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May Conference to Be First of Its Kind to Look at Civil Litigation in Federal Courts
April 12, 2010
Contact: David Sellers, 202-502-2600
Access, fairness, cost, and delay in civil litigation in federal court will be
the focus of a Conference, May 10-11, 2010, sponsored by the Judicial Conference
Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. The 2010 Civil Litigation Conference at the
Duke University School of Law will present new data from several empirical
studies on current litigation practice and proposals for improving civil
litigation in the federal trial courts. In particular, data on actual litigation
costs incurred by law firms and major corporations will be available for careful
analysis. The Conference agenda is available here. The Conference will
be streamed live over the Judiciary's Newsroom website.
"This Conference hopes to build on the legacy of the 1976 Roscoe Pound
Conference and all it contributed to the reform of the administration and
delivery of justice in the federal system, as well as on the 1997 Boston College
of Law Conference on Discovery" said Judge Mark Kravitz, chair of the Advisory
Committee on Civil Rules. According to Judge Kravitz the cost of civil
litigation will be among the topics to be discussed, and how recent Supreme
Court decisions in Twombly and Iqbal have focused attention on
pleading standards and discovery.
"Much of the data to be presented at the Conference has not been available
before," said Judge John G. Koeltl, a Civil Rules Committee member and
Conference organizer. "This will be important new information on what is
actually happening in different practice areas."
Nearly 200 nationally recognized federal judges, lawyers and professors and
others with expertise in civil litigation are expected to attend. Duke
University School of Law will host the Conference, which will take place in Room
3041 of the Duke Law School.