September 15, 2011
Influential Voices Lecture: The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal
Location: SLLH-C5 (Reception to follow)
The Summary Judgment Rule Changes
Judge Lee H. Rosenthal is U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, and Chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, which coordinates the work of the Advisory Committees for the Federal Civil, Criminal, Evidence, Appellate, and Bankruptcy Rules. Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Rosenthal to this position in 2007.
Previously, Judge Rosenthal served as a member and chair of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. She was appointed to the Committee by Chief Justice Rehnquist in 1996. She served as chair of the Class Actions subcommittee during the development of the 2003 amendments to Rule 23. She was appointed chair of the Civil Rules Committee in 2003 and served during the "restyling" of the Civil Rules and the adoption of the electronic discovery amendments. Judge Rosenthal is a member of the American Law Institute, where she serves as an advisor for the Aggregate Litigation project and the Restatement of Employment Law (Third) and was an advisor for the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project. In 2007, she was elected to the ALI Council. Judge Rosenthal serves on the Board of Trustees of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Judge Rosenthal has twice been named the "Trial Judge of the Year" by the Texas Association of Trial and Appellate Lawyers. Judge Rosenthal received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago.
Summary Judgment Colloquium
Judge Rosenthal's talk precedes a Seattle University School of Law Colloquium, The 25th Anniversary of the Summary Judgment Trilogy: Reflections on Summary Judgment.