University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law
Speakers

Please click on the keynote speaker or panelist for a short biographical sketch.
All speakers are listed in alphabetical order within each category.

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Featured Keynote Speaker:
Charles Bierbauer
Charles Bierbauer
Charles Bierbauer is an Emmy Award-winning former broadcast journalist whose coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court and legal affairs for CNN during the Bush v. Gore litigation capped a 20-year career with the pioneering cable news network. Mr. Bierbauer also covered the Reagan and Bush administrations and five presidential campaigns as CNN's senior Washington correspondent, as well as every U.S.-Soviet superpower summit from 1975 to the fall of the Soviet Union. Mr. Bierbauer is currently dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina.
Lunch Keynote Speaker:
Ethan Katsh
Ethan Katsh
Ethan Katsh is the founder and Director of the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts and is a professor in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Katsh has authored three landmark books on technology's impact on law: Law in a Digital World, The Electronic Media and the Transformation of Law, and Online Dispute Resolution: Resolving Conflict in Cyberspace (co-authored). Professor Katsh chairs the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Expert Group on ODR.
 
Panelist:
Edward A. Adams
Panel 3: Law and Media in the Age of the Internet
Edward A. Adams
Edward A. Adams is the Editor and Publisher of the ABA Journal, the flagship publication of the American Bar Association. He had formerly served as reporter and online editor for the New York Law Journal and as executive editor for NYLawyer.com. Prior to taking the reins at the ABA Journal, he was Public Information Officer for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia during the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui.
Panelist:
Jim Chen
Panel 2: Rights and Social Justice
Jim Chen
Jim Chen is dean of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Dean Chen is a nationally recognized legal scholar whose expertise includes environmental law, administrative law and constitutional law. He is co-editor of Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond (Aspen, 2006) and is also the founder, administrator and principal author of the Jurisdynamics Network, one of the most intellectually stimulating and visually striking families of law-related Web sites.
Panelist:
Marjorie Cohn
Panel 2: Rights and Social Justice
Marjorie Cohn
Marjorie Cohn is the president of the National Lawyers Guild and is Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Professor Cohn serves as a news consultant for CBS News and as a legal analyst for Court TV. She is a Contributing Editor of JURIST’s Forum op-ed series and also provides legal and political commentary on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and Pacifica Radio. She is co-author of the book Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice.
Panelist:
Geoffrey Corn
Panel 1: Law and War
Geoffrey Corn
Geoffrey Corn is the former Special Assistant for Law of War Matters to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General – the Army’s senior law of war adviser and representative to the Department of Defense Law of War Working Group. His military career included service as Chief of International Law for the United States Army Europe and as Chief Prosecutor for the 101st Airborne Division. He is currently Assistant Professor at South Texas College of Law and a Contributing Editor of JURIST’s Forum op-ed series.
Panelist:
David M. Crane
Panel 1: Law and War
David Crane
David M. Crane is the former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the U.N. war crimes tribunal for West Africa. At the SCSL, Professor Crane prosecuted those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone during the 1990s. Before his appointment overseas, he served more than 30 years in the U.S. federal government, holding positions as Senior Inspector General, Department of Defense; Assistant General Counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency; and Waldeman A. Solf Professor of International Law at the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School. He is currently a distinguished Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law and a Contributing Editor of JURIST’s Forum op-ed series.
Panelist:
Jonathan Freiman
Panel 1: Law and War
Jonathan Frieman
Jonathan Freiman, a partner at Wiggin & Dana in New Haven, Connecticut , has represented Jose Padilla, the CATO Institute, the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute, the Government of Canada, Yale University, and a host of public and private businesses and individuals. Mr Freiman is a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, where he teaches a course on balancing civil liberties and security after 9/11.
Panelist:
Sherrilyn Ifill
Panel 2: Rights and Social Justice
Sherrilyn Ifill
Sherrilyn Ifill, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, is nationally recognized as an advocate in the areas of civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making. She is a frequent media commentator and op-ed columnist. Her book about truth and reconciliation commissions for lynching entitled On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century will be published this spring by Beacon Books.
Panelist:
Conrad Johnson
Panel 4: Legal Education, Technology and Public Service
Conrad Johnson
Conrad Johnson is a Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and its former Director of Clinical Education from 1992 to 1996. In 2001, he co-founded the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic, a pathbreaking offering that explores the impact of technology on law practice and the profession through client work and collaborative projects with major public interest legal organizations and prominent jurists. He was previously attorney-in-charge of the Harlem neighborhood office of the Legal Aid Society of New York City.
Panelist:
Tony Mauro
Panel 3: Law and Media in the Age of the Internet
Tony Mauro
Tony Mauro is Supreme Court correspondent for American Lawyer Media, Legal Times, and Law.com and also is a legal correspondent for the First Amendment Center. Prior to joining ALM, he covered the Supreme Court for USA Today and Gannett News Service. He is the author of Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court and numerous law review articles and book chapters on the Supreme Court.
Panelist:
John Palfrey
Panel 4: Legal Education, Technology and Public Service
John Palfrey
John Palfrey is Clinical Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Previously he was an associate at Ropes & Gray, where he worked on intellectual property, Internet law and private equity transactions. He served as a Special Assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration.
Panelist:
Nancy Rapoport
Panel 4: Legal Education, Technology and Public Service
Nancy Rapoport
Nancy Rapoport is Professor of Law and former dean at the University of Houston Law Center. In fall 2007 she will become the Gordon & Silver Ltd. Professor of Law at the Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A Contributing Editor of JURIST's Forum op-ed series, her other published works include Enron: Corporate Fiascos and Their Implications (co-editor). One of her works in progress is entitled Lemmings: How Legal Education Fails Law Students.
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Tim Stanley
Panel 3: Law and Media in the Age of the Internet
Tim Stanley
Tim Stanley is the CEO of Justia, Inc., a legal media and technology company providing Internet-based legal information and resources. A graduate of Stanford University with a J. D. from the University of Michigan, he is also the co-founder and former CEO of FindLaw.
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