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Elizabeth Cabraser and Paulina do Amaral Serve as Faculty in Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

Elizabeth Cabraser and Paulina do Amaral Serve as Faculty in Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program

On Monday, November 9, 2020, Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth Cabraser and Paulina do Amaral served as featured faculty in Duke Law School’s Mass-Tort MDL Certificate Program. Other faculty included Duke Law professors, experienced MDL judges, and lawyers who have either served as preeminent mass-tort lead counsel or chaired specific-task MDL committees. The program is designed for both plaintiff and defense lawyers looking to transition into the tort and consumer mass-tort field who would like to enhance their ability to compete for MDL committee appointments, and for those more experienced attorneys focused on refining their skills in the field.

The certificate program provides a unique opportunity to gain practical MDL know-how not available anywhere else, network with key players in mass-tort MDLs, and better equip lawyers to compete for future leadership positions. As the event’s description notes, “Mass-Tort MDLs are typically run by various committees, which are tasked to perform specific assignments, specific assignments, e.g., depositions, documents productions, fact and expert discovery, privilege logs, etc. These tasks are performed in accordance with evolving conventions and customs, which are developed and accepted by the MDL community. Although the Duke MDL Best Practices provide information on discrete MDL practices, no comprehensive written documents are available. Understanding what lawyers are expected to do in a mass-tort MDL can be learned only through a program of oral instructions”

To view the full program agenda, visit the Duke Law Bolch Judicial Institute website.

About Elizabeth J. Cabraser

Co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, Elizabeth Cabraser is one of the nation’s leading class action litigators, 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, and currently serves in leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, and co-lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases, the Fiat Chrysler Jeep Dodge diesel emissions fraud litigation, the Generic Drugs Pricing antitrust litigation, and the National Prescription Opiates litigation.

About Paulina do Amaral

Paulina do Amaral is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office and a senior member of the firm’s Mass Tort and Injury Practice Team. Paulina represents individuals, groups and classes in complex, multi-party litigation in state and federal courts and in multidistrict litigation throughout the U.S. Paulina’s current work includes representation of government entities in one of the largest pieces of civil litigation in history, In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, in which she serves as a leader of the Law and Briefing Committee and on the Expert Oversight Committee. In 2019, Paulina was named to the Board of Trustees of the UC Hastings College of the Law, and was selected for inclusion in Lawdragon’s list of “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers.”