6. Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer Bennett 

Staff Attorney

Public Justice

Jennifer Bennett is a Staff Attorney at Public Justice, where she focuses on appellate and Supreme Court litigation. Jennifer litigates precedent-setting appeals on a wide range of issues, including civil rights, workers’ rights, consumer protection, and government transparency. Her recent work includes an unanimous Supreme Court victory on behalf of transportation workers fighting forced arbitration, a Fifth Circuit victory on behalf of a father killed by Texas jailers, and a Ninth Circuit victory vindicating the public’s right to access court records. Jennifer earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University. She clerked for the Honorable Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Honorable Jesse Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.


The Honorable Charles Breyer

U.S. Senior District Judge

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

A San Francisco native, Judge Charles R. Breyer has served on the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California bench since his appointment in 1997 by President Clinton. Early in his career, he worked as an assistant district attorney for the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office and was an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, before spending the nearly 25 years prior to his bench appointment in private practice. A graduate of Harvard College and U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Judge Breyer was honored with the 2018 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, which honors a judge who has had a distinguished career and made significant contributions to the administration of justice, the advancement of the rule of law and the improvement of society.

8. Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean and Distinguished Professor

University of California, Berkeley

Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.

Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Before that he was a professor at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School.

He is the author of eleven books, including leading casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure, and federal jurisdiction.  His most recent book is We the People:  A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century (Picador Macmillan) published in November 2018. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court.

In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In January 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

7. Judge Edward M. Chen

The Honorable Edward Chen

U.S. District Judge

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Judge Edward Chen is a 1979 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. After clerking for U.S. District Judge Charles B. Renfrew and U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge James R. Browning, he practiced as a litigation associate with the law firm of Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer. He joined the legal staff of the ACLU Foundation of Northern California in 1985 where he served until joining the Court in 2001. From 2001 to 2011, Judge Chen served as a federal Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of California. Judge Chen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May 2011. In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Chen has participated and led judicial seminars on mediation, employment, intellectual property, civil rights, access to justice, and case management. He has also led judicial seminars in Mexico, Malaysia, India, and Trinidad on case management, alternative dispute resolution and digital copyrights, and has served as a member of court committees dealing with access to justice and judicial education. Judge Chen has served on the Ninth Circuit’s Task Force and Self-Represented Litigants and chaired its Implementation Committee.


The Honorable Nathanael Cousins

U.S. Magistrate Judge

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Nathanael Cousins serves as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in San Jose, the Northern District of California.  He joined the Court in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Antitrust Division Trial Attorney. Immediately before joining the Department of Justice, he worked as a civil litigation associate and then partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  He clerked for the Hon. F.A. Little, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana.  Judge Cousins graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco.

2. Allison A. Davis

Allison Davis


Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Allison Davis is a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.  She provides antitrust counseling, merger and acquisition and regulatory advice and has deep experience in multidistrict price fixing litigation. She advises clients in joint venture operation, acquisitions, trade associations, distribution counseling and other compliance matters, as well as defense of Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice investigations. Allison also represents large U.S. and international corporate clients in complex commercial litigation, including federal class actions, and jury trials, involving antitrust, contract disputes, food labeling, and related matters. She also advises clients with regard to national security issues involved in transactions, including Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review.  As a member of the firm’s energy practice group, her industry focus is on independent power producers, renewable energy, and climate change regulation including cap and trade.

