2019 DISTRICT CONFERENCE - "INDEPENDENCE & THE COURTS"

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One West Exchange Street, Providence, Rhode Island, 02903, United States

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Friday, October 18 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM [EST]

Omni Providence Hotel, One West Exchange Street, Providence, Rhode Island, 02903, United States.

2019 District Conference 
"INDEPENDENCE & THE COURTS"  
 
The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island is pleased to invite you to the 2019 District Conference "Independence & the Courts" on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Omni Providence Hotel, One West Exchange Street, Providence, Rhode Island. 
 
This one-day program is being offered to members of the bar only with 7.0 CLE credits (1.5 ethics).  Our featured speaker will be David Boies, Esq. of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP of Washington, DC.
 
Registration is open through Monday, October 14, 2019.  We encourage you to take advantage of early registration which runs until Wednesday, September 18, 2019. 
 
Payment is via credit card only.  
 
If you have any question, please contact Lisa Quartino at (401) 752-7226 or lisa_quartino@rid.uscourts.gov.
 
Please click on the links below for further information.
 
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Refund Policy:  Please contact us no later than Friday, September 27, 2019, to receive a full refund.  

U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

http://rid.uscourts.gov

Please direct questions concerning the 2019 District Conference or registration to Lisa Quartino at (401) 752-7226 or lisa_quartino@rid.uscourts.gov.

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Honorable William E. Smith
U.S. Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

William E. Smith is the Chief United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed in 2002. Judge Smith became Chief Judge of the District of Rhode Island in 2013. Judge Smith is active in federal judicial administration, having served on several U.S. Judicial Conference committees, and in federal judicial education, serving on the Federal Judiciary Center's Committee on District Judge education, and as a mentor for newly appointed judges. He serves on numerous community boards and is the chair of the board of the Roger William University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island, where he is also an Adjunct Professor teaching several courses. Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Smith was a partner at Edwards & Angell in Providence, Rhode Island, the firm he had joined after graduating from law school. His private law practice years were interrupted by his service as Staff Director of the Rhode Island Office of United States Senator Lincoln Chafee. Judge Smith was born in Boise, Idaho and received B.A. and J.D. (cum laude) degrees from Georgetown University.

https://www.rid.uscourts.gov/judges/william-e-smith

About Honorable William E. Smith

U.S. Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr.
U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Rhode Island

John J. McConnell, Jr., is a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. President Barack Obama nominated him to the bench on January 5, 2011 and the United States Senate confirmed his nomination on May 4, 2011. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge McConnell was a trial attorney for 25 years during which time he represented persons injured by exposure to asbestos, persons in suits against the tobacco industry, and children poisoned by lead paint. He clerked for Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Donald F. Shea. Judge McConnell is a chairperson of the Board of Crossroads Rhode Island, the state's largest provider of services to the homeless; he serves on the Board of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence; and he is on the Board of Trinity Repertory Company. He has received many awards and honors, including the Judicial Merit Award, Rhode Island Association for Justice in 2013; Major's Special Recognition Award, "A Celebration of Housing- Together We Achieve Our Goals" in 2007; The Best Lawyers in America - Mass Tort Litigation (2007-2010); Childhood Lead Action Project "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" Award (1998-2006); Rhode Island Department of Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Award for Public Health Partnership in 2006; Rhode Island Public Health Association, Bertram Yaffe Award in 2006; and Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in 2006. Judge McConnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island and received his A.B. from Brown University in 1980 with a concentration on Urban Studies and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1983, where he was the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Award.

https://www.rid.uscourts.gov/judges/john-j-mcconnell-jr

About Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr.

