Bernard "Bernie" L. Segal
In loving memory (1929-2011)
A distinguished trial lawyer who was nationally renowned as a master teacher in trial advocacy programs for lawyers, Professor Segal directed the Law School’s mock trial competition programs and has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs, Tel Aviv University, and at Holborn College of Law in London. Professor Segal served as counsel for Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the famous Green Beret murder case that was the subject of the book and movie “Fatal Vision.”
“Bernie,” as he was known to his friends, students, and colleagues, passed away in July 2011 at the age of 81, having served Golden Gate University School of Law and the Litigation Center for nearly forty years.
In Bernie's honor and memory, we host a national mock trial competition in the fall In Vino Veritas and an intra-school advocacy competition for 1L students each spring the Bernie Cross 'n Close Competition.
Professor Romey joins GGU from the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel. As Senior Counsel, she specialized in federal tax litigation handling high-dollar complex cases. She was also counsel to special enforcement agents working on cross-border, foreign reporting penalties, off-shore compliance issues, and the development of abusive transaction cases. Ms. Romey has significant litigation experience as lead trial counsel on fraud penalty cases, IRC Section 280E, abusive transactions, whistleblower actions, taxation of real property transactions, and various complex structured tax transactions. She has successfully litigated roughly 25 cases before the United States Tax Court, and handled various matters as a Special AUSA in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Ms. Romey conducted nationwide trainings for Chief Counsel in effective cross examination and trial skills, and is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy Master Delegate. Ms. Romey is a frequent presenter for the private bar, and taught practical tax litigation courses as a member of Golden Gate University's LL.M. Adjunct Faculty. Ms. Romey earned her Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of San Diego, School of Law.
Throughout Ms. Romey’s academic and professional careers, she actively led committees and volunteer efforts in both state and local bar associations. In 2016, she completed a three year leadership role with the California State Bar, Taxation Section Executive Committee, and was dedicated to her annual roles as Speaker Chair for the Taxation Section Annual Meeting, and Chair of the 2016 DC Delegation. She also chaired the San Francisco Barristers Bar Association Taxation Committee, served on the BASF executive board, spearheaded annual charity events, founded the San Francisco Barristers’ networking and social committee, and volunteered as a high school mock-trial coach. In 2011, Ms. Romey was awarded the San Francisco Bar Association “Barrister of the Year Award” for ten years of dedicated service to the bar.
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