Preview the Major Conferences Coming Soon to CWRU School of Law

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Case Western Reserve University School of Law is hosting a diverse slate of conferences in spring 2022. Registration is now available for these events, which will explore critical issues in the areas of police discrimination, law-medicine, environmental law, the North American supply chain and the consumer right to repair high tech devices.

Here’s a preview:
Black Transcends Blue Symposium
March 18, 2022

The Black Trandscends Blue Symposium will explore racial hierarchies and subordination in American policing. The national conversation around the myriad of problems in policing have revealed continued instances of racial discrimination endured by Black police officers inside and outside of their departments. Affinity law enforcement associations who work to support and empower officers from underrepresented racial groups often lack collective bargaining rights or mechanisms by which to support the interests of their members.

Symposium presenters will explore the historical role of racism in American policing, Indian policing, disparate officer discipline outcomes, the intersection of use of force and race, the impact of arbitration on police reform, how gender impacts the rate of reported crimes, potential solutions for a transformational path forward, and other related topics. 
This in-person conference is sponsored by the Social Justice Law Center at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  

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Restoring Medical Professionalism: Physicians as Advocates for Their Patients
March 25–26, 2022

The ability of physicians to advocate for their patients is an essential aspect of their professionalism, and critical for patient trust and well-being. Modern medicine recognized this by stating at the outset of the first modern code of medical ethics that patient welfare depended on physicians’ “skill, attention, and fidelity,” and the law accordingly regards physicians as fiduciaries for their patients.

Yet pressures on physicians from employers and others have limited physicians’ ability to fulfill this vital obligation. Panelists will explore ways to strengthen physicians’ ability to advocate for their patients.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Law-Medicine Center and the Cooperative of American Physicians.  Attend in-person or remotely.

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The Clean Water Act at 50
Apr 8, 2022

The Clean Water Act at 50 is a day-long interdisciplinary symposium exploring the successes, failures and remaining challenges of the Clean Water Act, enacted in 1972 in response to growing concerns about the fate of the nation’s waters. Since that time, the nation has made substantial progress in controlling water pollution, particularly from point sources, but many significant water quality challenges remain, as do legal questions about the scope and application of federal regulations to activities that can affect water quality and resources.

Nearly a dozen speakers from law schools across the country will present at this in-person event, sponsored by the Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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Supply Chain Challenges for North America
April 21-22, 2022

The 46th annual conference of the Canada-United States Law Institute (CUSLI) will explore the supply chain challenges that U.S. and Canadian policy makers and business leaders face. Law and policy experts will discuss pressing economic, national security, human rights and foreign policy issues that have arisen due to ongoing disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving domestic and geopolitical considerations.

Sponsored by the Canada-United States Law Institute, a binational institute of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law.  Attend in-person or remotely.

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Emergent Right to Repair
April 22 and April 29, 2022

This virtual symposium will consider the complex, overlapping set of policy questions at the center of the repair debate. The Biden Administration and a unanimous Federal Trade Commission recently voiced support for competition and consumer choice in repair markets. Legislation under consideration in dozens of states would facilitate consumer and third-party repair. And regulators around the world have begun to embrace the repair agenda. But manufacturers and device makers remain skeptical of an unfettered right to repair, citing concerns over intellectual property rights, reliability, security, and lost revenue.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and The Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology and the Arts at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  Attend remotely.

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