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Upcoming Roundtables

Diversity in the Judiciary

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 12:30-1:30 PM ET | Diversity & Inclusion and Family Law Litigation Committees | This program will allow participants to hear from diverse members of the judiciary on their journey to serve in their current role and what challenges they faced or may continue to encounter. Speakers will also provide advice/suggestions for those interested in pursuing a path to the bench.

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Just Another Brick in the Wall: Issues Surrounding Public Taking on the Southern Border

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 12:00-1:00 PM ET | Real Estate, Condemnation & Trust Litigation Committee | Whether by “National Emergency” or under legislatively approved funding, it is evident that federal efforts to acquire land and expand existing walls, fences or other structures along the southern border will be moving forward. The experienced panel will discuss the rights, limits and legal issues surrounding the federal government’s exercise of its eminent domain rights on this very topical issue. Co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law.

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The Evolving Landscape of Litigation Funding

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET | Consumer Litigation Committee | The use of third-party capital to pay for costs related to litigation in return for a portion of the financial judgment, commonly referred to as Litigation Funding, has been increasing. Join our esteemed panelists for a discussion regarding how Litigation Funding is changing the litigation landscape, the direct and indirect impact on litigants, their counsel, and investors, and criticisms of third-party financing.

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Class Action Strategy and Practice: Initial Defense Strategy

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET | Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee | This Roundtable explores the important decisions that class-action defendants must make quickly: (1) Forum choice. Should they remove? Is an MDL possible? Which court will have broader discovery or better appeal rights? Should they make a venue motion? Should they invoke arbitration? (2) Case assessment. What are the steps? Should they explore individual or early class settlement? Should they make voluntary changes? (3) Motion to dismiss. Will they educate the court or prompt a narrowed complaint, or merely educate plaintiff’s lawyers? (4) Motion to strike class allegations. (5) Answer, affirmative defenses, or counterclaims. (6) Summary judgment. Move before class certification?

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