Program Schedule

Thursday, October 5, 2017

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception

7:30 pm

Dine Around (Optional)
Join other AAAL fellows and guests for dinner at excellent restaurants in San Francisco. Signup information will be distributed shortly before the meeting.

Friday, October 6, 2017

7:30 am - 3:00 pm


7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

7:45 am - 8:45 am

New Fellows Orientation

8:50 am - 9:00 am

Welcome Remarks

Susan Freeman, AAAL President
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Phoenix, Arizona

9:00 am - 10:30 am

The Future of Law Practice 2027

The past 10 years have wrought dramatic changes in the practice of law in the trial and appellate courts, and the changes in the next 10 years will probably be even more startling. What will court litigation, arbitration, private judging, and the day-to-day practice look like in 2027? How will clients hire lawyers? Will the jury trial continue to vanish? What changes, in particular, will be on the horizon for appellate practitioners, and how do we prepare for the changes ahead? Four distinguished general counsel will share their thoughts and debate the future in a lively and provocative discussion.


David R. Garfield
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary,
The Charles Schwab Corporation
San Francisco, California

Paul S. Grewal
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel,
Menlo Park, California

Julie Grollmus Gruber
Chief Compliance Officer, Executive Vice President,
Global General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Gap, Inc.
San Francisco, California

Jennifer Liu
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Sony Interactive Entertainment
San Francisco, California


Robert J. Stumpf, Jr., AAAL Fellow
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
San Francisco, California

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - Noon

Creating Opportunities for Appellate Advocates of the Future: How Law Schools Can Help Develop Appellate Advocacy Skills and Incentivize Students to Pursue Careers in Appellate Practice

Appellate practice is now an accepted specialty field that many law firms, governmental agencies, and other legal organizations embrace as essential to the processing of cases and the development of the law. What should the law schools be doing to foster the development of competent and inspired appellate advocates? This panel of seasoned appellate advocacy instructors will discuss student engagement in required and elective appellate advocacy law school courses, faculty attitudes towards appellate advocacy as a component of a required law school writing/skills program, and pro bono/clinical law student appellate representation.


William Fernholz
Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, California

Margaret D. McGaughey, AAAL Fellow
U.S. Attorney's Office
Brunswick, Maine

Stephen Tollafield
Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, California


Paul D. Fogel, AAAL Fellow
Reed Smith LLP
San Francisco, California

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Reel Justice: Razzle-Dazzle Courtroom Film Clips

It wouldn't be a trip to California without a dash of Hollywood. Our speaker will lead us on a fast-paced and fun look at litigation as seen in the movies.


Paul Bergman
Professor of Law Emeritus
UCLA School of Law
Los Angeles, California

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The Future of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure: A Discussion of AAAL's Ideas for Change

An AAAL task force has prepared discussion drafts concerning suggested changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure in two areas: (1) provision of notice to parties when judges undertake their own factual research; and (2) when cross-appeals are necessary. The panelists will lead a discussion with AAAL fellows concerning these potential changes. The panel will also discuss other changes to the rules that are currently under consideration by the Federal Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.


Robert L Byer, AAAL Fellow
Duane Morris LLP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David F. Herr, AAAL Fellow
Maslon LLP
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Honorable Michael A. Chagares
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Newark, New Jersey

Amanda L. Tyler
Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, California


Matthew H. Lembke, AAAL Fellow
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Birmingham, Alabama

3:15 pm

Free Time

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


7:00 pm

Dinner and Induction Ceremony

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:30 am

The Future of the Federal Courts

So far in 2017, the Supreme Court has added a new Justice, the new administration is filling a number of vacancies across the federal courts, the discussion of splitting the 9th Circuit has reared its head again, and the federal courts continue to confront a range of burgeoning challenges. After an introduction from Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Sidney Thomas that will discuss the state of affairs in that Court, our panel of experts will discuss their preliminary impressions of the new Supreme Court, the challenges facing the federal judiciary and related topics.


Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Billings, Montana


Mark I. Harrison, AAAL Fellow
Osborn Maledon
Phoenix, Arizona

Rory Little
Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, California

E. Joshua Rosenkranz
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
New York, New York


Raymond Cardozo, AAAL Fellow
Reed Smith LLP
San Francisco, California

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - Noon

Access to Justice: How to Make the Judicial Process More Understandable and Accessible to All

The panel will address access issues from the perspective of a veteran civil rights advocate, a federal appellate judge, and the clerk of court who recently made it possible for over 1 million individuals to hear an hour-long oral argument in real time. They will highlight efforts that have already been made to improve access and identify ongoing and future issues.


Molly Dwyer
Clerk of Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
San Francisco, California

Honorable Richard Paez
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
San Francisco, California

Thomas Saenz
President and General Counsel,
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Los Angeles, California


Suzi Alexander, AAAL Fellow
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
San Francisco, California

Noon - 12:30 pm

AAAL Business meeting