At the recent annual meeting of DRI, an international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation, Jenner & Block partner Lise T. Spacapan was named chair of DRI’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee.
DRI describes itself as “The Voice of the Defense Bar.” And the primary objective of the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, according to DRI, is to provide members with the most current and reliable scientific, medical and legal information available.
The committee tries to fulfill this role through its annual seminar, an expert witness information network, an electronic newsletter, a dedicated issue of For The Defense and by connecting practitioners with a vast network of accomplished defense attorneys.
Spacapan, chair of Jenner & Block’s products liability and mass tort defense practice, said she wants to help the committee provide education, and informal networking and seminars where people can come together to understand the latest developments in defending toxic torts cases.
“We have to stay on top of science, and work with scientists as well as have a more traditional understanding about the legal theories and types of cases the plaintiffs bar might be bringing,” Spacapan said.
She said she’d like the committee to help get the word out about DRI to the business community and those with corporate interests who might not know about the organization.
By getting companies involved in DRI, she said, “They can help us by planning and shaping what these thousands of defense lawyers are going to focus on both at their meetings, in their publications, and their practices generally. And we welcome corporate input as to what they think are the important issues.”
Spacapan said the DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee will hold its annual seminar on March 19-20 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.