Eighth Annual Symposium on Civil Justice Issues, November 18-19, 2013


Eighth Annual Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues

Sunday, November 17 to Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Clases: George Mason University School of Law, Founders Hall, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Hotel: Le Méredien Arlington, 1121 19th Street North, Arlington, VA 22209



Sunday, Novmber 17

Registration; No Program


6:00 - 7:30 pm


Registration, Vivace Foyer


Reception, Vivace


Monday, November 18

All sessions held in George Mason University School of Law, Founders Hall Auditorium


7:15 & 7:45 am


Bus Departs, Le Méridien Arlington for George Mason University 


8:20 - 8:30 am




Henry N. ButlerGeorge Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, and Ececutive Director, Law & Economics Center


Daniel D. Polsby Professor of Law & Dean, George Mason University School of Law


8:30 - 10:00 am


Emerging Trends in Civil Justice


John H. Beisner, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP & Affiliates


Robert S. PeckPresident, Center for Constitutional Litigation, PC


Moderator: Karen M. Czarnecki, Director, Education, Law & Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law



10:30 - 12:00 pm


Scientific Evidence in Environmental and Toxic Torts Litigation


David E. BernsteinGeorge Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law


Eric G. Lasker, Partner, Hollingsworth, LLP


Carla Burke, Shareholder, Baron & Budd, LLP


R. Dean HartleyPartner, Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC


Moderator: Richard O. FaulkSenior Director, Energy and the Environment, Law & Economics Center and Partner, Hollingsworth LLP



Reading Materials: David Bernstein, "The Misbegotten Judicial Resistance to the Daubert Revolution," Notre Dame Law Review 89, no. 1 (2013): 27-70.


Richard O. Faulk, "Schultz v. Akzo Nobel Paints: 'The Rest of the Story' Reveals Limited Impact of Expert Testimony Decision," Legal Backgrounder 28, no. 15 (2013).


Richard O. Faulk and Eric G. Lasker, "The quest for the next 'solvent bystander' in asbestos litigation: Will Texas resume the search?," Westlaw Journal 31, no. 17 (2013): 3-4.


Joe G. Hollingsworth and Eric G. Lasker, "The Case Against Against Different Diagnosis: Daubert, Medical Causation Testimony, and the Scientific Method," Journal of Health Law 37, no. 1 (2004).


Eric Lasker, "Manning the Daubert Gate: A Defense Primer in Response to MIlward v. Acuity Specialty Products," Defense Counsel Journal 79, no. 1 (2012): 128-139.


Raphael Metzger, Reflections on MIlward and Expert Testimony,(February 2013) (unpublished manuscript, on file with author).


Deborah K. Harris v. CSX Transportation, Inc. No. 12-1135 (S. Ct. WV 2013)


King v. Burlington Norther Santa Fe Railway Company


Restatement (3d) Torts: Liability for Physical Harm



12:00 - 1:15 pm


Lunch, Multipurpose Room 126


1:15 - 2:45 pm




John A. ShopePartner, Foley Hoag, LLP


Jason S. Johnston, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law


Christopher R. Drahozal, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development and John M. Rounds Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law


Moderator: James C. CooperDirector, Research & Policy, Law & Economics Center, and Lecturer in Law, George Mason University School of Law



Reading Materials: Excerts from Christopher R. Drahozal, The Supreme Court and Class Arbitration: There and Back Again, in Conpemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers (Arthur Rovine ed. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, forthcoming 2014) 


Excerpts from Peter B. Rutledge & Christopher R. Drahozal, "Sticky" Arbitration Clauses?: The Use of Arbitration Clauses after Concepcion and AmEx, 76 Vand. L. Rev. __(Forthcoming 2014)



3:15 - 4:45 pm


Use of Private Contingency Fee Attorneys by State AGs


Luther J. Strange, III, Attorney Genera of Alabama


Bill McCollum, Partner, Dentons and former Attorney General of Florida


Peggy A. Lautenschlager, Of Counsel, Bauer & Bach, LLC and former Attorney General of Wisconsin


Moderator: Tony F. Troy, Member, Eckert Seamans and former Attorney General of Virginia



4:45 pm


Bus Departs, George Mason University for Le Méridien Arlington


Tuesday, November 19

All sessions held in George Mason University School of Law, Founders Hall Auditorium


7:15 & 7:45 am


Bus Departs, Le Méridien Arlington for George mason University


7:30 - 8:30 am


Breakfast, Multipurpose Room 126


8:30 - 9:45 am


Generic and Brand Name Drug Liability AKA "Innovator Liability"


Jay P. Lefkowitz, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP


Kannon K. ShanmugamPartner, Williams & Connolly


Fern P. O'Brian, Partner, Thompson Hine


Esther E. BerezofskyPartner, Williams Cuker Berezofsky


Charna L. Gerstenhaber, Vice President and Head of Litigation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals


Moderator: Claire Prestel, Staff Attorney, Public Justice



10:15 - 12:00 pm


Hydraulic Fracturing and Federalism


Christopher A. Wright, CEO, Liberty Resources, LLC


Michael L. Krancer, Partner, Blank Rome, LLP


Sharon Buccino, Director, Land and Wildlife Program, Natural Resources Defense Council


Chris Nidel, Nidel Law, PLLC


Brent M. Rosenthal, The Law Office of Brent M. Rosenthal, PC


Moderator: Richard O. Faulk, Senior Director, Energy and the Environment and Partner, Hollingsworth, LLP



Reading Materials: Testimony of Michael L. Krancer, Rhetoric vs. Reality, Part II: Assessing the Impact of New Federal Red Tape on Hydraulic Fracturing and American Energy Independence (May 2012).


George E. King, "Hydraulic Fracturing 101: What Every Representative, Environmentalist, Regulator, Reporter, Investor, University Reseracher, Neighbor and Engineer Should Know About Estimating Frac Risk and Imporving Frac Performance in Unconventional Gas and Oil Wells," Society of Petroleum Engineers (2012) Pages 1-15 and conclusion. 


Testimony of Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council, "Opportunities and Challenges for Natural Gas," (February 2013)


Mineral and Surface Areas Administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Fiscal Year 2012 (Table)


Public Lands, In-Shore Federal and Indian Minerals* in Lands of the US (map)





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