equal access to justice. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts and served as the Consortium’s president and moderator. Earlier in her career, while serving as Deputy Corporation Counsel in charge of the Family Services Division at the District of Columbia Office of the Corporation Counsel (now District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General), she managed the Division’s 65 attorneys and support staff, responsible for handling child abuse and neglect, child support enforcement, and domestic violence cases.

Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby has taught Trial Advocacy at the Harvard Law School and teaches Professional Responsibility as an Adjunct Professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia.  She has also taught Continuing Legal Education courses for the District of Columbia Bar.

Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was recognized as a Women’s Bar Association (WBA) Star of the Bar in 2007 and 2014.  In 2018, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was the WBA’s Woman Lawyer of the Year.  The Woman Lawyer of the Year Award recognizes a leader who has championed change in the profession by leading by example, advocating for justice, and promoting the advancement of women in the profession.  She is a past president of the National Association of Women Judges. 

Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Political Science and received the Duke University Presidential Leadership Award. She earned her law degree from Howard University School of Law, graduating in the top five percent of her class. While in law school, she served as the Lead Articles Editor of the Howard Law Journal and served as the Co-Captain for the Charles Hamilton Houston Moot Court Team.

Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby is married to the Honorable Robert R. Rigsby, Associate Judge, D.C. Superior Court. They have one son in college.

Lisa Blatt

Lisa Blatt serves as Chair of Williams & Connolly’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice. Lisa has argued 37 cases before the United States Supreme Court, prevailing in 34 (1 pending). She also has two additional cases scheduled for argument next Term. The National Law Journal has called her a “visionary” and one of “the 100 most influential lawyers in America.” The National Journal has referred to her as a “SCOTUS legend.” Lisa’s appellate work has been highlighted by multiple publications and has earned her rankings in Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500, and Washingtonian magazine.

Lisa has argued and briefed numerous appeals on a wide range of business law issues in federal and state courts of appeal. Most recently, Lisa represented Marvin Gaye’s heirs in their copyright dispute over the hit songs “Got To Give It Up” and “Blurred Lines,” and the Washington Redskins football team in its dispute with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over the team’s trademarks.

Lisa began her career at Williams & Connolly as an associate before joining the general counsel’s office at the Department of Energy, followed by thirteen years in the Office of the Solicitor General.

Tillman Breckenridge

Tillman is Co-Managing Partner of the Washington D.C. office and Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. His practice includes a diverse array of appellate litigation matters at all levels. He has represented companies, organizations, individuals, and foreign, state, and local governments before the United States Supreme Court, every federal court of appeals, and several state courts, such as the Supreme Court of Virginia, the California Courts of Appeal, and the Illinois Courts of Appeal.

He is also an adjunct professor of law at William and Mary Law School, where he directs the Appellate & Supreme Court Clinic. Tillman’s appellate successes have spanned the country, from the Supreme Court of the United States to each of the federal courts of appeals to several state supreme courts. His work has also led to numerous honors. This year, he was named to Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers in America, an honorary member of the Order of the Barristers, a Washington, D.C. SuperLawyer, and a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite. He also became the youngest fellow ever—and first under 40—in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

In addition to his appellate practice, Tillman frequently speaks on appellate and related topics in front of various audiences. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he argued, and won, his first appeal as a third-year student in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a case that presented an employment law issue of first impression.

Sasha Buchert

Sasha Buchert is a Senior Attorney in the Washington D.C. office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and individuals living with HIV.

During her time at Lambda Legal, Sasha has been involved in extensive federal and state legislative and policy efforts on a wide range of issues including judicial nominations, criminal justice reform policy and health care initiatives. She is also litigating a number of cases expanding and solidifying federal civil rights protections for transgender people. Most recently, she is counsel in Karnoski v. Trump, a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender people, and is counsel in Gore v. Lee, a federal lawsuit filed in Tennessee challenging that state’s refusal to amend birth certificates for transgender people.  

Sasha has written about the legal issues facing LGBT people for publications including USA Today, Fox News, and MediumShe has made appearances on CNN, the PBS News Hour, C-SPAN, Newsy and Uprising.

Before joining Lambda Legal, Sasha served as Staff Attorney and Policy Counsel at Transgender Law Center. Sasha Buchert was the first openly transgender person to be appointed to an Oregon state board, and from 2012-13, she served as the chair of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board. She holds a J.D. from Willamette University. Sasha Buchert served proudly in the United States Marine Corps.

Consuelo Maria Callahan

Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan was nominated by President George W. Bush on February 12, 2003, to serve as a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  In May of 2003, she was confirmed unanimously (99-0) by the United States Senate.  Judge Callahan lives in Stockton and has her chambers in Sacramento.  She was the first judge in San Joaquin County history to be appointed to the federal court.

Judge Callahan received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, her Juris Doctor from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and her Masters of Law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Prior to being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Callahan was a state court judge, serving as a Justice for the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of California, a Superior Court Judge for San Joaquin County, and a Commissioner for Stockton Municipal Court.  Judge Callahan was the first woman and Latina to be appointed to the San Joaquin County Superior Court.  She was the first judge from San Joaquin County to be elevated to the Court of Appeal in 73 years.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Callahan was a Deputy Stockton City Attorney and a Deputy San Joaquin County District Attorney.  As a prosecutor, Judge Callahan prosecuted major felonies, including but not limited to child abuse, sexual assault, career criminal, and capital homicides.  Judge Callahan served on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific for nine years.  She currently serves as a Trustee for the American Inns of Court and Western University.  As well, Judge Callahan is a frequent instructor to judges and lawyers, both domestically and internationally, and is a Co-Author for the Rutter Group Employment Guide.

Judge Callahan has received numerous awards including the Susan B. Anthony Award for Legal Services, 1987; Peacemaker of the Year Award, 1997; Induction into the Mexican-American Hall of Fame, 1999; San Joaquin County Law Day Award, 2001; Action on Behalf of Children (ABC) Award, 2002; Italian Athletic Club Citizen of the Year, 2005; Pacific McGeorge School of Law Alumna of the Year Award, 2005; Sacramento Bar Association Judge of the Year, 2006; ABOTA Humanitarian Judge of the Year, 2008; ATHENA Award, 2009; American Inns of Court Ninth Circuit Professional Award, 2014; Judge Armendariz Award, 2016;  University of the Pacific Distinguished Public Service Award, 2017.

Kirsten M. Castañeda

Partner For over two decades, Kirsten M. Castañeda has briefed and argued state and federal appeals and original proceedings that raise issues critical to businesses and industries across Texas and the nation. In pursuing appellate relief, she never loses sight of the fact that every appeal involves more than just the law. Learning a client’s business and ultimate goals allows Kirsten to craft legal arguments and strategy that serve not only the case at hand, but also the client’s overall needs. Kirsten’s work has helped shape the law in several key areas, including:

  • the standards for class certification and decertification throughout the life of a class action;
  • the scope of statutory, contractual, and equitable duties applicable to oil and gas lessors, lessees, and operators;
  • the impact of threshold statutory mandates, expert testimony standards, and causation requirements on healthcare liability claims;
  • the proper boundaries for federal preemption of state tort and contract claims; and
  • the reach of various provisions of the Texas Constitution.

Kirsten’s class action experience led her to co-author a new chapter on standing for A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions, Second Edition (ABA Book Publishing 2017), exploring developments following Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016).

Kirsten frequently works with trial lawyers in the courtroom preserving error at hearings and trial in both Texas and federal trial courts. She began her practice as a trial lawyer, so she understands the balance between building a record for appeal and trying a case to win at the outset. Litigators who call on Kirsten in the trial courts know that her appellate experience (she is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization) is complemented by quick thinking and creative problem-solving.

Ranked by Chambers USA as a Recognised Practitioner (Litigation: Appellate – Texas) and selected to the SuperLawyers Appellate list in Texas, Kirsten is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Section of Litigation Woman Advocate Committee, and Council of Appellate Lawyers. She serves on the State Bar Court Rules and Pattern Jury Charge-Oversight Committees, is co-chair of the State Bar Appellate Section’s Diversity Committee, and is Vice-Chair of the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section. She is asked regularly to write and speak on state and federal appellate issues, perhaps because she heeds advice received long ago as a reporter on the Spring Valley Elementary Gator Gazette: don’t bury the lead, tell the reader a story, and all good stories need a hook.

When she dreamed of becoming a writer back in sixth grade, she had no idea her writings would pave the way to oral arguments in the Texas Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit.

Greg Castanias 

Greg Castanias, head of Jones Day’s Federal Circuit team, has almost 30 years’ experience as a leading appellate and intellectual property litigator. His experience includes five Supreme Court arguments, 70+ Federal Circuit arguments, and countless others in federal and state courts across the nation, from Alaska to Connecticut. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

His intellectual property experience includes such diverse technologies as genetics, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, electronics, and mechanical fields, as well as copyright, trademark, and trade secret disputes. Greg also has significant experience in state tax disputes before the U.S. Supreme Court and state appellate courts.

A “Trailblazer and Pioneer” in intellectual property law (The National Law Journal), and an IP and Life Sciences “Star,” Greg has been “instrumental in driving the firm’s standout appellate practice” (IAM Patent 1000). He is “a sharp and effective advocate who picks up the details of the matter quickly” and “a great issue-spotter and skilled advocate” (Legal 500), with “an instinctual feel for the art of persuasion before the Federal Circuit, where he is highly respected” (IAM Patent 1000).

Greg is the lead author of Federal Appellate Practice and Procedure (West Publishing 2d ed. 2017) and is an adjunct professor of law at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where he teaches Appellate Practice and Procedure and Federal Circuit Advocacy.

