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Fairness Committee Breakfast
Presiding: Hon. Richard A. Paez, Circuit Judge, Co-Chair
Hon. Miranda M. Du, District Judge, Co-Chair, NV
Magistrate Judges Education Program
Presiding: Hon. Brian A. Tsuchida, Magistrate Judge, WAW
Chair, Magistrate Judges Education Committee
Breaking Bad: Myths, New Science, Treatment and, Perhaps,
(Members of the bar invited.)
Jurisprudence on Substance Abuse
Drug addiction is a complex disorder characterized by uncontrolled cravings and compulsive drug seeking that persist notwithstanding devastating consequences. Studies bear this out. In a 2004 study, 26 percent of federal prisoners surveyed said they committed their current offense while under the influence of drugs. In 2012, 30 percent of all federal felony criminal defendants were sentenced for a drug offense. The implications of these statistics are clear: because drug addiction plays a significant role in the conduct of defendants that come before the court, judges face a pressing need to better understand the nature and treatment of drug addiction. This session will provide participants an introduction to the neuroscience and treatment of drug addiction and also discuss what judges should know about these topics in making daily decisions in the criminal justice system.
Moderator: Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez, District Judge, WAW
Speakers: Wilson M. Compton, M.D., M.P.E., Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Hank Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law, Stanford University
Abby Medcalf, Ph.D., Private Practitioner, New Bridge Foundation
Unit Executives Session: Putting Out the Fire: Managing Media in High Profile Events
From time to time, unit executives receive inquiries from the media. These contacts range from routine questions about court calendars, or filing of case documents, to extensive inquiries about high profile trials, hearings, or supervision of offenders. Many clerks of court are designated as the media coordinators for their courts. Other courts have designated media coordinators. David Madden will host a presentation on media outreach and coordination, including a toolkit for unit executives. The presentation will include an overview of how to handle high profile inquiries, with examples of how court uniti executives can manage the media inquiries they receive.
Introduction: William M. McCool, District Court Clerk, WAW
Speakers: Wayne Blackwelder, Clerk of Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, CAE
Yador J. Harrell, Chief Probation Officer, CAN
Brian D. Karth, District Court Executive /Clerk of Court, AZ
David J. Madden, Assistant Circuit Executive, Ninth Circuit Office of the Circuit Executive
David A. Sellers, Public Affairs Officer, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (by phone)
IT Awareness for Judges
Judges from the Ninth Circuit's Information Technology Committee will present various methods of using mobile device applications to accomplish tasks judges routinely perform: signing CM/ECF orders and accessing CHAP, completing travel orders; courtroom technology demo, and an overview of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet. This Show-n-Tell presentation also will feature useful iPad/iPhone apps. Attendees are encouraged to bring their iPads to the session.
Speakers and Presentations:
Hon. B. Lynn Winmill, Chief District Judge, ID
Chair, Ninth Circuit IT Committee
Overview of Microsoft's Surface Tablet
Hon. Gloria M. Navarro, Chief District Judge, NV
Hon. Brian D. Lynch, Bankruptcy Judge, WAW
CM/ECF Order Signing and Using CHAP via iPad
Hon. Timothy M. Burgess, District Judge, AK
Review of Useful Travel Apps
Margaret Sheehan McCaleb, Project Director, Case Management Special Projects Division, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Changes in Next-Gen or the New Version of CM-ECF
IT Awareness for Lawyers
No longer can lawyers be technology illiterate. Tablets have rapidly
become a standard component of law practice, especially for trial attorneys. Lawyers are increasingly using these devices to communicate, collect and organize information to prepare for or present evidence at trial, or otherwise enhance the practice of law. Participants will be shown how several standard applications can assist a lawyer during hearings, trials, depositions and client meetings.
The program will discuss how to run your existing firm’s PC applications and programs on the tablet. It will discuss current apps which help in both your practice and everyday life. You will learn about security issues and considerations associated with the use of cloud-based applications on a tablet. The program is designed to be beneficial for lawyers who currently use tablets and for those who do not have one but are contemplating the use of such a device.
Speakers: Adam Bloomberg, Managing Director, Trial Technology Services, Litigation Insights
J. Walter Sinclair, Esq., LRCC Member, ID
Shining A Light On The Hidden Recesses Of Our Brains: Are We Subject To Implicit Bias and What Can We Do About That?
The process by which we perceive and understand is not neutral or unbiased. This panel discusses the workings of our minds, delving into research about attitudes and biases we may be unaware are influencing us. Panelists will exchange ideas about the effects of implicit biases on society and on decision making and will pay particular attention to new developments in ways to address such biases. The discussion will emphasize the importance of this subject to the administration of justice in the 21st century.
Introduction: William M. Symmes, Esq., LRCC Member, WAE
Moderator: Eva Paterson, Co-Founder and President, Equal Justice Society
Speakers: Samuel Bagenstos, Professor, University of Michigan School of Law
Anthony G. Greenwald, Professor of Psychology, University of Washington
Linda Hamilton Krieger, Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law
* Spouses and Conference guests are invited to all general sessions
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Participants will move to their breakout rooms. Those who requested to be in the Civil Breakout Session are asked to remain in the Grand Regency Ballroom.
Appellate Breakout Session
Presiding: Gail Ivens, Appeals Chief, FPDO, CAC
Chair, Appellate Lawyer Representatives
Sharp Fonts for Sore Eyes: Implications and Impacts of Changing Technology on the Bench and Practitioner
This session will explore the opportunities and consequences of new technology on appellate practice for the bench and bar. Topics will include writing for the screen rather than the page, video and audio taping and streaming of oral arguments, access to the district court record by electronic records and otherwise, and related issues.
Bankruptcy Breakout Session
Presiding: Russell D. Garrett Esq., LRCC Member, WAW
James P. Shea, Esq., LRCC Member, NV
The Bankruptcy breakout session will focus on issues
that occur when lawyers attempt to limit or unbundle
legal services with their clients prior to securing an order
authorizing withdrawal. Discussion topics will revolve
around issues surrounding lawyers’ responsibilities to
represent their clients within the scope of the Court
Rules, their fee agreement with their client and the
applicable Rules of Professional Conduct as well as other
parties in interest reliance on “of record” representation.
This session also will include a discussion on the roles of
the court, and other parties with interest, in addressing
Civil Breakout Session
Presiding: Margaret G. Foley, Esq., Chair-Elect, LRCC, NV
Brewster Jamieson, Esq., LRCC Member, AK
Angela W. Woolridge, Esq., LRCC Member, AZ
Navigating the Shifting Sands of Initial Disclosures Under Rule 26
Developments in the law regarding the scope of the Brady disclosures prompts an examination of the recent changes to Rule 26, following extensive commentary by the bench and bar. The scope of initial disclosures in civil matters is a cause of concern and considerable difference of opinion among judges and practitioners alike. The approach to this issue differs among districts around the circuit, with local rules having emerged to address this issue. Even so, uncertainty still exists, and candid discussion between the bench and bar is needed. This breakout session will consider the scope of the initial disclosures in light of these developments in the context of a hypothetical employment discrimination lawsuit.
Criminal Breakout Session
Presiding: Rebecca L. Pennell, Esq., Chair, LRCC, WAE
Jennifer Wellman, LRCC Member, WAW
Brady Issues in Practice
A Follow-up Discussion with Sidney Powell and USA Jenny Durkan, WAW
*Conference participants will be given table assignments for practice-related discussions. Spouses and Conference guests will not be included for this segment.