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 were 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

This conference, featuring two panels and a keynote speech, focused on litigation surrounding the opioid epidemic as well as regulation and reform issues related to the crisis. Panelists discussed 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 was delivered by the Honorable Diane Wood (Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit).


Approved for 4.5 CLE credits in the Areas of Professional Practice category, this event is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

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

Video of Panel 1:

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

Video of Keynote Speech:

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

Video of Panel 2:

3:00pm – 4:00pm Reception

CLE Readings

For Panel 1:
Arthur R. Miller (NYU), “The Preservation and Rejuvenation of Aggregate Litigation: A Systemic Imperative”
Oklahoma v. Johnson & Johnson et. al., Judgement After Non-Jury Trial
The people of the state of New York v. Purdue Pharma, et. al., First Amended Complaint

For Keynote:
Elizabeth J. Cabraser & Samuel Issacharoff (NYU), “The Participatory Class Action”
In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, First Amended Complaint

For Panel 2:
Patricia J. Zettler “Implementing a Public Health Perspective in FDA Drug Regulation”
Taleed El-Sabawi, “Why the DEA, Not the FDA? Revisiting the Regulation of Potentially-Addictive Substances”
‘‘Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act’’ or the ‘‘SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act’’