Every two years the Center identifies a single critical theme in civil justice, hosts a conference to engage policymakers and advocates on the topic, and disseminates findings and recommendations through publications.  Transparency in the Civil Justice System was the subject of the first conference, which took place in November 2007 at UCLA School of Law.  Topics included the role of transparency in mass settlements, the growth of private dispute resolution and confidentiality agreements, system performance and broader issues of public policy.  The next conference was held at RAND in June 2009 on Third Party Litigation Funding and Claim Transfer.  Litigation claim transfer is an emerging trend in civil justice that is gaining ground in Europe, Canada and Australia.  It has not been broadly accepted in the American civil justice system, and the conference provided a forum to discuss the risks and opportunities associated with the confluence of law and finance.

THIRD PARTY FUNDING