Registration Open–ABA 21st Annual National Institute on Class Actions

Register here for this fall’s ABA Annual National Institute on Class Actions, to be held October 26-27 (Thursday-Friday) in Washington, D.C. The draft program agenda is here.

I’ll be teaching Class Actions 101 again this year, and a newly-formulated Class Actions 201, where we apply some of the principles of 101 to various case scenarios.  Professors John Coffee (Columbia Law) and Alexandra Lehav (Univ. of Conn. Law) again will present their comprehensive roundup of the past year’s class action decisions.

Among the panel topics:

  • developments in arbitration/class waiver law (moderated by yours truly).  Boston federal Judge Allison Burroughs and Professor Judith Resnick of Yale Law School will join us for this panel;
  • the conservative case for class actions, featuring Sixth Circuit Judge Jeff Sutton;
  • Update on H.R. 985, a bill to restrict class actions proposed by House Republicans, with federal Judge Robert Dow of Chicago;
  • an exploration of public attitudes toward class actions, with Rep. Jamie Raskin from Washington, D.C.;
  • exploration of trends and strategies regarding opt-outs;
  • a program featuring a distinguished panel of in-house counsel from major corporations on how they approach and manage class actions; and
  • a panel focused on the evolving role of administrative agencies involved in consumer protection in areas such as financial services, nursing homes, veteran’s affairs, and the education field in preserving mechanisms for collective action to protect consumers and veterans.

If you have a keen interest in class actions, I encourage you join us for the preeminent annual institute in the field this October. Drew.