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Michael Roster

Michael Roster

Lecturer in Law

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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.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Tribune
December 6, 2018
Re: Elyn Saks

Elyn Saks was quoted in an article exploring the economic and social costs that occur due to the mistreatment of persons suffering from mental illness. "Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of Schizophrenia," she said. "My prognosis was ‘grave’: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, or get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness.” The author of the article went on to discuss the ways that people dealing with mental health issues should be cared for, arguing that they "have the right to live with dignity just as anyone with diabetes or hypertension or heart disease. Mental illness, after all, is an illness like any other."

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Sam Erman
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Jody David Armour
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"Where Bias Lives in the Criminal Law and its Processes: How Judges and Jurors Socially Construct Black Criminals," American Journal of Criminal Law 45 (2018): 203.