Contemporary Issues in Complex Litigation

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Join us VIRTUALLY this April!


This conference will focus on critical legal, ethical, financial, and political issues that affect high-profile litigation. Registration is complimentary but you must receive a confirmation from the Northwestern Law Professional Education team for your registration to be complete.

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Continuing Legal Education: This program has been approved for general CLE credits in the state of Illinois. Out-of-state participants may use their Illinois CLE certificate to self-apply for credit in their state.


2022 AGENDA

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

6–7:30 p.m. | Pre-Conference Presentation and Discussion

Hear from Elizabeth Chamblee Burch, Fuller E. Callaway Chair of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA and Margaret Williams, Senior Research Associate, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, DC as they discuss their research on perceptions of justice among plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation.

Moderated by: Adam Hoeflich, Conference Co-Chair, Professor of Practice, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and Partner, BartlitBeck LLP, Chicago


Thursday, April 7, 2022

 8:20–8:30 a.m. | Welcome & Overview 

Adam Hoeflich, Conference Co-Chair, Professor of Practice, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and Partner, BartlitBeck LLP, Chicago

Professor Zachary Clopton, Conference Co-Chair, Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago

8:30–10 a.m. | MDL Rules, Procedures, and Best Practices and Potential Revisions 

Moderator 
Abbe Gluck, Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School; and Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), Yale Medical School, New Haven, CT 

Panelists
Sheila Birnbaum, Dechert LLP, New York City 
Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco 
The Honorable Karen Caldwell, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 
The Honorable Robert Dow Jr., United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago 
The Honorable Matthew Kennelly, United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago 

10–10:15 a.m. | Break

10:15–11:45 a.m. |Best Practices in Resolution and the Search for Closure 

Moderator
Professor Zachary Clopton

Panelists
Elizabeth Chamblee Burch, Fuller E. Callaway Chair of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA 
Mark Cheffo, Dechert LLP, New York City 
The Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 
Theodore Rave, Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, TX 
Christopher Seeger, Seeger Weiss LLP, Ridgefield Park, NJ 

11:45 a.m–12 p.m. | Break 

12–1:15 p.m. | Lunch Keynote 

An interview with The Honorable Amy St. Eve, United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago 

Moderated by The Honorable Robert Dow Jr., United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago 

1:15–1:30 p.m. | Break

1:30–2:45 p.m. | Current Legal Issues that Affect Complex Litigation 

Moderator 
Alexandra Lahav, Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT 

Panelists
The Honorable Gary Feinerman, United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago 
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville 
Samuel Issacharoff, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law, New York City 
Joseph Petrosinelli, Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington, DC 
Alexandra Walsh, Walsh Law, Washington, DC 

2:45–3 p.m. | Break 

3–4:30 p.m. | Trial of Complex Cases During a Pandemic 

Moderator
Alison Frankel, Editor, On the Case at Thomson Reuters Legal, New York City 

Panelists
Karen Dunn, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Washington, DC 
Sean Gallagher, BartlitBeck LLP, Chicago
Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston 
The Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 
Beth Wilkinson, Wilkinson Stekloff, Washington DC 

4:30 p.m. | Program Concludes