Speaker Bios


Douglas W. Alexander, AAAL Fellow
Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP, Austin, Texas

Douglas Alexander is a founding partner of Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP, the largest appellate boutique in Texas. He is best known for his advocacy before the Supreme Court of Texas, where he has represented clients in nearly 200 proceedings. Mr. Alexander is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and former chair of the Texas State Bar Appellate Section. After graduating from the University of Houston Law Center, Mr. Alexander clerked for former Chief Judge John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is licensed by the State Bars of Texas and California and has been board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990.


Charles L. Becker, AAAL Fellow
Kline & Specter, P.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Charles “Chip” Becker is an attorney at Kline & Specter, P.C., which is the largest firm in Pennsylvania and a preeminent firm nationally representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation. He represents the firm’s clients in post-trial and appellate settings and works with the firm’s lawyers in all phases of litigation. Mr. Becker is the president of the Third Circuit Bar Association. He serves on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Commission on Judicial Independence. Mr. Becker previously served three terms on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts Procedural Rules Committee. He was on the adjunct faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught appellate advocacy. He also has written several book chapters and published articles and course materials on topics related to post-trial and appellate practice. A graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School, Mr. Becker served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


The Hon. Stephanos Bibas
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stephanos Bibas is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Bibas was previously a professor of law and criminology at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As director of the Penn Law Supreme Court Clinic, he argued six cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and filed briefs in dozens of others. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 1989 with a B.A. in political theory and from Oxford University in 1991 with a B.A. in jurisprudence. He then earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1994. After graduating from Yale Law, Judge Bibas clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court and was a litigation associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, Judge Bibas served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Before his tenure at Penn Law, Judge Bibas taught at the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law and was a research fellow at Yale Law School. He has published two books and more than sixty scholarly articles.


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

Robert L. Byer is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He is a partner in Duane Morris LLP and head of the firm’s appellate practice. He formerly served as a judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline. He is a former member and chair of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (B.A. 1973, J.D. 1977) and engaged in post-graduate study at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University (1974). He has been on the faculty of both Duquesne University Law School and the National Judicial College and has co-authored a book; written chapters in several books; and published articles, monographs, and course materials on various appellate and other topics.


Paul D. Clement, AAAL Fellow
Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Washington, D.C.

Paul Clement is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued over 90 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Clement is a native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and a graduate of its public schools, as well as the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School, where he was the Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation, Mr. Clement clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and serves as a senior fellow of the Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute.


The Hon. Kevin Dougherty
Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kevin Dougherty graduated from Temple University and attended Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. He started his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia and later went into private practice. In 2001, Justice Dougherty was appointed to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and he won election to a full 10-year term later that year. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Justice Dougherty to be administrative judge of the Philadelphia Family Court in 2005. He was assigned in 2014 as the administrative judge of the Trial Division, First Judicial District, and as such, ran the largest court system in Pennsylvania while serving as chair of the Administrative Governing Board. Justice Dougherty was elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on November 3, 2015. He, alongside his fellow justices, has taken a keen interest in making the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania a model for the country when it comes to issues such as access to justice, alternative sentencing, transparency within the court system, and, most importantly, keeping an open dialogue among the various stakeholders within the judicial branch of government.


Mark C. Fleming, AAAL Fellow
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston, Massachusetts

Mark C. Fleming is vice-chair of WilmerHale's Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice. Mr. Fleming has appeared in more than 150 appellate cases and personally presented oral argument in 36 of them, including five before the U.S. Supreme Court and 13 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has also argued before the First, Third, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court.

Mr. Fleming's prior experience includes clerkships with the Honorable David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Honorable Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Honorable John C. Major of the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Fleming also served as an associate legal officer in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


The Hon. Susan Gantman
President Judge Emeritus, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Susan Gantman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova Law School. In 2003, she was elected to a 10-year term to the Superior Court and won retention for another 10-year term in 2013. She was elected by her peers as President Judge of the Superior Court for the five-year term from January 7, 2014, to January 7, 2019. Prior to serving on the Superior Court, Judge Gantman was a solicitor for the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth and Montgomery County Housing and Community Development. She was an assistant district attorney in Montgomery County. She also worked in private practice at Sherr, Joffe & Zuckerman P.C. and later at Cozen O’Connor, where she co-chaired the Family Law Section.


