Past Events












Visiting Scholar Talks10-24-22 talk

Monday, October 24, 2022
12:50 PM to 2:00 PM PST
Click here to download the video.


Ensuring Judicial Independence in the United States and Lessons for Uzbekistan
Professor Botirjon Kosimov analyzes how judicial independence is ensured in the United States of America and what lessons Uzbekistan may take from these practices. The paper embraces a wide range of issues related to judicial independence, namely the history of judicial independence, its theory and relationship with judicial accountability, challenges to judicial independence, and legal foundations for ensuring judicial independence and judicial discipline. Professor Kosimov’s paper also considers the role of digitalization of courts in ensuring judicial independence, which is very important in today’s world.

Professor Botirjon Kosimov
Tashkent State University

Professor Kosimov is an Acting Associate Professor at Tashkent State University of Law, a leading law university in Uzbekistan. He received his law degree in 2010 and a Master of Law degree in 2016 from Tashkent State University of Law. During his studies, he interned at the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, a district criminal court in Tashkent city, and the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan. During his ten-year academic career, he has trained hundreds of law students. He teaches Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Parliamentary Law courses.

Judge Jeremy Fogel (ret.)
Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, Berkeley Law

Jeremy Fogel is the first Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, a center at Berkeley Law School whose mission is to build bridges between judges and academics and to promote an ethical, resilient and independent judiciary. Prior to his appointment at Berkeley, he served as Director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC (20112018), as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California (19982011), and as a judge of the Santa Clara County Superior (19861998) and Municipal (19811986) Courts. He was the founding Directing Attorney of the Mental Health Advocacy Project from 1978 to 1981 and was a national leader in promoting access to justice for people with chronic mental health issues. As a consultant for Regional Dialogue (an international NGO) and with funding from the U.S. Department of State, he has visited Uzbekistan on three separate occasions to support judicial modernization efforts.

Presented by the Visiting Scholars Program.


LADY JUSTICE: a conversation with Judge Jeremy Fogel and Dahlia Lithwick
Friday, October 21
12:00 P.M. Pacific
60 minutes
LADY JUSTICE promo photo, Penguin Random House
Join Berkeley Judicial Institute’s Judge Jeremy Fogel as he interviews Dahlia Lithwick about her book, LADY JUSTICE.




(10:00 A.M. Pacific)


Berkeley’s Civil Justice Research Initiative presents JUDICIAL ETHICS AND THE SUPREME COURT

Should U.S. Supreme Court justices be held to the same ethical code of conduct as other federal judges? Is legislation needed to increase the transparency and accountability of the Court? What would be the implications of such legislation? This program will feature Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights, and Professor Amanda Tyler (Berkeley Law), an expert on the Supreme Court and author of “Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union” (2021) (with Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Topics will include the pending legislative proposal, “The Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act.”

VSP Welcome Reception
Welcome Reception
Monday, September 26, 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM PST
Warren Room 295, Law Building

Please join us in welcoming our new Visiting Scholars to the Berkeley Law Community! The welcome reception is open to all faculty sponsors and all current and new visiting scholars who would like to attend. 

BJI Happy Hour
September 14, 2022
4 Pacific, 6 Central, 7 Eastern
Virtual event
Please join BJI as we celebrate all things autumn! 
BJI Happy Hour Register at
Come prepared to chat, make some new friends and connect with others, share, congratulate and commiserate. 

Starting Law School? Some Considerations
July 22
9:00 AM PT
75 mins

Starting Law School? Some Considerations.

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute, Professor Laurie Levenson, and Bankruptcy Judge Sandra Klein as we discuss things we wish we had known starting law school. Ethical advocacy, your personal and professional reputation, seeking experiences and people that expand your life, classmates as colleagues (not competitors) are all topics on the agenda. Your thoughts and questions welcome!


Langdell’s Legacy in the Twenty-First Century: How Innovations in Law School Teaching Spark Developments for the Next Generation of Law Clerks and Lawyers
2022 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
July 19, 2022
ninth circuit
Judges rely on law clerks to contribute not only clear analyses but also fresh perspectives and the latest learning from the legal academy. Law schools are continuously evolving to provide cutting edge legal education to the next generations of law clerks and lawyers. This panel will inform judges about recent developments and innovations in legal teaching to better prepare law students to work in, and serve, increasingly diverse communities.
Introducing the panel:
9th C DEI Officer Amrita Mallik, Moderator
Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
Judge Jeremy Fogel (ret.)

National Association of Appellate Court Attorney (NAACA)’s Fifteenth Annual Conference
NAACA logo
Co-sponsored by Berkeley Law and Berkeley Judicial Institute
July 5-8, 2022
Berkeley Law

Public Outreach Efforts in the Courts
June 24
9:00 AM PT
60 mins.

Public Outreach Efforts in the Courts flyer
 Join BJI and faculty Judges Zia Faruqui and Sandra Klein to consider the role judges play in public outreach. What are judges doing?  And why?
We’ll consider: 
what judges are doing
what does the public get out of judges participating in public outreach
what does the judge get out of participating in public outreach
If you have experience, please share it with us. If you are looking for a new public outreach project, come looking for ideas.

CLE offered.

Language in the Courts
June 3
12:00 PM PT
75 minutes
Join Berkeley Judicial Institute, Magistrate Judge Allison Claire and Magistrate Judge Mustafa Kasubhai as we consider how courts should strive for more inclusive language, and why that effort matters (both to those coming before the court, and for the court’s integrity) that courts make that effort.
CLE offered.

Language in the courts flyer

LEARN ALL ABOUT IT: Effective Communication Across Differences
June 2, 2022
5:00 PM Pacific
60 minutes
Effective Communication flyer
Law Students called this series:  “a highlight of their legal learning” and said these seminars “should have been a part of orientation to law school.” 

What are they talking about?
The law student series Effective Communication Across Differences (“ECAD”).  This hands on four-part series will transform your law school experience, and your career and professional relationships, where the ability to communicate productively across differences is essential.  Led by experienced mediators and with small group interaction with Federal Judges, this program for rising 1-3Ls attending 9th Circuit law schools is not to be missed.
The series will be held: July 28, August 2, August 4, August 9 and August 11, 6-8 PM PT.

