Lectures & Conferences: 2014 - 2015


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BU Law Review Book Symposium On War Powers and the Constitution

A Symposium on Steve Griffin's Long Wars and the Constitution & Mariah Zeisberg's War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

Thursday, October 30, 2014
12:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Room 101
Sumner M. Redstone Building
Boston University School of Law

765 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

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Symposium (12:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.)
Welcome: Dean Maureen O’Rourke, BU School of Law
Introduction: Associate Dean James Fleming, BU School of Law

Panel 1 (12:50-2:00)
Stephen Griffin, Tulane University Law School
Mariah Zeisberg, University of Michigan Department of Political Science

Panel 2 (2:15-3:15)

Douglas Kriner, BU Department of Political Science
Robert Sloane, BU School of Law

Panel 3 (3:30-4:45)

Pnina Lahav, BU School of Law
Gary Lawson, BU School of Law
Kaija Schilde, BU Pardee School of Global Studies

Boston University School of Law is pleased to continue its series of symposia on significant recent books in law. The distinctive format is to pick two significant recent books that join issue on an important topic, to invite the author of each book to write an essay on the other book, and to invite several BU faculty to write an essay on one or both books. We then publish the pieces in Boston University Law Review.

The symposium will pair Stephen M. Griffin’s recent book, Long Wars and the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2013) and Mariah Zeisberg’s new book, War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority (Princeton University Press, 2013).

Stephen M. Griffin is Rutledge C. Clement, Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law at Tulane University Law School. He is also the author of American Constitutionalism: From Theory to Politics (Princeton University Press, 1996) and the co-editor of Constitutional Theory: Arguments and Perspectives (4th edition, Lexis 2014).

Mariah Zeisberg is Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Department of Political Science. War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Richard E. Neustadt Prize as the best book on executive politics published last year. She has written a number of articles in constitutional theory.

All—including not only professors, visiting scholars, law students, graduate students, and undergraduates but also alumni and members of the public—are welcome to attend. There is no registration fee, but if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Erin Lee, If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Professor James Fleming,

Submitted Papers:


Killer Show: Litigation Strategies in the Aftermath of America’s Deadliest Rock Concert

The Annual Shapiro Lecture Featuring John Barylick

Monday, November 3, 2014
Talk: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Reception: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Room 211
Sumner M. Redstone Building
Boston University School of Law

765 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215John Berylick

On February 20, 2003 the deadliest rock concert in U.S. history occurred when a heavy-metal band, Great White, ignited pyrotechnics inside an overcrowded Rhode Island roadhouse called The Station. Within minutes, 100 persons were dead and hundreds more injured. Over the next seven years, criminal and civil actions arising from the fire would put Rhode Island's justice system to the test, as prosecutors and plaintiffs sought to hold responsible parties accountable.

BU Law Alum John Barylick is one of the lead attorneys who represented victims in numerous wrongful death and personal injury cases arising from the Station nightclub fire. His work was instrumental in amassing 176 million dollars in settlements from persons and corporations responsible for the fire. Join us as he discusses his experiences litigating those groundbreaking cases.

The Max M. Shapiro Lecture, BU Law's principle endowed lectureship, serves as a tribute to the memory of Max Shapiro ('33), a lawyer who devoted his career to examining the place of legal ethics in trial advocacy.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please click here to RSVP.


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 at Fifty: Past, Present, and Future

martin luther king and lyndon johnsonFriday, November 14 - Saturday, November 15, 2014
George Sherman Student Union Building
775 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
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This conference marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by bringing together a distinguished, interdisciplinary group of scholars to address fundamental questions about the past, present and future of this historic act. The conference will invite historical consideration of the relationship among social movements, activism and law reform.

Because the 1964 Act served as a template for subsequent civil rights laws, the conference will examine the evolution of prohibited classifications over time through amendments to the Act, judicial decisions and additional civil rights legislation. Speakers will address the problems that public agencies and private plaintiffs have confronted in proving discrimination under the 1964 Act and subsequent civil rights laws, and will consider contemporary challenges in addressing inequality.

The papers and proceedings will be published in Boston University Law Review.

For more information on the conference, please view the event web page or contact Professor Linda McClain.

This event is free and open to the public. To register, please click here.


Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare featuring Juan Zarate, Senior Adviser, Transnational Threats Project and Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program

Juan ZarateSpring 2015

Over the past decade, America has quietly and successfully waged a new kind of war against the financial networks of terrorist groups, rogue regimes, proliferators, and criminal syndicates. Juan Zarate—a former senior Treasury and White House official—was part of the small group of officials who dedicated themselves to leveraging financial power and influence globally to undermine America’s enemies. The result was a dramatic redefinition of financial warfare and the role of the Treasury department—one that utilized all of Treasury's power, influence, and relationships to dismantle illicit financial networks, stop terrorism, and influence geopolitics.

While making use of all of the tactics that government had developed over centuries, from sanctions to quiet diplomacy, Zarate and his colleagues also partnered with the private sector, creating an international financial environment in which the banks’ and multinational companies’ bottom lines dovetailed directly with national security interests, with the goal of isolating rogues from the legitimate financial system. Their approach soon became—and remains—central in navigating all the critical geopolitical challenges facing the United States, including terrorism, proliferation, and rogue regimes in North Korea, Iran, and Syria.

Treasury's War is the story of how these tactics were developed and brought to bear on some of the most dangerous and elusive criminal and rogue enterprises around the globe. Zarate gives us an insider’s view of one of the most potent yet least-examined strategies in the war on terror and American national security, and forecasts its future impact on our security and safety. It is a vitally important chapter in our nation’s history of warfare; one that, in many ways, is still being written. Zarate warns that other nations and organizations are beginning to learn these tactics. “The financial wars are coming,” he writes. “It is time to redesign a national economic security to prepare for them.”

Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available. This lecture is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the National Security Law Society.



bioIP 2015 Faculty Workshop: Call for Abstracts

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Sumner M. Redstone Building

The American Society for Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) is pleased to announce the first annual bioIP Faculty Workshop at Boston University School of Law.

The workshop will offer a unique opportunity for three junior scholars (in their first decade of teaching) to present their work in progress for in-depth critique and commentary by respected senior scholars in the field.

Topics for the workshop are at the intersection of biotechnology/life sciences/FDA and IP (hence, bioIP), broadly defined. A review committee will select papers for the workshop in a blind process. Papers should present an original thesis and contribute to scholarly literature. The workshop will not review published work.

Scholars with less than 10 years of teaching experience interested in having their papers reviewed should submit an abstract (up to 750 words) of the proposed paper (without identifying details) along with a CV to Ted Hutchinson, executive director of the ASMLE at by October 1, 2014. Selected abstracts will be announced later in Fall 2014 with the full draft papers due by April 1, 2015. The organizers will cover reasonable travel and lodging expenses. VAPs and fellows are eligible for the workshop.

The workshop committee consists of faculty from Boston University School of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

For questions, please email Kevin Outterson,


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