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Law School Hosts Inaugural Mid-Atlantic Law & Society Association Meeting

October 22, 2012

More than 110 legal and social science scholars from leading universities gathered at the law school Oct. 19-20 for “Using Law and Society Knowledge for the Social Good,” the inaugural meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Law & Society Association.

The meeting featured panels on a wide range of topics, including the Judiciary and Constitutional Doctrine; International Law and Global Concerns; Regulating Personal and Private Behaviors; Marriage and the State, and Veterans and the Military.

A panel exploring the dynamics of Law and Social Movements featured presentations by Mert Arslanalp of Northwestern University, Shauna Fisher of Syracuse University, Katie Zuber of the University State University of New York-Albany, Steve Boutcher of the University of Massachusetts and Neha Bhat and Maya Barak, both of American University.

An exploration of the overlap between Definitions, Doctrines and Legal Conceptions featured presentations by Jared Burns of Temple University, Annie Decker of Cardozo University, Aaron petty of Leiden University and Josh Blackman of South Texas College of Law.

The list of presenters included faculty from 50 academic institutions, including Harvard, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale.

Law school faculty Susan L. Brooks, David S. Cohen, Norman Stein, Donald F. Tibbs and Emily Zimmerman gave presentations, as did alumna Krysten Connon (Class of 2012) and Mary Mitchell (Class of 2009) and Judge Mark I. Bernstein of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, an adjunct professor.

The meeting represents the first for the association, which grew from a partnership between faculty from the law school and the Drexel University College of Arts & Sciences and peers from American University, George Mason University, the University of Delaware and the University of Maryland.