Peter Goldberger, AAAL Fellow
Law Offices of Peter Goldberger, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Peter Goldberger is the principal of a two-lawyer firm located near Philadelphia, which for more than 30 years has focused its practice on the post-conviction aspects of federal criminal cases, especially sentencing and appeals. A fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Mr. Goldberger has served as president of the Third Circuit Bar Association. He chairs the Committee on Federal Rules of Procedure for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and is NACDL’s liaison to the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules. He also serves as board president for the Pennsylvania ACLU affiliate. A 1975 graduate of Yale Law School, Mr. Goldberger clerked for Judge Edward R. Becker. He taught full time for six years at Villanova and Whittier Law Schools. Mr. Goldberger co-authored a 100-page chapter on criminal appeals in the Third Circuit Appellate Practice Manual (Pennsylvania Bar Institute) and co-edits the Third Circuit Bar Association’s Practice Guide. His occasional representation of prominent political figures, notorious criminals, movie and television actors, and popular musicians has repeatedly put him and his cases “in the news.”


The Hon. David F. Hamilton
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Bloomington, Indiana

In November 2009, David F. Hamilton was appointed by President Barack H. Obama to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. From 1994 to 2009, he served as a U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Indiana, and was that court's chief judge from 2008–2009. He grew up in southern Indiana, graduated from Haverford College and Yale Law School, and served as a law clerk for Judge Richard D. Cudahy of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals from 1983–1984. Judge Hamilton practiced law as an associate and then partner of Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis and served as counsel to the governor of Indiana from 1989–1991.


The Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thomas M. Hardiman was nominated by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on January 9, 2007, and was confirmed by the Senate (95–0) on March 15, 2007. Prior to becoming an appellate judge, he had served as a trial judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania since November 1, 2003. Before taking the bench, Judge Hardiman was in private practice in Washington, D.C., from 1990–1992 and in Pittsburgh from 1992–2003. In 2008, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Hardiman to the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Judge Hardiman was appointed chairman of the IT Committee in 2013, and he continues to serve in that capacity. A member of the American Law Institute, Judge Hardiman teaches a seminar on Advanced Constitutional Law at Duquesne University School of Law. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1990 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a Notes and Comments editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Judge Hardiman’s chambers are in Pittsburgh, where he resides with his wife and three children.


John J. Hare, AAAL Fellow
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John J. Hare is the co-chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Mr. Hare has handled more than 350 appeals in state and federal appellate courts on behalf of a diverse array of individuals, insurers, corporations, and interest groups. He is actively involved in bar association and related activities, he regularly speaks on appellate topics, and he serves on numerous committees that address appellate and civil litigation matters. He has edited and co-authored two books on the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Life and Law in the Commonwealth, 1684–2017 and Keystone of Justice: The Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1895-1995. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Duquesne University School of Law, Mr. Hare holds a master’s degree in legal history from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed the coursework for a Ph.D. in legal history at Princeton University.


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

Mark I. Harrison received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1960 and is a member of the Phoenix, Arizona, law firm Osborn Maledon P.A. He is a past president of the State Bar of Arizona, the Arizona Bar Foundation, and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He served on the Members’ Consultative Group for the ALI Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers and was president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. From 2000–2003, Mr. Harrison was a member of the ABA Ethics Committee, and from 2003–2007, he chaired the ABA Joint Commission to Revise the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. From 2011–2016, Mr. Harrison served as chair of the national board of directors of Justice at Stake—an organization dedicated to the preservation of an independent judiciary. As an adjunct professor, Mr. Harrison taught legal ethics at the University of Arizona Law School and the Arizona State University School of Law.


