On Tuesday, February 25th from 12:10pm – 1:10pm, OJC will host Kendall Turner, Jaime Santos, and Deeva Shah of Law Clerks for Workplace Accountability for a panel discussion on their work working with the judiciary on sexual harassment reform, the current reporting system within the courts, and their experiences serving as law clerks and advocates.
Kendall Turner focuses her practice on appellate matters in federal and state courts. She has presented oral argument in the US Supreme Court and various federal courts of appeals, and she has examined and cross-examined witnesses during a multi-week trial before a federal agency. Kendall represents clients throughout the various stages of litigation, including during pre-litigation strategy, motions practice, trial, and appeal, with a focus on cases raising constitutional claims.
Kendall also maintains an active pro bono practice. She has helped litigate several reproductive rights cases and several cases on behalf of criminal defendants seeking to contest their convictions, sentences, and conditions of confinement.
In 2017, Kendall co-founded Law Clerks for Workplace Accountability, an organization dedicated to combating harassment in the federal judiciary. She later testified before the Judicial Conference’s committees on Codes of Conduct and Judicial Conduct and Disability Rules to provide feedback on proposed changes.
Prior to joining O’Melveny, Kendall was a law clerk for Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer on the US Supreme Court and Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
Jaime A. Santos is a partner in the firm’s Appellate Litigation practice. Her work focuses on appellate matters and complex civil litigation in federal courts, and she has experience in a wide range of areas including ERISA litigation, patent litigation, constitutional law, and product litigation. Ms. Santos has been the primary author of more than a dozen briefs filed in the Supreme Court, many more briefs filed in federal courts of appeals and federal district courts, and she has presented oral argument in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Ms. Santos also co-hosts the Supreme Court podcast Strict Scrutiny.
Ms. Santos also maintains an active pro bono practice. She has been counsel of record in numerous criminal, immigration, and civil rights appeals in the Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. She has also advocated on behalf of transgender litigants asserting constitutional claims before the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court, and represented a criminal defendant challenging his sentence before the Supreme Court. In 2015, Ms. Santos was honored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights for her commitment to pro bono civil rights work.
In addition to her pro bono practice, Ms. Santos has been a thought leader in preventing and addressing bias and harassment in the legal profession. She speaks at conferences across the country and has published several articles on the topic. Since January 2018, she has advised numerous state and federal courts on improving the policies and processes governing inappropriate conduct in the workplace.
Ms. Santos serves on the MacArthur Justice Center Supreme Court & Appellate Advisory Board, and on the National Women’s Law Center’s Leadership Advisory Council.
Before joining Goodwin in 2013, Ms. Santos served as a law clerk to the Honorable George H. King of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In law school, she was a supervising editor for the Harvard Law Review.
Deeva Shah represents clients in all facets of commercial litigation. Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Ms. Shah served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Raymond Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Ms. Shah earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and B.A. in political and social thought from the University of Virginia. Prior to law school, she served as a trademark legal assistant for Google. Ms. Shah is a co-founder of Law Clerks for Workplace Accountability, whose mission is to ensure that the federal judiciary provides a safe workplace environment—free of harassment—for all employees. Since January 2018, she has spoken at multiple conferences and advised numerous state and federal courts on improving the policies and processes governing inappropriate conduct in the workplace. She is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.
Food will be provided.