Honored Guests and Speakers

  • Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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    Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979 to 1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984 to 1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992 to 1998. She served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009.


  • Honorable David G. Campbell

    Judge David CampbellHonorable David G. Campbell is a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.  He is chair of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, having served on that committee for seven years. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Campbell was a commercial litigator with the Phoenix, Arizona law firm of Osborn Maledon. He graduated from the University of Utah Law School and served as a law clerk for Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Campbell has worked with the courts of Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia on improving judicial case management, and has taught civil procedure and constitutional law at the Arizona State and Brigham Young University Law Schools.

  • Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

    M Smith Photo of Dean ChemerinskyErwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean and distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.

    Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. Before that he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law, and served for four years as director of the Center for Communications Law and Policy. Dean Chemerinsky has also taught at UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.

    His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of seven books, most recently, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution (October 2010, Simon & Schuster), and nearly 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media.

    Dean Chemerinsky holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

  • Robert Deyling

    deyling-2Robert Deyling is Assistant General Counsel at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and he serves as counsel to the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct. He has been an attorney at the Administrative Office since 1995. Before coming to the Administrative Office, Mr. Deyling was a Supreme Court Fellow in 1994 and 1995, and a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1991 to 1994. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.


  • Professor Randy Dryer

    Dryer_Randy(large)Randy Dryer is the Presidential Honors Professor in the Honors College at the University of Utah and a Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He is of counsel to Parsons Behle & Latimer, Utah’s oldest and largest law firm. He is a nationally recognized expert in media law, having represented virtually every major news organization in the state of Utah and many national news organizations, including 60 Minutes, CNN, Scripps-League Newspapers, Redbook Magazine, The New York Times, and the Associated Press.

    Professor Dryer is also a recognized expert in crisis management. He has advised numerous business clients in preparing their crisis management plans and in responding to a crisis when one occurs and has written numerous articles on the subject.

    His courses at the university include Pretrial Practice, Crisis Management, media ethics and Social Media Law. In 2010 he was named Adjunct Teacher of the Year by the Law School and Lawyer of the Year by the Utah State Bar Association.

    Professor Dryer has been listed in Best Lawyers in America each year since 1993 and named as a “Utah Top Lawyer” by Utah Business Magazine. Out of 1.1 million lawyers in the United States, Professor Dryer was one of 500 named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators Guide in 2006. In October of 2011, he was named Salt Lake City Litigation- First Amendment Lawyer of the Year for 2012 by Best Lawyers.

    Professor Dryer served as a trustee of the University of Utah for 17 years, including eight years as chair or vice chair. He was on the Board of Trustee and Management Committee of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for the 2002 Winter Games and the chair of the Utah Sports Authority for nine years.

    He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in 1972 and his J.D. from the University of Utah in 1976.

  • District Judge Claire V. Eagan

    Eagan photoHonorable Claire V. Eagan was appointed as the first female United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma on October 25, 2001 by President George W. Bush. She served as Chief Judge from 2005 to 2012. Judge Eagan served as the first full-time female United States Magistrate Judge in the Northern District from1998 to 2001, presiding over civil and criminal trials, pretrial matters, and the court’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program.

    After graduating cum laude from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. in 1972, and cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 1976, she worked as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Allen E. Barrow, Chief United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. In 1978, she was employed first as an associate and thereafter as the first female shareholder, director, and executive committee member at Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her private practice focused on business litigation, primarily in the areas of securities, telecommunications, and environmental and employment law. Recently, Judge Eagan served as a member (2002-12) and chair (2008-12) of the Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services.

