2023 Texas Law Review Symposium

Judicial Management of MDLs and Other Consolidations


Friday, January 27, 2023

8:00-8:45        Breakfast at Texas Law – Jamail Pavilion

8:45-8:50        Welcome – Dean Chesney

8:50-9:00        Welcome – Symposium Co-Sponsors, Arnold & Itkin and Barnes & Thornburg

9:00-10:30      Session 1: The Political Economy of MDLs

Moderator: Jim Murdica (Barnes & Thornburg)

  • Lynn A. Baker (Texas) & Andrew Bradt (Berkeley) – “MDL Myths”
    • Commentator: Jim Pfander (Northwestern)
  • Tom Baker (Penn) – “Where’s the Insurance?”
    • Commentator: David Hyman (Georgetown)

10:30-10:45    Break

10:45-12:15    Session 2: The Judicial Role in Claim Integrity

Moderator:  Jason Itkin (Arnold & Itkin)

  • Teddy Rave (Texas) – “MDL and the Field of Dreams”
    • Commentator: Myriam Gilles (Cardozo)
  • Nora Freeman Engstrom (Stanford) & Todd Venook (Stanford) – “Harnessing Common Benefit Fees to Promote MDL Integrity”
    • Commentator: Bob Bone (Texas)

12:15-1:30      Lunch at Texas Law – Main Atrium

1:30-3:00        Session 3: Judicial Practices in Consolidations

Moderator:  Judge Lee Rosenthal (S.D. Tx.)

  • David Noll (Rutgers) & Adam Zimmerman (Loyola LA/UCLA) — Judicial Control of Lawyers in MDLs: The Appointment Process
    • Commentator: Deborah Hensler (Stanford)
  • Charlie Silver (Texas) – “The Suspect Restitutionary Basis for Fee Awards in MDLs”
    • Commentator: Sam Issacharoff (NYU)

3:00-3:15        Break

3:15-4:45        Session 4: The Role of State Courts in Mass Torts (including Federal-State Coordination)

Moderator: Zach Clopton (Northwestern)

  • Erin Copeland (Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs)
  • Judge Carolyn Kuhl (Calif. Superior Ct., L.A.)
  • Kurt Arnold (Arnold & Itkin)
  • Judge Eldon Fallon (E.D. La.) – if trial schedule permits
  • Shannon McClure Roberts (Reed Smith LLP)


Saturday, January 28, 2023

8:00-8:50        Breakfast at Texas Law – Jamail Pavilion

8:50-9:00        Opening Remarks – Conference Organizers

9:00-10:30      Session 5: Bankruptcy as a Tool for Resolution of Mass Torts

Moderator:  Jay Westbrook (Texas)

  • Jonathan Lipson (Temple) – “‘Special’: Remedial Schemes and Mass Tort

    • Commentator: Lindsey Simon (Georgia)
  • Melissa Jacoby (North Carolina) – “Sorting Bugs and Features of Mass Tort Bankruptcy”
    • Commentator: Judge William J. Lafferty, III (N.D. Cal. — Bank.)

10:30-10:45    Break

10:45-12:15    Session 6: Innovations in Resolution and Settlements

Moderator: Howie Erichson (Fordham)

  • Kendra Lounsberry (Barnes & Thornburg)
  • Elizabeth Cabraser (Lieff Cabraser)
  • Judge Robin Rosenberg (S.D. Fla.)
  • Judge Dan Polster (N.D. Ohio)
  • Judge William Orrick (N.D. Calif.)

12:15-12:20    Concluding Remarks – Conference Organizers and Co-Sponsors

12:20-1:20      Lunch at Texas Law – Jamail Pavilion

2023 Symposium Schedule + Bios

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