OAD'S 23rd ANNUAL FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER A HUGE SUCCESS

Office of the Appellate Defender hosted its 23rd annual First Monday in October event on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at NYU School of Law.  The program, which was attended by about 500 judges, lawyers, and guests, featured a mock Supreme Court argument preceded by a gala cocktail reception.  This year's advocates and recipients of the Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy were Lewis J. Liman, of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and David M. Zornow, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Audrey Strauss, of Alcoa, Inc., received the OAD Counsel for Justice Award.  The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, now with Latham & Watkins LLP, served as Chief Justice of the Mock Supreme Court, and Antonia M. Apps (Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP), Jonathan P. Bach (Cooley LLP), G. Michael Bellinger (Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP), Marc P. Berger (Ropes & Gray LLP), Lori E. Lesser (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP), Hallie B. Levin (Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP), Tai H. Park (Park Jensen Bennett LLP), and Anthony L. Ricco (Law Office of Anthony L. Ricco, Esq.) served as Associate Justices.  The Court heard argument in Apple, Inc. v. F.B.I., a hypothetical case that confronted the tension between individual privacy and the needs of law enforcement in the digital age.  The event was a major success, and OAD thanks the participants and honorees, and all of our many supporters.