by Peter Jetton
As yesterday’s event round-up demonstrated, this is an active time for visiting speakers on campus. Likewise, our faculty are generous with their time and expertise, frequently traveling to other institutions to lecture and participate in symposia. This week found health and family law scholar Robin F. Wilson and constitutional and criminal law scholar Erik Luna on the road.
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Prof. Wilson appeared at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University to discuss ongoing issues concerning the death of Jesse Gelsinger, who was a patient in a human gene-therapy trial at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson wrote about Gelsinger’s death in a chapter for her new co-edited book, Law and Bioethics: Cases in Context. Wilson’s work on the Gelsinger case was mentioned in an opinion piece by Gelsinger’s father, Paul, marking the 10th anniversary of Jesse’s death in the trial.
On Thursday, Sept. 17, Prof. Luna particpated in a Cato Institute symposium “The Supreme Court: Past and Prologue, A Look at the October 2008 and October 2009 Terms,” held in honor of Constitution Day. The panel on which he participated was focused on criminal law, and was titled “Revisiting the Fourth and Sixth Amendments.” Luna, who is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute, recently testified before a congressional subcommittee on the Sixth Amendment “right to counsel” that requires states to provide legal representation to defendants regardless of their ability to pay for those services.