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​2023-2024 Clifford Scholar-in-Residence   ​​


Registration must be completed by November 13, 2023.   

DePaul College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This presentation is worth 1.25 hours of general CLE credit or 1.25 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit.

About the Lecture

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are silent about many key management problems faced by federal judges in complex multidistrict (MDL) litigation.  Judges treat these “gaps” in the Federal Rules as invitations to invent ad hoc solutions.   

Professor Endo argues that judges have failed to appreciate the degree to which the rules of legal ethics speak to these judicial management problems.  Properly understood, these rules, he reasons, place important guardrails around judicial discretion when federal procedure is silent—guardrails that too many judges ignore. Professor Endo demonstrates this claim using one of the most hotly contested questions in MDL litigation—courts’ award of lucrative common benefit fees to the lead lawyers in MDL litigation—as a case study. 

Commentator:  Alexandra Lahav, Professor of LawCornell University

About Our Scholar

Professor Seth Endo writes and teaches on civil procedure and professional responsibility. His scholarship has appeared in the Texas Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and other legal journals. Prior to joining the Seattle University School of Law, he taught at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and in the Lawyering Program at NYU School of Law. His practice experience includes time at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Demos. Professor Endo also clerked for several judges, including the Honorable Rosemary Barkett, then-circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received his BA from the University of Chicago and his JD from NYU. 

There is a room cap of 100 in-person attendees.  Online participants will receive a link to view the presentation just ahead of the event.  

No proof of vaccination is required of guests and masks are optional.   

A DePaul ID or registration as a guest is required to access university floors above the lobby in the DePaul Center. Please have your ID ready to show at the designated station and allow extra time to arrive at your event destination. We know your time is valuable, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation.​