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Lectures & Events

 
March 2017
Wednesday
29
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Kenneth L. Marcus, founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
Wednesday
29
March
2017
White and Williams LLP
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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White and Williams LLP
7 Times Square, Suite 2900
New York, New York 10036-6524
30
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31
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
This is a two-day event
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Approved for 6 hours of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
April 2017
Friday
7
April
2017
CWRU Law School
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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6 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval
Thursday
13
April
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia Law School
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
19
April
2017
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Kathryn S. Mercer, Professor of Lawyering Skills, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Thursday
20
April
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Affiliate Professor of Law, Indiana University Bloomington
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval
Monday
24
April
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Speaker: Dynda A. Thomas, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Friday
28
April
2017
Wyndham Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Wyndham Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare
1260 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
May 2017
Wednesday
17
May
2017
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Timothy Webster, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Sunday
21
May
2017
CWRU Law School
All-day event
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Webcast live
February 2018
16
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17
February
2018
CWRU Law School
This is a two-day event
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Integrating What Lawyers Can Do: A Discussion About The 9/11 Attacks On The World Trade Center, Good Samaritan Responders, Mass Litigation and A Political Solution By The U.S. Congress
Sponsor
Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lecture
The Case Western Reserve University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Panel
APR 10, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 1.5 hours of in-person CLE credit
Lawyers are trained to understand a menu of legal subject areas—contracts, property, securities, criminal law, constitutional law, civil procedure, business transactions, torts and a vast array of other specific legal areas. Legal training orients lawyers toward zealous representation of clients and toward a the litigation process, which may ultimately include a trial and appeals, where disputes are finally resolved.

However, lawyers sometimes forget that the words in statutes that they argue so much about can be changed. New statutes can be created. Legal positions and liability can change when statutes are amended. Thus, zealous representation of clients should consider legislative solutions achieved through the political process carried out by elected members of Congress and state legislatures. There is understandably a dearth of knowledge about integrating a political and legislative strategy into a legal strategy for clients, but so doing can often mean fulfilling the obligation to represent the best interest of a client in the most zealous manner—and achieving an outcome that a client seeks.

This discussion by three Case Western Reserve School of Law classmates will examine the integration of legal, legislative and political strategies that led enactment of a major piece of federal legislation that dealt with the implications of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The discussion will start with how a chance meeting at a school playground by two Case Law classmates led to the formulation of a litigation-legislation-political solution embodied in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, signed into law by President Obama on January 11, 2011, the last day of the 111th Congress.

This significant legislative achievement enabled resolution of more than 10,000 lawsuits with perhaps billions of dollars in potential liability against five Good Samaritan prime construction contractors that engaged to rescue people and recover the World Trade Center site in the minutes and months following terrorist attack. Importantly for the client, the law capped the liability of the construction contractors and enabled their businesses to move ahead without the cloud of potential future liability.

The discussion will involve details about a growing litigation threat, the lawsuit by responders, the litigation strategy before the playground meeting, the legislative opportunity, corralling the clients, the work to craft legislative options, the substantive, budget and political dynamic that influenced the legislative drafts, the growing litigation cloud, the integration of the legislative strategy into the litigation strategy with five companies and five different law firms, the comprehensive solution incorporated into the Zadroga Act (health, compensation and liability protection), months of politics, the media making a difference, enactment of the bill on the last day of the 111th Congress, and the signing of the bill into law.

Lawyers and law students will gain an understanding of how to evaluate when a legislative solution is possible, how to integrate an untraditional legislative or political solution into a client’s representation, the fundamentals of the legislative process to change the law, and why legal training in a law school was important in resolving this 9/11 situation and remains critical today.
Speaker Information
Duane R. Gibson, The Livingston Group, LLC
Mark F. Lindsay, The Livingston Group, LLC
Michael Lyle, Managing Partner, Weil Group
Additional Information
Free and open to public. Reception follows.

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