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 notice

October 7 Program Materials

October 7 CLE attendance form