Hon. Richard Sankovitz
Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Hon. Patience D. Roggensack
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Hon. Phillip Koss
Walworth County Circuit Court
Hon. Maxine White
Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Hon. Michael Fitzpatrick
Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV
Hon. Marc Hammer
Brown County Circuit Court
Hon. Brian Blanchard
Wisconsin Court of Appeals
Hon. Carl Ashley
Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Hon. Daniel Kelly
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Author, Musician, Activist
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker.
Best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock, he approaches activism through the arts and encourages people to challenge their perceptions of how we connect with others we normally don’t get along with. In 2017, he won a landmark case at the U.S Supreme Court, unanimously, helping to expand civil liberties for marginalized groups.
Tam has been a keynote speaker, performer, and presenter at TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, and over 1,200 events across four continents. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across 150 countries including The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, NPR, BBC, New York Times, and Rolling Stone.
Tam designed one of the first college-accredited social media and digital marketing certificates in the United States. His approach to cultural competency in marketing has been taught to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies. Bloomberg Businessweek called him a “Social Media Rockstar.” Forbes says his resume is a “paragon of completeness.”
He has received many accolades for his work, including: The Mark T. Banner award from the American Bar Association, the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Award, Milestone Case of the Year from Managing IP Magazine, and Distinguished Alum Award from Marylhurst University. In addition, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, a Freedom Fighter by the Roosevelt Freedom Fighters, and a Portland Rising Star from the Light a Fire Awards.
Dr. Andrea Cochran
From a deep desire to help people and organizations achieve their highest potential, Dr. Cochran provides trainings and coaching for individuals and groups. In past roles she provided psychological and behavioral health services in large healthcare systems and other organizations. Her work is collaborative in nature, and she has worked in a variety of integrated and interdisciplinary settings.
As a licensed psychologist she has an advantage in being able to provide a greater reach of customized services to fit specific needs. Her training in clinical and organizational psychology has equipped her with knowledge that is grounded in evidence based theory. She brings a wealth of experience from non-profit, corporate, and private sectors with unique insight into human and organizational development. With a passion for presenting on difficult topics and complex ethical challenges, she brings a creative and dynamic edge to trainings and presentations.
ReelTime CLE is a nationwide provider of dynamic, interactive workshops, conferences, law firm retreats, and professional development training programs, committed to using the most proven and effective methods of adult learning to help professionals work (and interact with one another) more productively and sustainably. Chris Osborn and Michael Kahn began providing their innovative CLE workshops on ethics, professional responsibility, diversity and inclusion and mental health/substance abuse awareness in 2007. Since January 2010, their workshops have been enjoyed by hundreds of participants in 20 U.S. States, as well as throughout Australia and Canada. In August 2012, their program, “Practicing Dirt Law and Keeping Your Nose Clean” - Stress and Ethical Decision-Making for Real Estate Attorneys, received an Award of Outstanding Achievement in Programming from ACLEA, the Association for Continuing Legal Education Professionals.
In addition to his ongoing work with ReelTime CLE, Chris Osborn is the founding principal of Osborn Conflict Resolution, which provides Superior Court mediation, pre-litigation dispute resolution, and collaborative law services throughout North Carolina. Chris has been certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court mediator since 2009, and has assisted the vast majority of his legal clients over the years to reach amicable resolutions in a wide variety of litigation matters, including business breakups, construction and employment law disputes, and will caveat disputes. From 2012-2015, Chris served as an Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he taught “Interviewing, Client Counseling, and Negotiations,” Civil Procedure, Contracts, “Problems in Practice: Commercial Transactions,” and “Intro to the Study of Law.” While on the faculty, Chris’ scholarly research focused on ethics and professional responsibility, and particularly the interrelationship of both with mental health and substance abuse issues. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995, Chris began practicing litigation in Charlotte. He served as a career law clerk to former U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Horn III before joining Horack Talley Pharr & Lowndes, PA, in 2001. During his 11 years as an associate and a shareholder with the firm, Chris handled construction and real estate litigation, business litigation, and employment disputes in Superior and District Courts, as well as in all three North Carolina federal district courts.
James Forman, Jr.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Yale Law Professor
James Forman Jr. is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School since 2011 and a 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning author in the general nonfiction category for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.
After attending Brown University and Yale Law School, he worked as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1994, Forman joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented both juveniles and adults charged with crimes. In 1997, Forman and David Domenici, started the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school for school dropouts and youth who had previously been arrested.
A decade later, in 2007, Maya Angelou School expanded and agreed to run the school inside D.C.’s juvenile prison. That school, which had long been an abysmal failure, has been transformed under the leadership of the Maya Angelou staff; the court monitor overseeing D.C.’s juvenile system called the turnaround “extraordinary.”
Forman taught at Georgetown Law from 2003 to 2011, when he joined the Yale faculty. At Yale, he teaches Constitutional Law, a seminar called Race, Class and Punishment, and a seminar called Inside Out: Issues in Criminal Justice, in which Yale law students study alongside men incarcerated in a Connecticut prison.
Professor Forman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and criminal law policy, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. His particular interests are schools, prisons, and police, and those institutions’ race and class dimensions. Professor Forman’s first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, was on many top 10 lists, including the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2017.
Diversity & Inclusion Director
As an experienced litigator now serving as Nixon Peabody’s firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Director, Rekha brings her career-spanning passion for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession to oversee the firm’s diversity initiatives.
She develops trainings and other programming featuring inspiring thought leaders, and works with the firm’s practice groups and recruiting, professional development and business development teams to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into all aspects of the firm. Additionally, Rekha frequently assists firm clients with the development of their own diversity and inclusion programming, trainings and related initiatives.
Rekha is an attorney who practiced litigation for almost 10 years. During this time, she was very active in various minority bar associations, advocating for greater diversity and inclusion in the profession. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Rekha was the assistant director of the Office of Career Services at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. In that role, she worked closely with employers and various bar associations to implement programming and initiatives for diverse law students and graduates.
Rekha is active in various diversity-related bar organizations. She recently served as the vice president of sponsorship and development for the South Asian Bar Association of North America.
CNN Legal Analyst
Joan Biskupic is a full-time CNN legal analyst and has covered the Supreme Court for
twenty-five years. She is the author of several books on the judiciary.
Before joining CNN in 2017, Biskupic spent a year as a visiting professor at the University of California, Irvine Law School. She previously was an editor-in-charge for Legal Affairs at Reuters and the Supreme Court correspondent for the Washington Post and for USA Today.
She is the author of a forthcoming biography of Chief Justice John Roberts (The Chief, spring 2019). Her previous books include Sandra Day O'Connor (2005), American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (2009) and Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice (2014).
A graduate of Georgetown University law school, Biskupic was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism in 2015.
Christopher E. Rogers
State Bar President
Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., Madison
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State Bar President-Elect
Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc
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