ASHLEY AULL is the Deputy Chief of Criminal Appeals for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. She has served as an Assistant United States Attorney since 2012. During that time, Ashley has regularly appeared before the Ninth Circuit, leading some of her office’s most important and complex appeals. She has also led numerous trainings and taught brief writing at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2016, Ashley received the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Federal Attorney award. Prior to government service, she was a litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Ashley clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta and Justice Harriet O’Neill of the Supreme Court of Texas. She received her B.A. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership from then-Dean Elena Kagan.
JAMES AZADIAN (Chair) is a shareholder of Enterprise Counsel Group ALC in Orange County, where he heads up the firm's Appellate, Writs, and Constitutional Law Practice. He specializes in complex federal and state court civil appeals, the First Amendment to the Constitution, and the application of California's anti-SLAPP statute in federal court. James frequently serves as special counsel to other law firms in preparing advocates for oral argument and assisting with the preparation of appellate briefs as well as critical motions at the trial court level. Apart from his professional practice, he serves as an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses for Legal Ethics at the University of Southern California, and Appellate Advocacy at Pepperdine University School of Law. James clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Consuelo Maria Callahan and earlier for District Judge Ricardo Manuel Urbina of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. James graduated with distinction from Pepperdine University School of Law and was awarded a B.A. with honors in Political Science and Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his role as an ALR, James serves as a mentor to civil practitioners through the Ninth Circuit Mentorship Program, and served as a member of the Ninth Circuit's Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures.
RYAN BOUNDS is an assistant United States attorney in Portland, Oregon. He prosecutes criminal cases involving fraud and environmental offenses. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2010, he served at the White House as special assistant to President George W. Bush for justice and immigration policy, at the U.S. Department of Justice as chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy, and in the United States Attorney’s Office for Washington, D.C., as a prosecutor and appellate lawyer. Ryan began his legal career as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
MATT CAMPBELL serves as the Chief Appellate Attorney with the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, where he has been employed since 2009. During that time, he has argued many Ninth Circuit appeals and filed hundreds of appellate briefs and filings. In 2013, Matt served as co-counsel for the petitioner in Descamps v. United States, 133 S.Ct. 2276 (2013). He is the President of the Federal Bar Association of the Eastern District of Washington, and has previously served as a Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyer Representative (2010-2013). Prior to working with the Federal Defenders, Matt was a felony trial attorney at the Spokane County Public Defender’s Office, which he joined in 2007. From 1998-2007, Matt worked in private practice in California, concentrating on death penalty cases at the trial, appellate and habeas levels in the state and federal courts. He previously served as a Death Penalty Staff Attorney for the Ninth Circuit from 1997-1998, and as a Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court of the Virgin Islands from 1996-1997. Matt graduated summa cum laude from the Washington College of Law at The American University.
DAVINA CHEN is a sole practitioner practicing primarily in federal criminal appeals, post-conviction, and related matters. From 1999 to 2013, she was a Deputy Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California. In that capacity she served as special counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission in 2003, and she continues to advocate the interests of criminal defendants before that body. Prior to joining the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Davina clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Harry Pregerson. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the New York University School of Law, where she was a recipient of the Root-Tilden public interest scholarship.
STEPHEN DICHTER is a Partner at Christian Dichter & Sluga in Phoenix, Arizona. B.A. Queens College, City University of New York 1968; J.D., University of Virginia, 1971; L.L.M. (Tax) George Washington University, 1975. Captain, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1971-1975; Assistant United States Attorney, 1975-1980; and private practice since, emphasizing commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.
LANE DILG is Senior Counsel to the University of California, Los Angeles. She previously worked as an appellate and trial attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, and Susman Godfrey LLP. Lane also advised U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein as Counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and began her career as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge Raymond C. Fisher. She is a graduate of the Yale Law School, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar.
DANIEL DONOVAN is a sole practitioner in Great Falls, Montana and a veteran of over 40 years in civil and criminal practice, with his focus on federal criminal defense, including trials, appeals, and post-conviction matters. A long-time member, as well as training coordinator, of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the District of Montana, he also served as Senior Assistant Federal Defender with the Federal Defenders of Montana. Donovan successfully briefed and argued a case before the Supreme Court of the United States, Old Chief v. United States. He was awarded the Charles F. “Timer” Moses Award by the Montana State Bar in 1997 and was named the 2009 Lawyer of the Year by the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, having previously served as president of that organization. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Montana Innocence Project. A Berkeley native, Donovan is a graduate of the University of California and Hastings College of the Law.
