2015 National Student Symposium - "Law and Innovation"

University of Chicago Law School - February 20-21, 2015
Start : Friday, February 20, 2015 03:30 PM
End : Saturday, February 21, 2015 09:45 PM
University of Chicago Law School
1111 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Chicago Law School's Federalist Society Student Chapter hosted the 34th National Federalist Society Student Symposium on February 20-21, 2015. The theme for the Symposium was "Law and Innovation."



Innovation and the Administrative State - Audio/Video
5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Law School Auditorium

Regulation can be a significant barrier to innovation, protecting incumbents and making it harder to bring new goods and services to market. Determining the appropriate regulation is all the more difficult when accelerating technology is creating many new opportunities as well as potential dangers. Can the administrative state itself innovate to promote beneficial innovation? Topics to be considered here will be the nature and scope of cost-benefit analysis, the use of experiments to guide regulation and prizes as an alternative to top-down regulation.

  • Prof. William Baude, University of Chicago Law School
  • Mr. Jon Dudas, Senior Associate to the President, University of Arizona and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Mr. Steve Lehotsky, Deputy Chief Counsel for Litigation, U.S. Chamber Litigation Center
  • Prof. Jennifer Nou, University of Chicago Law School
  • Moderator: Hon. Stephen Markman, Michigan Supreme Court


Current Issues in Patent Law - Audio/Video
10:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Law School Auditorium

Our patent system has historically been thought to be an engine of innovation, but it is much criticized today. Is a one-size-fits all model for patent duration appropriate in today's technological environment or does it simply incentivize unnecessary litigation? For instance, the rapid pace of technological change in some areas may obviate the need of lengthy patents in some areas. Should certain innovation—such as business processes be patentable? Should the patent office be reorganized or split up to better assess patents. What other types of incentives, including those provided by copyright or prizes, provide alternatives to patents?

  • Ms. Phyllis Turner-Brim, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Intellectual Ventures
  • Prof. Doug Melamed, Visiting Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Prof. Michael Meurer, Boston University School of Law
  • Mr. Adam Mortara, Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Moderator: Hon. Danny J. Boggs, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Becoming a Law Professor - Audio Not Available
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Room V

  • Prof. Lisa Bernstein, University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. Joshua Kleinfeld, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Ms. Beth Kregor, Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. John McGinnis, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Lee Liberman Otis, Senior Vice President & Director of the Faculty Division, The Federalist Society

Innovation and Health Care - Audio/Video
1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Law School Auditorium

Given that everyone is getting older and more prone to disease, medical innovation is one of the most important measures, if not the most important measure, of a successful health policy. Technological acceleration, including advances in genomics and stem cell research, suggest that we are on the cusp of a golden age of medical innovation. But government-imposed price controls and other policies can reduce the incentives for devising new treatments, resulting in preventable death and illness. This panel will look at the effect of Obamacare, and the policies of the FDA on innovation. More generally, will the current regulatory processes and reimbursement policies equipped to manage the next generation of personalized medicine and diagnostic devices?

  • Mr. Peter Huber, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • Ms. Lindsay Kelly, Special Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP
  • Mr. Gerald Masoudi, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP; former Chief Counsel, Food and Drug Administration
  • Moderator: Hon. Thomas B. Griffith, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Innovation and Inequality: Conservative and Libertarian Perspectives - Audio/Video
3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Law School Auditorium

We are in an age of accelerating technology but many fear we are also in an age of growing inequality. Does the fast pace of innovation pose a threat to social stability? Many fear that machines will take away jobs from the less skilled and extend the reach of superstars, thus deepening inequality. This panel will address the dangers of innovation to employment and equality and what, if anything, the government should do about it.

  • Prof. Richard Epstein, NYU School of Law
  • Ms. Beth Kregor, Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School
  • Prof. John McGinnis, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Frank Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Banquet featuring Panel on Building Innovative Business Under Regulatory Uncertainty; Presentation of the Paul M. Bator Award; & 5th Annual Feddie Awards presentation - Audio Not Available
6:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Green Lounge

  • Mr. Evan Baehr, Co-Founder, Able Lending; formerly, Co-Founder of Outbox
  • Ms. Katie Biber Chen, Senior Counsel, Airbnb
  • Mr. Colin Stretch, General Counsel, Facebook, Inc.
  • Ms. Candice Taylor, Associate Litigation Counsel, Lyft
  • Moderator: Hon. Theodore W. Ullyot, Palantir

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