The Hon. Renee Cohn Jubelirer
Judge, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, State College, Pennsylvania

Renee Cohn Jubelirer is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the Northwestern University School of Law. Following graduation, she served as a teaching fellow in legal research and writing at Stanford Law School before entering private practice at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, Illinois. In 1987, Judge Cohn Jubelirer returned to Pennsylvania, where she practiced law in private and in-house settings until her election to the Commonwealth Court in 2001. She was retained for another 10-year term in November 2011. She received her LL.M. in judicial studies from Duke University School of Law in 2014. In 2016, she completed her term on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, which she chaired for five years. She served as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Public Access Working Group—Trial and Appellate Court Records, which recommended a new public access policy that the court adopted in January 2017. In 2017, she was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to the newly formed Continuing Judicial Education Board of Judges, and in 2018, she was appointed to serve as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence.


The Hon. Cheryl A. Krause
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cheryl Ann Krause was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in July 2014. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, and graduated from Stanford Law School with distinction. After clerking for the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Krause served for five years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Before assuming the bench, Judge Krause was a litigator at a large law firm in Philadelphia, where she specialized in white collar criminal defense and government investigations and was a frequent author and speaker on topics pertaining to constitutional and criminal law. Judge Krause has served in the past as a lecturer at Stanford and Columbia Law Schools and is now an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


The Hon. Mary Hannah Leavitt
President Judge, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Mary Hannah Leavitt took the oath of office as judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on January 7, 2002. She was retained for a second 10-year term, and on January 4, 2016, she was elected President Judge by her colleagues for a five-year term. Judge Leavitt began her legal career in 1978 as assistant attorney general, assigned to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, where she worked until 1987, ending her service there as chief counsel. She then entered private practice with the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, and became a shareholder in 1990. She served in the firm's Litigation Section as chair of the Insurance Regulatory Law Group. In her legal practice, she served as counsel of record in over 50 appeals in both state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Leavitt received her B.A. from Connecticut College (1969), her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (1972), and her J.D. from Dickinson School of Law (1978), where she was an editor of the Dickinson Law Review.


James C. Martin, AAAL Fellow
Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

James C. Martin is a partner in Reed Smith LLP, whose practice emphasizes appeals and complex litigation. He has briefed and argued hundreds of appeals in federal and state courts across the country. Mr. Martin is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a fellow and past president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a member and former president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a founding member and past president of the Third Circuit Bar Association. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in appellate law, as one of Pennsylvania’s and Southern California’s Super Lawyers in appellate law, and for admission in the American Law Institute. Mr. Martin has written widely on appellate and various substantive legal topics, including in CEB’s Civil Appellate Practice Manual, PBI’s Third Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, and CEB’s California Expert Witness Guide. He also regularly consults with trial lawyers on substantive and procedural issues, and these consultations include briefing and argument before and during trial as well as preparing post-trial motions, writs, or interlocutory appeals.


The Hon. Theodore A. McKee
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Theodore A. McKee was sworn in as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on June 20, 1994. He became Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in May 2010 and served in that capacity until September 2016. Judge McKee is the fourth African American to serve on the Third Circuit bench. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse College of Law in 1975 and began his legal career at a large law firm in Philadelphia. He left that firm in 1977 to become an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 1980, he was appointed deputy city solicitor in Philadelphia’s Law Department. In 1983, he accepted a position as general counsel to the Philadelphia Parking Authority and later that year ran successfully for the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. He served as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for over 11 years. While a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Judge McKee also served on the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission and was chair of the Commission from 1990 until his appointment to the federal bench. In 2011, then Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him to the Science Advisory Board of the Department of Justice, which was formed to help ensure that policies of the Department of Justice, including sentencing recommendations, are consistent with good social science and best practices. He also served as co-chair of that Advisory Board.


Jamie Moss
newsPRos, Washington, D.C.

For more than 25 years, Jamie Moss has developed and managed media strategies for a variety of clients worldwide, including law firms, nonprofits, advocacy groups, trade associations, healthcare companies, universities, corporations and executives, and high-profile authors. In addition to managing newsPRos, Ms. Moss personally counsels and supports the firm’s clients. She routinely handles media challenges faced by large international law firms representing clients in high-profile litigation, multimillion-dollar transactions, and legislative and regulatory developments and changes. Ms. Moss has longstanding relationships with reporters and editors from leading national industry trades, legal publications, business publications, and major national network news outlets, including reporters who cover appellate courts, state courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also is the chief communications strategist for a leading national civil rights litigation firm handling discrimination, wage and hour, and qui tam matters. Before founding newsPRos, Ms. Moss was an on-air news reporter in local television news operations across the country and worked as a producer and assignment editor at NBC Network News in New York. She earned a B.A. in political science from George Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.


The Hon. Marjorie Rendell
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marjorie Rendell received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, she joined the law firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she subsequently became the firm’s second woman partner. Judge Rendell was inducted as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in March 1994 and was elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in November 1997. She currently serves on the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and co-chairs the Courts and Community Committee of the Court of Appeals. As First Lady of Pennsylvania from January 2003 through January 2011, Judge Rendell’s primary initiative focused on imparting civic responsibility to Pennsylvania’s children through civic learning. To that end, she worked as a lead partner in establishing the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD) and continues that effort as co-founder of the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, a nonprofit corporation that focuses on educating students regarding the principles and disciplines of democracy.


Susan Ford Robertson, AAAL Fellow
The Robertson Law Group LLC, Kansas City, Missouri

Susan Ford Robertson serves as appellate counsel assisting trial counsel across the nation in all phases of litigation in complex civil cases and handling all aspects of appeals in state and federal courts. In over 160 published appeals she has handled, the judgments at issue exceed $700 million. Ms. Robertson is one of only six attorneys in Missouri elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She is also an elected member of the Litigation Counsel of America, and she is the only Missouri lawyer elected to serve as a director on the Super Lawyer National Advisory Board. Ms. Robertson is past president of the Missouri Board of Law Examiners, past president of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, past chair of the Judicial Retention Committee, and past member of the Missouri Supreme Court Advisory Committee.


Prof. David Rudovsky
University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

David Rudovsky is a founding partner of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin, LLP, a civil rights and criminal defense law firm. He has practiced in the civil rights and criminal defense fields for 50 years, both in private practice and as an attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. His civil rights litigation has focused on police and governmental misconduct, prisoners’ rights, first amendment freedoms, and racial discrimination. Professor Rudovsky has argued two significant civil rights cases in the U.S. Supreme Court: Mitchell v. Forsyth (1985) (immunity of attorney general for illegal electronic surveillance) and City of Canton v. Harris (1989) (liability of municipalities for civil rights violations by police). He has also prepared numerous amicus briefs in civil rights cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued scores of civil rights and criminal law cases in the federal and state appellate courts. Since 1987, Professor Rudovsky has been a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has written a number of practice books for practitioners engaged in civil rights and criminal cases. In addition, he has written a number of scholarly articles in law reviews on civil rights and the criminal justice system.


Teresa F. Sachs, AAAL Fellow
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Teresa F. Sachs serves as the co-chair of her firm’s Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group. In her capacity as an appellate attorney, Ms. Sachs has developed significant experience representing all manner of insureds, self-insureds, and insurance carriers. With 34 years of experience as a civil litigator, including 20 as a trial attorney, she has the understanding and ability to work closely with trial counsel, prior to and during trial, to ensure that all potential appellate issues are preserved. Ms. Sachs has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court; regularly appears before all levels of the Pennsylvania state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts; and has argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is experienced in product liability matters, a broad range of issues involving the defense of health care systems and physicians (enhanced by her background as a trained pharmacist), and insurance coverage and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage disputes for a number of large insurance carriers.


The Hon. D. Brooks Smith
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Duncansville, Pennsylvania

D. Brooks Smith is the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has been a federal judge for over 30 years, having previously served as a U.S. district judge and as chief district judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania. For 10 years, Chief Judge Smith served as a member—and eventually as chair—of the Space and Facilities Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States (JCUS). From 1993 through 1999, he was a member of the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules of the JCUS. Chief Judge Smith is a member of the federal judiciary’s governing body—the Judicial Conference—and also chairs the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit. He is also an adjunct professor at Penn State Law. Prior to joining the federal judiciary in 1988, Chief Judge Smith served as the district attorney of Blair County and then as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for four years. While in private practice, he was managing partner of the firm of Jubelirer, Carothers, Krier, Halpern and Smith.


