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REALITIES OF BIG LAW LIFE: Billable Hours and Pro Bono Work

Thinking about working in Big Law, but want to have an outlet for your public interest consciousness? Please join ACS for a panel discussion to learn about:

  • Successfully balancing billable work with pro bono projects
  • Law firm support for lawyers’ public interest passions


ADAM LAURIDSEN - Associate, Keker & Van Nest
KATHI J. PUGH - Pro Bono Counsel, Morrison & Foerster

Adam Lauridsen’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property, securities, legal malpractice and contract disputes. He has served as first-chair counsel in a week-long federal civil rights trial, has been an active member of the lead trial team in a multi-week, multi-defendant federal trial and has participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Lauridsen has represented individuals in federal courts, state courts and before the Securities and Exchange Commission. His clients have included large corporations, executives of Fortune 500 companies and high-profile individuals. He is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School. He received a Masters in Philosophy from Cambridge University in 2002 and his BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2001. He clerked for the Honorable David F. Levi on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and for the Honorable William W. Schwarzer on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Kathi Pugh is the firm wide Pro Bono Counsel for Morrison & Foerster. She is responsible for administering all aspects of the firm's extensive pro bono program. In 1990, she started her legal career at Morrison & Foerster as a labor associate in the Labor & Employment Department.

From 1996-2009, Kathi served on the Council of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (IRR) of the American Bar Association and in 2001 was elected to the Council Leadership. Beginning in 1999, she wasappointed to the Editorial Committee of Human Rights, IRR’s quarterly magazine, where she served as Chair of the Committee from 2002-2009. Kathi served on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco(BASF) from 1992-1994, and on the Board of Directors and President of the San Francisco Barristers Club from 1995-1997. Kathi also served as an advisor for the founding of the National Association of Law Students withDisabilities, which was conceived by IIR's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has served on and chaired a number of bar association disability rights committees, including IRR, California StateBar, and BASF. She also chaired the Pro Bono Committee of the Barristers Club. She currently serves on the on the Board of Directors for the Boalt Hall Alumni Association, the East Bay Community Law Center, Legal Assistance to the Elderly, and Access Northern California.

Kathi has also been active in the community, and has served on the Board of Directors of Equal Rights Advocates, the ACLU of Northern California, the Berkeley Community Law Center, Legal Services for the Elderly, the Centerfor Independent Living, and Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors among others. She currently serves as a judge for the Donald P. McCullum Youth Court which offers youthful offenders in Oakland a second chance, thereby avoiding the criminal justice system.

Kathi has received a number of awards including the Award of Merit from the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Young Alumnus Award from the Boalt Hall Alumni Association, the Opening Doors to Justice Award from the Public Interest Clearinghouse, and the Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Awards from the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco among others.

In 1990, Kathi received a joint degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law and an M.B.A from Haas School of Business. In addition to her graduate studies, Kathi served as anelected Commissioner to the City of Berkeley's Rent Stabilization Board. In 1988, along with several of her classmates, she co-founded the East Bay Community Law Center which is now the largest provider of legal services in Alameda County.

Monday, February 27
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Room 132

Lunch will be provided


LIMITED SEATING (RSVP to li.peggyp@gmail.com)

Please join ACS for an intimate brownbag lunch with Dan Roth, Program Co-Chair of the ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter, and an attorney with Arguedas, Cassman & Headley, LLP.

Dan Roth has served a diverse array of clients in trial-level and appellate litigation, including San Francisco’s homeless and indigent, Ohio’s statewide officeholders, and national nonprofits.

Dan served as a Judicial Selection Fellow at the Alliance For Justice during the nominations of now-Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, and then as Counsel at Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW), working to uncover illegal and unethical government activities through Freedom of Information Act litigation. He returned to his home state of Ohio in 2007, where he represented the state’s officeholders in constitutional, election law, and public records litigation as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Ohio Attorney General.

Dan has worked extensively with local legal aid organizations, including the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) of the Bar Association of San Francisco and Centro Legal de la Raza. VLSP recognized Dan as an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service in 2010 and 2011 for his work with the Federal Pro Bono Project.

Dan graduated from Boston College Law School in 2004, where he received the Susan Grant DesMarais Award for Public Service Leadership and Achievement, the Drinan Fund Award, and the Lambda Courage Award. He is active in the American Constitution Society, having served as president of the Boston College Law School and Columbus Lawyer Chapters, and currently serves on the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter executive board.

Thursday, March 11
2:45pm – 2:00 pm
Room 136

Lunch will be provided!

Limited to first 15 people to RSVP to li.peggyp@gmail.com


  • How are electoral district lines drawn?
  • Why does redistricting matter?
  • What happened in the most recent redistricting cycle?

Please join the American Constitution Society for a presentation on the laws and principles governing redistricting and recent court challenges to redistricting plans by

ANA HENDERSON - Director of Opportunity and Inclusion, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy

Ana Henderson is the Director of Opportunity and Inclusion at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity and a Lecturer-in-Residence at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Ms. Henderson runs the Institute’s projects dealing with voting rights, civic participation, and childhood obesity. She recently edited a book, Voting Rights Act Reauthorization of 2006: Perspectives on Democracy,Participation, and Power, that sets forth Institute-commissioned studies regarding the Voting Rights Act reauthorization. She currently teaches the inter-disciplinary course, Contemporary Civil Rights Law and Policy.

Ms. Henderson received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, where she graduated summa cum laude, and her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. After law school, Ms. Henderson clerked for the Honorable Theodore McMillian, United States Circuit Court Judge for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She entered the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, serving as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division, first in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section and later in the Voting Section. Ms. Henderson specializes in issues of discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, and language in the areas of voting, housing, public accommodations and education.

Thursday, March 8
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Room 132

Lunch will be provided!