November 14, 2008
November 14, 2008
ADR Center Welcomes Premier Mass Claim Litigation Practitioner and Scholar Francis McGovern November 20
Oregon Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center will host Duke Law School Professor Francis McGovern at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 20, in Knight Law Center 184. His presentation is titled, “Mediating Disasters: From Katrina to Iraq, from 9/11 to the ‘Nightclub Fire.’”
Professor McGovern is a renowned expert in “mass claim” litigation — the numerous tort claims arising out of a major disaster or major product liability issue. As a court-appointed special master or neutral expert, he has developed solutions in some of the most significant mass claim litigation in the United States, including the DDT toxic exposure litigation in Alabama, the Dalkon-Shield controversy, and his current work involving silicone gel breast implant litigation.
Professor McGovern’s work also extends to such areas as the United Nations Compensation Commission, which was established to ensure that Iraq compensates citizens, businesses, and government agencies for losses suffered in the Persian Gulf War; and he currently is helping construct a legal framework for handling the 2.6 million claims for reparations from Iraq. Additionally, Professor McGovern is developing a transnational ADR center in Europe to handle torts; including silicone gel breast implants and HIV infected blood cases that cross national boundaries.
In addition to his evening presentation, Professor McGovern will also engage in a noontime discussion with Oregon Law students in Knight Law Center 141.
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