Dickinson Law Review Symposium to highlight effects of federalism on opioid policy

Dickinson Law Review will present "Crisis of Authority: The Effects of Federalism on Opioid Policy," from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law. Registration is now open online. View the program schedule here.

The annual symposium will focus on the legal challenges faced when developing opioid use policy under the United States federalist system by highlighting areas of overlapping or fractured authority.

The program includes:

SAFE CONSUMPTION SITES AND THE PERVERSE DYNAMICS OF FEDERALISM IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE WAR ON DRUGS
Deborah Ahrens, William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence and Associate Professor, Seattle University

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES REGULATION IN THE AGE OF THE OVERDOSE CRISIS: FAILURE OF FEDERALISM AND A BLUEPRINT FOR REFORM
Leo Beletsky, Professor of Law and Health Sciences and Faculty Director, Health in Justice Action Lab, Northeastern University School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences

CUMBERLAND COUNTY’S OPIOID INTERVENTION COURT: SAVING LIVES AND BEGINNING THE PATHWAY TO RECOVERY
Hon. Jessica E. Brewbaker ‘00, Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas and Adjunct Professor of Law, Dickinson Law

PRAGMATISM AND EFFICACY IN AMERICAN DRUG POLICY: IT WOULD BE NICE FOR A CHANGE
Scott Burris, Professor of Law and Public Health, Temple University

THE FORGOTTEN FRAME OF FEDERALISM: HOW FEDERALISM INFLUENCES HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT
Taleed El-Sabawi, Assistant Professor, Elon University

STATE REGULATORY RESPONSES TO THE PRESCRIPTION OPIOID CRISIS: TOO MUCH TO BEAR?
Lars Noah, Professor of Law, University of Florida

THE OPIOID LITIGATION: TESTING THE BOUNDARIES OF FEDERAL PREEMPTION OF STATE TORT LAW CLAIMS
Catherine Sharkey, Crystal Eastman Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Each year, the symposium brings together stakeholders in the legal community — including practitioners, academics, jurists, and law students — for scholarly dialogue about forthcoming or recently published articles. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research and the Penn State Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA).

Founded in 1897 as The Forum, the Dickinson Law Review is one of the oldest legal journals in the nation and is the flagship publication of Dickinson Law. It is a student-run journal that serves the legal community by presenting analysis and commentary on relevant topics. Issues contain articles, essays and book reviews by leading professors, judges and practitioners from around the country and the world.

Dickinson Law Review also publishes student-authored comments that provide timely and original analyses of recent developments in the law. In addition, the editorial board organizes symposia and hosts scholarly dialogues with authors to discuss forthcoming or recently published articles.

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.0 hours of substantive law, practice, and procedure credit and 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit. Attorneys seeking credit in states other than Pennsylvania will be provided with a uniform certificate of attendance to self-report to their bars. Those seeking CLE credit from outside the Dickinson Law community may register for a fee of $45, which includes 4.0 hours of CLE credit, program materials, breakfast, and lunch. Faculty, staff and students may attend the symposium at no cost.