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Pepperdine University School of Law's FourTEENTH Annual Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute
March 13 - 14, 2014

Judicial Faculty | Bankruptcy Faculty

Academic Exchange | Keynote Speaker

Judicial Faculty

The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Arthur L. Alarcón

Judge Alarcón was appointed United States circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on November 2, 1979, and entered duty on November 20, 1979. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1949, an LLB degree in 1951, and a honorary doctor of laws degree in 2007 from Southwestern University School of Law. Prior to his appointment to the appellate bench, Judge Alarcón served as a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County, from 1952 to 1961. He served within the administration California governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown as a legal advisor and clemency and extradition secretary from 1961 to 1962, and as executive assistant to the governor from 1962 to 1964. He also served as chair of the California Parole Board's Adult Authority in 1964, as judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1964 to 1978, and as associate justice of the California Court of Appeal from 1978 to 1979. Judge Alarcón has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law School, Loyola Law School, and Southwestern University School of Law.

 

The Honorable Carol Bagley Amon
Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Carol Bagley Amon

Since April 5, 2011, Judge Amon has served as chief judge of the Eastern District and serves on the Judicial Conference of the United States. Judge Amon was a member of the Judicial Committee on Codes of Conduct from 1993 to 2001 and chair from 1998 to 2001. She also served as an advisor to the American Bar Association Joint Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. She is a graduate of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to her appointment to the district court in 1990, Judge Amon served as a U.S. magistrate, and assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

The Honorable Bobby R. Baldock
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Bobby R. Baldock

President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Baldock to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in 1985. Previously, Judge Baldock served on the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. During his judicial tenure, Judge Baldock has served the federal courts in numerous administrative capacities. Most recently, he concluded a three-year term as chair of the Committee on Financial Disclosure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Judge Baldock graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1956 and from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1960. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Baldock practiced law for over two decades with Sanders, Bruin & Baldock in Roswell, New Mexico. Judge Baldock is married and has two grown sons.

 

The Honorable Duane Benton
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Duane Benton

Duane Benton became a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on July 8, 2004. Judge Benton served on the Missouri Supreme Court from 1991 until 2004 (including as chief justice from 1997 to 1999). Previously, he practiced law from 1983 to 1988, and served as Missouri's director of revenue from 1989 to 1991. He is a 1972 graduate of Northwestern University and a 1975 graduate of Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. From 1975 to 1979 Judge Benton served with the U.S. Navy as a judge advocate. While in the navy, he earned a master's degree in business administration and accountancy from Memphis State University, becoming a CPA in Missouri in 1983. Judge Benton earned an LLM from the University of Virginia in 1995. Judge Benton also served as an adjunct professor at Westminster College, the University of Missouri– Columbia School of Law, and Vanderbilt University School of Law.

 

The Honorable Karon Owen Bowdre
United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

Karon Owen Bowdre

Judge Bowdre received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Samford University and her law degree, cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law. She taught at Cumberland School of Law from 1990 until she took office in November 2001. Judge Bowdre was director of the legal research and writing program at the school and taught courses in insurance law, torts, professional responsibility, and appellate advocacy. Prior to joining the law faculty, Judge Bowdre practiced law with the Birmingham law firm of Rives & Peterson, handling numerous trial and appellate matters in state and federal court.

 

The Honorable Charles R. Breyer
United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Charles R. Breyer

Judge Breyer received his AB in 1963 from Harvard College and his JD in 1966 from UC Berkeley School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Breyer clerked for Oliver J. Carter, chief judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He then served as an assistant district attorney in San Francisco until 1973, when he was appointed assistant special prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution force. He entered private practice in 1974, specializing in the defense of white-collar criminal cases. Judge Breyer is also an adjunct professor at Hastings College of the Law. He was appointed to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in 1997 by President Clinton. Judge Breyer has served on the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and is currently the long-range planning coordinator for the federal judiciary.

 

The Honorable Jacqueline Scott Corley
United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Jacqueline Scott Corley

Jacqueline Scott Corley has served as a Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of California, San Francisco division, since May 2011. Just prior to her appointment, she was a partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, LLP in San Francisco, a 12-lawyer litigation firm where she practiced civil litigation in the trial and appellate courts with an emphasis on federal practice. From 1998 through 2009 Judge Corley served as career law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Breyer in the Northern District of California. Judge Corley received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School magna cum laude, where she was selected as an editor and Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert Keeton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She subsequently practiced complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense at Goodwin, Procter LLP in Boston, and then moved to San Francisco and worked as a litigation associate.

