Judges’ Night Gala
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Downtown Los Angeles
Judges’ Night Gala with The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA), the Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association (OCIPLA), and the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court invite you to our annual Judges’ Night Gala.
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 and scholars. We are extremely pleased to announce that this year’s guest of honor will be The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Judge Reyna will join in a panel discussion with Judge Philip S. Gutierrez and Judge Michael R. Wilner of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and Professor Dan L. Burk from UC Irvine School of Law. The panel discussion will be moderated by Xinlin Morrow of the Morrow Firm.
The LAIPLA will present its 2020 Distinguished Public Service Award to Judge James V. Selna of the United States District Court for the Central District of California at the Judges’ Night Gala.
**Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (provider # 2083) will seek approval from the State Bar of California for MCLE credit in the amount of 1.0 hour.
Chicken or Vegetarian
Valet parking at the hotel is available for $20. Alternatively, you may park across the street in Pershing Square for $9 after 5:00 PM.
Tables seat 10 total – 8 guests with an additional 2 seats reserved for a judge and guest or for in-house counsel (if available)
Member* Table: $1,750 ($2,250 after February 14)
Non-Member Table + Discounted LAIPLA Firm Membership: $2,750 ($3,250 after February 14)
Non-Member Table: $2,400 ($2,900 after February 14)
Judge (plus one guest, e.g., law clerk): FREE
In-House: FREE (limited number) ($150 after February 14)
LAIPLA Law Student Members**: $80 ($105 after February 14)
Government & Law Professors: $110 ($150 after February 14)
Member*: $175 ($225 after February 14)
Non-Member + Discounted LAIPLA Membership: $275 ($325 after February 14)
Non-Member: $240 ($290 after February 14)
* Members of LAIPLA, OCIPLA, or the Inn of Court are eligible for the discounted Member rate
** Membership for Law Students is free
Limited tickets available. This event has sold out in previous years.
Pre-registration deadline is Friday, February 14. After Friday, February 14, the registration fee increases as shown above. Cancellations must be received by the pre-registration deadline of Friday, February 14.
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Cocktail Reception
6:30 PM: Dinner Begins
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Panel Discussion
GUESTS OF HONOR
The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Judge Reyna was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2011. Prior to his appointment, Judge Reyna was an international trade attorney and shareholder at Williams Mullen, where he directed the firm’s Trade and Customs Practice Group (1998-2011), led its Latin America Task Force (2006-08), and served on its board of directors (2009-11). He was an associate and partner at the Washington law firm of Stewart and Stewart (1986-98). From 1981 to 1986, Judge Reyna was a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico and, prior to that, an associate at Shaffer, Butt, Thornton & Baehr, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Judge Reyna was appointed and served on the U.S. roster of dispute settlement panelists for trade disputes under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (1994-2011), and the U.S. Indicative List of Non-Governmental Panelists for the World Trade Organization, Dispute Settlement Mechanism, for disputes both in trade in goods and trade in services (1995- 2011). Judge Reyna is the author of two books, Passport to North American Trade: Rules of Origin and Customs Procedures Under the NAFTA (Shepards 1995), and The GATT Uruguay Round, A Negotiating History: Services, 1986-1992 (Kluwer 1993) and numerous articles on international trade and customs issues. He was the founder and senior co-editor of the Hispanic National Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy.
Judge Reyna has worked throughout his career towards the positive development of the U.S. legal profession. He served in various leadership positions in the ABA Section on International Law and the Section on Dispute Settlement. He was a founder and member of the board of directors of the U.S.-Mexico Law Institute. He has provided nearly two decades of leadership in the Hispanic National Bar Association, including serving as its National President (2006-07).
Judge Reyna received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1978 and his B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1975.
The Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge Gutierrez was appointed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President George W. Bush in 2007.
Judge Gutierrez is the newest judge participating in the Central District of California’s Patent Pilot Program.
Judge Gutierrez was first appointed to the bench in 1997, when California Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to the Whittier Municipal Court. He served as a Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2000 to 2007, following the unification of the Los Angeles Court System. Prior to serving on the Superior Court, Judge Gutierrez was in private practice. Following his graduation from law school, Judge Gutierrez worked as an associate at Wolf, Pocrass & Reyes. From 1986 to 1988, Judge Gutierrez worked at Kern & Wooley, and in 1988, he joined Cotkin and Collin, where he became managing partner of the Santa Ana offices.
Judge Gutierrez received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1984 and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1981.
The Honorable Michael R. Wilner, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge Wilner was appointed as a Magistrate Judge to the United States District Court for the Central District of California on April 1, 2011.
Judge Wilner is one of the magistrate judges participating in the Central District of California’s Patent Pilot Program.
Prior to his appointment as a Magistrate Judge, Judge Wilner served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a Deputy Chief in the Major Frauds Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles since 2000. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served as a civil enforcement attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2002, and was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2000. Prior to entering federal service, Judge Wilner was a litigation associate at Proskauer Rose LLP in Century City from 1991 to 1994.
Judge Wilner received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 1988, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1991, graduating with honors.
Dan L. Burk, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law
Dan L. Burk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he is a founding member of the law faculty. An internationally prominent authority on issues related to high technology, he lectures, teaches, and writes in the areas of patent, copyright, electronic commerce, and biotechnology law. He is consistently ranked among the leading intellectual property scholars in the American legal academy. He has been a leading figure in debates over gene patenting, digital copyright, and computer trespass.
Professor Burk is the author of numerous papers on the legal and societal impact of new technologies, including articles on personalized medicine, on the legal aspects of electronic sports, and on the trademark implications of search engine keywords. Much of Burk’s recent scholarship has undertaken interdisciplinary collaboration to open new lines of inquiry in intellectual property law by developing insights from literary theory, critical perspectives, and the sociology of science.
Professor Burk holds a B.S. in Microbiology (1985) from Brigham Young University, an M.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1987) from Northwestern University, a J.D. (1990) from Arizona State University, and a J.S.M. (1994) from Stanford University.
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
LAIPLA to Present Public Service Award to Judge James V. Selna of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
The Honorable James V. Selna, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge Selna was appointed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President George W. Bush in 2003.
Judge Selna has been one of the Patent Pilot judges in the Central District since the program started in 2011. In the patent field, he has presided over complex patent trials, including TCL v. Ericsson, Broadcom v. Qualcomm, Broadcom v. Emulex, and Siemens v. Seagate. Before taking the Bench, he was in private practice for over 25 years at O’Melveny & Myers where he handled complex civil litigations.
Judge Selna received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1970 and his A.B. from Stanford University in 1967.
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