5A. Lydia de la Torre

Lydia de La Torre 


Santa Clara University School of Law

Lydia de la Torre is the Privacy Fellow at Santa Clara University (SCU) where she teaches comparative privacy law and co-directs SCU’s Data Privacy Certificate program. She started her career in 1997 as an associate at Garrigues, a Spanish law firm, where she worked on the implementation of the first Spanish data protection law (the 1992 LORTAD). Over the years, she has worked as data protection and informational privacy counsel and consultant for fortune five hundred companies such as eBay, PayPal, Intuit and HP. Her research currently centers around state privacy regulations in general and the California Consumers Privacy Act (CCPA) in particular. With the goal of facilitating the teaching of data protection law at US educational institutions and promoting knowledge on the subject she created a blog about data protection law in 2018

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier 

U.S. Representative for California’s 11th Congressional District

United States Congress

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier represents California’s 11th Congressional District in the San Francisco East Bay, including a majority of Contra Costa County. In January 2015, he was sworn in as a member of the 114th Congress and appointed to serve on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. During his first term in Congress, Rep. DeSaulnier fought to pass legislation to support our students by expanding early learning opportunities through Head Start programs, protecting student athletes from concussions, and establishing after school centers for families, students, and community members to help students succeed.

Rep. DeSaulnier is a former small business owner who has been in public service for the last 25 years. During that time, Rep. DeSaulnier passed 61 bills into California law as both a California State Senator and Assembly member. Included in that portfolio is a first-in-the-nation menu labeling bill to address growing obesity. Other landmark legislation he co-authored created a new regional planning approach to solve environmental challenges that no single city can fix on its own.

David Foster

Deputy General Counsel

National Basketball Players Association

5A. Judge Beth Freeman

The Honorable Beth Labson Freeman

U.S. District Judge

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Judge Beth Labson Freeman is a Judge on the Federal Court in the Northern District of California, appointed by President Obama in 2014.  Judge Freeman sits in the San Jose Division, hearing a broad array of cases including antitrust, civil rights, consumer class actions, commercial litigation, and technology cases including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases.  She serves on the Northern District’s patent local rules and jury instruction committees. Judge Freeman previously was a Superior Court Judge in San Mateo County, California from 2001 to 2014. Judge Freeman served as Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge of the San Mateo Court.

Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2001, Judge Freeman was deputy county counsel in San Mateo County, and an associate attorney at Lasky, Haas and Cohler in San Francisco and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson in Washington, D.C. Judge Freeman is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and University of California, Berkeley.

3. Wil Frentzen

William Frentzen

Senior Trial Counsel

United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office

William Frentzen is Senior Trial Counsel at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. He specializes in complex investigations and significant trials, as well as serving as an advisor for complicated litigation matters for the Office. Mr. Frentzen has been with the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco for 12 years. Before becoming Senior Trial Counsel, Mr.

Frentzen was the Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force and has tried many of the longest and most complex criminal trials in the District during his tenure, among them the prosecution of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and his criminal organization that included Senator Leland, the national leadership of the Nuestra Familia criminal organization, Bay Area MS-13 gang leadership, former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain, and many others. Mr. Frentzen has also spearheaded the use of inventive investigative techniques designed to reduce gun violence and homicides in the Bay Area. He has received many awards for his trial work, including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, DOJ Director’s Award, FBI Director’s Award, Offices of Inspector General Award, Chief Postal Inspector’s Award, and Recorder’s California Attorney of the Year.

Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California, Mr. Frentzen served in the Homicide Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he tried murder cases as well as the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

Before joining the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Frentzen served as an Associate Independent Counsel for the Office of Independent Counsel in New Orleans, Washington, San Francisco, and Mississippi. In that role, Mr. Frentzen prosecuted high-profile white collar and public corruption   matters including the trial conviction of two executives of Tyson Foods, Inc. for bribing the United States Secretary of Agriculture.

Mr. Frentzen attended Tulane University Law School and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and New College of Florida.


The Honorable John Gleeson (ret.)


Debevoise & Plimpton

John Gleeson is a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where he is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups.  In addition to his active trial and appellate practice, handling both criminal and civil cases, Mr. Gleeson advises company boards, conducts internal investigations, mediates disputes, and serves both public and private entities and individuals in various expert capacities.