Want to know more about it?

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute’s Judge Jeremy Fogel for an ECAD info session featuring Ninth Circuit Judges Johnnie B. Rawlinson and Bridget Bade, and our amazing facilitator team. 

Democracy’s Last Line of Defense
Chicago, Illinois
May 26, 2022
Democracy flyer
Berkeley Judicial Institute is working with an extraordinary team to develop an in-person program, DEMOCRACY’S LAST LINE OF DEFENSE, a symposium on why and how to preserve the rule of law and an independent, impartial judiciary.

Interested in attending? More program information is available here.

See our press release.

2021 – 2022 Law and Literature

6 Sessions, individual registration for each
3:00 P.M. Eastern | 2:00 P.M. Central | 12:00 P.M. Pacific
90 minutes

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Professor Julie Empric, Eckerd College

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute as we introduce a virtual law and literature series.  

Using great works as text, these programs provide participants the opportunity to reflect on how literature provides insight into contemporary issues. All are welcome to register to participate; we ask those participating to be prepared to discuss the readings.  

No promises, but we anticipate a lively, honest, and respectful exchange of views!

Professor Julie Empric of Eckerd College, whose facilitation of similar programs has been met with rave reviews, will lead the sessions.

Think of a smart book club discussion, and you will have a sense of what we are trying to achieve. 

Past Sessions

Conversations on Civil Justice: Media and the Courts

Co-sponsored by the Civil Justice Research Initiative and Berkeley Judicial Institute 

May 6, 2022
10:00 -10:30 AM PT

Over the last few years, the relationship between the media and courts in the United States seems to be undergoing rapid change. How are these changes impacting the courts and public perceptions of legal rulings? 

This program will feature journalist Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate, in conversation with Professor Michael W. McCann, Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship at the University of Washington and the author of several prize-winning articles and books discussing the role that the media play in reporting on litigation and legal rulings.

Berkeley Law and the Judiciary: a virtual program for judges

Sunday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Virtual event

Berkeley Judicial Institute will offer a virtual program for judges featuring some of the many bright lights of the Berkeley faculty.

Program sessions will include:

– Bias in the courts
– Criminal law
– Decision-making
– Intellectual property law
– Mindfulness


Day 1
Day 2
Day 3


Expanding Library Services to People in Jails and Prisons

April 15
12:00 P.M. PT
Virtual event

Library program flyer

In January 2022, the San Francisco Public Library and the American Library Association received a $2 million grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

The grant is aimed at improving and expanding library services for incarcerated citizens both locally and nationally.

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute as we speak to representatives of SFPL’s Jail and Reentry Team Jeanie Austin and Rachel Kinnon and VCU Professor Blythe Balestrieri to find out more about the library’s ambitious plans for this grant. Judge Alexandra Robert Gordon will moderate the conversation, which will include these questions:

  • What are the most important challenges they face?
  • How will this work help better meet needs of incarcerated people?
  • How can judges and the interested public find out more about these efforts?

Audience questions are encouraged.


Coaching Judges
March 31
12:00 P.M. PT
Event recording

Coaching Judges flyerGood judges strive to be lifetime learners; what part does coaching play in that growth?

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute, Senior Judge Kevin Burke and Chief Judge Mildred Cabán as we consider some of the formal and informal methods of judicial coaching.

Both judges have been active in coaching colleagues through the formal processes of judicial orientation and continuing education.

Judge Burke has helped judges seeking improvement on issues ranging from better listening to demeanor on the bench one on one.

CLE credit offered. 




Six Months ‘Til Constitution Day Eve Happy Hour

March 16, 2022
4 pacific, 6 central, 7 eastern
Virtual event

Constitution Day flyer

Join BJI as we celebrate the six month countdown to Constitution Day Eve! Come prepared to chat, make some new friends, share, commiserate, and enjoy the beverage of your choice!

Psychology of Litigation
Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute/Federal Judicial Center
March 10-11, 2022

Event recording

Effective Communication Across Differences: Free Virtual Series
February and March, 2022
Effective communications event flyer

Twenty four 2Ls and 3Ls from fourteen law schools in the 9th Circuit will participate in this inaugural virtual program, offered four weeks in February and March. Offered by the Ninth Circuit Historical Society, the Law School Admission Council, and  the Berkeley Judicial Institute, the program features great faculty. More information.

Mass Tort Litigation Management in Bankruptcy Court

Mass tort litigation event flyer

February 28
12:00 PM PT
75 minutes
Virtual event

Nearly four decades have passed since the birth of a radical experiment in procedural collectivism: using chapter 11 bankruptcy to manage mass tort litigation, starting with Johns Manville (asbestos) and A.H. Robins (Dalkon Shield IUD). Today, lawyers in mass tort bankruptcies routinely assert that bankruptcy is the only forum that offers complete resolution and global peace. Could it really be that the bankruptcy system is the right home for these disputes? Is there something inherent in the bankruptcy system that has caused, or at least facilitated, this apparent expansion?  What are the institutional limitations on any type of court to tackle the problems these cases raise? 
Bankruptcy Judge William J. Lafferty, District Judge Frank W. Volk and Professor Melissa Jacoby discuss why so many controversial mass tort cases find their way to bankruptcy court, and consider how the courts might respond.

CLE credit offered.
Event recording


Are Courthouses Male or Female? Designing for Inclusion: How Courthouse Design Affects Community Confidence in the Delivery of Justice
January 28
12:00 PM PT
75 minutes
Virtual event
Event Recording

people on scales

U.S. Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer (IASD, Recall) and California architect Susan Oldroyd FAIA, will show how types of Courthouse interior and exterior designs and their art influence our understanding of the Court’s role in the community. They will identify features that you may no longer notice, but that represent barriers to the delivery of Equal Justice For All.

Do Courthouses read as Male or Female? How do implicit biases affect our impressions of whether a Courthouse provides safety, transparency, accessibility, reconciliation, or retribution? What messages about inclusion does your Courthouse design send to public and staff? The style, material, and layout of Courthouses signal that are they fortresses or welcoming spaces. Courthouses have been targets of recent social unrest. Can Courthouses provide communities with space for understanding how Justice is done, while engaging in civil discourse about change?

