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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

The Washington Post
February 14, 2018
Re: Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr had comments cited about a possible payment President Donald Trump's lawyer made to an adult-film star to remain silent about a sexual relationship with Trump. “All Cohen says is that he used his personal funds to ‘facilitate a payment of $130,000,'” Kerr writes. “To ‘facilitate’, the dictionary tells us, means to assist with or to make something easier. Given that, I would think that the most literal reading of Cohen’s statement is just that he used his own funds to arrange the payment.” MSNBC also cited the comments.

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