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2014 Conferences

February 8, 2014

2014 Yale Health Law & Policy Society Conference

The conference will feature keynote speaker Henry J. Aaron, Ph.D., the Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Additionally, other health policy and law experts from across the country will present on topics such as the history of health insurance exchanges, early successes and challenges, and how to optimally balance state and federal roles in exchange implementation and operation.
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February 22, 2014

The 20th Anniversary Rebellious Lawyering Conference

The RebLaw conference, grounded in the spirit of Gerald Lopez's Rebellious Lawyering, seeks to build a community of law students, practitioners, and activists seeking to work in the service of social change movements and to challenge hierarchies of race, wealth, gender, and expertise within legal practice and education.
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February 28, 2014

27th Annual Robert M. Cover Retreat

The Robert M. Cover Retreat brings together law students, academics and practitioners committed to public interest to share their experiences, educate on the complexities and nuances of public interest law, network and reinvigorate their commitment to this important work. Attendees travel from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast United States to Peterborough, New Hampshire each year for a weekend filled with exciting discussions, interesting topics, and opportunities to relax and enjoy some time away from the law school environment.
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March 1, 2014

2014 New Directions in Environmental Law Conference

The fourth annual New Directions in Environmental Law, hosted by the Yale Environmental Law Association in collaboration with the Yale School of Forestry, brings together students, academics, policymakers and practitioners to take a rigorous look at emerging trends in environmental law and regulation. This year’s conference, Breaking the Stalemate, will examine ways to speed up environmental progress in the most challenging environments.
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March 7, 2014

The Globalization of High Seas Interdiction: Sale’s Legacy and Beyond

More than twenty years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Sale. In light of this milestone, this conference aims to bring together legal scholars, legal practitioners, and policymakers with both theoretical and practical insights into the extraterritorial migrant interdiction regimes that have emerged over the past several decades. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to debate pressing questions related to the global rise of migrant interdiction, including the lawfulness and prudence of such programs, the concerns they raise with regard to balancing national security concerns and human rights commitments, and the role of transnational law reform campaigns in both challenging and solidifying the position of migrant interdiction in the contemporary juridical landscape.
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March 30, 2014

Innovation Law Beyond IP Conference

Intellectual property law is only one of many legal institutions that can help promote, stifle, or govern knowledge production. For example, government also transfers rewards to innovators through tax incentives, grants, and prizes; regulates innovation through the administrative state (the EPA, FTC, SEC, CPFB etc.); creates legal rules and infrastructures that can help sustain or undermine commons-based production; and influences innovation through law and institutions related to immigration, tort law, education, and more. How do forms of law and governance beyond IP promote innovation, as well as values such as equity, privacy, and democracy? How should these systems be combined, both with one another and with IP law?
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September 27, 2014

Agriculture Gag Laws: Your 1st Amendment Rights, Your Health, Animal Welfare & Our Environment

This year's conference will examine the impact of agricultural gag laws that criminalize whistleblowers who expose animal cruelty and food safety issues on freedom of speech, health, food safety, consumer advocacy, animal welfare, and the environment. The conference will bring together prominent individuals and activists from the animal law, food law, health law, and journalism fields.
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October 17, 2014

Judging Immigration: Approaches for Improving the Immigration Court Adjudication Process

The goal of this roundtable is to begin to identify non-legislative approaches and procedures that can (without major congressional action) further fairness, efficiency, and professionalism in the immigration court adjudication process.
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October 17, 2014

Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment

This conference, the first of its kind, will bring together leading scholars, key policy makers, and top experts in law, public health and medicine to will investigate a broad range of complex constitutional issues raised at the intersection of medicine, public health, and the First Amendment.
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November 6, 2014

The Law of Medicare and Medicaid at 50

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, this conference will bring together leading health law and policy scholars as well as policymakers who have played an instrumental role in designing and implementing these landmark statutes.
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November 7, 2014

Global Seminar on Military Justice Reform

Military justice continues to face dramatic challenges. There are topical national controversies such as, in the United States, those arising from the treatment of sexual assault and battle-field crime. And there are rising expectations around the world for due process and the rule of law in the administration of justice by military courts. Because military justice systems regularly confront comparable issues, valuable insight into the goals, trajectory and tempo of law reform may be gained by discussion across national lines. What are the main issues and best strategies – legislative, litigative, “the court of public opinion” – for achieving reform? As in 2013, the seminar will not be a series of formal speeches, but rather, informed discussion by experts who are personally involved in reform efforts.
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November 14, 2014

2014 Doctoral Scholarship Conference

The conference aims to provide doctoral students and recent graduates with a forum to present, share and discuss their work beyond conventional academic boundaries. It seeks to promote quality research and to facilitate discussion across diverse subject areas and methodological approaches, with a view towards fostering a community of aspiring legal scholars.
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