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Linda S. Mullenix

  • Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy

Activities

  • American Law Institute, Life Member

    May 19, 2014 – May 21, 2014

    Washington D.C.

    Professor Mullenix attended the annual meeting of the American Law Institute in Washington D.C. on May 19-21, 2014, where she was honored as a new Life Member of the ALI after 25 years as a member of the Institute. The ALI sponsored a luncheon for new Life Members. Professor Mullenix has served the ALI as the Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, and as a consultative member on the Complex Litigation Project; and a consultative member for the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure. Over the past 25 years, Professor Mullenix also has contributed to various ALI-ABA programs.

  • Speaker, Symposium: "A Complicated Cleanup: The BP Oil Spill Litigation"

    May 8, 2014 – May 9, 2014

    Stanford University Law School, Palo Alto, California

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the symposium, "A Complicated Cleanup: The BP Oil Spill Litigation," sponsored by the Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation, at Stanford University Law School on May 8-9, 2014. The speakers included special master Kenneth Feinberg, who administered the BP Gulf Coast Claims Facility; Professor Francis McGovern (Duke); Professor Janet Alexander (Stanford); Professor Deborah Hensler (Stanford); and attorney Elizabeth Cabraser, among many others. Professor Mullenix's article for this symposium, "Designing a Compensatory Fund: The Search for First Principles," will be published in the Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation. A draft of this article is located at http://ssrn.com/abstract= 2466301

  • Speaker, The 20th Annual Clifford Symposium: "Judge Jack Weinstein's Impact on Civil Justice in America"

    April 24, 2014 – April 25, 2014

    DePaul University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the 20th Annual Clifford Symposium, "Judge Jack Weinstein's Impact on Civil Justice in America," sponsored by the DePaul University School of Law, in Chicago, Illinois on April 24-25, 2014. Justice Stephen Breyer delivered remarks honoring Judge Weinstein's career. The symposium speakers discussing Judge Weinstein's contributions to the law were drawn from the large universe of Judge Weinstein's law clerks, special masters, judicial colleagues, and academic commentators. Professor Mullenix's article for this symposium, "Competing Values: Preserving Litigant Autonomy in an Age of Collective Redress," will be published in Vol. 64 of the DePaul law review. A draft of this article is located at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2426829

  • Speaker, Symposium, "Through a Glass Starkly: Civil Procedure Reassessed"

    April 11, 2014 – April 12, 2014

    Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the symposium, "Through a Glass Starkly: Civil Procedure Reassessed," jointly sponsored by the Northeastern University School of Law and the Boyd School of Law at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 11-12, 2014. The symposium was held in honor of Prof. Stephen Subrin of the Northeastern University School of Law. Professor Mullenix's paper for this symposium, "Reflections of a Recovering Aggregationist," will be published in the law review for the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. A draft of this paper is located at http://ssrn.com/abstract=245154

  • Speaker, ABA Litigation Section Annual Conference

    April 9, 2014 – April 11, 2014

    Scottsdale, Arizona

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the American Bar Association Section on Litigation Annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 9-11, 2014. She spoke on the meeting program, "Moldy or Not? -- The Impact of Comcast on the Future of Class Action Litigation, Standing, and Issues Classes." She was joined on this panel by attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants in class litigation.

  • Speaker, Randolph W. Thrower Symposium: "American Dispute Resolution 2020: The Death of Group Vindication of the Law?"

    February 6, 2014

    Emory University School of Law

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at Emory Law School's Randolph W. Thrower Symposium on February 6, 2104 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of this year's Thrower Symposium was "American Dispute Resolution 2020: The Death of Group Vindication of the Law?" The keynote speaker was Professor Arthur R. Miller of New York University School of Law. Also speaking at the symposium were Prof. Richard Freer (Emory); Prof. Rick Marcus (Hastings); Prof. Mary Kay Kane (Hastings); Prof. Ed Sherman (Tulane); Prof. Myriam Gilles (Cardozo), and others in the filed of class action and complex litigation. Professor Mullenix's paper for this symposium, "Ending Class Actions As We Know Them: Rethinking the American Class Action," will be published in Vol. 64 of the Emory Law Journal. A draft of this paper may be located at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2457429

  • 17th Annual ABA Class Action Institute

    October 24, 2013

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Professor Mullenix spoke as a member of the faculty of the 17th annual American Bar Association Class Action Institute, held in Boston, Massachusetts on October 24-25, 2013. She participated in a program panel on emerging issues relating to Article III standing in class action certification, with a focus on so-called "no injury" classes where some class members have yet to experience a manifestation of a product defect. This discussion focused on the "smelly washing machine" litigation being adjudicated in the Sixth and Seventh Circuits. She also spoke on recent decisions from the Third Circuit addressing the problem of defining an "ascertainable class" as a prerequisite to class certification, and the consequences of this doctrine for class action attorneys.

  • Speaker, "Private and Government-Related Consumer Litigation"

    September 26, 2013

    Federal Bar Association 2013 Annual Meeting and Convention

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the Federal Bar Association's 2013 Annual Meeting and Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 26-28, 2013. She gave a presentation on developments in private and government-related consumer litigation, including an analysis of the Supreme Court's 2013 decision in FTC v. Actavis concerning the legality of "reverse payment agreements" to generic drug manufacturers. She also spoke about the Court's 2012-13 six class actions decisions and the effects of these decisions on future consumer class actions.

  • Class Action Wrap-Up 2012-13 Supreme Court Decisions

    August 10, 2013

    Preview of Supreme Court Cases, Wrap-Up Issue

    Professor Mullenix published commentary and analysis of the Supreme Court's unprecedented decisions in six class action cases on the Court's 2012-13 docket, including two significant cases dealing with classwide waivers in arbitration clauses. The article, entitled "The Court's 2012 Class Act: A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That," may be accessed and downloaded at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2308598

  • Participant, 2013 Innovation Summit

    July 9, 2013

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Professor Mullenix attended the "2013 Innovation Summit" sponsored by West Publishing and Foundation Press, in Minneapolis, Minnesota from July 8 - 10, 2013. The purpose of this conference, which included invited law deans and law professors from around the country, was to explore the feasibility, goals, and means for assessing student comprehension of law school education. The conference focused especially on required first year and upper level courses.

  • UT Law - Oxford Faculty Exchange Program

    May 7, 2013

    Oxford University, Englabd

    Professor Mullenix participated in the University of Texas School of Law and Oxford University faculty exchange program during May 2013. On May 7th, 2013 she gave the Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture to the Principles of Civil Procedure class, which included visiting professors from Switzerland and Canada as well as U.S. attorneys. The lecture, entitled “Aggregate Litigation and the Death of Democratic Dispute Resolution,” was based on the article of this title published in 107 Nw. U. L. Rev. 511 (2013) in June 2013. On May 9th she gave a colloquium talk on American class and aggregate litigation at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, under the sponsorship of Prof. Chris Hodges. During her visit to Oxford, Professor Mullenix met with a number of faculty, graduate students, and judges interested in procedure and the resolution of aggregate litigation in the U.K. and civil law countries.

