Alaska Bar Association
ANNUAL CONVENTION May 10-12, 2017 â€¢ Juneau, Alaska
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Alaska Bar Association Annual Convention Juneau, Alaska • May 10-12, 2017
GENERAL INFORMATION Register online at www.AlaskaBar.org/2017Convention
Any new lawyer admitted to the Alaska Bar five years or less can pair with another new lawyer OR a more experienced lawyer to attend convention CLEs for just ONE registration fee. The “2 for 1” offer does not apply to ticketed events.
2 for 1 registrants must register together under one login and payment must be made with one credit card or check.
$349................. 3 Day access to all CLEs $249................. 1 Day access (Wed. or Thurs.) $129................. 1 Day access (Fri.) $50................... Hard copy of course materials *Ticketed events are not included in registration fees. Add $50 to registration fees after April 10.
REGISTER ONLINE IN 3 EASY STEPS 1. Go to www.AlaskaBar.org/2017Convention 2. Click on REGISTER Log in to your account. IF YOU HAVEN’T LOGGED IN BEFORE: Username: Bar# and last name, e.g. 9202545smith Password: first three letters of last name & DOB e.g. smi03171965 DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT
Call the Alaska Bar office at 907-272-7469/fax 907-272-2932 Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Check the Bar website at www.AlaskaBar.org/2017Convention
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Four Points by Sheraton, formerly known as the Gold Belt Hotel, 51 Egan Dr., Juneau, AK Make your reservations at https://goo.gl/grFwa0 Room rates are $129 for Mountain View and $139 for Water View and based on availability. Reservations must be made by April 15, 2017.
Convention registration, CLE programs, luncheons and Thursday night’s dinner will be held at Centennial Hall Convention Center, 101 Egan Dr., Juneau, AK 99801.
Alaska Airlines has provided a 5% discount on all travel to Juneau. Make your reservation online at www.AlaskaAir.com and provide discount code ECMX563.
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Cancellations made prior to Friday, April 21 will receive a refund less a $50 charge. After April 21, there are absolutely no refunds.
The 2017 Alaska Bar Convention provides a total of 15 CLE Credits. Depending on your choice of concurrent session, you may earn a maximum of 7.5 Ethics CLE Credits. Attend all three days of the convention and fulfill ALL of your MCLE Rule mandatory ethics and voluntary hours of approved CLE for the 2017 reporting period.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast, Registration, Exhibits Open
U.S. Supreme Court Opinions Update
(1.5 General CLE Credits)
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky & Professor Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School This duo returns once again with an enlightening and entertaining review of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on civil and criminal law. Their presentations have been the highlight of our conventions, so you won’t want to miss a minute! 10:00 a.m. BREAK 10:30 a.m. U.S. Supreme Court Opinions Update (1.5 General CLE Credits)
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky & Professor Laurie Levenson 12:15 p.m. Law Day Lunch - Ticketed Event The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy Professor Laurie Levenson & Professor Christian Halliburton, Seattle University - Alaska Satellite Campus 1:30 p.m.
Alaska Supreme Court Opinions Update
(1.5 General CLE Credits)
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky 3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. The Changing National Landscape in Judicial Retention and its Implications for Alaska (1.5 Ethics CLE Credits)
Ryan Wright, Kansas Values Institute, Justice Joel Bolger, Barb Hood, and Maria Bahr. Moderated by: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky A distinguished panel with decades of experience dealing with the practical and ethical realities facing lawyers and judges in the context of judicial retention elections will tackle, under the leadership of moderator Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, the tough issues raised by retention elections, such as: • What can (or should) lawyers do to support a judge facing an organized non-retention campaign? What can (or should) the Bar as a whole do? What practical considerations face a lawyer wanting to become involved, pro or con, in a judicial retention election? (Does my firm or agency have a policy re my participation in a retention election? Must clients be consulted, and should they be? May clients be enlisted in the matter? [See the 1965 “Bar Fight”.] How will my participation affect my practice?) • What ethical considerations apply to that lawyer?
