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Michael Roster

Michael Roster

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA




Michael Roster for the past ten years has been the steering committee co-chair for the Association of Corporate Counsel's Value Challenge, a project that is promoting fundamental reforms in how law firms and in-house counsel serve clients. He formerly was managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Los Angeles office; co-chair of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group worldwide, resident in both Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.; and a member of the firm’s policy committee. 
 
In 1993, Roster was appointed general counsel of Stanford University, Stanford Medical Center and Stanford Management Company. He subsequently was executive vice president and general counsel of Golden West Financial Corporation. Roster also has served an outside Director and Vice Chair of Silicon Valley Bank, Chair of the Stanford Alumni Association, and Chair of two start-up companies: Insert Therapeutics and Encirq. He also is a former Director of the California Bankers Association, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Pasadena Heritage.
 
A graduate of Stanford University, Roster received his JD from Stanford Law School. He currently is a Director of MDRC, a nonprofit corporation based in New York that evaluates the effectiveness of government and other programs affecting lower income families and individuals, and he recently chaired a project funded by two foundations to eliminate abuses in consumer credit cards in the U.S. He teaches Contract Drafting and Strategy at the USC Gould School of Law.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Vanity Fair
April 16, 2018
Re: Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr was quoted about President Donald Trump's attempts to stop the FBI from reviewing documents taken from his personal lawyer during a raid. “I’m not aware of a client ever being able to conduct the first review of whether a lawyer’s files are privileged. And for an obvious reason: If the files sought involve an alleged crime/fraud, the client will say that those e-mails are privileged,” Kerr said. “Trump in effect wants the warrant to be executed like a subpoena to him personally, in which he gets to decide what the government sees. But that’s not how it’s done: the point of using a search warrant is to block that.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Robert K. Rasmussen
January, 2018

"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC. 

Edward Kleinbard
January, 2018

"The Right Tax at the Right Time," Florida Tax Review 21 (2017): 208.

Edward Kleinbard
January, 2018

“The Perversion of the Tax Policy Process,” Keynote Address at the USC Tax Institute, Los Angeles, CA.