  • Speaker, Symposium, Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation

    April 16, 2013

    Widener Law School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker on mass tort litigation theory at the Widener University School of Law during a day-long symposium, Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Honorable Eduardo Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania presented the luncheon address, Federal Asbestos Litigation: Black Hole or New Paradigm? Other participants included the Hon. Thurbert Baker (McKenna Long); Mark Behrens (Shook Hardy); John Beisner (Skadden); S. Todd Brown (SUNY Buffalo); Scott Cooper (Schmidt Kramer); Amaris Elliot-Engel (Legal Intelligencer); Michael Green (Wake Forest); Deborah Hensler (Stanford); Mary Kate Kearney (Widener); Randy Lee (Widener); Bruce Mattock (Goldberg Persky); Tobias Millrood (Pogust Braslow); Christopher Robinette (Widener); Susan Raeker-Jordan (Widener); Sheila Scheuerman (Charleston); Victor Schwartz (Shook Hardy); William Shelley (Gordon & Rees); Aaron Twerski (Brooklyn); Nicholas Vari (K&L Gates); and Nancy Winkler (Eisenberg Rothweiler).

  • Speaker, Symposium on Class Action Litigation

    March 15, 2013

    University of Michigan Law School

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker and participant on two panels at the Symposium on Class Action Litigation, sponsored by the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, at the University of Michigan Law School on March 15-16, 2013. She spoke on the Supreme Court's repudiation of classwide arbitration on a panel dealing with class arbitration and participated in a second panel on possible Rule 23 amendments. The symposium included other academics interested in class action litigation: Margaret Jane Radin (Michigan), David Rosenberg (Harvard), Janet Alexander (Stanford), Brian Fitzpatrick (Vanderbilt), Bob Bone (Texas), Brian Wolfman (Georgetown), and James Cox (Duke). The program also included practicing plaintiff and defense attorneys.

  • Speaker, The Future of Class Actions

    March 6, 2013

    James F. Humphreys Center for Complex Litigation, George Washington University Law School

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the March 2013 Symposium, The Future of Class Actions, sponsored by the James F. Humphreys Center for Complex Litigation, Public Justice, and the Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws. The symposium was held at the George Washington University School of Law on March 6-7, 2013. Professor Mullenix spoke on a panel addressing requirements for class certification, where she presented her thesis that evidentiary rules ought to apply to class certification proceedings. Her paper, "Putting Proponents to Their Proof: Evidentiary Rules at Class Certification," will be published in a 2013 issue of the George Washington Law Review. Other participants in the symposium included professors: Rick Marcus (Hastings), Geoff Hazard (Hastings), Alan Morrison (GWU), Bob Bone (Texas), Josh Davis (S.F.), Bill Rubenstein (Harvard), Ed Sherman (Tulane), Bob Klonoff (Lewis & Clark), Jay Tidmarsh (Notre Dame), Sam Issacharoff (NYU), Roger Trangsrud (GWU), Brian Fitzpatrick (Vanderbilt), Rick Freer (Emory), Myriam Gilles (Cardozo), and Deborah Hensler (Stanford). Arthur Bryant and Paul Bland from Public Justice also participated, as well as numerous prominent plaintiff and defense counsel.

  • Speaker, The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005: Perspectives and Predictions"

    January 5, 2013

    Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New Orleans

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the January 5, 2013 annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in New Orleans. She presented a paper during the combined AALS Section on Litigation and Section on Civil Procedure program: "The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005: Perspectives and Predictions." Her paper is entitled: "Class Actions Shrugged: Mass Actions and the Future of Aggregate Litigation," which will be published in volume 23 of the Review of Litigation. Also participating in this AALS program were professors Rick Marcus (Hastings), Jay Tidmarsh (Notre Dame), Georgene Vairo (Loyola L.A.), and attorneys John Beisner (Skadden Arps) and Elizabeth Cabraser (Lieff, Cabraser, Hermann & Bernstein).

  • Commentator, Fifth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop

    October 25, 2012

    William and Mary Institute for the Bill of Rights, Williamsburg, Virginia

    Professor Mullenix participated as a senior scholar in the Fifth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop, which was held under the auspices of the William and Mary Institute for the Bill of Rights, in Williamsburg, Virginia on October 25 - 27, 2012. Five senior scholars joined in critiquing the works-in-progress of junior federal courts scholars. Professor Mullenix, who critiqued four papers, was joined by four other senior scholars in this effort: Professor Curtis Bradley (Duke), Professor John Jeffries (Virginia), Professor Trevor Morrison (Columbia), and Professor Mark Tushnet (Harvard).

  • Speaker, Festschrift in Honor of Professor Martin Redish

    March 30, 2012

    Northwest University Law School, Chicago, Illinois

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker and a participant in the "Festschrift in Honor of Professor Martin Redish," marking Prof. Redish's 40th year in law teaching. She is a co-author of a treatise on federal courts with Professor Redish. Professor Mullenix spoke on a panel devoted to Prof. Redish's contributions to civil procedure, delivering a paper entitled: "Aggregate Litigation and the Death of Democratic Dispute Resolution." This paper is published at: 107 N.W.U. L. Rev. 511 (2013). The procedure panel, moderated by Prof. James Pfander, included professor Rick Marcus (Hastings), Jay Tidmarsh (Notre Dame), and Rick Freer (Emory). Panels devoted to Prof. Redish's work on constitutional law and federal jurisdiction included professors Lawrence Alexander (San Diego), Andrew Koppleman (Northwestern), Eugene Volokh (UCLA), Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine), Richard Fallon (Harvard), and William Marshall (UNC). Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit also participated in the festschrift, commenting on Prof. Redish's contributions to legal scholarship.

  • Speaker, Program in Honor of Professor Edward Cooper, Reporter for the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

    March 23, 2012

    University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at a program organized during the March meeting of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, in honor of Professor Ed Cooper twenty years of service as the Reporter for the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee held its meeting at the University of Michigan Law School. Professor Mullenix spoke about Professor Cooper's efforts during the proposed revision of Rule 23, the class action rule, from 1991 to 1997. Her remarks have been published in a short article entitled: "Professor Ed Cooper: Zen Minimalist," 46 Mich. J. L. Reform 661 (Winter 2013). Among the law professors paying tribute to Professor Cooper, including some former Reporters to the Advisory Committee, were: Steve Burbank (U. Pa), Paul Carrington (Duke), Dan Coquillette (B.C.), Steve Gensler (Okla.), Geoffrey Hazard (Hastings), Rick Marcus (Hastings), Arthur Miller (NYU), Tom Rowe (Duke), and Catherine Struve (U. Pa.). Among the judges participating the program and writing in Prof. Cooper's honor: Judges Patrick Higginbotham. Mark Kravitz, Dean David Levi (Duke), Paul Niemeyer, Anthony Scirica, and Lee Rosenthal.

