Using Genomics in Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation

Event Description

Online registration is closed.  To attend, email Tram Nguyen at by 11:00 AM on November 17th.

Remote participation only. 

Genetic data has already transformed criminal forensics, paternity disputes, and pathogen tracking. Environmental and tort litigation are next, and the impacts will be even more profound.  Change is arriving rapidly because of the flood of data generated regarding genes and cancer, and the power of machine learning and AI to spot patterns that humans could never find.  These and other advances are helping to address major data gaps and uncertainties about the health risks of most potentially toxic substances, and are even shedding light on whether a specific chemical did or did not cause an injury such as cancer in a toxic tort or environmental exposure/cancer cluster lawsuit, or a product liability case.  Discovery and evidentiary rulings are also emerging.  Factors including "predisposition" or "susceptibility” and the role of "somatic signature mutations" have many potential applications to these cases.  Join us for a presentation by two experienced attorneys who will explore examples of the use of genomic science and will discuss future possibilities.


Kirk Hartley, Principal at LSP Group LLC and ToxicoGenomica, Chicago, Illinois

John Childs, Partner, Robins Kaplan LLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 424568


ENRE Member: $25
MSBA Member not in the ENRE Section: $30*
Non-MSBA Member: $35
Law Student: FREE

*Join the ENRE Section:  Not a member of the Section? Sign up now and attend this CLE for Free. 

Deadline to register: November 15, 2021

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Tram Nguyen


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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM