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Michael Roster

Michael Roster

Lecturer in Law

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

Last Updated: August 16, 2018

Michael Roster 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, chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel worldwide, 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.
For the past ten years, Roster served as 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.
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 previously chaired a project funded by two foundations to eliminate abuses in consumer credit cards in the U.S. He teaches Contract Drafting and Analysis at the USC Gould School of Law.


The Hill
May 17, 2019
Re: Edward Kleinbard

Edward Kleinbard and Sam Erman's op-ed, which suggested that Congress use its power to but the burden of subpoena enforcement on the courts rather than on Congress itself, was quoted. "Congress should not be required to go cap in hand to go to the judicial system,” explained Kleinbard.


Gregory Keating
March, 2019

"Sovereign and Subordinate Conceptions of Corrective Justice," The Landscape of Private Law Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. 

Daniel Klerman
March, 2019

“Legal Origin from Outer Space,” Keynote Speaker, QuantLaw Conference, University of Arizona Law School, Tucson, AZ.

Ariela Gross
March, 2019

"The Law of Race and Freedom: An Interview with Ariela Gross and Alejandro de la Fuente" was published, based on their plenary lecture at the American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, in Law and History Review Online.