For 22 years before joining Debevoise in 2016, Mr. Gleeson was a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York.  He authored more than 1,500 published opinions (including 14 opinions for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, sitting by designation) and presided over more than 200 civil and criminal jury trials.  Mr. Gleeson was a member and Chair of the Defender Services Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Before his appointment to the bench in 1994, Mr. Gleeson was an Assistant United States Attorney in the same courthouse for 10 years. He served as Chief of Appeals, Chief of Special Prosecutions, Chief of Organized Crime, and Chief of the Criminal Division. He was lead counsel in the successful racketeering/murder trials of John Gotti and Vic Orena, the Bosses of the Gambino and Colombo Crimes Families of La Cosa Nostra, respectively, and he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his role in the Gotti case.

Mr. Gleeson has taught law for 30 years. He currently teaches Sentencing at New York University School of Law and Complex Federal Investigations at Harvard Law School. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a trustee of the Vera Institute of Justice, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at NYU School of Law.

Mr. Gleeson’s awards include the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law, University of Virginia (2016); Honorary Doctor of Laws, Northern Kentucky University (2016); The Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Cornell Law School (2016); The Green Bag Exemplary Writing Award, for United States v. Dossie (2013); The Green Bag Exemplary Writing Award, for United States v. Ovid (2011); and the Hon. Edward Weinfeld Award, New York County Lawyers’ Association (2008).

Mr. Gleeson’s publications include Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook (18th Edition) (2018) and numerous articles. Mr. Gleeson earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and went to college at Georgetown University.


The Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers

U.S. District Judge

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has been a District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California since 2011.

Judge Gonzalez Rogers graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991. She has a A.B. from Princeton University. Judge Gonzalez Rogers has over 12 years of experience in private practice and previously served as a Judge for California Superior Court in Alameda County.


The Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton

Chief U.S. District Judge

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Chief U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton was appointed in May 2000 by President William Clinton to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California, in San Francisco. After 19 years at the San Francisco Federal Building, she relocated her chambers to Oakland in 2009. She became the Chief Judge of the District in December 2014. In April 1991, Judge Hamilton was appointed as a U.S. Magistrate Judge and served the Northern District of California in that capacity until her elevation to the District Court. Prior to her federal judicial career, Judge Hamilton served as a Court Commissioner in the state court for Alameda County (1985-1991) and as an Administrative Judge for the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, San Francisco Regional Office (1980-1985). She also practiced law as a deputy public defender for the California Office of the State Public Defender (1976-1980). Judge Hamilton received her B.A. degree from Stanford University and her J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1976.

7. Keegan Hankes

Keegan Hankes

Senior Research Analyst

Southern Poverty Law Center

Keegan Hankes is a senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. He regularly contributes to its investigative magazine, the Intelligence Report, and its Hatewatch blog.

He has worked for the SPLC since 2013 tracking neo-confederates, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and the rise of the racist Alt-Right. He currently leads the Intelligence Project’s white nationalist desk, overseeing intelligence collection, analysis, and reporting. He is also involved in the SPLC’s data-driven investigations, particularly in identifying, collecting, and analyzing disparate intelligence streams related to domestic, far-right extremism.

He joined the SPLC after earning an interdisciplinary humanities degree from the University of Chicago’s New Collegiate Division. He grew up in Auburn, Alabama, a short 50 miles northeast of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama.

Misha Igra

Supervising Deputy Attorney General

California Department of Justice

Misha is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Division of the California Attorney General’s Office. After several years in private practice, she joined the California Department of Justice under Bill Lockyer. Over the past thirteen years, Misha has served under three Governors and four Attorneys General, litigating at all levels of state and federal courts.  She is a former Supreme Court Fellow and currently leads the Correctional Law Section’s appellate practice.  Her team provides primary representation and drafting assistance for approximately 200 appellate briefs per year.  The appeals address incarcerated persons’ civil rights, including constitutional issues ranging from individual religious freedom to lethal injection and large-scale class actions.  Misha is the President of the Leonard M. Friedman Bar Association and a founding member of the Court-Clergy Lawyers Auxiliary and the Liberty Caucus.

