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This section includes information on selected programs, conferences, and symposia scheduled for 2013-2014.

2013-2014 SMU Law Faculty Forum

The SMU Law Faculty Forum is an ongoing series of presentations of works-in-progress by scholars from the Dedman School of Law and from law schools around the country and the world. The Faculty Forum provides an opportunity for new ideas to be explored through informal discussion between the presenter and SMU faculty. As part of its commitment to scholarship, Dedman School of Law sponsors these forum presentations throughout the academic year. For further information, please contact Carolyn Yates at cyates@smu.edu.

Appellate Judges Education Institute - November 14-17, 2013

The Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) Summit, co-hosted by SMU Dedman School of Law and the ABA Judicial Dvision Appellate Judges Conference, is the pre-eminent provider of appellate judicial education in the United States. The annual AJEI Summits are designed by appellate judges, lawyers, and staff attorneys and are unique in their focus on the challenging issues that judges and lawyers confront in the appellate arena. For current AJEI information visit the Appellate Judges Education Institute.

The Work of the Warren Commission: Objectives, Process, Issues and Finding - October 11, 2013

Featuring Assistant Counsel and Staff who Served on the Warren Commission

The program panels will be moderated by:

The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy—known as the Warren Commission—was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson on November 29, 1963.  The Commission’s findings were submitted to President Johnson on September 24, 1964, and have been debated ever since.

This unprecedented panel convenes several members of the Warren Commission staff to discuss their roles on the Commission and how the experience affected their professional lives.  The attorneys will address the behind-the-scenes, daily work of the Commission and the decision-making processes that led to their controversial 888 pages of findings.

The program will be divided into two panels that will examine the composition of the Commission, its goals, obstacles faced, the role of later investigations and a look back at the Commission’s work after five decades.

21st Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium - October 11, 2013

SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium is an annual event organized by the SMU Law Review Association. General Counsel and attorneys from some of the most notable companies in the country attend the all-day event. The day consists of a variety of speeches and panel discussions from attorneys, general counsel, academics, and judges. The speeches cover a wide range of topics, including the most current issues in corporate law. Each year there is a featured luncheon speaker. Past speakers include: the Honorable E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware; Chancellor William Chandler of the Delaware Court of Chancery; the Honorable Drew Moore, former Delaware Supreme Court Justice; the Honorable Harvey J. Goldschmid, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission; and Ambassador Robert Strauss. The symposium is a great opportunity for local attorneys to interact with each other, learn about changes in the current law, and receive CLE credit. Attorneys can receive both general credit and ethics credit. For current Corporate Counsel Symposium, visit the website.


Historical Programs, Conferences, and Symposia

10th Annual IP Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues - March 22, 2013

Presented by SMU Dedman School of Law, this Symposium will address the latest theories and practices important to the development of intellectual property law and explore emerging issues of intellectual property law through discussions with distinguished academics, jurists and leaders in the industry. We invite you to attend and participate in this year’s Symposium with a focus on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and its unique role in the development of the nation's patent law.

Game::Business::Law: The Law and Business of Video Games - January 24-25, 2013

This 5th Annual International Summit on the law and business of video games was held at SMU Dedman School of Law on January 24-25, 2011. The summit brings together global game industry leaders, investors, developers, publishers, and lawyers for two days to explore the latest trends in the games industry. Game::Business::Law provides practical approaches for achieving success in the evolving marketplace of digital games.

China IP: Now! - October 11, 2011
Annual Symposium on the Latest Developments in China’s Intellectual Property Law, Innovation, and Policy

The Symposium focuses on the most recent developments in China’s Intellectual Property (IP) law, innovation, and policy to foster greater understanding of China and its practices. Chinese judges, policymakers, attorneys, and academics having expertise in Chinese IP law share their experience and insights with the business and legal communities. Featuring presentations on specialized IP courts, patent litigation and prosecution, IP market, and innovation policies currently developing in China, the Symposium also promotes exchange of ideas and cooperation among Chinese and U.S. judges, academics, and lawyers. For further information, please contact Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen at xnguyen@smu.edu.

Callejo Roundtable - October 5, 2011 
Training Leaders for a Changing World

The Callejo Roundtable presented by AT&T is a NEW outreach program providing a forum to address crucial issues affecting Hispanic leadership. The inaugural speaker for this event was Antonio O. Garza '83, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – United States Supreme Court – August 29, 2011
The Raggio Endowed Lecture Series, established by friends and family of Louise B. Raggio '52, honors and celebrates her tremendous accomplishments in advancing the legal rights of women in Texas and across the country. For more information, click here.

Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues: The America Invents Act - April 20, 2012
This symposium will examine the impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act on substantive patent law doctrines as well as procedures for practice in front of courts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Various panels will consider strategic uses of the new laws and procedures to ensure that our patent system fulfills the Constitutional mandate of "pomot[ing] the Progress of...useful Arts." This symposium will also pay tribute to the accomplishments of the Honorable T. John Ward, our country's most experienced patent infringement trial judge. A recent retiree from the bench of the Eastern District of Texas, Judge Ward will deliver the keynote address.

2011-2012 Tax Policy Colloquium Series
SMU Dedman School of Law hosts a series of discussions on the implementation of tax policy with leading academics, students, lawyers and members of the business community. The series is co-organized by SMU Dedman School of Law Professors Christopher H. Hanna and Henry J. Lischer, Jr. For further information, please contact Chris Hanna at channa@mail.smu.edu.

