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Howard Miller
Howard Miller

From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Miller served as the 85th President of the State Bar of California.  During his time as President, Mr. Miller worked to expand access to the justice system by challenging California attorneys to find new and innovative methods to increase legal assistance for the underserved.  Mr. Miller is also a partner at Girardi | Keese in Los Angeles, where he has been listed annually as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine since 2004.  He has been named among the 500 leading litigators in America, was president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Jewish Committee and was a law professor at the University of Southern California.  He was president of the Los Angeles Board of Education from 1977-1979 and chief operating officer of the district from 1999-2000. He also was executive editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal for two years. He currently hosts a Los Angeles radio program, "Champions of Justice," with his law partner, Thomas Girardi.

Bruce Lehman
Bruce Lehman

Bruce Lehman is best known as the United States Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"), a position he held from 1993 through 1998.  Since leaving the USPTO, Mr. Lehman founded the International Intellectual Property Institute, a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the use of intellectual property as a tool for economic growth, particularly in developing countries. Mr Lehman has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career.  He was named "Lawyer of the Year" in 1994 by National Law Journal; served as the head of the U.S. delegation to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); chaired the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights of the National Information Infrastructure Task Force; was named Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential men and women in Washington by the National Journal.   He has served as legal counsel to the Wisconsin State Legislature, the United States House of Representatives, and the Committee on the Judiciary and Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Administration of Justice, in the drafting of the 1976 Copyright Act, the 1980 Computer Software Amendments, and 1982 amendments to the Patent Laws.  He also worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and as an officer in the U.S. Army.  In 2006, Mr. Lehman was honored as one of 23 initial inductees to the International IP Hall of Fame.

Hon. Dickran Tevrizian (Ret.)
Hon. Dickran Tevrizian (Ret.)

Judge Tevrizian has been the recipient of numerous awards and is recognized as a great judge and kind human being. During his tenure as a Federal judge and in his current role as a JAMS mediator, Judge Tevrizian is widely respected for doing the right thing. He served 31 years of his 41-year legal career on both the federal and the state trial courts, with his most recent 21 years on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  During his time on the bench, he has resolved approximately 10,000 cases deciding a wide range of disputes, from aviation to securities litigation.  He has been recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category since 2009, and is a past recipient of the Maynard Toll Award for service to the underprivileged (Los Angeles County Bar Association), the Trial Jurist of the Year (Los Angeles County Bar Association) and Trial Judge of the Year (California Trial Lawyers Association).  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation, Armenian Eye Care Project and Exceptional Children’s Foundation.

Robert M. McKenna
Robert M. McKenna

Robert M. McKenna is currently co-head of Orrick’s Public Policy Group.  Mr. McKenna served two terms as the Attorney General of Washington, from January 2005 to January 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of data protection and privacy regulation. Mr. McKenna was the first state Attorney General to build a computer forensics lab to collect evidence of Internet fraud, and passed one of the nation's first anti-spyware laws. Mr. McKenna also served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).  In 2011, his fellow attorneys general honored him with the NAAG Kelley-Wyman Award for "Outstanding Attorney General" in America. Prior to serving as Washington Attorney General, Mr. McKenna served on the Metropolitan King County Council and was an attorney at Perkins Coie. He has held numerous community leadership positions with public school and college foundations, domestic violence prevention organizations, and leadership development groups.

Dean David M. Schizer
Dean David M. Schizer

David M. Schizer became the fourteenth dean of Columbia Law School and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law in 2004, and he became the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics on July 1, 2012. Dean Schizer was appointed dean at the age of 35, making him the youngest dean in the Law School’s history. Prior to his appointment, Dean Schizer served as the Wilbur H. Friedman Professor of Tax Law at Columbia Law School. Students awarded him the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2002.  One of the nation’s leading experts in tax law, Dean Schizer worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell prior to joining the Columbia Law School faculty in 1998. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned his B.A., M.A., and J.D. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the 1994–95 term and for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit during the 1993–94 term.  Dean Schizer has served on various corporate boards, the Tax Club, the Tax Forum, and on the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. He has written more than 27 books and articles on taxation and governance, including on financial instruments, executive compensation, gas taxes, the charitable deduction, and press subsidies.

Professor Gillian Hadfield
Professor Gillian Hadfield

Professor Hadfield is currently the Richard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and is the Co-Director of the Center in Law, Economics and Organization.  She has also been the Eli Goldstien Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  Her research is focused on problems of legal design in market democracies. She studies how the markets for law, lawyers and dispute resolution affect the production of law, dealing not only with of the price and quality of legal services but also the innovation in the provision of legal goods and services and the provision of the 'soft infrastructure' that supports innovative economic activity. She is at the forefront of thinking about how the existing regulatory structure for law inhibits innovation in law to meet the needs of the new economy and the potential for more market-based methods of providing legal inputs to support economic activity.  She has published numerous articles and papers on law and economics and the marketplace for legal services.  Professor Hadfield is currently under contract with Oxford University Press to write the book: Law for a Flat World: Reinventing Legal Infrastructure for the New Economy. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, honors and awards throughout her impressive career. Professor Hadfield holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. in Economics with Distinction from Stanford University.

Richard G. “Casey” Hoffman
Richard G. “Casey” Hoffman

With over 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Hoffman is a seasoned lawyer, entrepreneur, and government sector executive. He currently leads Hoffman Law – a law firm that is dedicated to providing quality legal services and building productive long-term relationships with businesses and individuals.  He is a Past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association.  Casey also has significant public sector executive with experience at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the Texas Attorney General.