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The Iron Triangle of Food Policy
The American Journal of Law & Medicine Symposium


January 30, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Room 414
Sumner M. Redstone Building
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act into law on January 4, 2011. This law aimed to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply by preventing contamination. This symposium will examine this law, and others, to consider how policy can impact access to food and food quality. Panels will discuss food insecurity, obesity, GMO’s and food purity, and issues with local sourcing and the access to and costs of organic food.

Please click here to see the symposium agenda.


Kathryn Boys, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Paul A. Diller, Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law

Andrea Freeman, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Hawaii School of Law

Christine Fry, Senior Policy Analyst and Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions

Jacob Gersen, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Founder and Director of the Food Law Lab at the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School (Moderator)

Saby Ghoshray, President, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies,
Director, Research, and Compliance WorldCompliance Company

Sam F. Halabi, Associate Professor of Law, The University of Tulsa
College of Law

Emily Broad Leib, Lecturer on Law and Deputy Director of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (Moderator)

Stephen Miller, Associate Professor, University of Idaho College of Law

Abigail Moncrieff, Peter Paul Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

Kevin Outterson, Professor, Boston University School of Law (Moderator)

Efthimios Parasidis, Associate Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Joanna K. Sax, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development,
Associate Professor of Law, and Co-Director, Institute of Health Law
Studies, California Western School of Law

Stephanie Tai, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School

Lindsay Wiley, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Health Law
and Justice Program, American University Washington College of Law

Diana Winters, Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow, Indiana
University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Samuel R. Wiseman, Professor, Florida State University College of Law

Kathy Zeiler, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; Visiting Professor, Boston University School of Law (Moderator)

Please click here to register.

More information to follow. To learn more about the American Journal of Law & Medicine, please click here.


Annual Lecture: Religious Liberty and the Culture Wars

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Douglas Laycock
Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia

Thursday, February 12, 2015
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Room 103
Sumner M. Redstone Building
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

Co-sponsored by the Department of Religion and the School of Law

To register for this event, please click here.

Abstract: Religious liberty has become much more controversial in recent years. A principal reason is deep disagreements over sexual morality. On abortion, contraception, gay rights, and same-sex marriage, conservative religious leaders condemn as grave evils what many other Americans view as fundamental human rights. Somewhat hidden in the battles over permitting abortion and recognizing same-sex marriage lie religious liberty issues about exempting conscientious objectors from facilitating abortions or same-sex marriages. Banning contraception is no longer a live issue; there, religious liberty is the principal issue. These issues arise in academia as well as in the larger society.

These culture-war issues are turning many Americans toward a very narrow understanding of religious liberty, and generating arguments that threaten religious liberty more generally. Persistent Catholic opposition to the French Revolution permanently turned France to a very narrow view of religious liberty; persistent religious opposition to the Sexual Revolution may be having similar consequences here.

We can and should protect the liberty of both sides in the culture wars. Conservative churches would do well to concede the liberty of the other side, including on same-sex marriage, and concentrate on defending their own liberty as conscientious objectors; and similarly, supporters of rights to abortion, contraception, gay rights, and same-sex marriage would do well to concentrate on securing their own rights and to concede that conscientious objectors should rarely be required to support or facilitate practices they view as evil. But inducing either side to accept such live-and-let-live solutions seems to be a hopeless task.



Innovation Today: The Legal Challenges of Funding Startups
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February 27, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM

Room 414
Sumner M. Redstone Building
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

To register for the symposium, please click here.

This Symposium, presented by the Boston University Review of Banking & Financial Law, brings together leading scholars to discuss key financial issues that startup companies face including: crowdfunding, startup financing, and the tension between state and federal law. Perspectives on current events in intellectual property, patent trolls, and the JOBS Act will be presented as well. Participants will examine how both startups and investors can work together to generate workable financing solutions.

Keynote Speaker:

Jeremy Halpern, Partner, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP


Carl Barnes, Member, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton PC

Tom Halket, Partner, Halket Weitz

James Jalil, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

Michael Meurer, Boston University School of Law

Andrew Schwartz, University of Colorado

Kristen Young, Sullivan & Worcester

Theodore Weitz, Partner, Halket Weitz 
Other speakers to be announced.

All—including faculty, students, and the general public—are welcome to attend. For additional information on the symposium, please visit


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 ZarateMarch 2, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Room 103
Sumner M. Redstone Building

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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