Civil Procedure, Judicial Administration, and the Future of the Field: A Festschrift in Honor of Professor Stephen B. Burbank

Time: All Day


No other living scholar in the field of Civil Procedure has reached more broadly or had greater impact than Professor Stephen Burbank. In 1982, Professor Burbank published “The Rules Enabling Act of 1934,” an exhaustively researched account of the passage of the statute that would lead to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If Professor Burbank had never published another article, his position in the firmament of the field of procedure would have been secure.


But, of course, Professor Burbank went on to become one of the most prolific legal scholars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. He is the author or co-author of four books and over one hundred law review articles and book chapters that span a remarkable breadth of study and methodology. Professor Burbank’s work covers both American and international procedure alongside conflict of laws and judicial administration. He was also among the first wave of scholars to embrace rigorous interdisciplinary approaches to legal scholarship, including historical, empirical, and comparative methods.


This year, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law present a festschrift honoring Professor Burbank’s scholarship. The Festschrift is an honored tradition in American academic life. Its purpose is to celebrate the work of a great scholar through contributions from colleagues and former students. These original works of scholarship celebrate Professor Burbank by exploring and building on the most important themes of his work, illustrating how today’s cutting-edge scholarship can trace its lineage back to his body of academic work.


Reflecting its honoree’s career, this symposium brings together leading scholars in civil procedure and judicial administration along with renowned jurists and highlights new scholarship in international and comparative procedure and interdisciplinary approaches. This symposium also looks forward to the future of the field and new avenues of inquiry inspired by Professor Burbank’s work.


REGISTRATION: https://pennlaw.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f6AAaLSrRnaAmWbFONw9iw


This program has been approved for 8.5 total CLE credits (7.0 substantive credit and 1.5 ethics credit) for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit must register for CLE credit and make a payment via the online CLE registration link in the amount of $340.00 ($170.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.


Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W.P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.


DAY 1 – Friday, February 12

  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Registration
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Welcome Remarks
    • Professor Tobias Wolff, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
    • Professor Andrew Bradt, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

  • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Panel One: Rules and Rulemaking
    • Moderator: Edward Cooper, University of Michigan Law School
    • Andrew Bradt, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
    • David Marcus, UCLA School of Law
    • Richard Marcus, UC Hastings College of the Law
    • Catherine Struve, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
    • Tobias Barrington Wolff, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Break
  • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Panel Two: Judicial Administration and Judicial Behavior, Independence and Accountability
    • Moderator: Marin Levy, Duke Law School
    • Charles Gardner Geyh, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    • Judge William Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • Judge Robert Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • Judge Lee Hyman Rosenthal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • Judge Anthony Scirica, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Break
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner

  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Keynote
    • Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

DAY 2 – Saturday, February 13

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Registration
  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Panel Three: International and Comparative Perspectives
    • Moderator: Gary Born, WilmerHale
    • Maggie Gardner, Cornell Law School
    • Deborah Hensler, Stanford Law School
    • Linda Silberman, NYU School of Law

  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Break for Lunch
  • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Panel Four: Interdisciplinary Civil Procedure
    • Moderator: Robert Bone, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
    • Ed Purcell, New York Law School
    • Sean Farhang, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
    • Jonah Gelbach, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
    • Amalia Kessler, Stanford Law School

  • 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Break
  • 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM – Panel Five: The Future of the Field
    • Moderator: James Pfander, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
    • Zachary Clopton, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
    • David Freeman Engstrom, Stanford Law School
    • Yanbai Andrea Wang, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
    • Judith Resnik, Yale Law School

  • 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM – Response and Remarks by Professor Stephen B. Burbank
  • 5:15 PM – Closing Remarks
    • Tobias Wolff, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
    • Professor Andrew Bradt, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

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