LAIPLA Judges’ Night Gala 2017

Judges’ Night Gala with the Honorable Alex Kozinski, Judge of The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Cocktail Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner Begins: 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Address: 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, the Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association and the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court invite you to our annual Judges’ Night Dinner.  Judges’ Night honors those members of the judiciary who handle intellectual property matters and features an interactive discussion of current topics with a panel of prominent judges. We are extremely pleased to announce that this year’s guest of honor will be The Honorable Alex Kozinski, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Judge Kozinski will join in a panel discussion with Judge Andrew J. Guilford and Magistrate Judge Gail J. Standish of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and Professor Douglas Lichtman of the UCLA School of Law. The panel discussion will be moderated by Scott Miller of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

The LAIPLA will present its 2017 Distinguished Public Service Award to Judge S. James Otero of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California at the Judges’ Night Gala.


Tables seat 10 total – 8 table guests with an additional 2 seats reserved for a judge and guest or for in-house counsel (if available)
Member* Table: $1650 ($2150 after 2/16/17)
Non-Member Table: $2,300 ($2,800 after 2/16/17)

Individual Pricing:
Judicial Officer: FREE
In-House Counsel: FREE ($140 AFTER 2/16/17)
Member*: $165 ($215 after 2/16/17)
Non-Member: $230 ($280 after 2/16/17)
Non-Member + Discounted LAIPLA Membership: $315 ($365 after 2/16/17)
Government: $100 ($150 after 2/16/17)
Student: $90 ($140 after 2/16/17)
*Members of LAIPLA, OCIPLA, or the Inn of Court are eligible for the discounted Member rate

** This activity will be approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California

*** Limited tickets available. This event has sold out in previous years.

Menu: Chicken or Vegetarian
Attire: Business Attire
Parking: Valet parking at the hotel is available for $22. Alternatively, you may park across the street in Pershing Square for $16 before 5:00 p.m., and $7 after 5:00 p.m.



JUDGE ALEX KOZINSKI was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 and was confirmed by the Senate on November 7, 1985.

Judge Kozinski graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972, and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1975. Out of law school, Judge Kozinski clerked for future Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Ninth Circuit from 1975 to 1976, and then for Chief Justice Warren Burger from 1976 to 1977.

Judge Kozinski was the Deputy Legal Counsel for the Office of the President Elect from 1980-1981, the Assistant Counsel for the Office of Counsel to the President in 1981, and Special Counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board from 1981-1982.

Judge Kozinski’s judicial career began in 1982, when he was appointed to the newly formed United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C. Judge Kozinski served as Chief Judge of that Court from 1982-1985, when he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Kozinski served as chief judge of the Ninth Circuit from 2007 to 2014.

LAIPLA To Present Judge S. James Otero with Public Service Award

The Honorable S. James Otero

The LAIPLA will present its Distinguished Public Service Award for 2017 to Judge S. James Otero of the United States District Court for the Central District of California at the Judges’ Night dinner. The award is presented each year to an LAIPLA member who has made a significant contribution to the public good. California Federal and State judges, and judges on the Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, are ex-officio members of the LAIPLA.

This year, LAIPLA would like to recognize Judge Otero for his service to the local IP community as a participant in the Central District’s Patent Pilot Program as well as in numerous events sponsored by the LAIPLA. As a member of the Central District’s “Patent Panel,” Judge Otero has a significant impact on the evolution of patent law in the Central District, a venue with one of the busiest patent dockets in the country. Judge Otero’s service to the community as a member of the Patent Panel, and his willingness to share his perspectives on issues of interest to the IP community, reflect the finest traditions of the judiciary.

Judge S. James Otero became a United States District Judge for the Central District of California, Southern Division, on February 12, 2003. He has sat by designation with the Federal and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He is one of the original six Patent Pilot Program Judges in the Central District of California.

For the vast majority of his career, Judge Otero has dedicated himself to public service. Upon graduating from law school, Judge Otero began working for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where he remained for the next ten years. Following his service in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Judge Otero began a one-year stint as Regional Counsel for Southern Pacific Transportation Company, after which, he took the bench as a Los Angeles Municipal Court judge, from 1988 to 1990, and then a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, from 1990 to 2003. On January 7, 2003, Judge Otero was nominated to a seat on the Central District of California. He was confirmed by the Senate on February 10, 2013, and received his commission two days later.

From a young age, Judge Otero knew he wanted to dedicate his life to public service. His career reflects his dedication and embodies the qualities LAIPLA seeks to recognize through its Distinguished Public Service Award. We are honored this year to extend the award to Judge S. James Otero.


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