Eighth Annual Chief Justice Ronald M. George Distinguished Lecture Series

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Friday, January 27, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST


United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
95 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Annual Chief Justice Ronald M. George Distinguished Lecture Series, named after legendary former Chief Justice of California Ronald M. George, shines a light on the vital role of the courts by bringing together judicial leaders to share their perspectives on critical issues facing the judiciary.

Golden Gate University Law Review’s Ninth Circuit Survey is the nation’s only law review edition devoted exclusively to the decisions of the Ninth Circuit. Every year the Survey showcases key decisions of the court over a variety of legal fields, delving beyond the results of the Ninth Circuit cases to analyze the underlying reasoning, effect, and possible implications on future law, and this year’s Survey is no different.

The Introduction of this year’s Survey, written by the Honorable Carlos T. Bea, discusses the history of the Ninth Circuit and his experiences with the Court. Key decisions involving copyright protection for comic book characters, an individual right to self-defense, and key issues in California's capital punishment system are analyzed in the three Notes written by Golden Gate University School of Law students, which you will have the opportunity to hear about from the authors.

Today, we are honored to welcome the Honorable Carlos T. Bea, a judge on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Dr. Kevin Starr, a University Professor of History at the University of Southern California.

Honorable Carlos T. Bea
Judge Bea was appointed to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush in 2003. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, he served as a judge of the San Francisco Superior Court from 1990 to 2003. Judge Bea is a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has lectured on trial practice subjects to bar groups, taught courses in civil litigation advocacy at Hastings College of Law and Stanford Law School, and lectured on the American legal system for the U.S. Information Agency (State Department) in Latin America. Judge Bea served as Honorary Vice Consul of Spain in San Francisco from 1979 to 1993 and was decorated three times by the King of Spain and the Spanish government in recognition of his service.

Dr. Kevin Starr
Dr. Starr is currently University Professor and Professor of History at the University of Southern California. From 1994 to 2004 he was State Librarian for California. Dr. Starr's many articles and books, including his Americans and the California Dream series, have won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of American Historians, the Presidential Medallion from USC, the Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, and the Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

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