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The most effective attorneys are not only great legal analysts but also great with people. Whether an attorney is dealing with her own clients, opposing clients, opposing counsel, judges, jurors, witnesses, or ADR neutrals, effective lawyering requires an excellent understanding of how people think, learn, remember, and communicate. Yet, law school focuses almost exclusively on legal analysis, and rarely even attempts to teach good people skills. Drawing extensively from psychology, the field that specializes in the working of the human brain, Professor Jean R. Sternlight will offer key insights for lawyers involved with negotiation, mediation, and arbitration of client disputes.
A panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will be holding an official session of the Court on Tuesday, April 3 at the Moritz College of Law. Judges Boyce Martin, R. Guy Cole and Jeff Sutton '90 will hear a complicated federal habeas case in which an Ohio death row prisoner has brought a series of constitutional challenges to the Ohio state court proceedings that resulted in his conviction and death sentence for a murder committed in Summit County, Ohio in the mid-1990s. The argument will take place at 2 p.m. in the moot courtroom.
The Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal at Moritz Law continues its tradition of exploring cutting-edge legal issues of interest to entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year's symposium will examine regulations affecting the issuance of initial public offerings and explore the need to amend the regulations. It will include panel discussions from academics, practitioners, and business professionals addressing issues at the forefront of this field.
Feb. 23, 2007
The Future of Patent Reform
For the first time in more than 50 years, Congress is considering major reforms to the patent system. Reform bills and proposals have come on the heels of much criticism from businesses (including many in the technology and software industries), from legal commentators and practitioners, and even from parts of the federal government itself (including the Federal Trade Commission's 2003 report, To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance Between Competition and Patent Law and Policy). Is the patent system in need of major reforms? If so, what should those reforms entail? This symposium examines these questions and "The Future of Patent Reform" in the United States.
The 2005 Terry Schiavo case brought national attention to both moral and legal struggles surrounding end of life decisions. A distinguished panel of scholars will explore the challenges of using dispute resolution techniques to help resolve health care conflicts that affect families in crisis, as well as legal and medical professionals.