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Staff, Board & Advisory Council

Staff

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Robyn Lipsky
Executive Director

Robyn Lipsky has been the Executive Director of the NJCHS since June 2016. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Northern District of California’s Historical Society and the Northern District of California’s Practice Program for ten years. She also has had the honor of serving as a law clerk in the Northern District of California for close to 18 years.


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Adela Macaluso
Executive Administrative Assistant

Adela has been the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society since 2013. Previously she served as a Judicial Administrative Assistant to a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California; and as Office Manager for Judge’s Chambers. Adela has also worked in the non-profit sector, and as an Administrative Assistant with one Los Angeles’ preeminent Event Planners.


Board

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Rita Haeusler
Chair

Rita Haeusler is a partner in Hughes Hubbard’s litigation practice and head of the firm’s Los Angeles office. She has more than 30 years’ experience litigating in a variety of state and federal courts throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Tennessee, New Jersey and New York, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.Her practice focuses primarily on complex litigation and arbitration in the areas of consumer products, antitrust, unfair competition, intellectual property, class actions, privacy, and employment law. She received both her B.A. cum laude and her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been a member of the NJCHS Board since 2005.


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Paul Friedman
Vice-Chair

Paul Friedman heads Morrison & Foerster’s global compliance practice, and focuses on high-stakes, cross-border litigation and investigations. Mr. Friedman is a former chair of the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board. He was chair of the 2003 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and also chair of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee of the 2003 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He served as program chair of the 2002 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and chair of the lawyer representatives of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from the Northern District of California for 1998–2000. In 2002, the bench and bar of the Northern District of California honored him with the Public Service Award in recognition of his service to the court. He has been a member of the NJCHS Board since 2004.


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Debora K. Kristensen
Treasurer

Debora K. Kristensen is a partner in the Boise law firm of Givens Pursley, LLP. For more than 25 years, she has represented individuals and businesses in litigation throughout Idaho and the northwest in a variety of commercial disputes. She is admitted to practice in Idaho, Washington, California, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and district courts in Idaho, Washington and California. Deb has served the Ninth Circuit in a variety of capacities, including as a Lawyer Representative from the District of Idaho, Chair of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee and as a member of the Ninth Circuit’s Advisory Board and Courts and Community Committee. She is a founding member of the Idaho Legal History Society and is the first Idaho member of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society’s Board of Directors.


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Gareth Evans
Immediate Past Chair

Gareth Evans has been Chair of the NJCHS Board for the past four years and a Board member for 16 years. In his capacity as Chair, he also serves on a number of the Board’s committees.  Gareth is a Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in the firm’s Orange County, California office, after having spent over two decades in its Los Angeles office.  In addition to being a general commercial litigator, Gareth is the Chair of Gibson Dunn’s E-Discovery Practice Group and frequently writes and speaks on e-discovery related issues.


Board

Hon. Marsha Berzon, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. David Carter, US District Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Richard Clifton, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Mary Murguia, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. William Orrick III, US District Court for the Northern District of California

Hon. Virginia Phillips, US District Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Manuel Real, US District Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Paul Rosenblatt, US District Court for the District of Arizona

Hon. Mary Schroeder, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Milan Smith, Jr., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Christina Snyder, US District Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Sidney Thomas, Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Seth Aronson, Esq., O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Ryan Bounds, Esq., United States Department of Justice

Jerome Braun, Esq., Farella Braun + Martel LLP

John Carson, Esq., Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

David Casey, Jr., Esq., Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Steve Cochran, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

Robert Fairbank, Esq., Phillips ADR

Margaret Foley, Esq., Foley Law Center

Donald Gaffney, Esq., Snell & Wilmer

Gersham Goldstein, Esq., Stoel Rives, LLP

Kiry Gray, Clerk of Court, US District Court for the Central District of California

Kenneth Klee, Esq., Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

Thomas McDermott, Jr.Esq., Law Offices of Thomas J. McDermott, Jr.

Sonia Martin, Esq, Dentons

Ron Maroko, Esq, Office of the U.S. Trustee

Kathleen O’Sullivan, Esq., Perkins Coie, LLP

Heather Richardson, Esq., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Jeremy Sacks, Stoel Rives LLP

Marc Seltzer, Esq., Susman Godfrey LLP

Gail Migdal Title, Esq., ADR Services, Inc.

Dean Ziehl, Esq., Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones

Advisory Council

Hon. Christine Byrd. Los Angeles County Superior Court

Hon. Morrison England, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

Hon. Procter Hug, Jr., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Susan Illston, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Hon. Robert Johnston, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (Ret.)

Hon. Geraldine Mund, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Randall Newsome, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (Ret.)

Hon. Diarmuid O'Scannlain, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Richard Seeborg, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

J. BruceAlverson, Esq., Alverson Taylor Mortensen & Sanders

Ladd Baumann, Esq., Baumann, Kondas & Xu, LLC

A. Marisa Chun,Esq., McDermott Will and Emery

Daniel Collins, Esq., Munger Tolles & Olson LLP

Timothy Fischer, Esq., Winston & Cashett

Parker Folse III, Esq., Susman Godfrey LLP

Frederick Furth, Esq., The Furth Firm

Peter Habein, Esq., Crowley Fleck Law

Helkei Hemminger, Esq., Cabot Mantanona LLP

Ernest Hoidal, Esq., Law Office of Ernest A. Hoidal

Colin Jones, Professor, Doshisha University Law School

B. Ann Keith, Esq., Guam Judicial Center

Robert Lowry, Esq., Law Offices of Robert D. Lowry

Howard McPherson, Esq., Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks

Diane Meyers, Esq., Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

William Pickett Esq., The Pickett Law Firm

Nora Puckett, Google

Per Ramfjord, Esq., Stoel Rives, LLP

Arthur Roeca, Esq., Roeca Luria Shin

Joy Shoemaker, JD., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Library

David Steuer, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Robert Warren, Esq., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Douglas Young,Esq., Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Meryl Young, Esq., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Kelly Zusman, United States Department of Justice


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