Thursday, January 13, 2011

Southwestern Law School Vancouver Summer Program at UBC & Global Tort Litigation Course

Southwestern Law School, in collaboration with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Law Faculty and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, will host a four-week Summer Law Program in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from May 29 to June 29, 2011.  In its 19th year, the program draws upon the collegial relationship between UBC and Southwestern, and offers a variety of academic and social experiences through (1) courses taught by prominent U.S. and Canadian law professors; (2) Distinguished Guest Lecturer, the Honorable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada; (3) Midday Lecture Series presented by leading international scholars; (4) a part-time externship program; and (5) field excursions to local courts and other legal agencies.  Here is the brochure.

I look forward to teaching a course on Global Tort Litigation in the Vancouver program this summer.  Here's the course description: 

This course will examine tort and civil procedure issues arising in global tort litigation, with particular focus on mass tort litigation spanning multiple countries. Subjects will include comparative approaches to liability for defective products, responses to terrorism, governmental liability, class actions, attorneys’ fees, and civil litigation generally. The course will also discuss crisis management. Particular attention will be given to litigation pertaining to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, BP Gulf oil spill, Toyota automobile unintended acceleration, Agent Orange defoliant, Vioxx drug, Dalkon Shield intrauterine device, and DBCP pesticide.

Other professors teaching in the Vancouver summer program include Linda Carter (McGeorge), Bruce MacDougall (UBC), Caleb Mason (Southwestern), and Hari Osofsky (Minnesota).  Professors Gowri Ramachandran and Caleb Mason (both of Southwestern) are co-directors of the program. 

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January 13, 2011 in Aggregate Litigation Procedures, Mass Disasters, Procedure, Products Liability | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Deborah Hensler and Global Class Actions Exchange

Stanford Law School recently launched an updated website for the Global Class Actions Exchange, which is coordinated by Professor Deborah Hensler (Stanford).

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January 13, 2011 in Aggregate Litigation Procedures, Class Actions, Procedure | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Seiner on Twombly, Iqbal, and the Affirmative Defense

Professor Joseph Seiner (South Carolina) has posted to SSRN his article, Twombly, Iqbal, and the Affirmative Defense.  (H/t Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog).

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January 13, 2011 in Mass Tort Scholarship, Procedure | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility Awarded to Alexandra Lahav

Congratulations to our co-blogger Alexandra Lahav of the University of Connecticut School of Law for being awarded the Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility for her article, Portraits of Resistance: Lawyer Responses to Unjust Proceedings, which is forthcoming in the UCLA Law Review!  The award was announced at the recent meeting of the professional responsibility section at the AALS conference.

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January 12, 2011 in Ethics, Lawyers, Mass Tort Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert. in Halliburton Securities Class Action Case Involving Statements on Asbestos Liabilities

More on the case from the Reuters article, Supreme Court to Hear Halliburton Securities Case, by James Vicini, as well as from SCOTUSblog.  Yes, it's a securities case and so not our usual focus in mass torts, but it will be interesting to see if the Court comments on class actions or asbestos-related litigation generally.

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January 12, 2011 in Aggregate Litigation Procedures, Asbestos, Class Actions, Procedure | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Federal Commission Report on BP Gulf Oil Spill

More in the Wall Street Journal's article, Panel Faults Oil Firms, Calls for Better Oversight, by Tenille Tracy and Ryan Tracy. 



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January 12, 2011 in Environmental Torts, Mass Disasters, Regulation, Resources - Federal Agencies | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Update on Amy Schulman and Pfizer's Approach to Law Firms

AmLaw Daily has a brief update on the Pfizer General Counsel Amy Schulman's innovative approach to retaining and evaluating a core group of law firms.

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January 12, 2011 in Lawyers | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Southwestern Law School Symposium on International Law Ten Years From Now

On Saturday, February, 26, 2011, the Southwestern Journal of International Law is hosting a symposium entitled, 2021: International Law Ten Years From Now, at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.  The symposium is being presented in conjunction with International Law Weekend-West of the International Law Association (American Branch).  Panels will address topics including international litigation, international human rights, international environmental law/climate change, international dispute resolution law, and international legal profession.  The keynote speaker will be Michael Traynor, President Emeritus and Council Chair of the American Law Institute, and Co-Chair of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20.  Here's the brochure.

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January 11, 2011 in Conferences, Environmental Torts, Ethics, Lawyers, Mass Tort Scholarship, Procedure, Settlement | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ken Feinberg Cover Story in ABA Journal

Reporter Terry Carter provocatively asks, "Is Ken Feinberg changing mass tort law?" in the article, The Master of Disasters

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January 11, 2011 in Aggregate Litigation Procedures, Environmental Torts, Informal Aggregation, Lawyers, Settlement | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)