Courthouses represent community values such as stability and consistency; they are places of retribution and rehabilitation. Courthouse design should show society’s values of fairness and transparency, and allow for participation by all.  How we design, construct, and operate Courthouses sends a message to our communities about our values. Through Courthouse design and operation, can we be more intentional about the importance of the Rule of Law, and how the justice system operates?

California and Iowa CLE approved.

The program benefited from an active chat session; some of the conversational threads are included here


Attacks on the Courts

January 14
1:00 – 3:00 P.M. PT
Virtual event
Event recording



This Berkeley Law Civil Justice Research Institute event will focus on some of the ethical issues raised by increased attacks on the independence and legitimacy of the courts. The program will feature practitioners, scholars and judges. Topics will include the effects of the attacks on courts and the implications for legal practice. This event is supported by a generous gift from AAJ’s Robert L. Habush Endowment, in collaboration with Berkeley Boosts.

Featured speakers to include:
Alicia Bannon of the Brennan Center, The Honorable Reggie B. Walton (U.S.D.C. D.C), Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (Berkeley Law), Professor Nora Engstrom (Stanford Law), Professor Leslie C. Levin (UCONN Law), Professor Elizabeth G. Thornburg (SMU Law), James Brosnahan (Morrison & Foerster), and Denyse Clancy (Kazan Law).



Happy New Year Happy Hour!
December 15
4:00 P.M. PT
90 minutes

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute on December 15, 2021, for a toast to the upcoming year. We’ll be celebrating some of the great things judges have done in 2021.

Not a complete list, but a pretty inspiring list!

Check it out

We’ve broken the stories into unscientific categories, and encourage you to “vote” for your favorites here by December 12.

Winners to be announced at the happy hour on December 15.

And a holiday gift from BJI, to remember 2021!

(Illustration shows Father Time ringing bells proclaiming “The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number”, while a crowd in the street celebrates the New Year by using noisemakers, horns, drums, and cymbols to sound their personal causes, such as “Partisanship” and “Partisan Politics”, “Ring Politics”, “Spoils System”, “Women’s Rights”, and “Calamity Howling”.)

Created / Published
N.Y. : Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann, Puck Building, 1910 December 28.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

Judicial Stress and Resiliency: 2021 Pandemic Holiday Edition
December 15, 2021
12:00 P.M. PT
75 minutes

Two portraits of speakers

Is judging during the pandemic different from what you expected when you became a judge? Do you seek stronger connections with your work and with your colleagues?  Have the recent setbacks in many reopening plans been a new source of disappointment and stress? It’s worth reflecting on these issues as we approach a new year, particularly since the winter holidays typically are a challenging time for many of us.

In 2020 and 2021, the Berkeley Judicial Institute offered four webinars on judicial temperament. These programs offered perspective that we hope will be helpful to judges at any time. The ongoing stresses of the pandemic encourage us to offer (at least) one more. In this program we will focus on these ongoing stresses and how judges are coping—and can cope—with them, regardless of the temperamental traits you bring to the bench.

Join Judge Jeremy Fogel, BJI’s Executive Director, and Professor Terry Maroney as they devote a full program to answering questions submitted by you and that they’ve encountered in their many recent conversations with judges about the impact of the pandemic on judicial stress and resilience.  

Submit your questions in advance here, or ask them during the program.


Democracy and the Courts: Judicial Recusal & Ethics

December 1

Ohio Fair Courts sponsored this program which featured Billy Corriher, Judge Jeremy Fogel (ret.), Douglas Keith and Judge Sarah O’Brien (ret.).

Her Honor: My Life on the Bench…What Works, What’s Broken, and How to Change It

November 3
4:00 – 6:00 P.M. PT
International House, Chevron Auditorium (Across the street from Berkeley Law)
Event recording

Note that capacity is limited—if you would like to cancel your registration, please email so that a spot is opened up for your neighbor.


Berkeley Judicial Institute Executive Director Judge Jeremy Fogel, in tandem with Judge Thelton Henderson, interview Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell. The event will be in person at the Berkeley Law School, and is open to all Berkeley Law students.  

The former state judicial colleagues will talk about ALL of the issues in the title of Judge Cordell’s book; audience questions welcome. We anticipate a lively discussion!

Judge Cordell’s book, HER HONOR, will be published in October. Early program registrants will receive a copy of the book, and will get so much more value from the discussion by reading the book prior to the program. Thinking about service in the judiciary as part of your legal career? Interested in the court’s role in solving the pressing problems of our day? This is a program you won’t want to miss.

The publisher’s description:

In Her Honor, Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell provides a rare and thought-provoking insider account of our legal system, sharing vivid stories of the cases that came through her courtroom and revealing the strengths, flaws, and much-needed changes within our courts.

Judge Cordell, the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California, knows firsthand how prejudice has permeated our legal system. And yet, she believes in the system. From ending school segregation to legalizing same-sex marriage, its progress relies on legal professionals and jurors who strive to make the imperfect system as fair as possible.

Her Honor is an entertaining and provocative look into the hearts and minds of judges. Cordell takes you into her chambers where she haggles with prosecutors and defense attorneys and into the courtroom during jury selection and sentencing hearings. She uses real cases to highlight how judges make difficult decisions, all the while facing outside pressures from the media, law enforcement, lobbyists, and the friends and families of the people involved.

Cordell’s candid account of her years on the bench shines light on all areas of the legal system, from juvenile delinquency and the shift from rehabilitation to punishment, along with the racial biases therein, to the thousands of plea bargains that allow our overburdened courts to stay afloat—as long as innocent people are willing to plead guilty. There are tales of marriages and divorces, adoptions, and contested wills—some humorous, others heartwarming, still others deeply troubling.

Her Honor is for anyone who’s had the good or bad fortune to stand before a judge or sit on a jury. It is for true-crime junkies and people who vote in judicial elections. Most importantly, this is a book for anyone who wants to know what our legal system, for better or worse, means to the everyday lives of all Americans.

Berkeley Boosts, Rural Judging
October 22
10:00 – 10:30 A.M.

