Duke Law certificate offers course on mass tort MDLs

Oct 26, 2021Latest News

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The Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law will host its third annual Mass Tort MDL Certificate course on November 15–17, 2021. The course will be presented via live webinar from 11:55 am to 4:15 pm EST each day.

Established in 2019 by the late Duke Law Professor Francis McGovern, the course offers a comprehensive survey of mass tort MDLs from the initial motion for transfer to navigating the intricacies of settlement. Over the course of 11 sessions, participants will receive practical insights from more than 30 leading judges, practitioners, and professors in the field of complex litigation.

Two new sessions for this year will look beyond federal MDL to focus on mass torts in the states. The first session includes speakers from various state AG offices and will explore the enduring role that state attorneys general play in maturing and resolving mass torts. The second session will offer a comparative analysis of the unique structures for complex litigation in state courts with experts in mass tort state litigation.

Participants will also benefit from the practical advice they receive in sessions like “Handling Media Attention” and breakout sessions in which participants will have the opportunity to ask their most pressing questions of leading practitioners on their side of the “v.”

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Mass Tort MDL Certificate from the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School. Completion of the Mass Tort MDL Certificate is a prerequisite for attending the Advanced MDL Certificate and McGovern Symposium, which will be offered in-person at Duke on May 26-27, 2022.

Scholarships, group discounts, and sponsorships are available. For more information and to register, visit judicialstudies.duke.edu/MDL.

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

David F. Levi
Keller Lenkner LLC
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Milestone Consulting, LLC
Western Alliance Bank