An upcoming workshop looks interesting as to class action and “tort reform” topics. The agenda is online here, and pasted below.  A hat tip is owed to the Tort’s Prof blog for a February 9, 2018 post about the workshop.

Civil Litigation Reform in the Trump Era:  Threats and Opportunities

Friday, February 23, 2018
Check-in 8:45–9:15 a.m.
Program 9:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

 

In the first year of the Trump presidency, several litigation reform bills passed the House of Representatives. The fate of these bills remains uncertain, but the set of issues they raise will not disappear anytime soon. Legal reform advocates see an opportune moment to pursue an aggressive reform agenda, while critics view the bills as threats to civil justice. In addition, the Trump administration has been at the center of a swirl of litigation, raising issues about the role and processes of civil justice. This one-day symposium will address the prospects of civil litigation reform in the Trump era, taking seriously both the threat to the justice system and the opportunities for improving the litigation process.

Speakers:
Mark Behrens, John Beisner, Andrew Bradt, Stephen Burbank, Scott Dodson, Howard Erichson, Sean Farhang, Jonah Gelbach, Maria Glover, Deborah Hensler, Alexandra Lahav, Judge Lee Rosenthal 

 

Fordham Law School
Skadden Conference Center  |  Costantino Room
150 W 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023

 

Register Here

Program

8:45–9:15 a.m.: Check-in & Breakfast 

9:15–9:30 a.m.: Welcome Remarks
Matthew Diller, Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
Howard Erichson, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

9:30–11:00 a.m.: Understanding the Landscape
(1.5 professional practice CLE credits)

Rights and Retrenchment in the Trump Era
Stephen Burbank, David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Sean Farhang, Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, University of California Berkeley
Beyond “Alternative Facts”: Uncovering the Truth About Federal Class Actions
Deborah Hensler, Judge John W. Ford Professor of Dispute Resolution, Stanford Law School
Jonah Gelbach, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Defendant-Centric Jurisdiction
Scott Dodson
, Associate Dean for Research and James Edgar Hervey Chair in Litigation, UC Hastings College of Law
Moderator: Benjamin Zipursky, James H. Quinn ’49 Chair in Legal Ethics and Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

11:00–11:15 a.m.: Break

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Understanding the Current Legislative Proposals
(1.5 professional practice CLE credits)

Howard Erichson, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
John Beisner, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
J. Maria Glover, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

12:30–1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30–3:00 p.m.: Multidistrict Litigation Reform
(1.5 professional practice CLE credits)
The Looming Fight for the Soul of MDL
Andrew Bradt, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley
Information Economics of MDL
Alexandra Lahav, Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
MDL Rules
Honorable Lee Rosenthal
, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
MDL Reform: Defendant Perspective
John Beisner
, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

3:00–3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15–4:15 p.m.: The Bigger Picture
(1.0 professional practice CLE credits)
State and Federal Civil Litigation Reform
Mark Behrens
, Co-Chair, Public Policy Practice Group, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Nationwide Injunctions
Honorable Lee Rosenthal, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas

4:15–4:45 p.m.: Closing Thoughts
All Panelists 
Moderator: Howard Erichson, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law