  • Speaker, Conference on Mass Torts in Federal Courts

    February 23, 2012

    Charleston School of Law, Charleston, South Carolina

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the Conference on Mass Torts in Federal Courts, sponsored by the Charleston School of Law, in Charleston, South Carolina on February 23, 2013. Professor Mullenix presented a critique of fund approaches to resolving aggregate mass tort claims, suggesting that claimants ought to be required to received some kind of informed consent prior to electing a fund remedy in lieu of litigation. Other conference participants included Prof. Catherine Sharkey (NYU), Professor Alexandra LaHav (Conn.), Professor Morris Ratner (Hastings), and Professor Lynn Baker (Texas). Also participating were practicing attorneys Sheila Birnbaum and John Beisner (Skadden Arps) and Deepak Gupta (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau).

  • Speaker, 2012 Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools

    January 6, 2012

    Washington D.C.

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the 2012 annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in Washington D.C. She presented a paper during the AALS Section on Litigation program: "Large Scale Litigation Issues: Class Actions and Mass Tort Cases in 2012 and Beyond." Her paper is entitled "Mass Tort Funds and the Election of Remedies," and it is published at 31 Rev. of Litig. 833 (2102). Other panel participants included Prof. Rhonda Wasserman (U. Pitt.), Michelle Slack (U. Pitt.), Morris Ratner (Harvard), and Emery Lee (Senior Researcher, FJC).

  • Tarlton Talks: A Tale of Two Funds

    November 9, 2011

    University of Texas School of Law

    Professor Mullenix gave a Tarlton Law Library talk to University of Texas School of Law students, faculty, and law library associates concerning her research on fund alternatives to resolving mass tort litigation. Her talk focused on a comparative discussion of the World Trade Center Victims' Compensation Fund, and the recent BP Gulf Coast Claims Facility. The Tarlton Law Library at the UT Law School sponsors faculty member talks to acquaint students and the broader academic community with the ongoing research projects of various faculty members.

  • Commentator, Faculty Colloquium with Ken Feinberg

    October 3, 2011

    University of Texas School of Law

    Professor Mullenix participated as a commentator in a faculty colloquium featuring Kenneth R. Feinberg, the special master administering the World Trade Center Victims' Compensation Fund, on October 3, 2011, at the law school. Feinberg discussed his work in a presentation entitled, “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges.” In his talk, Feinberg discussed his career experience, how he approaches his work, and the ethics of putting a “price tag” on a human life. Feinberg was selected by the Obama Administration as Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the $20 billion fund established in the wake of the 2010 British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2009, he was appointed Special Master for Troubled Asset Relief Program Executive Compensation, where he determined reasonable compensations for senior corporate officials receiving government bailouts. Feinberg served as Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 and managed claims for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute’s Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the 2007 shooting. Feinberg also orchestrated the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, which resolved insurance claims arising out of Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes in the Gulf region for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Zurich Insurance Company. He is the author of What is Life Worth? The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11. Professor Mullenix has written extensively about mass tort litigation, the World Trade Center Victim's Compensation Fund, and most recently about the Gulf Coast Claims Facility administered by Mr. Feinberg. Also commenting on Feinberg's presentation was Prof. Dave Robertson. Feinberg's visit to the law school was sponsored by the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law and by the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution.

  • Speaker

    September 16, 2011

    Seattle University School of Law

    Professor Mullenix presented a paper: "The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Summary Judgment Trilogy: Much Ado About Very Little," at a colloquium sponsored by the Seattle University School of Law, on: "The 25th Anniversary of the Summary Judgment Trilogy: Reflections on Summary Judgment." The article will be published in the University of Loyola- Chicago Law Review. The keynote speaker at this colloquium was the Hon. Judge Lee Rosenthal, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and former Chair of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules.

  • Speaker and Panelist

    September 13, 2011

    The Bar of the City of New York, New York City

    Professor Mullenix spoke at a program sponsored by the Bar of the City of New York, entitled "The Jurisprudence of Judge Jack Weinstein." Mullenix discussed Judge Weinstein's contributions to the jurisprudence of mass tort litigation. In addition to Judge Weinstein, speakers on the program included Prof. Jack Coffee (Columbia University), Prof. Kate Stith (Yale Law School), the Hon. Denise Cote (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York), and Prof. Jeffrey Morris, who recently published a biography of Judge Weinstein (Oxford University Press 2011). Prof. Mullenix reviewed the book for Oxford Press. The program also celebrated Judge Weinstein's ninetieth birthday.

  • Speaker and Panelist

    September 12, 2011

    Cardozo Law School, New York City

    Prof. Mullenix was a speaker and panelist at a roundtable program sponsored by the Cardozo Law School: "The Lessons of 9/11 for Mass Tort Litigation." Other program participants included Prof. John Goldberg (Harvard Law School), Prof. Robert Rabin (Stanford Law School), the Hon. Judge Jack Weinstein, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Roger Parloff of Fortune Magazine, Ms. Sheila Birnbaum (Skadden Arps, and the mediator for 9/11 tort claims) and Marc Moller (plaintiffs' attorney for 9/11 tort claims). The keynote address was given by Ken Feinberg, the special master for the 9/11 World Trade Center Victims' Compensation Fund.

  • UT Law Supreme Court Roundup of the 2010 Term

    September 2, 2011

    University of Texas School of Law

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the significance and likely impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, reversing class certification of the largest gender-based employment discrimination case.

  • Election as Fellow of The American Bar Foundation

    September 1, 2011

    Professor Linda S. Mullenix has been elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. According to the Board of Directors of the Bar Foundation, “Membership in The Fellows is a significant honor, limited to one third of one percent of legal professionals in America.” . . . “The Fellows of the American Bar Association is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Fellows are nominated by their peers.” “Selection as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation is recognition of a lawyer as one whose professional, public and private career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the American Bar Association.” Professor Mullenix was previously elected a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation in 2005. Professor Mullenix holds the Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate who earned Masters and Ph.D. degrees in political science at Columbia University, and a J.D. at Georgetown Law School. She teaches federal civil procedure, mass tort litigation, and class actions; and she has taught federal courts and conflicts of law. Professor Mullenix has published ten books and hundreds of articles on complex litigation, federal courts, and civil procedure, including LEADING CASES IN CIVIL PROCEDURE (2010); MASS TORT LITIGATION (2d ed. 2008); and FEDERAL COURTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY (3d ed. 2007). In 2007 she held the Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento, Italy. In 2002, she was a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. She has been at visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan Law School, as well as a number of other institutions. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the International Association of Procedural Law. During 1989-90, she was a Supreme Court Fellow in Washington D.C. She has been a regular columnist for the National Law Journal for twenty years, writing about complex litigation. She has been teaching since 1974.

  • Speaker

    April 1, 2011

    The University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Prof. Mullenix gave a presentation: "Of Dubious Doctrines: The Quasi Class Action," at The University of Cincinnati College of Law 24th Annual Corporate Law Center Symposium on "The Principles of Aggregate Litigation: CAFA, PSLRA, and Beyond." This paper will be published in the law review. Other participants included Dean Robert H. Klonoff, Reporter on the ALI Aggregate Litigation Project, Emery G. Lee III and Thomas E. Willging. Senior Researchers, The Federal Judicial Center, Professor Francis McGovern, Special Master in the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill MDL, and Theodore H. Frank, of the Center for Class Action Fairness.

