The Conservative Case for Class Action Lawsuits

Professor Brian Fitzpatrick
Who is best to enforce regulations on the market?  The government or the private bar?  For the same reasons conservatives want to privatize everything else, Professor Fitzpatrick says we should also want the private attorney general over the public one. Join us for a lively discussion of the role of class action lawsuits in American jurisprudence. 

Brian Fitzpatrick's research at Vanderbilt Law School focuses on class action litigation, federal courts, judicial selection and constitutional law. Professor Fitzpatrick joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007 after serving as the John M. Olin Fellow at New York University School of Law. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School and went on to clerk for Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Professor Fitzpatrick practiced commercial and appellate litigation for several years at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations to U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Before earning his law degree, Professor Fitzpatrick graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He has received the Hall-Hartman Outstanding Professor Award, which recognizes excellence in classroom teaching, for his Civil Procedure course.


When:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: First Floor Conference Room, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614 (949) 760-0404. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon for validation.

Cost: $30/members, $35/nonmembers, $20/students, for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit (The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE).

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