(Are there limits to the size of contributions to the effort? May a lawyer appear before a judge he or she has opposed? Should a lawyer recuse the judge?) • What practical considerations face the judge? (How do I organize a retention campaign? Should I? Do I ask a lawyer to head the effort and keep me out of fund-raising? May I have any role in the campaign? Should I? Should I self-fund and live with the limit? What is the limit?) • What ethical considerations confront the judge? (What limits do I face in conducting a campaign? May I publicly defend my record? Must I recuse myself from cases involving lawyers who worked to retain me? —to non-retain me?) 5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception at the Governor’s Residence Ticketed Event 716 Calhoun Avenue 8:00 p.m. Hospitality Suite Opens at Rockwell 109 S Franklin St, Upper Level
THURSDAY, MAY 11 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast, Registration, Exhibits Open Local Bar Presidents Breakfast
8:30 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS (1.5 Ethics CLE Credits ea.)
• Negotiation Ethics: Winning Without Selling Your Soul Marty Latz, Esq., Adjunct Professor – Negotiation 1995 - 2005, Arizona State Univ. Law In real estate, it’s location, location, location. In negotiation, it’s reputation, reputation, reputation. A trustworthy reputation – once lost – can be difficult, if not impossible, to regain. In this seminar, Martin E. Latz plays Devil’s Advocate in presenting a series of ethically challenging negotiation scenarios to a blue ribbon panel of lawyers, judges and business professionals.
THURSDAY, MAY 11 (CONTINUED) • What Lindsay Lohan Teaches Lawyers about Substance Abuse and Mental Health Stuart Teicher, The CLE Performer Who better to teach us about substance abuse than Hollywood celebrities? Join the CLE Performer, Stuart Teicher, Esq., as he reveals important lessons that lawyers should know about substance abuse…in an amusing manner. 10:00 a.m. BREAK 10:30 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS • Negotiation Ethics: Winning Without Selling Your Soul (continued) (1.5 Ethics CLE Credits)
• Thinking Your Way Through Jury Selection (1.5 General CLE Credits)
Dan Jacks, PhD, EDGE Litigation Consulting LLC How can you bust through all the myths and do effective and accurate jury selection? Success in jury selection, which can be the key to success in your case, boils down to a few essential skills: 1) Understanding the real purpose of jury selection/ busting the myths 2) Developing useful questions in advance, and asking them well 3) Encouraging jurors to talk to you in open court 4) Knowing how to get your message across This session will give you a method for doing accurate jury selection in virtually any kind of case. It will also give you an opportunity to practice using this method. The goal is to make you the most clear-headed attorney in the room the next time you do jury selection. 12:15 p.m. Lunch - Ticketed Event The Biggest Damned Hat: Tales from Alaska’s Territorial Lawyers and Judges Pamela Cravez shares stories from her new book, The Biggest Damned Hat: Tales from Alaska’s Territorial Lawyers and Judges. Based on oral histories, interviews and legal research, The Biggest Damned Hat brings territorial Alaska to life through the perspective of practicing lawyers. Clubby, passionate and powerful, Alaska’s territorial lawyers tell of a time when charm, quick wit, and knowledge of their communities and each other proved more important than knowledge of the law.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS (1.5 General CLE Credits ea.)
• The Lost Art of Cross-Examination David Gross, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP “Counsel, your witness.” Those words can be your worst nightmare or a great opportunity. This session will get you ready for your very first cross exam and your big moment with the expert. You’ll learn techniques to help make your next cross exam a great opportunity, including developing rhythm, making the witness answer your question, using the judge, encouraging bad answers, and locking down the professional expert witness. And you’ll see how the techniques play out in cross exams from actual jury trials. • Civil Justice Reform, Culture Change and Protecting the Rule of Law Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System Justice Kourlis, a former Colorado Supreme Court Justice who now runs IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, will speak about the ‘new normal’ in the courts: recommendations for broad changes, pathways for cases and increasing use of technology. Alaska is on the forefront of some of those changes, and others are yet to come. She will address how those changes impact the role of lawyers and the rule of law; how the profession must rise to the challenge of changing how we do business, but why; becoming efficient and customer-focused, while maintaining fealty to the broad ideals of justice.
3:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS • Effective Use of Demonstrative Exhibits in Hearings & Trials (1.5 General CLE Credits)
David Gross, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP We live in an visual age. Americans of all ages play video games, stream movies to their televisions, and watch videos on their smart phones. So jurors expect a visual presentation at trial. Demonstrative exhibits educate the jury while keeping jurors’ attention and fulfilling juror expectations. They organize the presentation of the case, simplify and clarify evidence, cause jurors to retain information, and generally make the case more interesting. This session is a crash course on the art of creating a demonstrative exhibit, the best
THURSDAY, MAY 11 (CONTINUED) types of demonstratives, such as the basics board, comparison chart, timeline, and others, the form of demonstrative exhibits, and an explanation of how demonstrative exhibits were used in actual jury trials. • “Oh yeah? Well we’ll just see who is a bottomfeeding, scum-sucking loser!” – Lawyer Incivility, Professionalism and Enforcement (1.5 Ethics CLE Credits)
William Slease, Chief Disciplinary Counsel, New Mexico Supreme Court, Justice Walter (Bud) Carpeneti (Retired) and Judge Tricia Collins (Retired) Although nothing new, complaints about lawyer incivility and unprofessionalism continue to plague the profession and interest the public. This session will consider to what extent lawyers have a duty to act in a civil and professional manner, reasons why lawyers might act in an uncivil or unprofessional manner, the cost of incivility in the practice of law, and whether the concepts of lawyer civility and professionalism can, should be and are enforced by regulatory counsel, courts or others. 5:00 p.m.
Dinner - Ticketed Event Keynote: Richard W. Painter, University of Minnesota Law School
8:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite Opens at Rockwell 109 S Franklin St, Upper Level
FRIDAY, MAY 12 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast, Registration, Exhibits Open
8:30 a.m. Human Memory: What You Need to Know Before You Enter the Courtroom (1.5 General CLE Credits)
Dr. Craig Stark, Professor of Neurobiology and the Behavior School of Biological Sciences, University of California Irvine and Don Bauermeister of Friedman Rubin, Judge Sharon Gleason, Federal District Court, and Judge William Morse, Presiding Superior Court Dr. Craig Stark -- Although memory can be hazy at times, it is often assumed that memories of violent or otherwise stressful events are so well encoded that they are effectively indelible and that confidently retrieved memories are almost certainly accurate. However, findings from basic psychological research and neuroscience studies indicate that memory is a reconstructive process that is susceptible to distortion. In the courtroom, even
FRIDAY, MAY 12 (CONTINUED) minor memory distortions can have severe consequences that are partly driven by common misunderstandings about memory — for example, that memory is more veridical than it may actually be. Don Bauermeister will address what cognitive neuroscience has to teach us about the joint effects of stored memory and motivated reasoning on present sense impressions of evidence in the courtroom. He will also discuss the most recent research evaluating the impact of motivated reasoning on jury bias and what some courts have done to lessen bias in jury decision – making. 10:00 a.m. BREAK 10:30 a.m. Metadata and Data Privacy: The Good, the Bad, and the Misunderstood (1.5 Ethics CLE Credits)
Donna Payne CEO of PayneGroup, Seattle Washington Metadata headlines have made a resurgence this past year. One of those prominent headlines included, “General Petraeus Brought Down by Metadata.” Then, of course, there was the article about the software king turned fugitive, John McAfee, whose location in Central America was easily pinpointed with metadata after he sent pictures of himself while on the lam. Additionally, one cannot neglect to mention the plethora of metadata discussions just dealing with the 2016 Presidential election! It’s important to know what metadata is, how it’s transferred, and how much information you may be inadvertently sharing. More importantly, it’s critical to know how to stop it. Donna Payne, well-known data privacy and metadata expert, will discuss metadata and how to protect yourself from inadvertent disclosure. In addition to addressing what metadata is and how to deal with it, she’ll also cover best practices for redaction. Donna will conclude the session with a discussion on privacy and how your personal data is for sale. 12:15 p.m. Annual Meeting Luncheon - Ticketed Event — Meeting is open to all members. 1:30 p.m. Buses pickup from Centennial Hall for the Whale Tour – Ticketed Event out of Auke Bay. After the tour, the buses will make a drop-off at the airport prior to returning to Centennial Hall. 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Whale Tour – Ticketed Event
Chilkat Fireweed by lue isaac Summer Solstice, 2016, found me awaiting the Fairweather Ferry to Juneau at Chilkat State Park south of Haines, gazing northwest across Chilkat Inlet to the mountains and glaciers beyond. The early blooms of fireweed in the summer sun set the scene ablaze.
