The Conference Chair is typically a judge; only rarely has a lawyer been selected to chair the Conference. Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder selected Mr. Friedman as the 2003 Conference Chair after he served as the Program Chair for the successful 2002 Conference in San Diego. (At the 2002 Conference, he was one of three interviewers of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Solicitor General Ted Olson.) Mr. Friedman is also the 2003 Chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference -- marking the first time a lawyer has chaired both the Conference and the lawyer representative group. He previously served as Chair of the Northern District of California Judicial Conference.
The programs at this year's Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference will include "Corporate Responsibility: What Went Wrong and How Do We Fix It," "Professional Ethics: Rethinking Roles and Rules for Professionals," and a commemoration of Marbury v. Madison after 200 years. Speakers include Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Michael Chertoff, Harvey L. Pitt, the former Chairman of the SEC, ABA President-elect Dennis Archer, Kayla Gillan of the new Public Accounting Oversight Board, Professor Stephen Gillers, and Seth P. Waxman, the immediate past solicitor general of the United States, among others.
"Our firm is honored that Paul has been selected to chair such a prestigious and important judicial conference," commented Keith Wetmore , Chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP. "Paul has a long history of public service, particularly to the federal courts. This is a wonderful recognition of that track record. This achievement is all the more remarkable in light of the fact that Paul is among our most productive partners and heads up a nationwide litigation practice that involves all of our offices. His tremendous commitment to the Ninth Circuit Conference over the years has not slowed down his contributions to our firm."
Paul Friedman is a senior partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster. His practice is focused on class action defense, securities, antitrust, regulatory and other complex commercial litigation. He regularly practices in the federal trial and appellate courts around the country. Mr. Friedman is the Chair of the Morrison & Foerster Foundation and is a member of the firm's Board of Directors.