University of South Carolina

Top civil procedure experts convene at USC

Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

The University of South Carolina’s School of Law will become a who’s who of civil procedure Oct. 13 – 14 when many of the nation’s top scholars, judges and lawyers convene to discuss two landmark cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer. The decisions on June 27 were the first by the court on personal jurisdiction in more than 20 years.

The symposium is titled “Personal Jurisdiction for the Twenty-First Century: The Implications of McIntyre and Goodyear Dunlop Tires.” Arthur R. Miller, a law scholar at New York University, will deliver the keynote address at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Miller is considered to be the nation’s most prominent authority on civil procedure. His multi-volume “Federal Practice and Procedure,” co-written with Charles A. Wright, is the standard text on civil procedure.

School of Law Dean Rob Wilcox said the symposium is one of the most significant events ever hosted by the school.

"It is a rare occasion when all of the very best legal scholars in one field come together at one conference,” Wilcox said. “The law school is privileged to host this gathering and to have our Law Review publish this important symposium."

While the keynote address is free and open to the public, attendance to the symposium requires registration. Fees vary for CLE credit. Details, including the schedule, panelists and registration, are available on the Law Review website.

Both U.S. Supreme Court cases, J. McIntyre Machinery Ltd. v. Nicastro, and Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations v. Brown, revolve around the concept of personal jurisdiction or the authority of a court to decide a case.

The high court’s decisions have sparked conversation in business and law and are expected to have significant implications for how corporations will conduct business and approach complex civil litigation in the future.

The rulings were the first on personal jurisdiction by the U.S. Supreme Court since the 1980s, when the court ruled on another pair of cases titled “Helicopteros Nacionales de Colombia v. Hall” and “Asahi Metal Industry Co. v Superior Court.”


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Posted: 10/10/11 @ 11:20 AM | Updated: 10/14/11 @ 10:17 AM | Permalink