Valerie Hans, Professor of Law, Cornell Law, Deciding on Dollars | Berkeley Online | October 30, 2020

Legal systems often require the translation of qualitative assessments into quantitative judgments, yet the conversion process can be challenging. Civil jurors report that arriving at damage awards that are commensurate with a plaintiff’s injuries is one of the most difficult aspects of their decision making. Professor Hans will present recent experimental and survey research that helps us to better understand the process by which jurors move from qualitative judgments about the severity of an injury to quantitative decisions about money damage awards. The presentation will be from 12:50-2:00 pm, via Zoom. This event is supported by a generous gift from the Robert L. Habush Endowment.

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Berkeley Boosts Webinar: Attacks on the Judiciary | Friday, November 13 | 10 AM PT

As part of an ongoing 30-minute series, part of Berkeley Boosts, the CJRI is hosting a selection of webinars on civil legal issues during Covid-19. This webinar will discuss the implications of recent attacks on the judiciary. Speakers will include James J. Brosnahan, Morrison & Foerster and Denyse Clancy, Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood. The program will take place on Friday, November 13th at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, via Zoom. A link to register for the event will be posted closer to the date of the program. This event is supported by a generous gift from the Robert L. Habush Endowment.

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Berkeley Boosts Webinar: Civil Remedies for Voting Rights Violations | Friday, December 4 | 10 AM PT

As part of an ongoing 30-minute series, part of Berkeley Boosts, the CJRI is hosting a selection of webinars on civil legal issues during Covid-19. This webinar will discuss civil remedies for voting rights violations. Speakers will include Professor Justin Levitt, Loyola Law. The program will take place on Friday, December 4th at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, via Zoom. A link to register for the event will be posted closer to the date of the program. This event is supported by a generous gift from the Robert L. Habush Endowment.

THE EFFECTS OF IDEOLOGY, RACE AND GENDER ON CLASS CERTIFICATION DECISIONS | Friday, October 16 | 1250-2 PT

Professors Burbank (Penn Law) and Farhang (Berkeley Law) presented their research on the effects of ideology, race and gender on the voting behavior of Federal Court of Appeals judges when members of three-judge panels decide issues of class certification. The program took place via Zoom on Friday, October 16th from 12:50 - 2:00 pm. This event is supported by a generous gift from the Robert L. Habush Endowment.

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Symposium: Covid-19 and the Courts cohosted with the RAND Corporation | via Zoom | October 1, 2020

This all-day virtual symposium featured discussions among practitioners, scholars, and judges on some of the key issues that have arisen during the pandemic in regard to resolving civil disputes, such as meeting the challenges of civil jury trials and pre-trial management in the era of social distancing, developing effective court rules to address a rapidly changing legal environment, and preparing for what the future may hold. The program took place via Zoom on Thursday, October 1st from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event was supported by a generous gift from the Robert L. Habush Endowment.

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Brian Fitzpatrick, The Conservative Case for Class Actions | Berkeley Online | September 25, 2020

Vanderbilt Law Professor Brian Fitzpatrick discussed his new book, The Conservative Case for Class Actions. This event was supported by a generous gift from the Robert L. Habush Endowment.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW DURING COVID-19 | Friday, September 4 | 10:00 AM PDT |

As part of an ongoing 30-minute series, part of Berkeley Boosts, the CJRI is hosting a selection of webinars on civil legal issues during COVID-19. This webinar discussed issues of employment law, including the obligation of employers to provide safe work environments for essential workers. Speakers: Professor Catherine Fisk, Berkeley Law, and Jennie Lee Anderson.

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THE PANDEMIC AND INEQUALITY | Friday, August 14 | 10:00 AM PDT

As part of an ongoing 30-minute series, part of Berkeley Boosts, the CJRI is hosting a selection of webinars on civil legal issues during COVID-19. This webinar discussed the impacts of the pandemic on inequality with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, and Zoë Melissa Polk, Executive Director of the East Bay Community Law Center.

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COVID 19'S IMPACT ON CONSUMER LAW | Friday, July 31 | 10:00 AM PDT

As part of an ongoing 30-minute series, part of Berkeley Boosts, the CJRI hosted a selection of webinars on civil legal issues during COVID-19. Our fourth webinar was on the impact that the pandemic crisis has had on consumers, including practical constraints in consumer pursuit of claims, and effects of pending consumer protection legislation. Speakers: Deepak Gupta and Professor Lauren Willis.

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CASE MANAGEMENT DURING A PANDEMIC | Friday, July 10 | 10:00 AM PDT

As part of an ongoing 30-minute series, part of Berkeley Boosts, the CJRI hosted a selection of webinars on civil legal issues during COVID-19. This webinar explored the logistics of how courts and litigants have managed their dockets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers: Roman Silberfeld, National Trial Chair for Robins Kaplan LLP and leading litigator in complex civil actions. And Lori Cohen, Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig, also a leading litigator in complex civil suits.

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CIVIL REMEDIES FOR POLICE BRUTALITY | Friday, June 12 | 10:00 AM PDT

As part of an ongoing 30-minute series, part of Berkeley Boosts, the CJRI hosted a selection of webinars on civil legal issues during COVID-19. Our second webinar was on Civil Remedies for Police Brutality featuring human rights lawyer Paul Hoffman and policing scholar Jeannine Bell.