SPEAKERS Don Bauermeister
For more than 30 years, Don’s legal practice has focused on litigation involving wrongful death, product liability, bad faith insurance, and other tort claims. He has represented clients in Alaska courts throughout the state, including: Bauermeister Anchorage, Bethel, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak and Nome. Don has also performed work for clients with cases in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Don has lectured in over twenty states on the uses of cognitive neuroscience in the courtroom. He has published papers on legal topics including the uses of neuroscience in jury persuasion and economic proofs that will support punitive damages claims. Don and Rick Friedman often work together to develop effective presentations for juries in cases involving compensatory and punitive damages. Don is a member of the law firm Burke and Bauermeister, P.L.L.C. He is also Of Counsel to the law firm of Friedman Rubin. Don is a member of the bar in the states of Alaska, Washington and Nebraska. He has also been admitted to practice before multiple Federal District Courts and the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Don has been admitted Pro Hac Vice in multiple state courts. Don is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Law School.
Maria Bahr is Ethics Counsel for the office of the Alaska Attorney General. Prior to that, she was Bar Counsel for the Alaska Bar Association. Maria has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California Los Angeles. She clerked for the Bahr Alaska Court of Appeals, and was admitted to practice in Alaska in 1991. Maria spent over 10 years with the Alaska Public Defender Agency representing clients in Anchorage, Sitka, Kodiak, and Palmer. Maria worked for the State Bar of Arizona as a staff attorney starting in 2003, and served as the Director of the Arizona Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Programs for five years. Maria was an Adjunct Professor with the Arizona Summit Law School (formerly the Phoenix School of Law) teaching ethics and practice management skills. She served as Assistant Director of the General Practice Skills Program at the law school from 2009 to 2015. She was also a judge pro tem for the City of Mesa Municipal Court.
Justice Joel Bolger
Justice Joel H. Bolger was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court in January 2013. Born and raised in Iowa, he received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Iowa in 1976 and a J.D. in 1978. He came to Alaska as Bolger a VISTA attorney with Alaska Legal Services Corporation in Dillingham and later became the supervising attorney for ALSC in Kodiak. Justice Bolger served as an assistant public defender in Barrow and then returned to Kodiak to join the firm of Jamin Ebell Bolger & Gentry. He worked as a private attorney from 1982-1997. He served on the Board of Directors for ALSC from 1984-1987. Justice Bolger was appointed to the District Court in Valdez in 1997, to the Superior Court in Kodiak in 2003, and to the Alaska Court of Appeals in 2008. He serves as chair of the Fairness, Diversity,
TICKETED EVENTS Wednesday, May 10
12:15 p.m. $29 Law Day Luncheon: The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy
Robert Hickerson Partners in Justice Campaign Rabinowitz Public Service Award
6:00 p.m. $29 Welcome Reception at the Governor’s Residence 716 Calhoun Avenue
A short walk from the hotel. If transportation is necessary, contact Mary@AlaskaBar.org
Thursday, May 11
12:15 p.m. $29 Thursday Luncheon: The Biggest Damned Hat: Tales from Alaska’s Territorial Lawyers and Judges Presented by Pam Cravez 5th Annual Human Rights Award 2017 Benjamin Walters Distinguished Service Award 25, 50, 60 year Membership Recognition
6:30 p.m. $65 Banquet Dinner
Keynote speaker: Richard W. Painter Court Community Outreach Award Pro Bono Awards Distinguished Service Award
Friday, May 12
12:15 p.m. $29 Annual Meeting Luncheon
Meeting is open to all members with optional lunch purchase. Outgoing Board Members; passing the gavel; Awards Alaska Bar Professionalism Award Judge Nora Guinn Award Robert Hickerson Public Service Award Layperson Public Service Award
2:00 p.m. $75 Allen Marine Whale Watching Tour out of Auke Bay.
Embark on a scenic cruise into the SE Alaskan wilderness that guarantees you will see wildlife, including whales! Travel by deluxe catamaran. This is a great opportunity to view and learn about whales, sea lions, porpoise, seals, bald eagles and other species of wildlife.
