From the 2011 News Archive
Prof. Gifford Participates in International Litigation Conference
Prof. Donald Gifford will participate in a mock Supreme Court argument as part of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Annual Meeting in Whistler, British Columbia from July 9-14, 2011. The program, entitled “Mock Supreme Court Argument – Public Nuisance at the Crossroads: Should the Tort System Regulate Climate Change?” will review the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in American Electric Power Company Inc. v. Connecticut, which resulted in a number of unanswered questions.
In addition to Prof. Gifford, who will lead a post-argument discussion, the other participants for the July 12 program will be Supreme Court advocate and Houston environmental attorney Richard O. Faulk of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. Mr. Faulk will represent industry interests before a panel of distinguished former and current federal and state appellate judges. His adversary will be David M. Axelrad of California’s Horvitz & Levy, one of the nation’s most respected appellate specialists.
The distinguished judicial panel includes former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Thomas R. Phillips, former U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Judge and current president of Baylor University Kenneth Starr, and Justice Evelyn J. Lundberg Stratton of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Additionally, Houston attorney Joseph F. Speelman of Blank Rome LLP will provide an introductory analysis of the case.
Founded in 1920, the International Association of Defense Counsel is an invitation-only professional association for corporate and insurance defense lawyers around the world devoted to the development of skills, professionalism and camaraderie benefiting its members and their clients, as well as the civil justice system, the legal profession and society in general.