The Hon. Richard G. Taranto
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.

Richard G. Taranto was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack H. Obama in 2013. Judge Taranto practiced law with the firm of Farr & Taranto from 1989 to 2013, where he specialized in appellate litigation. From 1986 to 1989, he served as assistant to the solicitor general, representing the United States in the Supreme Court. He was in private practice from 1984 to 1986 with the law firm of Onek, Klein & Farr. Judge Taranto served as a law clerk at all three levels of the federal court system. He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1983 to 1984; for Judge Robert Bork of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1982 to 1983; and for Judge Abraham Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1981 to 1982.


The Hon. Debra Todd
Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

After serving as a judge on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania from 2000 through 2007, Debra Todd was elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in November 2007 and was retained for a second 10-year term in November 2017. Prior to serving on the bench, Justice Todd was a trial attorney in Pittsburgh for 18 years—first as an in-house litigator for U.S. Steel and later in private practice, with an emphasis on complex civil litigation. Justice Todd received her bachelor’s degree (with honors) from Chatham College, her law degree from The University of Pittsburgh (Law Review), and her LL.M in judicial process from the University of Virginia. Justice Todd has chaired the Statewide Elder Law Task Force and is the Supreme Court’s liaison to the Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts; Pennsylvania's Veterans Courts; and the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.


Kim M. Watterson, AAAL Fellow
Reed Smith LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kim M. Watterson is the chair of the firm's Appellate Group and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She handles appeals, writs, and post-trial motions for clients in state and federal courts around the country. Ms. Watterson has successfully petitioned appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, several federal appellate courts, and the Pennsylvania and Texas Supreme Courts, to grant discretionary review. She has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the state appellate courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California. Ms. Wattersonis the principal author of briefs submitted to each of those courts as well as virtually every other federal circuit court of appeals and other state appellate courts. Her experience encompasses a wide range of substantive issues, including those impacting the financial services and managed care industries as well as class actions, complex jurisdictional questions, data privacy, product liability, employment and higher education law, and the constitution.


Laurie Webb Daniel, AAAL Fellow
Holland & Knight LLP, Atlanta, Georgia

Laurie Webb Daniel is chair of her firm's national Appellate Team and the leader of Holland & Knight's Atlanta Litigation Practice Group. She has appeared in appellate and trial courts nationwide, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Daniel is known for her approach to complex litigation, which combines the skills of an appellate advocate with those of substantive specialists at the start of the case to ensure that legal issues are well positioned for a favorable outcome—whether in the trial court or on appeal. As a result, in addition to handling appeals, Ms. Daniel routinely assists trial lawyers (at outside firms as well as her own) with high stakes litigation. Ms. Daniel has served as a commentator for CNN on Supreme Court arguments and on the faculty of many continuing legal education programs. She has served twice as chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs. She also was part of the American Bar Association’s “reading group” that vetted the writings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee, now Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.


Nancy Winkelman, AAAL Fellow
Supervisor of the Law Division, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nancy Winkelman, a former president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, is currently the supervisor of the Law Division of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. For the almost 30 years before she assumed that position, Ms. Winkelman was a lawyer at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. Ms. Winkelman concentrates her practice in federal and state appellate litigation and has handled cases in a variety of substantive areas before numerous appellate courts, including presenting arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Winkelman is the co-founder and first president of the Third Circuit Bar Association. She has lectured widely on appellate practice and taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for 10 years. Ms. Winkelman graduated magna cum laude from Wesleyan University and summa cum laude (first in her class) from Western New England College School of Law. She then clerked for Third Circuit Judge Dolores K. Sloviter.


Robert A. Zauzmer
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Robert A. Zauzmer has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 1990. He is a graduate of UCLA and Stanford Law School. After a clerkship with Judge Arlin M. Adams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he was in private practice for three years until joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. As a federal prosecutor, he has prosecuted all manner of federal crimes, focusing on corruption and fraud matters. Since 1998, Mr. Zauzmer has supervised all federal criminal appeals in the district and is the lead appellate lawyer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Zauzmer also is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches a seminar on appellate advocacy.