Fordham Law Workshop: “Civil Litigation Reform in the Trump Era: Threats and Opportunities&#
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.
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
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
Moderator: Howard Erichson, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law