Latham & Watkins Sponsors NYU Law Discussion Series

The Latham & Watkins Forum facilitates students’ exchange of ideas with prominent thought leaders and legal professionals.

September 12, 2017

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce a five-year partnership with New York University (NYU) School of Law through which the firm will sponsor the Latham & Watkins Forum2, a discussion series on current events, intellectual ideas, and professional training. The Forum, which started in 2009, brings leading figures from law practice, academia, government, business, and the media to the Law School to explore a range of provocative and current legal and public policy issues. 

Latham Of Counsel Judge Jonathan Lippman and partner James Gorton, both NYU Law alumni, enthusiastically spearheaded this partnership with NYU. 

Judge Lippman said: “As a proud member of the class of ’68, I’m delighted that the Latham & Watkins Forum will be providing students an opportunity to learn through stimulating discussions with many of today’s foremost professionals and thought leaders.” 

Gorton said: “Latham is fortunate to have a strong relationship with NYU Law, which has provided a valuable foundation for many members of our team. The firm hopes that this unique discussion series will enable the next generation of lawyers to interact with some of the best minds in law and business outside of the classroom.” 

The first Latham & Watkins Forum will take place on September 13, 2017, and feature a discussion of the US Supreme Court’s previous term and a preview of the upcoming term. Panel members include: Adam Liptak, New York Times Supreme Court correspondent; Michael McConnell, Stanford Law School professor and director of Stanford’s Constitutional Law Center; Melissa Arbus Sherry, Latham & Watkins Washington, D.C. Deputy Office Managing Partner and member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice; and Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law. The second Latham & Watkins Forum will be held on September 27 and additional sessions will occur on multiple Wednesdays throughout the semester. A full schedule (currently in formation) can be found here

The Forum is the latest in a series of initiatives in which Latham has collaborated with NYU Law. In August 2017, the firm announced a new scholarship program known as the Latham & Watkins Award in Technology and Law, which seeks to train a new generation of lawyers who are not only equipped to analyze the most complex technology law and policy issues, but who have also mastered the technical understandings of the discipline. 

Latham is also an annual supporter of the NYU Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. This partnership focuses on exploring new and more effective ways to foster diversity at law firms.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including: Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the website at

Notes to Editors

1Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins operates in Seoul as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.
2Forums are open to members of the NYU community with a valid NYU ID, and invited guests and alumni. If you are a member of the press and want to know if the event is open for coverage, please email Michael Orey, NYU Law Public Affairs: 

Latham & Watkins Contacts

Judge Jonathan Lippman, Of Counsel, +1.212.906.1622 

James Gorton, Partner and member of the Executive Committee, +1.212.906.1804 

NYU Law Contact 

Michael Orey, NYU Law Public Affairs,

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