Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture

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Litigation in the Age of Settlement

The lecture will focus upon how mediation and alternative dispute resolution have changed litigation practice and the policy implications of those changes.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

7:00 pm at the Beus Center for Law and Society

RSVP by February 20, 2019.

Light Refreshments will be served.

Guest Lecturer

David BoiesDavid Boies - Chairman, Boies Schiller Flexner, LLP

David Boies will deliver the 2019 Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture in Dispute Resolution. From his perspective as one of the nation’s leading attorneys, he will describe how mediation and alternative dispute resolution have changed litigation practice.

Because of his work representing both plaintiffs and defendants in high profile litigation such as United States v. Microsoft (antitrust), Bush v. Gore (election), and Hollingsworth v. Perry (same-sex marriage), the New York Times has described Mr. Boies as “the most prominent lawyer in America.” He has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, which also named him as runner-up for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2000. He has been selected Global International Litigator of the Year by Who’s Who Legal an unprecedented seven times, Lawyer of the Year (twice) by The National Law Journal, and Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer. He currently serves as the Chairman of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

Light Refreshments will be served. 

About the lecture

This lecture series is the result of a gift to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University from retired Judge Bruce E. Meyerson and his wife Mary Ellen Simonson, a graduate of ASU Law. The purpose of the lecture series is to bring to ASU Law leading practitioners and scholars in the field of dispute resolution.

Judge Meyerson moved to Arizona with his family in 1958 and, after receiving his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, he graduated law school from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was an Editor of the Law Journal. Upon his return to Arizona, he represented the United Farm Workers of America, then led by Cesar Chavez. In 1974, with the help of many local attorneys, he founded and became the first Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, which continues its successful public interest work today. For his distinguished and landmark work there, Judge Meyerson was honored by the Arizona Consumers Council, the Arizona Civil Liberties Union, the Arizona Community Action Association, and the journalism society, Sigma Delta Chi.

In 1982 Judge Meyerson became the youngest appointee to the Arizona Court of Appeals, where he served with distinction for almost five years. During his tenure he wrote numerous decisions that remain good law today, including an important decision establishing the procedure for the determination of attorney’s fee awards in contract cases. After leaving the bench, Judge Meyerson became the General Counsel of Arizona State University and later joined two prestigious Phoenix law firms, before focusing his practice on dispute resolution.

Judge Meyerson is a nationally acclaimed practitioner and instructor in the field of dispute resolution. He has resolved nearly 3000 mediations over his career and has been the Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and the Chair of the Arizona Bar’s Section of Dispute Resolution. He also has served as an arbitrator in over 250 cases. For over 20 years, Judge Meyerson has served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Law, teaching courses in arbitration and mediation.

Judge Meyerson’s wife, Mary Ellen Simonson, is a partner in the Phoenix law firm, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. They have two children, Julia and Meghan, and son-in-law Peter Keane, and a grandchild, Greer.

Past lectures

2019 - David Boies

David Boies

2018 - Ken Feinberg