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2013-14 Symposia and Conferences

Law and Capital Markets: Food, India, Walmart and Capitalism

CILPS is co-sponsoring this panel presentation to be held on April 4, 2014. Professors Amy Cohen, Steven Davidoff, and political economist Jason Jackson will discuss what is at stake when developing countries regulate their food markets around the imperatives of large, corporate supermarket chains, like Walmart. For additional information, visit this page.

I/S Symposium: Big Data Future

CILPS is pleased to co-sponsor the annual I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society symposium March 19-21, 2014, “Big Data Future.” The free, public, multidisciplinary conference will explore the possibilities for new enterprises grounded in massive data sets to improve economic, social, and political life. Click here to learn more about the symposium and for registration information.

JDR Symposium: Dispute Resolution in Special Education

On Feb. 27-28, 2014, CILPS is co-sponsoring the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution’s symposium on special education. The conference will focus on the history and effectiveness of many of the specialized dispute resolution processes with discussion of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”). For more information about the symposium, speakers, CLE availability, and registration, please visit the symposium’s webpage.

OSJL Symposium: Torts and Civil Rights Law: Migration and Conflict

On Nov. 15, 2013, CILPS cosponsored the Ohio State Law Journal’s annual symposium, which explored the theoretical and doctrinal affinities and clashes between tort and anti-discrimination law, while fostering dialogue between tort and anti-discrimination scholars.

CLE: Advanced Issues in Special Education

Professor Ruth Colker presented on issues pertaining to special education decisions on Aug. 1, 2013. CILPS provided co-sponsorship for the event. Click here to view the PowerPoint slides for the presentation.

2013-14 Research

“The Princess Project”

CILPS has provided funding to Professor Katrina Lee to review and/or conduct empirical research for “The Princess Project.”

The marketing of Disney “Princess” merchandise is pervasive and targets girls from the moment they are born. Global sales have exceeded $4 billion. Psychologists, social scientists, and concerned parents have condemned the pervasiveness of the virtually unregulated Princess phenomenon and its harm to girls’ well-being (depression and self-inflicted injury, for example).

However, lawmakers have paid relatively little attention to the Princess phenomenon while focusing effort and resources on violent video games since the 1990s. Lawmakers’ focus on violent video games continues to the present day. In contrast, a similar phenomenon — Disney Princess merchandise and other imitators, heavily marketed to one gender at an early childhood age and that purportedly causes harm to children and the community — has given rise to no or virtually no legislative attention. The initial phase of the project will review existing empirical research and/or conduct further empirical studies.

Agency Drafting

CILPS awarded additional funds to Professor Chris Walker for empirical research on agency drafting. CILPS provided assistance last spring to fund the data collection stage of the project, and additional funds are being provided to hire expert statistical analysis and consulting services to assist in formatting the data, reviewing the methodological limitations of the survey, and assisting with the creation of statistical summaries.

Examining the costs of Medicaid ‘waiver’ services

CILPS has funded Professor Stephanie Hoffer’s latest research project. The project seeks to describe the financial, emotional, and dignitary costs to families imposed by Medicaid eligibility guidelines for disabled individuals who seek access to “waiver” services such as job, transportation, or daily living assistance. With assistance from Dr. Thomas Fish of the Nisonger Center, the project will convene a series of focus groups comprised of the adult family members of disabled individuals who seek access to Medicaid waiver services.