Where are Law, Ethics & the Life Sciences Headed? Frontier Issues

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May 20, 2005 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Mondale Hall, University of Minnesota School of Law

This was an extraordinary gathering of academics, researchers, and policymakers interested in the intersection of law and science to exchange knowledge and ideas on existing and developing areas of science, law, and policy. The conference featured invited speakers as well as speakers chosen competitively in response to our call for papers.

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The event was moderated by Prof. Jim Chen, JD (University of Minnesota Law School) and Prof. Susan M. Wolf, JD (University of Minnesota Law School, Medical School).

Featured speakers included:

  • Prof. Lars Noah, JD (University of Florida)
  • Prof. C.S. Holling, PhD (University of Florida)
  • Prof. Susan Bartlett Foote, JD, MA (University of Minnesota)
  • Prof. Henry T. (Hank) Greely, JD (Stanford University)
  • Prof. Arti Rai, JD (Duke University)

They discussed the frontier issues facing the fields of biotechnology, environment, medical technology, neuroscience, and genetics.


Afternoon workshops featured panelists who submitted winning papers in response to our call for papers. Workshops focused on:

  • Bioethics and Law, moderated by Prof. Susan M. Wolf
  • Behavioral Biology, Evolutionary Theory, and Law, moderated by Prof. Alexandra B. Klass, JD (William Mitchell College of Law)
  • Intellectual Property Protection for Biotechnology, moderated by Prof. Jim Chen, JD (University of Minnesota Law School)
  • Environment, moderated by Prof. Jamie Grodsky, JD, MA (University of Minnesota Law School)
  • Regulation of Biotechnology, moderated by Prof. Ronald L. Phillips, PhD (University of Minnesota)
  • Neuroscience & Law, moderated by Prof. Peter Huang, JD (University of Minnesota Law School)


Panelists included:

  • Lyria Bennett Moses, JSD, Columbia University
  • Gaia Bernstein, JD, LLM, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Rebecca Bratspies, JD, City University of New York
  • Keith Bustos, MA, University of Tennessee
  • Elizabeth Chorvat, LLM, University of Virginia
  • Terrence R. Chorvat, JD, LLM, George Mason University
  • Deb Collier, LLM, University of Cape Town
  • Oliver Goodenough, JD, Vermont University
  • David Herring, JD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Cynthia Ho, JD, Loyola University
  • Owen Jones, JD, Vanderbilt University
  • Bradley Karkkainen, JD, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Douglas Kysar, JD, Cornell University
  • Cynthia Lee, JD, MA, University of Texas
  • Ron Millen, University of Minnesota
  • Erin O’Hara, JD, Vanderbilt University
  • Eric Racine, PhD, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
  • J.B. Ruhl, JD, Florida State University
  • Jeffrey Stake, JD, Indiana University
  • Victoria Sutton, JD, PhD, MPA, Texas Tech University
  • Colleen Sweeney, JD, PhD, Notre Dame College of Ohio

This event provided 6 hours of continuing legal education credit (CLE) for attorneys, 7 hours of continuing medical education credit (CME) for physicians, and 7 contact hours in continuing nursing education (CNE) for nurses.

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