Educating Appellate Judges, Lawyers, and Staff Attorneys Across the Nation
November 10th-13th, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

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Appellate Judges Education Institute

12th Annual AJEI Summit
Washington, DC
November 12-15, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                Check-In and Registration
12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.             Presentation of the Colors and Welcome
                                                       Hon. Bob Edmunds, Supreme Court of North Carolina
                                                       Hon. Eric T. Washington, Chief Judge, D.C. Court of Appeals

12:55 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.               A Conversation with Justice Breyer
                                                       Hon. Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States
                                                       Introduction by Hon. N. Randy Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.            Break

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.           Breakout I

The Rise and (Pit) Falls of the Modern Amicus
Moderator: Kevin Newsom, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Hon. Rich Dietz, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Professor Allison Orr Larsen, William & Mary Law School
Michael Scodro, Jenner & Block, LLP
Kate Todd, Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Breakout II
Controlled Chaos: Managing Pro Se Appeals
Moderator: Dalila Patton, Staff Attorney, Supreme Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands
John Olivier, Clerk of Court, Louisiana Supreme Court
William “Tray” Owen, Staff Attorney, Tennessee Court of Appeals
Rachel Zahniser, Staff Attorney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

 3:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.          Break
3:20 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.          The Media and the Courts:  What’s Behind the Curtain in the Land of Oz?

Moderator: John Bursch, Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP
Hon. Consuelo Callahan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Marcia Coyle, Chief Washington Correspondent, National Law Journal; Contributor, PBS' The NewsHour
Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSBlog
Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate

 5:00 p.m.                                Buses depart Omni Shoreham Hotel for Opening Reception at United States Supreme Court
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.           Opening Reception at the United States Supreme Court featuring appearances by Supreme                                                        Court Justices

Friday, November 13, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast and Optional CAL Roundtable Discussions, including these topics:

·       Beware E-Filers:  Traps for Even the Wary, moderated by George W. Abele, Paul Hastings LLP
·       Cost-Effective Appeals:  Dallas’s “Gold vs. Plastic” Debate comes to the Capital, moderated by Bennett Evan Cooper,           Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and Ann H. Qushair, Ann H. Qushair, Attorney at Law
·       “Help!”  CAL Colleagues to the Rescue to Answer Your Appellate Questions, moderated by George T. Patton, Jr., Bose            McKinney & Evans LLP, and Bradley S. Pauley, Horvitz & Levy LLP 
·       Favorite Things and Bee Stings:  CASA’s Chorus of Dos and Don’ts, moderated by CASA representatives
·       “If It’s Broke, Help Us Fix It!”  A Conversation with CAL’s Rules Committee, moderated by David H. Tennant, Nixon                  Peabody LLP
·       Getting Better  at Doing Good:  CAL’s Current Pro Bono Projects, moderated by Kira L. Klatchko, Best Best & Krieger               LLP
·       Maneuvering Through Post-Verdict Landmines:  War Stories and Safety Tips, moderated by Ben L. Mesches, Haynes           and Boone, LLP

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                  Supreme Court Review – Civil 
                                                       Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law                  

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.                  Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.                Breakout I:

Supreme Court Review – Criminal 

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law

 Breakout II:
So You Want to be a Lawyer? The Legal Education Crisis and Why it Matters to Judges and Lawyers
Moderator:  Justice Mark S. Massa, Indiana Supreme Court
Dean Jennifer Collins, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Dean Blake Morant, The George Washington University School of Law
Hon. Randall T. Shepard, Supreme Court of Indiana, (ret.)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.             Voting Rights Act of 1965:  Past and Future

 Moderator: Hon. Bob Edmunds, Supreme Court of North Carolina
 Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of the “America in the King Years” trilogy
 Professor Kay Butler, University of South Carolina School of Law
 Professor Lani Guinier, Harvard Law School

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.               Voting Rights Act of 1965: A Personal Perspective

Hon. Henry E. Frye, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina (ret.), Brooks Pierce

 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                 Free Time and Optional Offsite Tours to Explore Washington, D.C.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                 Council of Appellate Lawyers (CAL) Meet and Greet – Cash Bar - All Summit Attendees

