Prior to joining the Pepperdine University School of Law faculty in 2000, Professor Alford served as a senior legal advisor with the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland, the tribunal established by the Volcker Commission to resolve claims to Holocaust-era dormant Swiss bank accounts. From 1995 to 1999, he was in private practice with Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C. He clerked for the Honorable James L. Buckley, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia (1994-95), and the Honorable Richard C. Allison, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, in The Hague, Netherlands, (1992-94).
He is the founder and general editor of Kluwer Arbitration, a comprehensive online international arbitration database. He has authored and edited dozens of scholarly articles that have been published in the American Journal of International Law, UCLA Law Review, Ohio State Law Review, New York University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, International Lawyer, the Virginia Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Chicago Journal of International Law, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Cornell International Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review. He also co-edited Holocaust Restitution, published with New York University Press in 2006 and The Future of Investment Arbitration, published with Oxford University Press in 2009. The focus of his scholarship is foreign relations law, international economic law, human rights law, the intersection of private and public international law, the nexus between international law and religion, the development of international norms, and international courts and tribunals.
He is a permanent contributor to the international law blog Opinio Juris and the managing editor and contributor to the international arbitration blog, Kluwer Arbitration Blog. He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Executive Committee of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, and the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association. He currently is the co-chair of ASIL West and the Director of Pepperdine University's Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies.
Professor Alford has taught Contracts, Constitutional Law, International Law, Arbitration, International Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Trade, International Litigation, Law and Religion, and International Litigation. In 2009 he was a Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt Law School and a Visiting Scholar at the Princeton Center for Theological Inquiry.
Victoria Gerrard Chaney is an associate justice on the Court of Appeal, Second District, Division One. She previously served nineteen years on the bench as a trial judge. Justice Chaney was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1990 and elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Governor Pete Wilson in 1994. She presided over criminal cases in Compton,a civil docket at the Mosk Courthouse, and, from 2000 until her elevation to the appellate court, class actions and complex litigation at the Central Civil West courthouse, in the court's Complex Litigation Division. Before appointment to the bench, Justice Chaney was an associate with Dryden Harrington and Swartz and then served eleven years in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Currently, Justice Chaney hears a wide panoply of cases, including criminal, civil, family law, probate, dependence, and writs of habeas corpus.
Donald Earl Childress III received his BA from the University of Virginia, MA from Oxford Brookes University, and a JD/LLM (in international and comparative law) from the Duke University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal. Childress clerked for the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and was associated with the international law firm Jones Day in Washington, D.C., as a member of their Issues and Appeals practice. He teaches and researches in the areas of civil procedure, international litigation,comparative law, and ethics.
Jonathan Drimmer is an attorney in Washington, D.C., an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center, and a leading authority on the Alien Tort Statute. For more than a decade he has taught courses related to the ATS at Georgetown, and he is a frequent author, lecturer, and media commentator on issues related to the ATS, war crimes, and corporate human rights compliance programs. He also frequently advises and represents companies, governments, and individuals on matters related to the ATS, human rights norms, and other similar issues. He is a former deputy director in the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, where he led investigations and prosecutions of suspected war criminals. He is a former Bristow Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, and a judicial clerk on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated from Stanford University with highest University Honors,and UCLA Law School Order of the Coif.
Page C. Faulk is currently Vice President, Policy and Research for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). In this capacity, she oversees the research function of ILR, develops policy, and organizes conferences and seminars on pertinent civil justice topics affecting the business community.
Ms. Faulk joined ILR from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission), where she served in a variety of positions, most notably as General Counsel, as well as Special Counsel to the Chairman. As General Counsel, the Commission’s chief legal officer, Ms. Faulk's accomplishments included advising the Commission on promulgation of its first ever major rule and implementation of the nation's largest ever consumer product recall.
Ms. Faulk's background also includes practicing law with the firm of Ungaretti & Harris, where she provided general corporate, legislative, and regulatory counsel to a variety of clients, ranging from business associations to Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Faulk spent several years on Capitol Hill. Ms. Faulk served as a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, counseling him on all budget, health, education, social security and related appropriations issues. Her congressional experience also includes serving as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, the former Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and clerking for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Ms. Faulk received her law degree from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. She also holds a certificate in international law from the Hague Academy of International Law. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Ms. Faulk resides in Washington D.C.
Michael D. Goldhaber serves as the senior international correspondent and "Global Lawyer" columnist for The American Lawyer and the ALM media group. He writes widely on international law, with special interests in arbitration and human rights. Goldhaber is the author of A People's History of the European Court of Human Rights. He graduated from Harvard College, summa cum laude, in 1990, the Yale Law School in 1993, and the Columbia Journalism School in 1997.
Chimène Keitner is an associate professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she specializes in issues involving the intersection between domestic and international law. She served as cochair of the American Society of International Law's 2011 Annual Meeting and has recently been nominated to serve as cochair of the ASIL International Law in Domestic Courts Interest Group. She earned her JD from Yale Law School, her DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and her AB in history and literature from Harvard University. Her recent scholarship has addressed questions including corporate aiding and abetting liability under the Alien Tort Statute; the extraterritorial application of domestic rights by common law courts; and the history of common law immunity.
Michael Ramsey is a professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, foreign relations law, and international law. He is the author of The Constitution's Text in Foreign Affairs and of numerous articles on foreign relations law. He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his JD, summa cum laude, from Stanford Law School. Prior to teaching, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court, and practiced law with the law firm of Latham & Watkins. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of California, San Diego and at the University of Paris - Sorbonne.
Alan Sykes directs the Masters Program in International Economic Law, Business and Policy at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Stanford Center for International Development. A leading expert on the application of economics to legal problems, he has focused his research on international economic relations and currently serves as reporter for the American Law Institute Project on Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2006, Sykes was the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He is also a former National Science Foundation graduate fellow in the Department of Economics at Yale University.
William E. Thomson is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is cochair of the firm's Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments Practice Group. Thomson served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Kelleher in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California from 1996 to 1997. He received his law degree in 1996 from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. He earned a PhD and an MA from the University of Chicago, and an AB from Princeton University, all in the field of political science. At the University of Chicago he was a John M. Olin Fellow at the Center for Inquiry Into the Theory and Practice of Democracy. For his dissertation on the political theory of Alexis de Tocqueville he conducted research in Paris and is fluent in French. He also has a reading knowledge of Spanish.
David Wallach is an associate in the San Francisco office of Jones Day. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and international litigation and has experience in all aspects of discovery, law and motion, and appellate practice in federal and state courts. His recent litigation experience includes defending against claims under the Alien Tort Statute, Torture Victim Protection Act, RICO, and California tort and unfair competition law. Wallach's pro bono practice focuses on prisoners' rights litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He was a member of the trial team defending Chevron in Bowoto v. Chevron Corporation, one of only two corporate Alien Tort Statute cases to reach trial, and he currently is defending Firestone in Flomo v. Firestone Natural Rubber Co., an Alien Tort Statute case currently pending before the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has also written several articles on the Alien Tort Statute, including The Alien Tort Statute and The Limits of Individual Accountability under International Law, published by the Stanford Journal of International law in June 2010.