Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Fordham Law Review presents Against Settlement: Twenty-Five Years Later

The Fordham Law Review is hosting a symposium on Owen Fiss's Against Settlement. Here are the details:

Friday | April 3, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fordham Law School | McNally Amphitheatre
140 West 62nd Street | New York, NY 10023

In 1984, Owen Fiss provocatively argued that the ADR movement overvalued settlement, that adjudication serves a purpose greater than dispute resolution, and that "[c]ivil litigation is an instrument for using state power to bring a recalcitrant reality closer to our chosen ideals." Against Settlement, 93 Yale L.J. 1073 (1984). What do we make of his arguments twenty-five years later? In the intervening years, the dispute resolution field has matured, public interest lawyering has changed, aggregate litigation has grown with comprehensive resolution as an expected endgame, and global perspectives on litigation have become more prominent, shedding new light on the arguments Fiss raised.

The Fordham Law Review has assembled a remarkable group – many of the nation’s leading voices in ADR, complex litigation, and public interest lawyering – for a one-day symposium to reconsider questions of settlement and adjudication in civil litigation.

Speakers include:

John Bronsteen, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Amy Cohen, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Howard Erichson, Fordham University School of Law
Kenneth Feinberg, The Feinberg Group, LLP
Owen Fiss, Yale Law School
Samuel Issacharoff, New York University School of Law
Pamela Karlan, Stanford Law School
Michael Moffitt, University of Oregon School of Law
Jackie Nolan-Haley, Fordham University School of Law
Susan Sturm, Columbia University School of Law
Hon. Jack Weinstein, Eastern District of New York


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