The Rabiej Litigation Law Center is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. The Center’s mission is to bring the bench and bar together to address timely litigation issues arising in ediscovery matters, class actions, and mass-tort MDLs.
The Center offers one of the very few forums where leading plaintiff and defense attorneys and other legal experts can engage in robust, but civilized, discussions about contentious litigation problems and issues. The participation of prominent judges at the Center’s events assures good decorum and serious analyses. The Center’s conferences are primarily intended to provide leaders of the bench and bar an opportunity to improve the administration of justice by developing consensus solutions and helping to mentor new associates. They also provide first-rate legal education on cutting-edge issues, which lead to the development of action programs achieving practical results.
The Center continues programs that were started and run by its founder and president, John Rabiej, at Duke (2012-2019) and George Washington (2020-2021) Law Schools, which build on his experience opening and running the office that staffed the six Judicial Conference Rules Committees (1990-2010) as well as managing The Sedona Conference (2011).
The Center schedules three annual bench-bar leadership conferences at law schools around the country. Ten to fifteen federal judges and 50-100 defense and plaintiff practitioners typically attend the conferences. Volunteer conferee lawyers and judges draft best practices addressing issues following every conference, which are added to two class actions and mass-tort MDLs compendia.
Many plaintiff and defense practitioners and judges who participate in the conferences are nationally recognized as the best and most influential and have a strong interest in improving the administration of justice. The conferences and best-practices drafting projects offer less experienced lawyers a unique opportunity to meet and work with the leaders of the bench and bar.