Speakers

The current list of speakers is below.  This list is subject to change. Additional speakers will be added once confirmed. 

Woodie Dixon, Jr.
Pac-12 Conference

Woodie Dixon, Jr. is currently the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for the Pac-12 Conference.  In addition to overseeing all legal matters and business administration for the Pac-12 and Pac-12 Networks, Dixon’s duties also include oversight of football administration (including oversight of the Pac-12 Football Championship Game), human resources and the Pac-12 Student Athletes Health and Well Being Initiative. Prior to joining the Pac-12 in 2010, Woodie served as General Counsel for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-10. Preceding his role at the KC Chiefs, Woodie worked for National Football League, and the law firms Sidley & Austin (Chicago) and Dorsey & Whitney (Minneapolis).

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Richard M. Gergel
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Richard M. Gergel is a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.  He is the author of Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring.  This prolific work tells the account of Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a returning, decorated African American veteran who was forcibly removed from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, and beaten and blinded while in custody.

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Nathan Hecht
Supreme Court of Texas

Nathan L. Hecht is the 27th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. He has been elected to the Court six times, first in 1988 as a Justice, and most recently in 2014 as Chief Justice. He is the longest-serving Member of the Court in Texas history and the longest-tenured Texas judge in active service. Throughout his service on the Court, he has overseen revisions to the rules of administration, practice, and procedure in Texas courts, and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to the federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He is also active in the Court's efforts to assure that Texans living below the poverty level, as well as others with limited means, have access to basic civil legal services.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Ketanji Brown Jackson has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia since March 2013. Until December 2014, she also was also a Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Prior to serving on the Commission, Judge Jackson worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP, with a practice that focused on criminal and civil appellate litigation in state and federal courts, and served as an assistant federal public defender in the Appeals Division of the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the District of Columbia. Before that, she was an assistant special counsel at the U.S. Sentencing Commission and an associate with two law firms.

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Pamela Karlan
Stanford Law School

A productive scholar and an award-winning teacher, Pamela S. Karlan is co-director of Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (where she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the department’s highest award for employee performance – as part of the team responsible for implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor). Professor Karlan is the co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as numerous scholarly articles.

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Christopher McCleary
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee

Christopher McCleary has served as general counsel for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) since January 2015. In this role, he leads a team of legal professionals responsible for all USOPC legal, contract, intellectual property, and dispute resolution matters. Additionally, he serves as the organization’s ethics officer and works with the USOPC Ethics Committee to advance USOPC’s ethics and conflicts of interest policies and practices, and to resolve ethics questions as they arise.  He also leads USOPC’s governance work and serves as corporate secretary to the USOPC board of directors.

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Brian Nelson
2028 Summer Olympics LA

Brian Nelson is Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary of the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Previously, he served as General Counsel of the California Department of Justice. In that capacity, Mr. Nelson served on the California Attorney General’s senior executive staff, directly advising Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, the chief lawyer for the people of California, on the Department’s most significant litigation, legal and policy matters. He joined the Department as a Special Assistant Attorney General overseeing a policy portfolio that included consumer, environmental, civil rights, and education issues. 

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David Pozen
Columbia Law School

David Pozen is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He teaches and writes about constitutional law and information law, among other topics.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Professor Pozen was the inaugural visiting scholar at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. From 2010 to 2012, Professor Pozen served as special advisor to Harold Hongju Koh at the Department of State. Previously, Professor Pozen was a law clerk for John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and a special assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Brad Smith
Microsoft

Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on key policy issues.

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Steven O. Weise
Proskauer

Steven O. Weise is a partner in Proskauer's Corporate Department, where he practices in all areas of commercial law.

Mr. Weise’s experience in financing is extensive, especially in those secured by personal property, including structured financing. He also handles matters involving California real property anti-deficiency laws, workouts, guarantees, sales of goods, equipment leasing, commercial paper and checks, letters of credit, and investment securities. Mr. Weise’s experience covers e-commerce, contract law (including “plain English” drafting), legal opinions, and consumer credit law compliance matters.

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