October 22, 2022
Complex Litigation Ethics Conference (Recordings Available)
UC Hastings College of the Law

Conference Organizers:

The recordings for this conference are now available. Please click on the Register tab to purchase the recordings.

Panel 1: Adapting Ethics to Complex Litigation (2 hours of CLE)

Panel 2: Ethics in Funding Complex Litigation (1.5 hours of CLE)

Panel 3: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in Complex Litigation  (1.5 hours of CLE)

Panel 4: Communications with Absent Class Members  (2.0 hours of CLE)

Panel 5: Third Party Filers: Are Third Party Filers Helpful or Hurtful (1.0 hours of CLE)

Complex Litigation Ethics Conference

UC Hastings College of the Law


The conference, to be held on campus and virtually, is the first in what will be an annual event addressing Complex Litigation Ethics. It will bring together luminaries in the field—judges, scholars, lawyers, and others—to discuss a cutting-edge topic that is of critical importance to our justice system.

Importance of the Topic

Data suggest that about half of all cases filed in federal court are part of multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings or involve proposed class actions. Yet scant scholarly attention has been paid to the ways in which ethical rules, which are typically designed for traditional litigation, should be adapted and applied to MDLs and class actions. The Complex Litigation Ethics Conference will address these important and timely issues.

About the Organizers

The Conference is being primarily organized by Professor Joshua P. Davis, a Research Professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law associated with its Center for Litigation and Courts. He is collaborating on this project with Professor Scott Dodson, the James Edgar Hervey Chair in Litigation, the Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, and the founding Director of the Center for Litigation and Courts. Both have extensive academic knowledge and practical experience with complex-litigation ethics and in organizing academic conferences. Huntington National Bank is co-sponsoring the Complex Litigation Ethics Conference. Organizational and directional authority, however, resides with Professors Davis and Dodson.

To assist with ideas and the recruiting of speakers, the organizers have assembled a diverse, all-star Advisory Board for the conference composed of the following:

  • Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, District Judge, N.D. Cal.
  • Prof. Myriam Gilles, Cardozo Law School
  • Prof. Brad Wendel, Cornell Law School
  • Sarah Ray, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Eric Cramer, Chairman, Berger Montague PC
  • Nina Gliozzo, Associate, Girard Sharp LLP (and former Executive Symposium Editor of Hastings Law Journal)

Announcement: Recipients of the Annual Award for Excellence in Ethics in Complex Litigation.


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

American Antitrust Institute
Angeion Group
Beard Group
Berger Montague
Berkeley Research Group
Brown Greer
COSAL - Committee To Support Antitrust Laws
Impact Fund
Kroll Settlement Administration
Latham & Watkins LLP
Postlethwaite & Netterville
Public Justice
Rust Consulting

The recordings for the Complex Litigation Ethics Conference are now available for $200.

CLE applications are being made to all states as requested by attendees. Please contact Bethany Corio at bcorio@perrinconferences.com with questions regarding approved states for CLE Credit. Perrin cannot guarantee accreditation in every state. Approval is determined by each jurisdiction's governing body.

Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

The Complex Litigation Ethics Conference has a room block for conference attendees. The group rate is $239/night for a standard King room or $259/night for a Standard 2 Queen room. Please use this link to book and use the group code: CLEC1021. Alternatively, you can book by calling 855-784-2316 and reference the Complex Litigation Ethics Conference attendee block. Please reserve your rooms by September 23, 2022 to take advantage of these deals. Please contact Kenji Quijano at kenji.quijano@gmail.com if you have any questions about the room block.