U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Rhode Island
Honorable Mary S. McElroy
U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Rhode Island

Mary S. McElroy is a District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. She was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed on September 30, 2019. Judge McElroy clerked for the Honorable Donald F. Shea of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island from 1992-1993 and was in private practice until 1994. She served as an assistant public defender for the Rhode Island Public Defender from 1994-2006, as an assistant federal defender with the Federal Defender for the Districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island from 2006-2012, and as the Rhode Island Public Defender from 2012-2019. Judge McElroy was born in Providence, Rhode Island and received her B.A. from Providence College in 1987 and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1992.

https://www.rid.uscourts.gov/judges/mary-s-mcelroy

About Honorable Mary S. McElroy

U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Rhode Island
Honorable Lincoln D. Almond
U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Rhode Island

Lincoln D. Almond graduated "with distinction" from the University of Rhode Island in 1985 and with "high honors" from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1988. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1988 and the Rhode Island Bar in 1990. Judge Almond clerked for United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in the District of Connecticut from 1988 to 1990. He worked in private practice from 1990 to 2004 concentrating primarily in litigation/labor and employment law. Judge Almond was appointed Magistrate Judge in the District of Rhode Island on September 10, 2004.

https://www.rid.uscourts.gov/judges/lincoln-d-almond

About Honorable Lincoln D. Almond

U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Rhode Island
Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson
Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

O. Rogeriee Thompson was appointed Circuit Judge for the First Circuit Court of Appeals in April 2010 making her the first African American and the second woman on the Court. Previously, she served as an Associate Justice for the Rhode Island Superior Court (1997-2010) and an Associate Judge with the Rhode Island District Court (1988-1997). Prior to this, she was a senior partner with Thompson & Thompson, an associate at the law firm of McKinnon and Fortunato, an assistant city solicitor for Providence, and a senior staff attorney for Rhode Island Legal Services. She graduated from Brown University, earned her J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law, and holds honorary degrees from the University of Rhode Island, Bryant University, Roger Williams University School of Law, and Johnson and Wales University. Currently, Judge Thompson serves on the College Unbound Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the First Circuit Judicial Council and the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Information Technology and Budget Subcommittee.

https://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/o-rogeriee-thompson

About Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson

Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Honorable David J. Barron
Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

David Barron was appointed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in May 2014. He graduated from Harvard College in 1989 and Harvard Law School in 1994. From 1989 to 1991, he worked as a newspaper reporter. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, from 1994 to 1995, and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court, from 1995 to 1996. He then worked as an attorney advisor for the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice, from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, Judge Barron became an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School. He became a full Professor at Harvard Law School in 2004, where he worked until he rejoined the Justice Department as Acting Assistant Attorney General from 2009 to 2010. He then returned to the Harvard Law School faculty in 2010, where he was named the S. William Green Professor of Public Law in 2011 and worked until his appointment to the federal bench in 2014.

https://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/david-j-barron

About Honorable David J. Barron

Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Honorable Allison D. Burroughs
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Allison Dale Burroughs is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Middlebury College. She received a J.D, cum laude, in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Norma L. Shapiro of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1988 to 1989. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1989 to 1995 and in the District of Massachusetts from 1995 to 2005. From 2005 to 2014 she was a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish where she represented individuals and corporations in criminal and civil proceedings primarily before Federal Courts.

http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/boston/burroughs.htm

About Honorable Allison D. Burroughs

Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Honorable Nancy Gertner (Ret.)
Retired Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Nancy Gertner is a graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School where she was an editor of The Yale Law Journal. She received her M.A. in political science at Yale University. She has been an instructor at Yale Law School, teaching sentencing and comparative sentencing institutions, since 1998. In 1994, she was appointed by President Clinton to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Judge Gertner has published articles and chapters on sentencing, discrimination, forensic evidence, women’s rights, and the jury system. In September of 2011, Judge Gertner retired from the federal bench joining the faculty of Harvard Law School. She teaches several subjects including criminal law, criminal procedure, forensic science and sentencing, as well as continuing to teach and write about women’s issues around the world. Judge Gertner is writing a judicial memoir about sentencing, including interviews with some of the defendants she sentenced, called “Incomplete Sentences” which will be forthcoming in 2020.

https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10303/Gertner

About Honorable Nancy Gertner (Ret.)

