The 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner
Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina
Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Program: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reception immediately followed program
The 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit, which is recognized as the nation's paramount comprehensive legal reform symposium, featured a variety of timely panel discussions.
|8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||
Lisa A. Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Legislative Keynote – A View from Capitol Hill
|9:15 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.||
Access to Justice or the Bottom Line?
This panel addressed the “commercialization” of the practice of law through issues such as third-party litigation financing, where outside investors have a stake in the outcome of ligation; the new trial lawyer “bounty hunter” ads on the internet; and the growing interest in allowing investors to partner with lawyers in law firms.
|10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.||Transition Break|
|10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||
The Supreme Court: Cases of Interest to Business
This panel reviewed key business decisions of the 2010 Term of the U.S. Supreme Court and preview the most important business cases pending on the 2011 docket.
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Trends We Don’t Want To Continue: A Look at the Latest Lawsuits and Theories from The Trial Bar
The panel spotlighted litigation trends in a variety of areas such as asbestos and the use of civil conspiracy, transnational torts and the use of outside contingency fee counsel by certain state attorneys general in recent litigation.
|11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Transition Break|
|12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||
Annual Legal Reform Awards Luncheon
Special remarks by: Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
State Leadership Award : South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
Outstanding Organization Award : Business Council of AL
Research and Policy Award : John H. Beisner, Practice
|1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.||Transition Break|
|1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.||
The Liability Climate in the States: Costs, Reforms and the Potential Impact on Jobs with Special Remarks by Governor Robert F. McDonnell
This panel examined the legal climate in the states, reforms and the impact on employment and business activity.
|2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||
A View from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
|3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.||
The Very Long Arm of the Law: A Look at the Impact of Federal Regulatory and Enforcement Practices
This panel examined regulatory and enforcement activity through the lens of the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, The Lacey Act, exclusion authority, and the activities at the Securities Exchange Commission.
|4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.||
Changes In Attitude: The Political Outlook, Mood of the Electorate, and What That Means for the Business Community
This panel featured a spirited discussion with leading political analysts and pollsters on the political outlook and the 2012 elections, the mood of the electorate, and the impact on the business community.
|5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.||
Networking Reception & Giveaway
At our networking reception from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. attendees had opportunities to walk away with one of the following giveaway items, including an Exquisite Wine Basket donated by Altria, Washington Capitals Hockey Tickets, 52 inch Sony HD LCD 1080p and iPad 2. Click here to view the giveaway rules.
ILR thanks the sponsors of the 2011 Legal Reform Summit:
- Dickstein Shapiro LLP
- Hunton & Williams LLP
- Jenner & Block LLP
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- NERA Economic Consulting
- Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP