Thursday, July 12, 2012

Oregon Law Review Symposium Dedicated to Arthur Miller

Now in print is the Oregon Law Review’s symposium issue: Miller’s Courts: Media, Rules, Policy, and the Future of Access to Justice, covered earlier here. From Mary Kay Kane’s Foreword:

It is most appropriate that the Oregon Law Review is dedicating this Symposium, which is focused on questions relating to access to justice in our civil courts, to Professor Arthur R. Miller, because his entire career has been dedicated to trying to preserve and increase public access to justice. His voice on these questions can be heard in multiple venues. Through his work on rulemaking, legislative drafting, treatise writing, CLE seminars, public television, public speaking, litigation, and writing law review articles and popular books, Arthur Miller has contributed to collaborations among the academy, the bench, and the bar in ways that have enriched both the legal community and civil society in deep and profound ways.

Contents and links below:


July 12, 2012 in Conferences/Symposia, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Walker on Kalajdzic on Ethics and Class Actions in Canada

Now available on the Courts Law section of JOTWELL is an essay by Prof. Janet Walker (York University – Osgoode Hall) entitled Ethical Lawyering in the Clientless World of Class Actions in Canada. It reviews a recent article by Prof. Jasminka Kalajdzic (University of Windsor), Self Interest, Public Interest, and the Interests of the Absent Client: Legal Ethics and Class Action Praxis, 49 Osgoode Hall L.J. 1 (2011). The review begins:

It is surprising what you can learn by watching the next generation coming of age. In this way, lawyers in the United States can gain much from following the experiences of the Canadian legal community as it climbs the steep learning curve needed to formulate the parameters and protocols for complex litigation.

Civil litigation and the structure of the legal profession in Canada do not pretend to challenge American exceptionalism. There are important differences between the two legal systems. But they have enough in common that academics and others in the U.S. can gain useful insight into class actions practice by hearing how Canadians are currently struggling to meet the kinds of challenges that have long been the subject of debate in the U.S. In this fine article, Jasminka Kalajdzic explores a new subject, at least for Canadian lawyers: the special ethical concerns that arise for counsel in class actions.


July 11, 2012 in Class Actions, International/Comparative Law, Recent Scholarship, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SCOTUSblog Online Symposium on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

SCOTUSblog has started an online symposium discussing Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, which will be reargued in the Supreme Court this fall. Here’s a brief introduction by Kali Borkoski. To keep track of the new contributions as they get posted, head here. The guest contributors include:

  • Donald Childress – Pepperdine School of Law
  • Sarah Cleveland – Columbia Law School
  • Anthony Colangelo – SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Susan Farbstein – Harvard Law School
  • Meir Feder – Jones Day
  • Oona Hathaway – Yale Law School
  • Eugene Kontorovich – Northwestern School of Law
  • Julian Ku – Hofstra Law School
  • Michael Ramsey – University of San Diego Law School
  • Beth Stephens – Rutgers School of Law
  • Ingrid Wuerth – Vanderbilt Law School


July 10, 2012 in Conferences/Symposia, Supreme Court Cases, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)