Law Review Symposium to highlight effects of federalism on opioid use policy

October 03, 2019

CARLISLE, Pa. — The Dickinson Law Review will present "Crisis of Authority: The Effects of Federalism on Opioid Policy" from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, located in Lewis Katz Hall at Dickinson Law. Registration is available online.

The annual symposium will focus on the legal challenges faced when developing opioid use policy under the United States federalist system by highlighting areas of overlapping or fractured authority. Each year, the symposium brings together stakeholders in the legal community, including practitioners, academics, jurists and law students, for scholarly dialogue about forthcoming or recently published articles. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research and the Penn State Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse.

Presenters include:

  • Deborah Ahrens, William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence and associate professor of law, Seattle University School of Law.
  • Leo Beletsky, associate professor of law and health sciences, Northeastern University School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
  • Jessica E. Brewbaker, class of 2000, judge, Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas Opioid Intervention Court; adjunct professor of law, Dickinson Law.
  • Scott Burris, professor of law, Temple University Beasley School of Law and College of Public Health.
  • Taleed El-Sabawi, assistant professor of law, Elon University School of Law and Ohio State University College of Public Health.
  • Lars Noah, professor of law, University of Florida Levin College of Law.
  • Catherine Sharkey, Crystal Eastman Professor of Law, New York University School of Law.

“That the Dickinson Law Review editors have arranged such an impressive lineup of top experts from around the nation is a testament to their insightful topic selection, which in turn is a testament to their ongoing focus on how the law connects to real-world problems,” said Matthew J.B. Lawrence, Dickinson Law Review faculty adviser and assistant professor of law. “When the students informed me that they had chosen this focus, I was delighted. It is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Penn State’s Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse and the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research, and to bring together nationally recognized experts, lawyers and policymakers from across the commonwealth to explore how our distinctive federal system can be both a barrier to and — hopefully — a facilitator of efforts to lessen the terrible toll of addictions.”

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure credit and 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit. Attorneys seeking credit in states other than Pennsylvania will be provided with a uniform certificate of attendance to self-report to their bars.

Those seeking CLE credit from outside the Dickinson Law community may register for a fee of $45, which includes 6.0 hours of CLE credit, program materials, breakfast and lunch. Faculty, staff and students may attend the symposium at no cost.

Founded in 1897 as The Forum, the Dickinson Law Review is one of the oldest legal journals in the nation and is the flagship publication of Dickinson Law. It is a student-run journal that serves the legal community by presenting analysis and commentary on relevant topics. Issues contain articles, essays and book reviews by leading professors, judges and practitioners from around the country and the world.

The Dickinson Law Review also publishes student-authored comments that provide timely and original analyses of recent developments in the law. In addition, the editorial board organizes symposia and hosts scholarly dialogues with authors to discuss forthcoming or recently published articles.

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Last Updated October 03, 2019