UCLA School of Law, RAND Corp. form alliance for law and public policy

Why aren’t Ky. Law Schools doing something like this?

Partnership begins with conference on transparency in civil justice system

By  Lauri Gavel   10/29/2007  http://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/

The UCLA School of Law and the RAND Corp. have formed a strategic alliance to improve public policy through the marriage of rigorous policy analysis and outstanding legal scholarship. The partnership kicks off with a conference at the law school on Friday, Nov. 2, which will explore the potential costs and benefits of increased secrecy in the nation’s civil justice system.
Ronald M. George, chief justice of the California Supreme Court, and attorney Ken Feinberg, who oversaw payments made to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will be the highlighted speakers.
“We are thrilled to be joining with RAND, whose extensive policy analysis and expertise is unparalleled,” said Michael H. Schill, dean of the law school. “Together we will build on our capabilities and leverage UCLA School of Law’s tradition of deep legal and empirical research to find innovative ways for policymakers to further public policy.”
“We are delighted to bring the empirical work of RAND’s Institute for Civil Justice together with the academic resources of UCLA School of Law,” said Michael Rich, executive vice president of RAND. “The upcoming conference for leaders in the civil justice field is just the first product of what we expect will be a fruitful collaboration between RAND and UCLA School of Law.”
The daylong conference, sponsored by the law school and the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a division of RAND, is titled “Transparency in the Civil Justice System” and will feature a series of panel discussions by leaders from the civil justice community. Panelists will discuss recent trends toward greater secrecy in the civil justice system and will explore whether the benefits of reduced transparency — including a reduction in litigation costs and less congestion in the courts — outweigh the move toward less public scrutiny.
George, who has served as chief justice since 1996, will deliver the keynote address, while Feinberg, who was special master of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund and is managing partner and founder of The Feinberg Group, LLP, will present the opening remarks.
Panelists will include academics, leading attorneys from both the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ side of the bar, insurance industry leaders, and other experts from the civil justice system. Scheduled participants include Thomas V. Girardi (Girardi & Keese), Sheila Birnbaum (Skadden Arps), Richard Thomas (AIG) and the Honorable Terry J. Hatter (U.S. District Court, Central California), among others. Panel topics will include how transparency in the civil justice system affects mass settlements, the influence of private dispute resolution and confidentiality agreements, and how and whether public policies should increase transparency of the system.
For additional conference information, including a list of panelists, and to register for the event, please visit www.rand.org/events/2007/11/02/.
Founded in 1949, the UCLA School of Law is the youngest major law school in the nation and has established a tradition of innovation in its approach to teaching, research and scholarship. With approximately 100 faculty and 970 students, the school pioneered clinical teaching, is a leader in interdisciplinary research and training, and is at the forefront of efforts to link research to its effects on society and the legal profession.
The RAND Corp. is a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world.
The RAND Institute for Civil Justice helps make the civil justice system more efficient and equitable by supplying government leaders, private decision-makers and the public with the results of objective, empirically based analytic research. For more information, visit www.rand.org/icj/.

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