The Honorable Susan Illston

U.S. District Judge

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

The Honorable Susan Y. Illston was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in May 1995.  Her chambers are located in San Francisco, California, where the District Court has many active intellectual property and antitrust matters.  Judge Illston has presided over numerous notable cases, including the Balco steroids cases; the trial of Barry Bonds; the multidistrict litigation involving allegations of price-fixing among LCD flat-screen manufacturers, In re TFT-LCD Flat Panel Antitrust Litigation; and the patent trial of Verinata Health, Inc. & Illumina, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. 

Before joining the bench, Judge Illston was a partner in the law firm of Cotchett, Illston & Pitre, in Burlingame, California, specializing in civil litigation practice with emphasis on commercial litigation.  Judge Illston is a member of various professional organizations, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Society of Barristers, and she has also lectured and authored numerous articles.  She received her B.A. at Duke University in 1970 and her J.D. at Stanford in 1973.

8. Pam Karlan

Pamela Karlan


Stanford Law School

Professor Pam Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School. Her primary scholarly interests lie in the areas of constitutional litigation and the law of democracy. She is the co-author of several leading casebooks, a monograph on constitutional interpretation – “Keeping Faith with the Constitution” – and dozens of scholarly articles.

In addition to being a law professor, Professor Karlan has served as a law clerk to Judge Abraham D. Sofaer (SDNY) and to Justice Harry A. Blackmun; as an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission; and as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the ALI.

1. Jeffrey Kessler

Jeffrey Kessler


Winston & Strawn

Jeffrey L. Kessler, Co-Executive Chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP, is one of the most prominent lawyers in the country regularly engaged in high-profile sports litigation. He has litigated some of the most famous sports-antitrust cases in history, including McNeil v. the NFL, the landmark antitrust jury trial which led to the establishment of free agency in the National Football League (NFL), and Brady v. NFL, which led to the end of the 2011 NFL lockout. Some of Jeffrey’s clients in the sports law area have included the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the National Basketball Players Association, the Arena Football League (AFL) Players Association, the National Hockey League Players Association, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), CAA Sports, Wasserman Media Group, SCP Worldwide, MVP Sports, the Women’s National Soccer Team, the NFL Coaches Association, Players, Inc., the Women’s Tennis Benefit Association, Excel Sports, and Adidas. Jeffrey has also represented various classes of NBA, NFL, AFL, and MLS players, the North American Soccer League, the United States Football League, and the Cities of San Diego and Oakland, as well as Alameda County, in various sports law disputes.

1. Ann Killion

Ann Killion

Sports Columnist

San Francisco Chronicle

Born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County, Ann Killion has covered Bay Area sports for more than two decades. An award-winning columnist and a veteran of 11 Olympics, several World Cups and the Tour de France, Ann joined The Chronicle in 2012. Ann has worked for the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated. In addition to writing columns that address key social issue in sports, she is a New York Times best-selling author, having co-written “Solo: A Memoir of Hope” with soccer star Hope Solo,”Throw Like A Girl” with softball player Jennie Finch and two middle-grade books on soccer, “Champions of Women’s Soccer” and “Champions of Men’s Soccer.” She was named California Sportswriter of the Year in 2014, 2017 and 2018 (when she was named co-California Sportswriter with her Chronicle colleague Susan Slusser). She has two children and lives in Mill Valley.

The Honorable Lucy Koh

U.S. District Judge

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Judge Lucy Koh was appointed to the District Court by President Obama in June 2010 and to the California Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara by Governor Schwarzenegger in January 2008.  She was formerly a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, where her colleagues and she litigated the In re Seagate Technology case, in which the Federal Circuit overturned the 24 year old standard for willful patent infringement.  She also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.  A jury instruction from one of her trials is a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Model Criminal Jury instruction.  In addition, she received an award from then FBI Director Louis J. Freeh for prosecuting a major securities fraud case.  She served in Washington, D.C. as a Special Assistant to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick at the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow on U.S.  Senator Ted Kennedy’s Senate Judiciary Committee staff.  She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard.


