SEATTLE – April 22, 2011 In honor of the first visiting Harold S. Shefelman Jurist-in-Residence, the University of Washington School of Law will host Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Judge Randolph will visit the law school for two days of activities, including a classroom discussion with all first-year Constitutional Law students, a visit with the law school faculty, and a forum titled “A Judge’s Perspectives on Advocacy.” During the public forum on May 13, members of the UW School of Law’s Moot Court Honor Board will moderate, and Judge Randolph will share his views on advocacy, which have been shaped by his two decades of service on the federal bench as well as by his own experiences arguing 23 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The program will bring one prominent jurist to the law school each year for two or three days to engage with students, faculty, alumni and the greater law school community in a variety of formal and informal settings. The goal of the program is to bring to the law school varying judicial perspectives on the judicial process, the day-to-day practice of law, trial and appellate advocacy, and contemporary legal issues and to bridge the gap between legal education and legal practice.
The new Shefelman Jurist-in-Residence Program is supported by the Harold S. Shefelman Endowment, which was established in 1987 in honor of Harold S. Shefelman, a named partner in the long-time Seattle firm of Roberts & Shefelman. Mr. Shefelman was a noted municipal bond lawyer with a career that spanned almost six decades. He graduated from the UW School of Law in 1925 and later served as an adjunct faculty member and a University of Washington Regent. The Shefelman endowment was created to celebrate Mr. Shefelman’s career and to support lawyers and judges as visitors to the School of Law to enrich educational opportunities while encouraging closer ties between the law school and the leaders of the bench and Bar.
“We are delighted to inaugurate the Shefelman Jurist-in-Residence program by welcoming Judge Randolph to our exciting and collegial community,” said Dean Kellye Testy. “As one of the nation’s most accomplished jurists, he is an outstanding example of our mission of leadership for the global common good.”
Judge Randolph was invited to serve as the inaugural Shefelman Jurist-in-Residence because of his distinguished service on the D.C. Circuit, a court that some in the country have called the second-most important federal court in the nation behind only the U.S. Supreme Court because of the prominent role it plays in shaping federal administrative and regulatory law. Appointed to the D.C. Circuit by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, Judge Randolph earned his bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in 1966. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude, 1969) where he ranked first in his class and served as managing editor of the school’s Law Review.
After graduation, Judge Randolph served as a law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. Admitted to the California Bar (1970) and to the District of Columbia Bar (1973), Judge Randolph worked as Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C.
Judge Randolph worked in private practice for two years prior to his appointment to Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, a position he held from 1975-1977. In 1979, he was appointed Special Counsel to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (the Ethics Committee) of the United States House of Representatives.
In the 1980s, Judge Randolph held a number of positions while in private practice, including Special Assistant Attorney General for the states of New Mexico, Utah and Montana.
From 1971-1990, Judge Randolph argued 23 times in the United States Supreme Court, winning 20 of those cases.
Judge Randolph has taught courses in civil procedures and injunctions at Georgetown University Law Center and is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason Law School where he teaches First Amendment law. He has also served on the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Codes of Conduct Committee as a member (1992-1995) and as chairman (1995-1998) and as the judicial liaison to the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section.
During his visit to the law school, Judge Randolph will be accompanied by his wife Eileen O’Connor, who served in the United States Department of Justice for six years as Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division. Ms. O’Connor is currently a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP where she leads the firm’s federal tax controversy and tax policy team. Ms. O’Connor will engage with students, faculty and alumni during the visit and will give a talk titled “The Use and Abuse of the Internal Revenue Code.”
For more information on the Shefelman Jurist-in-Residence Program or Judge Randolph’s public forum on advocacy on Friday, May 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room 133 at the law school, please contact Elizabeth Coplan, Director of Media Relations and Marketing, 206-543-1245, firstname.lastname@example.org.