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Welcome Speaker

The Honorable David W. McKeague, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


Judge McKeague was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 2005. He previously served for 13 years as a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Michigan. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge McKeague was a senior partner and officer of the firm of Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith.

A member of the MSU College of Law Board of Trustees since 2006, Judge McKeague has taught Federal Jurisdiction at the Law College since 1998 and frequently lectures in MSU Law’s Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute. He is a member of the Budget Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and a member of the Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. Judge McKeague is the author of the revised chapter on “Removal to Federal Court” in the forthcoming third edition of the multiple-volume treatise titled Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, which is published by of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association. He has been involved in a multitude of professional, public, and civic organizations throughout his career.

Judge McKeague received his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan.

Keynote Speaker

Thomas D. Morgan, Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law, George Washington University School of Law


Professor Morgan teaches antitrust law and professional responsibility. An author of articles and widely-used casebooks in both subjects, he also writes about administrative law, economic regulation, and legal education. A lecturer and consultant to law firms on questions of professional ethics and lawyer malpractice, Professor Morgan was selected by the American Law Institute as one of three professors to prepare its new Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, and by the American Bar Association as one of three professors to draft revisions to its Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Professor Morgan has been dean of the Emory University School of Law, a professor at the University of Illinois and Brigham Young University, a visiting professor at Cornell, and a visiting scholar at Oxford. In 1990, he served as president of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Morgan earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University.


Aviva Abramovsky, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Special Projects, Syracuse University College of Law

Daniel D. Barnhizer, Professor, Michigan State University College of Law

David Barnhizer, Professor Emeritus, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Benjamin H. Barton, Director of Clinical Programs and Professor of Law, University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Law

Michael J. Churgin, Raybourne Thompson Centennial Professor, University of Texas School of Law

John Flood, Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Westminster

Jack A. Guttenberg, Professor of Law, Capital University Law School

Peter T. Hoffman, Professor of Law and Director of Legal Skills, Elon University School of Law

Joan W. Howarth, Dean and Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Renee Newman Knake, Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director of the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession, Michigan State University College of Law

Izabela Krasnicka, Lecturer and Dean’s Representative for International Relations, University of Bialystok Faculty of Law

Blake Morant, Dean and Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law

Paul D. Paton, Professor of Law & Director, Ethics Across the Professions Initiative, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Russell Pearce, Professor of Law and Edward & Marilyn Bellet Chair in Legal Ethics, Morality, and Religion, Fordham University School of Law

Avrom Sherr, Woolf Professor of Legal Education and Director Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

Steven R. Smith, Dean and Professor of Law, California Western School of Law

Laurel S. Terry, Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law

Gordon Turriff Q.C., Senior Counsel, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Alan C. Weinstein, Associate Professor and Director, JD/MPA, JD/MUPDD and Law & Public Policy Programs, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

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