The Albany Law Review annually reserves one issue for the publication of articles and lectures on a specific topic of contemporary importance to the legal community. Generally, held in the fall or late winter, the annual symposium features presentations by some of our nation’s leading legal scholars and policy leaders.
This year's symposium:
Legal experts from around the country will discuss the current state of the Second Amendment at the Albany Law Review's fall symposium "A Loaded Debate: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the 21st Century."
Topics will include state and local responses to Heller and McDonald;
policy implications of mass shootings and specifically school shootings
such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.;
Second Amendment implications for Indian tribes; and the NY SAFE Act.
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.Opening remarks by Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews and Michael Lieberman, the Albany Law Review's executive editor for symposium1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Panel 1: Discussion of National Second Amendment Issues
Jules F. and Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor of Law and James
Carville Alumni Professor of Law, Paul M. Herbert Law Center at
Louisiana State University
Allen K. Rostron, William R. Jacques Constitutional Law Scholar and Professor of Law, UMKC School of Law
Ph.D., Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Political
Science Department at the State University of New York at Cortland and
author of Encyclopedia of Gun Policy and Gun Rights and The Politics of Gun Control
Ann E. Tweedy, Assistant Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law
Moderator: Richard S. Hartunian '86, 48th U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Break3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Panel 2: Discussion of State and Local Issues Stemming from the NY SAFE Act
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, New York State Assembly for the 16th Assembly District
Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, New York State Assembly for the 74th Assembly District
Robert L. Schulz, Founder and Chairman, We the People of New York, Inc.
Moderator: Penelope (Penny) Andrews, President & Dean, Albany Law School4:30 p.m.Reception
Fractured Communities: Hydraulic Fracturing and the Law in New York State
In the fall of 2013, the Albany
Law Review symposium hosted
two panels concerning various issues surrounding hydrualic fracturing. In
the first panel, four hydraulic fracturing experts discussed the climate
impacts, land use and real estate issues, and economic impacts associated with
natural gas drilling. The speakers included: Elizabeth Burleson,
Pace Law Professor and Fulbright Senior Specialist on Climate Change; Sorell E. Negro,
Associate, Robinson & ColeKaren Moreau '85, Executive Director, New York
State Petroleum Council; Elisabeth Radow, Chair, Committee on Energy,
Agriculture and the Environment of the League of Women Voters of New York; and
as the moderator, Tom Wilber, author of Under
the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale.
The second panel consisted of a debate concerning the legal and policy
implications of Norse Energy Corp., USA v.
Town of Dryden, the Third Department's decision upholding municipal
bans on natural gas drilling, and the future of natural gas extraction in New
York. The debate featured Thomas
West '77, Managing Partner, The West Firm, and Counsel, Norse Energy
Corporation USA and Deborah Goldberg, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice, and
Counsel, Town of Dryden. The debate was moderated by Susan Arbetter, Host
of the The Capitol
Hosted on September 24, 2012
The Albany Law Review's Fall 2012 Symposium examined how recent cases
may be re-defining the way we look at free speech in America. The
symposium featured a morning debate between Floyd Abrams, whose wins
before the U.S. Supreme Court range from the Pentago Papers to Citizen
United; and Dean Alan B. Morrison from George Washington School of Law,
who co-founded the Public Citizen Litigation Group with Ralph Nader and
who has argued more than 20 cases before the Supreme Court. Following
the debate, an afternoon panel consisting of four First Amendment
experts discussed several of the Supreme Court's recent freedom of
speech decisions and the implication of these cases on American society.
Hosted on Sept. 28, 2011
In 2011 the Albany Law Review's symposium fetured a panel of professors, labor attorneys, and union representatives. The panel considered contemporary challenges facing workers, including efforts to roll back public sector collective bargaining rights, the criminalization of unauthorized workers, and the prevalence of wage and hour violations. The panel also discussed the historical context of these challenges, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City 100 years ago, and strategies that unions, government agencies, and advocates are currently using to protect workers' rights.
Hosted on Oct. 14, 2010
Following the Gulf Oil Spill, this symposium explored the legal, regulatory, and environmental consequences. A distinguished group of panelists discussed a wide-ranging variety of topics including limits on liability, potential regulatory adjustments, natural resource damages, and other legal implications of this disaster.
Published in 2010
This symposium focused on the regulation of the financial industry—including financial industry professionals, products and institutions—in the wake of the economic crisis. A distinguished group of panelists discussed the existing regulatory regime and proposals for regulatory reform and how to achieve consumer protection while simultaneously supporting financial innovation and sound business practices, among other topics.
Published in 2009
The Albany Law Review and the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology organized a symposium titled "Defining Race," where top scholars from across the country analyzed the definition of race through various and unique approaches. This symposium was Friday, November 14, 2008 at Albany Law School. There were three panels throughout the day.
Published in 2008
The Albany Law Review published an article symposium honoring the work and scholarship of Professor Alan Dershowitz. On April 5 & 6, 2007, Albany Law School, along with the Government Law Center and the Law Review, hosted an intellectually-stimulating conference honoring the work and career of Professor Dershowitz. The conference was organized by Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School's President McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy. In addition to Finkelman and Dean Tom Guernsey, speakers at the conference included: Irwin Cotler, Member of Canada’s Parliament and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Akhil Reed Amar, Southmayd Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Martin Belsky, Professor of Law and Former Dean, University of Tulsa College of Law, and Former Dean, Albany Law School; Garrett Epps, Orlando John & Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law; Cecil Hunt, Associate Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School; John T. Parry, Associate Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School; Renee Redman, Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut; Nicholas Rostow, University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, State University of New York; and Abraham Wagner, Professor of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University Law School. The Article Symposium will featured an article from Professor Dershowitz, as well as works from the distinguished speakers at the conference.