  • Professor Marc Falkoff

    falkoff,marc0094webMarc Falkoff is an associate professor of law at Northern Illinois University College of Law. He teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. His primary research and teaching interests are in the rule of law and the practice of public interest law. His scholarship on habeas corpus has appeared in the University of Colorado Law Review, the Denver University Law Review, the Seton Hall Law Review, the DePaul Law Review, and the NYU Annual Survey of American Law, among others. He is also the author of Habeas Corpus Training Materials, a primer on state-prisoner federal habeas adjudication that has frequently been used to assist judicial clerks in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

    Since 2004, he has been a principal lawyer in the habeas representation of seventeen prisoners being held by the U.S. military at Guantánamo Bay on suspicion of involvement with terrorism. For this work, he was named the Charles F.C. Ruff Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2005 by Covington & Burling, LLP. He received the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award in 2007 from the Southern Center for Human Rights, and the Bill of Rights in Action Award in 2008 from the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Chicago. Professor Falkoff writes and speaks frequently about the rule of law in the context of the war on terror. The book of prisoner poetry he edited, Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, was a bestselling anthology and has been translated into a dozen languages.

    Professor Falkoff is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review and a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Brandeis University, an Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree. from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Following law school, he clerked for Judges Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He was appointed Habeas Corpus Special Master for the EDNY from 2003 to 2004.

    Professor Falkoff has taught courses in post-conviction remedies and prisoners’ rights at Brooklyn Law School, as well as classes in contemporary American fiction, memoir writing, and realism and naturalism at Purchase College. In 2009, he received the Northern Illinois University Foundation Award for Faculty Excellence.

  • Professor Nita A. Farahany

    FarahanyNita A. Farahany is a Professor of Law, Professor of Genome Sciences & Policy, and Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. She is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. In 2010, Professor Farahany was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and continues to serve as a member. She also serves as a member of the European Association for Neuroscience and Law, as a Board Member of the International Society for Neuroethics, as Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Association of Law Schools, and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Bioethics, Neuroscience.

    Professor Farahany received her Bachelor of Arts degree in genetics, cell, and developmental biology at Dartmouth College, a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Arts degree from Duke University, as well as a Ph.D. in philosophy. She also holds an Master of Liberal Arts degree in biology from Harvard University. In 2004-2005, Professor Farahany clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, after which she joined the law and philosophy faculties at Vanderbilt University. In 2011, Professor Farahany served as the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School.

  • Professor Hank Greely

    Greely outside photoHank Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics at Stanford University. He specializes in ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences. He has written on issues arising from genetics, neuroscience, and human stem cell research, among other things. He chairs the California Advisory Committee on Human Stem Cell Research and the steering committee of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, and directs the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences. From 2007 to 2010 he was a co-director of the Law and Neuroscience Project. In 2006, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science.

    Professor Greely graduated from Stanford in 1974 and from Yale Law School in 1977. He served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Potter Stewart of the United States Supreme Court. After working during the Carter administration in the Departments of Defense and Energy, he entered private practice in Los Angeles in 1981 as a litigator with the law firm of Tuttle & Taylor, Inc. He began teaching at Stanford in 1985. Professor Greely is married to Laura Butcher, a physician specializing in pulmonary medicine.

  • Maura R. Grossman

    MauraGrossmanMaura R. Grossman is counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she advises the firm and its clients on legal, technical, and strategic issues involving electronic discovery and information management, both in the United States and abroad. Ms. Grossman is co-chair of the E-Discovery Working Group advising the New York State Unified Court System, and a member of the Steering Committee of The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production. She is a past coordinator of the Legal Track of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Text Retrieval Conference, a joint government/industry/academic research project studying the application of automated information retrieval technologies to e-discovery. Ms. Grossman is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Law School, where she teaches a course on e-discovery. She also serves on the advisory boards of Bloomberg BNA’s Digital Discovery and E-Evidence Report and the Georgetown University Law Center’s Advanced E-Discovery Institute.

    Ms.Grossman joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as an associate in the litigation department in 1999, and was appointed as counsel in 2007. Ms. Grossman has represented Fortune 100 companies and major financial services institutions in corporate and securities litigation, including civil actions and white collar criminal and regulatory investigations.

    Ms. Grossman graduated with an A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University. She received a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in Clinical/School Psychology from Adelphi University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Ms. Grossman served as Executive Notes and Comments Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

    Ms. Grossman is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and has served on its Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics; a member of the New York State Bar Association, where she presently serves on the E-Discovery Committee; and also a member of the American Bar Association.

