HB is proud to announce the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, as a featured speaker at the NAHB Home Building Issues Legal Symposium in Washington on March 29, 2012. Judge Rosenthal will participate on the Ethical Dilemmas for the Bench and the Bar in the Age of New Media panel, along with Brett Steele, Compliance Officer and Senior Counsel with Beazer Homes, and Daniel E. Eaton of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek.

Judge Lee H. Rosenthal was appointed a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division in 1992. Before then, she was a partner at Baker & Botts in Houston, Texas, where she tried civil cases and handled appeals in the state and federal courts. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago and served as law clerk to Chief Judge John R. Brown, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in 1996. She served as chair of the Class Actions subcommittee during the development of the 2003 amendments to Rule 23. Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal chair of the Civil Rules Committee in 2003. During her tenure as chair, the Civil Rules were “restyled” and the electronic discovery amendments were enacted. In 2007, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Rosenthal to chair the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, which coordinates and oversees the work of the Advisory Committees for the Civil, Criminal, Evidence, Appellate, and Bankruptcy Rules. During her work as chair, the Evidence Rules were also “restyled.” That appointment was extended through October 1, 2011. Judge Rosenthal is a member of the American Law Institute, where she serves as an advisor for the Employment Law project and the Aggregate Litigation project and was an advisor for the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project. In 2007, she was elected to the ALI Council and in 2011 became chair of the Program Committee. Judge Rosenthal has taught, written, and lectured extensively, concentrating on topics in complex litigation and civil procedure, including class actions and electronic discovery.

Judge Rosenthal serves on the Board of Trustees of Rice University in Houston, Texas and on the Duke University School of Law Board of Visitors. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law and President of the District Judges’ Association of the Fifth Circuit. She and her husband have four daughters.

The Home Building Industry Legal Issues Symposium is being planned by HB Litigation Conferences, in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders, and will be hosted at NAHB Headquarters, 1201 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C., on March 29. Other topics on the day long program include an in-house general counsel panel, housing industry economic outlook, legislative and regulatory issues affecting builders, a litigation update, insurance issues, green building and a featured keynote from Senator Tom Daschle.

For more information, registration and discounts, contact Brownie Bokelman at 484-324-2755 x212 or brownie.bokelman@litigationconferences.com.