The symposium will focus on scholarship that explores how recent transformations in civil procedure have eroded protections for vulnerable plaintiffs and created new obstacles for those seeking access to justice in federal courts. In recent decades, the confluence of heightened pleading, new discovery rules, burgeoning civil caseloads, and greater discretion in class certification has challenged the foundational idea that plaintiffs with potentially meritorious claims deserve their day in court. New Supreme Court jurisprudence narrowing both personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction in the federal courts has also contributed to the closing of the courthouse doors.
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
10:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Welcome, Introduction to the Symposium
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Point, Counter-Point: Are interpretations of Federal Civil Procedure closing the door?
11:30 to 11:40 a.m. — Break
11:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Specific Ways the Door is Closing Because of Federal Civil Procedure Decisions and Mechanisms
Moderator: Mary-Beth Moylan, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, McGeorge School of Law
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Lunch and Acknowledgements