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Fred Rivera

Fred Rivera

March 6, 2024 | 4:30 p.m.

Fred Rivera is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Seattle Mariners. Fred joined the Mariners in 2017 from the Perkins Coie law firm, where he served as the Seattle Office Managing Partner. In addition to overseeing the Mariners’ legal affairs, Fred is responsible for the team’s community impact and philanthropic efforts, government affairs, and real estate development.

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Julie Anne Nordstrom '90

Julie Anne Nordstrom '90

Julie Anne Nordstrom '90 is a retired attorney, having practiced law in Washington state. She has spent the past 20 years serving on governance boards and has recently completed a graduate program at Stanford Universityʼs Distinguished Careers Institute. Nordstorm is personally committed to the not-for-profit sector focusing on improving education, health equity and cancer care. She is currently Chair of the Patient Quality and Safety committee of the Fred Hutch Cancer Center, an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center providing research, education and clinical care. Nordstrom is also Chair of the Head Start Board for Save The Children, US, whose focus is on providing early child development and learning to children in rural communities of need in the southern United States.

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Benes Aldana

Benes Aldana

Benes Aldana serves as the eleventh president and CEO of The National Judicial College. Prior to joining the NJC in 2017, he served for 22 years in the United States Coast Guard in various leadership roles, retiring as a captain (O-6) and as the first Asian Pacific American to serve as chief trial judge of a U.S. military branch. Under his visionary and transformative leadership, the college has seen unprecedented growth, innovative program development, and a record-breaking enrollment surge in 2020 through online programming responsive to contemporary challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice concerns. His initiatives, such as the first-of-its-kind Judicial Academy for aspiring judges and courses addressing contemporary issues like artificial intelligence, climate science and anti-racism, highlight his dedication to evolving judicial education to meet modern challenges.

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Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Indian Parliament member and India's leading Supreme Court litigator

Abhishek Manu Singhvi is one of India’s leading lawyers and a politician. As politician, he is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and a current Member of the Parliament of India representing West Bengal in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. He is also a spokesperson for the INC. He is one of the senior advocates of the Supreme Court of India. He completed his school from St. Columba's School. He obtained B.A.(Hons.), M.A., PhD, PIL educated at St. Stephen's College, Trinity College, Cambridge and Harvard University.

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Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick

Senior Editor and Legal Correspondent at Slate

Dahlia Lithwick is the senior legal correspondent at Slate and host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary, among other places. Lithwick won a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October, 2018. She is the author of “Lady Justice.”

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Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy Roberts

George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights

Dean Anthony E. Varona's Luminaries in Law Lecture and Conversation Series welcomed Professor Dorothy E. Roberts, author of "Torn Apart: How the child welfare system destroys black families — and how abolition can build a safer world."

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Jeff Farrah, Executive director of the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association (AVIA)

Jeff Farrah '07

Executive director of the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association (AVIA)

Farrah serves as the principal spokesperson for AVIA, leads public policy advocacy for the autonomous vehicle industry, and runs the day-to-day operations of AVIA. Before joining AVIA, he served as general counsel of the National Venture Capital Association.

This was a special edition of the Luminaries in Law series co-hosted by Dean Amit Shukla from the College of Science and Engineering who joined join Dean Varona in moderating the event.

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Zabrina Jenkins, Executive vice president and general counsel for Starbucks

Zabrina Jenkins

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Starbucks

Zabrina Jenkins is executive vice president and general counsel for Starbucks, leading legal and regulatory affairs, global security, and ethics and compliance for the company. Additionally, Jenkins serves as an executive champion to the Starbucks Black Partner Network and an advisor to the diversity committee for the Law & Corporate Affairs department. At Starbucks since 2005, Jenkins previously held roles as senior vice president, deputy general counsel, interim chief ethics and compliance officer, lead legal advisor for Teavana, and was a core member of the Starbucks 2018 Philadelphia incident crisis management response team.

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Fernando Laguarda

Fernando Laguarda

General Counsel, Americorps

Fernando Laguarda has been general counsel at AmeriCorps since January of 2021. Prior to government service, he was faculty director of the Program on Law and Government and a professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he launched the law school’s LLM in legislation, and founded the nation's first student-centered initiative to study the work of government oversight. Laguarda worked previously for nearly 10 years in the telecommunications industry and for 15 years as a partner at two different Washington, D.C. law firms focusing on technology and competition law.

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David Zapolsky

David Zapolsky

General Counsel, Amazon

David Zapolsky joined Amazon.com in November 1999 as associate general counsel for litigation and regulatory matters. He now oversees the company’s legal, policy, compliance, and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Amazon.com, Zapolsky was a partner at the Seattle offices of Dorsey & Whitney and Bogle & Gates. Before moving to Seattle from New York City in 1994, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and later practiced law at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

Tanya K Hernandez

Tanya K. Hernández

Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law, Fordham University

Tanya Katerí Hernández teaches anti-discrimination law, Critical Race Theory, and trusts and wills. She is an internationally recognized comparative race law expert and Fulbright Scholar. She has previously served as a Law and Public Policy Affairs Fellow at Princeton University, a faculty fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University; a faculty fellow at the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and as a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Hernández’s book, "Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Struggle for Equality," is the first comprehensive book on anti-Black violence in the Latinx community.

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