Class Action Law Forum™ Announces Steering Committee for 2022 Conference

Fourth annual signature event will dedicate half-day to mass torts for the first time

Class Action Forum

SAN DIEGO (January 12, 2022) – University of San Diego School of Law and Western Alliance Bank’s fourth annual Class Action Law Forum™ (CALF™) is pleased to announce its steering committee for this year’s event. Taking place March 16-18, 2022, the Class Action Law Forum™ will be conducted in a hybrid manner, with both in-person and virtual options available for attendees. All registration fees and sponsorship proceeds will directly benefit the Keith F. Park Endowed Scholarship Fund at University of San Diego School of Law.

The 2022 steering committee includes new member Ellen Gusikoff Stewart, partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP who will be serving as plaintiffs’ co-chair. Other committee members include CaseyGerry Managing Partner David S. Casey, Jr. ’74 (JD), as judicial advisory chairman, Morrison Foerster Partner Erin M. Bosman ’94 (BA, ’99 (JD), as defense co-chair, CaseyGerry Partner Gayle M. Blatt as plaintiffs’ co-chair, Western Alliance Bank Senior Managing Director Francesca Castagnola as conference producer, Western Alliance Bank Senior Vice President Dana Rager as conference producer, University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Dean and C. Hugh Friedman Professor of Law of Robert A. Schapiro as conference co-host and USD School of Law Director of Development Debbie Rider as conference co-host.

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the steering committee of such an important event for the legal industry,” Gusikoff Stewart said. “Keith Park was my mentor, my colleague and my friend. This conference is especially meaningful, knowing that we will be working to honor his legacy and his passion for helping promising law students. The Class Action Law Forum™ benefits not only those currently working in the legal industry, but through the endowed scholarship, it helps support students looking to make a difference.”

The 2021 Class Action Law Forum™ facilitated discussions about COVID-19 business interruptions and related litigation, the intersection of class actions and multidistrict litigation, data breaches and emerging trends in class action appeals. Perspective from the judiciary also played a prominent role in the 2021 forum, with three separate panels focused on insights from twelve federal judges — four of whom are chief district court judges.

“We look forward to building on the success of last year’s CALF™ and are excited to provide virtual and in-person attendance options to continue the important discussions on class actions and related issues,” said Schapiro.

For the first time in the conference’s history, the Class Action Law Forum™ will feature substantial programming on mass torts, one of the most impactful and growing areas in the field. The 2022 conference will also give attendees a first look at Western Alliance Bank Settlement Services’ proprietary research, which will debut later in the year.

“We are confident the new programming on mass torts will be extremely beneficial to our attendees, along with the many other key topics that will be discussed by some of the brightest minds in the legal field,” said Castagnola. “I am looking forward to the critical conversations and insights that will emerge from this year’s conference.”

About Settlement Services

Western Alliance Settlement Services, a national banking group within Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, specializes in banking for law firms, claims administrators and related businesses managing class action, mass tort and bankruptcy settlements. This team of expert bankers brings clients years of experience and offers exceptional service in supporting all phases of the settlement process, from escrow to distribution, with a single point of contact. Western Alliance Bank is the primary subsidiary of Phoenix-based Western Alliance Bancorporation, with more than $50 billion in assets. The bank is again #1 best-performing of the 50 largest public U.S. banks in the new S&P Global Market Intelligence listing for 2020 and ranks high on the Forbes “Best Banks in America” list year after year. Serving clients across the country wherever business happens, Western Alliance Bank operates individually branded, full-service banking divisions and has offices in key markets nationwide. For more information, visit expertise/settlement-services.

About the Keith F. Park Endowed Scholarship

Robert A. Schapiro, Dean and Professor of Law at USD School of Law is looking forward to sharing this academic and experiential program in collaboration with Western Alliance Bank, which specializes in banking for attorneys and law firms and settlement distribution agencies and claims administrators. This year’s Class Action Law Forum registration fees and sponsorship proceeds will directly benefit student scholarships at USD School of Law, specifically, the Keith F. Park Endowed Scholarship in honor of Keith Park and his family. Keith Farmer Park practiced law with Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP in San Diego. Park earned an outstanding reputation as a Securities Class Action lawyer while practicing with Robbins Geller. Prior to his death, Mr. Park generously supported student scholars at USD School of Law and his family and friends continue his legacy of support and generosity. It is a distinct privilege to honor Keith Park and the entire Park family through the Class Action Law Forum, annually.

For more information about scholarship opportunities at USD School of Law, please contact Debbie Rider, Director of Development at (619) 260-5955 or

University of San Diego School of Law Alumni Discount

USD School of Law alumni receive a 50% discount utilizing the code TOREROGO when they register for this year’s conference.  More information about CALF™ can be found here. For more information, please contact Debbie Rider, USD, at or (619) 260-5955.  To inquire about complimentary media registration, please contact Erin Wojcicki, Greentarget, at

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 30th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 31st nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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