Conference agenda and speakers

The conference is at UC Hastings in Louis B. Mayer Lounge in Snodgrass Hall, 198 McAllister.

8:00 — (registration and continental breakfast)

9:00 — A Conversation on the State of the State Judiciary



Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Supreme Court of California


This fireside-chat style conversation will cover a range of topics on the state of the California judiciary generally and the state high court in particular, such as: the courts’ civic education outreach mission, the judicial budget, relations with the other branches of government, and the potential impact on the courts’ operations from recent changes in the law.

10:00 — Review of Major Recent SCOCA Decisions

Danny Chou, Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office



Darien Shanske, UC Davis School of Law




Rory Little, UC Hastings College of Law


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Rex Heinke, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP




Jeremy Rosen, Horvitz & Levy

This moderated panel will review a selection of recent significant California Supreme Court cases, including decisions on both criminal and civil law. The panel will overview the cases, explain the decisions, and show how they fit into the broader context of the law. Expect some cautious predictions about developing trend directions.

11:00 — Get Your Review Petition Granted



David Kaiser, Staff Attorney, California Supreme Court



Aimee Feinberg, California Department of Justice



Dennis Peter Maio, Reed Smith



Myron Moskovitz, Moskovitz Appellate Team


This moderated panel will walk through the procedural requirements of a review petition, overview the statistics on grants and denials, and deliver the hard truth about the likelihood of any given petition being granted. The appellate experts on the panel will have some sage advice and cautionary tales based on their experience, about what can advantage a petition and mistakes to avoid.

12:00 — (catered lunch break)

1:00 — Panel Discussion on the Future of the State Bar of California


Yolanda Jackson, Executive Director, Bar Association of San Francisco

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Executive Director, State Bar of California


James P. Fox, President, State Bar of California



David Chiu, California State Assemblymember


This moderated panel will review the history of the conflict over the bar’s functions, overview the issues underlying the positions, and describe the bar’s past and current efforts at reform. Each panelist will present their differing views on the bar’s role in the profession and society, and debate the various options for the bar’s future and their expected consequences.

2:00 — The California Constitutional Right of Privacy


David A. Carrillo, UC Berkeley School of Law



Stephen M. Duvernay, Benbrook Law Group




Jill Bronfman, UC Hastings College of Law



J. Clark Kelso, McGeorge School of Law



Lothar Determann, Baker McKenzie


This moderated panel will describe the current state of California’s privacy law, and highlight the conflict points and areas of common interest between individuals, business, and the government. Each panelist brings a unique perspective on the interests to be balanced, the test to be applied, and the best balance point. The panel will attempt to resolve the ultimate question in this area of the law: what a grand unified privacy analysis would look like.

3:00 — A Conversation on the Role of the State High Court

UPDATED this discussion will be moderated by Rory Little, UC Hastings College of Law


Associate Justice Goodwin Liu, Supreme Court of California



Professor Joseph R. Grodin, UC Hastings College of Law


This fireside-chat style conversation will cover the state and federal aspects of the California Supreme Court. On the state level, the discussion will review the status of the state high court as the leader of an independent branch of the state government, explore the interrelationships between the judiciary and the other branches, and explain the unique policy making function of a state high court. The federal portion of the discussion will focus on principles of federalism and the relationship between California’s high court and the federal judiciary.

4:00 — Ask the Justices: a Question and Answer Session


Dean Melissa Murray, UC Berkeley School of Law



Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan, Supreme Court of California



Associate Justice Leondra R. Kruger, Supreme Court of California


In this informal session, two current members of the court will consider moderated substantive and procedural questions submitted by the audience. Note that justices cannot comment on pending cases.

5:00 — Reception in the UC Hastings Alumni Reception Center, across the street in 200 McAllister. Wine and snacks will be served.