To continue its growth, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) is recruiting the next generation of antitrust practitioners. The AAI is seeking the antitrust community’s support of new programs aimed at connecting with this next generation.

Antitrust practitioners can help by nominating a young lawyer for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer. The award will be presented at the Antitrust Enforcement Awards dinner on December 2.

This award is limited to private civil actions. Nominees should be individual practitioner(s) under 40 years old or admitted to practice for 10 years or less.

Nominees will be judged on:

  1. the individual’s contribution to the case;
  2. the benefit realized by the client, consumers, or class; and
  3. the positive development of antitrust policy

Qualified nominations must relate to antitrust-focused litigation that was (a) initiated in or appealed in any U.S. state or federal court and (b) resulted (whether or not subject to appeal) in a final judgment, verdict, dismissal, conviction, injunction, order, or settlement between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

The award submission period ends on September 10, 2014.

The nomination form is available at: http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/sites/default/files/Awards%20Entry%20Form%202014.doc

Details of the award procedures are available at: http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/sites/default/files/Awards%20Procedures%202014_0.pdf

Private Enforcement Conference

In addition, please consider sponsoring an associate to attend the December 2 Private Enforcement Conference in Washington DC which features a new “Young Lawyers Breakfast.”

At this breakfast session, targeted to the young practitioners who will be the future of our sector, a panel composed of both junior lawyers and legendary veterans will give a variety of perspectives on tightened pleading standards, restricted admissibility of expert opinions, increased roadblocks to class certification, and the proliferation of mandatory arbitration with class action bans.  Among other things, panelists will discuss how problems like those facing our practices have been overcome in the past, and offer reasons to expect that private antitrust enforcement may well have a vibrant future.  The panel will consider practical solutions, and how young lawyers in particular can take part. Panelists include Joe Goldberg, William Isaacson, Roberta D. Liebenberg, H. Laddie Montague, Robert Kaplan, and David A. Young.

For those not in Washington, accommodations on December 1 will be needed to be able to attend the 8:30 breakfast.  But, consider the cost of accommodations and tuition an investment in the associate as well as in the future of the AAI.

Please contact Sarah Frey at American Antitrust Institute (sfrey@antitrustinstitute.org) with any questions.

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