Greg has represented clients such as Abbott, Celgene, DePuy Spine, Dexcom, DIRECTV, Google, Histogen, Huawei, IBM, Intersil, LabCorp, Limited Brands, MathWorks, Merck, Merial, Myriad Genetic, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Purdue Pharma, SanDisk, SAS Institute, Sinochem, and Transocean.

Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.

Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was 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.  Before that he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science. He also has taught at DePaul College of Law and UCLA Law School. 

He is the author of twelve books, including leading casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure, and federal jurisdiction.  His most recent books are, We the People:  A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century (Picador Macmillan) published in November 2018, and two books published by Yale University Press in 2017, Closing the Courthouse Doors: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable and Free Speech on Campus (with Howard Gillman).

He also is the author of more than 200 law review articles. He writes a regular column for the Sacramento Bee, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. 

In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

Paul D. Clement

Paul D. Clement is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008. Before his confirmation as Solicitor General, he served as Acting Solicitor General for nearly a year and as Principal Deputy Solicitor General for over three years. He has argued over 95 cases before the United States Supreme Court. Indeed, Paul has argued more Supreme Court cases since 2000 than any lawyer in or out of government.

Mr. Clement is a native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the Cedarburg public schools, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School, where he was the Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation, Mr. Clement clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Clement is a Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Senior Fellow of the Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute.

Laurie Webb Daniel

Laurie Webb Daniel is chair of the firm’s national Appellate Team and the leader of Holland & Knight’s Atlanta Litigation Practice Group. She has appeared in appellate and trial courts nationwide, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Daniel is known for her approach to complex litigation, which combines the skills of an appellate advocate with those of substantive specialists at the start of the case to ensure that legal issues are well positioned for a favorable outcome – whether in the trial court or on appeal. As a result, in addition to handling appeals, Ms. Daniel routinely assists trial lawyers (at outside firms as well as her own) with high stakes litigation. Ms. Daniel has served as a commentator for CNN on Supreme Court arguments and on the faculty of many continuing legal education programs. She has served twice as chair of the American Bar Associations Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs. She also was part of the American Bar Association’s “reading group” that vetted the writings of U.S. Supreme Court Nominee, now Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.

Hon. Andre M. Davis

District Judge Andre M. Davis was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 11, 1949.  Judge Davis received a B.A. degree in American history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  After attending the University of Maryland School of Law from l975 to l978, Judge Davis graduated cum laude in l978.  While at the University of Maryland School of Law, Judge Davis served on the Moot Court Board, and he served as chair of the Honor Board and the Black Law Students Association. He was a member of the National Moot Court Team. He was selected as the Best Advocate in the Myerowitz Memorial Moot Court Competition, and in the Marshall-Wythe Moot Court Competition.  The faculty awarded the prestigious Roger Howell Award to Judge Davis.

Before attending law school, Judge Davis worked as an Assistant Housing Manager and  Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist from 1972 to 1974 with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.  Upon his graduation from law school, Judge Davis served as law clerk to Judge Frank A. Kaufman of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland from 1978 to 1979.  He also served as  law clerk to Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1979 to 1980.  From 1980 to 1981, Judge Davis was employed by the U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, as an appellate attorney.  In 1981, he joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland as an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore and remained there until 1983, when he entered private practice.

From 1984 to 1987, Judge Davis was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.  In 1987, Judge Davis was appointed as associate judge of the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, where he remained until 1990.  Next, he was appointed as associate judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

On May 4, 1995, Judge Davis received a nomination from President Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1995, and Judge Davis was commissioned on August 14, 1995. 

Judge Davis has served or is serving as a member or chair of numerous professional and community organizations, including director of the Baltimore Urban League, Inc., 1975-78; president of the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., 1985-87; trustee of Goucher College, 1985-91; director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, Inc., 1989 to 1996, and 2001 to the present; president/vice president of the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference, 1992-94; member of the board and president of the University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association, 1993-2001; president of Digges Inn, American Inns of Court, 1997-98; member of the Council, Section on Correctional Reform, Maryland State Bar Association, 1989 to present; member of the Executive Committee and officer, Conference of Federal Trial Judges, Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, 1999 to present; Lawyers’ Round Table; Rule Day Club; Wranglers. He is a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the board and co-chair of the International Committee at the Einstein Institute for Science, Health and the Courts.

Hon. Charles B. Day

Magistrate Judge Charles B. Day pursued a degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland and was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in 1978. In 1980, he obtained a Master’s of Science Degree in Judicial Administration from the American University. Judge Day’s education continued at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he received a J.D. in 1984. He was admitted to the bar in Maryland in 1985 and to the District of Columbia bar in 1989.

Following law school, Judge Day served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, from 1985-89. In 1989, he joined the law firm of Sherman, Meehan, Curtin & Ain as a civil litigation attorney. On February 18, 1997, Judge Day was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge of the District Court for the District of Maryland.

Judge Day has been the recipient of several distinguished awards, including the “President’s Award,” which he received from the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association in 1994; the “President’s Citation for Outstanding Service to the Bar,” awarded by the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland in 1995; the “Professionalism Award,” also awarded by the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, in 1998; the Century of Service Award for Contributions to the Administration of Justice, Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1999; the “Leadership in Law Award,” Daily Record (Maryland) 2001; the “Honorary Life Bar Leader” Award, as well as the “Community Service Award” from the Montgomery County Bar Foundation in 2011.

In addition, Judge Day is a member of many professional organizations. He is a Past President of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. As a member of the American Bar Association he was Chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Section Council’s Committee on Race & Racism in the Criminal Justice System, and the Judicial Division Council Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. In the Maryland State Bar Association, he served as Chair of the Criminal Law and Practice Section Council and as Chair of the Leadership Academy. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation and is Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. Judge Day is an Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, American University.

Hon. Albert Diaz

Judge Albert Diaz, a native of Brooklyn, New York, joined the Marines after high school. He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a NROTC scholarship, earning a B.S. in Economics. Following graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Marines. While in service, Judge Diaz attended law school on a full scholarship. He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and also earned a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.

In the Marines, Judge Diaz served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and appellate government counsel. Judge Diaz left active duty in 1995 for private practice. He remained in the Marine Reserves, serving as an appellate defense counsel, military trial judge, and appellate military judge. He retired from the Marines in 2006 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

From 2001 to 2009, Judge Diaz served on the North Carolina Superior Court bench, to include service on North Carolina’s Business Court. President Obama nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on November 4, 2009. The American Bar Association rated him unanimously well-qualified and he was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote. He received his commission on December 22, 2010.

Hon. Bernice B. Donald

The Honorable Bernice B. Donald, a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, received her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Prior to being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2011, she served on the U.S. District Court for more than fifteen years. She is currently Chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Center for Human Rights and will publish an implicit bias resource book for judges. Prior to this, she served as Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, where her focus was on issues concerning implicit bias, children of incarcerated parents, mass incarceration, and the collateral consequences of incarceration. Having previously served as Secretary of the American Bar Association (ABA), Judge Donald currently participates in the House of Delegates. Judge Donald has been faculty at the National Judicial College, the Federal Judicial Center, and the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School. In addition, she has served as faculty for international programs in Romania, Mexico, Turkey, Brazil, Bosnia, Jordan, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Russia, Egypt, Morocco, Uganda, Thailand, Armenia, Jamaica, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Great Britain, Costa Rica, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Judge Donald’s writings include the following: Not Your Father’s Legal Profession: Technology, Globalization, Diversity, and the Future of Law Practice in the United States, 44 U.  Mem. L. Rev. 645 (2014); Bringing Back Reasonable Inferences: A Short, Simple Suggestion for Addressing Some Problems at the Intersection of Employment Discrimination  and Summary  Judgment, 57 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 749 (2012-2013); and The Not-So-New Normal of the Legal Profession: Facing and Confounding the Odds, 23 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L.  1 (2014).  Judge Donald has received over 100 awards for professional, civic, and community activities, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Memphis, the Martin Luther King Community Service Award, and the Benjamin Hooks Award from the Memphis Bar Foundation.

Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Law and serving as a line officer in the United States Navy, Edmunds began his legal career first as an Assistant District Attorney in Greensboro, North Carolina and later as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of North Carolina. In 1986, he was appointed United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina by President Ronald Reagan and retained by President George H. W. Bush. During that time, he chaired the Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Guideline Sentencing

In 1993, he entered private practice with the Greensboro, N.C. firm of Stern & Klepfer. While there, he was board certified as a Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law and as a Specialist in Appellate Practice.

In 1998, Edmunds was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and in 2000, he was elected to the first of two terms on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. While on the bench he served as chair of the North Carolina State Bar’s Appellate Specialization Committee. He also taught appellate practice as an adjunct professor at Campbell University School of Law and served as program chair for the 2015 Appellate Judges Education Institute.

In 2017, Edmunds joined the Greensboro firm of Smith Moore, which later merged with Fox Rothschild, LLP, where he practices appellate law. Since re-entering private practice, he has served as chair of the ABA’s Appellate Judges Conference, chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee, and Chair of the Board of the Appellate Judges Education Institute. In 2019 he received the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Edmunds and his wife Linda have two married sons, the younger of whom just participated in producing their first grandchild. The older son and his wife are expecting.

Joseph J. Ellis

Joseph J. Ellis is one of the nation’s leading scholars of American history. The author of nine books, Ellis was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation” and won the National Book Award for “American Sphinx,” a biography of Thomas Jefferson. His in-depth chronicle of the life of our first President, “His Excellency: George Washington,” was a New York Times bestseller.

