Some two dozen judges and academics from around the country gathered in Chicago April 24-25 for the 20th Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy that was marked by a taped conversation with Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and Faculty Chair of the Symposium DePaul University College of Law Professor Stephan Landsman. The subject of the two-day program that offered 9.75 hours of continuing legal education credit was “Judge Jack Weinstein’s Impact on Civil Justice in America.” Judge Weinstein of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967. He has authored numerous significant opinions in his 45 years on the bench including cases on Agent Orange and numerous mass torts that is said to set an example of judicial independence and social conscience. Several of the speakers worked as law clerks for Judge Weinstein early in their legal careers. Justice Breyer spoke of Weinstein being a role model as a teacher, a judge and a human being. Weinstein is author of the treatise on evidence. Founder of the Symposium, Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago, addressed the program that was held at DePaul Law School and on the web.
Left to right: Bob Clifford, founder of the Symposium and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices; U.S. District Court Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York; DePaul University College of Law Professor Stephan Landsman and Faculty Chair of the Symposium.
Bob Clifford addresses a packed audience to view taped remarks by Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme of the United States as well as 24 judges and academics from around the country participating in the two-day symposium honoring Judge Jack Weinstein of New York.
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