Program Schedule


Thursday, April 12

5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Registration

5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Opening Reception

7:30 pm

Group Dinner (Optional—Replaces Saturday Night Dine Around)
Because the French Quarter Festival is taking place during the meeting, we will have a ticketed group dinner instead of the usual dine around. Join other AAAL fellows and guests for dinner at Restaurant August.

Tickets are $100/person, inclusive of tax and gratuity; alcohol will be available for purchase (cash only).

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Friday, April 13

7:30 am–3:00 pm

Registration

7:30 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

7:45 am–8:45 am

New Fellow Orientation

8:50 am–9:00 am

Welcome Remarks

The Hon. Diane B. Bratvold, AAAL President
Minnesota Court of Appeals
St. Paul, Minnesota

9:00 am–10:45 am

The Role of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Civil Rights Movement—Lessons for the Appellate Practitioner

The Fifth Circuit became the pivotal force in making civil rights a reality in the Deep South. The panel will discuss how judges and lawyers helped to bring about significant advances in law and culture, drawing lessons for the appellate practitioner.

Panelists

Jack Bass
Author, Unlikely Heroes
Charleston, South Carolina


The Hon. Gregg J. Costa
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the
Fifth Circuit
Houston, Texas


The Hon. Carl E. Stewart
Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the
Fifth Circuit
Shreveport, Louisiana


Moderator

David Keltner, AAAL Fellow
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Fort Worth, Texas


10:45 am–11:00 am

Break

11:00 am–Noon

A Unique Perspective On the Role of Appellate Courts and Appellate Practice—A Conversation

Two former state appellate judges from a New Orleans family known for its commitment to public service—the father a former mayor of New Orleans and the daughter a current law school dean—discuss how their lives have been shaped by their experiences in the appellate system.

Panelists

Madeleine M. Landrieu
Dean, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
New Orleans, Louisiana


Moon Landrieu
Former Mayor of the City of New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana


Moderator

The Hon. Stephen A. Higginson
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
New Orleans, Louisiana


12:15 pm–1:30 pm

Luncheon

That Strange Civil Code: What the Heck Is It and How Did Louisiana Get It? 400 Years of History in 20 Minutes

Speaker

Michael H. Rubin, AAAL Fellow
McGlinchey Stafford
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1:30 pm–1:45 pm

Break

1:45 pm–3:00 pm

Navigating the Circuits' Varying Uses of the Record on Appeal

The panel will explore how various courts of appeals use the record on appeal, including use of an appendix as opposed to record excerpts, paper versus electronic, the Fifth Circuit's conversion of case and record citations, and other varying practices.

Panelists

Lyle W. Cayce
Clerk of Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
New Orleans, Louisiana


Deborah S. Hunt
Clerk of Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Cincinnati, Ohio


Amy L. Weil, AAAL Fellow
The Weil Firm
Atlanta, Georgia


Moderator

Luther T. Munford, AAAL Fellow
Butler Snow
Ridgeland, Mississippi


3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Free Time

3:30 pm–4:30 pm

Tour and History of the John Minor Wisdom United States Court of Appeals Building—Fifth Circuit (Optional event, 0.2 mile walk from the hotel)

The Hon. Carl E. Stewart
Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the
Fifth Circuit
Shreveport, Louisiana

4:30 pm–5:00 pm

Induction Ceremony
The Induction Ceremony will be held at the John Minor Wisdom United States Court of Appeals Building—Fifth Circuit, immediately following the tour.

5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Free Time

6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Reception

7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Dinner


Saturday, April 14

8:00 am–Noon

Registration

8:00 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am–10:15 am

The Influence of the Trump Presidency on the Judiciary: A Preliminary Assessment

The panel will provide its preliminary assessment of the influence President Trump and his administration have had on reshaping the federal judiciary, including a look at Justice Gorsuch's first year on the Court.

Panelists

Kristen Clarke
President and Executive Director
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, D.C.


Beth A. Williams
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy
Washington, D.C.


Edward Whelan
President, Ethics and Public Policy Center
The Federalist Society
Washington, D.C.


Moderator

Adam H. Charnes, AAAL Fellow
Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP
Dallas, Texas


10:15 am–10:30 am

Break

10:30 am–Noon

Trends on Civil Rights in the Supreme Court of the United States in the 21st Century

The panel will discuss trends—where SCOTUS has been and where it is going—on civil rights issues in the 21st century.

Panelists

The Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the
Fifth Circuit
Houston, Texas


Jonathan Turley
Professor of Law
George Washington School of Law
Washington, D.C.


Moderator

Barry W. Ashe, AAAL Fellow
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC
New Orleans, Louisiana


Noon–12:30 pm

AAAL Business Meeting