 

The Honorable Jennifer Dorsey
United States District Court for the District of Nevada

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Nominated by President Obama in September 2012, Judge Dorsey was confirmed by the Senate in July 2013 as a U. S. District Court judge for the District of Nevada. Judge Dorsey joined the Nevada law firm of Kemp, Jones & Coulthard LLP in 1997, becoming a partner in 2004. She practiced in state and federal courts, trying a wide variety of cases, including complex commercial litigation and class actions. She has also handled and argued cases in the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. While in private practice, Judge Dorsey was selected to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court's Committee on Professionalism, and held Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV rating for competency and ethics. A native Nevadan, Judge Dorsey received her BA, cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a member of the UNLV Foundation's Advisory Board, and has been recognized for her pro bono class action work with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Judge Dorsey received her JD, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law and currently is a member of its Board of Visitors.

 

The Honorable Jeremy D. Fogel
United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Jeremy D. Fogel

Judge Fogel received his BA from Stanford University and his JD, cum laude, from Harvard University. Judge Fogel was in private practice in San Jose, 1974-1978, and was founder and directing attorney, Mental Health Advocacy Project, Santa Clara County Bar Association Law Foundation, 1978-1981. In 1981 he was appointed to Santa Clara County Municipal Court and appointed to Santa Clara Superior Court in 1986. He is a frequent lecturer on ethics, discipline, and professional conduct for both bench and bar and a lecturer at Stanford University Law School. He was appointed to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in 1998. Since October of 2011 he has been selected to serve as Director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC .

 

The Honorable Kent A. Jordan
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Kent A. Jordan

Kent A. Jordan was appointed in 2006 to serve as a United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. Prior to that appointment, Judge Jordan was a United States District Judge for the District of Delaware from 2002 to 2006. He received a BA in Economics in 1981 from Brigham Young University and a JD in 1984 from Georgetown University, where he was Articles Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal. From 1984 to 1985, he was a law clerk for The Honorable James L. Latchum, a judge on the district court where Judge Jordan later served. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware and, from 1991 to 1992, was Chief of the Civil Division in that office. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Jordan served as an officer and as a member of the boards of directors of privately held businesses and was a partner in a Wilmington, Delaware law firm, with a practice focused on intellectual property, corporate, and commercial litigation. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University, and is a member of the American Law Institute.

 

The Honorable Royce C. Lamberth
Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia

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Judge Lamberth graduated from the University of Texas with a BA degree in 1966 and from the University of Texas School of Law in 1967. He served as a captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1974. After service at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and in Vietnam, he served in the Litigation Division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Army at the Pentagon from 1971 to 1974. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia from 1974 to 1987. He was chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1978 to 1987. He was appointed U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia in 1987 and served as chief judge from 2008 to 2013, when he assumed senior status. He currently serves as chair of the Intercircuit Assignment Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

 

The Honorable Beverly R. O'Connell
United States District Court for the Central District of California

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On April 15, 2013, the Senate confirmed Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell as a federal judge to the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to her federal appointment, in 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Judge O'Connell to the Los Angeles Superior Court. She was the Supervising Judge of the North Valley District, supervising three courthouses and 26 judges. As a sitting judge, Judge O'Connell tried over one hundred felony criminal cases, including special circumstance murders, gang cases and fraud cases. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge O'Connell served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Judge O'Connell investigated and tried a wide variety of cases, including narcotics trafficking offenses, violent crime, and environmental crimes. Judge O'Connell served as the Deputy Chief of the training section, training all new Assistant United States Attorneys in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to serving as a prosecutor, Judge O'Connell was an associate at the law firm, Morrison & Foerster, specializing in litigation matters. Judge O'Connell also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School and Pepperdine University School of Law, teaching basic and advanced trial advocacy skills. She graduated in 1986, with a B.A. in Political Science, and graduated, magna cum laude, in 1990 from Pepperdine University School of Law.

