Associate Justice Stephen Breyer spoke with DePaul University College of Law Professor Stephan Landsman on “Judge Jack Weinstein’s Impact on Civil Justice in America” for the 20th Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy. Professor Landsman also serves as the Faculty Chair of the Symposium that was founded by Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago.
Some two dozen judges and academics from around the country gathered for two days at the end of April at DePaul to discuss Judge Weinstein of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York and his contribution to the legal profession. Judge Weinstein 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. To hear this interesting conversation between Justice Breyer and Professor Landsman, click here.