Justice Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court on January 2, 2018, making her the first African American to sit on the state's highest court and on any appellate state court. She previously served as a trial judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon. Prior to her judicial appointments, she worked as a public defender and then in private practice. Judge Nelson is a frequent speaker on a number of topics including diversity, inclusion, equity, leadership, and professional development. She also serves as a mentor to many people. She current sits on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Public Education.
Mr. Liu's appearance is generously sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves.
Diane P. Wood is the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She was appointed to the Seventh Circuit in 1995 by President Clinton, and became Chief Judge on October 1, 2013. She previously served as deputy assistant general in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice with responsibility for the Division's International, Appellate, and Legal Policy matters in 1993 to 1995, and was Associate Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center from 1989 through 1992. She also clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Judge Wood's research interests include antitrust (both international and general, federal civil procedure, and international trade and business. She has taught in all three fields.
On September 11, 2001, Keating Crown was in his office on the 100th floor of the South Tower when the North Tower was hit. As he attempted to evacuate the building, he reached the 78th floor when the airplane hit the South Tower from floors 78-84. He was fortunate to survive the impact and find his way to the stairwell. Despite his injuries, he reached the ground level, where he was evacuated and taken to the hospital. AON Corporation lost 176 people on September 11th, seven of whom were in the Financial Services Group.
Mr. Crown is now a Principal with Sterling Bay Companies in Chicago, primarily focused on new Real Estate Acquisitions and Development as well as strategic capital pursuits and relationships. He is actively involved in charity work, serving on the Trinity College Board of Visitors for Duke University, Lead the Way Fund Advisory Committee, and the 606/Bloomingdale Trail, among others. Mr. Crown's appearance is generously sponsored by 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
Robert Katzmann is chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was appointed to the Court in 1999 by President Clinton, and become chief judge in 2013. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and served as Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He also served as special counsel for the connfirmation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the first judge of the federal courts with a doctorate in government and has said a long interest in judicial-legislative relations. Most recently, that interest led him to write Judging Statutes, which offers a succinct critique of a purely textualist apprach to the interpretation of legislation. He is the author of several books and teaches an administrative law class New York University School of Law.
A former English teacher and high-school principal, Fred Mednick fired himself in 2000 and founded Teachers Without Borders. TWB's mission is to connect teachers to information and each other so that they may close the education divide. TWB's network now spans 177 countries. Dr. Mednick is fond of saying: “Brains are evenly distributed around the world, but education is not.” Teachers Without Borders has been highlighted by Desmond Tutu and is the recipient of the Champion of African Education award and the 2018 Luxembourg Peace Prize. Fred is also a professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and holds an appointment with Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education. At VUB, Dr. Mednick teaches courses on global social change, non-profit leadership, modern educational systems, peace and human rights education, girls’ education, and education in emergencies. He is currently working on education policy change to support critical thinking in a world of “alt-facts,” and has just completed a new book, “Outside My Window: An Eyewitness View of Teacher Leaders Changing the World.”
Jeremy D. Fogel is a Senior United States District Judge in the Northern District of California. He was appointed as the tenth Director of the Federal Judicial Center on October 3, 2011. He was founder, Directing Attorney, and Executive Director of the Mental Health Advocacy Project of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. He served as a judge of the Santa Clara County Municipal Court from 1981 to 1986, and of the Santa Clara Superior Court from 1986 until 1998, when he was appointed to the district court.