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NYC readers: Judge Janis Jack to Speak at Cardozo



We recently received this communication from Cardozo Law School about an event that sounds well worth attending:

Judge Janis Jack to Speak at Cardozo; To be Introduced by Adam Liptak of the New York Times

U.S. District Court Judge Janis Jack will speak at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University on March 27, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. on �The Silica MDL: Manufacturing Diagnoses for Money.� The presentation is under the auspices of the Program on Legal Ethics in the Tort System. Prof. Lester Brickman, director of the Program, will present a brief overview of the use of litigation screenings in mass tort litigation and resultant ethical issues.

Judge Jack will speak about her experiences in presiding over MDL 1553, involving 10,000 claims of silicosis -- a scarring of the lungs caused by inhalation of sand dusts -- and what led her to decide to hold a Daubert hearing and issue an unprecedented 263-page opinion, 398 Fed. Supp. 2d 563 (S.D. Tex. 2005), rejecting the reliability of thousands of the medical diagnoses. In that opinion -- which continues to reverberate around the mass tort world -- she stated that �it is apparent that truth and justice had very little to do with these diagnoses. . . [Indeed] it is clear that the lawyers, doctors and screening companies were all willing participants� in a scheme to �manufacture [diagnoses] for money.�

Judge Jack�s remarks are intended for lawyers and will be off the record. She will be introduced by Adam Liptak, national legal correspondent at The New York Times.

After Judge Jack�s presentation, Professor Brickman and Mr. Liptak will offer comments and questions will then be taken from the audience.

A reception will be held following Judge Jack�s remarks.

If you wish to attend Judge Jack�s presentation, please RSVP by email to: ybekker [at] yu [dot] edu and give both your name, affiliation and email address. Put in the subject line: RSVP�Judge Jack. You may also RSVP by phone: 212-790-0833.

Two hours of CLE credit (one hour of Ethics credit and one hour of Professional Practice) are available. To be eligible, you must indicate in your RSVP your intent to sign up for CLE credit. Course materials will be forwarded to you by email.

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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