Ellis’ newest book, American Dialogue, will be released in Fall 2018. In this book, Ellis once again looks back to the American founding. In the same way the founders went back to the Roman classics like Thucydides and Tacitus for wisdom, Ellis goes back to America’s classic era for wisdom from Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Washington. What did the words “the pursuit of happiness” and “we the people” mean then, and what do they mean now? How can the Founders help us frame the arguments we need to have about race, economic inequality, jurisprudence, and foreign policy? As the title suggests, and the Founders knew, argument itself is the answer.

Ellis’ essays and book reviews appear regularly in national publications, such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. Ellis’s commentaries have been featured on CBS, CSPAN, CNN, and the PBS’s The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and he has appeared in several PBS documentaries on early America, including “John and Abigail [Adams]” for PBS’s The American Experience and a History Channel documentary on George Washington

Ellis has taught in the Leadership Studies program at Williams College, the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife Eillen Wilkins Ellis and two dogs. He is the father of three sons.

George Freeman

George Freeman is Executive Director of the Media Law Resource Center, a non-profit trade association supporting the media in legal matters.  Before that he was Of Counsel to the law firm of Jenner & Block.

For 31 years he was the chief First Amendment lawyer in the Legal Department of The New York Times, leaving as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in 2012. At the Times, he was primarily responsible newsroom counseling of The Times, the company’s many other newspapers and its television stations and magazines; he also was responsible for the newspaper’s and company’s litigations, and was at the forefront of numerous high-profile First Amendment cases, including Judy Miller’s resistance to a subpoena in the prosecution of Scooter Libby and the successful defense of The Times in a libel case brought by quarterback Ken Stabler. The Times newspaper didn’t lose or settle a libel case for dollars during his tenure.

He was the William J. Brennan Visiting Professor at the Columbia Journalism School and also for decades taught at New York University and CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism.  He has been Chair of ABA and NYS Bar Association media law committees and was the co-founder and longtime Co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law annual conference.  He is a graduate of Amherst and the Harvard Law School, and is an avid tennis player.  He has lived in Pelham for 30 years with his wife Annie and has two children, Jenny and Griff.

Joseph M. Getty

Judge Joseph Getty was appointed to Maryland’s highest appellate court, the Court of Appeals, in June 2016.  Prior to his appointment, he served as Chief Legislative Officer for Governor Larry Hogan.  He was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2010 and 2014 (District 5, Carroll and Baltimore Counties) and to the Maryland House of Delegates (District 5, Carroll County) in 1994 and 1998.  His legislative career includes many committee and workgroup assignments on Maryland legal affairs including the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and House Judiciary Committee.  From 2003-2007, he served in the executive branch as policy director to Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.  He has also been a solo practitioner of law with Main Street offices in Hampstead and Manchester, Carroll County, Maryland.  He is a graduate of Washington College (B.A.), George Washington University (M.A.) and the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D.).  

Neal Goldfarb

Neal Goldfarb is a Dean’s Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, where he works on developing and promoting the use of linguistics in legal interpretation. His focus over the past year or so has been mainly on corpus linguistics. Before moving full time into law and linguistics, he was a litigator in private practice for 35 years.

Mr. Goldfarb has written about law and linguistics extensively. He has filed several amicus briefs in the Supreme Court that were based on insights and methodologies from linguistics. One of those briefs, in 2010, was as far as he knows the first brief ever filed in any court to be based on corpus linguistics. Mr. Goldfarb has presented papers at the annual Law and Corpus Linguistics Conference at BYU Law School, one of which was published in the BYU Law Review as A Lawyer’s Introduction to Meaning in the Context of Corpus Linguistics. More recently he presented Corpus Linguistics in Legal Interpretation: When Is It (In)appropriate? In 2013 he published a peer-reviewed paper in the Canadian Review of Linguistics, titled “Always Speaking”? Interpreting the Present Tense in Statutes, and he has been invited to write a paper on the use of corpus linguistics in legal interpretation, for the Annual Review of Linguistics.

Mr. Goldfarb blogs about law and linguistics at

Tom Goldstein

Tom Goldstein is an appellate advocate, best known as one of the nation’s most experienced Supreme Court practitioners. He has served as counsel to a party in well over 100 merits cases at the Court, and he will argue his 43rd in the fall. Only 3 lawyers in the Court’s modern history have argued more cases in private practice.  He has been counsel on more successful petitions for certiorari over the past decade than any other lawyer in private practice. Over the past fifteen years, the firm’s petitions for certiorari have been granted at a higher rate than any private law firm or legal clinic.

Perhaps more than any other advocate in practice, Tom represents the complete spectrum of litigants before the Court; his work is not associated with any particular perspective or ideology.  For example, as arguing counsel, Tom has prevailed on behalf of bond purchasers, corporate civil defendants (three times), corporate civil plaintiffs (three times), a debtor, employees (twice), a habeas petitioner (three times), an immigrant, investors, an individual civil defendant, an individual criminal defendant, a local government, navy veterans and their estates, persons with disabilities, and shareholders.

Tom’s representations span virtually all of federal law.  For example, as arguing counsel in the Court, he has prevailed in cases involving arbitration, bankruptcy, civil procedure (twice), disability law, employment discrimination (twice), the Fourth Amendment (twice), free speech (three times), habeas corpus (three times), immigration, labor, maritime torts, securities (twice), and trademarks.

Tom also serves as counsel in particularly significant cases in the courts of appeals.  For example, he successfully served as lead counsel for most of the nation’s principal retailers in a Second Circuit appeal of the second-largest class action settlement in history.  Tom also represents a number of different corporations in patent-related matters in the Federal Circuit.

In addition to practicing law, Tom has taught Supreme Court Litigation at Harvard Law School since 2004, and previously taught the same subject at Stanford Law School for nearly a decade.  Tom is also the co-founder and publisher of SCOTUSblog – a web-site devoted to comprehensive coverage of the Court – which is the only weblog ever to receive the Peabody Award.

Tom has received a variety of recognitions for his practice before the Supreme Court and for his appellate advocacy generally.  For example, in 2010, the National Law Journal named him one of the nation’s 40 most influential lawyers of the decade.  The same publication included him in both of its most recent lists (2006 and 2013) of the nation’s 100 most influential attorneys.  Legal Times named him one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years.”  GQ named him (erroneously) one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, D.C.

Tom is involved in a variety of professional organizations.  Among other things, he is a member of the American Law Institute, Secretary-Elect of the ABA Labor and Employment Section, Vice Chair of the Amicus Committee of the ABA Intellectual Property Section, and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Tom previously practiced at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where for a time he served as the principal co-chair of the firmwide litigation practice.  Early in his career he was an associate at both Boies Schiller and Jones Day Reavis & Pogue.  He clerked for Judge Patricia Wald of the D.C. Circuit. Tom graduated in 1995 from American University’s Washington College of Law, which subsequently awarded him an Honorary Doctorate as well. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1992.

Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch

Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice, was born in Denver, Colorado, August 29, 1967. He and his wife Louise have two daughters. He received a B.A. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. He served as a law clerk to Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as a law clerk to Justice Byron White and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. From 1995–2005, he was in private practice, and from 2005–2006 he was Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 2006. He served on the Standing Committee on Rules for Practice and Procedure of the U.S. Judicial Conference, and as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure. He taught at the University of Colorado Law School. President Donald J. Trump nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on April 10, 2017.

Ross Guberman

Ross Guberman is the president of Legal Writing Pro LLC and the founder of BriefCatch LLC. From Alaska and Hawaii to Paris and Hong Kong, Ross has conducted thousands of workshops on three continents for prominent law firms, judges, agencies, corporations, and associations. His workshops are among the highest rated in the world of professional legal education.

Ross holds degrees from Yale, the Sorbonne, and the University of Chicago Law School.

Ross’s Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates is an Amazon bestseller that reviewers have praised as a “tour de force” and “a must for the library of veteran litigators.” Ross also wrote Point Taken: How to Write Like the World’s Greatest Judges, which Court Review called “the best book . . . by far . . . about judicial writing.” He coauthored Deal Struck: The World’s Best Drafting Tips with Gary Karl and created the online contracts editor ContractCatch.

Ross’s newest product, BriefCatch, is a first-of-its-kind editing add-in. Its devoted users include lawyers, firms, judges, and courts around the world. BriefCatch was named one of TechnoLawyer’s Top 10 Legal Tech Products of the year.

An active member of the bar and a former attorney at a top firm, Ross has also worked as a translator, professional musician, and award-winning journalist. Slate called his investigative reporting about Fannie Mae “totally brilliant and prescient,” and Pulitzer Prize winner Gretchen Morgenson wrote that his article “made even the most jaded Washingtonian take note.”

For the past 6 years, Ross has been invited to train all new federal judges, and he has presented at many other judicial conferences as well. He has also addressed many international conferences, including ATD, NALP, PDC, PDI, ACLEA, IADC, the Appellate Judges Education Institute, and the ABA’s Corporate Counsel Summit.

Ross is a founding “Trusted Adviser” for the Professional Development Consortium and consults for Caren Stacy’s OnRamp Fellowship. He is often quoted in such publications as The New York Times and American Lawyer.

Ross won the Legal Writing Institute’s 2016 Golden Pen award for making “an extraordinary contribution to the cause of good legal writing.” He was also honored as one of the 2016 Fastcase 50 for legal innovators, and his Twitter feed has been named to the ABA’s Best Law Twitter list.

A Minnesota native, Ross lives with his wife and two children outside Washington, DC. Family travel has taken them everywhere from Argentina and Bhutan to Greenland and Zambia. 

Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Wessler PLLC, a Supreme Court and appellate boutique in Washington, DC.  He is also a Lecturer at Harvard Law School, where he was a 2018-2019 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, and has previously taught appellate and public interest advocacy at Georgetown and American Universities.

Deepak has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times—most recently, in March 2019, as a Court-appointed amicus in support of a judgment left undefended by the Solicitor General.  In the term ending in 2017, Deepak’s firm was counsel of record for parties in three argued merits cases (on the First Amendment, preemption, and qualified immunity).  Deepak was lead counsel in two of those cases, prevailing in both.  In 2010, he argued AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, a landmark arbitration case, and has since played a lead role in the debate over forced arbitration of consumer and employee claims.

Beyond the U.S. Supreme Court, Deepak has handled appeals in every federal circuit and seven state supreme courts.  He has also testified multiple times before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  Deepak is frequently sought out by trial lawyers to defend their most consequential victories or resurrect worthy claims on appeal—often after years of hard-fought litigation.  He also works with co-counsel to design select cases from the ground up, focusing on class actions and administrative and constitutional challenges.  In one class action, Deepak represented all of the nation’s federal bankruptcy judges, recovering $56 million in back pay for Congress’s violation of the Constitution’s Judicial Compensation Clause.  As the American Lawyer observed, “it’s hard to imagine a higher compliment than being hired to represent federal judges.”

Before founding the firm in 2012, Deepak was Senior Counsel for Litigation and Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  As the first appellate litigator hired under Elizabeth Warren, he launched the Bureau’s amicus program, defended its regulations, and worked with the Solicitor General’s office on Supreme Court matters.  For seven years previously, he was an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where he founded and directed the Consumer Justice Project and was the Alan Morrison Supreme Court Project Fellow.  Deepak served as a law clerk to Judge Lawrence K. Karlton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and studied law at Georgetown, Sanskrit at Oxford, and philosophy at Fordham.

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Deepak sits on the boards of directors of the National Consumer Law Center, the Alliance for Justice, and Stable, a new organization dedicated to strengthening Washington, D.C.’s contemporary arts community.  He is also on the legal affairs committee of the American Association for Justice and the advisory board of the Civil Justice Research Institute at the University of California.  His publications include Arbitration as Wealth Transfer, 5 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 499 (2017) (with Lina Khan); Leveling the Playing Field on Appeal: The Case for a Plaintiff-Side Appellate Bar, 54 Duq. L. Rev. 383 (2016); and The Consumer Bureau and the Constitution, 65 Admin L. Rev. 945 (2013).

Dan Huckabay

Mr. Huckabay is president of Commercial Surety Bond Agency (CSBA), one of the leading providers of appeal bonds in the United States.  He has underwritten appeal bonds in almost every state and federal district court for clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he has delivered over 15 presentations across the country on appeal bonds and authored 14 published articles.  He has also served as an expert witness in several cases where appeal bonds represented a central issue.

Mr. Huckabay is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and was distinguished as the number one graduate in his class graduating Summa Cum Laude and with honors.

Mr. Huckabay started with CSBA in 1996 as an entry level assistant, and he purchased the firm from the founder in 2008.  As President, Mr. Huckabay is now responsible for managing the overall operations, helping clients evaluate potential collateral options to obtain appeal bonds, and negotiating rates, terms and conditions with surety companies.

Alec Karakatsanis

Alec graduated from Yale College in 2005 with a degree in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and Harvard Law School in 2008, where he was a Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review.  He is the founder of Civil Rights Corps, a non-profit organization dedicated to groundbreaking systemic litigation and advocacy challenging pervasive injustices in the American criminal legal system. 

Alec is the author, among other things, of The Punishment Bureaucracy, Yale L.J. F. (2019), Policing, Mass Imprisonment, and the Failure of American Lawyers, 128 Harv. L. Rev. F. 253 (2015), and The Human Lawyer, 34 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 563 (2010).

Alec was awarded the 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year for his role in bringing constitutional civil rights cases around the country challenging the money bail system and the 2016 Stephen B. Bright Award for contributions to indigent defense in the South.  Alec’s work at Civil Rights Corps challenging the money bail system in California was recently honored with the 2018 Champion of Public Defense Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  His civil rights work to end modern debtors’ prisons was recently profiled in Harvard Magazine.

Pamela Karlan 

Pamela Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and a founder and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School.  The Clinic has represented parties in more than fifty merits cases and amici ranging from the bipartisan leadership of the House Judiciary Committee to labor unions, and from overseas voters to survivors of torture.  Karlan herself has argued eight.

Karlan’s primary scholarship involves constitutional litigation, particularly with respect to voting rights and antidiscrimination law.  She has published dozens of scholarly articles and is the co-author of three leading casebooks as well as a monograph on constitutional interpretation—Keeping Faith with the Constitution (Oxford University Press).  She has received numerous teaching awards.

Karlan received her B.A., M.A., and J.D. from Yale.  After clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Abraham Sofaer and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, she practiced law at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on employment discrimination and voting rights.  Her public service includes a term as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, which implements and enforces the State’s campaign finance, lobbying, and conflict of interest laws.  She also served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. There, she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (the Department’s highest award for employee performance) for work in implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor and the John Marshall Award for Providing Legal Advice for her work on Title VII and gender identity.

Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Law Institute. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the American Constitution Society. In 2016, she was named one of the Politico 50 — a group of “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics”; earlier in her career, the American Lawyer named her to its Public Sector 45 — a group of lawyers “actively using their law degrees to change lives.”

Neal Katyal

Neal Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a Partner at Hogan Lovells. He previously served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, with 37 of them in the last decade. Most recently, Neal argued the “Travel ban” case on behalf of the State of Hawaii against President Trump in the Supreme Court of the United States. In the 2016-17 term alone, Neal argued 7 cases in 6 separate arguments at the Supreme Court, far more than any other advocate in the nation – nearly 10% of the docket. At the age of 49, he has already argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than has any minority attorney, recently breaking the record held by Thurgood Marshall. His numerous distinctions include: the Edmund Randolph Award (the highest civilian award given by U.S. Department of Justice), The Litigator of the Year by American Lawyer (2017 and 2018, chosen as the sole Grand Prize Winner of all the lawyers in the United States), Appellate MVP by Law360 numerous times (most recently in 2017), winner of Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Award in two different categories (both private and public law) (2017), one of GQ’s Men of the Year (2017), 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide by National Law Journal (2010), and 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times (2008). He has appeared on virtually every major American news program, as well as on Stephen Colbert and House of Cards on Netflix (where he played himself).

Hon. Barbara Milano Keenan

In 2009, President Obama nominated Barbara Milano Keenan to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  She was confirmed and began serving as a Judge on that Court in March 2010. 

Judge Keenan, who grew up in Northern Virginia, began her legal career an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County, Virginia, before entering private practice.   She tried a variety of criminal and civil cases before becoming a judge and, during her time in private practice, served on the Fairfax County, Virginia, Board of Zoning Appeals, and as a Commissioner in Chancery for the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

In 1980, she became judge of the General District Court of Fairfax County, and two years later became the first woman to be elected to a Circuit Court judgeship by the Virginia General Assembly. In 1985, she was elected as one of the first ten judges of the newly created Court of Appeals of Virginia.  She became a Justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia in 1991, and served on that court until 2010, when she became a federal appellate judge.

Jeffrey M. Kelly

Jeffrey M. Kelly focuses his practice in areas of complex litigation and outside corporate counsel services. He advocates for companies and individuals faced with significant business disputes, most often involving corporate and securities litigation, financial services and fraud, trade secret and intellectual property protection, and unfair trade practices. He has experience serving clients in state and federal courts, including on appeal. He regularly represents clients in the North Carolina Business Court, a specialized division of the North Carolina judicial system, handling significant issues of corporate and commercial law. Jeff also advises clients faced with sensitive business and white-collar matters, guiding domestic and international clients on global strategy ranging from multi-jurisdictional risk analysis to navigating alternate legal proceedings, such as regulatory complaints, investigations, and arbitration. He has led and worked with special litigation committees, conducting internal audits and independent investigations of companies and directors accused of fraud, corporate malfeasance, and gross mismanagement.

Jin-Ho King

Jin-Ho King is a founding partner in Milligan Rona’s Boston office. He concentrates his practice in criminal and civil appeals and litigation. He represents individuals and organizations seeking thoughtful guidance through complex disputes, investigations, and prosecutions.

Outside the practice of law, Mr. King also lectures at the Boston University School of Law, teaching legal research and writing in the School of Law’s LLM program. Mr. King is also an active member of the American Bar Association, where he currently serves on the Court Technology Committee of the Judicial Division and the Criminal Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation.

Mr. King received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor with Honors from the George Washington University Law School. In law school, he served as the editor-in-chief of the George Washington International Law Review.

Mark A. Kressel

Mark Kressel helps clients by first understanding their business needs and goals and how litigation can play a part in solving their problems, whether by winning on appeal, developing a multi-forum litigation or settlement strategy, or identifying vehicles to change the legal landscape. Major studios and government entities rely on Mark Kressel for his extensive multi-forum strategy and appellate advocacy capabilities. He has handled appellate matters in a wide range of areas, including patent, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the anti-SLAPP statute, the First Amendment, punitive damages, elder abuse, general business litigation, and premises liability.

Mark joined the firm as an associate and was invited to join the partnership in 2018. Before joining the firm, Mark was a litigation associate with Irell & Manella LLP. In addition to his bar admissions, he has practiced before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Prior to law school, Mark worked as a Broadway musician.

Jim Layton

Jim Layton joined the firm in 2017 after serving more than 22 years in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office—nearly all of those as the State’s principal civil appellate lawyer, Solicitor General.

