UGA law school to host conference on multi-district litigation

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law will hold a conference titled “MDL Turns 50: A Look Back and the Way Forward” on Feb. 7 in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall, located on UGA’s North Campus. The event is open to the public.

Organized by law students who are members of the Georgia Law Review, the conference will explore multi-district litigation in the 50 years since the passing of the MDL statute. The event will feature a diverse set of voices discussing the effect of the statute on the legal landscape.

Topics covered during three panel discussions will include the rights of individual plaintiffs versus the interests of the group, individual plaintiff's interests against those of their attorney, and the role of the judge in overseeing these lawsuits. Legal scholars as well as practitioners will serve as panelists, including U.S. District Court Chief Judge for the Middle District of Georgia Clay D. Land and U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Alabama R. David Proctor. Notably, Proctor also serves on the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Additionally, former Georgia Gov. Roy E. Barnes will serve as a panel moderator. 

All attendees should register at http://law.uga.edu/events/51053. Attendance for UGA faculty, staff and students is free. The cost for non-attorneys is $12, and the cost for attorneys seeking continuing legal education credit for 3.8 hours is $50.

Frequently cited, the Georgia Law Review publishes insightful legal scholarship and commentary from faculty members, educators, members of the judiciary and legal practitioners. This student-edited journal, established in 1966, is published quarterly.

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Writer:  Lona Panter, 706-542-5172, lonap@uga.edu
Contact:  Daniel Lockaby, cdlockaby@uga.edu

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