Punitive Damages, Due Process, and Deterrence: The Debate After Williams


Hosted by The Charleston School of Law

Friday, September 7, 2007
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Last February, the United States Supreme Court added another layer to its punitive damages jurisprudence in Philip Morris USA v. Williams, 127 S. Ct. 1057 (2007).  This one-day symposium brings together distinguished scholars, judges, and practitioners to engage in a dialogue concerning the implications of Williams, and more generally, the role of punitive damages in modern litigation. We invite you to join us.


Symposium panelists include Elizabeth J. Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser, Robin Conrad of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Theodore Eisenberg of Cornell University Law School, Andrew L. Frey of Mayer Brown, John Y. Gotanda of Villanova Law School, Laura J. Hines of the University of Kansas School of Law, Keith N. Hylton of Boston University School of Law, Robert S. Peck of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, Michael Rustad of Suffolk University Law School, Victor E.  Schwartz of Shook Hardy, Anthony J. Sebok of Cardozo Law School, Catherine M. Sharkey of Columbia Law School, and Neil Vidmar of Duke Law School.


8:00 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:15 a.m.                  Introduction & Welcome

8:30-10:00 a.m.    Panel I: The Implications of Philip Morris v. Williams

10:00-10:15 a.m.  Break

10:15-11:45 a.m.   Panel II:  The Theory of Punitive Damages:  Why Do We Award Punitive Damages And What Factors Further That Purpose?

11:45-12:45 p.m.   Lunch

12:45-2:30 p.m.    Panel III: Looking Forward: Punitive Damages In the Next Two Decades – Guideposts From Precedent, History & Sound Public Policy

2:30-2:45 p.m.      Break

2:45-4:15 p.m.       Panel IV: The Relationship Between Punitive Damages and Class Actions

4:15-4:30 p.m.       Break

4:30-5:30 p.m.      Panel V: Philip Morris v. Williams At The Trial Level: Jury Decision Making and Trial Strategy


The symposium will be held Friday, September 7, 2007, at the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina.  Participation in the one-day symposium is $195 for attorneys, $100 for academics/government, and $50 for law students. The symposium qualifies for 7.25 MCLE Credit in South Carolina, and 7.0 CLE credits in Pennsylvania.

For more information visit:  http://www.charlestonlaw.org/docs/07_09_pundamages.pdf


      CONTACT:       Sheila B. Scheuerman
                                  Associate Professor of Law
                                  Charleston School of Law
      Email:               MAILTO:sscheuerman@charlestonlaw.org


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