I just wanted to take a second to promote the class action component of the upcoming Annual CAOC Convention. The Class Action Section will take place on Friday, November 13th between 1:30 and 5:00 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Information may be found here. I attended last year, and took home a few great nuggets of information. This is a really good opportunity for both new and experienced class action practitioners to pick up some useful tips, so I encourage everyone from the plaintiffs bar to come (not to discriminate against you defense guys and gals ... as I know there are several of you who visit regularly).
This year Shawn Khorrami (a.k.a. my "Boss") will be moderating a panel of some very distinguished speakers, including my counterpart Robert Drexler, who will be speaking on the topic of “Getting Your Case Certified” (which will include discussion of the current law of certification, and provide tips about pleading your complaint to maximize certification, precertification contact with class members, the use of class member declarations, discovery plans to maximize certification and the role of experts in the certification process). Bob is not only an excellent practitioner, he is a really great guy.
Other panelists, divided between both class action and mass tort practitioners, include Elizabeth Cabraser, Timothy Blood, Thomas Girardi, Mary Alexander, Raymond Boucher and Christopher Seeger. Definitely a must see event.