• What Crime and Punishment*, says and means to today’s attorneys and judges Marcus Levitt, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.  Followed by screening of 2002 Adaption of “Crime and Punishment” starring Vanessa Redgrave and John Hurt.
  • Screening of The Trial, 2012 film starring Matthew Modine based on novel by practicing attorney Robert Whitlow with introduction by Mr. Whitlow.​

​"I Am Not Your Negro" Outstanding Documentary: I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House.   Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history.  It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.

"New Neighbors" Best Short Film: How far will a Mother go to protect her children? A 2017 Sundance Official Selection, New Neighbors is a story about a mother and her two sons who move to a new neighborhood, and because of all the killings and assaults on Black lives she is determined to keep her family safe. She takes to the neighborhood with kids in tow.  Written, directed and edited by E.G. Bailey produced by E.G. Bailey & Sha Cage and starring Sha Cage, Namir Fearce, Lashon Hampton, Raye Birk, and Kimberly Richardson

"Loving" Outstanding Feature: A 2016 British-American historical drama film which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The film takes inspiration from The Loving Story (2011) by Nancy Buirski, a documentary which follows the Lovings and their landmark case.  The film was directed by Jeff Nichols, who also wrote the screenplay.  Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton co-star as Mildred and Richard Loving.  Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, and Michael Shannon are all featured in supporting roles. 

  • Nancy B. Rapoport (Moderator): Special Counsel to the President, Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law, Affiliate Professor of Business Law & Ethics University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Matthew S. McNicholas Trial Attorney: McNicholas  & McNicholas
  • Hon. Margaret A. Nagle (Ret.), United States Magistrate Judge, Central District of California Neutral with Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service
  • Erica Van Loon: Partner and Head of the Trademark, Copyright and Media Practice Glaser Weil​

creative awards:

​​"The People V. O. J. Simpson: American Crime StoryOutstanding Episodic Series: Debuted as the first season of the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story. The season, revolves around the infamous O. J. Simpson murder case and is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson (1997).  The film has a stellar cast including Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito, Christian Clemenson as Bill Hodgman, Cuba Gooding Jr. as O. J. Simpson, Bruce Greenwood as Gil Garcetti, Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran.  The People v. O. J. Simpson received critical acclaim, with praise for most of the performances, directing and writing. For the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, the season received 22 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, in 13 categories, winning nine, more than any other show, including Outstanding Limited Series. It also won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for Sarah Paulson.


Virtual and Augmented Reality On the World Stage

Sexual Harassment In The Workplace:  Lessons from Hollywood

  • Ranjana Adhikari (Moderator): Nishith Desai Associates
  • Eva Feder: Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs Lionsgate
  • Gowree Gokhale: Nishith Desai Associates
  • Matthew Zinn: General Counsel and Secretary Jaunt, Inc.

2018 Law and Justice International Film Festival 


"Manhunt: Unabomber" Outstanding Cable/Video On Demand: An American drama miniseries created by Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente and Tony Gittelson. Faced with few clues and an increasingly panicked public, the FBI calls on a new kind of profiler to help track down the infamous Unabomber.  The series stars Paul Bettany, Jane Lynch, Sam Worthington, Katja Herbers, Chris Noth, Michael Nouri and Brían F. O'Byrne.  The series depicts a fictionalized account of the true story of the FBI's hunt for the man known as the Unabomber. The miniseries premiered on August 1, 2017, on Discovery Channel.