Bus ride to Whale Tour
At 1:30 p.m. sharp, buses pick up from Centennial Hall for the Whale Tour out of Auke Bay. After the tour, the buses will make a drop-off at the airport prior to returning to Centennial Hall.
SPEAKERS and Equality Committee, co-chair of the Criminal Justice Working Group, and has also served on the Judicial Conference Planning Committee, the Appellate Rules Committee, the Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, the Family Law Rules Committee, the Child Support Review Committee, the Alaska Bar Association Continuing Legal Education and Convention Steering Committees, as a magistrate training judge, and as an alternate on the Three-Judge Sentencing Panel.
Justice Walter (Bud) Carpeneti (Retired) Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He was named, by The National Jurist Magazine, #1 for 2013’s Most Influential People in Legal Education.
Judge Tricia Collins (Retired)
Patricia Collins is a former Alaska Superior Court Judge, Alaska District Court Judge and United States Magistrate Judge. Ms. Collins also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska and served on Alaska’s Commission on Judicial Conduct. She currently works as a mediator.
Lawyer and writer Pamela Cravez interviewed more than 50 Alaska lawyers who began practicing law prior to statehood in 1959. She directed the Anchorage Bar Association’s Oral History of Territorial Lawyers, has written extensively about the early practice of law in Cravez Alaska and given presentations throughout the state. Her articles about the territorial years have appeared in the Alaska Law Review, Alaska Journal, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Anchorage Times. Cravez has worked as a public defender, chief of staff, communications director, reporter, writer, researcher, and currently edits the Alaska Justice Forum. She holds a J.D. from Catholic University School of Law and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Judge Sharon Gleason David J.F. Gross
David J.F. Gross is a national speaker on trial advocacy and an IP trial lawyer in the Silicon Valley office of Faegre Baker Daniels, a 750-professional firm with offices in the United States, England, and China. In 2008, the National Law Journal named David one of the Gross “Top Ten Winning Litigators in the United States” based on his complete defense jury verdict in a patent case for Seagate Technology in the Central District of California. David is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, co-author of the NITA trial practice book, The Power Trial Method, and coauthor of the casebook Winning Patent Litigation.
Professor Christian Halliburton Barbara Hood
Barbara Hood is retired from a career in law during which she served for several years as Communications Counsel for the Alaska Court System and as a member of the Alaska Bar Association’s Fair and Impartial Courts Committee. She is a founding member and current board secretary for Justice Not Politics Alaska. Barbara has been involved in a personal capacity in several retention campaigns on behalf of judges facing organized opposition based on their judicial decisions and can address the myriad practical problems that arise.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Dan Jacks has helped attorneys win high-stakes and highprofile cases across the country, including cases involving refinery explosions, well blowouts, plane crashes, intellectual property, securities fraud, insurance bad faith, and Jacks even hate crimes. Dan’s goal is to use jury research to help attorneys: 1) accurately identify and strike un-persuadable jurors, 2) craft compelling messages that address jurors’ concerns, and 3) prepare witnesses to deliver under pressure. Dan has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, so he is especially interested in helping witnesses manage the stress of cross-examination and still deliver impactful and persuasive messages. He has written several articles on jury persuasion and witness preparation, and he is frequently invited to speak at legal conferences.
Rebecca Love Kourlis
Rebecca Love Kourlis is founder and Executive Director of IAALS—the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver. Prior to forming IAALS, she served Colorado’s judiciary for nearly two decades, first as a trial court judge and then as a Kourlis Colorado Supreme Court justice. Kourlis began her career with the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs, and then started a small practice in rural northwest Colorado in natural resources law. In 1987, she was appointed as a trial court judge with a general jurisdiction docket. She served as Water Judge and later as Chief Judge of the district. In 1994, Kourlis returned to Denver and worked as an arbitrator and mediator for the Judicial Arbiter Group. She was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1995 and resigned in 2006 to start IAALS. Kourlis earned her B.A. in English from Stanford University with distinction and a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.
