Widener Law program examines mass tort litigation
Public Relations - Published: April 13, 2013
2013MassTortsCLE235pxIssues associated with mass tort litigation in the American civil justice system will be the focus of a daylong event presented by the student-run Widener Law Journal and the Coalition For Litigation Justice, Inc. on the law school’s Harrisburg, Pa. campus.

The event, “Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation,” happens Tuesday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room A180 of the administration building at 3737 Vartan Way. It is intended for practicing attorneys but is also open to law students, the media and the general public.

The program will feature five panel discussions on topics ranging from emerging issues in mass tort practice to mass torts ethics to Keystone State civil justice issues and more. Presenters are coming from around the country and include nationally renowned legal academics, distinguished practicing attorneys and the former attorney general of Georgia. Widener Law faculty and a journalist with The Legal Intelligencer will serve as panel moderators.

U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno will give the event distinguished address, “Federal Asbestos Litigation: Black Hole or New Paradigm?” over lunch. Robreno sits in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and is the presiding judge of the federal asbestos multidistrict litigation docket, MDL 875, the largest and longest-lasting multidistrict litigation docket. His 2008 appointment as presiding judge led to significant changes in the docket’s management.

Attorneys who attend will be eligible for seven continuing legal education credits in Pennsylvania and Delaware, including one ethics credit. The cost to attend for credit is $150 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials. The registration fee is $125 for Widener Law alumni, government attorneys and the general public. It is free for students, without meals and materials. To register, contact Sandra Graeff at 717.541.3965 or slgraeff@widener.edu.