Symposia Coming to a Law School Near You?

by Brett Twitty

At W&L Law, we are fortunate to have a number of great lectures and events on campus each and every year, and this year, we will host a number of symposiums addressing a broad range of timely legal issues and topics.

On Friday, November 6, 2009, we will host a symposium exploring what psychology, medical science, and the law can teach us about school-related violence such as that witnessed at Columbine and Virginia Tech and the appropriate institutional responses to such events. Speakers will include Gary Pavela, a well-know authority on campus suicide, and Lucinda Roy, an English professor at Virginia Tech who served as Seung-Hui Cho’s tutor. Conference organizer and W&L Law professor Ann Massie has written extensively on this topic and developed a legal theory placing at least some responsibility on campus personnel to intervene when a student is in crisis. This event is co-sponsored by our Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice (JCRSJ) and the Frances Lewis Law Center. For more about this event, click here.

Our law school has recently announced a new partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to explore the prevention and efficient management of investment treaty disputes. A joint Symposium is currently being organized to foster dialogue and collaboration between international investment law and dispute resolution experts in order to provide government officials, investors, practitioners, arbitrators, scholars and other stakeholders with tools to approach issues associated with investment treaty disputes.  The effort culminates in a conference at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia on March 29, 2010. To read more about this event, click here.

The Washington and Lee Law Review and our Journal of Energy Climate and the Environment (JECE) will also host symposia in the coming months. For more information on our four journals, click here.

For content from last year’s JECE Symposium on Climate Policy for the Obama Administration, click here. For a complete listing of prior symposia sponsored by the Frances Lewis Law Center, click here. And lastly, watch video of the Tucker Lecture (featuring noted constitutional law and federal civil procedure scholar Erwin Chemerinsky) from last year’s Law and Media Symposium:

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