Bridges not Barriers: The Law-STEM Alliance as a Catalyst for Innovation

Bridges not Barriers: The Law-STEM Alliance Conference

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Northwestern Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

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Registration begins at 8:00am
Program begins at 9:00am

Videos of each session are now available

Overview

Northwestern Law invites you to a one-day conference that explores the role of law, policy, and regulation in the innovation process, and the role of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in the process of law and policy-making. Speakers and panelists will include industry experts and academics in the fields of data security and privacy; energy and the environment; biotech and medicine; and intellectual property. The conference will analyze the value of deliberate and collaborative partnerships between scientists, lawyers, engineers, regulators, and policy-makers in designing creative solutions that will facilitate innovation. This conference has been approved for a total of 5 CLE credit hours in the state of Illinois. The conference is free, but registration is required.

This conference continues the tradition of innovation at Northwestern Law and is one in a series of programmatic initiatives – including our new Master of Science in Law program – that are designed to bring together the disciplines of law, business, technology, and science.

Join us for a lively discussion on the "Law-STEM Alliance as a Catalyst for Innovation".

Conference Program

Available as a PDF

8:00am: Registration & Breakfast

9:00am - 10:15am: Welcome & Opening Discussion

Moderator:  Esther Barron, Harry B. Reese Teaching Professor of Law, Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law

Panelists:

  • Dan Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Julio Ottino, Dean, Distinguished Robert R. McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Northwestern University

10:25am - 11:40am: Biotechnology & Medicine

CLE Reading Materials

Moderator: Laura Pedraza-Fariña, Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Panelists:

  • Teresa Woodruff, Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Peter Safir, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Rebecca Eisenberg, Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor, The University of Michigan Law School
  • Abel Kho, Director, Center for Health Information Partnerships, Assistant Professor in Medicine-General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Center for Healthcare Studies - Institute for Public Health and Medicine and Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

11:45am - 12:00pm: Lunch

12:00pm - 1:15pm: Featured Presentation

CLE Reading Materials

Moderator: Leslie Oster, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Panelists:

  • John Veschi, CEO, Marquis Technologies
  • Brian K. Beeler, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Horizon Pharma

1:20pm - 2:35pm: Data Security & Privacy: Drones, Robotics, & Automated Data Collection

CLE Reading Materials

Moderator: Peter DiCola, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Panelists:

  • Margot Kaminski, Assistant Professor, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
  • Malavika Jayaram, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
  • