Register now for the 2021 AJEI Summit, the nation’s premier appellate educational event, to be held this year in Austin, Texas! Typically attended by almost 400 appellate judges and practitioners, the Summit will feature 20+ panel discussions on emerging trends, challenges, and legal issues affecting appellate practitioners and the judiciary. Confirmed panelists to date and session topics are noted below with more announcements to come.
In less than 30 days, AJEI will present an outstanding lineup of programs to boost your appellate advocacy IQ. And what a lineup it is! The four-day schedule boasts a varied menu of new and innovative topics, but one tradition remains: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will once again hold us in rapt attention with a 2 ½-hour update of the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal docket.
The Dean’s tour-de-force is just one of the many programming highlights set for Austin! The full schedule can be found here.
In addition to Thursday evening’s opening reception at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Summit will host several Friday afternoon tours and activities, including (1) morning yoga and meditation led by Justice Patricia Alvarez; (2) a moderated discussion of Dr. Robert Livingston’s book, “The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations”; (3) docent-led tours of the Supreme Court of Texas and the state Capitol; (4) group tours of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Zilker Botanical Garden; and (5) a catered lunch cruise on Lady Bird Lake, conveniently located right outside our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Austin. And, of course, Friday evening will include the always popular Council of Appellate Lawyers-sponsored dine-arounds. Be on the lookout for sign-up sheets for these events!
On Saturday morning, you can burn off your Friday dinner with a Fun Run/Walk led by our very own Justice Steven David of the Indiana Supreme Court. Our Saturday evening reception and banquet will feature a performance by The Lehman High School Mariachi, a nationally acclaimed group of young musicians. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Justice Brett Busby, both talented musicians, will also perform. And to cap off the banquet, El Tule, a Latin-themed ensemble, will get the party started!
As we have emphasized in earlier messages, Summit planners are committed to the safety and well-being of our attendees. As an added safety measure, we plan to set aside “mask only” tables in the Zilker ballroom.
Thank you for your patience and good will as we work to provide a safe and enjoyable Summit for all. We look forward to seeing you in Austin!
The Summit is organized by the National Judicial College and the Appellate Judges Education Institute, with participation of the American Bar Association Judicial Division’s Appellate Judges Conference, Council of Appellate Lawyers, and Council of Appellate Staff Attorneys.
Courage: The Seminal Virtue in Advocacy and Judging
Page-turners: How Judges Read in an E-filing Era
Top Tips for Top-Notch Oral Argument Answers
Managing Stress and Strengthening Resiliency: Practical Strategies for Judges and Lawyers
The Ethics of Building and Growing an Appellate Practice
Supreme Court Preview
Clients in the Courtroom: How In-House Counsel View Appeals & Appellate Courts
Hidden Cause, Visible Effect: Understanding the Supreme Court’s Shadow Docket
Writing from the Reader’s Perspective: How the English Language Really Works
Legal Ethics 2.0: How Emerging Technologies Are Creating Novel Ethical Dilemmas
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, How Do We Dismantle Our Bias After All?
United States Supreme Court Civil Update
Storytelling for Advocates and Judges: How and Why We Should Incorporate Storytelling Techniques and Themes into our Work
War Crimes – From the Battlefield to the Courtroom
Preventing Wrongful Convictions by Ensuring the Reliability of Forensic Evidence
Certified Check or Erie Guess?
Canons of Construction: What is Their Role, if Any, in Modern Jurisprudence?
What Do Courts Do When Works of Faith Cross Works of Government
Hon. Benes Z. Aldana (Ret.), President, The National Judicial College, Reno, NV
Hon. Jimmy Blacklock, Supreme Court of Texas, Austin, TX
Jay L.T. Breakstone, Appellate Counsel, Parker Waichman LLP, Port Washington, NY
Beth S. Brinkmann, Partner, Covington & Burling, LLP, Washington, DC
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Professor, Constitutional Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Hon. J. Brett Busby, Supreme Court of Texas, Austin, TX
Hon. Consuelo Maria Callahan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Sacramento, CA
Joshua B. Carpenter, Appellate Chief, Federal Public Defender, Western District of North Carolina, Asheville, NC
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Kenneth D. Chestek, Professor of Law, University of Wyoming
Hon. Elizabeth T. Clement, Michigan Supreme Court, Lansing, MI
Steven T. Collis, Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Religion Clinic, University of Texas
Bennett Evan Cooper, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Phoenix, AZ
Don Cruse, Law Office of Don Cruse, Austin, TX
Hon. Steven H. David, Indiana Supreme Court, Indianapolis, IN
Hon. Albert Diaz, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Hon. David W. Ellis, Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 3rd Division
John P. Elwood, Partner, Arnold & Porter, LLP, Washington, DC
Hon. Roy Ferguson, 394th Judicial District Court, TX
Matt Fitzgerald, Partner, McGuireWoods, LLP, Richmond, VA
Hon. Jeremy D. Fogel (ret.), Executive Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute, Berkeley, CA
Lynn Garcia, General Counsel, Texas Forensic Science Commission, Austin, Texas
George D. Gopen, J.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Rhetoric, Duke University
Hon. James Earl Graves Jr., Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Hon. Phyllis Hamilton, United States District Judge, Northern District of California, Oakland, CA
Hon. Pamela Harris, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Richmond, VA