2016 Spring Symposium

The Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy will host its Spring 2016 symposium, “Held Hostage: Government Regulation in an Age of Political Gridlock,” on Friday, March 18th in the Wake Forest School of Law, Room 1101. It will begin at 9:30 am and end at 3:15 pm.

Webcast & CLE Information:

**This year’s symposium will provide 3.5 hours of CLE credit either by attending the symposium in person or by watching our webcast of the event.**

To watch the live webcast of this event, please go to http://go.wfu.edu/pfj.

We encourage you to submit your questions at anytime to @WFULawJLP on Twitter, @WFULawJLP on Instagram, or email us at wfulawpolicyjournal@gmail.com.

To record your webcast attendance for North Carolina Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, please submit the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/HnKVYyo2Ln.

Symposium Information:

Today, the absence of political gridlock in Congress seems like a distant memory. Congress has been choked by politics and passing laws is almost an impossible feat. This political gridlock can have a substantial impact on government regulation, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to regulating rail safety.

This symposium will take a look at the future of government regulation in times of political gridlock. What role does (and can) the law play in shaping and responding to that future? What is the interaction between government regulation and political gridlock? Can we look to the past to shape the future? Will economic theory lend a hand to the problem? Should we look to another means of enforcement besides regulation?

These are among the many lines of inquiry that the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy seeks to explore.

This year’s symposium will feature roundtable discussions to encourage interaction and scholarship between the speakers and symposium participants.

2016 Symposium Speakers will include:

        Cary Coglianese, University of Pennsylvania Law School

        Rena Steinzor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

        Sidney Shapiro, Wake Forest University School of Law

        Joseph Tomain, University of Cincinnati College of Law

        Thomas McGarity, University of Texas School of Law (*Unable to attend due to a personal emergency, Sidney Shapiro will be filling in for him in the afternoon session at 1:15)

        Hannah Wiseman, Florida State University College of Law

2016 Symposium Schedule:

9:00 AM                                 Breakfast*

9:30 AM                                 Opening Remarks

9:45 AM                                 Sidney Shapiro

Talking About Regulation: Political Discourse and Regulatory Gridlock

10:00 AM                               Joseph Tomain

Gridlock, Countervailing Power, and Democracy

10:15 AM                               Cary Coglianese

Leadership Without Legislation: Seeking Regulatory Excellence from the Inside

10:30 AM                               Break

10:45 AM                               Roundtable Discussion

Sidney Shapiro, Joseph Tomain, Cary Coglianese

11:45 AM                                Lunch**

1:00 PM                                  Rena Steinzor

Criminal Prosecution as an Alternative to Traditional Regulation

1:15 PM                                  Thomas McGarity

Avoiding Gridlock Through Unilateral Executive Action: The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan

1:30 PM                                  Hannah Wiseman

Negotiated Governance of Emerging Risks: A Rail Safety Case Study

1:45 PM                                  Break

2:00 PM                                  Roundtable Discussion

Rena Steinzor, Thomas McGarity, Hannah Wiseman 

3:00 PM                                  Closing Remarks


*Breakfast will be provided.

**There are several lunch options available on campus, including the Legal Grounds Café in the Law School.