  • Professor Melissa Hart

    Melissa Hart-1579Melissa Hart devotes her teaching and scholarship to legal ethics, employment discrimination, civil procedure and constitutional law. She has been teaching at the University of Colorado Law School since 2000 and has been the Director of the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law since 2010. A 1995 graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Hart clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the Second Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens on the United States Supreme Court. Professor Hart practiced law for several years in Washington, D.C., including as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. She remains active in the legal community, serving on the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession, the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, and the Colorado Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee and Board of Continuing Judicial and Legal Education. She has authored several amicus briefs in employment discrimination cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and in other matters before several courts of appeals.

  • Professor Lynn Jorde

    Jorde ASHG photoLynn Jorde has been on the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine since 1979 and holds the H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Human Genetics. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Human Genetics in September 2009. Professor Jorde’s laboratory has been involved in studies of human genetic variation, mobile element evolution, the genetic basis of human limb malformations, and the genetics of common diseases such as hypertension, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. He has published more than 200 scientific articles on these and related subjects.

    Professor Jorde is the lead author of Medical Genetics, a textbook that is now in its fourth edition. He has received 12 teaching awards at the University of Utah School of Medicine, including the Outstanding Pre-Clinical Professor Awards from the graduating medical classes of 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005; the Leonard W. Jarcho Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003; and the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006. He is the co-recipient (with Professor Louisa Stark, Ph.D. and Professor John Carey, M.D.) of the 2008 Award for Excellence in Education from the American Society of Human Genetics. In 2011 he served as president of the American Society of Human Genetics. In 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Professor Jorde has served on several advisory panels for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He completed a four-year term as a member of the Mammalian Genetics review panel at the National Institutes of Health and a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Human Genetics. He was a member of the Center for Inherited Disease Research Access Committee and currently serves on the 1000 Genomes Advisory Committee for the National Human Genome Research Institute.

    Professor Jorde received his Bachelor of Arts degree and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

  • Professor David Kaye

    DavidKayeDavid H. Kaye is Distinguished Professor of Law, Weiss Family Scholar, and a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Forensic Science Program at the Pennsylvania State University. Before his academic appointments, he was a federal prosecutor and an associate in a private law firm. He holds degrees in law (Yale University), astronomy (Harvard University), and physics (MIT).

    Professor Kaye’s research and teaching focuses on the law of evidence, criminal procedure, and forensic science and statistics. His publications include textbooks on scientific evidence and on empirical methods in law; treatises on evidence and scientific evidence; and over 160 articles and letters in journals of law, philosophy, psychology, medicine, genetics, statistics, and forensic science. He is the author or a coauthor of The Double Helix and the Law of Evidence (Harvard University Press), of two chapters in the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence (Federal Judicial Center, 1st, 2d & 3d eds.), and of The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence: Expert Evidence (Aspen Pub. Co. 1st & 2d eds.). He served on the National Academy of Science’s Committee on DNA Forensic Science: An Update and as the reporter for the legal issues working group of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. He is currently writing DNA Evidence and the Threat to Civil Liberties (Yale University Press).

  • Professor Kenneth Klee

    Klee photoKenneth N. Klee is a nationally recognized expert on bankruptcy law. He is a tenured professor at the UCLA School of Law and a founding partner of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, specializing in corporate reorganization, insolvency, and bankruptcy law.

    From 1974 to 1977, Professor Klee served as associate counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where he was one of the principal drafters of the 1978 Bankruptcy Code. He served as a consultant on bankruptcy legislation to the U.S. Department of Justice in 1983-1984. From 1992 to 2000, he served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules to the Judicial Conference of the United States. From 2000 to 2003, and previously from 1988-1990, Professor Klee served as a lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

    He has served since 2011 as member of the executive committee of the National Bankruptcy Conference (NBC), a capacity in which he previously served from 1985 to 1988 and 2005 to 2008. He currently serves as Chair of the NBC’s Committee to Rethink Chapter 11 and also served as chair of its legislation committee from 1992 to 1999. Professor Klee is a past president and member of the board of governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference.

