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Pepperdine University School of Law's THIRTEENTH Annual Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute
March 14 - 15, 2013


Judicial Faculty


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 Edward M. Chen
United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Edward Chen

In 2001, Edward M. Chen was appointed a federal Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of California. Judge Chen earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of California Boalt Hall Law School. He served on the California Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. After clerking for U.S. District Judge Charles B. Renfrew and U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge James R. Browning, he practiced as a litigation associate with the law firm of Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer. He joined the legal staff of the ACLU Foundation of Northern California in 1985. Following his appointment to the bench, Judge Chen has served as an officer of the California Asian American Judges Association, as a Master of the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Courts, as a member for the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Judge Chen has delivered speeches and given presentations on such subjects as electronic discovery, patent litigation, employment law, civil rights, national security and constitutional rights, discrimination, alternative dispute resolution, judicial clerkships, and Asian American legal history.

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 Wiley Y. Daniel
Chief, Judge, United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Wiley Y. Daniel

Judge Wiley Y. Daniel was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1995, when Judge Daniel was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado by President Clinton, he became the first African American to serve on the Court. In 2008, Judge Daniel became Chief Judge of the Court.Prior to the judgeship, Judge Daniel practiced law for 24 years with a specialty in civil litigation. Judge Daniel teaches courses in trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He also mentors law students when they serve as interns in his chambers.

 

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 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 Mary M. Schroeder
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Mary M. Schroeder

Judge Schroeder has served on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals since 1979 and was Chief Judge from December 2000 through November 2007. She previously served on the Arizona Court of Appeals and practiced law in Phoenix. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago Law School. After graduation she was a trial lawyer in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Schroeder has also taught at Arizona State University Law School and been an adjunct lecturer at Duke University Law School. She has published articles and lectures in various law reviews and is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. She is a recipient of the Arizona State Bar Association’s James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award, the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award, and the Joan Dempsey Klein NA WJ Honoree of the Year Award. In 2006 Swarthmore College awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Law degree. She has her chambers in Phoenix, Arizona. She and her husband, Professor Milton Schroeder, have two daughters and two grandchildren.

The Honorable Kim W. Wardlaw
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Kim W. Wardlaw

Judge Wardlaw graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA in 1976, and from UCLA Law School in 1979, where she served as an Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review, externed for the late Honorable Joseph T. Sneed, III of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, was awarded Order of the Coif and named the Outstanding Graduate of her class. She clerked for District Court Judge William P. Gray, and joined the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, where she practiced complex civil litigation for sixteen years. Confirmed as a District Court Judge for the Central District of California in 1976, Judge Wardlaw joined the Ninth Circuit in 1998. She currently serves on the Court’s Executive Committee, the Circuit’s Federal Public Defender’s Committee and the ABA Commission on Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities.

Bankruptcy Faculty

 

The Honorable Jeffery Paul Hopkins
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Ohio

Jeffrey Paul Hopkins

The Honorable Jeffery Paul Hopkins was appointed Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio in 1996. Judge Hopkins graduated from Bowdoin College in 1982 and he received his J.D. from the Michael E. Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University in 1985. Judge Hopkins served as law clerk to Honorable Alan E. Norris on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as an associate with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP before being appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney where he served as Chief of the Civil Division for the Southern District of Ohio. During his tenure on the Bankruptcy Court, Judge Hopkins has served on several committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States including the Bankruptcy Rules Committee and, most recently, the Judicial Branch Committee. A frequent lecturer on bankruptcy law around the country, Judge Hopkins also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

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

Ray Mullins

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 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.


Honored Guest

The Honorable Barry Russell
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California

Barry Russell

Judge Russell serves as Chief Judge Emeritus on the
U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of
California in Los Angeles. Appointed in 1974, he served
as chief judge from January 2003 to December 2006.
He also served on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel
and became its chief judge from September 1999 to
December 2001. Judge Russell has been a member of the faculty of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., since 1977, and frequently lectures to bankruptcy judges throughout the United States. He received the American Bar Association's Franklin N. Flaschner Judicial Award as the outstanding judge in the United States in a trial court of special
jurisdiction in 1987, and he received the Los Angeles County Bar
Association's Outstanding Jurist Award in 2004. He has been the author
of West's Bankruptcy Evidence Manual since August 1987. A member of
the American Bankruptcy Institute board of directors, he received both
his bachelor of science and JD from UCLA.

Academic Exchange


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.