As part of an ongoing 30-minute series, part of Berkeley Boosts, the CJRI is hosting a selection of webinars on civil legal issues during Covid-19. This program will focus on rural judging and will feature a discussion of Dr. Michele Statz’s recent research on rural access to justice considerations, with comments from Judge Gwen Topping of the Red Cliff Tribal Court. This program is supported by a generous gift from AAJ’s Robert L. Habush Endowment.

More information

BJI Brownbag: The Supreme Court Fellows Program

October 15
9:00 A.M. PT
75 minutes

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute as we explore a gem of the federal judiciary, the Supreme Court Fellows Program. Participation in this program provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the federal judiciary.

Attend BJI’s October 15 program to learn more about the Supreme Court Fellows program, and to hear from fellows whose careers have been changed by their participation.

About the Supreme Court Fellows Program

The Supreme Court Fellows program, founded in 1973, offers mid-career professionals, recent law school graduates, and doctoral degree holders from the law and political science fields an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the judicial system through exposure to federal court administration.

The Supreme Court Fellows Commission selects four talented individuals to work for one of four federal judiciary agencies for a year-long appointment in Washington, D.C.:

About the BJI October 15 Program

BJI Research Director Mary S. Hoopes (an FJC 2017-18 fellow) will moderate the program, which will include an overview of the program and observations from former fellows. She will be joined by Counselor to the Chief Justice Jeffrey Minear, who also serves as Executive Director of the Fellows program, and this distinguished group of fellows:

Sarah Alsaden, from the 2020-2021 class
S.E. Kramer, from the 2019-2020 class
Lilia Alvarez, from the 2018-2019 class
Matthew Sipe from the 2017-18 class

After the formal program, participants may chat in small group rooms with former fellows. Please bring your questions and comments; this fellowship program is extraordinary.

Constitution Day Happy Hour

Join BJI for a virtual toast to Constitution Day!

Racism, Truth and Reconciliation in Our Courts

September 17
12:00 P.M. PT
90 minutes
Event recording

In May, the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington offered an eye-opening program, Racism, Truth and Reconciliation in Washington Courts.

This program reminds us that racism has come from decisions of courts we still appear before, in buildings we still work in, and from positions which, while occupied today by different people, still exist. Through a discussion of three cases—United States v. Hirabayashi, Price v. Evergreen Cemetery Co. of Seattle, and O’Meara v. Wash. Bd. Against Discrimination, we will ask, given that these courts and positions still exist: What has changed? What hasn’t changed? What is our responsibility to tell the truth and seek reconciliation? How has racial segregation left a lasting impact on access to local courts?


United States v. Hirabayashi, 46 F. Supp. 657 (W.D. Wash. 1942)
Price v. Evergreen Cemetery Co. of Seattle 57 Wn.2d 352 (1960)
O’Meara v. Wash. Bd. Against Discrimination 58 Wn.2d 793 (1961)
Racial Segregation in SF Bay Area
Commissioner Lack Slides
Judge Keenan Slides


Join Berkeley Judicial Institute to learn from King County Superior Court Judge David Keenan and King County Superior Court Commissioner Jonathon Lack.

BJI is grateful for the opportunity to offer this session.

CA CLE credit will be offered.

Judges, Technology and Artificial Intelligence

August 18
3:00 P.M. PT
75 minutes
Event recording

University of Newcastle (Australia) Dean Tania Sourdin’s new book, Judges, Technology and Artificial Intelligence, is described:

“New and emerging technologies are reshaping justice systems and transforming the role of judges. The impacts vary according to how structural reforms take place and how courts adapt case management processes, online dispute resolution systems and justice apps. Significant shifts are also occurring with the development of more sophisticated forms of Artificial Intelligence that can support judicial work or even replace judges. These developments, together with shifts towards online court processes are explored in Judges, Technology and Artificial Intelligence.”

Dean Sourdin will introduce her research, discuss that work with Berkeley Center for Law and Technology’s Peter Menell and engage with the audience on these key issues for justice.

CLE credit will be offered.

Humans and Justice Machines: Emergent Legal Technologies and Justice Apps

Happy Hour with BJI

We had so much fun at our first virtual BJI happy hour we decided to schedule a second! (Come prepared to chat, make some new friends, share, commiserate and enjoy the beverage of your choice!)

Academics and Social Media: The revolution will not be televised

June 4, 2021
9:00 A.M. pacific
60 minutes

Event recording

Seeking ways to have your academic work connect to more people?

Our conversation will celebrate Credit Slips, a blog on all things about credit, bankruptcy, consumers and financial institutions as a springboard for discussion.

There, academics discuss and debate issues for those who care about creating good policies in these areas. (They tweet @CreditSlips.) Their work has been profiled by national and local media.

We’ll use that experience for a broader discussion about how academics can use social media to have their voices heard.

Bankruptcy Judge Erithe Smith will interview blog administrator and contributor Professor Bob Lawless and contributor Professor Pamela Foohey.


Blacks Face Bias in Bankruptcy, Study Suggests
Older Americans in Bankruptcy – The First Paper Out of the Consumer Bankruptcy Project
Bankruptcy on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Credit Slips

Judicial Independence: The Shared Core Values That Guide Decision Making
Posted May 24, 2021

On May 13, 2021, the Federal Judges Association offered a program on judicial independence.  BJI Executive Director Judge Jeremy Fogel moderated.  The panelists were Judge D. Brooks Smith (chief judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals), Judge Thelton Henderson retired district judge for the Northern District of California), and Dahlia Lithwick (journalist, Slate). 

This recording is posted with the permission of the FJA; BJI is grateful.


Promoting Judicial Collegiality

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute for a discussion of best practices that promote judicial collegiality. U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bernice Donald and MN district court Judge Kevin Burke (retired) will facilitate the conversation. Just participating is a step toward greater collegiality!

1.25 hours of CLE credit will be offered for this program.

Rurality and Judging: A brown bag discussion with Dr. Michele Statz

Dr. Statz’s new article, “On Shared Suffering: Judicial Intimacy in the Rural Northland,” explores the ways in which rurality impacts tribal and state court judges’ experiences on and beyond the bench.

Beautifully written, it is of interest to those in every court environment.