SMU Dedman School of Law Corporate Directors' Institute - March 24, 2011

The Corporate Directors' Institute is designed to address issues of corporate governance currently impacting directors and executives of publicly traded companies. The program, held at SMU Dedman School of Law, featured a panel discussion entitled "Corporate Governance: Dilemmas and Challenges," moderated by Professor Marc I. Steinberg. Experienced panelists discussed the roles of the lead director and the audit committee chair, as well as addressing SEC developments and other modern trends affecting corporate governance.

Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues: Eastern District of Texas and Patents - February 18, 2011

Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) - "The Little Engine That Could"
SMU Dedman School of Law's symposium explores the history and development of the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) as one of the Rocket-Docket jurisdictions for patent litigation. The Symposium focused on the impact of the Eastern District of Texas on patent law, patent reform, and innovation through discussions with distinguished academics, jurists, and leaders in the industry.

Justice For All: Perceptions of Racial and Ethnic Bias in Our Courts - Tuesday, April 7, 2009

This one day conference will explore perceptions of racial and ethnic bias in the courtroom. Panels of distinguished judges, academics, and attorneys will address perceived bias of decisionmakers, its impact on prosecutorial discretion, and how language and cultural differences may impact outcomes in litigation. For more information, please e-mail: kristyo@smu.edu

Fall 2008 Colloquium on Law & Citizenship

The SMU Dedman School of Law is pleased to announce the Fall 2008 Colloquium on Law and Citizenship, a series where we will examine the ways in which law and citizenship intersect to construct, influence and shape the meaning, boundaries, definitions, domains, rights and obligations of citizenship. Various leading scholars who are engaged in citizenship studies as well as scholars who examine the impact of their work on the meaning and rights of citizenship will present their work to faculty and students. The overarching goal of the Colloquium is to have discussions not only about the theoretical and substantive notions of citizenship but also their normative implications on law and policy.  

2008 International Law Symposium: The Rise of Transnational Networks - November 7, 2008

In the last few decades, judges, legislators, prosecutors, and agency officials have increasingly been coordinating policy and decision-making across borders through informal networks. Such coordination has often occurred without formal legal sanction and is especially prominent in areas of cross-border regulation, including banking, antitrust, environmental protection, and securities law. But it also occurs in more politically charged areas, such as constitutional law, national security, law enforcement, and human rights.

This Symposium will review the record of transnational networks and the promise they hold for deeper and more effective international cooperation. Under what conditions are transnational networks likely to arise and how do they function? What are their advantages over traditional diplomacy and international organizations, and in what circumstances are networks most likely to be successful? What are some of the main obstacles to their legitimacy and effectiveness, and how can these obstacles be overcome?

This Symposium will begin at 8:00 a.m. (registration and breakfast) and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. It will be held in the Hillcrest Room of the Underwood Law Library.

Oxford 25th Anniversary Celebration - July 11, 2008

SMU Dedman School of Law, in association with University College, celebrates the Silver Anniversary of the Oxford study-abroad program in Oxford, England.

2008 Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues – March 28, 2008

This Symposium will address the latest theories and practices important to the development of intellectual property law and explore emerging intellectual property law through discussions with distinguished academics, jurists, and leaders in the industry. Session topics include: (1) Patent Protection, Litigation and Licensing Latest Challenges: At Home and Abroad; (2) Second Life, Avatars and Social Networks: Opportunities and Liabilities; (3) The Federal Circuit and Licensing Law Jurisprudence: Its Nature and Influence; (4) Trade Secrets and the Internet: Protection, Policy and Conflicts; and (5) Outsourcing Services, Information and Technology: Present and Future Business Practices and Legal Concerns.

This Symposium will begin at 8:00 a.m. (registration and breakfast) and will conclude at 4:15 p.m. It will be held in the Hillcrest Room in the Underwood Law Library. For more information, contact Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen at xnguyen@smu.edu.

Lecture: The New Public Face of the Supreme Court - November 14, 2007

The New Public Face of the Supreme Court: Under Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., the Supreme Court is stepping out more and more -- with justices giving speeches and television interviews, and the Court issuing argument transcripts and making itself more accessible in ways big and small. What is this new posture telling us about the Court, and is there a down side to openness?

Join us for a lecture by Tony Mauro who is the Supreme Court correspondent for Legal Times, American Lawyer Media, and law.com. He joined ALM in January 2000 after covering the Supreme Court for USA TODAY and Gannett News Service for the previous 20 years. He is the author of Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court, published in its second edition in December, 2005 by Congressional Quarterly Press. He also has written several law review articles and contributed chapters to several books: A Year in the Life of the Supreme Court, which received the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award; Reason and Passion, on Justice William Brennan Jr.; The Burger Court, edited by Bernard Schwartz, A Year at the Supreme Court; and the Biographical Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court.

The lecture will be held at noon and 5 p.m. in the Hillcrest Classroom. Lunch will be provided.

The Court of Appeals for the Eighth District of Texas - November 15-16, 2007

The Court of Appeals for the Eighth District of Texas will sit at the SMU Dedman School of Law on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16, 2007. Chief Justice David Wellington Chew (SMU Law ’78), Justice Ann Crawford McClure, and Justice Kenneth R. Carr will hear 9-10 cases during the two-day visit. Thursday and Friday morning oral arguments will be held in the Hillcrest Courtroom. On Thursday afternoon, the arguments will be heard in the Godwin Gruber Trial Courtroom in Florence Hall (Room 204), where seating capacity is limited to approximately 30 students