Four Northern California Inns Come Together to Hear Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
by Judge Shama Hakim Mesiwala
In March 2019, four Northern California Inns came together for an evening mixer at the historical California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, to hear a lively talk from Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Chemerinsky educated the audience with his encyclopedic knowledge of Supreme Court jurisprudence in talk entitled, “The Supreme Court, Then and Now.” He traced the evolution of the Court from its beginnings to its current composition, including its two newest members and opined what their addition may mean for the Court’s jurisprudence. Chemerinsky analyzed Supreme Court precedent and answered questions for 45 minutes, all without a single note. The audience of more than 100 lawyers, judges, and law students from the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn (Sacramento), the Schwartz-Levi Inn (Davis), the Consuelo M. Callahan Inn (Stockton), and the Wray Ladine Inn (Modesto) listened with rapt attention.