The prestigious San Francisco-based firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has announced the kickoff of the inaugural “Orrick scholars program” this week in Silicon Valley with Professor Chimène Keitner as its first "scholar-in-residence."
Believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, the “Orrick scholars program” will annually welcome an academic scholar, industry luminary, and/or policy expert to spend time “in residence” to engage with the firm’s lawyers on thought leadership. “It presents a tremendous opportunity to innovate and inspire our collective thinking about cutting edge legal issues and ideas,” says Ellen Ehrenpreis, Partner at Orrick’s Silicon Valley office.
Professor Chimène Keitner, Alfred & Hanna Fromm Professor of International Law at UC Hastings and co-developer of the program, has been recruited to serve as the program’s first “scholar-in-residence.” “Chimène is a recognized expert in the fields of international law and civil litigation, and will collaborate closely with our Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Innovation team as well as our International Trade team, among others,” says Ellen Ehrenpreis.
Professor Keitner recently returned from an eighteen month stint in Washington, D.C., where she served as the 27th Counselor on International Law in the U.S. Department of State. Her extensive experience on questions of international relations and international law includes authoring two books and dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and literature from Harvard University with high honors, a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University (where she was a Rhodes Scholar), and a Juris Doctorate from Yale University (where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow).
“Chimène is one of the leading academics in international law and national-security law,” says Associate Dean Scott Dodson. “It is a testament to her stature in the field that she has been appointed to this position, which will bridge the gap between cutting-edge thought leadership and real-world change.”
Professor Keitner will be “in-residence” at Orrick’s Silicon Valley office through the beginning of August.