Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bill Marler to Visit LL.M. Program

We will be delighted to host Bill Marler, noted personal injury lawyer and national expert in foodborne illness litigation, on Friday, Sept. 11. Mr. Marler will be speaking to our Food Law & Policy class and our Emerging Issues in Food Law class.

Bill Marler has been a major force in food safety policy. He and his partners at Marler Clark have represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused serious injury and death. They have secured more than $300 million for their client victims. But, Marler's work extends beyond litigation. His advocacy for better food regulation has led to invitations to address local, national, and international gatherings on food safety, including recent testimony to US Congress Committee on Energy and Commerce. The non-profit corporation that he founded, Outbreak provides advice and consultation to the industry in an effort to prevent future illness. Among his many honors is the 2008 Public Justice Award, given to him by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.

Marler was recently quoted in the Washington Post article, This Woman Might Die From Eating Cookie Dough, Severe Case Gives Context to Issue of Food Safety.

The Food Law & Policy presentation, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in room 342 of the School of Law is open to the public. The second class will provide a special opportunity for the LL.M. candidates to meet with him.

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