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  • Day 1
    November 9, 2021
    9:45 am - 12:45 pm
  • Day 2
    November 10, 2021
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Cost:  $40 general.
No charge for judges, nonprofit and government attorneys, law students, law clerks, court staff.
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November 9, 2021


9:45-10:45  Civil Justice and the Asian American Community
(1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE)

Discussion of the history of civil rights litigation involving the Asian American community, as well as the current role of the Asian American community in civil rights advocacy.

  • Professor Bill O. Hing, University of San Francisco School of Law, Migration Studies, and Director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic
  • Amrith Kaur Aakre, Litigation Director for the Sikh Coalition
  • Professor Sumi Cho, Director of Strategic Initiatives for The African American Policy Forum, retired from DePaul University College of Law
  • Moderator: Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim, Northern District of California

11:00-12:00  Civil Justice and the ADA
(1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE)

A panel of practitioners who are experts in ADA litigation will discuss General Order No. 56, their personal experiences with ADA litigation, and their ideas for improvement.

  • Nahal Kazemi, Senior Counsel, Keller Anderle
  • Thomas Zito, Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates
  • Rav Grewal, Employment Counsel, 24 Hour Fitness
  • Moderator: Tamara Lange, ADR Program Director, Northern District of California

12:15 – 12:45  Civil Justice and Intellectual Property
(0.5 hour of CLE*)

A TED style talk on issue of the waiver of intellectual property rights related to COVID-19.  In October 2020, India and South Africa proposed a waiver of international IP treaty obligations related to prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19. Our speakers will present their views on the issues of access to life-saving technologies and the public policies of IP rights.

  • Priti Krishtel, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK)
  • Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel and VP for IP, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO); Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law School

November 10, 2021

10:00 – 11:00  Civil Justice and Governmental Mandates
(1.0 hour of CLE)

Vaccine and Mask Mandates have presented a complex set of political, constitutional and legal issues.  This panel will discuss the legality of vaccine and mask mandates, as well as the historical context for such rules.

  • Leslie Jacobs, Anthony Kennedy Professor of Law at McGeorge Law School and Director of the McGeorge Capital Center for Law and Policy
  • Jenin Younes, Litigation Counsel, New Civil Liberties Alliance
  • Moderator:  Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Berkeley School of Law

11:15 – 12:00  Silicon Valley Urban Debate League Mock Argument on Baxter v. Bracey and Harris

Bay Area high school students will present their mock arguments on the qualified immunity case Baxter v. Bracey and Harris before three federal judges.

  • Dr. Robert W. Burns II, Director of Programming, Silicon Valley Urban Debate League   
  • Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers, Northern District of California
  • Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler, Northern District of California
  • Magistrate Judge Alex Tse, Northern District of California

12:15 – 12:45  Q&A on Qualified Immunity
(0.5 hour of CLE*)

A pair of distinguished lawyers will discuss qualified immunity as it relates to the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League mock argument.

  • Meredith Osborn, Chief Trial Deputy for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office
  • Justin Palmer, Partner, Filer Palmer
  • Moderator:  Magistrate Judge Virginia DeMarchi, Northern District of California

1:00 – 2:00   Keynote Interview:  The Hon. LaDoris Cordell in Conversation with the Hon. Haywood Gilliam

Judge Gilliam will interview path breaking attorney, judge, and public servant, LaDoris Cordell, on her new book—Her Honor:  My Life on the Bench . . . What Works, What’s Broken, and How to Change It—and her experiences and views on issues of justice facing the courts and the legal profession.

California CLE Credit

California CLE Credit will be provided pending verification of attendance.

*Please note: It is necessary to attend both half hour programs, Civil Justice and Intellectual Property and the Q&A on Qualified Immunity panels, to qualify for one full hour of CLE. See schedule for additional CLE-eligible panels.

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