Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A civil trial may become as elusive and rare as the Yeti according to this symposium scheduled for July 31 at DePaul. It will be an exclusive affair - only law schools deans have been invited to attend this all expenses paid, 5 star hotel shindig to ponder the future of legal education in a world where almost no civil litigant goes to trial anymore.
The symposium, called "Vanishing Act: Legal Education in a World Without Trials," will discuss, among other topics, whether the case method system of instruction is still viable in such an environment.
'There are two phenomena going on right now that are substantially weakening the future existence of the civil justice system, said [DePaul alumnus and personal injury attorney] Robert Clifford [who's funding the whole thing]. 'One is the vanishing trial, and the other is confidentiality.'
The rise in alternative dispute resolution and the corresponding increase in confidential settlement agreements is problematic because the lack of transparency will make it difficult for the government and taxpayers to determine how the court system is performing and to what it extent it should be funded, Clifford said.
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