LEONARD FELDMAN is a partner at Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna Knopp, where he focuses on state and federal appeals. He attended the University of Washington, where he graduated summa cum laude in Psychology, and Harvard Law School, where he was twice awarded the Sears Prize (given to the top two students on the basis of grades), and graduated magna cum laude in 1991. He then served as a law clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge Jerome Farris. Since completing his clerkship, Leonard has specialized in appellate practice before the Ninth Circuit and the Washington appellate courts. Leonard is a member of, and was previously Chair of, the King County Bar Association’s Appellate Section, is a member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, a District Coordinator for the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program, and a member of the Ninth Circuit’s mentor program. In 2006, he received the Washington Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award for his work in appeals that raise important civil rights issues. He is also a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to appellate practice.
BEN FEUER is the chairman of the California Appellate Law Group in San Francisco. Ben serves as lead and consulting appellate counsel for civil and business appeals and writs in the federal and California appellate courts. A former law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge Carlos Bea, Ben is a co-chair of the Appellate Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. In 2013, the Bar Association of San Francisco presented Ben with its “Outstanding Barrister” award, in honor of his “extraordinary contribution to” the Bar Association and his “commitment to the ideals of legal justice and professional excellence.” Ben also frequently authors articles relating to appellate practice and constitutional law, and his writings have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the National Law Journal, The Recorder, The Daily Journal, and Corporate Counsel.
BRIAN P. GOLDMAN is a senior associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco. Brian specializes in Supreme Court and appellate litigation, with a focus on intellectual property, data privacy, immigration, and commercial disputes. He also maintains an active pro bono practice in the Courts of Appeals. Brian previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where he briefed and argued cases on appeal for the federal government. Brian is a graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court.
ALEXANDRA ROBERT GORDON serves as a Deputy Attorney General in the Government Law Section of the California Department of Justice. She represents the constitutional officers of the State of California in a wide array of litigation, in both the state and federal trial and appellate courts. In 2014, Alexandra was awarded a California Lawyer of the Year Award for her work defending the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting mental health professionals from engaging in treatments intended to change the sexual orientation of a minor. Prior to joining the California Department of Justice, she was a Ninth Circuit Staff Attorney managing the Court’s Criminal/Habeas Unit, practiced commercial litigation at a San Francisco law firm, and clerked for District Judge Robert W. Sweet of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Alexandra received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in English from the University of Oxford, and an A.B. from Brown University.
STEVEN F. HUBACHEK is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd’s San Diego office. He is a member of the firm’s appellate group, where his practice concentrates on federal appeals in securities and antitrust cases. He previously was Chief Appellate Attorney for Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., where his practice included three cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and six en banc cases in the Ninth Circuit. Steven received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, with Order of the Coif and membership in the Thurston Honor Society.
SCOTT A. KRONLAND is a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco. His practice primarily involves litigation in the trial and appellate courts concerning labor law, constitutional law, and employment law issues on behalf of labor organizations and workers. Scott also provides legal advice to clients on legislative issues. He graduated Order of the Coif from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Following his graduation from law school, Scott served as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge James R. Browning.
ROBERT N. MARKLE is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the Appellate Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation. In that capacity, as an appellate litigator, he has most recently specialized in obtaining or opposing rehearing in cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First through Eleventh Circuits, and, in conjunction with the Office of the Solicitor General, in obtaining or opposing review in the Supreme Court. Before coming to the Justice Department, Robert was a partner at a New Orleans-based regional law firm where he specialized in civil appellate litigation, primarily in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as in the state appellate courts of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. Robert is a Barrister in the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, the first Inn of Court specializing in appellate practice. He is also a founding member of the Council of Appellate Lawyers, an adjunct to the ABA’s Appellate Judges’ Conference. Robert served as a summer law clerk to then-D.C. Circuit Judge Antonin Scalia and later as a law clerk to Justice Luther Cole of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Robert graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
JOANNA SOBOL MCCALLUM is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP in Los Angeles. Her practice focuses on federal and state civil appeals, as well as litigation in the areas of health care, insurance, and unfair competition. She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Law Review. She also received a Master of Accountancy from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University. Joanna clerked for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw while she was on the Central District of California in 1996-1997. Joanna has been certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
ERIC D. MILLER is a partner in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP, where he focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation. Before joining Perkins Coie, he served for more than five years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, and as an attorney-adviser in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. He was a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States and D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman. He received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and an A.B. from Harvard University.
