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The George Washington Law Review, along with our co-sponsor Dean Roger Fairfax of The George Washington University Law School, is thrilled to announce our Fall 2017 Symposium, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: 50 Years Later. Save the date for this exciting event, Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27, 2017 at The George Washington University Law School.

This Symposium marks the 50th Anniversary of the report by President Lyndon Johnson’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society.” Led by Attorney General Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, the Commission compiled comprehensive data on crime in the United States, discussed the salient issues confronting the criminal justice system, and provided recommendations to address these problems.

Now, fifty years later, our society continues to face many of the same obstacles to an effective and fair criminal justice system. At a time when there is bipartisan consensus that criminal justice reform is necessary, revisiting “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society” will provide insights into how to address those questions. Inspired by the focus of the report, the Symposium will examine the essential issues of courts and procedure, technology, policing, corrections and sentencing, prosecution, the War on Drugs, and juvenile justice. The focus will be the future of the criminal justice system and what steps can be taken to achieve reform.


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With our co-hosts Dean Blake Morant of The George Washington University Law School and Professors Larry DiMatteo of the University of Florida and Martin Hogg of the University of Edinburgh, The George Washington Law Review is proud to present its Fall 2016 Symposium, Divergence and Reform in the Common Law of Contracts

This Symposium continues a tradition of biennial conferences that began at the University of Sheffield, UK in 2011, followed by a conference held at the University of Edinburgh in 2013.  But this 2016 Symposium is not your grandfather’s contract law.  Instead, this conference takes a 21st Century approach to comparative issues in contract law, examining the most pressing controversies, debates, and challenges currently shaping the United States and United Kingdom’s shared legal tradition in the area of common law contracts.

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With our co-host Professor Orin Kerr, The George Washington Law Review is proud to present a thorough discussion of the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA) in celebration of its Thirtieth Anniversary. Important questions about the CFAA persist today including its potential overbreadth. Fundamentally, we ask whether a 20th Century statute can resolve the rapidly evolving computer crimes of the 21st Century.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 8.26.39 PMOn November 7-8, 2014, the Law Review held its Annual Symposium. This year’s symposium, The FTC at 100: Centennial Commemorations and Proposals for Progress, hosted in conjunction with George Washington Law Professor and former FTC Chairman William E. Kovacic, not only celebrated the successes of our nation’s oldest federal regulatory agency, but also confronted the challenges it faces moving forward. The Symposium commenced with a special Friday evening event featuring Justice Stephen Breyer, who discussed the institutional history of FTC and his memories of working with the agency in his role at the Department of Justice and as an administrative law professor. The morning then opened with a welcome by Chairwoman Editch Ramirez. The panels and keynote address by Judge Douglas Ginsburg analyzed the FTC’s past, present, and future role in the fields of administrative law, competition law, consumer protection and privacy law.

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2013 | Cracking the Code: Ongoing §101 Patentability Concerns in Biotechnology & Computer Software

The Law Review hosted a series of panels on biotechnology and software patentability issues, including practitioners from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and private practice. The day’s discussions focused on concerns regarding the practical impact of § 101 on biotechnology and computer software. The capstone of the symposium was a keynote address by former Chief Judge Paul R. Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Details can be found at the Symposium website. Symposium articles and essays appeared in Volume 82, Issue 6 of The George Washington Law Review. 

2013 | Class Action Symposium

The James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center joined with the Public Justice Foundation and the Committee to Support Antitrust Laws to host a Class Action Symposium in March of 2013 at The George Washington Law School. Articles were published in The George Washington Law Review Volume 82, Number 3.

2012 | Law and Democracy: A Symposium on the Law Governing Our Democratic Process

 This Symposium brought together prominent academics and practitioners will discuss topics including the 2012 election cycle, campaign finance reform proposals, redistricting, voting rights, and other election law issues before the Supreme Court. Panels featured both the General Counsel of Obama for America and Romney for President. More about the Symposium is available here. The articles and essays that came out of the Symposium were published in Volume 81, Issue 6 of The George Washington Law Review.

2012 | Striking the Right Balance: Investor and Consumer Protection in the New Financial Marketplace

On March 2, 2012, The George Washington University Law School’s Center for Law, Economics & Finance and The George Washington Law Review jointly hosted a symposium on financial regulatory reform. The symposium received supporting grants from the Institute for Law and Economic Policy and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. More information can be found at the Symposium website. The articles produced by that Symposium were published in Volume 81, Number 3.

2011 | 100th Anniversary of Farrand’s Records of the Federal Convention

The Law Review joined the Institute for Constitutional History to host a distinguished group of scholars and jurists for a day-long discussion of the documentary and historical context of the United States Constitution. The Symposium featured a keynote lecture by The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and included panels of Circuit Judges and professors. The full schedule and list of speakers can be accessed on the Symposium website. Symposium papers were published in Volume 80, Issue 6 of The George Washington Law Review.

2010 | Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Justice Breyer's Article "The Uneasy Case for Copyright"

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of The Uneasy Case for Copyright, the Intellectual Property Law Program of The George Washington University Law School held a symposium on Thursday, November 4th, 2010. Justice Breyer gave the keynote address, and distinguished legal academics and economists from the United States and abroad considered the legacy of the article and the current state of inquiry into the proper place of copyright and intellectual property law. Participants included Michael Abramowicz, Oren Bracha, Robert Brauneis, Josef Drexl, John Duffy, Niva Elkin-Koren, Seth Ericsson, Wendy Gordon, F. Scott Kieff, B. Zorina Khan, Martin Kretschmer, Stan Liebowitz, Pam Samuelson, and Talha Syed. Symposium papers were published in Volume 79, Issue 6 of The George Washington Law Review.

2009 | Judicial Review: Historical Debate, Modern Perspectives, and Comparative Approaches

Two important new books challenge prevailing views of the origins and exercise of the power of judicial review. Philip Hamburger’s Law and Judicial Duty and Barry Friedman’s The Will of the People are each the focus of one of the symposium’s panels. A third panel focused on modern perspectives and comparative approaches to judicial review. Symposium papers were published in Volume 78, Issue 6 of The George Washington Law Review.

2008 | What Does Our Legal System Owe Future Generations? New Analyses of Intergenerational Justice for a New Century

Despite the diversity of challenges facing the legal community as the first decade of the twenty-first century comes to a close, virtually all legal issues raise several interrelated questions: As we decide how or whether to change the law, in what way should our decisions be affected by our perceived obligations to our children, grandchildren, and generations beyond? To what extent should we assume that we know what is best for future generations, and how much do we tie their hands by our decisions today? Symposium papers were published in Volume 77, Issue 5/6 of The George Washington Law Review.

2007 | Access to the Media - 1967 to 2007 and Beyond: A Symposium Honoring Jerome A. Barron's Path-Breaking Article