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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
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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
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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

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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


“Psychology of Litigation” (taped 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.

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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.

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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.

Listen here

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

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.)

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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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Mindful Judging: Thinking Fast and Slow
May 12, 2020

Professor Scott Rogers interviews Judge Jeremy Fogel. They explore the elegant portions of Judge Fogel’s 2016 article “Mindfulness and Judging,” this time focusing on his reference to Daniel Kahneman’s book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”

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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?

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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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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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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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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