Pepperdine Law Review 50th Anniversary Symposium Announces Federal Bench Alumni Panel | March 24
The Pepperdine Law Review's 50th Anniversary Symposium is excited to announce that we will be hosting all four of Pepperdine Law’s alumni serving on the federal bench! This Symposium panel will explore the situational and operational dynamics of the future of the United States District Court System. We are grateful for Pepperdine Caruso Law Professor Barry McDonald for moderating this panel of the Law School’s distinguished alumni.
Judge André Birotte Jr. (JD ’91) is a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Nominated by President Barack Obama, Judge Birotte was confirmed by the Senate on July 22, 2014. Prior to taking the bench, among various other distinguished positions, Judge Birotte served as the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, where he was responsible for overseeing approximately 265 attorneys and 200 staff members located in offices in Los Angeles, Riverside, and Santa Ana.
Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey (JD ’97) is a United States District Court Judge for the District of Nevada. Before her appointment to the bench in 2013, she was a partner in the Nevada civil-litigation firm of Kemp, Jones & Coulthard LLP, which she joined immediately after receiving her law degree from the Pepperdine School of Law in 1997. Judge Dorsey presides over her court’s drug-diversion program known as RISE court, sits annually by designation on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, is a member of the American Law Institute, a lifetime member of Scribes–the American Society of Legal Writers, co-chair of the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law Advisory Board, and she was named Pepperdine School of Law Distinguished Alumnus in 2016.
Judge Charles Eskridge (’90) is a United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. Judge Eskridge was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to the federal bench and took his seat on October 22, 2019. Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Charles Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and as a law clerk to Justice Byron White of the Supreme Court of the United States. From 1994 to 2019, Judge Eskridge was in private practice in Houston, Texas, litigating complex commercial disputes.
Judge Margo A. Rocconi (’91) is a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Rocconi was sworn in on March 19, 2021, and sits in Los Angeles on the Court’s Western Division. Before her appointment as a Magistrate Judge, in addition to several other distinguished appointments, Judge Rocconi served for over 25 years with distinction as a Deputy Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California, and served as Chief of the Capital Habeas Unit.
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