  • Speaker

    March 24, 2011

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Professor Mullenix presented a talk entitled: "A Tale of Two Funds," at the 58th Annual Mineral Law Institute, sponsored by Louisiana State University. The program title was: "The BP Gulf Oil Spill and the Future of Mass Tort Litigation." Mullenix's presentation was based on her article: "Prometheus Unbound: The Gulf Coast Claims Facility as a Means for Resolving Mass Tort Litigation -- A Fund Too Far," 71 La. L. Rev. 819 (2011). Speaking with Professor Mullenix were Ken Feinberg, the administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, and Prof. Francis McGovern, the special master appointed in the BP Gulf Oil Spill MDL in Louisiana federal court.

  • Speaker

    November 17, 2010

    Centro de Estudios de Direito Economico e Social, Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Professor Mullenix gave two separate talks at the Seminar on Consumer Law, sponsored by the Centro de Estudios de Direito Economico e Scoial (CEDES) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 17-18, 2010. Mullenix spoke on the structure of consumer protection law in the United States, including regulatory agencies and legal regimes. She also spoke on consumer class actions and the ability to pursue aggregate consumer claims in the United States. She was joined on the program with the President of the American Bar Association.

  • Book Publication

    August 1, 2010

    West Publishing Co.

    West Publishing has published Professor Mullenix's book, Leading Cases in Civil Procedure, for use in first year civil procedure courses. The book is intended for the one-semester course in civil procedure, and has integrated relevant constitutional provisions, statutes, and federal rules of civil procedure into the casebook. The book has reduced the number of cases for study, but includes full-text reports of decisions, with all concurring and dissenting opinions.

  • Speaker

    June 12, 2010

    Workshop on Civil Procedure, AALS, New York City

    Prof. Mullenix spoke on the subject: "Big Topics, Shrinking Credits," at the Association of American Law Schools Workshop on Civil Procedure, in New York City. Mullenix spoke to law professors whose civil procedure courses have been reduced from a year-long course to a one semester course. She discussed how to conduct civil procedure triage in order to shrink the year-long course into a 14 week format.

  • Invited Conferee

    May 10, 2010

    Civil Litigation Conference, Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, Duke University Law School

    Professor Mullenix participated as an invited conferee to the Civil Litigation Conference: Fairness, Cost, and Delay in Civil Litigation in Federal Court, sponsored by the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules at Duke University Law School, on May 10, 2010. This conference was an invitation-only conference which gathered judges, prominent federal practitioners, and academicians who teach federal practice and procedure to discuss issues relating to access to justice in the federal courts, and to generate ideas for an agenda for possible rule amendments. Participating in the conference was Duke Law School Dean David Levi, a former member of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee, federal judges Lee Rosenthal and David Kravitz, current and past chairs of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, several current and past Reporters for the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, including Professor Arthur Miller, Professor Paul Carrington, and Professor Ed Cooper. Also participating was Professor Geoffrey Hazard, a former member of the Standing Committee on Practice and Procedure.

  • Speaker and Program Moderator

    April 23, 2010

    American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Mid-Year Meeting

    Prof. Mullenix was the moderator of a program, as well as a speaker, sponsored by the American Bar Association, Litigation Section, mid-year meeting in New York City. The theme of the program was "How Much Evidence is Enough for Class Certification?", and focused on the 3rd Circuit's decision in In re Hydrogen Peroxide. Judge Anthony Scirica, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, and author of the Hydrogen Peroxide opinion, participated in the panel, which included class action plaintiff and defense attorneys.

  • Speaker

    April 21, 2010

    The Searle Center for Law And Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law

    Professor Mullenix gave a talk on "The Case for Enhanced Summary Judgment Prior to Class Certification," at the Searle Center for Law and Economic Growth at the Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois,on April 21 and 22, 2010. This presentation was part of a Searle Center program entitled: "Finding Balance Between Benefit and Cost: A Public Policy Roundtable on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure."

  • Speaker

    March 12, 2010

    George Washington University Law School

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the topic of statutory and contractual limitations on class actions, focusing on the Supreme Court's consideration of the Shady Grove Orthopedics appeal and the issue whether federal courts must abide by more restrictive state class action statutes when class actions are filed and then removed from state court into federal court. This presentation was part of the "Complex Litigation Conference," sponsored by the George Washington Law School, Washington D.C. Professor Mullenix's paper will be published in the George Washington Law Review.

  • Speaker

    January 9, 2010

    Association of American Law Schools, Section on Litigation

    Professor Mullenix presented a paper, "The Case for Enhanced Summary Judgment Prior to Class Certification," at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, on January 9, 2010, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The paper argues for judicial pre-class certification rulings on summary judgment motions, in order to enhance the efficiency and fairness of class action proceedings. The presentation was part of the Section on Litigation program on summary judgment. This paper subsequently will be published.

  • Speaker

    October 19, 2009

    University of Kansas School of Law

    Professor Mullenix presented a paper, "Nine Lives: The Punitive Damage Class," at a symposium held by the University of Kansas Law School on October 19-20, 2009. The paper was presented as part of a symposium entitled: "Aggregate Litigation Since Ortiz v. Fibreboard," sponsored by the University of Kansas Law Review, which will publish the article. In this paper Professor Mullenix analyzes the enduring phenomenon of the punitive damage class, and the likelihood that controversy over the punitive damage class will eventually be considered by the Supreme Court.

  • Speaker

    June 3, 2009

    International Association of Procedural Law, Toronto, Canada

    Professor Mullenix presented a paper entitled: "American Exceptionalism and the Theory of Convergence: Are We There Yet?," as part of the Toronto Conference on "The Future of Categories," sponsored by the International Association of Procedural Law in Toronto, Canada on June 3-5, 2009. Mullenix's paper focuses on the ways in which common law and civil law systems handle and resolve complex litigation, and the ways in which the different legal systems have many procedures which arguably demonstrate convergence. Professor Mullenix is an elected member of the International Association of Procedural Law, and has served as a Reporter for past projects undertaken by the Association.

  • Panelist

    April 23, 2009

    American Law Institute/American Bar Association

    Professor Mullenix participated as a panelist in a live telephone seminar and live audio webcast sponsored by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association on the topic: "Hydrogen Peroxide's Aftermath: New Restrictive Directives in Class Certification (Is It Applicable to All Class Actions?)." Professor Mullenix was the only participating law professor among a panel of plaintiff and defense attorneys analyzing the importance of the Third Circuit's articulation of clarified standards for a rigorous analysis of class certification standards. Mullenix has written about the Hydrogen Peroxide decision in her column in the National Law Journal.

  • Speaker

    April 9, 2009

    Altria Group, Inc. (Washington D.C.)

    Professor Mullenix gave a talk on "Trends in Aggregate Litigation," at the Future Litigation Risks Conference, sponsored by the Altria Group, Inc. in Washington D.C. on April 9-10, 2009.

