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    26th Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy Webinar

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    26th Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy Webinar

    The 2020 Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy Webinar, sponsored by DePaul University College of Law, is a two-day virtual meeting that will be available for viewing on May 26, 2020 . The topic of the 26th annual symposium is:

    “The Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?”

    The darkest days of America’s opioid crisis may be behind us. For the first time in four years American life spans are rising—apart from the effects of COVID-19—as opioid deaths decline. We have, however, a long way to go, both to heal a sorely damaged community and learn from the catastrophe.

    At the 26th Clifford Symposium, some of America’s leading experts will consider the legal and public health implications of the scourge and our response to it. The symposium will begin with reports from the front lines of the opioid litigation by those intimately involved in the matter. It will then turn to consideration of the procedural mechanism that has framed our primary response to the crisis—multi-district litigation. Symposium faculty will then consider some of the substantive legal tools being used or considered to address the problem and those who caused it, most particularly tort claims (especially public nuisance) and criminal sanctions. The symposium will then examine a range of public health initiatives to assist in the nation’s recovery. Finally, a number of prior litigation experiences (especially the tobacco imbroglio) will be examined as signposts to where our responses may lead us.

    The Clifford Symposium, two day webinar, is free and open to the public. Registration must be completed by Wednesday May 27, 2020.

    To register for one or both days, go to
    Registration also can be made by phone at 312-362-8372.

    DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This webcast has been approved for up to 7.0 of general CLE credits:
    Day 1 – 4.50 CLE credits
    Day 2 – 2.50 CLE credits