Our October meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 7th, at the
William and Mary School of Law. Professor Jeffrey
Bellin will discuss a comparison of the Virginia and
the Federal Rules of Evidence. The program has already
qualified for CLE credit.
Professor Bellin received his undergraduate degree from Columbia
University(summa cum laude) and his law degree from Stanford
Law School (order of the coif). After graduating from law school,
Professor Bellin clerked for the Honorable Merrick B. Garland of
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Following his clerkship, Professor Bellin served as a prosecutor
with the United States Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C.
While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, he argued a number of
significant cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.
Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals. Professor Bellin
subsequently practiced with the San Diego office of Latham &
Watkins where he handled complex litigation matters, and served as
a senior attorney for the California Courts of Appeal.
In 2013 and 2014, Professor Bellin served as Special Counsel to
a Committee of the Judicial Council of the D.C. Circuit
investigating, on the Council's behalf, a high-profile misconduct
allegation against a prominent federal judge. Professor Bellin's
report on the matter provided the factual basis for two opinions
issued by the federal courts. See In re Charges of Judicial
Misconduct, 769 F.3d 762 (D.C. Cir. 2014).
Recently described as "the foremost scholar on the topic of
electronic evidence," 83 Fordham L. Rev. at 1166, Professor Bellin
presented his proposal for a new hearsay exception tailored to
electronic communication to the Advisory Committee on the Federal
Rules of Evidence in 2014. Professor Bellin's presentation
was published along with a memorandum by the Committee Reporter
evaluating the proposed hearsay exception in the December 2014
issue of the Fordham Law Review.
Professor Bellin received the Walter Williams Jr. Memorial
Teaching Award from the 2014 Graduating Class, and the Plumeri
Award for Faculty Excellence in 2015. Prior to joining the faculty
at William & Mary, Professor Bellin was an Assistant Professor
at the Southern Methodist University School of Law where he was
awarded the Don M. Smart Award for Excellence in Teaching by the
2012 graduating class. His legal commentary has been featured
in numerous media outlets, including CNN.com, ABC Nightline,
the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles
Times, and NPR.
Please click below for the meeting notice, the materials for the
program, and the CLE attendance form.
October 7 meeting
October 7 Program Materials
October 7 CLE attendance form