*Speakers and schedule subject to change
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Thursday, June 17, 2021
|12:00–12:10 p.m.||Welcome and Introductions|
Melanie C. Lockett, Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss Hauver LLP, New Orleans, LA
Kimberly Leue Bick, Bick Law LLP, Newport Beach, CA
|12:10–1:10 p.m.||Asbestos and Lead Litigation: A National Update on Trends, Developments, and Defenses|
This panel will discuss the developing trends in litigation concerning lead contamination in drinking water and asbestos contamination of indoor air and some effective defense strategies to respond to these lawsuits.
Mark Zellmer, Husch Blackwell, St. Louis, MO
Bina Reddy, Beveridge & Diamond, Washington, D.C.
Len van Zyl, M.D., Array Xpress, Raleigh, NC
Julie Goodman, Gradient, Boston, MA
|1:20–2:20 p.m.||Environmental Justice in the Wake of a Disaster: Dissecting the Connection Between Minority Communities and Disasters Through a Legal Lens|
Since 1980, the U.S. has sustained 258 weather and climate disasters with a cumulative cost exceeding $1.75 trillion. These events expose social structures that put marginalized communities in harm's way. This panel will examine disaster preparedness and explore the social justice implications, as well as the resulting litigation.
Roy Prather, Beveridge & Diamond, Baltimore, MD
Barbara Barron, Mehaffy Weber, Beaumont, TX
Ricardo Woods, Burr & Furman, Mobile, AL
Professor Victor B. Flatt, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX
|2:40–3:40 p.m.||Ethics of Baseless Science and Scientific Misconduct|
Courts are supposed to act as gatekeepers to prevent flawed science from getting to a jury. This panel will look at cases where a court has allowed baseless and even false or misleading science that has impacted jury outcomes.
Kevin Mayer, Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Hon. Michael Truncale, USDC, Eastern District of Texas
Annette Santa Maria, M.D., J.S. Held, Houston, TX
H. Christian (Chris) L'Orange, The Korn Law Group, San Francisco, CA
|3:50–4:50 p.m.||A Year in Review: Jurisdiction and Removability|
This panel will review the expansion of removability from state to federal court, including Fifth Circuit and Supreme Court decisions regarding snap removal and federal officer removal.
Meera Sossamon, Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans, LA
Tillman Breckenridge, Stris & Maher, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Chris Whelen, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans, LA
|4:50–4:55 p.m.||Closing Announcements|
|5:00–5:30 p.m.||Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee Business Meeting|
Open to All
|5:30–6:30 p.m.||Networking Events|