Renowned Scholar Arthur R. Miller and Distinguished Panel to give 18th Annual Pedrick Lecture, “Revisiting the Rules: Celebrating 75 years of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure”

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Renowned legal scholar and practitioner Professor Arthur R. Miller will give the keynote address and lead a distinguished panel presentation at the eighteenth annual Willard H. Pedrick Lecture at 10 a.m. on March 28, 2014 in the Great Hall at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

In addition to his keynote speech, Professor Miller will moderate a panel of the leading voices in the discourse on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which will provide a range of perspectives during the conference, “Revisiting the Rules: Celebrating 75 years of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”

Miller is known for his expertise in civil procedure and is the author of more than 40 books, including co-authoring Federal Practice and Procedure, the treatise recognized as an essential reference for judges and lawyers alike. He has long played a highly visible role in explaining and interpreting law for the general public, serving as legal editor of Good Morning America, on ABC; hosting his own show, Miller's Law, on Court TV; and moderating numerous shows for public television.

Miller is presently University Professor at New York University and Chairman of The NYU Sports & Society Program, following almost four decades at Harvard Law School.  He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and in all U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has also served as a member and Reporter of the Advisory Committee of Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the U.S., and as Reporter and Advisor to the American Law Institute.

The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Procedure and Practice recently set for public comment a host of proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). Professor Miller and the panel will examine the opposing forces shaping the FRCP today to try to predict the future character of the Rules, and what the judiciary, the defense bar, and the plaintiff’s bar might expect as we look to the next quarter century of development. 

Roslyn O. Silver, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, will introduce the event and the panel of distinguished jurists and practitioners:

John Beisner, leader of Skadden Arps’ Mass Tort, Insurance and Consumer Litigation group, and an expert in the defense of class actions at the trial and appellate levels in both federal and state court.

Elizabeth Cabraser, founding partner of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, recognized as one of the foremost litigators in the nation, including being selected an unprecedented four times as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal.

David G. Campbell, U. S. District Judge for the District of Arizona, and Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Robert Dauber, ASU College of Law Clinical Professor of the Civil Justice Clinic, who appears in federal court and supervises and instructs student attorneys in court activities and trial strategy, in addition to teaching civil procedure. 

Michael Daly Hawkins, Senior Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

W. Mark Lanier, founder of The Lanier Law Firm, recognized as one of the top civil litigation lawyers in the country by The New York Times, and named the “Top Class Action Attorney in America” by U.S. News and World Report in 2013.

Myles V. Lynk, ASU College of Law Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and the Legal Profession, past member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, and Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline.

William J. Maledon, of Osborn Maledon, one of the leading commercial litigation and trial attorneys in Arizona, and a member of Federal Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure since 2005.

Andrew Pincus, of Mayer Brown LLP, an expert appellate advocate who has argued 23 cases to the Supreme Court, co-founder and co-director of the Yale Law School’s Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic, and previously General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Patricia Lee Refo, chair of Snell & Wilmer’s Professional Liability Litigation group, and a frequent speaker at international, national, state and local continuing legal education conferences, and a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence.

Shira A. Scheindlin, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a noted author and expert on discovery and the FRCP.

James M. Wagstaffe, co-founding partner of Kerr & Wagstaffe, known for its broad representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in high-value, high-risk litigation and widely published on procedural and ethics matters, including Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, the nation’s leading guide on federal court practice.

The conference will be free and open to the public, and a continuing legal education (CLE) option will be provided for members of the bar.

The Willard H. Pedrick Lecture was established in 1997 by the Pedrick family in memory of the founding dean of the College of Law. The annual lecture brings to the law school outstanding legal scholars, jurists and practitioners to enrich the intellectual life of the College and the community.  

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