Bolch Judicial Institute
Bolch Judicial Institute
Mass-Tort MDL Certificate & Advanced Certificate Program
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Mass-Tort MDL Certificate & Advanced Certificate Program

March 11-13, 2020

Duke Law School | Durham, N.C.

The Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School is pleased to once again offer its intensive 3-day Mass-Tort MDL Certificate Program — the only certificate of its kind in the nation. Those who have previously attended the program are eligible to attend the program to earn an Advanced Certificate.

As before, the 2020 program will feature courses taught by experienced MDL judges, preeminent lead counsel, and MDL committee chairs, and it will offer unparalleled access to the leaders in the MDL world. The program is designed for both plaintiff and defense lawyers looking to transition into the tort and consumer mass-tort field who would like to enhance their ability to compete for MDL committee appointments, and for those more experienced attorneys focused on refining their skills in the field. Read more»

The program is created and led by legendary MDL practitioners, including Elizabeth Cabraser, founding partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and lecturer at Berkley Law, Paul Geller, managing partner of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s Boca Raton office, Chris Seeger, founding partner of Seeger Weiss, and Hon. Vaughn Walker, arbitrator, mediator, special discovery master, and former U.S. district judge for the northern district of California. See all faculty»

In memoriam: It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Francis McGovern, a cherished Duke Law professor and pioneer in mass-tort litigation and a driving force behind the creation of Duke’s MDL certificate program. A special tribute will be made during the program; details are forthcoming. Read a tribute from Duke Law»

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