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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.


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

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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”

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