Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Iqbal Symposium at Penn State

Nancy Welsh (nxw10@DSL.PSU.EDU) of Penn State, Dickinson School of Law has announced the following conference:

On Friday, March 26, 2010, Penn State will hold a symposium addressingthe Supreme Court's recent decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal. There will bethree panels:

One panel will address Iqbal's implications for the role of thecourts and judges in providing American society with both theopportunity for redress of harms and a common law-based approach to thedevelopment of law.

A second panel will explore the majority's reference to purposeful discrimination and what it signals about contemporary understandings of race in America.

The third panel will examine Iqbal's implications for Section 1983, including the decision's potential impact on supervisory liability, qualified immunity and the behavior of agency officials operating under adverse conditions.

At this point, presenters include Jeff Rachlinski (Cornell), Natsu Saito (Georgia State), Mark Brown (Capital), and several members of PennState's faculty: Victor Romero, Kit Kinports, Gary Gildin, Shoba Wadhia, Ray Campbell, and myself. The slate of presenters is likely to expand.Papers will be published in a symposium issue of the Penn State Law Review. The symposium will be held at Penn State's Carlisle,Pennsylvania, facility. Students, faculty and guests in the University Park facility also will be able to participate (and engage in one-on-onesidebar discussions) through the pervasive and advanced system ofvideoconferencing that links both locations in our unitary law schooloperation.

We would welcome your attendance.


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