Board & Staff

Staff

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.

Staff

Scarlet Espinosa

Assistant to the Director

Scarlet Espinosa has worked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the past three years as part of the Clerk’s Office. In that role she has expanded the Civics Outreach Program to over 3,000 Bay Area students who visited the courthouse. She joined the NJCHS on October 2019 and has deeply enjoyed working to preserve and promote the legal history of the West.

Board

Debora K. Grasham

Chair

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.

Sonia Martin

Vice Chair

Sonia Martin is a partner in Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. She serves as managing partner of the Firm’s San Francisco office and is also a member of the Firm’s US Board. Sonia has extensive experience defending consumer class actions against insurers and financial institutions, including claims for alleged violations of California’s Unfair Competition Act, Business and Professions Code Section 17200, et seq. Sonia also defends insurers in bad faith and insurance coverage litigation. Sonia is a former lawyer representative to the United States District Court, Northern District of California

Jeff Portnoy

Treasurer

Jeff is a partner at the Cades Schutte firm in Honolulu, practicing in the area of litigation. He previously served as Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, and has practiced law as a civil litigator at the firm since 1972. Jeff has served two three-year terms as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit, and was Chairman of the United States District Court Advisory (Biden) Committee. He was President of the Hawaii State Bar Association in 2007. He is also a past President of the Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and he served a three year term as Hawaii’s representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory Board.

Rita Haeusler

Immediate Past 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.

Board

Hon. Stanley Bastian, US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

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. Mary Schroeder, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Milan D. 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

George Brewster, Esq.

John Carson, Esq., Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

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

Dale A. Danneman, Esq., Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Gareth Evans Esq., Redgrave LLP

Robert Fairbank, Esq., Phillips ADR

Jeffrey Fisher, Esq., Farella Braun + Martel LLP

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

Rachel Lee, Esq., Stoel Rives 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

Jeff Portnoy, Esq., Cades Schutte, LLP

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

Marc Seltzer, Esq., Susman Godfrey LLP

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

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

Advisory Council

Hon. Stanley Boone, US District Court for the Eastern District of California

Hon. Steve Cochran, Los Angeles Superior Court

Hon. Philip Gutierrez, US District Court for the Central District of California

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

Hon. Robert Lasnik, U.S. District Court for the District of Western Washington

Hon. Kimberly J. Mueller, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

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

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

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

Cathy Catterson, former Clerk Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

A. Marisa Chun, Esq., Crowell & Moring

Ben Feuer, Esq., California Appellate Law Group

Peter Habein, Esq., Crowley Fleck Law

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

Robert A. James, Esq., Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Colin Jones, Professor, Doshisha University Law School

Cynthia Jones, Esq., Jones Legal Group

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

Sean McAvoy, District Court Executive and Clerk of Court, Eastern District of Washington

Tracy Morris, Esq., Federal Civil Rights Clinic

Jonathan Patchen, Esq., Baker Botts

Robert J. Pfister, Esq., Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern

Nora Puckett, Esq., Google

Kelli Sager, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine

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

David Steuer, Esq., Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Lillian Tsai, Esq., Oracle

Corey R. Weber Esq., Brutzkus Gubner

Claire Wong Black, Esq., Dentons

Douglas Young, Esq., Farella Braun + Martel

Meryl Young, Esq., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Kelly Zusman, United States Department of Justice

Board Emeritus

Hon. Christine W. Byrd

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

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

Thomas McDermott, Jr. Esq

Robert Warren, Esq.