About the Event
A Conversation with Will Peterson (BS ’02)
In 2015, Will Peterson (BS ’02) was offered the chance every lawyer dreams of, to argue before the Supreme Court, but the former software engineer had less than four months to prepare his case. Peterson discusses that case, Reyes Mata v. Lynch, and more during a special online conversation with Caltech alumni.
Read more about the story in 2015's issue of Techer.
Moderated by Caltech Professor J. Morgan Kousser
followed by a Q&A with webinar participants
William R. Peterson provides appellate representation through all stages of the state and federal litigation process, from pretrial formulation of appellate strategy through oral argument in courts of appeal, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Will is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to Judge Edith Jones of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to Justice Clarence Thomas of the US Supreme Court. In addition to handling cases in courts of appeal, Will works closely with trial teams on error preservation, complex briefing, jury charges, and appellate strategy. As a former software engineer, Will brings intellectual rigor and attention to detail into all aspects of his practice.
Morgan Kousser is charting the history of the Voting Rights Act in an effort to influence the future of democracy in the United States. Most broadly speaking, he's examining what history can reveal about the paths toward and away from a just society. His research has focused on minority voting rights, the history of education, and the legal and political aspects of race relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His book Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction was the co-winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award of the Southern Regional Council in 1999 and the winner of the Ralph Bunche Award of the American Political Science Association in 2000. He received Caltech's Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and its ASCIT Teaching Award in 1989 and 2013.
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