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Legal scholar Arthur Miller to keynote annual Pedrick Lecture

portrait of Arthur Miller
March 20, 2014

Professor Arthur R. Miller will give the keynote address at the eighteenth annual Willard H. Pedrick Lecture at 10 a.m., March 28, at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Tempe.

Miller is known for his expertise in civil procedure, and is the author of more than 40 books, including co-authoring "Federal Practice and Procedure," the treatise recognized as an essential reference for judges and lawyers alike. He has long played a highly visible role in explaining and interpreting law for the general public, serving as legal editor of "Good Morning America" on ABC, hosting his own show, "Miller's Law," on Court TV and moderating numerous shows for public television.

Miller is currently a professor at New York University, following almost four decades at Harvard Law School. He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and in all U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has also served as a member and Reporter of the Advisory Committee of Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the U.S., and as Reporter and Advisor to the American Law Institute.

In addition to his keynote speech, professor Miller will moderate a panel discussion titled “Revisiting the Rules: Celebrating 75 years of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”

Panelists include:

• John Beisner, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Washington, D.C.)
• Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP (San Francisco)
• David G. Campbell, U. S. District Judge for the District of Arizona
• Robert Dauber, ASU College of Law Clinical Professor of the Civil Justice Clinic
• Michael Daly Hawkins, Senior Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
• W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm (Houston)
• Myles V. Lynk, ASU College of Law Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and the Legal Profession
• William J. Maledon, Osborn Maledon (Phoenix)
• Andrew Pincus, Mayer Brown LLP (Washington, D.C.)
• Patricia Lee Refo, Snell & Wilmer LLP (Phoenix)
• Shira A. Scheindlin, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
• James M. Wagstaffe, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP (San Francisco)

“It is rare to have the opportunity to bring together such an extraordinary group of experts, and we owe much thanks to Judge Roslyn Silver for her assistance in coordinating this event,” said Doug Sylvester, dean of the College of Law.

The conference will be free and open to the public, and a continuing legal education option will be provided for members of the bar.

The Willard H. Pedrick Lecture was established in 1997 by the Pedrick family in memory of the founding dean of the College of Law. The annual lecture brings to the law school outstanding legal scholars, jurists and practitioners to enrich the intellectual life of the college and the community.