Upcoming Lawyers for Civil Justice Membership Meetings

         May 5 - 6, 2014       

          Washington, DC


      December 4 - 5, 2014

                 New York, NY

Tentative May 2014 Meeting Schedule

To Register for the event please visit: www.regonline.com/lcjmay2014


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Sunday, May 4th 2014

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm:     
LCJ Executive Committee Meeting (Executive Committee only)
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm:      Cocktail Reception and LCJ Dine Around at The Hamilton (open)

Monday, May 5th 2014

8:00 am - 10:00am:     
8:00 am - 9:00 am:       Past Presidents Breakfast (Azalea Room - Past Presidents     only)
9:00 am - 9:30 am:        Associate Members Meeting (Magnolia Room - Associate Members only)

9:30 am - 10:00 am:      Expert Evidence Committee (Magnolia Room - Open)
10:00 am - 11:00 am:    Class Action Committee Session (Astor Ballroom - Open)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm:    FRCP Committee Meeting (Astor Ballroom - Open)
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm:      Board Lunch Meeting (Chandelier Room - Board & Past Presidents only)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm:         Registration Continued (Salon)


2:00 pm - 4:30 pm: GENERAL SESSION I  (Astor Ballroom - Open)

2:00 p.m. -
2:30 p.m.

“Crafting the New FRCP Amendments: Insight from an Insider”

Judge Paul W. Grimm of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Chair, U.S. Advisory Committee on Civil Rules’ Discovery Subcommittee

2:30 p.m. -
3:30 p.m

 “Reducing ‘Gotcha’ Games and Overpreservation: Will Proposed Rule 37(e) Succeed?”  A Panel Discussion

  • Judge Paul W. Grimm
  • Malini Moorthy, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Jeana M. Littrell, Vice President, Employment Litigation, Federal Express Corporation

With the conclusion of formal hearings on pending proposed discovery rules, learn what comes next in one of LCJ’s most intensive rule making campaigns to reduce discovery costs and burdens. Panelists will consider what steps are necessary for pushing the proposals ”over the goal line.”

3:30 p.m. -
4:15 p.m.

“E-Discovery in Patent Cases: The Need for Rule Reform” 

Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Chief Judge Rader is a well-recognized expert in patent law and e-discovery issues, among other topics. He was appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush and became Chief Judge in 2010. He is a member of the Judicial Conference and has taught patent law and other advanced intellectual property courses at institutions including The George Washington University Law School, University of Virginia School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm:     Session for Corporate Member Guests (Chandelier Room)

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm:     LCJ Cocktail Reception & Dinner at St. Regis (Astor Ballroom/Terrace - Open)

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm:   LCJ Hospitality Suite at St. Regis (Chandelier Room - Open)


Tuesday, May 6th 2014

8:00 am - 8:30 am:    Breakfast (Astor Ballroom - Open)

8:30 am - 12:00 pm: GENERAL SESSION II  (Astor Ballroom - Open)

8:30 a.m - 9:00 a.m.

 Class Actions
  • Ted Frank
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
 "Modern Class Actions: What Works and What Doesn't"
  • Moderator: Mary Massaron Ross - Partner, Plunkett Cooney, P.C.
  • Ted Frank
  • Robert H. Schultz Jr. - Vice President, Counsel, State Farm Automobile Insurance Company
  • E. Berton Spence - Partner, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.C.
This panel of speakers from the US and Canada will discuss hot topics and current problems associated with the class action mechanism. The panel will analyze some of the  proposals for its improvement. 

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 "American Law Institute’s Project on the Restatement (Third) of the Law of Consumer Contracts"

  • John H. Beisner, Esq., Advisor to ALI Project on Restatement (Third) of Consumer Contracts

An update about the ALI's new project on consumer contracts. The project proposes to address topics such as the unconscionability doctrine and how it applies to arbitration clauses; a framework for developing rules governing pro-consumer terms; and common principles to guide courts in applying Dodd-Frank, the FTC Act, and other laws governing unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


"The Third Pillar of Discovery Reform: A Requester-Pays Default"

  • Professor James Maxeiner - Associate Professor of Law, Associate Director, Center for International and Comparative Law
  • Professor E. Donald Elliott - Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • John O'Tuel - Assistant General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Rebecca Womeldorf - Partner, Hollingsworth LLP

Are cost allocation proposals on the horizon? Defendants who are vulnerable to broad costly discovery demands may be moving closer to either reversing the asymmetrical nature of discovery or reallocating the costs of discovery.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks - LCJ President Marc Williams



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