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September 2016
Wednesday
7
September
2016
CWRU Law School
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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CWRU Law School
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Thursday
8
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Speaker: Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
14
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Neal K. Katyal, Partner, Hogan Lovells, Paul & Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law, Georgetown University, and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Friday
16
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Tuesday
20
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Speaker: Lawrence Douglas
Author and James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
21
September
2016
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Speaker: B. Jessie Hill
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Friday
23
September
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
October 2016
Wednesday
5
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Speaker: Kirk J. Nahra partner with Wiley Rein LLP
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Thursday
6
October
2016
Tinkham Veale University Center
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Thursday
6
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Speaker: Franita Tolson
Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights, Florida State University College of Law
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Thursday
13
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Nathan Quick
Trial Chambers, International Criminal Court
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Friday
14
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Speaker: David J. Garrow, Distinguished Research Professor of History and Law, University of Pittsburgh
Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford University
Theodore M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina former Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Saturday
15
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Speaker: Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Tuesday
18
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: The Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
19
October
2016
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Speaker: Kevin C. McMunigal
Professor of Law
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Friday
28
October
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Speaker: The Honorable Leo M. Gordon
U.S. Court of International Trade
Webcast live
Wednesday
9
November
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation
Juscelino F. Colares, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Law Associate Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Avidan Y. Cover, Associate Professor of Law, Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy
Jonathan L. Entin, David L. Brennan Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science
Richard Gordon, Director of the Financial Integrity Institute Associate Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Professor of Law
B. Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law
Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy Department of Political Science
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Friday
11
November
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
16
November
2016
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available  |  Webcast live
Saturday
19
November
2016
Moot Courtroom (A59)
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
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Speaker: Jonathan Gordon, Professor of Law and Associate Director, LLM Lawyering Skills Program
Jean McQuillan, Assistant Professor of Law
Andrew Pollis, Professor of Law
Cassandra Burke Robertson, Professor of Law
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available, pending approval  |  Webcast live
February 2017
Friday
10
February
2017
Tinkham Veale University Center
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free and open to the public  |  Webcast live
March 2017
Friday
3
March
2017
Tinkham Veale University Center
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free and open to the public  |  Webcast live
Monday
6
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Elisabeth Rosenthal
Columnist, The New York Times
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Thursday
9
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Michael H. Posner
Jerome Kohlberg Professor Ethics and Finance
Professor Business and Society
Center for Business and Human Rights
NYU Stern School of Business
Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
22
March
2017
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Free and open to the public  | CLE credit available, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Integrating What Lawyers Can Do: A Discussion About The 9/11 Attacks On The World Trade Center, Good Samaritan Responders, Mass Litigation and A Political Solution By The U.S. Congress
Sponsor
Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lecture
The Case Western Reserve University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Panel
APR 10, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 1.5 hours of in-person CLE credit
Lawyers are trained to understand a menu of legal subject areas—contracts, property, securities, criminal law, constitutional law, civil procedure, business transactions, torts and a vast array of other specific legal areas. Legal training orients lawyers toward zealous representation of clients and toward a the litigation process, which may ultimately include a trial and appeals, where disputes are finally resolved.

However, lawyers sometimes forget that the words in statutes that they argue so much about can be changed. New statutes can be created. Legal positions and liability can change when statutes are amended. Thus, zealous representation of clients should consider legislative solutions achieved through the political process carried out by elected members of Congress and state legislatures. There is understandably a dearth of knowledge about integrating a political and legislative strategy into a legal strategy for clients, but so doing can often mean fulfilling the obligation to represent the best interest of a client in the most zealous manner—and achieving an outcome that a client seeks.

This discussion by three Case Western Reserve School of Law classmates will examine the integration of legal, legislative and political strategies that led enactment of a major piece of federal legislation that dealt with the implications of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The discussion will start with how a chance meeting at a school playground by two Case Law classmates led to the formulation of a litigation-legislation-political solution embodied in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, signed into law by President Obama on January 11, 2011, the last day of the 111th Congress.

This significant legislative achievement enabled resolution of more than 10,000 lawsuits with perhaps billions of dollars in potential liability against five Good Samaritan prime construction contractors that engaged to rescue people and recover the World Trade Center site in the minutes and months following terrorist attack. Importantly for the client, the law capped the liability of the construction contractors and enabled their businesses to move ahead without the cloud of potential future liability.

The discussion will involve details about a growing litigation threat, the lawsuit by responders, the litigation strategy before the playground meeting, the legislative opportunity, corralling the clients, the work to craft legislative options, the substantive, budget and political dynamic that influenced the legislative drafts, the growing litigation cloud, the integration of the legislative strategy into the litigation strategy with five companies and five different law firms, the comprehensive solution incorporated into the Zadroga Act (health, compensation and liability protection), months of politics, the media making a difference, enactment of the bill on the last day of the 111th Congress, and the signing of the bill into law.

Lawyers and law students will gain an understanding of how to evaluate when a legislative solution is possible, how to integrate an untraditional legislative or political solution into a client’s representation, the fundamentals of the legislative process to change the law, and why legal training in a law school was important in resolving this 9/11 situation and remains critical today.
Speaker Information
Duane R. Gibson, The Livingston Group, LLC
Mark F. Lindsay, The Livingston Group, LLC
Michael Lyle, Managing Partner, Weil Group
Additional Information
Free and open to public. Reception follows.

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