Jim practices in both appellate and trial courts, particularly in matters involving complex legal questions, including those arising under the U.S. and Missouri constitutions, Missouri school funding and other education statutes, discrimination laws, and Missouri tax laws. He represents both private and public entities.

In addition to handling cases at Tueth Keeney, Jim assists clients, in-house counsel, and counsel at other firms with appellate strategy, motions, briefing, and argument. In doing so, he relies on many years of intense appellate experience: Jim has argued more than 90 times before the Missouri Supreme Court, four times before the U.S. Supreme Court, and more than 100 times in other state and federal appellate courts.

Jim’s experience in working with high-level government officials and state boards and commission gives him special insight into government and regulatory decision-making. Combining that experience with his work preparing attorneys to appear before appellate courts, Jim has assisted non-lawyer clients in preparing for appearances before regulatory or licensing boards.

An adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri for 20 years, Jim is a frequent speaker on appellate practice, legal writing, constitutional law, and issues arising from new appellate decisions.

Hon. Mary Hannah Leavitt

President Judge Leavitt took the oath of office as Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on January 7, 2002, for which she was rated “highly recommended” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She was retained for a second ten-year term, and on January 4, 2016, she was elected President Judge by her colleagues for a five-year term.

Judge Leavitt began her legal career in 1978 as Assistant Attorney General, assigned to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, where she worked until 1987, ending her service there as Chief Counsel. She then entered private practice with the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC and became a shareholder in 1990. She served in the firm’s Litigation Section as Chair of the Insurance Regulatory Law Group. In her legal practice, she served as counsel of record in over fifty appeals in both state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Leavitt has made numerous presentations on administrative law and appellate practice; has published several articles in the Dickinson Law Review and in the Journal of Insurance Regulation; and has taught legal seminars sponsored by organizations as diverse as the American Statistical Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Anti-Trust Section of the American Bar Association. She has taught insurance business at Pennsylvania State University, School of Business Administration, Capitol Campus. She served as Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Widener University, Commonwealth Law School from 2013 to 2016.

Judge Leavitt received her B.A. from Connecticut College (1969), her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (1972), and her J.D. from Dickinson School of Law (1978), where she was an editor of the Dickinson Law Review. Judge Leavitt lives in Harrisburg with her husband, John P. Krill, Jr. They have three grown children.

Adam Liptak

Adam Liptak covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times.

He joined The Times as a copyboy after graduating from Yale with a degree in English literature.  He returned to Yale for a law degree and went on to practice law for 14 years, specializing in First Amendment issues, first at a large New York City law firm and then in the legal department of The New York Times Company. 

Liptak rejoined the paper’s news staff in 2002 as its national legal correspondent.  In 2007, he launched “Sidebar,” a column on legal affairs.  In 2008, he became the paper’s Supreme Court correspondent.

Liptak was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting in 2009 and received the Scripps Howard Award for Washington reporting in 2010.  He was awarded Hofstra University’s Presidential Medal and an honorary doctorate from Stetson University College of Law.

He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and has taught courses at Yale Law School and New York University School of Law.

 Hon. James E. Lockemy

Chief Judge James E. Lockemy was born in Dillon, SC where he presently resides. After graduating from Dillon High School, he attended The Citadel leaving in his second year after deciding to get married. Briefly, he attended Coastal Carolina and then returned to Dillon and worked as a bagboy at a local supermarket and delivered morning newspapers while achieving his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He then attended law school at the University of South Carolina. After graduating from law school and passing the Bar, Chief Judge Lockemy entered the United States Army acquiring the rank of Captain while assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

After completing his three year tour of duty, he joined the South Carolina Army National Guard and also accepted a position as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. While in Washington, D.C., he served as a legal counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Strom Thurmond presented him for admission to the United States Supreme Court. During his 43 years of military service, Chief Judge Lockemy was the recipient of seventeen awards, including The Legion of Merit. He was activated from the National Guard and served a tour of duty in war-torn Kosovo. He retired from active service as a full Colonel. He then entered the South Military Department where he retired as a Major General.

In 1982, he was elected to the House of Representatives where he served for seven years. In 1980, Judge Lockemy began coaching youth baseball and founded the Rangers, a team he coached for 35 years. He has led the Dillon All-Star baseball team to the state tournament on two occasions, finishing as first runner up in 1996. In 1989, he was chosen as Dillon County Citizen of the Year and the Dillon County Veteran of the Year in 1999. Active in Community Theater, Chief Judge Lockemy received the Irving Award for Best Actor by the Florence Little Theatre for his role as John Quincy Adams in The Amistad Case. Other roles include Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men, Oscar in The Odd Couple and various characters in many British comedies.

He was elected as a Circuit Judge in 1989 where he served for eighteen years. Chief Judge Lockemy was then elected as a Judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals and elected Chief Judge in 2016 where he continues to serve. In the South Carolina Judiciary, he served as President of the Circuit Judges’ Association.

In 1995, he was chosen as a delegate from his state for the National Conference of State Trial Judges of the Judicial Division of the ABA. He later was elected to serve on the Conference’s Executive Board. Upon his election to the Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Lockemy moved to the Appellate Judges’ Conference. He was elected Chair of that Conference in 2018. He now serves as Chair of the Appellate Judges’ Education Institute (AJEI).

He is an active Kiwanian having served as the local president and lieutenant governor. Chief Judge Lockemy is completing his third year as an Adjunct Professor in Legal History at the University of South Carolina Law School. In 2012, Judge Lockemy received his Master’s Degree in History from The Citadel and currently is working to complete his PH. D. in History from the University of South Carolina. Judge Lockemy has two sons, Jamie and Will, and eleven grandchildren.

Jim Martin

Jim is a partner working out of the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles offices, who has specialized in appellate law for more than 35 years. Jim’s expertise spans a wide range of substantive areas including bet-the-company cases involving unfair competition, insurance recovery, coverage and bad faith, financial services, intellectual property, products liability, pharmaceutical and medical devices, false claims, and class actions. He has dealt with many specialized issues in each of these areas, including those involving preemption (federal and state), expert witnesses (federal and state) and consumer fraud (federal and state).

In addition to briefing and arguing appeals, Jim regularly consults with trial lawyers on substantive and procedural issues in ongoing cases to help shape trial strategies and make the best record possible for an eventual appeal. These strategic consultations also include briefing and argument, and the preparation of post-trial motions, writs, or interlocutory appeals as needed.

Jim has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Practice (2006 to present) and the Pittsburgh Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice (2013, 2017), Pennsylvania Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice (2017), as one, of Pennsylvania’s and Southern California’s Super Lawyers in Appellate Law, a Benchmark Appellate Star in Pennsylvania, an American Lawyer Media Southern California Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law. He is a member of the American Law Institute. Jim has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is recognized by American Registry as one of America’s Most Honored Professionals.

Appellate Experience

Jim is certified as a specialist in the area of Appellate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a fellow and former president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is a member and former president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He is a founding member of the Third Circuit Bar Association and served as its second president. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Section on Appellate Courts and served as its chair. He served for three years on the California State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts and is the former vice-chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Appellate Law and Practice Committee.

He has briefed and handled cases in the United States Supreme Court, the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Federal Circuit, the Court of Claims, the California Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal, the Washington Supreme Court, the Arizona Appellate and Supreme Courts, the Delaware Supreme Court, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Ohio Appellate and Supreme Courts, the Pennsylvania Appellate and Supreme Courts, the Texas Appellate and Supreme Courts, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, and the Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and New Jersey Appellate Courts.

 Hon. Mark Martin

Mark Martin is Dean and Professor at Regent University School of Law.  

Mark Martin served on the Supreme Court of North Carolina from 1999-2019, including as Chief Justice from 2014 to 2019. In 1999, at age 35, Martin was installed as the youngest justice in the history of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. In 1994, at age 31, Martin became the youngest judge in history to serve on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. In 1992, North Carolina Governor Jim Martin (no relation) appointed Martin, age 29, to the Superior Court, where he served until 1994.  

Mark Martin has served as a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, and as Chair of the American Bar Association Judicial Division and Appellate Judges Conference. Martin has also served as Chair of the Appellate Judges Education Institute Board of Directors.

Chief Justice Martin is deeply committed to advancing the rule of law and improving the administration of justice. In 2015, Martin convened the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice.  That initiative resulted in a number of important reforms, including legislation that ended North Carolina’s practice of automatically prosecuting sixteen and seventeen-year-old juvenile offenders as adults. Chief Justice Martin also sought to narrow the access-to-justice gap in North Carolina by creating a bar-funded Pro Bono Resource Center. Martin has also served on the Commission on the World Justice Project and participated in the World Justice Forum in Vienna, Austria, and World Justice Forum III in Barcelona, Spain. In recognition of his service to the courts, the National Center for State Courts inducted Martin into the Warren E. Burger Society.

Chief Justice Martin received his LL.M. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law, his JD with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and his undergraduate degree with highest honors from Western Carolina University.

He is married to Kym Lake Martin and is the proud father of five children.

Mary McCord

Mary McCord serves as Senior Litigator at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. At ICAP, McCord leads a team that brings constitutional impact litigation at all levels of the federal and state courts across a wide variety of areas including First Amendment rights, immigration, criminal justice reform, and combatting the rise of private paramilitaries.

McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016 to 2017 and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division from 2014 to 2016.

Previously, McCord was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly 20 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Among other positions, she served as a Deputy Chief in the Appellate Division, overseeing and arguing hundreds of cases in the U.S. and District of Columbia Courts of Appeals, and Chief of the Criminal Division, where she oversaw all criminal prosecutions in federal district court.

