The Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice

The Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice is a cornerstone of University of Arizona Law's Civil Justice Initiative, which seeks to elevate the American civil justice system and train the next generation of great trial lawyers.

This lecture series is generously supported by and named for alumnus Peter Chase Neumann ('64).

Fall 2018 Lecture

Why We Need to Preserve Jury Trials and How to Do It

Oct. 4, 2018 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | College of Law, Room 160

Speaker Stephen Susman is widely recognized as one of the country's top litigators.

He first established his national reputation when he won a landmark victory as a plaintiff's attorney in 1980 with an award of more than $550 million to victims of a nationwide price-fixing conspiracy, the largest jury verdict of its time. Throughout his career he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, ranging from Northop in its suit against McDonnel Douglas over the F-18 jet fighter, House Speaker Jim Wright in his ethics battle, the Hunt brothers in the largest lender liability case in history, and the state of Arkansas in a milk price-fixing case.

After graduating first in his class from the University of Texas Law School and serving as the editor-in-chief of the Law Review there, he clerked for the Honorable John R. Brown of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice  Hugo Black. In 1980, he founded Susman Godfrey in Houston, where he was called "the reigning prince of Houston business litigators" by the Houston Business Journal. The firm now has 90 lawyers in Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York and in 2005 was chose by American Lawyer as one of the top two litigation boutiques in the country.

Register for the 2018 Neumann Lecture here.

Past Speakers

Susan Saladoff (Spring 2018)
Hot Coffee, Is Justice Being Served?

Randi McGinn (Spring 2017)
Using the Law to Transform Your Community: Making the World Safe From Dangerous Health Care, Defective Products and Police Shootings

L. Richard Fried, Jr. ('66) ( Fall 2015)
How A Plaintiff's Lawyer Can Improve the Lives of Victims

Patrick McGroder ('70) (Spring 2015)
The Art of Oral Advocacy

Thomas Girardi (Spring 2014)
Jurors No Longer Decide Facts—They Decide Philosophies