2012 Ward Kershaw Symposium


    The Maryland Law Review and Center for Progressive Reform
    In Collaboration with the Center for Health and Homeland Security and

    the Environmental Law Program

    Proudly present

    The 2012 Ward Kershaw Symposium
    Too Big to Jail: The Roadblocks to Regulatory Enforcement

    The Maryland Law Review will host the 2012 Ward Kershaw Symposium, "Too Big to Jail: The Roadblocks to Regulatory Enforcement," which will address the failure of the regulatory system to respond to the housing crisis, the BP oil spill, and other disasters in a proactive and effective manner. The regulatory system is meant to ensure that statutes enacted to improve quality of life and protect against potential dangers are fairly, efficiently, and effectively enforced across the country. From the mundane to the arcane, the regulatory system touches almost every aspect of modern life: banking, workplace safety, environmental protection, taxes, social security, food safety, the availability of medicine, natural disaster response, and many more. It is no surprise then, that when a disaster occurs, the media, politicians, and the public are quick to ask: where were the regulators? This question has only become more meaningful in recent years as incidents like the housing collapse, the BP oil spill, the Big Branch Mine Collapse, and salmonella outbreaks in multiple types of food have not resulted in many, if any, consequences from regulators. In light of these problems, this symposium will bring together scholars, practitioners, and regulators from different regulatory areas: health and safety, labor, banking, finance, and the environment, to discuss potential solutions to the current regulatory mess.

    Schedule of Events:

    Thursday, September 20th                    Ceremonial Courtroom

    5:00pm - 6:00pm        Keynote Address: Brooksley Born, Former Chairwoman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Retired Partner at Arnold & Porter

    6:00 - 7:00 PM            Light reception in Atrium

    7:00 PM - ??                Speakers' Dinner

    Friday, September 21st                           Krongard Room

    8:15am - 9:00am            Continental Breakfast
    9:00am - 9:15am            Introduction and Welcome
    9:15am - 10:15am          Identifying the Roadblocks to Regulatory Enforcement

              Moderator:        Rena Steinzor,
                                       Professor of Law, Univ. of Maryland Carey Law

    Presenters:        Michael Greenberger
                                       Law School Professor, Univ. of Maryland Carey Law

                                          Robert Weissman
                                       President, Public Citizen

                                          Tom McGarity,
                                       Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in
                                       Administrative Law, University of Texas School of Law

    10:15am - 12:00pm       Regulatory Enforcement and the Financial Regulatory

              Moderator:        Michael Greenberger,
                                       Law School Professor, Univ. Maryland Carey Law

              Presenters:        Lynn Stout,
                                       Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law,
                                       Clarke Law Institute, Cornell Law School

                                         Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.,
                                       Professor of Law & Executive Director, Center for Law,
                                       Economics & Finance (C-LEAF), George Washington
                                       University Law School

                                         William Black,
                                       Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the
                                       University of Missouri – Kansas City

                                       Wallace C. Turbeville,
                                       Senior Fellow, Demos

                                         Meyer “Mike” Eisenberg,
                                       Visiting Professor of Law, Willamette Univ. College of Law

    12:00 - 12:15pm           Break

    12:15pm – 1:00pm        Lunch

    1:00 - 1:15pm               Break

    1:15pm - 3:00pm           Enforcing Health, Safety, and Environmental

              Moderator:        Jane F. Barrett,
                                       Law School Professor and Director, Environmental Law Clinic,
                                       Univ. of Maryland Carey Law

              Presenters:        Brian Wolfman, Visiting Professor and Co-Director,
                                       Institute for Public Representation,
                                       Georgetown University Law Center

                                       David Uhlmann,
                                       Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice, Director, Environmental
                                       Law and Policy Program, Univ. of Michigan Law School
                                       W. Warren Hamel,
                                       Partner, Venable LLP

                                          Lois Schiffer,
                                       General Counsel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric

                                          Victor Flatt,
                                       Tom & Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor of Environmental
                                       Law, Director, Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and
                                       Resources (CLEAR), Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of

    3:00pm - 3:15pm            Wrap Up

    Please contact conference coordinator,
    Brendan Hogan for more information.

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