Public Service Institute Hosts Symposium


Jessica Levinson Introduces Panel
Professor Jessica Levinson ’05, LMU Loyola Law School Professor and Director, Loyola Public Service Institute introduces "Threats to the Media and an Independent Press" panelists.

The Loyola Public Service Institute (LPSI) hosted “Preserving Free Courts and a Free Press” from 5-8:45 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 on the law school’s downtown Los Angeles campus. Panels covered the path to becoming a judge, threats to the media, and the assault on the judiciary. Panelists included distinguished jurists and seasoned journalists.

The Loyola Public Service Institute (LPSI) is dedicated to training law students to be future leaders in government. The LPSI brings attorneys who serve in every level of government to Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and provides law students with a pathway to careers in government service.

The day's agenda included:

5-5:45 p.m.: The Path to Become a Judge and a Career in Public Service

  • Justice Martin Jenkins, Judicial Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Newsom
  • Judge Serena Murillo ’96, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Judge Michelle Williams Court ’93, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Moderator: Judge Nicole C. Bershon, Los Angeles Superior Court

6-7:15 p.m.: Threats to the Media and an Independent Press


7:15-7:45 p.m.: Hosted Reception

7:45-8:45 p.m.: The Importance of an Independent Judiciary

  • Keynote Speaker: Judge James Robart, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Moderator: Judge Paul Bacigalupo, Los Angeles Superior Court; President, California Judges Association

The event was co-sponsored by the California Judges Association and its Judicial Fairness Coalition. The LPSI is made possible through the support of Hon. Patty Schnegg ’77 and William Oppenheim.