The Opioid Epidemic

The Classical Liberal Institute at NYU School of Law, the Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law, and the NYU Journal of Law & Business are pleased to present a conference on “The Opioid Epidemic.”

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Lipton Hall & Faculty Club (108 West 3rd Street)
9:55am – 4:00pm

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This conference, featuring two panels and a keynote speech, will focus on litigation surrounding the opioid epidemic as well as regulation and reform issues related to the crisis. Panelists will discuss the lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies, different defense strategies and the most effective way to structure settlement agreements, the strengths and weaknesses of current regulation, and different reform options in order to effectively address this major health and social crisis. The keynote speech will be delivered by the Honorable Diane Wood (Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit).

CLE credit is currently pending.


9:30am – 9:55am Check in

9:55am – 10:00am Opening Remarks

10:00am – 11:30am Panel 1: Litigation
Moderator: Arthur Miller, NYU School of Law
Panelists: David Bernick, Paul Weiss
Sheila Birnbaum, Dechert
Jonathan Novak, Fears Nachawati
Joseph Rice, Motley Rice
Christopher Seeger, Seeger Weiss

11:30am – 11:45am Break

11:45am – 12:45pm Keynote Speech: Judge Diane Wood, Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

12:45am – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – 3:00pm Panel 2: Regulation & Reform Issues
Moderator: Richard Epstein, NYU School of Law
Panelists: Magdalena Cerdá, NYU Langone Health and NYU Center on Opioid Epidemiology and Policy
Taleed El-Sabawi, Elon University School of Law
Jennifer Oliva, Seton Hall Law
Patricia Zettler, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

3:00pm – 4:00pm Reception