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JURY TRIALS IN THE ERA OF COVID-19 | Friday, May 22 | 10:00 AM PDT

As part of an ongoing 30-minute series, part of Berkeley Boosts, the CJRI hosted a selection of webinars on civil legal issues during COVID-19. The first webinar was on Jury Trials in the Era of COVID-19, and considered the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing practices on state and federal courts’ ability to conduct jury trials. Speakers: Robert A. Clifford, Valerie Hans and Richard Jolly, and with introductory remarks by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

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Hale Litigation Program | Berkeley Law | March 5, 2020

This program brought together the leading trial lawyers in the Hale v. State Farm class action lawsuit, winners of Public Justice's 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year award, to discuss the outcome of the case and the role of dark money in the judicial system. This program took place on 297 Goldberg Room from 4 to 5:30 PM followed by a reception.

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Thinking About Law & Accessing Civil Justice: Legal Consciousness, Dispute Processing, and Civil Legal Needs Today | UC Irvine Law | February 7, 2020

Problems with civil legal implications are incredibly common in everyday life. Yet only a fraction of individuals who experience a civil legal problem will engage legal actors or institutions to address it. While some individuals are able to obtain satisfying and just outcomes without recourse to law, others are not. How do individuals’ knowledge and beliefs about law and legal institutions influence their behavior? How are these beliefs formed? What does this tell us about things we can do to enhance access to civil justice? This conference brought together leading scholars to address these questions about how individuals think about law and the implications for access to civil justice.

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Roundtable on Legal Remedies for Racial Trauma | UC Berkeley Law | January 31, 2020

This all day roundtable featured discussions with leading legal and public health scholars and practitioners on how to devise legal remedies to address injuries from racial trauma. This event was cosponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law.

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USC/George Tyndall Sex Abuse Litigation Program | UC Berkeley Law | January 23, 2020

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin spoke on the use of the class action device in institutional sex abuse and assault cases, like the USC/George Tyndall case.

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USING LITIGATION TO SHAPE GUN VIOLENCE POLICY | UCI LAW | SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

Richard Bridgford, founder and managing partner of a Newport Beach litigation law firm, drew upon his experience and his representation of hundreds of victims of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting to discuss how litigation can be an effective public policy tool for the adoption of federal laws mandating background checks and an assault weapon ban.

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ETHICS IN LITIGATION FUNDING | BERKELEY LAW | SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

This program brought together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss ethical issues in litigation finance.

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GUN VIOLENCE LITIGATION SYMPOSIUM | BERKELEY LAW | JUNE 24, 2019

This was the second in a series of programs on gun violence featuring scholars, litigators and activists. The series was cosponsored by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Berkeley Law Center for Human Rights.

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ETHICS IN ARBITRATION SYMPOSIUM | UC IRVINE, SCHOOL OF LAW | APRIL 26, 2019

The CJRI hosted a symposium on “Ethics in Arbitration” at UC Irvine School of Law. The purpose of the symposium was to draw greater attention to the understudied ethical issues in domestic arbitration. UC Irvine Chancellor’s Professor of Law Carrie Menkel-Meadow, an internationally recognized expert in arbitration, delivered the keynote address at the symposium.

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WOMEN AT THE SUPREME COURT | APRIL 11, 2019

This was a special program at Berkeley Law featuring women with significant Supreme Court practices.

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: VICTIMS, RATEPAYERS, WALL STREET AND AN INTELLIGIBLE ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC POLICY FOR CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE | MARCH 11, 2019

A lunch-time lecture on the fire litigation, co-hosted by the Civil Justice Research Initiative and the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. Richard K. Bridgford provided an overview of the California fire litigation. Bridgford is a Founding Partner at Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian. He is currently counsel for plaintiffs in several fire cases now pending in California.

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CIVIL JURY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM | MARCH 1, 2019

Cohosted with the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law, the purpose of this program was to honor jurors and to learn from them about what can be done to improve civil trials.

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A PUBLIC FORUM ON GUN VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS | UC BERKELEY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION | JANUARY 14, 2019

The Initiative facilitated a public discussion on the topic of gun violence in schools, featuring scholars, litigators and activists. The forum was co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Berkeley Law Center for Human Rights.

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A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID VLADECK | 100 BOALT HALL, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA | NOVEMBER 14th, 2018

Our speaker was David Vladeck, former Director of FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection under the Obama administration. Mr. Vladeck discussed: the future of consumer protection and the antitrust law, unfair and deceptive acts and practices, privacy and data security, and more.

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EQUAL PAY 3.0: NEW FRONTIERS IN COMBATTING THE WAGE GAP | WARREN ROOM, BERKELEY LAW, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA | OCTOBER 29TH, 2018

This was a thought leadership conversation on equal pay issues presented by the Impact Fund in association with Berkeley Law and the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice. Confirmed speakers include Professor Catherine T. Albiston, Lori Andrus, and Patricia Shiu.

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A CONVERSATION WITH SUPREME COURT LITIGATOR DEEPAK GUPTA | 100 BOALT HALL, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA | OCTOBER 10TH, 2018

A lunch event with Civil Justice Research Initiative, the Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice, CAPS, and ACS featuring prominent Supreme Court Litigator Deepak Gupta.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN FEDERAL COURT? | APRIL 9, 2018

The inaugural symposium of the Civil Justice Research Initiative at Berkeley Law brought together leading legal scholars and social scientists from around the country to share their research and discuss the legal process in federal courts.

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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CIVIL JUSTICE SYSTEM? | APRIL 28, 2017

This was a discussion of current obstacles to access to justice and the state of research in the civil justice field. What do we know about the civil justice system? What do we need to know?

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