ABC News’ Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos has called Marty Latz “one of the most accomplished and persuasive negotiators I know.” The founder of the Latz Negotiation Institute, a national negotiation training and consulting firm, Latz also taught Latz negotiation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Arizona State University’s College of Law from 1995 to
SPEAKERS 2005. Since 1995, Latz has taught over 100,000 lawyers and business professionals around the world how to more effectively negotiate – including in Hong Kong, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Brussels, Seoul and Bangkok - and has negotiated for The White House nationally and internationally on The White House Advance Teams. Mr. Latz is the author of Gain the Edge! Negotiating to Get What You Want and has appeared as a negotiation expert on CBS’ The Early Show and such national business shows as Your Money and Fox Business. He also has written a monthly negotiation column for various newspapers since 1999. Mr. Latz received his law and negotiation training at Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude.
Professor Laurie Levenson
Professor Levenson currently leads the following programs at Loyola Law School: Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic, The Fidler Institute annual symposium, and the Project for the Innocent.
Judge William Morse Donna Payne
Donna Payne is the CEO and founder of PayneGroup, a Seattlebased software and professional services company and the author of 13 books on computer software. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, and has addressed Congress, Senate and security Payne agencies on the subject of metadata and privacy. She is the recipient of the Thought Leader of the Year (ILTA), Lifetime Achievement (ABA) awards, FastCase 50. Donna worked in government, Fortune 500 and even did a stint as a rock and roll singer. Website: www.thepaynegroup.com
SPONSORS Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP
Seattle University School of Law - Alaska Satellite Campus Ashburn & Mason ALPS
Jermain Dunnagan & Owens
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Findlaw
North Country Processors
Law Office of Bruce B. Weyhrauch Woelber and Passard, LLC
William D. Slease
William D. Slease is Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the New Mexico Supreme Court Disciplinary Board. In addition to his duties as Chief Disciplinary Counsel, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where he has taught employment Slease law, ethics and trial practice skills. He also chairs the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico’s Lawyer’s Succession and Transition Committee and serves on the State Bar of New Mexico Professionalism Commission which is responsible for operating and administering the “Bridge the Gap: Transitioning Into the Profession Program” for new lawyers in New Mexico. He is a member and the 2016-17 President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel.
Craig Stark, PhD
I received my PhD from Carnegie Mellon University on the development of computational models of memory. I then applied the principles of this computational approach to amnesia research and early studies using functional MRI during my postdoctoral research into Stark memory at the University of California at San Diego. Much of my research has focused on the dynamic network of structures in the medial temporal lobe to support semantic and episodic memories. I developed high-resolution functional MRI to investigate activity of hippocampal subfields in pattern separation and high-resolution diffusion tensor imaging to evaluate the integrity of white matter tracts feeding into and out of the hippocampus. By exploring the dynamics of these brain regions, we can gain a better understanding of how they interact to support new learning and the retrieval of existing memories. I am motivated by questions like what are the roles of the subfields of the hippocampus and how are they affected in healthy aging? What brain changes and behaviors can discriminate between healthy aging and early changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease? Can we use false memories as “memory illusions” to understand the neural basis of memory as visual illusions helped us understand the neural basis of visual processing? What neural, cognitive, and personality factors contribute to extreme memory performance?
Stuart I. Teicher, Esq.
Stuart I. Teicher, Esq. is a professional legal educator who focuses on ethics law and writing instruction. A practicing attorney for over two decades, Stuart’s career is now dedicated to helping fellow attorneys survive the practice of law and thrive in the profession. Mr. Teicher Teicher teaches seminars, provides in-house training to law firms and legal departments, provides CLE instruction at law firm client events, and also gives keynote speeches at conventions and association meetings. Stuart helps attorneys get better at what they do (and enjoy the process) through his entertaining and educational CLE Performances. His focus is on the ethical issues in social networking and other technology. Recently, Thomson Reuters published a book he wrote on the topic entitled, Navigating the Legal Ethics of Social Media and Technology. Stuart also speaks about “Practical Ethics”-- those lessons hidden in the ethics rules that enhance a lawyer’s
SPEAKERS practice. Mr. Teicher is a Supreme Court appointee to the New Jersey District Ethics Committee where he investigates and prosecutes grievances filed against attorneys, Mr. Teicher is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law where he teaches Professional Responsibility. He also taught PR as an adjunct at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey, and he is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick where he teaches undergraduate writing courses.