Law & Society Review says:

“Drawing from four years of ethnographic fieldwork, Professor Statz’s study places its readers inside the “Northland” courtrooms of rural Wisconsin and Minnesota. Her research displays the intimate relationship that judges from these communities share with their litigants and demonstrates the hardships endured by both judges and their litigants due to the consequences of rural “legal deserts,” absent health and social services, and depressed local economies.”


1.25 hours of CLE credit will be offered for this program.

Google v. Oracle: An Initial Appraisal

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific


How do judges seeking evaluation get honest feedback?

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute for a discussion of ideas and techniques judges seeking feedback might consider.

Our moderator, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge William J. Lafferty III (ND/CA), will be joined by this panel:

—MN District Court Judge Kevin Burke (retired)

—CA Associate Justice Carin T. Fujisaki


—Federal Judicial Center Director of Research Beth Wiggins

Your ideas, concerns and questions are welcome!


Rebecca Love Kourlis and Jordan M. Singer, Using Judicial Performance Evaluations to Promote Judicial Accountability JUDICATURE Volume 90, Number 5 March-April 2007

Help the Judge get a Clue

1.25 hours of CLE credit will be offered for this program.


National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Posted April 1, 2021


Virtual San Jose Rotary Meeting Featuring Jeremy Fogel Discussing ‘Courts and the Presidential Election: How the Center Held’
March 10, 2021
Judge Fogel is introduced at 26:31. 

“Psychology of Litigation” (recorded February 2021)
Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute/Federal Judicial Center
March 2021


The Northern District of California Chapter of the Federal Bar Association presented
“The Civil Rights Movement: Lessons Learned – Reflections for the Future” on February 25, 2021.
The program featured three Northern District of California District Court judges:
—Hon. Thelton Henderson, was one of two Black students to graduate from Berkeley Law in 1962, was the first African American lawyer in the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in the early 1960s.
—Hon. William H. Alsup, author of Won Over: Reflections of a Federal Judge on His Journey from Jim Crow Mississippi.
—Hon. William H. Orrick, whose background includes service as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the US Dept of Justice and Office of Immigration Litigation.

BJI is grateful to the Northern District of California Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for giving us permission to post this link.

No Courts, No Law: The Many Futures of Trial Courts
Daily Journal (posted with permission)
February 24, 2021

Interactivity Tips for the “Occasional” Teacher
Friday, January 29, 2021
9:00 A.M. PST
75 minutes
2020 saw teachers of all stripes (some who professed being novices to technology) rise to the challenge of online learning. They met the demands of an extraordinary time, as did their students.
And they did so much more—virtual office hours where no business could be discussed, online games, parties, graduations.
That online expertise can be daunting for those who teach online only occasionally, so BJI collected some resources and tips for those “occasional teachers” who seek to make their online presentations more interactive.
Want more?
Join Berkeley Judicial Institute’s Director of Judicial Education Denise Neary and SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Richard R. Lee Endowed Professor of Law Beth Thornburg as they consider some tips and techniques (break-out rooms, chat, games, polls) the “occasional” teacher can borrow to make online teaching more engaging and fun.
Review BJI’s interactivity tips and tricks document here!

Judicial Temperament Questions (and Answers)
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Noon P.T.
75 minutes
In 2020, BJI offered three programs on judicial temperament.
Some common audience questions during the programs were:
  • How do I recognize my temperamental traits as a judge?
  • What is my temperamental “envelope of possibility” for change, and how can I make the most of it?
  • How can I use this knowledge to change the temperature of an interaction in court?
  • What techniques for regulating emotion do judicial colleagues find particularly effective?

Join Judge Jeremy Fogel, BJI’s Executive Director, and Professor Terry Maroney as they devote an entire program to YOUR questions about judicial temperament. Submit your questions in advance, or ask them during the program.

CLE credit offered.

Event recording




Emotional Regulation and Judicial Behavior
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Noon P.T.
75 minutes

How do parties, lawyers and the public hope that judges will behave in court? How can judges sharpen their understanding of their emotional responses to their often difficult jobs and regulate those responses in a way that supports an appropriate judicial demeanor? Join Judge Jeremy Fogel, BJI’s Executive Director, and Professor Terry Maroney as they discuss Professor Maroney’s work and consider how her study and observation can help judges in the courtroom.

CLE credit offered.

Event recording


Please Proceed – Speaking with the Media with Judge Jeremy Fogel (ret.), N.D. Cal.
Posted: Nov 19, 2020

Judge Jeremy Fogel, Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute and former director of the Federal Judicial Center, shares tips on speaking with the media based on his experience as a district judge, as well as his experience with the press in his current academic capacity. Recorded October 28, 2020 (Episode 11).


Staying Well and Managing Stress in Difficult Times
Monday, November 16, 3:00 P.M. PT

With Dr. Dacher Keltner and Judge Jeremy Fogel. Special thanks to Administrative Presiding Justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal— Justice Mary Greenwood.

Systemic Inequality and the Courts: Part Two

Monday, November 16, 12:00 P.M. PT
75 minutes

BJI’s October 28 program will consider the framework and theoretical issues of how judges are involved in the conversation on systemic inequality; join us Monday, November 16, for a follow up session considering the practical implications of that discussion for judges and the courts.

Berkeley Judicial Institute Executive Director Judge Jeremy Fogel will be joined by California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Thomas.

Open to all, including law students, this program aims to provide better understanding of

· how courts operate and

· how key issues arise in court

The program will be of particular interest to those contemplating applying for law clerk positions.

CLE credit will be offered.


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Managing Health and Wellness During Covid-19 and Beyond

October 28, 2020

Federal Judicial Center’s Jennifer Richter interviews Berkeley Judicial Institute’s Judge Jeremy Fogel and Greater Good’s Dacher Keltner.

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Systemic Inequality and the Courts: Part One

Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 P.M. PT
75 minutes

It is a judge’s role to be fair and impartial, to decide only the issues and facts brought to court. Judges are also devoted citizens. Can judges be part of the conversation on systemic inequality?

Join us Wednesday, October 28, noon pacific, for a discussion of the judge’s role in that conversation, featuring Berkeley Judicial Institute’s Executive Director Judge Jeremy Fogel, Second Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier and Professor Avani Mehta Sood.

