Keynote Remarksby Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar was nominated to serve as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court by Governor Jerry Brown on July 22, 2014, and his nomination was confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments on August 28. If retained by the voters in November, Professor Cuellar will begin his term on the Court in January 2015, replacing Associate Justice Marvin Baxter.
Professor Cuéllar is the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and the Director of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. A member of the Stanford Law School faculty since 2001, he teaches and writes primarily about administrative, criminal, and international law, and has additional interests in public organizations, legislation, public health law, and immigration and citizenship. In July 2010, the President appointed him to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent agency charged with improving the efficiency and fairness of federal regulatory programs. From 2011 to early 2013, he co-chaired the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission.
From early 2009 through the summer of 2010, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House. In this capacity, he led the Domestic Policy Council’s work on criminal justice and drug policy, public health and food safety, regulatory reform, borders and immigration, civil rights, and rural and agricultural policy. Among other issues, Cuéllar worked on stricter food safety standards, the FDA’s regulatory science initiative, expanding support for local law enforcement and community-based crime prevention, strengthening border coordination and immigrant integration, and the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. Before working at the White House, he co-chaired the Obama-Biden Transition’s Immigration Policy Working Group. During the second term of the Clinton Administration, he worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Enforcement, where he focused on countering financial crime, improving border coordination, and enhancing anti-corruption measures. He is on the Board of Directors of the Constitution Project, a non-profit think-tank that builds bipartisan consensus on significant constitutional issues. He clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Introductory Remarksby Craig Holden State Bar of California President (2014-15)
Craig Holden is the President of the State Bar of California for the 2014-15 term. Craig is also a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice.
Craig’s practice focuses on a wide range of complex commercial matters, with an emphasis on intellectual property, privacy and data breach, and financial transactions. His clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurs to professional athletes and entertainment companies. Craig’s peers in the legal industry have named him “Super Lawyer” (awarded to less than 5% of practicing lawyers) and “Advocate of the Year”; and clients have lauded him for his strategic thinking, meticulous preparation, and cut-to-the-chase focus.
Craig has been a leader in legal, business and charitable organizations, and has been recognized for his efforts to mentor and develop programs to help at-risk youth, increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and increase access to legal services for people of modest means. Among other leadership roles he serves on a leadership council for the Rand Corporation, a non-partisan think-tank focused on cutting edge issues relating to business regulation and civic justice.
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