Program Schedule

  Thursday, April 16

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 Pasadena. Signup will be available soon.

  Friday, April 17

7:30 am–3:30 pm


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 and Announcements

Howard M. Goodfriend, AAAL President
Smith Goodfriend, P.S.
Seattle, Washington

9:00 am–10:30 am

How will the appointments by President Trump reshape advocacy and decision-making in the Supreme Court and intermediate federal appellate courts, particularly in cases implicating “hot- button” political or administrative issues?


Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., AAAL Fellow
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Los Angeles, California

Deepak Gupta
Gupta Wessler PLLC
Washington, D.C

Sharon McGowen
Lambda Legal
Washington, D.C.


Peter K. Stris, AAAL Fellow
Stris & Maher LLP
Los Angeles, California

10:30 am–10:45 am


10:45 am–11:40 am

How will the appointments by President Trump affect the resolution of election-related cases, and what lessons will emerge?


Prof. Richard L. Hasen
University of California
Irvine, California

Prof. Pamela S. Karlan, AAAL Fellow
Stanford University Law School
Stanford, California

11:40 am–12:10 pm

Stakeholder Forum

12:10 pm–1:15 pm

Luncheon: Jerry Brown and the Judiciary—California as a Template for the Next 25 Years


Jim Newton
Pasadena, California

1:15 pm–1:30 pm


1:30 pm–2:45 pm

What effect will the changing composition of the federal appellate courts have on litigating constitutional claims in state courts?


Hon. Carlos R. Moreno (Ret.)
California Supreme Court (Ret.); JAMS
Los Angeles, California

Mark Rosenbaum
Public Counsel
Los Angeles, California

Hon. Therese M. Stewart
California First District Court of Appeal
San Francisco, California


Marc J. Poster, AAAL Fellow
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP
Los Angeles, California

2:45 pm–4:00 pm

Has the solicitor general’s approach to substantive issues, case participation, and requests for emergency relief changed during the Trump administration, and if so, what is the effect?


Miguel A. Estrada, AAAL Fellow
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Washington, D.C.

Prof. Jeffrey L. Fisher
Stanford University Law School
Stanford, California

Sarah Harrington
Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Bethesda, Maryland

4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Free Time

6:00 pm–6:30 pm

New Fellow Induction Ceremony

6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Cocktail Reception

7:30 pm


  Saturday, April 18

8:00 am–Noon


8:00 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am–10:45 am

Has media coverage of the Supreme Court and the federal and state appellate courts undergone a sea change in scope and content during the administration of President Trump, and to what end?


Marcia Coyle
Chief Washington Correspondent, The National Law Journal
Washington, D.C.

Thomas C. Goldstein, AAAL Fellow
Goldstein & Russell, P.C.
Bethesda, Maryland

Jaime A. Santos
Co-Host, Strict Scrutiny and Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
Washington, D.C.


Kirk Jenkins, AAAL Fellow
Horvitz & Levy LLP
San Francisco, California

10:45 am–Noon

Is there a problem in need of attention; should there be term limits for Supreme Court justices?


Charles Bird, AAAL Fellow
Dentons US, LLP
San Diego, California

Prof. Michael Meltsner
Northeastern University School of Law
Boston, Massachusetts

Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck
University of Texas School of Law
Austin, Texas


David C. Frederick, AAAL Fellow
Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.
Washington, D.C.

Noon–12:05 pm

Closing Remarks, Adjourn

2:00 pm–3:30 pm

The Huntington Library Chinese Garden Tour (Optional Tour)
Meet at The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California
We will provide an Uber voucher to get you to the Huntington Library and back to the hotel (2.8 miles from the hotel)

Architecture, nature, art, and literature converge in Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. On this 90-minute walking tour, specially trained docents will guide you through The Huntington's renowned traditional Suzhou-style garden, featuring a 1.5-acre lake, pavilions, a canyon waterfall, and hand-carved stone bridges set against a wooded backdrop of mature oaks, pines, camellias, and blossoming plum trees.

General admission to The Huntington Library is included with your tour ticket (including current exhibitions on view).