The Law School is pleased to announce its spring 2012 roster of academic events. They include intriguing and intellectually engaging symposia, lectures and programs that feature distinguished scholars, practitioners, judges, government officials, and other experts, who come together to explore the most pressing legal and public policy issues of the day. Below are brief descriptions of each program.
The Brooklyn Legal Theory Colloquium, hosted by Professors Frederic Bloom and Nelson Tebbe, was created to foster conversations about the best current work in legal theory. The Colloquium addresses subjects such as cultural cognition, new governance, linguistic approaches to constitutional theory, the new originalism, and moral understandings of contract theory. Every other week, authors present their own current work, with students and faculty engaging them in dialogue. On alternate weeks, students prepare to discuss the papers, in part by writing and sharing reaction papers.
The David G. Trager Public Policy Symposium, Post Zoning: Alternative Forms of Public Land Use Controls, is sponsored by the Brooklyn Law Review. It will examine the next phase of development control—that of non-zoning land use controls. Governments, and New York City in particular, have begun to rely on contracts and novel property transactions to control development in their jurisdictions. Through development agreements, restrictive declarations, community benefits agreements, transferable development rights, conservation easements, and other tools, zoning has been both supplemented and supplanted by new techniques that challenge the traditional limits on government police powers.
A symposium, The Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) After One Year, will look at the CFPB in its first year and evaluate what it has accomplished so far and the future initiatives it may undertake. It brings together CFPB officials, practitioners, and academics that are uniquely qualified to discuss these issues. The participants will also examine how best to protect consumer borrowers from lender overreaching in a manner that is sensitive to the functioning of credit markets and the banking system. This symposium is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation, and the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law.
The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law and the Customs and International Trade Bar Association are sponsoring an International Business Law (IBL) Roundtable, entitled, Inside CBP Today: Recent Developments, Issues and Concerns to address legal issues pertaining to customs and trade. Mr. Jeremy Baskin, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, will talk about recent developments at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. IBL Roundtables afford IBL Fellows opportunities to meet experts in their fields of interest and engage with lawyers with real practice experience.
The Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Forum, Representing the Poor Today: Poverty Law in Recession Times, will explore the causes of poverty and the impact of the recession on low-income individuals and families. Participants will also examine how advocates use the law and other disciplines to address these problems. Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center, a national expert on poverty and social movements, will be the keynote speaker and place today’s struggles in historical perspective.
The annual Media & Society Lecture features Martin D. Singer '77, a high-powered attorney to celebrities. In his talk, entitled, Representing Celebrities in High Profile Entertainment Litigation: Cases in the Headlines, Singer will cover some of his high-profile cases, including Charlie Sheen’s “Two and a Half Men” lawsuit and “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini’s lawsuit against HBO. Mr. Singer, a founding member of Lavely & Singer P.C., has represented numerous Fortune 500 and Forbes 400 clients and is most well-known for representing actors, recording artists, writers, directors, and athletes in lawsuits as high profile as they are high stakes.
Each year, the Law School hosts the Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Competition. This year will be it’s 27th. This premier competition draws over 30 law school teams from across the country to participate in an appellate competition addressing an issue at the forefront of evidence law. The Final Round will be presided over by Hon. N. Randy Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Hon. Debra A. Livingston, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and Hon. Theodore T. Jones, New York State Court of Appeals. Members of the Moot Court Honor Society coordinate and facilitate the Prince Competition, and students work with faculty members to research and write the Competition problem.
The symposium, Private Data/Public Good: Emerging Issues in Trade Secrets Law, is the first of its kind. Sponsored by Brooklyn Law School’s new Trade Secrets Institute, participants will focus on emerging issues in trade secrets law and the tension between the rights of information owners and the public. The first panel will address data mining, and the recent Sorrell v. IMS Health decision. The second panel will discuss the public health implications of trade secret protection. New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman will give opening remarks.
The symposium, Reforming Child Protection Law: A Public Health Approach, is sponsored by the Center for Health, Science & Public Policy and the Journal of Law and Policy. In recent years, child maltreatment has been strongly linked to identifiable risk factors, such as poverty and stress. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has defined child maltreatment as an important public health problem and has an ongoing program of epidemiological research underway. The symposium brings together a distinguished interdisciplinary group of legal, medical, and social science experts on child protection who will address the failure of the child protection system’s ability to respond to this new, epidemiological understanding of maltreatment.