 

The Honorable Coleman Ray Mullins
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia

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Judge Mullins was appointed on February 28, 2000 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, becoming the first African-American Bankruptcy Court Judge in the Eleventh Circuit. C. Ray Mullins was born in Steubenville, Ohio and is the fourth of seven children. His late father, Coleman Mullins was a steel mill laborer for approximately 45 years and his mother, Carrie Mullins worked as janitor for a local doctor. In order to raise his seven children, Judge Mullins* father worked extra jobs including, as a janitor for a law firm. At about 12 years of age, Judge Mullins began assisting his father as a janitor until he left for college. While cleaning the offices, he became interested in the law while looking through some law books in the library. His parents instilled the values of hard work, diligence and timeliness, which have served as guideposts throughout his adult life. Judge Mullins received his B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1974. After completing a two year management training program with General Electric in Louisville, Kentucky, he returned to Bowling Green to earn an MBA in 1977. For the next five years he served as an Instructor of Management in the School of Business Administration at Bowling Green. While teaching, Judge Mullins began law school at the University of Toledo in 1979, graduating magna cum laude in June 1982. Judge Mullins was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif. After graduation, Judge Mullins joined the Toledo firm of Cooper, Straub, Walinski & Cramer, where his primary focus was civil litigation. While in practice, Judge Mullins taught trial practice as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo. Judge Mullins, his wife (Beverly) and son (Derek) moved to Atlanta in 1987, when he joined the Financial Restructuring Group of Kilpatrick & Cody, one of the oldest and largest Atlanta law firms (now known as Kilpartick Stockton). In 1993, Judge Mullins became just the second African-American partner in the firm*s history. Judge Mullins is a frequent speaker at various local, regional and national professional conferences, seminars and workshops. Judge Mullins is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Commercial Law League of America and the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors for St. Judes Recovery Center, Inc.

 

The Honorable Jimmie Reyna
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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Jimmie V. Reyna is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to his appointment, Judge Reyna practiced international trade and customs law and policy in Washington, D.C. for over 25 years with Stewart and Stewart (1986-1998), and Williams Mullen (1998-2011) where he directed its International Trade and Customs Practice Group and served on its board of directors. Judge Reyna served on the U.S. roster of dispute settlement panelists for trade disputes under NAFTA Chapter 19, and the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Mechanism (1995-2011). Judge Reyna is the author of two books and numerous articles on trade and customs issues, and was the founder and Senior Co-Editor of Hispanic National Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy. Judge Reyna is a recipient of numerous awards for service to the legal profession, served as National President for the Hispanic National Bar Association and in various leadership positions in the ABA. He received a B.A. from the University of Rochester, and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

 

The Honorable Richard W. Roberts
United States District Judge for the District of Columbia

Richard W. Roberts

Richard W. Roberts was sworn in on July 31, 1998 as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. Before his appointment to the bench, he served as the Chief of the Criminal Section in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In prior posts, he served as the Principal Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and for the Southern District of New York, an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling, and a civil rights prosecutor in the Justice Department where he was hired in the Attorney General's Honors Program. Judge Roberts earned an A.B. degree cum laude from Vassar College in 1974, and in 1978 received an M.I.A. degree from the School for International Training and a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. He is a founding member and past deputy general counsel of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Concerned Black Men, Inc., served for 12 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Vassar College, and has been a visiting faculty member of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop since 1984.

 

The Honorable David A. Sanders
United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi

David A. Sanders

Judge Sanders received a BA in Psychology from the University of Mississippi, an MA in English from the University of Mississippi, and a JD from the University of Mississippi. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi Law Journal and is the Editor-at-Large of the Federal Courts Law Review. Judge Sanders is President of the William C. Keady American Inns of Court and Co-Chairman of the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee for the United States District Courts. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Sanders clerked for Judge David C. Bramlette and Judge Allan Alexander. In addition to private practice, Judge Sanders also served as an Assistant United States Attorney. He has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Mississippi Law School.

 

The Honorable Richard C. Tallman
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

richard tallman

As a U.S. circuit judge on the largest federal court of appeals in the nation, Judge Tallman decides a variety of civil, criminal, and administrative cases. Prior to his appointment by President Clinton in 2000, Judge Tallman handled complex commercial litigation involving business issues collateral to white collar matters for Tallman & Severin LLP (1999–2000), Bogle & Gates, P.L.L.C. (1990–99), and Schweppe, Krug, Tausend & Beezer, P.S. (1983-89). From 1979–83, he served as a federal prosecutor, first with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and then as an Assistant U. S. Attorney in Seattle. Early in his legal career, Judge Tallman clerked for U.S. District Judge Morell E. Sharp, Western District of Washington. He graduated summa cum laude from University of Santa Clara in 1975 and in 1978 earned a JD from Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.

