Participants Include:

Judge Henderson

Keynote Address

Judge Thelton Henderson, United States District Court, Northern District. He has played an important role in the field of civil rights as a lawyer, educator, and jurist.

Justice Jenkins

Panel Moderator

Justice Martin J. Jenkins, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District. Jenkins's contribution to American law includes the well-known principle of Jenkins-Laporte Doctrine, which defines the boundary of copyright and contractual right.

Eva Paterson


Eva Jefferson Paterson, President and Co-Founder of the Equal Justice Society, a national organization dedicated to changing the law through progressive legal theory, public policy and practice.



Krystal Bowen is a partner the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP.  Ms. Bowen is currently assigned to Bingham’s White Collar Investigations and Enforcement Group.  Prior to joining Bingham, Ms. Bowen  served as an assistant United States attorney for the Central and Northern Districts of California.



Jacque Wilson is a Deputy Public Defender currently assigned to the Felony Trial Division of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.  Mr. Wilson is also the founding director of a non-profit organization, Advocates for Justice.



Judge Charles A. Smiley is a Superior Court Judge currently sitting at Alameda County Superior Court. Judge Smiley is a former criminal defense lawyer, adjunct law school professor, and court commissioner.


Lecturer – mock law school lecture

Melissa Murray is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley where she teaches Family Law, Criminal Law, and Advanced Topics in Family Law.  Prior to that, Ms. Murray clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals.