17th Annual Class Action/Complex Litigation Symposium

Friday, November 10, 2017


Online Registration is only available to LSBA members.
Non-members may register by downloading the registration form OR by calling Bridget Berins at (504) 619-0137 or Annette Buras (504) 619-0102.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
921 Canal St. • New Orleans

Registration: 8-8:30 a.m.
Seminar: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Co-Sponsored by LSBA Insurance, Tort, Workers Compensation and Admiralty Law Section
Section Members Receive Discount!!

Complex litigation presents high stake challenges and demands creative thinking.
RICHARD J. ARSENAULT, seminar chair, brings together power hitters from around the country to explore critical developments and new trends. Speakers include Law School deans, along with the nation’s leading complex litigation academicians, jurists and members of the bar from both sides of the “V”. These are the folks that are writing about, presiding over and actually litigating the most significant cases in the country. They are the who’s who of the complex litigation bench and bar. Topics will include the key game changing disputes which have arisen during the past year. We will explore the challenge of processing our 21st century needs while still preserving fundamental principles of equity, justice, and fairness.

Join us for lunch and keynote speakers MARK LANIER and MARK GERAGOS. During the symposium, you’ll also earn the required ethics hour.

Click CLASS ACTION to download program flyer.

This is a program you don’t want to miss!
Registration Fees, Cancellations and Refunds
• Section Members ..... $295/$320 after Nov. 3
• Non-Section Members ..... $320/$345 after Nov. 3
 (The fee includes electronic course materials, seminar attendance and coffee/refreshment breaks.)

On-Site Registrants will be provided the link to download electronic course materials at the time of registration. Printed seminar manuals will be available for purchase at the seminar.

Cancellation of registration must be received in writing by the LSBA no later than Nov. 3. Cancellations will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Absolutely no refunds will be made after Nov. 3.

CLE CREDITS: This program has been approved for a maximum of 7.75 hours of CLE credits, including 1 hour of ethics.
Hotel Information:
Although the LSBA does not have a room block at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, local hotels have agreed to corporate discount rates for LSBA members. Call, e-mail or check the website link for the current discounted rates. When making reservations, you must identify yourself as an LSBA member. Click LSBA MEMBER TRAVEL DISCOUNTS for a complete list of hotels.  Availability is not guaranteed. Prevailing rates may apply.

For more seminar information, contact: CLE Dept. at (800) 421-5722

Annette Buras               Bridget Berins
(504) 619-0102            (504) 619-0137
aburas@lsba.org           bridget.berins@lsba.org 



Richard J. Arsenault

Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

8:00-8:30 a.m.

8:30-8:45 a.m. - (.25 credits)
Program Overview
Richard J. Arsenault

8:45–9:30 a.m. - (.75 credits)
MANAGING MDLs: Bellwether trials – function and selection process • The Vanishing MDL? • Judicially imposed trial time limits • Inter-circuit assignments • Federal/State coordination • Steering committee appointments
Prof. Francis McGovern • Duke University, School of Law • Durham, NC
Hon. Eldon E. Fallon • US Dist. Court, Eastern Dist. of LA • New Orleans
Thomas Anapol • Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohon, Feldman & Smalley • Philadelphia, PA
Prof. Jaime Dodge • Emory University • Atlanta, GA
Douglas Marvin • Williams & Connelly • Washington, DC
Hezekiah Sistrunk • The Cochran Firm • Atlanta, GA
Lori Cohen • Greenberg Traurig • Atlanta, GA 

9:30-10:15 a.m. - (.75 credits)
Hon. Rebecca F. Doherty • US Dist. Court, Western Dist. of LA • Lafayette
Lori Cohen • Greenberg Traurig • Atlanta, GA
Sara Gourley • Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood • Chicago, IL
Aimee H. Wagstaff • Andrus Wagstaff • Lakewood, CO
Jennifer M. Hoekstra • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria
Jane Lamberti • The Cochran Firm • Atlanta, GA
Ginger Susman • Providio MediSolutions • Englewood, CO

10:15-10:30 a.m.

