Duke Law's Advanced Certificate in Mass Tort MDL

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We are in the process of scheduling an updated version of this course. Please subscribe here to receive updates on this program and other courses offered by the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School. The information below is from the May 2023 program at Duke Law School and is for general informational purposes only.

Duke Law’s Advanced Certificate in Mass Tort MDL will be held at Duke Law on May 25, 2023, prior to the McGovern Symposium on May 26, 2023. The course’s highly interactive, seminar format offers participants an in-depth exploration of concepts introduced in the regular Mass Tort MDL Certificate course. Judges, academics, and practitioners will cover several key areas of MDLs, including three core sessions:

  • Session 1: In-depth history of MDLs
  • Session 2: Small group breakouts to discuss strategic considerations and practical guidance for plaintiffs, defendants, and special masters
  • Session 3: Ethical issues that have become troublesome

Attendance at all advanced sessions and the McGovern Symposium is required to receive the certificate. The regular Mass Tort MDL Certificate course is a recommended prerequisite. The advanced program is an in-depth exploration of concepts introduced in the regular Mass Tort MDL Certificate course. Persons interested in attending the Advanced Mass Tort MDL Program who have not completed the Mass Tort MDL Certificate course as a prerequisite, but who have acquired equivalent experience or knowledge of Mass Tort/MDL litigation, may request a waiver of the certificate requirement. Requests for waivers will be considered on an individual basis and should be accompanied by an explanation of the applicant’s experience and or training regarding Mass Tort/MDL litigation. Requests for waivers should be emailed to Lora Beth Farmer at lora.farmer@law.duke.edu.

Registration Cost

Early Bird Rate (Through April 4) Regular Rate Judges
$1,800 $2,000 Email lora.farmer@law.duke.edu

The fee includes attendance at the reception/dinner after the program and registration to the McGovern Symposium. The Institute seeks to expand and diversify the field of attorneys capable of handling mass torts and MDLs. To inquire about scholarship opportunities, please contact lora.farmer@law.duke.edu.

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Chatham House Rule: 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.”

Thank you 2023 program sponsors!

Founding Contributors
Chris Seeger
David Bernick

Program Sponsors
Baron & Budd, P.C.
The Moskowitz Law Firm
Rubris, Inc.

Click here to view sponsorship package details.

Faculty & Agenda

Course Faculty

Anne Andrews
Andrews & Thornton

John Beisner
Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Shelia Birnbaum
Dechert LLP

Prof. Andrew Bradt
Berkley Law

Kimberly Branscome
Dechert LLP

Howard Bushman
The Moskowitz Law Firm

Elizabeth Cabraser
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

David R. Cohen
Special Master

Mark Dearman
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Hon. Robert Dow
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Hon. Eldon E. Fallon
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Hon. Paul W. Grimm
Bolch Judicial Institute; U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (ret.)

Prof. Maura Grossman
University of Waterloo

Prof. Bob Klonoff
Lewis & Clark Law School

Prof. Marin Levy
Duke Law School

Enu Mainigi
Williams & Connolly LLP

Allison Ng
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Hon. Dan Polster
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann
DiCello Levitt

Click here to download the agenda.

Please note panelists, participants, and times are all subject to change.

Hotel & Parking

Hotel Accommodations

Participants can reserve rooms at the Washington Duke Inn, a full-service resort located on Duke University's campus just a short walk from the law school.


If you are staying at Washington Duke Inn, the law school is a short 10-minute walk. If you need to park at the law school, please email Lora Beth Farmer to request a parking pass.


$5,000 Sponsorship

Sponsors will be listed on the website, sponsor banners, and mentioned during the program. Includes two complimentary program registrations. Sponsorships will be used for program support.

$10,000 Sponsorship

Sponsors will be listed on the website, on program materials, sponsor banners, mentioned during the program, and may provide materials for display and distribution on our sponsor table which will be located outside the conference classroom. Includes three complimentary program registrations.

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Lora Beth Farmer at lora.farmer@law.duke.edu.