Retired Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator, Rhode Island

Sheldon Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s United States Attorney and Attorney General before being elected to the United States Senate in 2006. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee and the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Senator Whitehouse has worked to strengthen American cybersecurity capabilities, improve resources to fight drug abuse and treat addiction, and reverse the rise in prison costs and populations. He is a leading advocate for protecting access to justice, including the 7th Amendment right to a civil jury. In response to a series of judgments favoring powerful corporate interests, Senator Whitehouse has warned of the dangers of ideologically oriented judicial activism. In addition to his role on Judiciary, he is a member of the Budget Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Finance Committee. He and his wife Sandra, a marine biologist and environmental advocate, live in Newport. They have two children.

https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/

About Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Senator, Rhode Island
Honorable Aaron Weisman
U.S. Attorney, District of Rhode Island

Aaron Weisman was sworn in as United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island on January 14, 2019. President Donald Trump announced Mr. Weisman's nomination on October 10, 2018. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019. A career prosecutor, Mr. Weisman, served as an assistant attorney general and Chief of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s criminal appeals unit under four attorneys general, beginning in 1993. Prior to being named Chief of the criminal appeals unit, Mr. Weisman served for two years as a special assistant attorney general in the criminal appeals unit. During Mr. Weisman’s tenure at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, he represented Rhode Island’s criminal justice interests before the Supreme Court of Rhode Island in hundreds of felony cases, including the appellate litigation of many of Rhode Island’s most consequential criminal justice matters. Mr. Weisman also represented the State of Rhode Island in federal court, including an appearance before the Supreme Court of the United States, to defend Rhode Island’s interest in the finality of its criminal convictions. Prior to his appointment as a special assistant attorney general, Mr. Weisman worked at Jones Associates, a Providence law firm specializing in appellate practice. Mr. Weisman is a graduate of Brandeis University, and received his Juris Doctorate from Cardozo School of Law.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-ri/aaron-l-weisman

About Honorable Aaron Weisman

U.S. Attorney, District of Rhode Island
Honorable Paul Cassell
Professor, University of Utah

Paul Cassell received a B.A. (1981) and a J.D. (1984) from Stanford University, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was President of the Stanford Law Review. He clerked for then-Judge Antonin Scalia when Scalia was on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1984-85) and for Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court (1985-86). Cassell then served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General with the U.S. Justice Department (1986-88) and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (1988 to 1991). Cassell joined the faculty at the College of Law in 1992, where he taught full time until he was sworn in as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Utah in July 2002. In November 2007, he resigned his judgeship to return full time to the College of Law to teach, write, and litigate on issues relating to crime victims' rights and criminal justice reform. Professor Cassell teaches criminal procedure, crime victims' rights, criminal law, and related classes.

https://faculty.utah.edu/u0031056-PAUL_G._CASSELL/hm/index.hml

About Honorable Paul Cassell

Professor, University of Utah
Honorable Paul Wickham Schmidt
Retired Immigration Judge, U.S. Immigration Court; Adjunct Professor of Law

Paul Schmidt was appointed as an Immigration Judge at the U.S. Immigration Court in Arlington, Virginia, in May 2003 and retired from the bench on June 30, 2016. Prior to his appointment as an Immigration Judge, he served as a Board Member for the Board of Immigration Appeals, Executive Office for Immigration Review, in Falls Church, VA, since February 12, 1995. Judge Schmidt served as Board Chairman from February 12, 1995, until April 9, 2001, when he chose to step down as Chairman to adjudicate cases full-time. He authored the landmark decision Matter of Kasinga, 21 I&N Dec. 357 (BIA 1996), extending asylum protection to victims of female genital mutilation. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University in 1970 (cum laude), and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin School of Law in 1973 (cum laude; Order of the Coif). While at the University of Wisconsin, he served as an editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. Judge Schmidt served as acting General Counsel of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) (1986-1987; 1979-1981), where he was instrumental in developing the rules and procedures to implement the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. He also served as the Deputy General Counsel of INS for 10 years (1978-1987). He was the managing partner of the Washington, DC, office of Fragomen, Del Rey & Bernsen (1993-95), and practiced business immigration law with the Washington, DC, office of Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue from 1987-92 (partner, 1990-92). Judge Schmidt also served as an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University School of Law in 1989 and at Georgetown University Law Center (2012-14; 2017--).

