Fall Symposium

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:

A Loaded Debate: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the 21st Century

Presented by the Albany Law Review

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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.

 

Agenda:

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 symposium

1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Panel 1: Discussion of National Second Amendment Issues

Ray Diamond, 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

Robert Spitzer, 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 York

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Break

3:00 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 School

4:30 p.m.
Reception

For more information, contact Michael Lieberman, the Albany Law Review's executive editor for symposium.


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