Media Advisory: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to Debate Dean Kenneth Starr on the Supreme Court's Future


EVENT: A luncheon debate over the future of the U.S. Supreme Court between Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Dean Kenneth Starr of Pepperdine University School of Law is the culmination of a two-day conference,“Courtroom Solutions for Today’s Lawyers.” Some of California’s premier judges, attorneys and legal scholars will address new challenges in modern courtroom practice during the conference, which is sponsored by Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, and UCI School of Law.

WHEN: Saturday, noon, Oct. 24, 2009. (The conference starts Friday, Oct. 23 at 6:00 a.m.)

WHERE: UC Irvine Student Center. For directions,

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Justice Ming Chin of the California Supreme Court is the keynote speaker at the 8:15 a.m. Saturday breakfast. Howard Miller, president of the State Bar of California for 2010, is the keynote speaker at the Friday noon luncheon. A number of other prominent California judges, lawyers and academics will also speak at the conference on a variety of topics, including business litigation, ethics, juror perspectives, and judicial viewpoints.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The luncheon and breakfast events are open to the press. Registration for the two-day conference is available through OCTLA, 14.75 MCLE credits are available through UC Irvine Extension, an approved State Bar of California CLE provider; for credit, register at the event.

Contact: Rex Bossert, assistant dean for communications, 949-824-3063,

About UCI School of Law

UCI School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job in the country of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. The law school’s Inaugural Class has a median grade point average and LSAT scores comparable to those of classes at top 20 law schools. Recruited from prestigious schools, the founding faculty has been ranked in the top 10 in a recent study. The student-faculty ratio is about 3:1, which is the best in the country. The law school’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on, interdisciplinary study and public service.