Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Adam I. Kaplan wrote an article for the Summer 2018 issue of San Francisco Attorney recapping his conversation with San Francisco Superior Court Presiding Judge Teri L. Jackson, the 2018 recipient of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Tara L. Riedley Barristers Choice Award.
In his article, Mr. Kaplan shares Judge Jackson’s recollections of being in the first African-American family to move into her neighborhood, growing up in fear of racial discrimination and overcoming those challenges. Judge Jackson also discusses how she knew she wanted to be a lawyer since the age of five, having been inspired by “To Kill a Mockingbird” character Atticus Finch, who believed in doing “what’s right, not what’s popular.”
Mr. Kaplan describes Judge Jackson’s belief that it is essential to set aside biases in the courtroom, make sure both sides are heard and base rulings solely on the law. Mr. Kaplan also shares her advice to the law students she teaches: “prepare, prepare, prepare.”
Adam I. Kaplan is a litigator in Munger, Tolles & Olson’s San Francisco office who focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities, intellectual property and employment litigation. He is the immediate past president of the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco.