Fall Conference 2015

THE STATE AND FUTURE OF CIVIL JURY TRIALS

Friday, September 11
Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY  10012

8:00 am
Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 am
Welcome

9:00-10:00 am
Panel I: Originalism and the 7th Amendment
Moderated by Samuel Issacharoff, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law; Faculty Co-Director, Civil Jury Project, NYU School of Law

  • Preserved Where, Preserved How, Preserved Why? (Full Text)
    Renée Lerner, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Betraying a Distinctive Constitutional Idea of Popular Self-Government—Are the Lawyers, Judges, and Law Professors Still at It?
    Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School

10:00-11:00 am
Panel II: Empirical Studies
Moderated by Catherine Sharkey, Crystal Eastman Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Director, Civil Jury Project, NYU School of Law

  • The Jury Under Fire: Myth, Controversy, and Reform
    Brian Bornstein, Professor of Psychology, University of NebraskaLincoln
    Edie Greene, Professor of Psychology, University of Colorado
  • Real Juries and Judicial Innovation: Arizona and the 7th Circuit
    Shari Seidman Diamond, Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University School of  Law

11:00-12:00 pm
Panel III: Who’s To Blame?
Moderated by Stephen Susman, Partner, Susman Godfrey; Executive Director, Civil Jury Project, NYU School of Law

  • A View from the Bench
    The Honorable William Young, Judge, US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • A View from the Bar
    Arthur Miller, University Professor, NYU School of Law
  • A View from the Boardroom
    Robert Gasaway, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

12:00-12:30 pm
Panel IV: What Innovations Judges, Court Systems, and Citizens Can Adopt to Save the Civil Jury Trial
Panel Discussion:

  • The Honorable Mark Bennett, Judge, US District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • Paula Hannaford-Agor, Director, Center for Jury Studies, National Center for State Courts
  • Andrew Ferguson, Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

12:30-2:00 pm
Lunch Keynote

Is it Worth the Fight? (Full Text)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator for Rhode Island

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