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James J. Brosnahan

B.S.B.A. Boston College

LL.B. Harvard University Law School

Mr. Brosnahan is a senior partner with the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster. He specializes in civil and criminal trial work, and was named to the State Bar of California's "Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame" in 1996. He has argued both civil and criminal appeals in state and federal court, including the United States Supreme Court. He is a past president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Law Institute, and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He writes and lectures extensively.

 

Erwin Chemerinsky

B.S. Northwestern University

J.D. Harvard Law School

Professor Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. He was the Alston & Bird Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Duke University School of Law from 2004 to 2008, and the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School, from 1984 to 2004. He has written and lectured extensively on many topics and is the author of text books on constitutional law and federal jurisdiction. He has been a frequent lecturer at the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Center for Civic Education, the Federal Judicial Center, and the National Judicial College. Among many community and academic activities, he has been the Chairman of the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission since 1997, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Congress since 1993, and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California since 1991. In 1992 he participated in Technical Assistance in Constitution Drafting for the Republic of Belarus, American Bar Association, Central and Eastern European Law Initiative.

Arthur Gilbert

B.A. University of California, Los Angeles

LL.B. University of California, Berkeley

Justice Gilbert served on the Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1975 to 1980 and on the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1980 to 1982. He was named to the Second District Court of Appeal in December, 1982. Before becoming a judge, he was in private practice, specializing in commercial transactions and litigation. Justice Gilbert has lectured and written extensively on legal and judicial topics. His column in the Daily Journal, entitled "Under Submission," is both thought-provoking and scintillating. In 1991 and 1995, he participated in programs about American jurisprudence for judges in Eastern Europe. Among his many honors he was named "Appellate Justice of the Year" in 1984 and 1993 by the Consumer Attorneys of California and in 1997 by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He received the Criminal Courts Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award in 1994, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Distinguished Jurist Award in 1992, and the California Judges Association Bernard S. Jefferson Award for contributions to legal education in 1987.

James E. Hogan

A.B. Loyola University of Chicago

J.D. Georgetown University Law Center

Mr. Hogan is a professor of law emeritus at the University of California, Davis, where he began teaching 1967. His specialty is evidence and civil procedure. He has received two Distinguished Teaching Awards during his tenure at UC Davis. He also has written books on California discovery rules and evidentiary foundations. Mr. Hogan is a member of the following bars: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He also has served as vice president of the Young Lawyers Section of the D.C. Bar Association and as a member of the California State Bar/Judicial Council Commission on Civil Discovery.

 

Shirley M. Hufstedler

B.A. University of New Mexico

LL.B. Stanford University

Ms. Hufstedler is senior counsel to Morrison & Foerster. She has specialized in civil litigation for more than 40 years at all levels of state and federal judicial systems. Her principal work has been appellate litigation. She was the first Secretary of the United States Department of Education and served as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as an associated justice of the California Court of Appeal. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster in March of 1995, Ms. Hufstedler was a partner in the firm of Hufstedler & Kaus. Ms. Hufstedler is nationally known for her work in analyzing judicial systems and creating new procedures to improve the management of caseloads of trial and appellate court systems. She also has written widely in the fields of law, education and government and has been a guest lecturer in law and government at many universities and colleges across the United States and abroad. In addition, Ms. Hufstedler was a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School, and has been awarded 20 honorary doctorate degrees and many medals from universities and colleges.

 

Malcolm M. Lucas

B.A. University of Southern California

J.D. University of Southern California Law School (now Law Center)

Mr. Lucas retired as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court in May 1996, after serving for nearly 30 years in the California judiciary. He began his judicial career in 1967 when he was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. In 1971, he became a U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California. He served on the federal bench until 1984, when he was appointed to California’s high court. As Chief Justice, Malcolm Lucas wrote some of the court’s most important rulings, including the decision barring accident victims from suing over delays by insurers of those who caused the injury and the decision severely limiting damages for wrongful discharge. Mr. Lucas is chairman of the California Supreme Court Historical Society’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Conference of Chief Justices. In 1990, he received the American Judicature Society’s 1990 Herbert Harley Award for his efforts to reduce trial court delay and gender bias in California courts.

James D. Ward

B.A. University of South Dakota

J.D. University of San Francisco School of Law

The Honorable James D. Ward of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, practiced civil litigation for over 30 years before being named to the Superior Court in Riverside County in 1993. He joined the Court of Appeal in 1996. His many professional activities including serving as the Vice Chair of the California Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions, where he took the lead on civil instructions, Vice Chair of the California Judicial Council Task Force on Quality of Judicial Service, Chair of the State Bar/California Judicial Council Commission on Discovery, Chair of the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, and Vice President of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California. He received the Distinguished Service Award of the Riverside County Bar Association and served as the President of that Association. He has served on the U.C. Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees and was the President of the Citizens University Committee. He has spoken and written extensively and has been an adjunct professor at the University of California since 1986.

Witkin Legal Institute Emeritus Fellows

Gerald Gunther

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