Open to all, including law students, this program aims to provide a better understanding of

· how courts operate and

· how key issues arise in court

The program will be of particular interest to those contemplating applying for law clerk positions.

CLE credit will be offered.


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Contemporary Lessons on Judging and Justice from the Holocaust
Thursday, October 22, 12:00 P.M. PT
90 minutes

Join us for a program exploring the role of judges and the courts during the Holocaust and the relevance that experience has for judges today. 

Judges were among those inside Germany who might have effectively challenged Hitler’s authority, the legitimacy of the Nazi regime, the hundreds of laws that restricted political freedoms and civil rights, and the guarantees of property and security. And yet the overwhelming majority did not.

What lessons does that experience provide for judges and courts today?

Open to all, and of particular interest to judges, the program will consider:

  • key historical context and lessons
  • current relevance for judges

BJI Executive Director Judge Jeremy Fogel will be joined by Dr. Will Meinecke of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to discuss the history of the judiciary during the Holocaust; Judge Fogel and United States District Judge Rya Zobel will discuss the relevance of that history for judges today.

CLE credit will be offered.


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Berkeley Law Alumni Reunion
Best Practices in Court Administration: What We’ve Learned from COVID-19
Friday, October 2
9:00 A.M. PT

Courts, lawyers and judges are accustomed to moving deliberately. The pandemic has challenged courts to do things in ways that are unfamiliar and the effects of which often are uncertain. Judge Jeremy Fogel will moderate a discussion about those challenges with leading alumni judges of both state and federal courts.

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Thursday, October 1
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This all-day virtual symposium co-hosted with the RAND Corporation will feature discussions among practitioners, scholars, and judges on some of the key issues that have arisen during the pandemic in regard to resolving civil disputes, such as meeting the challenges of civil jury trials and pre-trial management in the era of social distancing, developing effective court rules to address a rapidly changing legal environment, and preparing for what the future may hold. This event is supported by a generous gift from the Robert L. Habush Endowment.

The schedule is as follows:

8:45 AM: Welcome and Introductions
9:00 AM: Panel: Implications for Civil Juries
10:30 AM: Break
10:45 AM: Panel: Implications for Pre-Trial Case Management
12:15 PM: Lunch Break
1:15 PM: Panel: Implications for Federal and State Civil Rules
2:45 PM: Break
3:00 PM: Panel: Implications for Civil Litigation and the Courts in a Post-Pandemic World
4:30 PM: Concluding Remarks

**The same invitation link can be used to access each of the sessions.**

If you require accommodation for effective communication for this event, please contact

How to Become a Federal District Judge
Rainmaker Podcast
Friday, September 18th

We interview Hon. Jeremy D. Fogel (Ret.), Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute at UC Berkeley Law School, former federal judge for the Northern District of California and immediate past Director of the Federal Judicial Center.

Judge Fogel recounts how his first judicial appointment came about, shares what makes being a judge both burdensome and gratifying, and reflects on how the concept of mindfulness has guided his judicial career.

The Elements of Judicial Temperament (Part Two)
Wednesday, September 9, 12:00 P.M. PT
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BJI’s July 15 presentation on judicial temperament introduced Professor Terry Maroney’s groundbreaking analysis of the elements of judicial temperament, the constellation of psychological traits that predict how judges will respond to the challenges of their work. Professor Maroney explained that while a person’s temperament is largely stable by adulthood, every judge has an “envelope of possibility” in which they can adapt their temperament to the professional requirements and public expectations of judges.

At the conclusion of the presentation, many judges in the audience suggested a follow up program to examine the ways in which judges may understand their own temperamental traits and use that understanding to improve their judicial performance. This is that follow-up program. Once again, Judge Jeremy Fogel, BJI’s Executive Director, and Professor Terry Maroney will discuss Professor Maroney’s cutting edge research.

1.0 hour of CLE credit offered.

(We strongly encourage you to watch the first program before participating in the second.)


Court Web: A Discussion of Implicit Bias
Federal Judicial Center
August 19, 2020

Host Brenda Baldwin-White, Senior Judicial Education Attorney, talks with Judge Bernice Donald, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Professor Jennifer Eberhardt, department of psychology at Stanford University, and Judge Jeremy Fogel (ret.), Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute and former Director of the Federal Judicial Center, about how the dynamics of implicit bias and social context affect decision making.  In this ninety- minute presentation, Brenda and her guests will discuss how unconscious assumptions can influence the ways in which people perceive facts and draw inferences notwithstanding their genuine commitment to fairness. 

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Judicial Temperament
Wednesday, July 15, 12:00 P.M. PT

“Sober as a judge” is a trope for good reason, but there has been little serious study about the elements of judicial temperament. Most people who have spent time in court can think of both positive and negative examples of judicial behavior, but developing a psychological framework for understanding that behavior is surprisingly difficult.  As virtual proceedings provide more transparency, judges are on public view to a greater extent than ever before.  What should viewers be looking for?

Judge Jeremy Fogel, BJI Executive Director, and Professor Terry Maroney will discuss Professor Maroney’s cutting edge research on this topic.

Access Professor Maroney’s Article: (What We Talk About When We Talk About) Judicial Temperament

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Testimony of Hon. Jeremy Fogel (ret.), Executive Director of Berkeley Judicial Institute, to the United States House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts.
Thursday, June 25

“Expanding Electronic Access to the Federal Courts: The Unexpected Opportunity Presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Event recording – Judge Fogel’s testimony starts at 26:20.

Best Practices in Court Administration: What We’ve Learned from COVID
Wednesday, June 24, 12:00 P.M. PT

Courts, lawyer and judges move deliberately. The pandemic has challenged courts to do things in ways that are uncomfortable. Judge Jeremy Fogel, BJI Executive Director, will moderate a discussion about those challenges with key court players. Participants are IAALS Executive Director Justice Scott Bales and U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson.

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Best Practices in Judicial Administration: What We’ve Learned During COVID
Wednesday, June 3, 12:00 P.M. PT

Good realized during a crisis would be awful to waste. Judge Jeremy Fogel, BJI Executive Director, will moderate a discussion of some of the positive impact for the courts during the pandemic, with some key players creating that positive impact. Participants are Michigan Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and Professor Caitlin Moon.