    On several occasions, Lawdragon has included him among the top 500 lawyers in the United States. From 2003-2011 he was named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers. In the February 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 editions of Los Angeles Magazine, he was named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers for Los Angeles County.

    In March 2005, he was named by the Century City Bar as Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year. In November 2006, the Central District of California Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association bestowed on him the Calvin Ashland Award as consumer bankruptcy attorney of the year. In October, 2007 he received the Excellence in Education Award from the Endowment for Education of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. In April 2010, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys conferred on Professor Klee their “Champion of Consumer Rights” award. In August 2010, he received (with Proffesor Daniel Bussel) the American Bankruptcy Law Journal’s 2010 Editors’ Prize for the best published article.

    Professor Klee has authored Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court (LexisNexis 2008) and co-authored Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy (with Professor Mark Scarberry, 1995, 2d ed. 2001, 3d ed. 2006, 4th ed. 2011) and Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law (4th ed., with George M. Treister, 1996). He has authored or co-authored over 30 law review articles on bankruptcy law.

    During the summer of 2010, Professor Klee served as the appointed Examiner in the Tribune Chapter 11 cases. Currently he represents Jefferson County, Alabama under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code. Professor Klee also serves clients as an expert witness, mediator, arbitrator, attorney, or consultant in his Chapter 11 business reorganization practice.


  • Lincoln Mead

    Lincoln MeadLincoln Mead is the IT Director of the Utah State Bar and an obsessive fan of Cubs baseball. As the IT Director he assists Utah attorneys with evaluations of practice management technology and coordinates the technology vendor relationships on the Utah State Bar group benefits program. Mr. Mead is a past Chair of IT section for the National Association of Bar Executives and is a member of the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA where he currently serves as a member of the TECHSHOW 2013 planning board. He is a frequent guest lecturer for other bar associations and law related organizations around the country where he speaks on technology policy, planning, implementation and use. He is currently assisting the Utah state courts with educating attorneys on the court’s new mandatory e-filing system.

  • Professor Shannon Novak

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    Shannon A. Novak is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research interests include political and gender violence, historical memory, and the symbolic and political manipulation of dead bodies. Trained in skeletal biology at the Smithsonian Institution under the direction of Dr. Douglas Owsley, she received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Utah in 1999. Professor Novak has extensive experience in the analysis of human remains from prehistoric, historic, and forensic contexts. Her field research includes archaeological and osteological studies in Jordan, England, Croatia, Guatemala, and the United States. Her doctoral dissertation developed a method for identifying gender violence in the archaeological record based on the patterning of traumatic lesions in the skeleton. Her subsequent research has focused primarily on two events in nineteenth-century America: the massacre at Mountain Meadows, Utah in 1857, and the entrapment of the Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-1847. She is currently completing a study of some 250 burials from the Spring Street Presbyterian Church in lower Manhattan (ca. 1810-1834). The church housed a multi-racial congregation of radical abolitionists, whose controversial practices became the focus of race riots in 1836.

    Professor Novak is the author of House of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre (University of Utah Press, 2008), and co-editor of An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Family Camp at Alder Creek (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011). Both books received the James Deetz Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology. She has contributed chapters to numerous scholarly collections, including The Social Archaeology of Human Remains (Oxbow, 2007) Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans (Harvard University Press, 2009), and The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict (Routledge, forthcoming). Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Historical Archaeology, Journal of Anthropological Research, and American Antiquity. Professor Novak’s research on Mountain Meadows was supported by a fellowship from the American Association of University Women (2003-2004). In 2010, she received the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Outstanding Research, Teaching, and Service in the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

  • District Judge David Nuffer

    Judge NufferHonorable David Nuffer was appointed as a United States District Judge in the District of Utah on March 23, 2012. He previously served as a United States Magistrate Judge. He serves on the Federal Judicial Center Judges IT Training Advisory Committee and the District of Utah Attorney Discipline Committee. He also teaches alternative dispute resolution at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.