  • Panelist

    February 17, 2009

    American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law

    Professor Mullenix participated as a panelist in a teleconference program sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section on Antitrust Law, Civil Practice and Procedure, and Trial Practice committees, in a program entitled: "Litigating and Trying Complex Civil Antitrust Class Actions: Class Certification." The program was conducted on February 17, 2009.

  • Speaker

    January 30, 2009

    Case Western Reserve Law School, Cleveland, Ohio

    Professor Mullenix delivered a paper entitled "The Politics of Preemption," as part of a symposium sponsored by the Case Western University Law School program, "Access to the Courts in the Roberts Era." The papers presented at this symposium will be published in the Case Western Law Review. Professor Mullenix spoke on the alignment of political interests behind federal preemption of state law claims, and how these political alignments are manifested in various Supreme Court rulings in preemption cases.

  • Milan Conference on Class Action Settlements

    September 26, 2008

    Milan, Italy

    Linda Mullenix spoke on American class action settlements at the international Conference on Comparative Collective or Class Action Settlements, sponsored by the Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy,on September 25-26, 2008. The Conference on Collective Settlements, sponsored by the University of Milan, focused on legislation in 2007 that, for the first time, authorized class action litigation in Italy. Italy is the first nation in the European Union to pass such legislation, a significant development in European law. The conference brought together distinguished legal scholars from Europe and the United States to discuss how group and class actions are implemented in different legal systems. Papers produced for the conference were published by the University of Bologna. In addition to addressing settlements in class action litigation, Professor Mullenix also discussed class actions procedures, potential abuses of settlement classes, due process protections for class members, and the heightened scrutiny of class action settlements in the U.S. after the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. With a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Professor Mullenix was Scholar-in-Residence at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, in 2002. She was also the Fulbright Distinguished Senior Chair in Law at the University of Trento, Italy, in 2007, and she has maintained an ongoing relationship with the legal community in Italy. “The class action rule has been in the U.S. since 1938, so we have seventy years of experience,” Mullenix said. “There is no other country that has anything like that length of experience in state and federal courts. For other countries embarking on or formulating class actions there is much to be learned from the American experience, both positive concerning resolving class actions as well as negative in addressing problems and abuses.” Professor Mullenix recently published the second edition of her casebook on Mass Tort Litigation, which was the culmination of twelve years of research, and currently teaches both Mass Tort Litigation and Current Issues in Class Action Litigation at the University of Texas School of Law. Related link: Professor Linda S. Mullenix Media contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications Office, (512) 471-7330, or kfortune@law.utexas.edu

  • Speaker

    September 4, 2008

    Supreme Court Roundup, University of Texas School of Law

    Professor Mullenix spoke at the University of Texas's annual Supreme Court Roundup, on the Court's cases dealing with punitive damages and preemption doctrine. Her talk focused on two cases from the Court's last 2007-08 Term: Exxon Mobil v. Baker and Riegel v. Medtronic. Professor Mullenix's research and writing have included extensive commentary on punitive damages in federal practice, mass tort litigation, and class action litigation. She also has written extensively on preemption doctrine as it relates to federal-state relations, with implications for resolution of mass tort litigation in federal courts.

  • Speaker

    June 19, 2008

    Baker & McKenzie, In-House Program

    Professor Mullenix spoke on "Current Developments in Class Action Litigation and Antitrust Class Action Litigation" as an in-house continuing legal education program for attorneys at Baker & McKenzie. The program, which was broadcast throughout all Baker & McKenzie affiliate offices, originated from the law firm's Dallas office.

  • Book Publication

    June 1, 2008

    Thomson West

    Thomson West published the second edition of Professor Mullenix's casebook, Mass Tort Litigation: Cases and Materials. The second edition has been substantially revised to reflect developments in the law since publication of the first edition of the casebook in 1995. The second edition has added the Supreme Court landmark decisions in Amchem Prods. v. Windsor and Ortiz v. Fibreboard, as well as numerous lower federal courts decisions relating to mass tort. Additional sections present materials on punitive damage class actions as well as emerging preemption cases. Professor Mullenix's casebook remains the only casebook on mass tort litigation on the market.

  • Speaker

    January 18, 2008

    Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California

    Professor Mullenix spoke on "Asbestos Litigation and Theories of Justice," as part of a symposium, "Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation," sponsored by the Southwestern Law Review of the Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. Professor Mullenix has written extensively about asbestos litigation as part of her body of work relating to the resolution of mass tort litigation. During 1989-90 Professor Mullenix was a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, where she conducted a study of federal resolution of two massive asbestos cases: In re School Asbestos Litigation (E.D. Pa.), and Cimino v. Raymark Industries (E.D. Tex.). In addition, Professor Mullenix worked on the two landmark asbestos cases that led to the Supreme Court decisions in Amchem Prods. v. Windsor (1997) and Ortiz v. Fibreboard (1999).

  • Speaker

    November 1, 2007

    Thomson West LegalWorks Program, San Francisco

    Professor Mullenix spoke on "The Class Action Fairness Act -- An Update on CAFA," as part of a program "Litigation and the Resolution of Complex Claims," sponsored by Thomson-West LegalWorks in San Francisco, California on Nov. 1, 2007.

  • General Reporter and Speaker

    September 19, 2007

    XIII World Congress of Procedural Law, Salvador, Brazil

    Professor Mullenix served as the General Reporter for the topic, "New Trends in Standing and Res Judicata in Collective Suits," as part of the XIII World Congress of Procedural Law, held in Salvador, Brazil on September 19, 2007. As General Reporter, Professor Mullenix was responsible for soliciting and integrating the reports of all common law countries on the topics of standing and res judicata in class action and other aggregative litigation. The World Congress of Procedural Law was sponsored by the International Association of Procedural Law, of which Professor Mullenix is an elected member. Professor Mullenix delivered her report to the Congress, which will subsequently be published in book form.

  • Publication

    2007

    Federal Courts in the Twenty-First Century

    Professor Mullenix published the third edition of Federal Courts in the Twenty-First Century, in August 2007. Her co-authors are Profs. Howard Fink (emeritus Ohio State Law School), Tom Rowe (Duke University Law School), and Mark Tushnet (Harvard University Law School). Professor Mullenix contributed all the materials on complex and class action litigation to the book. The third edition includes new materials relating to the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 and the impact of that statute on access to federal courts.

  • Speaker

    January 4, 2007

    Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the topic, "The Politics of Class Actions," as part of the program of the Section on Civil Procedure, at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, in Washington D.C. on January 4, 2007.

  • Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law

    2007

    University of Trento, Italy

    Professor Mullenix was appointed to the Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law at Trento, Italy during spring 2007. The Fulbright Chair is one of a handful of Senior Distinguished Chairs in the Fulbright program. During her tenure in Italy, she taught a comparative law course on Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation in a Global Context. This course explored class action litigation in the United States, as well as collective and class action litigation in other common law and civil law countries. The University of Trento is a renowned center for the study of comparative law in Europe.

