legal Reform Summit

ILR's 16th Annual Legal Reform Summit

2015: A Liability Odyssey

Program: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Reception Immediately Following the Program

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The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform is excited to announce the 16th Annual Legal Reform Summit – 2015: A Liability Odyssey on October 27, 2015. Our preeminent global legal reform symposium will feature current trends such as data privacy liability, the spread of class actions globally, and over-enforcement. Speakers will discuss problems, offer solutions, and highlight future trends in a new and engaging event format. This year’s Summit will feature a keynote address from John F. Stossel, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, Host and Commentator, Fox Business Network, and remarks by Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Each year, the Legal Reform Summit gathers business and industry leaders, government officials and the media to explore relevant legal issues and discuss the current state of legal reform and its importance to the greater business community and national economy.


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8:30 - 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 am Opening Remarks
9:15 - 9:35 am New Technologies, New Liabilities – The Problems

These related segments will focus on data privacy, beginning with the ease with which data breaches can occur. A follow-on dialogue between a data privacy practitioner and a former state attorney general will focus on litigation stemming from data breaches, both private suits and actions by attorneys general, noting best practices and suggestions.
9:35 - 10:00 am New Technologies, New Liabilities – The Solutions
10:00 - 10:05 am Legal Reform Summit Award Presentation
10:05 - 10:50 am The Magna Carta, 800 Years Later – Rule of Law or Rule of Lawyers?

This segment will focus on the legacy of “due process” in English common law countries, focused on class actions and the incentives posed by third party litigation financing. The featured practitioners have expertise with such developments in the UK, Canada and Australia.
10:50 - 11:10 am The Next Frontier:Solutions for the New Generation of Class Actions

The Class Action Fairness Act is now 10 years old. This interview will address class action trends, focusing on potential amendments and procedural reforms to mitigate some of the issues that have arisen as courts have implemented the Act.
11:10 - 11:25 am Break
11:25 - 11:40 am Q&A Session for Morning Panels
11:40 - 11:45 am Legal Reform Summit Award Presentation
11:45 - 12:00 pm Break
12:00 - 1:15 pm Luncheon & Keynote Address

Special Remarks by: Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Keynote Address: John Stossel, Host, Stossel, Fox Business Network
1:15 - 1:30 pm Break

1:30 - 2:25 pm Regulators Gone Rogue

A diverse panel that includes practitioners and former government officials will explore serial enforcement by federal and state regulatory agencies, state attorneys general, and the plaintiffs’ bar. Speakers will discuss the growth in civil penalties and regulation through litigation.
2:25 - 2:30 pm Legal Reform Summit Award Presentation
2:30 - 3:00pm The Future is Now: Hot Topics in Litigation

Three senior company legal officers will each explore a current litigation topic of their choosing, sharing their experience and perspective on a current or novel issue that others may confront in the future.
3:00 - 3:05 pm Legal Reform Summit Award Presentation
3:05 - 3:40 pm Show Me the Money: Trial Lawyer Advertising and Online Networks

Academic scholars will present research on trends in trial lawyer advertising in the digital age, together with findings about online networks between and among trial lawyers.
3:40 - 3:55 pm Q&A Session for Afternoon Panels
3:55 - 4:00 pm Closing Remarks 
4:00 - 5:00 pm Networking Reception


*Agenda subject to change.


Event Sponsors

ILR thanks the sponsors of the 2015 Legal Reform Summit:

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Interested in sponsoring the 2015 Legal Reform Summit? Call 202.778.6063.

Media Sponsor

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Executive branch employees should obtain written permission to attend this event from their designated agency ethics office and should fax or email a copy of the permission to Melissa Guay at or by fax at (202) 463-3129 prior to the event.

Event Presenters

Institute for Legal ReformU.S. Chamber of Commerce