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Bankruptcy Faculty

The Honorable Margaret Mahoney
U.S.Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Alabama

Margaret Mahoney

Judge Mahoney was appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Alabama in 1993. She served as chief judge from 1996 to 2003. Before serving in the state of Alabama, she was a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of Texas and also in the District of Minnesota. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Mahoney was a partner with Weil, Gotshal & Manges. She is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, a former editor-in-chief of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal and a member of the board of governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Judge Mahoney received her BA from the College of St. Catherine, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her JD with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School.

 

The Honorable Steven Rhodes
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

Steven Rhodes

Judge Rhodes recently completed a term as chief judge. From 1997 to 2004 he also served on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit, the last three years as chief judge. Judge Rhodes was appointed to a new four-year term on the BAP beginning January 1, 2008. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School teaching bankruptcy law, and is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. A past member of the American Bankruptcy Institute Board of Directors, he also served as ABI’s vice president-research grants. Judge Rhodes received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

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Academic Exchange

Leo Martinez
Albert Abramson Professor of Law
University of California Hastings College of the Law

leo martinez

Leo P. Martinez is the Albert Abramson Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He has served as UC Hastings’ academic dean and as the acting chancellor and dean of the college in the 2010 academic year. Professor Martinez is the current president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He has served on or chaired nearly two dozen ABA law school site-evaluation visits. He is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), one of the academic advisers on the ALI’s Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance project, and a member of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education. Professor Martinez is an author of a leading insurance law casebook, a coeditor of a four-volume insurance treatise, and the author of many articles on tax, insurance law, and legal education, which have appeared in journals ranging from the Stanford Law Review to the Tulane Law Review to the Yale Law and Policy Review.

 

Deborah Merritt
John Deaver Drinko/Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law,
Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

deborah merritt

Deborah Jones Merritt is the John Deaver Drinko/Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law at the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1980, she clerked for Judge (now Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court of the United States. Professor Merritt practiced civil litigation in Atlanta, Georgia, then joined the law faculty at the University of Illinois. She accepted Ohio State’s Drinko Chair in 1995. The Moritz classes of 2010 and 2011 both selected Merritt to receive the Morgan E. Shipman Outstanding Professor Award. She has also received university-wide awards for scholarship (2002), diversity enhancement (2004), and teaching (2009). In 2011 The National Jurist named her one of “23 law profs to take before you die.” She coauthored an innovative “uncasebook,” Learning Evidence (West Publishing 2d ed., 2011), with Professor Ric Simmons. Professor Merritt also manages the website, lawschoolcafe.org, which discusses the challenges facing legal education and law practice.

 

Steve Armstrong
Principal, Armstrong Talent Development

steve armstrong

Steve Armstrong has led professional development and talent-management programs at major law firms for more than 20 years. He has published and spoken widely on the topic of talent management, and has served as chair of the Professional Development Consortium, the professional organization for in-house legal educators, and as co-chair of the ABA Committee on Business Law Education.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Armstrong has also taught writing programs for lawyers and judges in the U.S. and Canada. His programs are conducted for law firms, in-house legal departments, and government agencies. He also teaches the opinion-writing segments of the U.S. Federal Judicial Center's orientations for new judges, as well as programs for Canadian judges.

With Professor Timothy P. Terrell, he is the co-author of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (3rd edition, 2008, Practicing Law Institute).

 

Courtney Bryan-Caron
Pro Se Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

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Courtney Bryan-Caron has been a pro se law clerk, working for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, in Cincinnati for over 22 years. Her work is primarily in the area of habeas corpus and prisoner civil rights. She received her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, master's degree from Florida State University, and law degree from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her current position, she was law clerk to the Honorable Patti B. Saris, U.S. Magistrate Judge (now U.S. District Judge) for the District of Massachusetts; law clerk to the Honorable William J. Holloway, Jr., Chief Judge (now Senior Judge) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and associate in the litigation department of a large law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Her husband, Paul Caron, is a tenured faculty member at Pepperdine law school. She has been telecommuting to Cincinnati since she and her husband moved to Malibu in December 2012.

 

Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean and Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine, School of Law

Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean Chemerinsky is the founding dean of the School of Law, University of California, Irvine. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law. He was on the USC faculty for over twenty years. Dean Chemerinsky regularly lectures to judges in programs for the Federal Judicial Center, the National Judicial College, and the American Bar Association. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. He is the author of six books and over 100 law review articles. He regularly argues appellate cases, including in the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

William Henderson
Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow
Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession
Indiana University Maurer School of Law

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William Henderson ("Bill") is a Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches courses on the legal profession, business law, and law firm economics. His research, which focuses on the empirical analysis of the legal profession and legal education, has been published in leading law journals and leading publications for practicing lawyers, including The American Lawyer, The ABA Journal, and The National Law Journal.