McCord graduated from Georgetown University Law School and served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Hon. Laurie McKinnon

Justice McKinnon is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and began practicing law in 1987, as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.  After several years as a prosecutor, she started her own practice, handling a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation, including cases involving the death penalty.  In 1995, Justice McKinnon moved to Montana and became a Deputy Glacier County Attorney and, subsequently, a Deputy Teton County Attorney.  From 2006 to 2012 she served as District Judge of the Ninth Judicial District Court, which encompasses Teton, Pondera, Toole and Glacier counties. 

While a district judge, Justice McKinnon served on the District Court Performance Measurement Advisory Committee to the Montana Supreme Court, the Judicial Education Committee, the Justice Initiatives Committee, and was a member of the District Drug Court Judges.  In 2010, Justice McKinnon was awarded Judge of the Year by the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Montana for her work in cases involving abused and neglected children.  In 2011, she wrote and received a $350,000 federal grant from the Department of Justice for implementation of a drug treatment court within her jurisdiction.

Ben Mesches

Chair of Haynes and Boone, LLP’s Litigation Department, Ben Mesches successfully leads appellate and litigation teams in high-stakes cases at the crossroads of major public policy questions and emerging legal issues.

Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners (2019), as a leading Texas appellate lawyer, clients value Ben’s experience and big-picture perspective, seek his counsel in developing crisis-management strategies in the aftermath of potentially crippling adverse trial court decisions, and praise his ability in “preparing us for” the ranges of issues and outcomes that “come up on appeal and what to expect” as litigation unfolds.

Board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Ben has been the architect of winning litigation strategies in the appellate courts. In 2019 alone, he has secured high-profile wins in these cases:

  • In the Texas Supreme Court in a landmark case upholding the constitutionality of public pension reforms implicating nearly $1 billion in pension assets.
  • Before the Fifth Circuit in a wind-power dispute worth more than $300 million, reversing—for the second time—a district court decision.
  • At the Third Circuit in a trademark case in which the court held that a major pharmaceutical company owned intellectual property rights, defeating an $80 million claim.

Ben’s peers recognize his collaborative leadership style both inside the firm and within prestigious legal organizations. In addition to leading the firm’s global litigation practice, he has served as President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers—the only national appellate-bench organization in the country—and Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Appellate Section.

And Ben is regularly asked to write and speak on litigation and appellate practice topics, including post-judgment strategy; practice before the Texas Supreme Court; Fifth Circuit trends; bankruptcy appeals; and the selection and preservation of issues for appeal.

Stephen C. Mouritsen

Stephen Mouritsen is a member of Parr Brown’s commercial litigation group. Prior to joining Parr Brown, Mr. Mouritsen was an associate with the law firms of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Mr. Mouritsen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Associate Chief Justice Thomas R. Lee of the Utah Supreme Court. Prior to law school, Mr. Mouritsen worked as a registered financial representative for Fidelity Investments.

Mr. Mouritsen has experience with a wide variety of securities-related matters, including securities fraud, mortgage fraud, trading violations, market manipulation schemes, as well as SEC and PCAOB investigations. Mr. Mouritsen also has significant experience with internal investigations, environmental litigation, and corporate restructuring litigation.

With a background in linguistics, Mr. Mouritsen has written and lectured extensively on the intersection between law and language. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where he teaches a course on law and corpus linguistics.

Mr. Mouritsen currently serves as an associate (non-resident research fellow) at the University of Chicago Law School.

Mr. Mouritsen received his B.A. in English, from the Brigham Young University, in 2002. In 2007 he received his M.A. in linguistics from Brigham Young University. He attended Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he was the Lead Articles Editor of the BYU Law Review, a First Prize, John S. Welch Award for Outstanding Legal Writing, and graduated magna cum laude in 2010. 

Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on Supreme Court, appellate, and constitutional litigation. She has argued four cases before the Supreme Court, including successfully arguing McCutcheon v. FEC, for which she was named American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week”; successfully arguing on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas v. United States; and successfully arguing on behalf of the Wisconsin State Legislature in Gill v. Whitford. 

Erin has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers” and a “Rising Star”; has been ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of the nation’s top appellate lawyers; has been listed as a “Rising Star” for appellate litigation by Law360; has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for her appellate work; has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for appellate practice; and was one of 10 lawyers featured on LinkedIn’s list of “Top Professionals 35 and Under.” 

Erin’s work before the Supreme Court has included briefing such high-profile cases as NFIB v. Sebelius, Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, and American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo. She also has a robust practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals, where she has presented argument before most of the circuits on several important statutory and constitutional questions, including the scope of the Second Amendment, the Takings Clause, and the National Labor Relations Act. Her extensive appellate experience spans a wide range of topics and has included several cases dealing with energy law, labor law, the Affordable Care Act, and property rights to submerged lands. Erin has served as the co-chair of programming for the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and frequently speaks on topics relating to the Supreme Court and appellate advocacy. She has appeared on national television to discuss the Supreme Court and has been featured in several publications.

Doug Nazarian

Doug Nazarian has served on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals since January 2013. He joined the Court after five years at the Maryland Public Service Commission and fifteen years as a litigator in law firms in Washington and Baltimore. He is a graduate of Yale College and Duke Law School and clerked for Judge James B. Loken of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Heather Bailey New

Heather Bailey New is an in-house appellate lawyer for AT&T.  Heather joined AT&T in 2016, where she is now Assistant Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel, Appellate Litigation.  She handles and oversees appellate matters nationwide and assists with state and federal trials throughout the country.  Heather served as part of both the trial and appellate teams that successfully defended AT&T in government antitrust litigation challenging its proposed $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner, and was a recipient of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 2018 Outstanding Senior Counsel of a Large Legal Department Award and the 2018 Outstanding Business Litigation of the Year Award.

After graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University and Baylor Law School, both summa cum laude, she clerked for the Honorable Priscilla Owen at the Texas Supreme Court.  Following her clerkship, she joined the law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, where she practiced appellate litigation for 14 years.  She then joined the law firm of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas, where she was head of its appellate practice group.  In private practice, Heather handled appeals in both state and federal courts and often assisted trial counsel with substantive briefing and error preservation, as well as jury charges, judgment formation, and post-trial motions. 

Victoria Nourse

Professor Nourse is one of the nation’s leading scholars on statutory interpretation, Congress, and the separation of powers. 

Her latest book, Misreading Law, Misreading Democracy, was published by Harvard Press in 2016.  She has also published widely on the power of the President and the separation of powers, Reclaiming the Constitutional Text from Originalism:  The Case of Executive Power, 106 Calif. L. Rev. 1 (2018), and on constitutional rights, including her book, In Reckless Hands (Norton 2008), the story of Skinner v. Oklahoma and American eugenics.  She is a coauthor with Yale’s William Eskridge and Abbe Gluck of the most up to date casebook on legislation:  Statutes, Regulation, and Interpretation:  Legislation and Administration in the Republic of Statutes (2014 & 2018 Supp.)

Professor Nourse has had a distinguished career in government up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.   In 2015-2016, she served as Chief Counsel to the Vice President of the United States.  Prior to that she served as an appellate lawyer in the Justice Department and Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The story of her role in the fight for the original Violence Against Women Act is told in the 2009 bookEqual:  Women Reshape American Law.

Prior to teaching at Georgetown, Professor Nourse held chairs at the Emory University and the University of Wisconsin.   She has also been a visiting professor at Yale, NYU, Northwestern, and the University of Maryland.

Professor Nourse began her legal career in New York, clerking for a legendary trial judge, Edward Weinfeld, and practicing at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison.   She left private practice to serve as junior counsel to the Senate-Iran Contra Committee under Senators Rudman and Inouye.   

Professor Nourse is Director of the law schools’ first Center on Congressional Studies.

Hon. Colleen O’Toole

Colleen Mary O’Toole was first elected to the Eleventh District Court of Appeals in 2004. The Eleventh District Court of Appeals serves the counties of Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage and Trumbull. Judge O’Toole was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1991. She began her legal career as a Cuyahoga county public defender serving in the appellate and criminal trial divisions. She later worked as in-house counsel within the insurance industry. In 1998, she opened her own law firm.  Judge O’Toole has extensive experience in civil, criminal, and family law litigation. She is also an entrepreneur founding her own award-winning tech Startup Company On Demand Interpretation Services LLC.  In 2019, she finished her term in the Ohio 11th District Court of Appeals after being selected to serve as a Legal advisor/ Commercial Court Judge for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in their efforts to create an innovative world class Commercial court and Dispute resolution center.  A committed public servant, she has served on multiple boards and committees. She has three grown children. Judge O’Toole is an avid sportsperson.

Casey Pick

As Senior Fellow for Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project, Casey Pick helps lead the organization’s work advancing policies and positions that support LGBTQ youth in crisis, especially the “50 Bills 50 States” campaign to end conversion therapy. Her responsibilities include educating policymakers and the public about LGBTQ youth/mental health issues, filing amicus briefs, and testifying in support of vital legislation to protect LGBTQ youth.  

Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Claremont McKenna College and a juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law. Recently, the National LGBT Bar Association named her one of 2019’s “Best 40 LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40.” Casey split her time growing up between Southern California and Iowa City, Iowa, and currently shares her Alexandria, VA apartment with five guitars, a banjo, and a ukulele. Casey’s pronouns are she, her, and hers.