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Judicial Panel: PTAB’s LEAP Initiative for NextGen Lawyers

Friday, May 29
12:00 P.M.PST, 2:00 P.M. CST, 3:00 P.M. EST)

Sponsors: Federal Circuit Bar Association; Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; ChIPs

Please join the Federal Circuit Bar Association, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, the Berkeley Judicial Institute, & ChIPs for a discussion on the USPTO’s Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP), which launched earlier this month. The LEAP initiative is designed to encourage the professional development of patent attorneys and agents appearing before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) through increased opportunities for oral advocacy.


Deputy Chief Judge Jackie Bonilla

Judge Bonilla currently serves as the Deputy Chief Judge at the PTAB at the USPTO. Since her appointment as an Administrative Patent Judge in January 2012, she has conducted numerous post-grant patent trials under the America Invents Act, heard appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings, and rendered decisions in interferences. Previously, she worked for twelve years in private practice, including as a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the now-retired Chief Judge Randall Rader at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Bonilla graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, and holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Vice Chief Judge Janet Gongola

Janet Gongola manages internal and external engagement on behalf of the PTAB, including development of educational programs and PTAB procedures and rules. She was appointed to the PTAB in October 2016. Before joining the Board, Judge Gongola was the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO where she advised on all matters of law and policy. Before joining the USPTO, Judge Gongola served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul R. Michel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for the Honorable Judge Sue L. Robinson at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. In addition, Judge Gongola worked as a patent attorney, patent agent, and research chemist at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. Judge Gongola graduated from Indiana University School of Law, and she received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Muskingum University.

Judge Christa Zado

Judge Zado serves as an Administrative Patent Judge at the USPTO.

The Panel will be introduced by:

Kathi Vidal. Kathi is managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s Silicon Valley office and one of the leading patent litigators and Federal Circuit advocates in the country. Kathi founded the ChIPs Next Gen effort and advises tribunals on Next Gen issues and orders.

The Panel will be moderated by Winston & Strawn Associates and PTAB advocates who qualify for the LEAP program:

Claire Fundakowski. Claire is a former Federal Circuit clerk for Judge Kimberly Moore and registered pharmacist with a Pharm.D. She represents clients in patent litigation with a focus on Hatch-Waxman litigation and appeals.

Noori Torabi. Noori is a registered patent attorney with a B.S. and M.S. in Biotechnology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. She litigates patent disputes in district court and in the PTAB.

Live from the Internet: It’s SCOTUS! The Future of Access to Courts in a Post-Pandemic World
May 19, 2020
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. PT

The coronavirus pandemic has produced a paradox in public access to courts: Physical access has all but disappeared, while courts are providing remote access — by phone and even video feed — like never before. The Supreme Court live-streamed audio of oral arguments for the first time this month, and other federal courts, long resistant to cameras in the courtroom, suddenly have implemented emergency measures to allow them. Will all of this virtual court access disappear when the public-health crisis abates? Or will these innovations last? What can be learned from this experiment?
Hear from Berkeley Judicial Institute Executive Director Jeremy Fogel, who served on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Santa Clara Superior and Municipal courts prior to an appointment as director of the Federal Judicial Center; and First Amendment Coalition Executive Director David Snyder, a lawyer and former newspaper reporter. Facilitated by FAC’s Ginny LaRoe.

Judicial Panel: Litigation in the Face of a Pandemic
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Please join the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, the Berkeley Judicial Institute & Winston & Strawn LLP for a panel discussion on litigation in the face of a global pandemic.

Three of this country’s busiest judges – Federal District Court Judges Alan D. Albright (TXWD), Rodney Gilstrap (TXED), and Maryellen Noreika (DED) – will provide insight on how they are proceeding with cases while courts across the country are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics of discussion may include:

What are the ramifications of COVID-19 on dockets?
How are hearings conducted? What works well? What can be improved? What can litigants do better?
What kinds of requests are coming in from litigants? How are they being handled?
What lessons are being learned from this time? Will the way cases are managed or tried change after COVID-19?
Has the new format of hearings impacted public access to hearings? Has there been any innovation in that area?
Has moving to virtual hearings provided more opportunities for junior lawyers to argue?

Mindfulness in Law

Published May 12, 2020
Professor Scott Rogers interviews Judge Jeremy Fogel about his experience as a judge, mindfulness, and much more.

24th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

February 27-28, 2020
International House, UC Berkeley


Courts and the Press
November 4, 2019 5:00-6:30pm, Reception to Follow

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 95 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Information Session: Supreme Court Fellows
September 25, 2019 12:45-1:45pm

140 Law Building, UC Berkeley School of Law

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Dessert Reception with State and Federal Judges
September 13, 2019 1:45-2:30pm
Steinhart Courtyard, UC Berkeley School of Law
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The Human Side of Judging
June 19, 2019, 6:00-7:30pm
Booth Auditorium (175 Law Building), UC Berkeley School of Law
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In One Sitting
June 17, 2019
Keynote Address: In One Sitting: Reflections on 37 Years on the Bench. Hon Jeremy Fogel, First Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute and former Director of the Federal Judicial Center, delivering keynote address @ Aleph Institute’s Rewriting the Sentence Summit, June 17th. New York, New York (June 17-18, 2019): The Aleph Institute held the Rewriting the Sentence 2019 summit at Columbia Law School, convening hundreds of judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, probation and pretrial officers, individuals directly affected by incarceration, and other key stakeholders in the criminal justice system to discuss the massive culture change taking place in the alternatives to incarceration arena.
The Rewriting the Sentence summit highlighted a vast array of innovative alternative approaches to criminal justice currently isolated in pockets throughout the country.
Continue this critical dialogue online. Follow @AlephInstitute on Twitter and post your thoughts & comments using #RewritingTheSentence.
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Democracy and Justice in the Age of Disinformation
May 1, 2019
Center for Strategic & International Studies
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Spring 2019 Symposium: Charting a Path for Federal Judiciary Reform
April 12, 2019, 8:30am-5:30pm
Chevron Auditorium, International House, UC Berkeley
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Women at the Court
April 11, 2019, 6:00-8:30pm
Warren Room, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law
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On Topic: Federal Judicial Center Marks 50th Anniversary
December 20, 2017
In this interview program, we talk with Senior Judge Jeremy Fogel, Director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC. Judge Fogel explains why the FJC was created, and how the agency’s mission has developed over half a century. The FJC was established by Congress in 1967 with just two employees, but now the Center provides education and training for judges and employees of the federal courts. It also conducts empirical studies and exploratory research into different aspects of judicial administration, such as case management, alternative dispute resolution, and proposed amendments to the federal rules of procedure. The Center also documents the history of the federal courts.
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Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Interview with Jeremy Fogel
Published on September 21, 2017
Interviewer: Anu Kasarabada


