Class-Action Settlement Conference (Invitation Only)

October 6-7, 2016
San Diego, California


The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies is holding an invitation-only conference on class actions in San Diego, California, on October 6-7, 2016. If you are interested in attending, please send a description of your experience in litigating class actions and your reasons for attending the conference to

At its April 14, 2016, meeting, the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules recommended a package of amendments to Rule 23, addressing class-action settlement issues. The amendments are expected to be published in August 2016 and would take effect on December 1, 2018, if approved under the rulemaking process.  Many of the amendments codify emerging or best practices of courts and are relevant today.  Among other things, the amendments require lawyers to provide additional information upfront for the court to preliminarily approve settlements (“frontloading”), permit notice by electronic means, impose limitations on compensating objectors, and clarify final-settlement criteria.

The purpose of the October 6-7 conference is to lay the groundwork for the development of best practices, providing guidance on the precise types and extent of information lawyers should provide courts to meet the new requirements and the standards that judges can rely on in making their rulings under the amendments.

Active interaction and discussions between 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. 

Each of the six panels consists of two different judges. A total of 15 judges will attend the conference.  This is an opportunity for counsel experienced in class actions to work with the judges and help shape the future of class-action procedure and jurisprudence.

Six panels have been formed to address the following issues in class action settlements: (1) attorney’s fees; (2) notice by electronic means; (3) “frontloading” preliminary approval of settlement; (4) compensation of objectors; (5) criteria for approving settlement; and (6) lead counsel role, vis a vis parallel MDL action.

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 $1,250.  If you register before September 3, the registration fee is $1,100. 

CLE ─ Nine (9.25) general credit hours have been applied for in North Carolina, which are approved, and in California, which are pending.  For California, none of the nine (9) credits may be claimed for required MCLE in legal ethics, elimination of bias, or competence issues.  If you are a practicing attorney in North Carolina, 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.