*Please note that there may be further updates to the agenda.
Friday, April 8
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 9
7:30 am – 8:30 am
8:30 am – 9:00 am
Introduction of Dignitaries and State of the District
The Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Antitrust Litigation and Ideas on Streamlining These Complex Cases
This panel will address the complexities of antitrust litigation and new or emerging practices in case management intended to streamline this complex litigation. Private practitioners with vast experience in the field, as well as two in-house lawyers, will offer their perspectives on practices that are effective and/or ineffective in streamlining antitrust matters.
The Honorable James Donato, U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal
- Rachel Brass, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- Brendan Glackin, Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
- David Howard, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
- Mai Klaassen, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Charles Schwab & Co.
10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Long Arm of the Law: The Internationalization of U.S. Criminal Prosecutions
Recent high-profile prosecutions by the Justice Department, including in the Northern District of California, have involved alleged criminal conduct occurring, in part, abroad. These cases have led some to conclude that, as DOJ shifts resources away from certain drug prosecutions, it is focusing more on prosecutions for crimes including wire fraud, bribery, and money laundering which allegedly occur, in part, outside of the United States. The panel will discuss the viability and implications – legal, jurisdictional, and practical – of this apparent internationalization of U.S. criminal law.
The Honorable Richard Seeborg, U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal
- Martha Boersch, Partner, Boersch Shapiro LLP
- Professor A. Douglas Melamed, Professor of the Practice of Law, Stanford Law School
- David Bitkower, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Transitions in the Law: The New Frontier of the LGBT Rights Movement
This panel will provide an overview of the myriad legal issues faced by transgender individuals – in the varying contexts of schools, workplaces, public businesses, healthcare, and the criminal justice system. This panel will address the distinction between sexual orientation and gender identity and explore emerging legal issues, such as whether transgender people are a suspect class entitled to heightened equal protection scrutiny. This panel will also explore issues faced by transgender litigants in federal court and discuss best practices for respectful court treatment of transgender litigants.
The Honorable Sallie Kim, U.S. Magistrate Judge, N.D. Cal
- The Honorable Victoria Kolakowski, Alameda Superior Court
- Sharon McGowan, Deputy Chief, Appellate Section of Department of Justice
- Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Show Me the Money: Does Litigation Funding Change the Playing Field for Litigation?
Once upon a time, litigation funding was simply a matter between a lawyer and a client, and if the client couldn’t pay, perhaps the client couldn’t play. But now litigation funding has become an industry of its own, bringing new sources of funding into litigation in a way that until recently would have been inconceivable. Our panelists, who include providers and users of litigation funding, as well as a critic of such funding, will discuss whether and, if so, how this influx of money is changing the dynamics of litigation. The panelists will provide an overview of what is happening in litigation funding as well as the discovery, ethical, and evidentiary issues presented by litigation funding.
The Honorable Jon Tigar, U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal.
- John Beisner, Partner, Skadden Arps
- Peter Benzian, Managing Partner, Burford Capital
- Matt Harrison, Investment Manager Legal Counsel, Bentham IMF
- Timothy Scott, Partner, King & Spalding
- Boaz Weinstein, Partner, Lake Whillans
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Criminal: Emerging Legal Issues Surrounding DNA Mixture Statistics and Probabilistic Software
DNA has been described as the “gold standard” among forensic disciplines. But the interpretation of complex DNA mixtures, and the choice of statistic to express the significance of a defendant’s DNA profile being consistent with having contributed to such a mixture, has been considerably more complicated and controversial than the science and statistics used with “single source” samples. Meanwhile, as recently discussed in the Wall Street Journal, several companies have marketed software – with names like TrueAllele and STRMix – offering much more powerful statistics in complex mixture cases. This panel offers an overview of the science and statistics of complex DNA mixtures, and of the emergence of probabilistic software. The panelists will then discuss potential scientific and legal issues related to interpreting complex mixtures and “low copy number” samples, as well as the legal implications of the “automated expert testimony” of software-generated statistics, given that the source code is often proprietary.
The Honorable Yvonne Rogers Gonzalez, U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal
- Dan E. Krane, Ph.D., Professor of Statistics and Bioinformatics, Wright State University
- Andrea Roth, Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law, University of California
Civil: Diversity in the Legal Profession: Training the Next Generation of Lawyers
The panel will discuss diversity in the legal profession, with a focus on issues related to litigation opportunities for young and diverse lawyers in our District. It will provide an overview of the existing data regarding race and gender diversity in the profession. Speakers will discuss barriers and potential solutions to diversifying our profession.
The Honorable William Alsup, U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal
- Laurie Charrington, Managing Counsel, Intel
- Kelly M. Dermody, Managing Partner, San Francisco office, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
- Michael Moye, Partner, Hanson Bridgett
- Marjorie M. Shultz, Professor of Law (Emerita), Berkeley Law, University of California
Bankruptcy: The Intersection of Bankruptcy Law and Family Law
The program will focus on the overlapping and, at times, conflicting areas of bankruptcy law and family law. Topics will include, among other things, jurisdictional issues, asset determination and ownership, a bankruptcy trustee’s rights vis-à-vis pre-bankruptcy dissolution and division of assets, and bankruptcy planning in connection with divorce proceedings.
The Honorable Roger L. Efremsky, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Cal
- The Honorable Neil W. Bason, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal
- Marlene Weinstein, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Chapter 7 Trustee, Oakland Division U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Cal
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Entertainment — Vivian Lee
Ms. Vivian Lee was voted the “Best Jazz Diva” by Sacramento Magazine and three time recipient of the publication’s “Best Of Sacramento” in the jazz ensemble category. Ms. Lee is a jazz vocalist specializing in songs from the American Songbook as well as straight-ahead jazz from Monk, Gillespie, Miles Davis, Jobim and more. Her band includes a pianist, bass and drums.
Sunday, April 10
7:30 am – 8:30 am
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Understanding Jury Selection and Voir Dire: A Look at Varying Practices in the Northern District of California
This panel will provide an overview of the rules of jury selection and the practices of individual judges, and how they may compare to practices nationwide. In addition to the “dos” and “don’ts” of voir dire and other in-court procedures, this panel will discuss the limits of using out-of-court technology to research your potential jury, as well as the legal pitfalls that all practitioners should be aware of. The panel will also cover jury selection from the juror’s perspective.
The Honorable Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal
- The Honorable Jeffrey White, U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal
- The Honorable Beth Freeman, U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal
- Lois Heaney, Trial Consultant, NJP Litigation Consulting
- Paulette Taylor, Senior Consultant, Varinsky Associates
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Get Noticed: The Real World of Class Action Settlements, Notices and Distributions
This panel will explore class action settlement issues, particularly in relation to class notice, settlement approval, distribution, and other mechanics. The panel will also discuss other emerging issues that are dominating the class action landscape.
The Honorable Donna Ryu, U.S. Magistrate Judge, N.D. Cal
- Todd Hilsee, Partner, The Hilsee Group LLC
- Jocelyn Larkin, Executive Director, Impact Fund
- Penelope Preovolos, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
10:30 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Supreme Court Review
Join Professors Pam Karlan (Stanford Law School) and Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine School of Law) for an entertaining and enlightening look at “hot” cases on the United States Supreme Court docket.
The Honorable William H. Orrick, U.S. District Judge, N.D. Cal
- Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
- Professor Pamela Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School