Mass Tort MDL Certificate - Early Bird Registration Ends Oct 1

Duke Law’s third annual Mass Tort MDL Certificate will be held virtually on November 15-17, 2021, from 11:55 am – 4 pm EST each day. Established in 2019 by the late Duke Law Professor Francis McGovern, the Mass Tort MDL Certificate is designed to expand and diversify the field of attorneys who are capable of handling mass torts and multidistrict litigation. The faculty include leading judges, practitioners, and professors in the field of complex litigation, affording participants a unique opportunity to gain practical insight from key players into the lifecycle and management of mass torts. The course is comprehensive, balanced, and includes break-out sessions by party, which enables participants to discuss sensitive issues and interact with preeminent practitioners from 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. Details about the Advanced MDL Certificate and McGovern Symposium are forthcoming. No academic credit is provided for these programs. See below for details on pricing and CLE. Registration fees support the Institute’s mission of bettering the human condition by studying and promoting the rule of law.

Certificate Cost


Attorney Certificate

Paralegal Certificate

Early Bird Rate (ends Oct. 1) – $1,495

Regular Rate – $1,595

Early Bird Rate (ends Oct. 1) – $995

Regular Rate – $1,095

Group discounts are available for firms or companies registering three or more attendees at one time. To take advantage of the discounts listed below, please contact lora.farmer@law.duke.edu.

  • 3-5 registrants: $50 off each registration
  • 6-9 registrants: $75 off each registration
  • 10+ registrants: $100 off each registration
The Institute seeks to expand and diversify the field of attorneys capable of handling mass torts and MDLs. To recommend a participant or apply for financial assistance, please contact jessica.waddle@duke.edu.

CLE Information


The Mass Tort MDL Certificate will be available for CLE credit for attorneys, as follows:

  • Earn up to 11.0 CLE credit hours (based on a 60-minute credit hour), including 1.0 hours of Ethics
  • Earn up to 13.2 CLE credit hours (based on a 50-minute credit hour), including 1.2 hours of Ethics

The Mass Tort MDL Certificate for Paralegals will be available for CLE credit, as follows:

  • Earn up to 10.0 CLE credit hours (based on a 60-minute credit hour), including 1.0 hours of Ethics
  • Earn up to 12.1 CLE credit hours (based on a 50-minute credit hour), including 1.2 hours of Ethics

The Institute will seek CLE approval for this course in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. We may seek approval in additional jurisdictions and will update this webpage accordingly. For those jurisdictions with CLE reciprocity, or that require attorneys to self-report, we will provide the necessary documentation. Your exact credit eligibility is determined by the rules of your specific jurisdiction(s). You are responsible for notifying us at the time of registration the jurisdiction(s) in which you seek credit and familiarizing yourself with the requirements thereof, including whether those requirements have been revised due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.​

To encourage frank discussions, the conference is held under the Chatham House Rule: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

2021 Sponsors

Keller Lenkner