The Duke Law School Bolch Judicial Institute is holding an intensive 3-day mass-tort MDL instructional program from March 13-15, 2019. Faculty will include five experienced MDL judges, five preeminent mass-tort lead counsel, and 13 lawyers who have chaired specific-task MDL committees. The program is designed for plaintiff lawyers interested in getting into the tort and consumer mass-tort field or who would like to enhance their ability to compete for MDL committee appointments.
As the event’s description notes, “The Bolch Judicial Institute is committed to expanding opportunities for new lawyers, particularly women and diverse lawyers, to compete for leadership positions in mass-tort MDLs. Lawyers who have chaired MDL committees are in a better position to be seriously considered for plaintiff steering and executive committee appointments as well as lead counsel positions.” The Duke-Bolch program aims at bringing together leaders in the bench and bar and will educate attendees on what the judges expect, how lead counsel executes those directives, and how committee chairs carry them out.
About Elizabeth Cabraser
Name partner and co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, Elizabeth Cabraser chairs the firm’s personal injury and environmental litigation practice groups. One of the nation’s leading class action litigators and possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, she has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. Today, she serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, as well as lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases, and the recently-filed Fiat Chrysler Jeep Dodge diesel emissions fraud litigation, Generic Drugs Pricing antitrust litigation, and the National Prescription Opiates litigation.
About Annika K. Martin
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Annika K. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation concerning consumer fraud, environmental issues, and products liability. In April 2018, Annika was named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the national consumer fraud class action MDL against General Motors Company on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased certain GM vehicles equipped with an allegedly defective air conditioning system. Annika is also currently representing women who were sexually abused by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., in a class action against Tyndall and the University of Southern California.
Annika represented individuals, property owners, and business owners across the Gulf Coast in class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and other companies responsible for the 2010 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Annika was deeply involved in negotiating, implementing, and gaining court approval for the economic and medical class action settlements with BP that are compensating hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy.
Annika has also represented plaintiffs with physical and economic injuries arising from GM vehicles with defective ignition switches, and patients nationwide suffering from the widespread outbreak of meningitis and other serious maladies caused by contaminated medication. Annika is the current co-chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group.