Stay tuned for more information about the Journal’s upcoming Associate Staff Member Orientation on August 19, 2017!
Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation
April 16, 2013 – Harrisburg Campus
Pharmaceuticals. Asbestos. BP oil spill. “September 11th.” How does the civil justice system respond when a large number of claims derive from a product or event?
This symposium approaches mass tort litigation from a variety of perspectives. First, a group of nationally renowned legal academics describes and discusses the theories underlying mass tort litigation. Then a panel of practitioners introduces several emerging issues in the practice of mass torts. Next, Pennsylvania-specific civil justice issues, including joint and several liability and venue, are debated. These reforms affect not only mass tort, but more traditional tort litigation as well. One of the original mass tort issues—asbestos—created the widespread problem of bankrupt defendants, and resolving the problem is the subject of the fourth panel. Finally, traditional rules of ethics are applied in the mass torts context.
United States District Judge Eduardo Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will deliver the Distinguished Address, “Federal Asbestos Litigation: Black Hole or New Paradigm?” Judge Robreno is the presiding judge of the federal asbestos multidistrict litigation docket, MDL 875, the largest and longest-lasting MDL of all. Judge Robreno’s 2008 appointment as presiding judge led to a significant change in the management of MDL 875.
“Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation” features a distinguished group of legal academics, practitioners, and judges addressing an increasingly important area of litigation.
Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Widener University School of Law
Administrative Building , Room A180
3737 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17106
The Widener Law Journal (WLJ) will host its annual symposium on April 20, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Widener University School of Law’s Harrisburg Campus. WLJ will also live tweet the event @WidenerJournal and hashtag #WLJSymposium.
This year’s symposium topic is Halt & Reform?: Death Penalty & Criminal Sentencing Guidelines Reform. The focus at the local and national level will be on the administrative, constitutional and policy considerations in criminal sentencing guidelines, the 8th Amendment and capital punishment. The latter topic is particularly timely and relevant in Pennsylvania given Governor Wolf’s recent decision to halt executions in Pennsylvania and the reaction among District Attorneys throughout the Commonwealth to challenge the decision.
Bankruptcy and Beyond: Solving the Problem of Municipal Financial Distress
April 14, 2014- Harrisburg Campus
Municipal financial distress is a problem of enormous importance both nationally and in Pennsylvania. Detroit recently filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in history, 21 cities in Pennsylvania are in Act 47, the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act program, and Harrisburg is on its way to recovery after operating in receivership for over two years. This Symposium, presented by the Widener Law Journal of Widener University School of Law’s Harrisburg Campus, will explore the causes of municipal distress and approaches to alleviating the problem. Reducing existing debt is not enough; policymakers must think creatively about municipal structure, finance, and expenditures. The invited speakers include experts in state and local government law, municipal finance and tax issues, public pensions, and Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The Symposium will provide a unique opportunity for nationally recognized scholars in a variety of areas related to municipal financial distress to exchange ideas with professionals involved in Harrisburg’s recovery. Six CLE credits will be available for Pennsylvania and Delaware lawyers.
Keynote Speaker: General William Lynch, Receiver for the City of Harrisburg
•Michelle Wilde Anderson, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
•Hon. Thomas Bennett, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Alabama
•Christine Sgarlata Chung, Albany Law School
•Hon. Mary D. France, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
•Mark Kaufman, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
•Juliet M. Moringiello, Widener University School of Law
•Matthew Parlow, Marquette University School of Law
•Randle Pollard, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
•Scott Pryor, Regent University School of Law
•Frank H. Shafroth, George Mason University
•David A. Skeel, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
•David Thornburgh, University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government
•David Unkovic, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
More Information is Coming Soon!
Ruling the Courts:
The Future of Local Rules of Civil Procedure in Pennsylvania
Monday, February 22, 2016
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Administrative Building , Room A180
3737 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17106
Last Updated: January 27, 2016
The Widener Law Journal (WLJ) will host its annual symposium on February 22, 2016 in the Moot Court Room (A180) of Widener University Commonwealth Law School. WLJ will also live tweet the event @WidenerJournal and use hashtag #WLJSymposium.
Please join us for a symposium on the development and future of the local rules of civil procedure used in Pennsylvania’s counties and federal courts. The program seeks to understand the history of the local rules, their current role in Pennsylvania’s unified judicial system, and to question whether local rules should remain a prominent feature. This symposium is approved for 4.5 CLE credits.
Agenda, Presenters, and Registration
- 8:15 – 8:45 Continental Breakfast and Registration
- 8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks
- 9-10:30 Panel 1: Origin and Application
- 10:30-10:40 Break
- 10:40-12:10 Panel 2: Pros and Cons
- 12:10-12:45 Lunch
- 12:45-2:15 Panel 3: Call for Reform or Revision
Panels and Presenters:
Panel 1 (Origin and Application): Professor Susan Raeker-Jordan, Moderator
- Daniel A. Durst, Esq., Chief Counsel, Rules Committees, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- Laura Campbell, Director, Pennsylvania Code and Bulletin Office, Law Reference Bureau
- The Honorable William I. Arbuckle, III, Federal Magistrate Judge (Middle District of Pennsylvania)
- The Honorable Kevin A. Hess, Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas (Invited)
Panel 2 (Pros and Cons): Professor Palmer Lockard, Moderator
- The Honorable Karoline Mehalchick, Federal Magistrate Judge (Middle District of Pennsylvania)
- Mary E. Levy, VAP, Temple University Beasley School of Law [unable to attend]
- Charles O. Beckley, II, Esq., Associate, Beckley & Madden
- Katherine Macfarlane, Associate Professor, University of Idaho College of Law
Panel 3 (What’s Next?): Alexandra Makosky, Esquire, Moderator
- Bret Keisling, Esq., The Keisling Law Offices, P.C.
- Dale G. Larrimore, Esq., Senior Partner, Larrimore & Farnish, LLP; Adjunct Professor, Villanova University School of Law
- Matthew Lyon, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, Duncan School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University
- Early: $85 (ends February 9th)
- Regular: $100
- Discounted: $75 (alumni, government attorneys, and academics)
For more information or special needs requests, contact:
CLEcwlaw@widener.edu or 717-541-3965
Widener Law Commonwealth
3800 Vartan Way, P.O. Box 69380
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9380