McGovern Symposium on Civil Litigation

Overview

Overview

The Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School will host the first annual McGovern Symposium on Civil Litigation in honor of the late Duke Law Professor Francis McGovern on May 27, 2022, at Duke University. The symposium will examine scholarship and ideas presented in “Innovations in Complex Litigation and Settlement” (2021), a special edition of Law & Contemporary Problems dedicated to the legacy of Professor McGovern and his pioneering work in civil litigation.

The symposium will facilitate robust discussion among the journal’s editors and contributors, as well as preeminent scholars, legal practitioners, and judges who are leaders in the fields of mass tort, multidistrict, and complex litigation. The registration fee is $250, and all are invited to attend.

Duke University expects guests to be vaccinated and requires masks in clinics, public transport, and classroom settings.

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 2022 program sponsors!

Founding Contributors
Chris Seeger
David Bernick

Friends of Francis
Huntington National Bank

Authors & Agenda

Authors

Prof. Lynn Baker
University of Texas

David Bernick
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Prof. Stephen B. Burbank
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Elizabeth Cabraser
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP

Prof. Sean Farhang
UC Berkeley School of Law

Prof. Brian T. Fitzpatrick
Vanderbilt Law School

Gary Friedman
Friedman Law Group, LLP

Prof. Myriam Gilles
Cardozo Law

Prof. Deborah R. Hensler
Stanford Law School

Prof. Samuel Issacharoff
NYU Law

Prof. Bob Klonoff
Lewis & Clark Law School

David F. Levi
Bolch Judicial Institute, Duke Law

Prof. Richard Marcus
UC Hastings Law

Prof. Troy A. McKenzie
NYU Law

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

Prof. Teddy Rave
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law

Prof. Judith Resnik
Yale Law School

Chris Seeger
Seeger Weiss LLP

Prof. Charles Silver
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law

Hon. Vaughn R. Walker (Ret.)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Symposium Moderators

Hon. Paul W. Grimm
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Hon. Denise Page Hood
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Hon. Lee Rosenthal
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Click here to download the agenda.

Please note panelists, sessions, 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.

Parking

If you are driving to Duke Law School for the program, please contact lora.farmer@law.duke.edu to request a parking pass. If you are staying at Washington Duke Inn, the law school is a short walk from the Inn.

Registration

The registration portal has closed. For questions concerning registration, email Lora Beth Farmer at lora.farmer@law.duke.edu.

Sponsorships

Friends of Francis — $5,000

Sponsors will be listed on the website, sponsor banners, marketing emails and mentioned during the program. Includes one complimentary program registration and one person for the welcome reception.  Sponsorships will be used for program support.

Friends of Francis — $10,000

Sponsors will be listed on the website, sponsor banners, marketing emails and mentioned during the program. Includes three complimentary Symposium registrations, and three people for the tribute dinner May 26. Sponsorships will be used for program support.

Friends of Francis — $15,000 (Breakfast or Lunch May 27)

Sponsors will be recognized at the sponsored social event, on the website, in marketing emails, on individual sponsor banners during the program, and may provide materials for display and distribution on a table at the reception and on the sponsor table located outside the conference classroom. Includes three complimentary Symposium registrations, three people for the reception, and three people at the tribute dinner May 26.  Sponsorships will cover the costs of these events; any remaining funds will be used for program support.

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