Robert F. Cochran, Jr.
Founder and Director, The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, and Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Pepperdine University, School of Law

Robert Cochran

Robert F. Cochran, Jr. is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Pepperdine University. He founded the Judicial Clerkship Institute and directed it from 2000-03. Professor Cochran’s books include: Louis D. Brandeis’s MIT Lectures on Law (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming); Lawyers, Clients, and Moral Responsibility (West, 2nd ed. 2009; 1st ed. 1994) (with Thomas L. Shaffer); and Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought (Yale University Press, 2001) (with Michael McConnell and Angela Carmella). Professor Cochran is the editor of the SSRN Law and Religion eJournal and the moderator of the LawReligionEthics.net blog. He founded and currently directs Pepperdine's Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics. Recent trips have taken him to Rwanda, Uganda, and Sudan, lecturing on justice, religion, and law.

Michael Gerhardt
Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the
UNC Center on Law and Government, UNC-Chapel Hill

Michael Gerhardt

Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the UNC Center on Law and Government at UNCChapel Hill. He is a nationally recognized expert on constitutional conflicts and has participated in the confirmation proceedings for five of the nine justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court, including most recently as special counsel to chair Patrick Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nominations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. During President Clinton's impeachment proceedings, he testified as the only joint witness before the House of Representatives and served as CNN's full-time impeachment expert. He has published dozens of law review articles and five books, including leading treatises on both the impeachment and appointments processes and "The Power of Precedent" (published by Oxford University Press). His forthcoming book, "The Forgotten Presidents: Their Untold Constitutional Legacy," will be published next year by Oxford University Press. Professor Gerhardt received a BA with honors from Yale University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a JD with honors from the ;University of Chicago.

Joel K. Goldstein
Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

Joel Goldstein

Joel K. Goldstein, the Vincent C. Immel Professor
of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law, has
written extensively on the American vice presidency, constitutional law, the Supreme Court, admiralty law, the presidency, and presidential succession and inability. His books include The Modern American Vice Presidency: The Transformation of a Political Institution (Princeton University Press, 1982), Constitutional Law (5th ed.) (LexisNexis, 2008) (with the late Norman Redlich and John Attanasio), and Understanding Constitutional Law (4th ed.)(LexisNexis, 2012) (with John Attanasio. He is writing a new book on the vice presidency and is frequently interviewed on the subject. Professor Goldstein received a doctorate in political science at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He was law clerk for Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr., of the United States District Court in Massachusetts.

Ross Guberman
President, Legal Writing Pro, LLC

Ross Guberman

Ross Guberman is the president of Legal Writing Pro LLC, a training and consulting firm. He has conducted more than a thousand programs on three continents for many of the largest and most prestigious law firms, for federal judges, and for dozens of government agencies and bar associations. Ross is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, where he teaches a seminar on drafting and writing strategy. 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 became an Amazon bestseller shortly after it was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Among the major international conferences he has addressed are the American Society for Training and Development, the NALP's Annual Education Conference, the Professional Development Consortium, the Professional Development Institute, and the Association for Continuing Legal Education.

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.

Barry McDonald
Professor of Law,
Pepperdine University School of Law

Barry McDonald

Professor McDonald teaches courses in constitutional law, First Amendment law, and intellectual property law. He is also a recognized scholar in the area of First Amendment law. Since joining the Pepperdine faculty in 2000, he has published several articles and essays on the law governing freedom of expression and religion in such prominent journals as the Emory Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal and Washington & Lee Law Review. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor McDonald worked for the U.S. Department of State, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and as general counsel to two different technology companies. Upon graduation he clerked for the Honorable James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and then served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist during the 1989-90 term of the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Pamela G. Montgomery
Office of Education and Sentencing Practice

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.


Steven M. Tevlowitz

Retired, Assistant General Counsel

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Steven M. Tevlowitz

Steve Tevlowitz retired in January 2013 from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, where had worked as an Assistant General Counsel. He worked for the Judiciary for 21 years. His principal area of responsibility was staffing the Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch, which considers and makes recommendations to the Judicial Conference on judges’ compensation and benefits issues. He also served as in-house counsel for the federal Judiciary on benefits and appropriations matters directly affecting judges. This included judges’ travel and relocation issues, as well as staff travel and relocation issues.

Mr. Tevlowitz also prepared written testimony on behalf Judiciary witnesses who testified before Congress on matters pertaining to judicial administration, including the pay and benefits of judges and judicial staff.

Prior to joining the courts, Mr. Tevlowitz was an Assistant General Counsel with a Department of Defense field agency. He also worked for the U.S. Department of State.

Mr. Tevlowitz received his law degree from the George Washington University and a B.A. from the University of Maryland. He was born and reared in Kingston, New York. He is married and has two adult children.

 

Keynote Speaker

Akhil Reed Amar
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University

Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his JD in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Along with dean Paul Brest and Professors Sanford Levinson, Jack Balkin, and Reva Siegel, professor Amar is the coeditor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking. He is also the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (Yale Univ. Press,
1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (Yale Univ. Press, 1998), America's Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005), and most recently, America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012).