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Gary E. Marchant, J.D. - Professor of Law; Executive Director & Faculty Fellow, Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology; Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law & Ethics at Arizona State University

Friday October 17, 2008
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

Should genetics excuse criminal acts? Are some people biologically predisposed to be violent? How should the courts and society manage such people? These are among the questions Dr. Marchant considers in his work, and they follow logically from the continual quest to identify genetic causes of illness and behavior. Professor Marchant is Executive Director of the Center for Law, Science & Technology at ASU; he has been a partner in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology; and he holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Parking will not be available in the university visitors lot this week due to a board of trustees meeting. As usual, we will gather in Room 9 of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, on the lower level of Crawford Hall, for free cookies, beverages, and brown bag lunch.

Best regards,
Joe White

About Our Guest

Professor Gary Marchant was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 1999, he was a partner at the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where his practice focused on environmental and administrative law. Professor Marchant teaches Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, and Environmental Justice. His current research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation and toxic torts, the precautionary principle, and legal issues relating to genetically modified foods.

Genomics and Toxic Substances: Part I-Toxicogenomics, 33 Environmental Law Reporter 10071-10093 (2003).

Gary E. Marchant & Douglas Sylvester, Transnational Models for Regulation of Nanotechnology, J. Law, Medicine & Ethics (in press review, 2006)

Gary E. Marchant, Genetic Data in Toxic Tort Litigation, 14 J. Law & Policy 7-37 (2006).

Gary E. Marchant, Property Rights and Benefit-Sharing for DNA Donors?, 45 Jurimetrics 153-178 (2005)

Cary Coglianese and Gary E. Marchant, Shifting Sands: The Limits of Science in Setting Risk Standards, 152 Penn. L. Rev. 1255-1360 (2004).

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

October 24: Seniors in the 2008 Election with Robert H. Binstock, Professor of Aging, Health and Society.

October 31: Halloween Special: Election Preview with Karen Beckwith, Professor of Political Science; Justin Buchler, Assistant Professor of Political Science; and Andrew Lucker, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science.

November 7: Responding to the Foreclosure Crisis with Jim Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer.

November 14: Charging for Car Insurance by the Mile: Good Business and Good for Energy and the Environment? With Richard Hutchinson, General Manager for the “My Rate” program, Progressive Insurance.

November 21: TBA

November 28: Thanksgiving Break

December 5: TBA

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Upcoming Events

How are Children Faring in this Economy? A Look at Family Homelessness

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 10:00 am - 12:00 noon Networking: 9:30am-10:00am (A time to informally network. Open microphone to share information from your agency, etc.) Visiting Nurse Association 2500 East 22nd Street-Cleveland

Keynote Speaker: Cyleste Collins, Ph.D Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Before coming to MSASS, Dr. Collins was Assistant Professor at Tulane University School of Social Work when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. She has lectured on social policy, evidence-based practice, and research methods. She will be sharing her research on family homelessness.

Panel Response: Implications for Practice Sue Dinardo, West Side Catholic Center Scott Rose, ESOP (Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People) Joseph Zickafoose, MD, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

Nuclear Options: Understanding 21st Century Threats and What We Need to do to Stop Them

A discussion with Ambassador Wendy Sherman and Dr. Ray Takeyh

October 23, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Gund Hall, Room 158 Case Western Reserve University School of Law 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland

"The mushroom cloud": Is the unthinkable really possible? Could al Qaeda construct and detonate a nuclear bomb? How close are we to a nuclear Iran, and what does that mean for the current nonproliferation regime? What should the next administration do about it? Join our guests Ambassador Wendy Sherman, recently appointed by Congressional Leadership to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, and Dr. Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations as they separate myth from reality. Ambassador Sherman will discuss the scope of the threats and what the next president needs to do to protect our security. Dr. Ray Takeyh will explore the challenges of Iran as a case study.

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman is a principal of Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm, and of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She served as counselor and chief troubleshooter for the State Department as well as special advisor to President Clinton and policy coordinator on North Korea. Ambassador Sherman serves on the board of directors of Oxfam America and the board of advisors for the Center for a New American Security and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group. She is also a member of the US-India Strategic Dialogue and a regular participant of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

Dr. Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of specialization are Iran, the Persian Gulf, and U.S. foreign policy. He is also a contributing editor of The National Interest. Dr. Takeyh was previously professor of national security studies at the National War College; professor and director of studies at the Near East and South Asia Center, National Defense University; fellow in international security studies at Yale University; fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

For further information, please contact Elliot Posner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, CWRU, 216.368.1015.

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