Ellen Kreitzberg


Santa Clara University School of Law

Ellen Kreitzberg is a professor at Santa Clara University Law School. She teaches and works principally in the area of criminal justice reform especially on death penalty issues. She is a co-founder and director of the Death Penalty College, which brings 100 capital defense litigators to Santa Clara for six days of training in preparing and presenting their pending capital cases. Professor Kreitzberg is a member of the board of the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara Law working to free those who have been wrongfully convicted and incarcerated. She has written several books and articles including  “But Can it Be Fixed: Constitutional Challenges to Lethal Injection Executions” (with David Richter), Jury Selection, The Law, Art and Science of Selecting a Jury (with James Gobert and Charles H. Rose), Understanding Capital Punishment Law (with Linda Carter and Scott Howe) and a report for the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice: “A Review of Special Circumstances in California Death Penalty Cases,” available at http://www.ccfaj.org/rr-dp-expert.html. She is a founding member of the California Judge’s Association: Judicial Fairness Coalition to provide strategic and timely responses to the serious unjust criticisms of judges and the judiciary in California. Kreitzberg is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.

5A. Travis LeBlanc

Travis LeBlanc


Cooley LLP

Travis LeBlanc is a partner at Cooley LLP. Mr. LeBlanc was previously the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau Chief and earlier served as senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, where he oversaw California’s complex litigation and policy in areas such as technology regulation, high‐tech crime, cybersecurity, privacy, intellectual property, and telecommunications. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel and was appointed in 2017 as an arbitrator of disputes under the EU‐U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. A.B., Princeton University; M.P.A., Harvard University; J.D., Yale Law School; LL.M., University of Cambridge.

6. Michael McGuinnes

Michael McGuinness

City Attorney

City of Escondido

Michael R. McGuinness is the City Attorney for the City of Escondido, California.  During his 31-year career, he has tried numerous police misconduct cases on behalf of police officers and municipalities in both state and federal court.  He has also litigated the issue of qualified immunity in summary judgment practice and before the courts of appeal in cases such as Poppell v. City of San Diego 149 F.3d 951 (9th Cir. 1998), and recently, City of Escondido v. Emmons, 586 U.S. __ (2019) (per curium).   Mr. McGuinness received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut and J.D. from California Western School of Law.

Benjamin J. Meiselas


Geragos & Geragos

Ben Meiselas is a partner at Geragos & Geragos APC and the General Counsel of the Big3 Basketball League, a 3-on-3 professional basketball league founded by Ice Cube on CBS. Ben Meiselas established his name through high-stakes litigation including representing football stars Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid in their suit against the National Football League and attendees of the ill-fated Fyre Festival in a class action against the botched concert’s organizers. Ben Meiselas was named this month the impact lawyer of the year by Variety Magazine and reigned the award from presenters Eric Reid and Sean Diddy Combs.

The Honorable Charles Novack 

U.S. Chief Bankruptcy Judge

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California

Judge Charles Novack has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Northern District of California since May 2010. He regularly lectures on a variety of bankruptcy topics, is a Rutter Group guest lecturer on bankruptcy family law issues, and is a panel member on the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum’s popular Consumer Update annual program. Judge Novack maintained his own bankruptcy practice in Oakland, California during the five years preceding his appointment, representing Chapter 7 trustees, and debtors, creditors and other interested parties in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases. From 1994 until 2005 he was an associate and then a partner at the Oakland bankruptcy boutique firm of Kornfield, Paul & Nyberg.  Judge Novack served as an associate professor at California State University, East Bay for several years and at Hastings College of the law during the 2017/18 school year.