JENNIFER CHANG NEWELL is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, where she has practiced since 2004. Her work includes challenging state and local anti-immigrant ordinances, protecting the constitutional rights of immigrants to judicial review and due process, and combating discrimination and retaliation against immigrants. Before joining the ACLU as a Skadden Fellow, Jennifer served as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Jennifer was a member of the Order of the Coif and an article editor of the Stanford Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Yale College. In 2014, she was named as one of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Best Lawyers Under 40, and in 2013, she was awarded Stanford Law School’s Miles Rubin Public Interest Award.
ROBERT J. PFISTER is a partner at Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, a bankruptcy and business reorganization boutique in Los Angeles. His practice focuses on bankruptcy litigation and complex commercial disputes, and includes substantial appellate work. Rob received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from NYU, after which he clerked for a United States District Judge in Connecticut. He maintained a general litigation practice at a major international law firm, first in New York and then in Los Angeles, before joining Klee Tuchin and focusing his practice on litigation incident to bankruptcy proceedings, restructurings, and reorganizations. Rob is the author of Marriage Equality in Bankruptcy Court: Joint Petitions for Same-Sex Couples, 32 CAL. BANKR. J. 109 (2012), and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Financial Lawyers Conference, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, American Judicature Society, California Supreme Court Historical Society, and United States Supreme Court Historical Society.
JEREMY ROSEN is a partner at Horvitz & Levy where he specializes in civil appeals. He has handled hundreds of appeals in a wide range of subject areas in the Ninth Circuit and California appellate courts. He is also the director of the Pepperdine University School of Law’s Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic, where he supervises students in representing formerly pro se litigants on appeal. Jeremy held judicial clerkships with Ninth Circuit Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez and District Judge Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Jeremy graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the Duke University School of Law where he earned both a J.D. and L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law. He also graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with his B.A. in government and history from Cornell University.
CHRISTINE SALMI is a Senior Counsel in Perkins Coie, LLP’s Boise office, where she serves as head of the Boise office litigation group and is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Labor and Employment practices. She specializes in complex real estate litigation, insurance and commercial construction matters, as well as in employment litigation involving wage claims, claims of discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation, and challenges to covenants not to compete. In her appellate practice, Christine has represented clients in cases involving products liability, the First Amendment, trademark infringement and environmental resource claims, as well as special education and general commercial contract disputes. Christine is a co-founder and chair of the Idaho State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section and is a co-editor/publisher of The Idaho Appellate Handbook (2015). Before joining Perkins Coie, Christine clerked for Justice Gerald Schroeder of the Idaho Supreme Court and United States Magistrate Judge Larry Boyle with the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. Christine has spent over a decade providing pro bono representation for court-appointed guardians ad litem for children in foster care, and she is a member of the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program’s Attorney Advisory Council. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Idaho College of Law, where she was Managing/Lead Articles Editor for the Idaho Law Review.
BENJAMIN S. SHEFFNER is Vice President, Legal Affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., where he specializes in copyright and other intellectual property policy and runs the MPAA’s amicus brief program. Ben previously held in-house legal positions at NBC/Universal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he litigated copyright and other cases for major movie studios, television networks, and record labels. In 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign’s copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property issues. Ben served as a law clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown. Before law school, Ben worked as a political reporter in Washington, D.C., where he covered congressional elections, the term-limits movement, campaign-finance reform, and various other issues related to Congress’ internal politics and administration. Ben received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).
LAURA ST. JOHN is the Legal Director of the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. The Florence Project is a non-profit organization that provides free legal and social services to detained adults and unaccompanied children facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona. Laura specializes in immigration law, specifically deportation defense and custody matters, and has experience litigating immigration cases at both the trial and appellate level. She received her J.D. from NYU School of Law and her B.A. from UC Berkeley.
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