Miami Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum

Miami Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum

On December 2, 2016 the University of Miami School of Law is proud to host the inaugural Miami Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum. The Forum will bring together leading judges, MDL panelists, practitioners, and scholars from around the country to discuss current cutting edge issues and topics associated with multi-district class actions and complex litigation.  

shalalah centerDate: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Reception immediately following the Forum)

Registration Fee: $495
Special Young Alumni Rate: $395 (for Miami Law graduates 2006-2016)

CLE: 8.5 general FL CLE credits approved by The Florida Bar
Certification Credits: 8.5 Civil trial certification credits approved by The Florida Bar

Location:
University of Miami Shalala Student Center
1330 Miller Road
Coral Gables, FL 33146
 

Thank you for your interest in the Miami Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum. Registration is now closed, but we will be accepting registration at the door. 

University of Miami, Shalala Student Center
1330 Miller Road
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Complimentary Valet Parking will be available onsite. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email events@law.miami.edu.


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Participating Judges

Cogan

The Honorable
Brian M. Cogan

United States District Court,
Eastern District of New York

Fallon

The Honorable
Eldon E. Fallon

United States District Court,
Eastern District of Louisiana

Hanzman

The Honorable
Michael A. Hanzman

11th Judicial Circuit Court,
Miami-Dade County

Herndon

The Honorable
David R. Herndon

United States District Court,
Southern District of Illinois

Illston

The Honorable
Susan Illston

United States District Court,
Northern District of California

Proctor

The Honorable
R. David Proctor

United States District Court,
Northern District of Alabama

Rosenbaum

The Honorable
Robin S. Rosenbaum

United States Court of Appeals
for the Eleventh Circuit

Vratil

The Honorable
Kathryn H. Vratil

United States District Court,
District of Kansas

Schedule

8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:15 am Panels 1 & 2
12:30 pm Lunch Keynote: Francis McGovern
2:00 pm Panels 3 & 4
5:00 pm Reception

Panel Sessions

Panel 1: Discussion of a Hypothetical Class Action Case with plaintiffs and defense counsel, federal and state judges, attorney general, and mediator

9:15 AM – 11:00 AM 

A Panel discussion – in the model of the Fred Friendly Seminars and Miller’s Court—where the Panel will walk through the process from investigating and researching a new hypothetical class action case, litigating the case in state and federal court, coordinating with attorney generals and personal injury counsel, and resolving the case through mediation.

 Panel Participants

Moderator: Adam Moskowitz, Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton, LLP, Adjunct Professor of Class Action Litigation, University of Miami School of Law

Panelists:

Judges:

The Honorable Eldon E. Fallon, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
The Honorable R. David Proctor, United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama 

Lawyers:

Frank Burt, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.
Rodney A. Max, Upchurch Watson White and Max Mediation Group
Jack Scarola, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley
Marty Steinberg, Hogan Lovells
Joseph Whatley, WhatleyKallas, LLP

Attorney General:
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley, South Dakota, President of the National Association of Attorneys’ General Association


Panel 2: Hot Topics in Class Action and Mass Tort Litigation

11:15 AM -12:30 PM

A discussion from the perspectives of practitioners, academia and the judiciary of several topical issues currently being litigated in courts around the country

 Panel Participants

Moderator:  Peter Prieto, Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

Panelists: 

Judges:
The Honorable Michael A. Hanzman, 11th  Judicial Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County
The Honorable Robin S. Rosenbaum, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 

Lawyers:
Steve Berman, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Robert Hilliard, Hilliard Munoz Gonzalez LLP 
Mark Lonergan, Severson & Werson

Professors:
Brian Fitzpatrick, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School


Lunch Keynote: Francis McGovern, Professor of Law, Duke Law

Professor Francis McGovern has the unusual ability to integrate practical experience, abstract thinking, and teaching. This has earned him the "triple crown" in the legal community as premier practitioner, scholar, and teacher in the field of alternative dispute resolution.


Panel 3: MDL Process and Procedures, Selection of Lead Counsel

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

A Panel discussion on everything you wanted to know about the MDL Panel, MDL Proceedings and the appointment of Class Counsel and PSC counsel, including diversity. 

 Panel Participants

Moderator: Sergio Campos, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Panelists:

Judges:
The Honorable Susan Illston, United States District Court, Northern District of California
The Honorable Kathryn H. Vratil, United States District Court, District of Kansas

Lawyers:
Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Dan Girard, Girard Gibbs LLP
Edith Kallas, WhatleyKallas LLP


Panel 4: Settlement and Resolution of Class Actions

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

A Panel discussion on the Settlement and Resolution of Class Action litigation, discussing mediation, confirmation discovery, objectors, attorneys’ fees and notice issues.  

 Panel Participants

Moderator:  Lance A. Harke, Harke Clasby & Bushman LLP

Panelists:

Judges:
The Honorable Brian M. Cogan, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
The Honorable David R. Herndon, United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Lawyers:
Jeanne Finegan, President, Heffler Claims Group/Heffler Media, LLC
Steven Marks, Podhurst Orseck, P.A
Harley S. Tropin, Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton, LLP
Charles Zimmerman, Zimmerman Reed, LLP

CLE & Certification

CLE: 8.5 general FL CLE credits approved by The Florida Bar
Certification Credits: 8.5 Civil trial certification credits approved by The Florida Bar

Registration Fee

Registration Fee: $495
Special Young Alumni Rate: $395 (for Miami Law graduates 2006-2016)

Hotel

Biltmore

The official forum hotel is the Biltmore Hotel, which offers constituents of the university discounted rates on a first come, first serve basis. When booking the Biltmore Hotel, please use promotional code: UNIMIA.

You can also click here for other hotel options in the area.

For Information

For inquiries contact ssegura@law.miami.edu.

Registration is now closed, but we will be accepting registration at the door.
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