Monday, February 3, 2014

SEALS 2014 Conference Registration Opens Today

The annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools will be held August 1-7, 2014, at the Omni Hotel on Amelia Island, Florida.  Registration opened this morning.  Frequently, the conference hotel fills up quickly, so you should hurry.

The full program is here.


Glancing through the schedule, it looks like these are the programs that directly relate to Civil Procedure or Federal Courts (if I overlooked one, I apologize):

Supreme Court and Legislative Update: Business and Regulatory Issues

This part of the Supreme Court and Legislative Update panels focuses on decisions relating to corporate issues, civil litigation, and administrative and business issues, as well as important legislation enacted by Congress or the states.


Speakers: Professor Christopher Green, The University of Mississippi School of Law; Professor Erin Hawley, University of Missouri School of Law; Professor Joan Heminway, The University of Tennessee College of Law; Professor David Hricik, Mercer University Law School; Professor Andrew Siegel, Seattle University School of Law; Professor Douglas Williams, Saint Louis University School of Law



Discussion Group: Civil Procedure Discussion Group: Procedural Hurdles and the Day in Court

The judicial process has transformed over the last decades, which has impacted the ability of plaintiffs to obtain a day in court. Federal statutory and rule revisions, as well as recent Supreme Court decisions, have made marked changes in the enforcement of arbitration clauses, federal subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, venue, pleading standards, class certification standards, and the discovery process. These changes have combined to place greater emphasis on the pretrial process at the expense of the availability of a trial. This discussion group will explore these changes, at both an individual and collective level, and the resulting changes to the American system of procedure. Discussants will exchange papers before the conference examining these issues from a variety of perspectives.


Moderators: Professor Michael Allen, Stetson University College of Law; Professor Thomas Metzloff, Duke University School of Law


Discussants: Professor Donald Childress III, Pepperdine University School of Law; Professor Scott Dodson, University of California, Hastings, College of the Law; Professor Richard Freer, Emory University School of Law; Professor Paul Gugliuzza, Boston University School of Law; Professor Megan LaBelle, American University, Washington College of Law; Professor Benjamin Madison, Regent University School of Law; Professor Philip Pucillo, Michigan State University College of Law; Professor Charles Rocky Rhodes, South Texas College of Law; Professor Cassandra Robertson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Professor Howard Wasserman, Florida International University College of Law





Civil Procedure and Courts


Speakers: Professor Jason Parkin, Pace University School of Law, Due Process Disaggregation (Mentor: Professor Benjamin Barton, The University of Tennessee College of Law); Professor Victoria Shannon, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Regulating the Procedural Facet of Third-Party Funding (Mentor: Professor Danielle Holley-Walker, University of South Carolina School of Law); Professor Jessica Steinberg, The George Washington University Law School, Demand Side Reform in the Poor People's Court (Mentor: Professor Cassandra Burke Robertson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law)



Judicial Deception

Some lawyers and scholars believe Judges mischaracterize facts and law leading to confusion about the meaning of decisions as well as questions about the integrity of the judicial system. Yet the rhetoric of the profession may accepting fictions that mask problems and uncertainty caused by misstatements in judicial opinions. These fictions may also perpetuate the judiciary's apolitical image.


To what extent should scholars call attention to instances of judicial misinformation? To what extent should judges object to misleading statements in other judges' opinions? To what extent do compromises in appellate courts justify misstatements of prior doctrine? This panel will ask whether misleading statements in judicial opinions are a serious problem and, if so, what should be done about it.


Moderator: Professor Steve Wermiel, American University, Washington College of Law


Speakers: Professor Michael Dimino, Widener University School of Law; Professor Eric Segall, Georgia State University College of Law; Professor Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School



Discussion Group: Mandatory Arbitration and Justice

Mandatory binding arbitration has come under increasing scrutiny in Congress, the Supreme Court, and public discourse. Critics argue that the process is unfair because it is not truly consensual or because it lacks important procedural safeguards. By contrast, defenders claim that baseline norms of fairness are presupposed in the idea of arbitration and that outcomes for consumers and employees are at least as good as those in litigation.


Is justice possible in mandatory arbitration? How important is it in relation to other values such as autonomy and efficiency? How should we measure “justice”? We will discuss both historical and contemporary focuses, as well as individual and group perspectives.


Moderators: Professor Hiro Aragaki, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Professor Andrea Doneff, Atlanta's John Marshall Law School


Discussants: Professor Sarah Cole, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law; Professor Jaime Dodge, University of Georgia School of Law; Professor Richard Frankel, Drexel University, Earle Mack School of Law; Professor Michael Green, Texas A&M University School of Law; Professor Jill Gross, Pace University School of Law; Professor Stephen Ware, University of Kansas School of Law; Professor Maureen Weston, Pepperdine University School of Law; Professor Michael Yelnosky, Roger Williams University School of Law



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