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Professor Suzette Malveaux to Discuss Access to Federal Courts
at American Constitution Society's National Convention 


Columbus School of Law Professor Suzette Malveaux has accepted an invitation to participate in a panel discussion, “Access to Federal Courts after Iqbal and Twombly,” at the 2010 convention of the American Constitution Society.  
The discussion will be held on June 18 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The society’s flagship event regularly draws roughly 1,000 lawyers, law students and judges.  Professor Arthur Miller from the NYU School of Law will moderate the panel.  
At issue are two relatively recent Supreme Court decisions, Ashcroft v. Iqbal and Bell Atlantic v. Twombly, which critics claim have dramatically changed the requirements for pleading a case in federal court.  They argue that cases can now more easily be dismissed at the earliest stages of litigation, stopping them short of the discovery that is necessary to develop many types of claims. Others dispute these arguments and assert that there has not been any change at all.  Experts will discuss the impact of these decisions on the ability to access federal courts, as well as efforts to respond to the decisions. 

Joining Professor Malveaux on the panel are Hon. Diane Sykes, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Hon. Louis Sands, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia; Elizabeth J. Cabraser, partner, Lieff Cabraser; Debo Adegbilem, director of litigation at NAACP; Barbara J. Hart, head of Lowey Dannenberg’s securities litigation practice; and John A. Freedman, partner, Arnold & Porter LLP's litigation practice group.
 Professor Malveaux has written and spoken about the two high court decisions before, including a presentation, "Frontloading and Heavy Lifting: The Evolving Role of Discovery in Contemporary Civil Rights Litigation," at Texas Wesleyan School of Law’s spring faculty speaker series on Jan. 27, 2010.