    He is a frequent lecturer on technology and legal issues; for several years taught an automation orientation course to all new federal magistrate judges two times a year in San Antonio, Texas; and developed national technology related curriculum for magistrate judges. Judge Nuffer was co-developer of Chambers Online Automation Training, a 40 lesson course in computer skills for judges and chambers staff. He maintains a web page of court-related technology resources along with a TechNews for Judges blog on the U.S. Courts intranet.

  • Professor Scott Peppet

    PeppetScott Peppet is a Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School (CU), where he has taught Contracts, Legal Negotiation, Counseling Family Enterprises, and Legal Ethics since 2000. His scholarship focuses in two areas: the ethics of alternative dispute resolution and privacy, technology and contracts. In the former area he has published both an award-winning book — Beyond Winning (Harvard University Press) — and various academic articles on the use of contingency fees by mediators, the use of mediation in transactions as opposed to disputes, and the ethics of collaborative law. His more recent scholarship on privacy, technology and contracts has focused on the privacy problems of self-disclosure (“Unraveling Privacy,” Northwestern University Law Review 2011), the impact of new technologies on consumer contract law (“Freedom of Contract in an Augmented Reality,” UCLA Law Review 2012), and the ways in which technology is changing prostitution markets (“Prostitution 3.0,” forthcoming Iowa Law Review 2013). Prior to joining the Colorado faculty he taught as a lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and was a Senior Fellow on Negotiation at the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. In 2002, CU students honored him with their Excellence in Teaching Award.

  • Professor Jack Rakove

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    Professor Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1980. He was educated at Haverford College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1968, the University of Edinburgh, and Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in History in 1975 and studied under Bernard Bailyn. Before coming to Stanford, he taught at Colgate University from 1975 to 1980. He is the author of six books, including The Beginnings of National Politics: An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress (1979); Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1996), which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History), The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence ( 2009); and Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (2010), which was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. He has contributed chapters to numerous scholarly collections and law reviews, including the Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Yale Journal of Law and Humanities. He has also published numerous op-ed articles in such newspapers as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and New York Times.

    In November 1998 he testified at the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearings on the Background and History of Impeachment. He has written amicus curiae briefs in several Supreme Court cases, including D.C. v. Heller. His media projects include Liberty’s Kids, a forty-episode animated cartoon history of the American Revolution produced by DIC Entertainment; and Whose Curse Is Worse: The Red Sox and Cubs on Trial, which aired on ESPN in September 2004. He has appeared on the News Hour, the Daily Show in May 2010 with Jon Stewart, and numerous radio interviews.

    In 2003 and 2004, Professor Rakove was president of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. During 2006-2007, he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. In 2012 he joined the board of directors at James Madison’s Montpelier.

    Professor Rakove’s next two books are Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience: The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion, to be published by Oxford University Press as part of its new series on Unalienable Rights; and A Politician Thinking: The Creative Mind of James Madison, which is based on the Julian Rothbaum lectures he presented at the University of Oklahoma in 2009.

  • Circuit Judge Stephanie Kulp Seymour

    Judge Stephanie SeymourCircuit Judge Stephanie Kulp Seymour was appointed by President Jimmy Carter on November 2, 1979, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, becoming the first woman judge on the Tenth Circuit.  From January 1994 through December 2000 she served as the Tenth Circuit’s first woman chief judge.  Judge Seymour took senior status in October 2005 and still carries both judicial and administrative duties for the court.

    During her judicial tenure, Judge Seymour served on the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1994 to 2000, as well as two of its committees: Defenders Services Committee from 1985 to 1990, serving both as member and as chair; and as a member of the Committee to Review Circuit Council Conduct and Disability Orders, 1996 to 2004.  In addition, she was a member of the initial Joint Federal-Tribal Relations Committee for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits, was a founding member of the Oklahoma State-Federal-Tribal Judicial Council, and currently serves on the Tenth Circuit’s Judicial Health and Assistance Committee and on the Tenth Circuit Historical Society Board of Directors.