  • Speaker

    October 25, 2006

    Annual Conference on Tort Liability Regimes, Munich Re

    Professor Mullenix was an invited speaker at the Annual Conference on Tort Liability Regimes, sponsored by Munich Re, in Munich on September 25-26, 2006. She spoke on the American Class Action Fairness Act, and the implications of CAFA for the class action resolution of mass tort class actions, and other types of class actions. Her talk also focused on aspects of American federalism and the possibilities for forum shopping inherent in a dual court system that permits removal of cases from state into federal court.

  • Speaker

    September 28, 2006

    Corporate Counsel Symposium, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

    Professor Mullenix spoke on an "Update on CAFA Issues and Problems," as part of the Corporate Counsel Symposium, sponsored by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on September 28, 2006. Professor Mullenix has written extensively on the Class Action Fairness Act since its enactment by Congress on February 18, 2005. Much of this commentary has been published as a series of articles on CAFA in her regular column in the National Law Journal.

  • Speaker

    June 27, 2006

    Thomson-West

    Professor Mullenix spoke on "Understanding the Statute: CAFA Basics," and "Mass Actions: Have 'Mass Actions' Been Subject to Removal," as part of a program sponsored by Thomson-West "The Class Action Fairness Act: One Year Later." This program was held in New York City on June 27, 2006. Professor Mullenix has written extensively on CAFA since Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act in February 2005. Much of her commentary and analysis is contained in a series of articles published in Prof. Mullenix's regular column in the National Law Journal.

  • Speaker and Panelist

    June 13, 2006

    ABA-CLE Teleconference and Audio Webcast

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the topic of "Looking Beyond the Pleadings in Class Certification Motions," as part of a panel discussion sponsored by the ABA. This program was produced as a teleconference and audio webcast on June 13, 2006. Professor Mullenix addressed the so-called Eisen rule and its role in and implications for class certification proceedings. Professor Mullenix has written extensively on the subject of class certification and evolving jurisprudence relating to class certification standards.

  • Speaker and Panelist

    May 31, 2006

    ALI-ABA Conference, Charleston, South Carolina

    Professor Mullenix took part as a speaker and panelist during a two-day conference, "Civil Practice Litigation Techniques in Federal and State Courts," sponsored by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association, in Charleston, South Carolina on May 31-June 2, 2006. She spoke on emerging problems in class action litigation under Rule 23, with a special emphasis on emerging issues related to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005. Professor Mullenix has written extensive commentary on CAFA since its Congressional enactment, with much of this commentary appearing in her National Law Journal column.

  • Speaker

    April 7, 2006

    The University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law

    Professor Mullenix delivered a paper entitled: "GRIDLAW: The Enduring Legacy of Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Shutts," as part of a symposium, "Class Actions and Due Process, The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Shutts," sponsored by the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law. This article discusses and criticizes the way in which parties argue and make offers of proof on choice-of-law issues during the class certification process for multistate class actions. The article will be published in the U.M.K.C. Law Review, as part of its anniversary symposium.

  • Speaker

    November 16, 2005

    Thomson-West LegalWorks, San Francisco, California

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the topics of the "Class Action Fairness Act -- One Year Later," and "Arbitration Agreements and Class Actions," as part of a Thomson-West LegalWorks program, "Litigation and Resolution of Complex Claims," held in San Francisco on November 16-17, 2005. Professor Mullenix has written extensively on the Class Action Fairness Act, class action litigation, and arbitration agreements affecting class litigation. Much of this commentary, in addition to various law review articles, has been published in her regular column in the National Law Journal.

  • Speaker and Panelist

    November 3, 2005

    University of Connecticut School of Law and Insurance Center, Hartford, Connecticut

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker and panelist at a symposium: "Asbestos: Anatomy of a Mass Tort," sponsored by the University of Connecticut Law School and the Insurance Law Center, on November 3-4, 2005. She spoke on "Asbestos and the Future of Mass Tort Litigation." Professor Mullenix has written extensively on asbestos litigation as part of her body of work on mass tort litigation. During 1989-90 she was a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center where she conducted an empirical study of two major federal asbestos class actions: In re School Asbestos Litigation (E.D. Pa.) and Cimino v. Raymark Industries, Inc. (E.D. Tex). In addition, Professor Mullenix worked on the underlying asbestos class action settlements that led to the Supreme Court opinions in Amchem Prods. Inc. v. Windsor (1997) and Ortiz v. Fibreboard (1999).

  • Speaker

    October 26, 2005

    Annual Conference on Tort Liability Regimes, Munich Re

    Professor Mullenix spoke on "The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005," as part of the Munich Re Conference on Tort Liability Regimes, in Munich, Germany on October 26-28, 2005.Professor Mullenix discussed the genesis of CAFA, the implications of CAFA for a dual-court system regime; and the opportunities presented by CAFA for forum-shopping by plaintiffs and defendants. Professor Mullenix has written extensive commentary on the Class Action Fairness Act since its Congressional enactment, much of it in her National Law Journal regular column.

  • Speaker

    October 19, 2005

    Wall Street Forum, New York City

    Professor Mullenix spoke to an audience of Wall street analysts as part of the Wall Street Forum: Mass Tort Litigation, in New York City on October 19, 2005. Mullenix spoke on the topic of "The Morphing of the Mass Tort Landscape -- What Factors Have Changed the Business of Mass Torts in Recent Years: The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005." Professor Mullenix has written extensively on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, and much of this commentary and analysis has been published in her regular column in the National Law Journal.

  • Faculty Member, Speaker, and Panelist

    September 22, 2005

    American Bar Association Ninth Annual National Institute of Class Actions

    Professor Mullenix participated as a faculty member, speaker, and panelist at the American Bar Association's Ninth Annual National Institute for Class Actions. She spoke on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. This program was held in Chicago on September 23, 2005, and in San Francisco, California on October 7, 2005. Professor Mullenix has written extensively on the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), and much of this commentary and analysis has been published in her regular columns for the National Law Journal.

  • Speaker

    September 14, 2005

    The Federal Bar Association of San Antonio

    Professor Mullenix spoke as an invited speaker to the Federal Bar Association of San Antonio, Texas, on the "Class Action Fairness Act of 2005." Professor Mullenix has written extensively on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA), and much of this commentary and analysis has been published in her regular column in the National Law Journal.

  • Faculty Member and Presenter

    July 22, 2005

    The Roscoe Pound Institute

    Professor Mullenix served as a faculty member and presented a paper for the Roscoe Pound Institute, 2005 Forum for State Appellate Judges, held in Toronto, Canada on July 22-23, 2005. She presented a paper entitled: "State Rulemaking: The Varieties of the Rulemaking Experience and the Consequence for Substantive and Procedural Fairness." The Roscoe Pound Institute solicited Professor Mullenix to conduct this study of the way in which the fifty states implement rulemaking, as compared to the federal rulemaking model. Professor Mullenix's paper surveys all fifty-state rulemaking models, including state decisional law interpreting rule making statutes and rules. At the Roscoe Pound Institute meeting, Professor Mullenix facilitated a discussion among state appellate law judges concerning the nature and scope of their rulemaking authority. Her paper will be published in the proceedings of the Roscoe Pound Institute. Professor Mullenix has written several articles on the federal rulemaking process.

