The Creighton Law Review held its 2017 Symposium on Thursday, March 16. Lamson, Dugan & Murray sponsored the event, which focused on The Lawyer’s Leadership Role: A Tour of Legal Ethics. The speakers included Professor John McKay, Arnold J. Johnson, J. Scott Paul, and Adam White. Over 300 attorneys attended the Symposium and a reception was held afterward to celebrate Creighton Law Review’s fiftieth anniversary. Spencer Murphy, a former law clerk and current associate at the firm, was the editor- in-chief last year and Claire Wilka, a current third year law clerk, is the current editor-in-chief. It is rare that clerks from the same firm are editors-in-chief, back to back.
To learn more about the Symposium and the topics presented, you can subscribe to receive the articles published by the speakers in the fourth edition of the fiftieth volume here: https://www.creighton.edu/groups/lawreview/lawreviewsubscription/; or follow Creighton Law Review on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CreightonLawRev.
In January 2017, Anne Marie O’Brien and Daniel J. Hassing received a defense verdict after a five day jury trial in Douglas County District Court. The Plaintiff had sued under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, a federal statutory scheme governing workplace injuries for railroad employees working in furtherance of interstate commerce. The Plaintiff alleged that he had suffered whiplash injuries to his cervical spine when the locomotive he was sitting in was “coupled” or “joined” with another locomotive in an unreasonably unsafe manner. Over the course of the five-day trial, Ms. O’Brien and Mr. Hassing presented hours of testimony regarding the customs of railroad operations, the physics involved in railroad “couplings,” and the biomechanics of how the human body reacts in such situations. Relying on the testimony that Ms. O’Brien and Mr. Hassing presented, the jury returned a verdict for the defense.
Congratulations to John M. Walker and Catherine E. French for obtaining a verdict, after a two day bench trial, finding that a petition filed against their client was frivolous. This resulted in an award of attorney’s fees and significant savings for their client.
Congratulations to Patrick G. Vipond and John M. Walker for obtaining a defense verdict after an 8-day medical malpractice trial. Plaintiff’s counsel requested the jury return a verdict in the amount of $7-15 million, but the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict after less than 3 hours of deliberations.