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Public Interest Law Project

We keep the doors to public interest work open for all, not just those who can afford to work for free.

Founded in 1990 to help fill the justice gap, PILP has two primary goals:

  1. To educate students about opportunities to practice public interest law, to reinforce their commitment to public interest law, and to cultivate relationships with public interest law practitioners; and
  2. To financially support students and attorneys in their public interest legal work through summer stipends and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

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Support the Public Interest Law Project while learning about some of

the most high-profile civil class action cases from top lawyers in the United States




Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Time: 11:00-2:30 (two 90 minute panels with a lunch break— lunch provided)

Place: Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse - Jury Assembly Room

Credits: 1 Ethics and 2 General MCLE credits will be sought from the Oregon State Bar


Moderator: Robert KlonoffLewis & Clark Law School:  Author of a leading textbook and articles on class actions, and a frequent expert witness.  Member, Federal Civil Rules Committee (FCRC)

Panelists Are Among the Top Class Action Lawyers in the United States

Chris Seeger, Seeger Weiss:  Counsel for plaintiffs in the National Football League concussion injury MDL, Volkswagen Emissions, and numerous pharmaceutical cases

Rick Godfrey, Kirkland & Ellis: Defense counsel on many complex claims, including British Petroleum in Deepwater Horizon, as well as GM Ignition

Lexi Hazam, Lieff Cabraser: An emerging leader within the plaintiffs’ bar, Lexi J. Hazam represents clients in mass torts cases and qui tam actions, as well as complex class actions

Paul Karlsgodt, Baker Hostetler: National leader of Baker Hostetler’s class action defense team, with a focus on data privacy and consumer class actions

David Sugerman, Attorney , P.C.: A highly successful Oregon plaintiff class action attorney and Lewis & Clark Law alum who has represented plaintiffs in high profile cases, including a consumer fraud protection action against British Petroleum for illegal debit charges

Lois Rosenbaum, Stoel Rives: Has defended numerous public and private companies in class actions, including securities fraud and RICO cases

Matt Preusch, Keller Rohrback: Lewis & Clark Law alum; practices in Keller Rohrback’s nationally recognized complex litigation group

Guest Commentator: Meredith PricePerkins Coie: Lewis & Clark Law alum; focuses on complex litigation at Perkins Coie, clerked for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit and the Honorable Michael H. Simon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

All proceeds support Lewis & Clark Law School’s Public Interest Law Project. Thank you to our incredible speakers who have generously incurred their own expenses to support this charitable cause.