Judge Novack graduated from Rutgers College in 1980 (With Honors) and Hastings College of the Law in 1983 (Cum Laude).

4. Ann Ravel.

Ann Ravel 

Of Counsel

McManis Faulkner

Ann M. Ravel was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President Barack Obama on June 21, 2013. After her appointment received the unanimous consent of the United States Senate, Ms. Ravel joined the Commission on October 25, 2013. She served as Chair of the Commission for 2015 and Vice Chair for 2014 before leaving in 2017. Previously, Ms. Ravel served as Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Before joining the FPPC, Ms. Ravel served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Torts and Consumer Litigation in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. Ms. Ravel also worked as an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office, ultimately serving as the appointed County Counsel from 1998 until 2009. Ann M. Ravel is currently Of Counsel at McManis Faulkner in San Jose

7. Russell Robinson

Russell Robinson

Professor & Faculty Director

U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Russell Robinson is Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture and Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School.  Robinson’s scholarly and teaching interests include antidiscrimination law, race and sexuality, law and psychology, constitutional law, and media and entertainment law.  Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Robinson was Professor of Law at UCLA. Professor Robinson clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998-99) and for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court (2000-01). He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel (1999-2000) and the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Los Angeles, practicing entertainment law (2001-02).  His publications include: “’Playing It Safe’ with Empirical Evidence: Selective Use of Social Science in Supreme Court Cases About Racial Justice and Marriage Equality,” 112 Northwestern Law Rev. 1565 (2018); “LGBT Equality and Sexual Racism,” 86 Fordham L. Rev. 2739 (2018); “The Afterlife of Homophobia,” 60 Ariz. L. Rev. 213 (2018); and “Unequal Protection,” 67 Stan. L. Rev. (2015).

5B. Rachel Rossi

Rachel Rossi 

Crime Counsel

U.S. House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee

Rachel Rossi recently accepted a position as Crime Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.  For the past two years she was detailed from the Federal Public Defender’s Office to the office of Senator Richard J. Durbin, the Democratic Whip, as counsel handling criminal justice and cyber security/privacy portfolios.  In this role, Ms. Rossi worked toward passage of the First Step Act signed into law on December 21, 2018.  She provided technical assistance with legislative language, worked to develop support in Congress and with stakeholders, negotiated with Senate, House and executive branch parties, proposed and drafted bill provisions, briefed Judiciary Committee Senators, briefed caucus staffers, drafted briefing and summary materials, and fielded staffer and member technical questions about the bill.

In her role with Senator Durbin, Ms. Rossi also worked on hearings and legislation on a broad range of issues, including fentanyl, reauthorization of FISA, international parental abduction, money laundering, protecting young athletes from sexual assault, Russia, foreign cyber hacking of elections and infrastructure, government oversight, and nomination hearings, including two Supreme Court confirmation hearings and two United States Attorney General confirmation hearings.  Ms. Rossi has also presented at numerous speaking engagements and panels on the status of criminal justice reform.

Ms. Rossi previously practiced in the Central District of California as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, and in Los Angeles County as a Deputy Public Defender.  In these roles, Ms. Rossi has completed approximately 30 jury trials, drafted and argued hundreds of motions, and represented clients in a wide range of cases from narcotics trafficking to insider trading.  Prior to her service as a public defender, Ms. Rossi handled California Sexually Violent Predator civil commitment proceedings and drafted a successful civil Petition to Vacate Preliminary Order of Forfeiture in a large federal RICO Conspiracy case, opposing the Government’s unprecedented attempted forfeiture of trademarks belonging to Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club.

Ms. Rossi graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2009, where her article Meet Me On Death Row: Post-Sentence Victim-Offender Mediation in Capital Cases, was published.

Martin Sabelli 


Law Offices of Martin Sabelli

Martin Sabelli has represented individuals and tried many cases in state and federal courts since 1993 and have tried a wide range of criminal and civil matters. He has served as a Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of California, as the Director of Training for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and as a law clerk to the late Honorable Robert F. Peckham, United States District Judge.

