2011 Webcasts

Friday, October 28, 2011

“Liberalism, Conservatism and the Tea Party: The Meaning of the 2012 Election”

William Kristol at USD School of LawThe 2008 election looked like the end of a 28-year conservative era, and the dawn of a liberal one. The results of the 2010 election put this judgment in doubt. Liberalism seems less ascendant than liberals expected it to be, conservatism less dead than conservatives feared. This is partly thanks to the Tea Party—which raises its own questions about the future of conservative thought. So one can say that, as the 2012 election approaches, New Deal/Great Society liberalism is in trouble, and Reagan–Bush conservatism seems not up to the task as well.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Navigating the Markets Three Years After the Financial Crisis

Standard & Poor's unprecedented downgrade of U.S. debt coupled with Europe's debt crisis has caused the economic recovery to be uneven, impacting investors, retirement security, corporate profitability and investment opportunities in the stock, bond and derivatives markets. University of San Diego School of Law's Center for Corporate and Securities Law and sponsoring partner, Brandes Investment Partners, invite you to join them for an evening of discussion, debate and guidance for investors in the new global environment.

Expert panelists Yaron Brook, Robert Gnaizda, George Wilder and Christianna Wood will provide insight and guidance through new key investor protection measures and debate issues affecting investors.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Neuroscience & the Law

Neuroscience & the Law Panel

USD School of Law's Institute for Law & Philosophy hosts a panel of legal experts from across the United States who discussed issues at the intersection of neuroscience and the law.


  • Deborah Denno, Fordham University, The School of Law
  • Adam Kolber, Professor, Brooklyn Law School
  • Michael Moore, Professor, Law & Philosophy, University of Illinois
  • Stephen Morse, Professor, Law & Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Pardo, Professor, University of Alabama School of Law
  • Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Professor, Philosophy, Duke University


Friday, April 15, 2011

Third Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

Third Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium:

The symposium examined emerging law and policy approaches to encourage clean energy—the diverse set of technologies that can help meet our needs for energy while limiting its impact on the environment. Legal and policy experts from across the country addressed a variety of key issues including the coordination of state and federal roles in the clean energy sector; the design of policies and markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency; and the balance between energy and environmental protection.

Welcome and Keynote

Kevin Cole, Dean and Professor of Law, University of San Diego 
Lesley K. McAllister, Professor of Law, University of San Diego
Arash Ebrahimi, Editor in Chief, San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law
Scott J. Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law

Image of Jon WellinghoffKeynote
Jon Wellinghoff
Chairman of the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

PANEL ONE: States in the Lead: What Role for Washington?

Michael Picker, Senior Advisor to the Governor for Renewable Energy Facilities, State of California
Jim Rossi, Harry M. Walborsky Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Florida State University College of Law
Joseph P. Tomain, Dean Emeritus and the Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Steven Weissman, Lecturer in Residence; Director of the Energy and Cleantech Program; Associate Director for the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, University of California Berkeley School of Law

Moderator: Jennifer Hein, General Counsel–West Region, NRG Energy

PANEL TWO: Policies and Markets for Renewables & Efficiency

Lincoln Davies, Associate Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Kirsten Engel, Professor of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Dian Grueneich, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Partner, Morrison & Foerster 
David Spence, Associate Professor, Law, Politics & Regulation; Co-Director of the Energy Management & Innovation Center, University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business

Moderator: Sophie A. Akins, Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP

PANEL THREE: Striking the Energy/Environment Balance

Robert L. Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, George Washington University Law School
Alexandra B. Klass, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Michael Reed, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Nilmini Silva-Send, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law; Senior Policy Analyst for the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law

Moderator:  Richard J. Lazarus, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University; Stanley Legro Professor of Environmental Law, University of San Diego School of Law

Friday, March 26, 2011

Professor Robert C. Post

27th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

"Academic Freedom as a Constitutional Principle"
By Robert C. Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School

Post rejects the traditional analogy between academic freedom and individual First Amendment rights. He denies that the university constitutes a simple "marketplace of ideas." He instead argues that the constitutional concept of academic freedom ultimately derives from the constitutional value of democratic competence, which refers to the creation and dissemination of knowledge necessary for the maintenance of democratic self-determination.

Friday, February 4, 2011 – Saturday, February 5, 2011

Mike Rappaport

Originalism Works–in–Progress Conference

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism, the Works–in–Progress Conference provided opportunity to present and discuss seven new works concerning originalism.

Conference Introductory Remarks

USD School of Law Dean Kevin Cole and Professor Michael Rappaport open the conference.
Watch the Introductory Remarks

First Paper

Second Paper

Third Paper

Fourth Paper

Fifth Paper

Sixth Paper

  • Presentation: Will Baude (Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber): “Impure Originalism” 
    Watch the Presentation
  • Commentary: Vikram Amar (University of California, Davis)
    Watch the Commentary
  • Discussion: Will Baude (Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber) 
    Watch the Discussion

Seventh Paper


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