• 2017 Symposium

Raising the Bar

Lawyers & Leadership

The legal profession provides a disproportionate number of leaders in American society, everywhere from law firms, to politics, the private sector, and the nonprofit realm. Why do so many lawyers end up in leadership positions? How can lawyers do better in these roles? This Symposium will focus on the role lawyers play as leaders in our society. It will bring together leading practitioners in a variety of fields to reflect on diversity in leadership, pathways to leadership, and leadership training in legal education. Each panel will feature leading lawyers in their field and will be moderated by Stanford Law faculty and legal scholars publishing on these topics in the Law Review.


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Symposium Schedule

Friday, February 10, 2017

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Diversity in Leadership

  • Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Supreme Court of California
  • Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at The New York Public Library
  • Kirtee Kapoor, Partner at Davis, Polk & Wardwell

Moderated by Professor Deborah L. Rhode, Stanford Law School

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM: Leadership in Government

  • President Janet Napolitano, University of California
  • LTG Dana K. Chipman (Ret.),  former Judge Advocate General of the United States Army
  • Former U.S. Solicitor General Gregory G. Garre, Partner at Latham & Watkins
  • Former U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson

Moderated by Professor Pamela S. Karlan, Stanford Law School

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Keynote Dinner

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Partner at Covington & Burling

Introductions by Professor Deborah L. Rhode, Stanford Law School; and Shannon Grammel, President, Vol. 69, Stanford Law Review

Saturday, February 11, 2017

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Registration and Breakfast

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Leadership in Private Practice

  • Kannon Shanmugam, Partner at Williams & Connolly
  • Laura Stein, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Clorox Company
  • Benjamin B. Wagner, Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Miriam Rivera, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Ulu Ventures

Moderated by Professor David B. Wilkins, Harvard Law School

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM: Leadership in Public Interest Lawyering

  • Jeff Adachi, Elected Public Defender of San Francisco
  • Marcia Greenberger, Founder and Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center
  • Katie Redford, Co-Founder and Director of EarthRights International

Moderated by Professor Robert W. Gordon, Stanford Law School

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Lunch Discussion with Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye

  • Discussion between Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Supreme Court of California, and Professor Deborah L. Rhode, Stanford Law School

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM: Leadership in Legal Education

  • Dean M. Elizabeth Magill, Stanford Law School
  • Dean Robert C. Post, Yale Law School
  • Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Moderated by Professor Donald J. Polden, Santa Clara University School of Law


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