In addition to serving as Co-Chair of the Trial Penalty Task Force for the National Association of Defense Lawyers (NACDL) he has served as Second Vice President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and will be its President in 2021. He is the Chair of its Ninth Circuit Lawyer’s Assistance Strike and is also a member of its Ethics Advisory Committee. He is also a Member of the Board of Regents of the National Criminal Defense College.

Mr. Sabelli has taught for the Trial Advocacy Workshop for Harvard Law School, the National Criminal Defense College, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and NACDL as well as numerous other criminal defense and public defense programs around the country and abroad.

Mr. Sabelli lectures often on comparative criminal justice issues and train public defenders, judges, prosecutors, and lawyers in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and numerous other countries, and has trained judges, prosecutors, and lawyers in numerous other countries including Nicaragua, Tunisia, and Egypt.

He received degrees from Harvard College (1985), the London School of Economics and Political Science (1987), and Yale Law School (1990).

2. Jahan Sagafi

Jahan Sagafi 


Outten & Golden LLP

Jahan Sagafi is the partner-in-charge of the San Francisco office of Outten & Golden LLP, where he represents workers in employment class actions challenging discrimination, wage and hour abuses, Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, and other types of exploitation.  He has significant trial experience and also represents plaintiffs in appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, and other courts, addressing issues such as workers’ rights, arbitration agreements, class certification, standing, unfair and deceptive practices under California’s Unfair Competition Law, and FDA preemption.  Prior to joining Outten & Golden, he was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, and clerked for the Honorable William W Schwarzer of the Northern District of California.  Mr. Sagafi graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a Senior Editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and president of the Board of Student Advisers.

6. Joanna Schwartz

Joanna Schwartz


UCLA School of Law

Joanna Schwartz is Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. She teaches Civil Procedure and a variety of courses on police accountability and public interest lawyering. In 2015, she received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Schwartz is one of the country’s leading experts on police misconduct litigation. Professor Schwartz additionally studies the dynamics of modern civil litigation. She is co-author, with Stephen Yeazell, of a leading casebook, Civil Procedure (9th Edition), and her scholarship has appeared in the New York University Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal, among others.

Professor Schwartz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School. After law school, Professor Schwartz clerked for Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York and Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was then associated with Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, in New York City, where she specialized in police misconduct, prisoners’ rights, and First Amendment litigation.

The Honorable Richard Seeborg

District Judge

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Born in Landstuhl, Germany, Richard Seeborg is a District Judge for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Judge Seeborg was appointed to the bench by President Obama in 2009, filling the seat vacated by the retirement of Maxine M. Chesney. Prior to his appointment, he served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of California. A graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School, Judge Seeborg spent more than 13 years in private practice and seven years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.

7. Christine Sun

Christine Sun

Legal & Policy Director

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

Christine P. Sun is the Legal and Policy Director for the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the largest state-based affiliate of the ACLU.

She previously served as a Senior Staff Attorney at the national ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, and as a Deputy Legal Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, where she directed SPLC’s economic justice work and work on behalf of the LGBT community. She also previously served as Senior Counsel for the national ACLU’s LGBT and AIDS Project, where she led the ACLU’s work on behalf of LGBT people in the Deep South.

Christine graduated with honors from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review. After graduation, Christine clerked for civil rights legend Judge Robert L. Carter on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then worked in private practice for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Keker & Van Nest.

She has spoken internationally on civil rights issues, including at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and Stanford Law School, and in the Philippines through a program facilitated by the U.S. Department of State.

5A. Christina Terplan

 Christina Terplan 


Clyde & Co.

