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November 3, 2017 | Saxbe Auditorium

Re-Thinking State Relevance will be a day-long symposium about how the U.S. states interact with various levels of government. The symposium aims to reframe the traditional “Federalism” discussion as something more than just a relationship between the states and the federal government. The state-federal relationship is an important one, but to better understand the way law functions in today’s complex political climate we must contemplate how local and international governance structures also contribute to what it means to be a state and how states should act.

The symposium will feature several topic-specific panels that will apply the theoretical concepts of what it means to be a state to practical legal subjects. The panels feature Environmental Law, Trade Law, Health Law, and Criminal Law. The final panel of the day will be composed of panelists from each of the prior panels; this panel will be question driven and aimed at drawing connections between the areas of law discussed and developing practical takeaways for how states should function.

CLE: This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.00 total CLE hours instruction. CLE course materials can be found here:

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