The Public Life of the Private Law: A Conference in Honor of Richard A. Nagareda
9/28/2013, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
- Tracey George
- Flynn Auditorium - Law School Building
- VU Community and invited guests
Open to the Vanderbilt Community and invited guests.
The Public Life of the Private Law: The Logic and Experience of Mass Litigation, a Conference in Honor of Richard A. Nagareda
The Public Life of the Private Law: The Logic and Experience of Mass Litigation Conference will be held at Vanderbilt Law School on September 27 and 28, 2013. The conference will honor the late Richard Nagareda, the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law and the founding director of the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program.
In the spirit of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Richard Nagareda devoted himself to studying the life of the law—the law as it actually plays out in lawyer-client relationships, the maneuvering of adversary litigation, the efforts by judges to manage an unruly litigation process, and the construction of elaborate settlement agreements that nowdominate the modern landscape of civil litigation. Yet despite his relentless focus on the “realities” of civil litigation, Richard never fell prey to skepticism about law. Indeed, he insisted that lawyerly efforts to fashion new claims and new forms of dispute resolution are and should be shaped by substantive law, the rules of professional responsibility, and ultimately principles of administrative law. The hallmark of his work is its commitment to taking seriously both the logic and the experience of mass tort law and complex litigation.
This conference pays homage to Richard’s scholarship by inviting a new generation of scholars to address topics and concerns related to his work. Each panel is organized around a junior scholar’s paper with senior scholars commenting on papers. All papers and comments will be published in the Journal of Tort Law.
The conference is jointly sponsored by the Branstetter Program at Vanderbilt Law School, the Journal of Tort Law, and the University of Texas Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice, and the Media. Conference organizers are Tracey George (Vanderbilt), John Goldberg (Harvard), Samuel Issacharoff (NYU), and Charles Silver (Texas).
If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Branstetter Director, Tracey George
Friday, September 27
1:30–3:00 p.m. Theodore Rave (Houston), "Settlement, ADR, and Class Action Superiority"
Commentators: Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt) chair, Robert Bone (Texas), and Emery Lee (FJC)
3:15–4:45 p.m. Maria Glover (Georgetown), "A Separate Peace? The Non-Removability of State Law Actions in Multi-District Litigation"
Commentators: Tracey George (Vanderbilt) chair, William Rubenstein (Harvard), and Patrick Woolley (Texas)
Saturday, September 28
8:30–10:00 a.m. Troy McKenzie (NYU), "The Mass Tort Bankruptcy: A Pre-History"
Commentators: Lynn Baker (Texas) chair, Joe Cecil (FJC), and Brian Fitzpatrick (Vanderbilt)
10:15–11:45 a.m. Catherine Borden (FJC) and Margaret Williams (FJC) (with Emery Lee), "Repeat Players in Multidistrict Litigation"
Commentators: Charles Silver (Texas) chair, Paul Edelman (Vanderbilt), and Myriam Gilles (Cardozo)
1:15–2:45 p.m. Adam Zimmerman (Loyola-Los Angeles), "The Corrective Justice State"
Commentators: John Goldberg (Harvard) chair, Elizabeth Chamblee Burch (Georgia), and Edward L. Rubin (Vanderbilt)