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Mitchell Lecture this fall: “Editing the Environment”

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The Fall 2016 Mitchell Lecture will address the topic, “Editing the Environment: Emerging Issues in Genetics and the Law.” The lecture will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo (North Campus). This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary.

Description:

“Emerging biotechnologies such as CRISPR and gene drives are ushering in a new era of genetic engineering. In this new era, the technical means to modify life are becoming cheaper, faster, more accurate, and more widely accessible than ever before. Gene editing technologies have already made it possible to engineer ourselves, our food animals, and our crops. More recently, they are also being developed to intentionally and rapidly alter or even drive to extinction species such as mosquitoes, with far-reaching implications for the management of human diseases, including malaria, dengue, Zika, and Lyme. In other words: gene editing technologies are increasingly granting humans the power to engineer life at all scales.

“What kind of futures do gene editing technologies portend and what imaginaries of progress, risk, and control guide their regulation? This year’s Mitchell Lecture will explore the complex cultural, scientific, ecological, legal, and normative implications of gene editing technologies for the future of life. Three distinguished speakers from law, science, and governance – as well as a dozen scholars from a wide-array of disciplines and professional backgrounds – will examine and problematize the evolving regulatory approaches to gene editing. The speakers and commentators will consider the potential impacts of contemporary gene editing technologies within, and beyond, the human.”

The facilitator is Irus Braverman, University at Buffalo School of Law and speakers include: Kevin Esvelt, Media Lab, MIT; Lori Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law; and Sheila Jasanoff, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

More information: http://www.law.buffalo.edu/news/mitchell/2016-fall.html

2016 Mitchell Lecture, Part 2

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

2016 Mitchell Poster

The second of this semester’s Mitchell Lectures is here. On Friday, April 8 at 1pm, three speakers will address what changes in the legal profession mean for law schools and legal education. Get yourself in the Mitchell mood by checking out these articles by Friday’s speakers.

Susan Carle, American University Washington College of Law

Kevin Johnson, University of California Davis School of Law

Michael Schwartz, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

We hope to see you at the Mitchell Lecture on Friday, April 8 at 1pm in 106 O’Brian Hall.

Gearing Up for the Mitchell Lecture

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Mitchell Eye

We’re T-2 days from the 2015 Mitchell Lecture which means it’s time to get excited. If you need something to carry you over until Who Rules Big Data, you should check out some of the scholarship from the speakers.

EubanksVirginia Eubanks: An Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at SUNY Albany and a Ford Academic Fellow at the New America Foundation, will talk about technology and surveillance in the government administration of social welfare programs. To find out more about her work, check out the website for her book, Digital Dead End, (or check it out from Lockwood) and her articles on The American Prospect.

JohElizabeth Joh: A Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, will talk about data analysis and surveillance in the criminal justice system. To find out more about her work, check out her articles “Policing by Numbers: Big Data and the Fourth Amendment” and “Privacy Protests: Surveillance Evasion and Fourth Amendment Suspicion.”

PasqualeFrank Pasquale: A Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, will discuss his new book, The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information. To find out more about his work, check out his book The Black Box Society and his op-ed from the New York Times, “The Dark Market for Personal Data.”

 

The 2015 Mitchell Lecture, Who Rules Big Data? Law, Knowledge and Power, will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2pm in 106 O’Brian Hall. The event is free and option to the public. For more information please visit the Mitchell Lecture’s page.

2015 Mitchell Lecture on March 27

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Be sure to save the date. SUNY Buffalo Law’s 2015 Mitchell Lecture will be held on Friday, March 27 at 2pm in 106 O’Brian. This event is free and open to the public. Please register at the Law School’s website.

Who Rules Big Data? Law, Knowledge and Power will feature three speakers:

Virginia Eubanks (SUNY Albany) will talk about technology and surveillance in the government administration of social welfare programs.

Elizabeth Joh (University of California, Davis) will talk about data analysis and surveillance in the criminal justice system.

Frank Pasquale (University of Maryland) will discuss his new book, The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information.

For more information, please visit the Mitchell Lecture’s webpage.

2015 Mitchell

The Discussion on Drones

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |
Christopher Rogers, Tara Melish, and Glenn Sulmasy

Christopher Rogers, Tara Melish, and Glenn Sulmasy

 

On September 25, the Buffalo Human Rights Center and the Federalist Society hosted a fantastic event. The U.S. Drone Policy in the Middle East: The Legal, Moral, and Political Implications panel featured Professor Glenn Sulmasy of the U.S. Coastguard Academy and Christopher Rogers of the Regional Policy Initiative on Afghanistan & Pakistan of the Open Society Foundations with SUNY Law Professor Tara Melish moderating.

Professor Sulmasy, who was speaking in a private capacity, addressed the nearly full room first. His talk (which was formally titled, “Foreign Affairs in Chaos: The Mideast, ISIS, and Drones”) highlighted the two important but very different perspectives that are at play in the debate about drones: what is permissible under foreign law and what is permissible under constitutional law. Mr. Rogers followed and discussed how there needs to be a globalized debate about drones because it is uncertain how drones fit into international law.

Once the speakers finished, Professor Melish opened the floor to questions. By the end of the event it was clear that there were no easy answers, but drone policy is definitely an issue worth discussing.

Everybody Loves the Law Library

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Cuomo

In case you weren’t aware, the Charles B. Sears Law Library is totally the place to be. The latest proof of this fact? Governor Cuomo was here on Wednesday—his third time overall, but first as governor—to announce his proposed three-part Public Trust Act, which includes anti-corruption measures and campaign finance reform. To find out more about the visit check out the write up from the UB Reporter.

Just for fun, can you spot the three Law Library staffers in the above picture? (Hint: they look nothing like Waldo.)