2017 Spring Symposium

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Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm:

Challenges to the Regulation of the Funeral Industry and the American Way of Death

Keynote Address: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Symposium: Friday, February 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

The final agenda can be viewed here.

Live Webcast: To watch the live webcast of this event, please click here. To record your attendance for North Carolina Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit, please complete the CLE Attendance Form.

We encourage those watching the live webcast to submit questions for any of our presenters on Twitter @WFULawJLP or e-mail JLP at wfulawpolicyjournal@gmail.com.

Registration: Preferred, but not required (click here)

Contact: Erica Oates, Symposium Editor

Overview

This year’s symposium is entitled “Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm: Challenges to the Regulation of the Funeral Industry and the American Way of Death.” There have been a number of academic conferences addressing death and deathcare, but this symposium is unique because it is focused on the very active legal, political, and grassroots challenges to the funeral industry and the dominant paradigm of death care in this country. There are two main fronts of challenge to the existing paradigm – first, from those primarily concerned with the occupational licensing regime that shapes the funeral industry and the choices available to the public (i.e. court challenges to the casket laws and the ready to embalm laws); and second, from those primarily concerned with promoting new methods of memorialization and disposition. Caitlin Doughty, a funeral director, well-known voice in the Death Positivist movement, and the author of a New York Times best-selling book on this topic, will also give a keynote address on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6 P.M.

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