Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Attorney Thomas Mesereau to Deliver Keynote Address for 16th Annual Public Interest Law Week October 17, 2006
Attorney Thomas Mesereau to Deliver Keynote Address for 16th Annual Public Interest Law Week

Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr., one of the most celebrated trial lawyers in America, will deliver the 16th Annual Public Interest Law Week keynote speech at Southwestern on November 7 at 12:30 p.m. Though he gained international recognition for successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005, Mr. Mesereau has dedicated much of his career to public interest and will share those experiences with the Southwestern community.

A partner with the firm of Mesereau & Yu, he has won many high-stakes criminal, civil and administrative trials involving a wide range of claims, including securities fraud, complex business disputes, murder, sexual assault and the death penalty. In a case covered by more media outlets around the world than any other trial in history, he won acquittals on all counts for music legend Michael Jackson. Mr. Mesereau is also highly regarded for his tireless pro bono efforts.

He actively sponsors and participates in numerous free clinics throughout Los Angeles, one of which has been named in his honor. Bar associations, law schools, the city and county of Los Angeles and numerous other entities have honored Mr. Mesereau in recognition of his outstanding work as a trial lawyer and his efforts to give everyone a chance for equal justice. Barbara Walters named him one of the year's "Ten Most Fascinating People" for his trial excellence and commitment to representing the underprivileged. The Los Angeles Daily Journal has named him one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers" in California for the past three years, and both the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles and the Century City Bar Association have named him "Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year." He recently received the "President's Award" from the U.S. Dream Academy in Washington D.C. for his work with inner city children whose parents are incarcerated.

Mr. Mesereau serves on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Compton. He received the "Humanitarian Award" from the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), for which he has conducted seminars on various aspects of the criminal justice system. He received the "Annual Service Award" from n-Action Family Network for his efforts on behalf of women in recovery from drugs and incarceration, and he also serves on the Advisory Board of this civil rights group. Mr. Mesereau regularly marches with the Mothers of Watts and their children against gang violence. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the London School of Economics and the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  

The keynote speech will take place at the historic Bullocks Wilshire Building on Southwestern's campus. Media interested in attending should contact the Public Information Office.