JEAN-CLAUDE (“J.C.”) ANDRÉ is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice in Los Angeles, where he focuses on complex federal and state appeals. Before joining Sidley, he served for ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, including two years as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Appeals Section and four years as Chief. While in government, J.C. personally briefed and/or argued over 75 distinct appeals and served on the appellate-advocacy and brief-writing faculty of the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center. In 2017, he received the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director’s Award for “Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney – Appellate.” Earlier, J.C. was in private practice with a boutique firm, where he handled more than 30 appeals, including briefing 14 and arguing 3 before the Supreme Court. He clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Harry Pregerson and United States District Judge A. Andrew Hauk of the Central District of California. He received his B.A. and B.S. from the University of California, Davis, and his J.D. and M.A. from the University of Virginia.
ASHLEY AULL is the 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 member of Dykema Gossett LLP in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Washington, D.C., where he helps to head up the firm's national appellate 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 practice, he has served as an adjunct professor teaching courses for Appellate Advocacy at Pepperdine University School of Law, Law and Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Supreme Court Practicum at Northwestern University School of Law, and Legal Ethics at the University of Southern California. 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. He 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 two terms 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.
THOMAS BYRON III is Assistant Director of the Appellate Staff in the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he has worked since 1997, supervising and personally handling appeals on behalf of the United States, federal government agencies, and their officers and employees. Tom serves as the Solicitor General’s representative on the Judicial Conference’s Appellate Rules Advisory Committee, which considers proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Tom is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining the Appellate Staff, he was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Washington, D.C., and served as a law clerk to Judge Carolyn Dineen King on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Tom received his law degree from the University of Chicago, and both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Georgetown University.
MATT CAMPBELL serves as the Chief Appellate Attorney with the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho. He has argued many Ninth Circuit appeals and filed hundreds of appellate briefs. Matt served as co-counsel for the petitioner in Descamps v. United States, 133 S.Ct. 2276 (2013). Before joining the Federal Defenders, he was a felony trial attorney at the Spokane County Public Defender’s Office. Earlier, 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 also served as a Death Penalty Staff Attorney for the Ninth Circuit and as a Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court of the Virgin Islands. Matt graduated summa cum laude from the Washington College of Law at The American University.
KIM DEMARCHI is a partner at Osborn Maledon PA in Phoenix, Arizona. She represents public, private, and non-profit clients in civil appeals and public law matters. She also draws on her litigation experience to assist parties in resolving their disputes outside of court through alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Kim is a member of the American Academy of Appellate lawyers, a past chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s Appellate Practice Section, and the co-editor of the Arizona Appellate Handbook. She also serves as the volunteer coordinator for the pro bono program of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Kim graduated from Arizona State University’s Honors College summa cum laude and received her J.D. from the Yale Law School. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth V. McGregor on the Arizona Supreme Court and to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, then-Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit.
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.
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.
ERIC M. FRASER is a partner at Osborn Maledon PA in Phoenix, Arizona, where his primary focus is appeals and major issue litigation in which an appeal is likely. He coauthors a monthly column in Arizona Attorney magazine covering civil appeals, coedits the azapp.com blog, and contributes to SCOTUSblog. He received his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in Physics from Pomona College. Before joining private practice, Eric clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg.
BRIAN P. GOLDMAN is a partner 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 Supreme Court and 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 Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
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.
DAN KAPLAN is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Phoenix, Arizona, focusing on direct criminal appeals and habeas corpus litigation. He served two terms on the Ninth Circuit's Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures, and is a past President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Dan was a member of the Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon PA, and a member of the Department of Justice’s Civil Appellate Staff. He earned a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia M. Wald.
KRISSA M. LANHAM is the Deputy Appellate Chief in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, supervising all appellate litigation for the Phoenix office and regularly appearing before the Ninth Circuit. When Krissa first joined that office, she prosecuted cases in the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement and Southwest Border groups, and she also served as the Human Trafficking Coordinator. Earlier, she clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Barry Silverman and then-Chief Judge Robert Chatigny of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Krissa received her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was the recipient of the Khosla Memorial Fund for Human Dignity Prize and the Ambrose Gherini Prize for the best paper on a subject of international 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 Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas 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.
P. CASEY PITTS is a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco. His practice focuses on representing workers, labor unions, consumers, and public interest organizations in complex impact and appellate litigation, particularly in cases involving constitutional law, employment discrimination, federal and state wage-and-hour and labor laws, voting rights, and attorneys’ fees. Casey is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, where he served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he served as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt.
DAVID PORTER is an assistant federal defender in the Eastern District of California. He specializes in appellate and post-conviction law in the appellate and non-capital habeas unit. David recently returned to the Federal Defender’s Office after serving temporary assignments at the United States Sentencing Commission and the Defender Services Office. Before becoming a federal defender, he taught at the Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for the Honorable Stanley Mosk at the California Supreme Court. David is the co-chair of the amicus curiae committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a visiting lecturer at the U.C. Davis School of Law, where he received his law degree. After his undergraduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country of Burkina Faso.
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.
JOHANNA SCHIAVONI is a San Diego appellate litigator who handles civil appeals in state and federal courts, in addition to criminal appeals for indigent defendants by court appointment. She is a certified specialist in appellate law by the California Board of Legal Specialization and founder of the Law Office of Johanna S. Schiavoni. Before launching her own firm, Johanna completed two judicial clerkships with Hon. Christina A. Snyder (ret.) of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and Hon. M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also worked as a trial and appellate litigator at Latham & Watkins LLP in New York and San Diego and was an appellate litigation partner with the boutique firm Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP. Johanna, who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the UCLA School of Law. She is deeply involved in the San Diego community, serving as President-Elect of the San Diego County Bar Association. She is also a Board member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, which oversees San Diego International Airport.
BENJAMIN S. SHEFFNER is Senior Vice President, Copyright & 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.
SUSAN YORKE is counsel at the California Appellate Law Group in San Francisco, where she handles and consults on a diverse array of appellate matters. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice, where she regularly appeared before the Ninth Circuit and state appellate courts. Earlier, she clerked for Ninth Circuit Judges Susan P. Graber and Edward Leavy, and served as court counsel to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. A graduate of Columbia Law School, she also received a master's degree in public policy from Princeton University and an undergraduate degree in mathematics and English from Williams College.
(last revised 01/28/2019)
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