Class Actions & Derivative Suits


Upcoming Events & CLE

  1. LGBT+ Forum

    The 2019 LGBT+ Forum will be April 30-May 1, 2019 at the NY Marriott Marquis, Manhattan.
  2. 2019 Section Annual Conference

    The Section of Litigation's Section Annual Conference will take place May 1-3, 2019 at the NY Marriott Marquis, Manhattan. CADS is sponsoring two CLE programs:

    "How Do Small Firms and Solo Practitioners Navigate the Class Action Arena?"
    "You can Check-Out Anytime You Want, but You Can Never Leave: Are Class Actions Impossible to Settle Now?"

    Learn more and register for SAC 2019 today!
  3. The CADS Regional CLE Program will take place on June 21, 2019 in San Francisco. Mark your calendars, and look out for additional details in the coming months! If you would like to get involved in the planning, please email the committee co-chairs.

Call for Authors

The Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter is seeking article proposals and authors for our upcoming Spring 2019 issue, which will have the theme “Hot Topics and Litigation Trends in 2019.”

As always, we are seeking articles that are of interest to class action and derivative suits practitioners. Authors may wish to address issues associated with ascertainability, class arbitrations, recent Supreme Court opinions, using experts at the class certification stage, cy prés, standing, e-discovery, artificial intelligence, settlement issues, or state specific matters that would appeal to a wider audience. Please also consider proposing an article on a substantive topic that is litigated in class actions or derivative litigation.

Send your short (3-5 sentences) article proposal to Patrick McDowell and John Pitblado by March 22, and you will receive a prompt response. Articles should be between 700 - 2,500 words (without endnotes or footnotes) and are due for editing by April 19.

Join Our Relaunched LinkedIn Group

CADS just relaunched its LinkedIn Group. Click here to request to join and invite other CADS members to join as well.

CADS Books Available for Purchase

Both the Class Actions Strategy and Practice Guide and Survey of Federal Class Action Law: A Circuit-by-Circuit Analysis are available for purchase. Both books are excellent resources for all class action practitioners.


Record a Sound Advice Podcast!

Do you enjoy teaching others about a topic but are short on time? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you.

CADS’ Sound Advice Subcommittee needs members like you to prepare a short (8-12 minute) audio recording on a topic of your choice that relates to class actions or derivative suits.  Sound Advice programs are audio-only podcasts that can be recorded using a smart phone. The goal is to provide short, informal “presentations” either in an interview format or with one individual presenting on the topic, so you do not need to prepare any slides or written materials.

Sound Advice is a great way to not only help your fellow practitioners but also to gain exposure as a knowledgeable practitioner in the class action and derivative suits arena.  Check out some of the recordings currently in our Sound Advice Library

If you are interested in preparing a Sound Advice podcast or would like more information, please contact CADS' Sound Advice Subcommittee Chair, Joel Neckers, at

Interested in Writing for the Committee?

Are you interested in publishing an article that will be read by the leading class action practitioners in the United States and Canada? Then the ABA Section of Litigation Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee has just the right forum for you. We are looking for authors to write articles and practice pointers on cutting edge class action topics for our upcoming newsletter and website.  We are also looking for additional newsletter editors.

If you are interested in writing an article, or joining the editorial board, please contact one of our newsletter editors:

Ashley Trehan

Matthew Stein

Jonathan D. Uslaner

Joshua D. Levy