 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                 CAL Dine-Around for Lawyers and Judges (additional charge)
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                 CASA Dinner and T-Shirt Exchange for Staff Attorneys and Judges (additional charge)
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.               Optional Moonlight Monument Tour (additional charge)      
Saturday, November 14, 2015
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.                  Supreme Court Preview
                                                       Moderator: Professor Pam Karlan, Stanford Law School
                                                       Walter Dellinger, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP
                                                       Professor Martin Lederman, Georgetown Law      
9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.                  Break
9:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.               Canon Fodder: Judges and Lawyers on Interpreting Statutes

Moderator and Panelist: Professor William Eskridge, Jr., Yale Law School  
Hon. Robert Katzmann, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Virginia Seitz, Sidley Austin, LLP       

10:35 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.             Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.             Breakout I:

Tech Talk: Appeals of Today and Tomorrow
Moderator and Panelist: Hon. Barbara Jackson, Supreme Court of North Carolina
Hon. Eric Magnuson, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Minnesota (ret.), Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP
Hon. Ed Prado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

 Breakout II: 
The Only Constant is Change: New Frontiers in Marriage and Family Law
Moderator: Joe Merrick, Staff Attorney, Indiana Court of Appeals
Professor Linda Elrod, Washburn University School of Law
Professor Nancy Polikoff, American University Washington College of Law

 11:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.               Lunch

CAL Business Meeting – open to all lawyers
CASA Business Meeting – open to all attendees
Judges’ Roundtable Discussion: Improvement of Justice: A Comparative Approach 
The Right Honourable Lord Justice Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals for Great Britain
Hon. Sharon Prost, Chief Justice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Hon. Mark D. Martin, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina 

  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                 Breakout I:
                                                       Making Your Appellate Motions Count

Moderator: Jeremy Rosen, Horvitz & Levy, LLP
Hon. Albert Diaz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Frank Gibbard, Staff Attorney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Hon. Frank Sullivan, Jr.¸ Indiana Supreme Court (ret.), Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

 Breakout II:

Weeding Out the Highs and Lows of Legalized Marijuana: a Joint Discussion 
Moderator and Panelist: Professor Sam Kamin, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Professor Robert Mikos, Vanderbilt University Law School
Jordan Wellington, Vicente Sederberg LLC 

 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.                   Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.                    Breakout I:

Guns and Gavels: A Second Amendment Update
Moderator:   Hon. Scott Stucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Professor Joseph Blocher, Duke University School of Law
Paul Clement, Bancroft PLLC

                                                        Breakout II:

Guantanamo Bay and the Rule of Law
Moderator: Hon. Steven David, Indiana Supreme Court and former Interim Staff Judge AdvocateGuantanamo and former Chief Defense Counsel­Guantanamo
Harry Schneider, Perkins Coie, LLP
Commander Brian L. Mizer, Air Force Appellate Defense Division
Professor Steve Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law      
Joanna Baltes, Former Chief of Staff to Deputy Director, FBI

 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                  Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                 Oral Argument: Live and On Stage!

Judicial Panel:
·       Hon. Andre Davis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
·       Hon. Patricia Millett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
·       Hon. P. Srikanth Srinivasan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
·       John Elwood, Vinson & Elkins, LLP
·       Erin Murphy, Bancroft PLLC

6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.                 Saturday Night Reception                                                               
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                 AJEI Annual Dinner
                                                       A Capella Performance by University of Virginia Hullabahoos
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.               Conversation and “Just Desserts”
                                                       Omni Shoreham Hotel
Sunday, November 15, 2015
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.                  Secrets of Great Appellate Writing
                                                        Ross Guberman, Author, Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates and Point                                                                  Taken: How to Write Like the World's Best Judges
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                  Break
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.               Peaceful Coexistence? When Religious Freedom Crashes into Other Laws and Values

Moderator:  Hon. Catharina Haynes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Professor Thomas Berg, University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)
Allyson N. Ho, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP
Daniel Mach, American Civil Liberties Union 

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.             Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.             Reel Appeal: Legal Ethics in the Movies

Moderator:  Hon. James E. Lockemy, South Carolina Court of Appeals
Professor Paul Bergman, UCLA School of Law
Kirsten M. Castaneda, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.             Conclusion and Preview of Summit 2016
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Lynn Moubry
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