Prof. Robin Conley Riner

Robin Conley Riner received her PhD in anthropology from UCLA and is currently associate professor at Marshall University. She teaches courses in linguistic, cultural, and legal anthropology and she won an award for her teaching in 2016. She has conducted ethnographic research on death penalty trials across Texas, investigating how the use of language shapes jurors’ experiences during trials and impacts their life and death decisions. Her book, Confronting the Death Penalty (OUP 2016), explores how jurors use language to counter moments of empathy they share with defendants, thereby justifying their decisions for death. Dr. Riner frequently provides educational opportunities to legal practitioners on law and language. Her current research examines a VA yoga program and focuses on embodied posture, movement, and communication as mechanisms for recovery among military veterans

Hon. Jenny Rivera

Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, has spent her entire professional career in public service.  She clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, on the Southern District of New York, and also clerked in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Se Law Clerk’s Office.  She worked for the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Family Rights Project, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (renamed Latino Justice PRLDEF), and was appointed by the New York State Attorney General as Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights.  Judge Rivera has been an Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Division for Human Rights, and served on the New York City Commission on Human Rights.  Prior to her appointment, she was a tenured faculty member of the City University of New York School of Law, where she founded and served as Director of the Law School’s Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality.

Judge Rivera is an elected member of the American Law Institute.  She has published extensively on interpersonal violence, women’s rights, and issues that impact the Latino community.  She served on the American Bar Association Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities from 2010 to 2012, and as the Reporter to the Commission authored the Commission’s Report.  Judge Rivera has received several awards, including the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award and the NYSBA Diversity Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award.

She graduated from Princeton University, and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.  She received her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law.

Richard G. R. Schickele

Mr. Schickele has been a career law clerk to Judge Consuelo Callahan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit since 2003.

Before that he was Commission Counsel to the California Commission on Judicial Performance for five years. From 1995 to 1998 he served as an advisor to the Baha’i Universal House of Justice at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel.

For over ten years Mr. Schickele was Counsel to the Supreme Court of the United States and prior to that he was a Conference Attorney and Deputy Staff Director for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

He earned his law degree for Boalt Hall School of Law – University of California, and earned a Masters of Art in Political Science from George Washington University while he worked at the Supreme Court.

He teaches appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.

Deena Jo Schneider

Deena Schneider is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Schnader Harrison Segal Lewis LLP, where her practice has always been focused on appeals and issue-oriented litigation.  She served as co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice group for many years and is experienced in virtually every aspect of motion and appellate practice.  She often functions as a strategic advisor on the litigation team while a case is prepared and tried and also handles or partners with other counsel on post-trial proceedings and appeals.  She litigates in federal and state courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of the United States, and has worked on a number of celebrated cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants. 

Deena’s major matters have involved such diverse areas as administrative law, antitrust and trade regulation, bankruptcy, class actions, constitutional law, employment discrimination, ERISA, family law, federal procedure, historic preservation, information disclosure, judgment enforcement, privilege, public financing, securities fraud, taxation, and trust indentures.  In addition, she has a significant counseling practice, especially in the areas of appellate law, antitrust and trade regulation, business practices and governance, and e-commerce and technology.  She has written and organized, moderated, and spoken at programs on numerous appellate and other topics, and is a chapter author of all three editions of the Third Circuit Appellate Practice Manual as well as Antitrust Law Developments (7th & 8th eds.). 

Deena is Chair-Elect of the Council of Appellate Lawyers and a founding member and the President-Elect of The Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit.  She is also Co-Chair of the Distribution & Franchising Committee of the ABA’s Antitrust Section.  She has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America (which named her the Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year in Philadelphia for 2015), noted as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” for appellate law, listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and as a Top Lawyer by Corporate Counsel, and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.  She graduated from Yale magna cum laude with a major in mathematics and from Harvard Law School. 

Kannon K. Shanmugam

Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group and managing partner of the Washington office, Kannon Shanmugam is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top appellate litigators. He has argued 27 cases before the Supreme Court, including four cases in the recently concluded 2018-2019 term. He has also argued dozens of appeals in courts across the country, including all 13 U.S. courts of appeals and numerous state courts.

Prior to private practice, Kannon served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In ranking Kannon in Band 1 of appellate advocates nationwide, Chambers USA described him as “absolutely extraordinary” and praised him as “highly impressive and immensely popular.” Benchmark Litigation noted that Kannon is “one of the most respected and admired appellate practitioners” in the country, and Lawdragon praised him as “dazzlingly accomplished” and “inspiring and in demand.” The American Lawyer recently lauded him for his “amazing track record,” and The National Law Journal cited his “confident manner and elegant elocution” before the Supreme Court, stating that he “never seems to get flustered.”

Kannon has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 appellate lawyers (Benchmark Litigation) and top 500 lawyers overall (Lawdragon magazine). He has been named The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” three times, and a Law360 “Legal Lion of the Week” nine times for a series of victories at all three levels of the federal courts. Kannon has also been featured on numerous lists of top Supreme Court advocates, with Washingtonian magazine naming him one of its 20 people in Washington to watch.

Neil Siegel

Neil S. Siegel is the David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Duke Law School, where he also serves as director of the DC Summer Institute on Law and Policy. Professor Siegel’s research and teaching fall primarily in the areas of U.S. constitutional law, constitutional politics, and constitutional theory.

Professor Siegel is a constitutional law generalist. His scholarship addresses a variety of areas of constitutional law and, in doing so, considers ways in which a methodologically pluralist approach can accommodate changes in society and the needs of American governance while remaining disciplined and bound by the rule of law. His articles on collective action federalism offer constitutional justification for robust, but not limitless, federal power. His contributions in the area of separation of powers document and conditionally justify the role of historical governmental practices and norms in constraining political partisanship and partially constituting congressional, executive, and judicial power. His writings on the politics of constitutional law and judicial statesmanship seek to understand how participants in the practice of constitutional law can vindicate the preconditions for the legitimacy of constitutional law. His constitutional theory scholarship analyzes, among other issues, how perceptions of the clarity or ambiguity of the constitutional text are affected in part by purposive, structural, historical, doctrinal, and consequentialist considerations. His work on sex equality and reproductive rights examines how equality values are protected under both equal protection and substantive due process, and extends the skepticism of constitutional sex equality doctrine to pregnancy discrimination and restrictions on access to contraception and abortion.

Professor Siegel teaches Duke Law students, undergraduates in Duke University’s Trinity College and in Duke Law School’s DC Summer Institute, and judges in Duke’s Master of Judicial Studies Program. Throughout the year, he offers U.S. Supreme Court updates and other talks at judicial conferences and law firms around the country.

Professor Siegel served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Christopher Coons during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, and he advised Senator Coons during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Neil M. Gorsuch. Professor Siegel also served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings of John G. Roberts and Samuel A. Alito. During the October 2003 term, he clerked for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice during the tenure of Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, and as a law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Professor Siegel is a member of the American Law Institute and the Bar of the State of North Carolina. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Board of Academic Advisors of the American Constitution Society.

In 1994, Professor Siegel received his B.A. (Economics and Political Science), summa cum laude, from Duke University. In 1995, he received his M.A. (Economics) from Duke University. He graduated in 2001 with joint degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, receiving his J.D. from Berkeley Law and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. While at Berkeley Law, he served as the Senior Articles Editor of the California Law Review.

Hon. Geoffrey G. Slaughter

Geoffrey G. Slaughter was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Mike Pence in May 2016. He took the oath of office as Indiana’s 109th Supreme Court Justice on June 13, 2016.

Justice Slaughter was born in Gary, Indiana, in 1962 and grew up in nearby Crown Point. After graduating from high school in 1981, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and in 1985 received a bachelor of arts in economics, graduating with high honors. In 1989, he received an M.B.A. in finance from IU’s Kelley School of Business and his juris doctor cum laude from IU’s Maurer School of Law.

After law school, Justice Slaughter served for two years as a law clerk to Chief Judge Allen Sharp, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in South Bend. He then worked in private practice with the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis, concentrating on antitrust, bankruptcy, and other complex business litigation. From 1995 to 2001, he served as special counsel to the Attorney General of Indiana.

Before joining the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Slaughter was a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis and litigated complex business disputes in both state and federal courts.

Justice Slaughter has been an active member of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the appellate-practice sections of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association, and The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. Committed to furthering civics and constitutional education, Justice Slaughter has volunteered as a judge for the “We the People” competition since 1996.

In his spare time, Justice Slaughter is an avid reader and roots for the Chicago Cubs and IU football.

Hon. Randy Smith

Judge N. Randy Smith was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and thereafter sworn in on March 19, 2007. In addition to his duties as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge, he has been appointed to hear Federal District Court and Bankruptcy cases in the states of Idaho and Montana.

Judge Smith now serves as a member of the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit and as a member of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Committee. Judge Smith has served on the Ninth Circuit Executive Committee; as Administrative Judge of the Northern Area of the Ninth Circuit; as Conference Chairman, Program Chairman, and member of the Executive Committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference; and as a member of the Ninth Circuit ADR Committee.  He was also appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, where he now serves as Vice Chair.

Judge Smith has served as the Chairman of Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association, Chair of the ABA Judicial Division Ethics Committee, on the ABA Judicial Division Executive Committee, Chairman of the Appellate Judges Educational Institute (AJEI), and now serves on the AJEI planning committee.

Judge Smith also teaches at Idaho State University, teaching Legal Environment of Business and Business Law. He also previously taught Political Science classes.

Judge Smith was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame. He has also received the Idaho State Bar’s Distinguished Jurist Award, the Idaho “Statesman of the Year” award, the Idaho Judiciary’s George G. Granata, Jr. outstanding jurist of Idaho award, the Idaho State University’s outstanding teacher award, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners.

