Increasing the Number of Women and Minority Lawyers Appointed to Leadership Positions in Class Actions and MDLs

April 6-7, 2017
Atlanta, GA

 

The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies is holding an invitation-only conference on “Increasing the Number of Women and Minority Lawyers Appointed to Leadership Positions in Class Actions and MDLs” in Atlanta on April 6-7, 2017.  If you are interested in attending, please send a brief description of your MDL or class-action experience and reasons for attending the conference to judicialstudies@law.duke.edu.

The purpose of the April 6-7 conference is to lay the groundwork for the drafting of bench-bar best practices.  We will ask for volunteers following the conference. 

Six panels at the April 6-7 conferences will focus on:

  • Status of Current Class-Action/MDL Appointments of Women and Minority Lawyers
  • Legal Limits on Judicial Discretion and Public-Policy Considerations
  • Existing Application and Selection Process
  • Experiences of Women and Minority Lawyers Who Applied for Leadership Positions
  • Analogous Outreach Efforts by Government Agencies, Private Sector, and Other Organizations to Increase Appointment of Women and Minority Lawyers
  • What Should a Judge Consider and Do When Appointing a Lawyer to Class Action or MDL Leadership Position?    

The conference will fully consider the views of all interested parties and organizations, including: (a) “repeat” male players who have established a strong reputation as class action or MDL leaders; (b) “repeat” female players who have established a strong reputation as class action or MDL leaders; (c) qualified women and minorities who are trying to break into the leadership class action and MDL ranks; and (d) qualified males who are trying to break into the leadership class action and MDL ranks. 

A total of 15 judges will attend the conference.  This is an opportunity for counsel experienced in MDLs and class actions to work with judges and help shape the future of MDL and class action procedure. Active interaction among judges, practitioners, and law professors in an intimate environment is a hallmark of every Duke Law’s Distinguished Lawyers Conference.  All conferees are expected to participate in the discussion. 

To encourage frank discussions, the conference is held under the Chatham House Rule: "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."

Registration Fee.  The “early–bird” special registration fee is $1,100 for registrations submitted no later than March 3, 2017.  The registration fee increases to $1,250 for all registrations submitted after.

CLE ─ Nine (9) credit hours have been applied for in North Carolina and Georgia.  If you are a practicing attorney in North Carolina or Georgia, your CLE hours will be submitted for you.  Attorneys from other states will receive a "Certificate of Attendance" and a completed "Uniform Application for Accreditation" form after the conference in order to submit CLE hours for your state.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Gold Sponsors
Huntington Bank
State Farm Insurance Co.
Silver Sponsors
Ankura Consulting
Bayer Corp.
Garretson Group
Bronze Sponsors
Eli Lilly & Company
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP
King & Spalding LLP

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Sponsor $10,000
Three complimentary conference registrations
Silver Sponsor $5,000
Two complimentary conference registrations
Bronze $2,500 
One complimentary conference registration
 
Contact Ann Yandian for more information.