legal Reform Summit

18th Annual Legal Reform Summit
The Litigation Jungle
October 25, 2017

Join the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform as we embark on an expedition through “The Litigation Jungle,” examining the complex and evolving litigation landscape and providing a roadmap to navigate it. Topics along the journey will include emerging technologies, big data, global liability developments, the administration’s impact on the federal regulatory environment and AG insights on state enforcement issues, evolution of the U.S. Supreme Court, and trial lawyer advertising.

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Briefing Center
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Hall of Flags
Opening Remarks
  • Lisa A. Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Hall of Flags
Morning Keynote Remarks

9:30 - 10:05 a.m.
Hall of Flags
Preparing for an Expedition: Emerging Technologies and Liability 

Thought leaders will explore emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, unmanned aerial vehicles, artificial intelligence, and digital health, and discuss how to prevent liability threats from stifling innovation.
10:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Hall of Flags
Navigating the Vines: Big Data and the Role of General Counsel

Big Data has the potential to introduce new risks in managing privacy, compliance, discovery, and liability. Hear a general counsel’s perspective on dealing with Big Data on a day-to-day basis as well as during litigation.
10:20 - 10:25 a.m.
Hall of Flags
State Legislative Achievement Award

10:25 - 10:45 a.m.
Hall of Flags
The Law of the Jungle: Litigating (and Fixing) Class Actions

Class action litigation continues to dominate the legal reform debate. This interview will challenge the underpinnings of class actions, such as consumer restitution and deterrence, and will discuss what’s driving the surge in securities class actions.
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Hall of Flags
Through the Binoculars: Global Developments in Liability

Panelists will discuss global litigation hot spots and developments in class actions and third-party funding around the world. This liability tour will make stops in the EU, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.
11:30 - 11:35 a.m. Outstanding Alliance Award
11:35 - 11:45 a.m.
Hall of Flags
Q&A Session for Morning Segments

11:45 - Noon
Briefing Center
Networking Break/Luncheon Transition

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Luncheon & Keynote Address

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

Keynote Address – Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of New York City
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Briefing Center
Networking Break

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Where the Wild Things Are: Trends in Mass Actions, Asbestos and Food Labeling Litigation

A trio of TED-talkers will address three areas of litigation where the plaintiffs’ bar shows no signs of slowing down: mass actions, asbestos and food labeling. Hear their personal stories, predictions for future trends, and suggestions for navigating the litigation landscape.
2:00 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Research and Policy Award

2:05 - 2:40 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Lurking in the Undergrowth: Regulatory Trends and Their Effects on the States

Explore trends in the “Administrative State” and how the current Administration has impacted the federal regulatory environment. Then hear reactions from sitting state attorneys general on what effect these developments are having on state enforcement issues. 

2:40 - 3:10 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Snakes in the Grass: How Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Advertising Impacts Patients, Consumers and Juries

Mass tort cases are being driven in large part by an increase in targeted plaintiffs’ lawyer advertising. Panelists will discuss how trial lawyer advertising negatively impacts patients and consumers, and how the plaintiffs’ bar uses advertising to affect jury pools in key jurisdictions. 

3:10 - 3:40 p.m.
Hall of Flags
A View From the Canopy: The Evolution of the U.S. Supreme Court

This trio of Supreme Court experts will provide perspective on how today’s Supreme Court compares with the Court and its Justices over history. They will also highlight current key cases being considered by the Court. 

3:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Individual Achievement Award

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Q&A Session for Afternoon Segments

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Swamp Status: Commentary on the Current Political Landscape

4:30 p.m.
Hall of Flags
Closing Remarks
  • Lisa A. Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Briefing Center
Networking Reception

*Agenda Subject to Change*