https://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/paul-wickham-schmidt/

About Honorable Paul Wickham Schmidt

Retired Immigration Judge, U.S. Immigration Court; Adjunct Professor of Law
Dean Michael Yelnosky
Dean, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law

Michael J. Yelnosky became the dean of Roger Williams University School of Law on July 1, 2014. Dean Yelnosky is a founding member of the RWU Law faculty. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for four years, and he was named Distinguished Service Professor in 2011. He has also taught as a visitor at Seton Hall University School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law/IIT, and Villanova University School of Law. Dean Yelnosky is an expert in employment and labor law, and much of his scholarship explores alternatives or adjuncts to traditional enforcement of employment discrimination laws. Another focus of his scholarship is judicial selection. He has written several articles and hosted a major symposium about Rhode Island’s merit selection system, and the major findings of his research into the role of the ABA in the federal judicial selection process were summarized in a Washington Post op-ed he wrote in 2013. He is regularly quoted in the local and national media on these and other topics, and he has published several op-ed pieces in the Providence Journal. Before becoming dean, Yelnosky regularly taught Civil Procedure, Employment Law, Labor Law, and Employment Discrimination. He also collaborated with colleagues to teach Advanced Appellate Advocacy and with the Honorable William E. Smith, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, to teach Judicial Behavior and Social Change Litigation. Since becoming dean, he has directed the Judicial Clinical Externship Program, and he designed and teaches Introduction to the Study of Law for students in the Master of Studies in Law Program. Dean Yelnosky graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and magna cum laude from the University of Vermont. Before he began teaching he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and worked for two law firms: Mellon, Webster & Mellon; and Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius.

https://law.rwu.edu/directory/michael-j-yelnosky

About Dean Michael Yelnosky

Dean, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law
Professor David Logan
Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law

David Logan served as Dean at Roger Williams School of Law from 2003 to 2014, making him one of the nation's longest-serving law deans. In 2014, he returned to full-time teaching and research. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Professor Logan clerked for a federal judge and practiced with a major Washington, D.C., law firm, representing Native American tribes. He was a faculty member at Wake Forest University School of Law from 1981 to 2003, where he won awards for his teaching of Torts, Media Law, and Professional Responsibility. His publications, focusing on the intersection of Tort law and the First Amendment, have appeared in major journals, including the Michigan Law Review and the Virginia Law Review. He has been a visiting professor at several law schools.

https://law.rwu.edu/faculty/david-logan

About Professor David Logan

Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law
Professor Steven Calabresi
Professor Northwestern University

Steven Calabresi is the Clayton J. & Henry R. Barber Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He was also a visiting professor of Law at Yale Law School from 2013-2016; a visiting professor of Political Theory at Brown University from 2016-2017; and the Chairman of the Federalist Society’s Board of Directors since 1986. Professor Calabresi has worked in the West Wing of President Ronald Reagan’s White House; was a Special Assistant for Attorney General Edwin Meese III; and has clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court and for Judges Robert H. Bork and Ralph K. Winter on the federal courts of appeals. Professor Calabresi has written over seventy law review articles and essays and co-authored on three books: The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush; The Constitution of the United States (3rd edition); and The U.S. Constitution and Comparative Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Administrative Law, State Constitutional Law and the Separation of Powers. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University (Cum Laude) and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/faculty/profiles/StevenCalabresi/

About Professor Steven Calabresi

Professor Northwestern University
Professor Tara Leigh Grove
Mills E. Godwin, Jr., Professor of Law and Cabell Research Professor

Tara Leigh Grove received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Duke University, where she majored in political science. After teaching English in Japan for a year, she attended Harvard Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as the Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review. She clerked for Judge Emilio Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then spent four years as an appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where she argued fifteen cases in the courts of appeals. Prior to joining the William and Mary Law School faculty in 2011, Grove was Assistant Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law. During the Fall Semester 2012, Grove was a visiting professor at Northwestern University School of Law. During the Fall Semester 2017, Grove was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

https://law2.wm.edu/faculty/bios/fulltime/tlgrove.php

About Professor Tara Leigh Grove

Mills E. Godwin, Jr., Professor of Law and Cabell Research Professor
Professor Mary Holper
Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic

Mary Holper is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic at Boston College Law School. Prior to joining the BCLS faculty, Professor Holper was an Associate Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, where she founded and directed the Roger Williams University School of Law Immigration Clinic. Professor Holper previously worked at BCLS supervising students in the school’s immigration clinics. From 2008-2009, she was a visiting assistant professor at BCLS. She also was a detention fellow for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) at the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Project at BCLS from 2005-07, and a Human Rights Fellow for the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice from 2007-08. She began her career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, D.C. Throughout her career, she has represented immigration detainees who face removal and has participated in impact litigation challenging the overuse of mandatory detention and indefinite detention and the classification of certain crimes as “aggravated felonies” in immigration law. In addition, Professor Holper has represented other vulnerable noncitizen populations such as refugees, juveniles, victims of domestic violence, and victims of violent crime. Professor Holper has spoken on numerous panels about immigration issues, particularly on the intersection of immigration law and crimes and removal proceedings. She also has written and co-authored articles for various handbooks, reference guides, and law reviews regarding immigration issues. She received her undergraduate degree the University of Illinois, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/law/academics-faculty/faculty-directory/mary-holper.html

About Professor Mary Holper

Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic
David Boies, Esq.
Chairman and Managing Partner of Boies Schiller Flexner

David Boies attended the University of Redlands (1960-62), and received a B.S. from Northwestern University (1964), an LL.B., magna cum laude from Yale University (1966), and an LL.M. from New York University (1967). He has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine in 2010; named Global International Litigator of the Year by Who’s Who Legal an unprecedented seven times; named the Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer; the Lawyer of the Year by The National Law Journal (twice); the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the New York Bar Association; Best Lawyers in America from 1987-2019; Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers; named a Star Individual by Chambers USA and named one of the Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years by The American Lawyer in 2013. He served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Antitrust Subcommittee in 1978 and Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979. In 1991-1993, he was counsel to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, recovering $1.2 billion from companies who sold junk bonds to failed savings and loan associations. In 1998-2000, he served as Special Trial Counsel for the United States Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft. David also served as the lead counsel for former Vice-President Al Gore in connection with litigation relating to the 2000 election Florida vote count. As co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, he won the first judgment establishing the right to marry for gay and lesbian citizens under the U.S. Constitution. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; and a Trustee of the National Constitution Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York University Law School Foundation and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He is the author of numerous publications including Courting Justice (2004), Redeeming the Dream (with Ted Olson), and Public Control of Business (with Paul Verkuil), published by Little Brown in 1977. He has taught courses at New York University Law School and Cardozo Law School.

https://www.bsfllp.com/lawyers/david-boies.html

About David Boies, Esq.

Chairman and Managing Partner of Boies Schiller Flexner
Matt Wessler, Esq.
Principal at Gupta Wessler, PLLC

Matt Wessler is a principal at Gupta Wessler PLLC, where he focuses on public interest and plaintiffs’-side appellate and complex litigation. Matt handles high-profile cases at all levels of both state and federal court and has argued multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including US Airways v. McCutchen—a landmark ERISA case. Outside of the Supreme Court, Matt’s practice involves a wide range of areas including class actions, health care, employee benefits, consumer protection, preemption, arbitration, and banking. He was named a 2015 Washington DC Rising Star in appellate litigation and has been profiled by the National Law Journal for his appellate work on behalf of plaintiffs. In addition to his appellate work, Matt frequently co-counsels with trial firms in complex, ground-up litigation. Before joining the firm in July 2015, Matt spent six years as a staff attorney at Public Justice, P.C. in Washington, DC, where he spearheaded the firm’s focus on Supreme Court litigation and garnered national attention for taking the lead in high-profile cases involving ERISA, preemption, arbitration, and health care. Matt previously practiced at the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP and was a member of Obama for America’s sensitive litigation team, where he handled important election litigation on behalf of the presidential campaign. He clerked for the Honorable Richard L. Nygaard of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Matt is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Williams College.

http://guptawessler.com/people/matthew-wessler/

About Matt Wessler, Esq.