Diversity of Experience: The Path to Becoming Chief (Inter-Court Conference 2016: The Future of Courts)
Published on April 6, 2017
This is an edited version of a panel discussion that took place at the regional Inter-Court Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, in September 2016. The discussion, moderated by Judge Jeremy D. Fogel, Director of the Federal Judicial Center, looks at the careers of four African-American jurists: three chief judges of the U.S. courts of appeals and the chief justice of a state supreme court. The judges appearing in the video are Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. (Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals), Chief Judge Roger Gregory (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals), Chief Justice Bernette Johnson (Louisiana Supreme Court), and Chief Judge Carl Stewart (Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals). The discussion focuses on how the judges overcame hardship and discrimination in their early lives and careers to reach their current positions.
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John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary Inaugural Program
February 1, 2017
Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at the University of Kentucky. Judge Fogel moderates a panel speaking on judicial courage, starting at 31:00


The Significance of the Reconstruction Amendments
National Constitution Center 

November 15, 2015
The Significance of the Reconstruction Amendments for the Federal Judiciary featuring Judge Janice Rogers Brown, Judge D. Brock Hornby, and moderated by Judge Jeremy Fogel.

The Influence of the Reconstruction Amendments National Constitution Center 
November 15, 2015
The Influence of the Reconstruction Amendments featuring David M. Kennedy, Heather Mac Donald, and moderated by Judge Jeremy Fogel is one of a series of discussions about the legacy of Reconstruction.

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Aula Magna – Mediação e Conciliação (Lecture Hall—Mediation and Conciliation)
June 10, 2015
Judge Fogel talking about mediation and learning the skill of listening.

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Opening Plenary of the “National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services”
May 3, 2015

On May 3-4, 2015, the American Bar Association and Stanford Law School co-hosted a “National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services,” challenging thought leaders both from within and beyond the legal profession to develop action plans to ensure access to justice for all. 

The opening plenary at the conference was a conversation on innovation and justice between Hon. Jeremy Fogel and Hon. Mariano-Florentino Cuellar.

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Video Oral History of Judge Jeremy Fogel, Northern District of California
July 14, 2014

Interviewer: Leah McGarrigle


Federal judges to recharge at Vanderbilt Law School, by Jim Patterson
March 14, 2014
This video features Professor Terry Maroney talking about Vanderbilt’s efforts to interact with the judiciary, and about the Federal Judicial Center’s midcareer program for district judges.
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2023 Effective Communications Across Differences: a free virtual series for law students at 4th, 6th, and 9th Circuit law schools

February 2

March 2

5 Sessions Total

With a 2:1 Student to Judge ratio, and hands-on work with premier mediators, this FREE 5 session virtual series on Effective Communication Across Differences is an incredible opportunity not to be missed. Past students have called it “life-changing,” “foundational,” and “required learning for all law students.”


Tips for Professional Success

March 2

Location: Zoom
Speaker(s): William Q. Derrough

William Q. Derrough made his career gaining the confidence of others (including judges) to trust his advice. Each year, he speaks to new employees at his firm reviewing his tips and suggestions for professional success to rave reviews—these tips are so helpful to those interning, externing, or clerking in the courts. The conversation will cover topics including: attitude, timeliness, integrity, hard work, and relationships. Your questions are welcomed!

Simple Technologies for Courts to Consider

February 24
12:00pm (PT)

Location: Zoom
Speaker(s): Judge Scott Schlegel & Judge Frank Volk
CLE Available

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute to learn more about Judge Scott Schlegel’s experiences with his use of innovative technologies during the pandemic. Judge Frank Volk will interview Judge Schlegel, the two will talk about: Problems; Solutions; Obstacles; Triumphs; and What’s on the horizon

2022 – 2023 Berkeley Law and Judiciary: a virtual series for judges

February 9
11:45am (PT)

Session 4: Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism
Speakers: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
CLE Available

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute as Dean Erwin Chemerinsky talks about his book Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism

From Junkie to Judge

February 3
12:00pm (PT)

Location: Zoom
Speakers: Judge Mary Beth O’Connor (ret.)  & Heather Rosmarin
CLE Available

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute as Heather Rosmarin, Founder of the InterAmerican Clean Energy Institute interviews Mary Beth O’Connor (ret.) on her book, From Junkie to Judge: One Woman’s Triumph over Trauma and Addiction. Her memoir released on January 24, 2023.

Judicial Mentoring
January 20, 2023
12:00 pm Pacific
75 minutes

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute, Judge Charles Clevert (ret.) and Chief Judge Pamela Pepper as we discuss all things judicial mentoring.

The panel will talk about:

  • Judicial mentoring basics, formal and informal
  • Serving as judicial mentors
  • How has being mentored helped them
  • How has serving as a mentor helped them

Program Materials

CLE Available

Judge Charles Clevert (ret.)
Chief Judge Pamela Pepper

BJI End of the Year Happy Hour
Friday, December 9
4:00 P.M. Pacific
60 minutes

BJI happy hour

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute as we toast the end of the year!  BYO good cheer!

BJI Law Clerk Diversity Study

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
12:00pm Pacific
75 minutes


Please join Berkeley Judicial Institute’s Executive Director Judge Jeremy FogelProfessor Mary Hoopes and Associate Justice Goodwin Liu for a discussion of the results of the law clerk diversity study BJI just released.  

This work considered why, despite good faith efforts, there is a persistent lack of diversity in law clerk hiring in the federal courts, particularly at the appellate level.

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Judge Jeremy Fogel (ret.)
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Prof. Mary Hoopes
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Associate Justice Goodwin Liu