  • Speaker

    February 23, 2005

    Fulbright and Jaworksi

    Professor Mullenix gave a talk on "Cutting Edge Strategies in Class Action Litigation," as part of a seminar to attorneys in the law offices of Fulbright & Jaworksi entitled "Latest Developments in Class Action Law." Professor Mullenix gave this presentation at the Fulbright & Jaworski Houston law office on February 23, 2005, at the Fulbright Dallas office on March 30, 2005, and at the Fulbright Austin office on March 31, 2005.

  • Speaker and Panelist

    February 18, 2005

    University of Mississippi College of Law

    Professor Mullenix took part in a debate sponsored by the University of Mississippi College of Law and its law review based on the question: "Should Mississippi Adopt a Class Action Rule?" Mississippi is one of only two states in the United States that does not currently have a state class action rule. She was asked by the debate sponsors to argue the negative proposition. Her debate talk was entitled: "Should Mississippi Adopt a Class Action Rule? -- Balancing the Equities: Ten Considerations That Mississippi Ought to Take Into Account in Evaluating Whether to Adopt a State Class Action Rule." She also participated on a panel addressing "The Merits and Demerits of Aggregating Civil Actions." Professor Mullenix's paper will be published as part of a Mississippi Law Review Symposium, "Love It or Leave It: An Examination of the Need For and Structure of a Class Action Rule for Mississippi." The debate symposium took place at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, and was attended by Justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Mississippi rulemaking authorities, numerous Mississippi attorneys, law professors, and students. During her visit to Jackson for the debate, Professor Mullenix was interviewed by the local Mississippi NPR affiliate for her views on the possibility of Mississippi adopting a class action rule.

  • Speaker

    February 10, 2005

    Texas State Bar and National Association of Consumer Advocates

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the topic: "Class Actions -- A View from the Experts," at the Advanced Consumer Litigation Conference sponsored by the Texas State Bar CLE and the National Association of Consumer Advocates held in San Antonio, Texas on February 10-11, 2005. Professor Mullenix has published numerous articles on class action litigation, as well as expansive commentary on class action procedure in her regular column in the National Law Journal.

  • Speaker and Panelist

    January 27, 2005

    14th Annual Litigation and Resolution of Complex Class Actions Conference

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker on multiple panels during the 14th Annual Litigation and Resolution of Complex Class Actions, sponsored by Glasser LegalWorks on January 27-28, 2005 in New York City. She was a speaker on numerous panels, including: "Recent Federal and State Developments;" "Preliminary Issues Regarding Forum Selection, Jurisdiction, and Choice of Law;" "Electronic Discovery;" "Product Liability/Mass Tort Developments and Medical Monitoring Class Actions;" "Consumer Actions;" "Trial, Proof of Damages, and Punitive Damages;" and "Resolution and Settlement Strategies."

  • Faculty Member and Panelist

    October 15, 2004

    8th Annual National Institute on Class Actions, New York City

    Professor Mullenix participated as a faculty member and panelist at the 8th Annual National Institute on Class Actions, sponsored by the American Bar Association. She spoke on the topic: "Crossing the State Line: The Pursuit of State Law Claims for an Interstate Class." Professor Mullenix participated in the Institute program in New York City on October 15, 2004, and in the program in New Orleans on October 29, 2004. Professor Mullenix has written extensively about both federal and state class action litigation, and she is the author of the two-volume treatise State Class Actions, published in 2000 by CCH.

  • Speaker

    September 9, 2004

    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the Corporate Counsel Symposium: "Industries on the Defense -- Defending and Managing Litigation across the Country: Class Actions, Mass Torts, Aggregated Claims, New Threats," sponsored by the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel on September 9-10, 2004 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This symposium was conducted in conjunction with the Marquette Law School in collaboration with the Product Liability Advisory Council. Professor Mullenix spoke on "Recent Developments in the Field of Class Actions and Mass Torts."

  • Speaker

    June 24, 2004

    Class Action Litigation Summit

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the topic: "Bazzle v. Green Tree Financial Corporation: Are Arbitration Agreements a Viable Tool Against Class Actions?," at the Class Action Summit: Preemptive Best Practices and Winning Strategies, held in Washington D.C. on June 24-25, 2004. Professor Mullenix has written extensively about class action litigation in numerous books and articles, as well as her regular column on class action litigation in the National Law Journal.

  • Speaker

    April 23, 2004

    10th Annual Institute for Law and Economic Policy

    Professor Mullenix presented a paper, "Taking Adequacy Seriously: The Inadequate Assessment of Adequacy in Litigation and Settlement Classes," at the 10th Annual Institute for Law and Economic Policy. This was part of a symposium on the theme: "Protecting the Public: The Role of Private and Public Attorneys' General." The symposium was jointly sponsored by the Institute for Law and Economic Policy and Vanderbilt University Law School. The Vanderbilt Law Review will publish Professor Mullenix's article, which discusses the importance of securing adequate representation of absent class members in order to ensure due process and fair play, and to avoid subsequent collateral attack against class action settlements. Professor Mullenix has written extensively in the field of class action litigation and class settlements. The symposium was held in Miami, Florida on April 23-24, 2004.

  • Speaker

    April 16, 2004

    Michigan State University College of Law

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the topic "Class Action Standing After Amchem and Ortiz: The Problem of 'Logically Antecedent' Inquiries," at a symposium on Multi-Jurisdictional and Cross-Border Class Actions, sponsored by the Michigan State University DCL College of Law on April 16-17, 2004, in East Lansing, Michigan. Professor Mullenix's paper deals with pre-certification dispositive motions in light of the Supreme Court's two landmark class action decisions. Her paper will be published in the law review. Professor Mullenix has written extensively on class action litigation in numerous books, articles, and her regular column in the National Law Journal.

  • Academic Invitee

    February 20, 2004

    Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States

    Professor Mullenix participated as an academic invitee to a conference sponsored by the Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States, Conference on Electronic Discovery, held at Fordham University School of Law, New York City, on February 20-21, 2004. The conference was held in order to elicit comments and suggestions from attorneys, judges, and academics as the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules considers amendments to the existing discovery provisions. Professor Mullenix has written about discovery and discovery abuse in several law review articles.

  • Speaker

    February 19, 2004

    The Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, Emory Law School

    Professor Mullenix spoke on "The Future of Tort Reform: Possible Lessons from the World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund," at the Randolph W. Thrower Symposium on "The Future of Tort Reform: Reforming the Remedy, Re-Balancing the Scales." This symposium was held at the Emory Law School in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 19, 2004. Professor Mullenix's paper will be published in the Emory Law Review. She has written on the World Trace Center Victims' Compensation Fund as a possible model for compensation victims of mass tort injury. Professor Mullenix has published the only academic casebook on mass tort litigation: Mass Tort Litigation: Cases and Materials (West Publishing 1995).

