Throughout the day, ILR featured speakers and panels on key topics (see the agenda below) and unveiled a number of new research pieces which promise to advance the legal reform debate.
At the Summit, Kenneth R. Feinberg presented an alternative model to traditional litigation for settling claims resulting from major disasters such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Drawing from his roles as Independent Claims Adjuster for the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill Disaster Victim Compensation Fund and former manager of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, Feinberg headlined the day-long Summit that focused on lawsuit abuse during a major economic downturn.
In addition, the event featured the 2010 Legal Reform Awards which honor individuals and organizations whose outstanding work has contributed to improving our nation's civil justice system. The 2010 recipients included State Sen. John Thrasher and State Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, both of Florida, for legislative achievement, as well as the law firm of Forman, Perry, Watkins, Krutz & Tardy for organizational achievement. The Civil Justice Association of California won the alliance award, while Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D., president of the Insurance Information Institute, won an award for his important research accomplishments.