MDL at 50

The Center on Civil Justice is excited to announce its first of two fall conferences, MDL at 50, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Multidistrict Litigation Statute. This conference is co-hosted by the Center on Civil Justice at NYU Law School and the Liman and Solomon Centers at Yale Law School.  The topic of aggregate litigation is especially important in light of the many cases brought together under MDL and the shifting rules on the availability of class actions.  This is an opportunity to take stock, by looking back on the history of MDL and its current impact.  We will discuss what the goals of MDL have been and are, MDL's successes and challenges, and whether and how its processes can be improved.

The conference is free to attend, and you can RSVP by clicking here, or copying the following link into your browser:

Attendees can earn up to 9 hours of CLE credit and is suitable for both newly admitted and experienced lawyers.  CLE Materials for the conference can be found here:

The conference will take place at Greenberg Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.

The conference schedule is below:

Friday, October 12:

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:20 AM: Panel 1
Theory of Aggregation: Class Actions, MDLs, Bankruptcies, and more

Moderated by Sheila Birnbaum (Partner, Dechert LLP)
Ken Feinberg (Partner, Feinberg Law Offices) 
Bob Klonoff (Professor and former Dean, Lewis & Clark Law School)
Alexandra Lahav (Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law)
Chris Seeger (Partner, Seeger Weiss LLP)

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM: Panel 2
Changes in the Nature of Proof: Epidemiology and Mass Torts

Moderated by Samuel Issacharoff (Professor, NYU School of Law)
Nora Engstrom (Professor, Stanford Law School)
Matthew Kennelly (United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois)
Amy St. Eve (United States Circuit Judge, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals)
John Witt (Professor, Yale Law School)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:50 PM: Panel 3
Jurisdiction and Choice of Law

Moderated by Troy McKenzie (Professor, NYU School of Law)
Andrew Bradt (Professor, University of California Berkeley Law School)
Robin Effron (Professor, Brooklyn Law School)
Teddy Rave (Professor, University of Houston Law Center)
Linda Silberman (Professor, NYU School of Law)
Adam Steinman (Professor, University of Alabama School of Law)

3:00 PM – 4:20 PM: Panel 4
Public and Private Benefits

Moderated by Judith Resnik (Yale Law School)
Brian Fitzpatrick (Professor, Vanderbilt University Law School)
Shira Scheindlin (Of Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; former United States District Judge, Southern District of New York)
Margaret Williams (Senior Researcher, Federal Judicial Center)
Douglas Woodlock (United States District Judge, District of Massachusetts)
Allison Zieve (Director, Public Citizen)

Saturday, October 13:

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:20 AM: Panel 5
The State Role and State Attorneys-General

Moderated by Abbe Gluck (Professor, Yale Law School)
Natalie Ludaway (Chief Deputy Attorney General, Washington DC Attorney General)
David Nachman (Senior Enforcement Counsel, New York Attorney General's Office)
Luther Strange (former Senator, United States Senate; former Attorney General, Alabama)
James Tierney (Lecturer at Law, Harvard Law School; former Attorney General, Maine)

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM: Panel 6
MDLs and Technology

Moderated by Peter Zimroth (Director, Center on Civil Justice; Monitor, New York Police Department; retired Partner, Arnold & Porter; former Corporation Counsel, New York City)
Elizabeth Cabraser (Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP)
Zachary Clopton (Professor, Cornell Law School)
Emery Lee (Senior Researcher, Federal Judicial Center)
Harvey Rishikof (Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP; former Dean of Faculty, National War College)