  • Presenter and Faculty Member

    November 19, 2003

    13th Annual Litigation and Resolution of Class Action Litigation

    Professor Mullenix served as a presenter and faculty member at the 13th Annual Litigation and Resolution of Class Action Litigation, sponsored by the Glasser Legal Works on November 19-20, 2003 in New York City, and on December 3-4, 2003, in San Francisco. She spoke on the following panels: "Reforms in Class Action Procedures and Effects on Strategies;" "Preliminary Issues Regarding Forum Selection, Jurisdiction, and Choice of Law;" "Products Liability/Mass Tort Developments and Medical Monitoring Class Actions;" and "Consumer Class Actions."

  • Moderator and Presenter

    October 2, 2003

    The Future of Class Action Litigation in America, ABA

    Professor Mullenix served as a moderator and presenter at a program sponsored by the American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, entitled "The Future of Class Action Litigation in America," on October 2-3, 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Mullenix moderated all six panels on the first day of this conference, and served as a panelist and presenter on the topic: "Recent Developments: Notice Issues, Res Judicata and Claim Preclusion Issues."

  • Speaker

    February 27, 2003

    European Center for Tort and Insurance Law, Munich, Germany

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the Conference for Liability for Acts of Terrorism, sponsored by the European Center for Tort and Insurance Law in Munich, Germany on February 27-28, 2003. Professor Mullenix spoke on "Developments in the Procedural Means for Resolution of Mass Tort Litigation in the United States, 1975-2003." Professor Mullenix has written extensively on mass tort litigation and is the author of the only casebook, Mass Tort Litigation: Cases and Materials (West 1995).

  • Speaker and Panelist

    November 1, 2002

    The Legal Forum, University of Chicago Law School

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker and panelist at the symposium "Cutting Edge Issues in Class Action Litigation," sponsored by the Legal Forum of the University of Chicago Law School on November 1-2, 2002. She spoke on the topic of "The Right to Opt-Out in Class Action Suits," along with panelist Professor Martin Redish of the Northwestern University School of Law. Professor Mullenix addressed the problem of mandatory non-opt class under Rule 23, and the trend towards class action jurisprudence diminishing differences among traditional class categories. Her paper will be published subsequently in the Chicago Legal Forum law review.

  • Speaker

    March 21, 2002

    Connecticut Insurance Law Center and the Geneva Association

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at a conference, "The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001: A Model for the Future?: Liability and Insurance After September 11th." This conference was held on March 21-22, 2002 at the University of Connecticut Law School in Hartford, Connecticut, under the auspices of the Connecticut Insurance Law Center and the Geneva Association. Professor Mullenix has written extensively on mass tort litigation and is the author of the only casebook: Mass Tort Litigation: Cases and Materials (West 1995). Her paper will subsequently be published by the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal.

  • Speaker

    January 16, 2002

    Federal Bar Association of San Antonio

    Professor Mullenix spoke to the Federal Bar Association of San Antonio on the topic, "The Proposed Amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23," on January 16, 2002. Professor Mullenix served on an ABA Task Force on Class Actions during the period between 1991-97 when the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules worked on the first round of amendments to Rule 23. This talk reflected additional work by the Advisory Committee in adding two new section to Rule 23: Rule 23(g) and (h), governing appointment of class counsel and attorney fees.

  • Commentator

    November 9, 2001

    Roundtable in Honor of Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Brooklyn Law School

    Professor Mullenix served as a commentator during a Roundtable program in honor of federal judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York, sponsored by the Brooklyn Law School. This program was in honor of Judge Weinstein's career, in celebration of his 80th birthday. Judge Weinstein has served as the presiding and managing judge over numerous mass tort litigations, beginning with the Agent Orange settlement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Professor Mullenix was invited to comment on Judge Weinstein's involvement with mass tort litigation and his contributions to the profession as an activist judge.

  • Panelist

    October 22, 2001

    Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States

    Professor Mullenix participated as a panelist commenting on "Rules-Based Approaches to the Problems and Issues Relating to Proposed Amendments to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23." This panel topic was part of a Class Action Conference, sponsored by the Committee on the rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States, on October 21-22, 2001, in Chicago, Illinois. The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules has proposed two new additions to the class action rule, Rule 23(g) and (h), to codify principles relating to the appointment of counsel and attorney fees in class actions. Professor Mullenix served on an ABA Task Force, advising on the Rule 23 amendments proposed between 1991 - 97.

  • Speaker

    August 6, 2001

    Instituto Brasileiro de Direto Processual, Brazil

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at a conference held in Fortaleza, Brazil, where she gave a talk entitled: "A 'Predominancia' e a 'Superioridade' Na Class Action for Damages Norte-Americana," IV Jornadas Braslieiras de Direito Procesial Civil, sponsored by the Instituto Brasiliero de Direto Processual and the Instituto Brasiliense de Ensino e Pesquisa on August 6 - 10, 2001 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Professor Mullenix was invited based on her expertise in American class action litigation, to discuss the American class action for damages and the requirements for pursuing damage class actions in American law.

  • Speaker

    April 5, 2001

    Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the topic, "Where There's Smoke: Will Tobacco Litigation Go Global?," at the Seventh Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy at the DePaul University School of Law on April 5, 2001, in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Mullenix has written extensively about mass tort litigation, and has published the only casebook on the subject, Mass Tort Litigation: Cases and Materials (West 1996).

  • Speaker

    March 15, 2001

    Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, University of Tennesse College of Law

    Professor Mullenix spoke on the topic: "A Good Rulemkaing: Federal Rule 23(f)," at a Symposium on "The New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: How Will They Affect litigation Strategy and Tactics?," held at the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at the University of Tennessee College of Law on March 15, 2001, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Professor Mullenix spent two weeks as a scholar-in-residence at the Center, teaching a seminar on the federal rules. Her paper addresses the new provision of the class action rule allowing for interlocutory appeals of class certification decisions. Professor Mullenix's paper will be published in the law review.

  • Speaker, Faculty Colloquium

    March 5, 2001

    The University of Tennesse College of Law

    Professor Mullenix gave a talk at a faculty colloquium at the University of Tennessee College of Law, entitled "Revising the Class Action Rule -- Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23," on March 5, 2001. Professor Mullenix discussed the six year process by the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in revising the class action rule between 1991 - 97. Professor Mullenix served on an ABA Task Force on Class Actions during this period, when she attended meetings of the Advisory Committee as it deliberated on changes to the class action rule. Professor Mullenix commented on both the rulemaking process, as well as the ultimate change to Rule 23, adding a new provision for interlocutory appeal of class certification decisions.

  • Invited Conferee

    January 17, 2001

    Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States

    Professor Mullenix attended a meeting of the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Attorney Conduct, January 2001 invitational, of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States, held on January 17, 2001, in Washington D.C. Professor Mullenix has published a definitive study of the rules of professional conduct that govern attorney practice in all 94 federal district courts and eleven United States Circuit Courts of Appeal. This is the only study of attorney conduct rules in the federal, as opposed to the state, courts. Her article on federal attorney conduct rules is published in the Georgetown Law Journal.

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