Lawyers for civil justice members
LCJ will host its biannual membership meeting in beautiful New York City, November 30 - December 2, 2016. Members will learn about the most pressing legal issues facing corporate and defense counsel today and have the opportunity to network with peers and other thought leaders in the civil justice reform movement.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder will be the keynote speaker. He served as the 82nd Attorney General in President Barack Obama’s Administration and was the first African-American to hold the position. Sheila Murphy, Senior VP and Associate General Counsel, MetLife and Jack McGuire, Deputy General Counsel, Oppenheimer will also participate, sharing their views on Rule 30(b)(6), a new topic now under review by the Civil Rules Committee.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. You may view the meeting materials here.
THE RULES HAVE CHANGED
LCJ has advocated for amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing discovery since 2010. On December 1, 2015, the major amendments intended to improve the practice of discovery in civil litigation went into effect. These reforms should reduce the costs and burdens associated with the epidemic of over-discovery while ensuring that all participants in the civil justice system have access to the information required to assert or defend against legal claims.
The LCJ website features a collection of resources for practitioners to learn about and prepare for the changes to discovery. Please click below for more information.
The 2015 Discovery Amendments
ABOUT LAWYERS FOR CIVIL JUSTICE
For many corporations conducting business in America, the soaring cost of litigation has become a heavy burden. Litigation costs are in fact so high that they are affecting the ability of American companies to compete effectively in the global marketplace. Meanwhile, these high costs also create a barrier to entry into our courts. It forces litigants to opt out of the U.S. courts in favor of other forms of dispute resolution or, unfortunately, to settle cases without regard to the merits in an effort to avoid the expense of litigation.
Since 1987 Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) has been addressing this issue head on. As a partnership of leading corporate counsel and defense bar practitioners, LCJ forges alliances among its members and leverages the strength of those alliances to help restore and maintain balance in the civil justice system. By uniting the business and defense bar communities in propelling reasonable reform initiatives, LCJ provides our Members with an amplified voice in civil justice reform. In particular, LCJ promotes the corporate and defense perspective on proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and works proactively to achieve specific rule reforms by galvanizing corporate and defense practitioners and legal scholars to offer consensus proposals to the rule makers.