Based on his analysis of the structural changes occurring in the legal profession, Professor Henderson was recently included on the National Law Journal's list of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. In 2012, he was named among the Top 5 Most Influential People in Legal Education by The National Jurist magazine.

Professor Henderson has been a member of Indiana University Maurer School of Law faculty since 2003, where he serves as the director of the school's Center on the Global Legal Profession. Professor Henderson earned his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago.

 

Douglas W. Kmiec
Caruso Family Chair and Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights,
Pepperdine University School of Law

Douglas W. Kmiec

Ambassador (ret.) Douglas W. Kmiec is Caruso Family Chair and Professor of Constitutional Law & Human Rights, Pepperdine University. In addition to being an author and syndicated columnist, he has been privileged to serve Democratic and Republican presidents alike. Upon nomination by President Obama and confirmation by the Senate, he was U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Malta, where he completed the construction of a $125.5 million embassy compound and upgraded the security and economic ties between the Mediterranean and the U.S. In the face of violence in the Libyan uprisings, the ambassador successfully organized a rescue of the staff of U.S. embassy in Tripoli and hundreds of other foreign nationals from Libya with a catamaran. Ambassador Kmiec had previously served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel (U.S. assistant attorney general) for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. A Fulbright Scholar (Asia), White House Fellow, and honorary degree recipient, the Ambassador is a graduate of Northwestern and USC. He taught at Notre Dame for near 20 years and was Dean of The Catholic University of America.

 

Laurie L. Levenson
David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy and Professor of Law,
Loyola Law School

Laurie L. Levenson

Laurie L. Levenson is a Professor of Law and David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School. She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, white collar crime, ethics, trial advocacy and evidence. Professor Levenson has authored numerous books and articles, including the Federal Criminal Rules of Procedure Handbook (2012), Criminal Procedure (2008) and California Criminal Law (2012). She served for eight years as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. Professor Levenson received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and her A.B. from Stanford University. She was Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review and clerked after law school for the Honorable James Hunter III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

 

Pamela G. Montgomery
Office of Education and Sentencing Practice

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Pamela G. Montgomery, Director and Chief Counsel of the Office of Education and Sentencing Practice, has been on the staff of the United States Sentencing Commission, Washington, D.C. since 1990. In 2000 she was promoted to her current position where she is primarily responsible for planning and implementing the training mission of the agency. The Office of Education and Sentencing Practice provides educational programs and technical assistance to judges, probation officers, and attorneys on federal sentencing issues. Prior to her current position, Ms. Montgomery served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Sentencing Commission. In that position she was primarily responsible for tracking and analyzing case law interpreting the guidelines and making presentations at federal sentencing guidelines seminars. She also played a major role in several of the Commission's policy development teams. Ms. Montgomery is a member of the Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of Georgia. Prior to joining the Commission staff, Ms. Montgomery served as an attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General' s (JAG) Corps. During her tenure in the JAG Corps, she held several positions including appellate defense counsel and counsel for the Army Court of Military Review. Ms. Montgomery is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Georgia School of Law.

 

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2014 Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Thomas F. Hogan
United States District Court for the District of Columbia

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Judge Thomas F. Hogan has been a federal judge since his appointment in August 1982 to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was Chief Judge of the court from 2001 until 2008, when he assumed senior status. Judge Hogan graduated from Georgetown University, receiving an A.B. (classical) in 1960. He then attended George Washington University's masters program in American and English literature and graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1966. Judge Hogan clerked for Judge William B. Jones of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 1966 to 1967. He served as counsel to the National Commission for the Reform of Federal Criminal Laws from 1967 to 1968, and was engaged in private practice from 1968 to 1982. He has been an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Master of the Bench of the Prettyman-Leventhal American Inn of Court.

From 2001 to 2008, Judge Hogan served as a member of the United States Judicial Conference. In 2008, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., appointed Judge Hogan to serve as a Judge on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). In 2010, Chief Justice Roberts presented Judge Hogan with the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the District of Columbia Circuit. The next year, Chief Justice Roberts, appointed Judge Hogan to be the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, where he served until June 2013. On December 5, 2012, Judge Hogan received the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, which honors Article III judges who have made significant contributions to the administration of justice, the advancement of the rule of law, and the improvement of society as a whole.

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