Doug Jones, former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney from Alabama, member of the law firm ArentFox Schiff; introduction by J. Mark White, Founder and Partner, White, Arnold & Dowd P.C., past President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
8:45 – 10:20 a.m. DEMOCRACY AND THE COURTS
Independent, impartial courts are critical to ensuring the fairness and legitimacy of democratic political systems. Yet in the United States and other traditional democracies, anti-democratic forces are trying to politicize the courts and reduce their independence, threatening the very foundations of democracy. This panel will assess the danger to democracy of this assault on the courts and propose tactics to defend against them.
MODERATOR: David Corn, Bureau Chief, Mother Jones magazine, On-Air Analyst, MSNBC
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Hon. Reggie Walton, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for District of Columbia
Hon. Ganna Vronska, Justice, Supreme Court of Ukraine
Alicia Bannon, Judiciary Program Director, Brennan Center for Justice
Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and University Center for Human Values
10:20 – 10:35 a.m. BREAK
10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. SOCIAL MEDIA AND COUNTERING DISINFORMATION
The spread of disinformation by public and private entities on social media platforms such as Facebook has undermined faith in the courts, both in the United States and abroad. Not only have judges and other judicial officers encountered threats of violence, they have been targets of rising real-world violence driven by disinformation. This panel will explore how state and non-state actors are threatening judicial independence through social media and what can be done about it.
MODERATOR: Hon. Robert Torres, Justice, Supreme Court of Guam
Hon. Robert M. Brutinel, Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Philippa H. Stewart, Head of Digital Communications, Clooney Foundation for Justice
Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Dean Emerita, Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Leslie C. Levin, Hugh Macgill Professor of Law, University of Connecticut, School of Law
MODERATOR: Hon. Jeremy Fogel (Ret.), Executive Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute
Marin K. Levy, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, New York University
School of Law
Hon. Thomas Griffith (Ret.), U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
David A. Kaplan, Author of The Most Dangerous Branch, former Newsweek Legal Affairs Editor, Adjunct Professor, New York University
1:50 – 2 p.m. BREAK
2 – 3:30 p.m. RACIAL JUSTICE AND THE COURTS
This panel will address issues of implicit bias and systemic racism in the law and how real, longstanding shortcomings in our justice system undermine public support for the judiciary and threaten the system’s sustainability. The panelists will examine these topics through a wide variety of approaches and perspectives.
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. BREAK
3:45 – 5:15 p.m. NEXT STEPS TO PROTECT THE JUDICIARY
Thought leaders will facilitate in brainstorming concrete, specific steps that each sector of the legal profession can take to protect the independence of the judiciary. Then all will reconvene to share insights and ideas.
Group 1: HOW CORPORATE LEADERS CAN RESPOND Led by: Veta T. Richardson, President and CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel, and Ricky Raven, Senior Vice President – Deputy General Counsel, Allstate Insurance
Group 2: HOW JUDGES CAN RESPONDLed by: Hon. Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Hon. Scott Bales (Ret.), former Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Group 3: HOW PRACTITIONERS CAN RESPOND Led by: Judy Perry Martinez, Of Counsel, Simon, Peragine, Smith and Redfearn; American Bar Association President, 2019-2020; and Laurel Halbany, Associate, Kazan Law
Group 4: HOW NONPROFITS AND FOUNDATIONS CAN RESPOND Led by: Qudsiya Naqui, Officer, Pew Charitable Trusts, and Jocelyn D. Larkin, Executive Director, Impact Fund
Group 5:HOW THE LEGL ACADEMYCAN RESPONDLed by: David Yellen, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
Scott Westfahl, Professor of Practice and Faculty Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education
J. Mark White, Founder and Partner, White, Arnold & Dowd P.C., past President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
David Yellen, Dean-designate, University of Miami School of Law; former CEO, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
This symposium is a collaborative venture in the public interest by the organizers and founding sponsors below. All registration fees and donations will be used exclusively for this event and future symposia by the organizers of this series.