Ryan Wright is Executive Director, Kansas Values Institute & Kansans for Fair Courts, Lawrence, Kansas. Wright leads the Kansas Values Institute, which brings together policy and opinion leaders to advocate and educate around issues like funding public schools, Wright building safe roads and, through the Kansans for Fair Courts initiative, protecting the Kansas court system. In 2016, Kansas was identified as “ground zero” in the nation for anti-court attacks having suffered over 55 different attempts by the governor and legislature to punish the courts for enforcing the rule of law and the constitution. One such attack
successfully defunded the entire judicial branch —the first time that happened in our nation’s history. Ryan was responsible for mobilizing tens of thousands of Kansans and spearheading efforts that saw the successful retention of all targeted jurists to the Kansas Supreme Court and Kansas Court of Appeals and the ouster of a majority of anti-court politicians in the Kansas Legislature. The Institute also seeks responsible tax policy that does not disproportionally burden hardworking, low- and middle-income Kansans. Before launching KVI, Ryan worked for Kansas Action for Children and led the Kansas Coalition for School Readiness, where he expanded access to highquality early education programs and helped shape health and economic policy on behalf of the 700,000 children of Kansas. Ryan has been engaged in aspects of electoral politics for nearly 20 years. He served as legislative director for the Speaker of the Kansas House, as special assistant for communications for the Kansas State Treasurer, and as press secretary for thenCongressman Jerry Moran in Washington, D.C. He earned a bachelor of science degree in political science from Kansas State University.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PROFESSOR RICHARD W. PAINTER Professor Richard W. Painter
received his B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Following law school, he clerked for Judge John T. Noonan Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and later practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and Finn Dixon & Herling in Stamford, Connecticut.
He has served as a tenured member of the law faculty at the University of Oregon School of Law and the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was the Guy Raymond and Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Professor of Law from 2002 to 2005. From February 2005 to July 2007, he was Associate Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel’s office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer for the President, White House employees and senior nominees to Senate-confirmed positions in the Executive Branch. He is a member of the American Law Institute and is an advisor for the new ALI Principles of Government Ethics. He has also been active in the Professional Responsibility Section of the American Bar Association.
Electronic course materials will be available via download from the Alaska Bar website after May 1.
Professor Painter has also been active in law reform efforts aimed at deterring securities fraud and improving ethics of corporate managers and lawyers. A key provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requiring the SEC to issue rules of professional responsibility for securities lawyers was based on earlier proposals Professor Painter made in law review articles and to the ABA and the SEC. He has given dozens of lectures on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to law schools, bar associations, and learned societies, such as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Painter has on four separate occasions provided invited testimony before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate on securities litigation and/or the role of attorneys in corporate governance. His book, Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2009. He has written opeds on government ethics for various publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been interviewed several times on government ethics and corporate ethics by national news organizations, including appearances on Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC), Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN), CNN News, Fox News, National Public Radio All Things Considered, and Minnesota Public Radio News. In 2011, he testified before the U.S. House Government Oversight Committee on partisan political activity by government officials and reform of the Hatch Act. Professor Painter has also given expert testimony in cases involving securities transactions and the professional responsibility of lawyers. He testified as a defense witness in SEC. v. The Reserve Money Market Fund (SDNY, November 2012), a jury trial of an SEC enforcement action against the founders of the world’s oldest money market fund that ended with a defense verdict on all of the fraud counts.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PROFESSOR RICHARD W. PAINTER Professor Painter is the author of two casebooks: Securities Litigation and Enforcement (with Margaret Sachs and Donna Nagy; West 2003; Second Edition, 2007; Third Edition 2011) and Professional and Personal Responsibilities of the Lawyer (with Judge John T. Noonan Jr.; Foundation 1997; Second Edition, 2001; Third Edition 2011). He has written dozens of articles, book reviews, and essays, including a series of papers and a forthcoming book with Minnesota colleague Claire Hill on the personal responsibility of investment bankers. During the 2014-15 academic year, Professor Painter will be on leave as a fellow at Harvard Universityâ€™s Safra Center for Ethics where he will work on a book on campaign finance reform.