Stephanie A. Snow

Stephanie served as a Staff Attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from July 2017 through August 2019 and is currently a law clerk for the Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman in the Northern District of Illinois.  Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on history and international affairs, from Governors State University.  She then graduated cum laude from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in January 2017.  From 1998 through 2016, she worked as a legal assistant or paralegal at various law firms in Chicago.  While in law school, Stephanie served as a judicial extern to Judge Coleman, and to the Honorable Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court.  Immediately after law school, Stephanie clerked for the Honorable Nancy Joseph, federal magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  Stephanie is currently completing her term as a Board-Member-at-Large for the ABA’s Council of Appellate Staff Attorneys (CASA).

Tom Spahn

Thomas E. Spahn practices as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  Tom was selected as the 2013 metro-Washington DC “Lawyer of the Year” for “Bet the Company Litigation” by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.).  In 2018, Virginia Lawyers Weekly selected him for inclusion in the inaugural Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.  Tom has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and is a Member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He has spoken at over 1,800 CLE programs throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.  Through links on his website bio, Tom has made available to the public:  his summaries of over 1,600 Virginia and ABA legal ethics opinions, organized by topic; a 300 page summary of his two-volume 1,500 page book on the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine; over 950 weekly email alerts about privilege and work product cases; materials for over 40 ethics programs on numerous topics, totaling about 10,000 pages of analysis.  Tom graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. 

Judge John E. Sparks, Jr.

President Barack Obama appointed John E. Sparks, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on April 8, 2016.

Judge Sparks is a native of Mount Holly, New Jersey, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1971. He was selected for the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) program and was sent to Naval Training Center Bainbridge, Maryland for eight months of instruction. After completing the NAPS program, he received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy and began the course of instruction as a midshipman in July 1972. Upon graduation from the Academy in June 1976, Judge Sparks accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He spent the first seven years of his career as an infantry officer and held billets typical for that occupational specialty such as platoon commander, assistant operations officer, rifle company executive officer and rifle company commander. In 1983, he was accepted to the Marine Corps Excess Leave Law Program and began the study of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1986 and was certified as a Marine Corps judge advocate.

Between 1986 and 1996 Judge Sparks served in a variety of legal positions including military prosecutor, defense counsel, legal adviser to a naval hospital, three years as a military judge and two years as Military Assistant and Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Navy. In May 1996, he was assigned to the White House to serve as a Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. In January 1998, after twenty-three years of service to the U.S. Marine Corps, he retired and was asked by Secretary Dan Glickman, Secretary of Agriculture, to serve as his Special Assistant for Civil Rights. There he was responsible for coordinating the various civil rights activities and issues for the department. Judge Sparks also was instrumental in the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the department by African American farmers. In January 1999, he joined the Department of the Navy as the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy where he was vested with full authority to act for and with the General Counsel in all legal matters affecting the Department of the Navy.

In December 2000, Judge Sparks joined the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces as the senior legal advisor to then Judge and later Chief Judge James E. Baker. He served in that position until retirement from federal service on July 31, 2015.

Judge Sparks lives in Virginia with his wife, Wendy. They have three grown children.

David A. Strauss

David Strauss graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in 1973. He then spent two years at Magdalen College, Oxford, on the Marshall Scholarship and received a BPhil in politics from Oxford in 1975. In 1978, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was developments editor of the Law Review. Before joining the Law School faculty, he worked as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the US Department of Justice and was an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States.

Strauss joined the Law School faculty in 1985. He has published articles on a variety of subjects, principally in constitutional law and related areas, and recently published The Living Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is, with Geoffrey Stone and Dennis Hutchinson, editor of the Supreme Court Review. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Georgetown. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Strauss has argued nineteen cases before the United States Supreme Court. In 1990, he served as Special Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate. He is a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society. He has also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers. In addition to his current teaching interests – constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, elements of the law, and administrative law – he has taught civil procedure and torts.

Samuel A. Thumma

Sam is a Judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, having served there since 2012, including as Chief Judge from 2017-2019. From 2007-2012, Sam served as a trial judge on the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County.

Nationally, he is vice chair of the ABA’s Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference and the AJEI, Inc., Board; chairs the Education Committee for the 2019 AJEI Summit and is co-chair of the Judges’ Journal Editorial Board. Sam is a Uniform Law Commissioner, where he chairs the Study Committee on Jury Selection and Service and chaired the Uniform Employee and Student Online Protection and Privacy Drafting Committee. He is an Advisor to the ALI’s RESTATEMENT OF THE LAW (THIRD) OF TORTS: LIABILITY FOR ECONOMIC HARM and is a National Center for State Courts appointee to the Joint Technology Committee.

In Arizona, Sam chairs the Task Force to Supplement Keeping of the Record by Electronic Means; is co-editor of the ARIZONA APPELLATE HANDBOOK and is a member of the Committee on Juvenile Courts. He chaired the Digital Evidence Task Force; co-chaired the Rules of Evidence Committee; chaired the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee and chaired the State Bar’s Civil Practice and Procedure and Fee Arbitration Committees. Sam has presented at more than 350 law-related seminars and published 12 law review articles and 50 other law-related articles.

Previously, Sam was a partner at Perkins Coie Brown & Bain, P.A., in Phoenix, and an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. He served as a law clerk for Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Stanley G. Feldman and Judge David R. Hansen, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Sam graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1988, serving as a Note & Comment Editor on the IOWA LAW REVIEW, and from Iowa State University in 1984, where he was a Harry S. Truman Memorial Scholar. He is a 2020 candidate for an LLM in Judicial Studies at Duke University School of Law.

Donald Verrilli

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. is a partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson, and the founder of its Washington, D.C., office. In addition to handling matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the courts of appeals, Mr. Verrilli’s practice focuses on representing and counseling clients on multi‐dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy.

Mr. Verrilli is one of the nation’s premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates. He served as Solicitor General of the United States from June 2011 to June 2016. During that time he argued dozens of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, was responsible for representing the United States government in all appellate matters before the High Court and in the courts of appeals, and was a legal advisor to President Barack Obama and the Attorney General.

Mr. Verrilli’s landmark victories include his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius and King v. Burwell; his successful advocacy for marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and United States v. Windsor; and his vindication of federal immigration authority in Arizona v. United States. He also achieved important victories in two patent cases, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank and Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, in a case vindicating the president’s foreign affairs authority in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, and in numerous cases involving civil rights, women’s rights and other matters of national importance.

In addition to these matters, Mr. Verrilli’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments have included cases involving antitrust, copyright, telecommunications, the environment, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, the separation of powers, criminal law and other federal constitutional and statutory matters.

Before serving as Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel, and previously as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. In those positions, he counseled President Obama, Cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy and the scope of executive and administrative authority.

Before joining the government, Mr. Verrilli spent two decades in private practice representing companies in their most high stakes matters, particularly in the areas of media and entertainment, telecommunications and First Amendment law. During this time, Mr. Verrilli argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, which established in 2005 that file sharing services were subject to the copyright laws, and FCC v. NextWave, which established that the bankruptcy laws allow FCC licensees to keep their licenses while reorganizing. He also achieved a landmark victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in Wiggins v. Smith, a case that established the standards for effective assistance of counsel in capital sentencing proceedings.

While in practice previously, he taught First Amendment law for many years at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Katherine S. Barrett Wiik

Katherine S. Barrett Wiik is a partner at Best & Flanagan LLP in Minneapolis, where she has a practice focused upon appeals and strategic motions. She has handled dozens of appeals in federal and state appellate courts and has argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits. In her appellate as well as her trial court litigation matters, Katie represents individual and business clients with a diverse range of legal issues.

Katie is also deeply committed to providing pro bono legal services, particularly relating to issues of social and gender justice and human and civil rights. Working with the legal nonprofit Gender Justice, Katie was co-counsel for plaintiffs in Rumble v. Fairview Health Services and Emergency Physicians P.A. as well as Bradford v. Fairview Health Services, in which she represented transgender patients who alleged discrimination in accessing healthcare services in violation of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The order from the District of Minnesota denying the Defendants’ motion to dismiss in the Rumble case received national acclaim and attention for establishing that an allegation of discrimination on the basis of a person’s transgender status is an allegation of sex discrimination under Section 1557.

Katie serves on the Executive Board of the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and is the most recent past-chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section Council. Katie is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Macalester College, and a former Sixth Circuit law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore.  Katie also frequently writes and speaks on issues of appellate law and procedure.

Tobias Barrington Wolff

Professor Tobias B. Wolff is the Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law and Deputy Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he writes and teaches in the fields of civil procedure and complex litigation, the conflict of laws, constitutional law, and LGBT rights.

Wolff has served as pro bono counsel in many civil rights cases seeking equal treatment under law for LGBT people. He won the Beacon Award for Public Service in 2013 and the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course in 2009. Wolff obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale, and he was a law clerk to the Honorable Betty Bins Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Wolff is co-author (with Linda Silberman and Allan Stein) of Civil Procedure: Theory and Practice (Wolters Kluwer, 5th ed. 2017), and his recent articles include “Class Actions, Statutes of Limitations and Repose, and Federal Common Law” (with Stephen Burbank) (University of Pennsylvania Law Review), “Choice of Law and Jurisdictional Policy in the Federal Courts” (University of Pennsylvania Law Review), “Scott v. Harris and the Future of Summary Judgment” (Nevada Law Review), “Discretion in Class Certification” (University of Pennsylvania Law Review), “Managerial Judging and Substantive Law” (Washington University Law Review), “Civil Rights Reform and the Body” (Harvard Law & Policy Review), and “Redeeming the Missed Opportunities of Shady Grove” (with Stephen Burbank) (University of Pennsylvania Law Review).