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11:30am1:00pmFaculty Colloquium - Talha Syed // Berkeley
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11:45am12:45pmLives in the Law: Kathy Nester
CCJ 2.306 (Eidman Courtroom)

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Eidman Courtroom. Lunch served at 12:45.

Lives in the Law with Kathy Nester '92, Executive Director, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Kathy Nester’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is entitled “Federal Public Defense on the Border.” Nester will address the impact of the current immigration crisis on her office’s work as well as her very interesting career path.

Kathy Nester is executive director of the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. (FDSD), which is based in San Diego. FDSD’s attorneys are appointed to represent indigent persons accused of criminal offenses in the federal trial courts in the Southern District of California. Its staff consists of over 60 trial attorneys and 70 support personnel and includes a distinguished appellate department.

From 2011 to 2018, Nester served as the Federal Public Defender for the District of Utah. Before that she was an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Mississippi. Prior to working as a federal public defender, Nester was a trial lawyer in private practice in the Jackson, Mississippi area for thirteen years, representing plaintiffs in personal injury and civil rights cases and federal and state criminal defendants.

Nester has handled over fifty jury trials including capital murder, complex fraud and wrongful death cases and was awarded Mississippi Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2001. She has appeared numerous times before the Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and, in 2014, she appeared before the United States Supreme Court as co-counsel in USA v. Kevin Loughrin. Nester has served on many national committees, including the Sentencing Guidelines Committee, the National Clemency Project Steering Committee, and the U.S. Supreme Court Committee on Evidence Rules. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2010 and as a fellow of the International Society of Barristers in 2015.

Nester earned both her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Texas.

The “Lives in the Law” speaker series focuses on the work and lives of lawyers who strive to improve the lives of others through litigation, advocacy and public service.

Hosted by the Career Services Office and the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. Co-sponsored by the Budd Innocence Center, American Journal of Criminal Law, Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, Public Defense Group, Public Interest Law Association, and the Women’s Law Caucus.

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11:45am1:00pmA Day In The Life of a Corporate Attorney
TNH 3.142 (Walker Classroom)

This is an educational lunch designed to teach students how different attorneys schedule and attend to an average day in their practice. Different attorneys with different lives and practices illustrate how those aspects affect their day-to-day schedules.

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12:00pm1:00pmLaw School 101: Exam Preparation and Taking
TNH 2.114 (Francis Auditorium)

Law school exams are different. Come hear some strategies to maximize your performance.

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1:30pm3:30pmOne-on-One Meetings with Kathy Nester, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.
Career Services Interview Suite

Interested students can meet directly with Kathy Nester, Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. after her lunch-time discussion during the Lives in the Law event..

RSVP by Wednesday, November 6, on Symplicity by clicking on the "Events" tab.

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2:30pm5:30pm2020 Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition Auditions
CCJ 3.336 (Blanton Teaching Courtroom)

All 2L and 3L students are invited to participate in the 2020 Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition. The competition is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the most prestigious intellectual property organization in the country. Auditions for the Competition will be held at the Law School in TNH 3.128 on November 5, 6, and 7, 2019, from 2:30–4:30 pm. Details and application materials are available here.

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3:30pm4:30pmLos Angeles Public Defender Information Session

Learn about exciting summer and postgraduate opportunities at Los Angeles County Public Defender Office from Jonathan Cruz, Deputy Public Defender.

Snacks will be served. RSVP by Wednesday, November 6, on Symplicity by clicking on the "Events" tab.

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6:30pm9:00pmFirst Generation Law Students Dinner with Latham & Watkins
TNH 2.111 (Sheffield-Massey Room)

Please join FGLS for a dinner hosted with Latham & Watkins. This dinner will be a great chance to network with your fellow first-generation students here at Texas Law. You'll also get to hear from Latham & Watkins partner Jeff Munoz talk about his experiences as a first generation attorney.

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