Principal at Gupta Wessler, PLLC
Elizabeth Badger, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney, PAIR Project

Elizabeth Badger is the Senior Staff Attorney at PAIR and manages the Access to Justice for Immigrant Families initiative. Elizabeth received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and received her B.A., from Dartmouth College. After law school, she served as an Immigration Law Clerk at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Elizabeth has worked in immigration law for over a decade, focusing on representing non-citizen children, asylum-seekers, victims of crimes, and persons in prolonged immigration detention. Prior to coming to PAIR, Elizabeth was the Senior Attorney at the Boston Office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), from 2014-2018. From 2010-2013, Elizabeth taught in the Boston University School of Law’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. She has also worked at Lutheran Social Services, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), and with other members of the Massachusetts immigration community on various law reform projects. In 2007-2008, Elizabeth was a staff attorney at PAIR, managing over 100 New Bedford Raid cases. In 2008, Elizabeth received the National Immigration Project’s Daniel Levy Award for her work representing victims of workplace raids. She was also awarded PAIR's Pro Bono Mentor of the Year Award in 2013. Elizabeth speaks fluent Spanish and French. She joined PAIR in 2018.

https://www.pairproject.org/project/elizabeth-badger

About Elizabeth Badger, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney, PAIR Project
Carl Kreuger, Esq.
Dorcas International

Carl Krueger is a 1983 graduate of Boston University School of Law, and since then has practiced exclusively in the area of United States immigration and nationality law. He has been employed as a staff attorney at the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, a non-profit social service agency providing legal assistance to immigrants, refugees and their families since 1987. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, has sat on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, and is a frequent lecturer at CLE programs on matters of immigration law.

https://diiri.org/

About Carl Kreuger, Esq.

Dorcas International

08:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

08:00 AM - 09:00 AMLobby near Narragansett Ballroom
09:00 AM

Opening Remarks & Welcome

09:00 AM - 09:10 AMNarragansett Ballroom A & B, 1st Floor
  • Honorable William E. Smith

    U.S. Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

09:10 AM

Morning Plenary with Circuit Judge David Barron

09:10 AM - 10:00 AMNarragansett Ballroom A & B, 1st Floor Lobby
  • Honorable David J. Barron

    Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

10:15 AM

Criminal Breakout Session - "The First Step Act's Sentencing Reforms: How Will Increased Judicial Independence Further the Basic Aims of Fundamental Fairness in Sentencing?"

10:15 AM - 12:00 PMProvidence Ballroom, 3rd Floor
  • +4
  • Honorable Nancy Gertner (Ret.)

    Retired Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Civil Breakout - "Threats to Judicial Independence"

10:15 AM - 12:00 PMBristol/Kent Ballroom. 3rd Floor
  • +4
  • Honorable Allison D. Burroughs

    Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

12:15 PM

Luncheon - speaker David Boies, Esq. of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

12:15 PM - 01:45 PMNarragansett Ballroom A & B, 1st Floor
  • David Boies, Esq.

    Chairman and Managing Partner of Boies Schiller Flexner

02:00 PM

“Immigration and the Judiciary - Where We Were Then & Where We Are Now”

02:00 PM - 03:30 PMNarragansett Ballroom A & B, 1st Floor
  • +4
  • Elizabeth Badger, Esq.

    Senior Staff Attorney, PAIR Project

03:45 PM

“Judges Roundtable Discussion: Culture and Conduct”

03:45 PM - 05:00 PMNarragansett Ballroom A & B, 1st Floor
  • +3
  • Honorable William E. Smith

    U.S. Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

05:00 PM

Reception outside Narragansett Ballroom

05:00 PM - 06:00 PMLobby near Narragansett Ballroom
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