Christina Terplan is a partner in the Clyde & Co San Francisco, CA office. Christina practices in the areas of technology, intellectual property, and privacy law. She represents insurers with respect to data security and privacy breach incidents, including the evaluation of data breaches and cyber-attacks, the issuance of breach notification letters, responding to regulatory investigations, and handling of consumer lawsuits. She has represented insurers in connection with over 2,000 data breaches to date. Christina has been active in advising insurers in the development of new insurance programs and manuscripted coverages relating to intellectual property, cyber security, and data breaches.

Christina is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., and a graduate, with honors, of the University of California, Davis, B.S., 2000

5A. Lesley Weaver

 Lesley Weaver


Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP

Lesley Weaver is the partner-in-charge of Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP’s Oakland, California office. Lesley’s practice focuses on consumer and antitrust litigation as well as securities law. In her twenty year career, she has focused primarily on cases that protect the public interest, consumers, and public entities. More recently, Lesley was appointed co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in In re: Facebook, Inc. Consumer Privacy User Profile Litigation. The litigation alleges that Facebook violated consumer fraud and privacy laws by allowing hundreds of third party parties, including Cambridge Analytica, to bundle and sell Facebook users’ content and information without users’ knowledge or consent. In addition, Lesley was an active member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Consumer Litigation, which resulted in a $17 billion recovery for plaintiffs and the environment.  She has extensive experience litigating matters involving international parties.

Lesley holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard College. She studied political science at the University of Bonn (Germany), and attended high school at Haderslev Katedraleskole in Denmark.  She speaks German and Danish.

6. Jonathon Wroblewski

 Jonathon Wroblewski


Harvard Law School

Jonathan Wroblewski has been the Director of the Harvard Law School Semester in Washington Program since 2010. He is also the Director of the Office of Policy and Legislation in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, he leads a team of policy analysts and attorneys in developing, reviewing, and evaluating national crime, sentencing, and corrections policy and legislation. Jonathan represents the Department of Justice on the Federal Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on the Criminal Rules and on the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council.  He has previously represented the Attorney General as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission.

Jonathan began his federal career in 1988 as a prosecutor with the Department’s Civil Rights Division, where he prosecuted criminal civil rights cases, including law enforcement misconduct, involuntary servitude and hate crimes. In 1994, Jonathan joined the United States Sentencing Commission, serving as Deputy General Counsel and then Director of Legislative Affairs. In 1998, he rejoined the Department of Justice in the Criminal Division’s Office of Policy and Legislation. Prior to his federal service, Jonathan served as an assistant public defender in the Alameda County Public Defender’s office, where he represented indigent criminal defendants at all stages of litigation. Jonathan’s prior academic work include being a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge in 2005 as part of the Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy program and serving as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s National Law Center and George Mason University School of Law. Jonathan graduated from Duke University in 1983 and from Stanford Law School in 1986.

2. Troy Yoshino

Troy Yoshino 


Squire Patton Boggs

Troy M. Yoshino is a partner with Squire Patton Boggs and co-leader of the firm’s Class Action & Multidistrict Litigation Practice.  Mr. Yoshino advises and defends leading corporations in class action and multidistrict litigation arising under consumer protection, antitrust, financial, privacy, insurance, employment, and human rights laws.  He was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine each year from 2011 to present and as 2015 Legal Elite: Class Action Defense Lawyer of the Year – California by Corporate America Magazine.  Mr. Yoshino graduated from Pomona College, cum laude, and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, cum laude.

2. Judith Zahid

Judith Zahid 


Zelle LLP

Judith Zahid is Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of Zelle LLP and co-chair of the Firm’s Antitrust group.  Judith’s practice is focused on assessing complex antitrust claims and pursuing recoveries on behalf of both individual corporate clients and class plaintiffs in many different industries.  She has represented plaintiffs in numerous high-stakes price-fixing and monopolization cases, with recoveries from those cases totaling well over $2 billion.  While Judith is involved in all aspects of the cases she litigates, she places particular emphasis on her work with industry and damages experts.  Judith is a frequent speaker on several aspects of plaintiff antitrust recovery and active in the leadership of the ABA Antitrust Section.