    Judge Seymour received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in 1962 from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1965.  Prior to her appointment to the judiciary, she was a partner in the law firm Doerner, Stuart, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • Professor Steven Smith

    SmithSteven D. Smith is the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego (USD).  He is also the Co-Executive Director for the Institute for Law & Religion and the Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law & Philosophy at the university. Prior to joining the USD School of Law faculty in 2002, Professor Smith taught at the University of Notre Dame Law School where he was the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, and the University of Colorado School of Law where he was the Byron R. White Professor of Law. He also taught at the University of Idaho. He was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia.

    Professor Smith’s publications include The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse (Harvard University Press, 2010); Law’s Quandary (Harvard University Press, 2004); The Constitution and the Pride of Reason (Oxford University Press, 1998); Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom (Oxford University Press, 1995); “Discourse in the Dusk: The Twilight of Religious Freedom” Harvard Law Review (2009); and “How to Remove a Federal Judge” Yale Law Journal (with Professor Saikrishna Prakash) (2006).

    Professor Smith teaches in the areas of law and religion, constitutional law, and torts. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1976 and his J.D. from Yale University in 1979.

  • Dean Phil Weiser

    2012 Phil WeiserPhil Weiser is the Dean of the Law School, Thomson Professor of Law, and Executive Director and Founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado (CU). Dean Weiser re-joined the Colorado faculty in June, 2011. From April 2010 through June 2011, he served as the Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation to the National Economic Council Director at the White House. From July 2009 through April 2010, he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

    Since first joining the CU faculty in 1999, Dean Weiser has worked to establish a national center of excellence in telecommunications and technology law, founding the Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law and the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship as well as writing and teaching in the areas of competition policy, innovation policy, and Internet policy. Over the last ten years, Weiser has co-authored three books: The Jury and Democracy: How Jury Deliberation Promotes Civic Engagement and Political Participation (Oxford University Press 2010), Telecommunications Law and Policy (Carolina Academic Press 2006), and Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age (MIT Press 2005). He has also written numerous articles (in both law journals and publications such as the Washington Post and Foreign Affairs), and testified before both houses of Congress. He remained engaged in public service, arguing a number of pro bono cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, co-chairing the Colorado Innovation Council, and serving as the lead agency reviewer for the Federal Trade Commission as part of the 2008 presidential transition.

    Prior to joining the Colorado Law faculty, Dean Weiser served as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division at the United States Department of Justice, advising him primarily on telecommunications matters. Before his appointment at the Justice Department, Weiser served as a law clerk to Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court and to Judge David Ebel at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dean Weiser graduated with high honors from both the New York University School of Law and Swarthmore College.

  • Pete Williams

    PeteWilliamsPete Williams has covered the Justice Department and the United States Supreme Court for NBC News since 1993 as a correspondent based in Washington, DC.  He has also covered the Department of Homeland Security since its creation after the events of September 11, 2001. 

    Among the stories he has reported are: Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen spy cases, the Unabomber investigation, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Olympic bombing and search for Eric Rudolph, the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the legal wrangling over the 2000 presidential election, and the federal government’s massive investigation following the September 11th terror attacks.  He is a recipient of a national news Emmy award and a three-time Emmy nominee and is now the senior television correspondent at the Supreme Court.

    A native of Casper, Wyoming, and a 1974 graduate of Stanford University, Mr. Williams was a reporter and news director at KTWO Radio and Television in Casper from 1974 to 1985.  Working with the Radio-Television News Directors Association, which he served as a member of its board of directors, he successfully lobbied the Wyoming Supreme Court to permit broadcast coverage of its proceedings.  And he twice sued Wyoming judges over pre-trial exclusion of reporters from the courtroom.  For these efforts, he received a First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

    He came to Washington in 1986 to join the staff of Congressman Dick Cheney of Wyoming as a legislative assistant and press secretary. In 1989, when Mr. Cheney was named Secretary of Defense, Mr. Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. He served as Pentagon spokesman during the Persian Gulf War and military operations in Panama and Somalia. The National Association of Government Communicators named him Communicator of the Year in 1991.

  • Magistrate Judge T. Lane Wilson

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