Emerging Issues in Securities Class Actions

July 20-21, 2017
New York, NY


The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies is holding an invitation-only conference on Emerging Issues in Securities Class Actions on July 20-21, 2017, in New York City.  If you are interested in attending, please send a brief description of your securities class-action experience and reasons for attending the conference to  judicialstudies@law.duke.edu.

The purpose of the July 20-21 conference is to lay the groundwork for the drafting of bench-bar best practices addressing six emerging issues.  We will ask for volunteers following the conference.

Six panels at the July 20-21 conferences will focus on:

  • Panel 1 --  Weight of Anonymous Witness Statements Alleging Fraud
  • Panel 2 --  Enhancing Consistency in Application of Heightened Pleading Standard
  • Panel 3 --  Limits of Event Studies
  • Panel 4 --  Enhancing Consistency and Predictability in Applying “Fraud-on-the-Market” Theory
  • Panel 5 --  Who's In, Who's Out: What are the Contemporary Issues in Managing the Class Action?
  • Panel 6 --  Improving Post-Settlement Process, Including Claims Processing 

Professor James Cox, Brainerd Currie Professor of Law at Duke Law, and John C. "Jack" Coffee, Jr., Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law and director of the Center on Corporate Governance at Columbia University Law School will moderate the conference.  Attendance is limited to a total of 15 federal judges and 50-80 practitioners.  At the conference, we ask that each panelist introduce a subtopic with only 3-4 minutes of remarks and then open it up to general discussion.  We expect that all 15 judges and 50-80 practitioners will participate in a robust discussion.

This is an opportunity for counsel experienced in securities class actions to work with judges and help shape the future of securities 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 registration fee is $1,495.

CLE ─ Nine (9) credit hours have been APPROVED in North Carolina and ten and a half (10.5) credit hours have been applied for in New York.  If you are a practicing attorney in North Carolina or New York, 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.