10:30-11:00 a.m. - (.5 credits)
Dean and Professor Thomas Galligan, Jr. • LSU, Paul M. Hebert Law Center Baton Rouge
Kenneth W. DeJean • Attorney at Law • Lafayette
Nicholas Drakulich • The Drakulich Firm • San Diego, CA
Shannon Pennock • Pennock Law Firm • New York, NY
Robert Shelquist • Lockridge Grandal Nauen • Minneapolis, MN
Dawn M. Chmielewski • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria
Dustin Carter • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

11:00 a.m.-Noon - (1 credit)
ETHICAL CONUNDRUMS: Court appointed counsel obligations • Exit strategies/aggregate settlements • Technology skills - mandatory ethical requirements • Third-party Litigation funding • Litigation cost protection • Practicing law in the age of social media • Lawyers need to understand apps along with their notification and traffic tracking functions (Snapchat/Facebook/ LinkedIn) • The Alaska Bar Association has opined that it's unethical for attorneys to use web bugs/web trackers • What's a law firm to do about anonymous online reviews? • Is the concept of identifying and publicizing "judicial hellholes" designed to have a chilling impact on the targeted judges and jurisdictions? Ethical? And why no targeted conservative jurisdictions?
Prof. Lynn Baker • University of Texas Law School • Austin, TX
Mark Geragos • Geragos & Geragos • Los Angeles, CA
Mark Lanier • The Lanier Law Firm • Houston, TX
Stephen J. Herman • Herman, Herman & Katz • New Orleans
John K. Sherk • Shook, Hardy & Bacon • San Francisco, CA
Rachel Lanier • The Lanier Law Firm • New York, NY
Teny Geragos • Brafman & Associates • New York

Noon-1:30 p.m. - (1.5 credits)

1:45-2:45 p.m. - (1 credit)
MANAGING MDLs: MDL Remand Options • Jurisdictional Challenges • Mandamus • Lexecon Waivers • Confidentiality: The De-designation process
Hon. Kenneth Starr • Baylor University • Waco, TX
Prof. Arthur Miller • New York University Law School • New York, NY
Prof. Jaime Dodge • Emory University • Atlanta, GA
Mark Lanier • The Lanier Law Firm • Houston, TX
Sara Gourley • Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood • Chicago, IL
Aimee H. Wagstaff • Andrus Wagstaff • Lakewood, CO
Eric D. Holland • The Holland Law Firm • St. Louis, MO
Robert Drakulich • The Drakulich Firm • San Diego, CA

2:45-3:00 p.m.

3:00-4:00 p.m. - (1 credit)
AGGREGATE LITIGATION: A SYSTEMIC IMPERATIVE: Negative value claims • Resistance to an expansive use of the class action • Substantial procedural frontloading of Rule 23 • Class Action Fairness Act • Extensions of the Federal Arbitration Act •Challenging the availability and utility of aggregate litigation • Narrowing both specific and general personal jurisdictions •Judicial control of litigation; Case management and facilitation versus merits adjudication?
Prof. Arthur Miller • New York University Law School • New York

4:00-5:00 p.m. - (1 credit)
LITIGATING IN THE DIGITAL AGE: Leveraging e technology • Document destruction/spoliation • Litigation holds •Preservation obligations • Privilege logs • Data loss prevention • ABA: attorneys must take reasonable cyber security steps – (formal opinion 477)
Professor Jaime Dodge • Emory University • Atlanta, GA
Hon. Patrick J. Hanna • US Dist. Court, Western Dist. of LA • Lafayatte
Gary J. Russo • Jones Walker • Lafayette
Joseph Thorpe • International Litigation Services • Laguna Hills, CA
Paul J. Pennock • Weitz & Luxenberg • New York, NY
Shean Williams • The Cochran Firm • Atlanta, GA

Those who plan and teach LSBA seminar are volunteers. Their generous contributions of time, talent and energy make this and every LSBA seminar a success. We deeply appreciate their work.

The LSBA continues to encourage all its members to participate in the preparation and presentation of LSBA CLE programs.

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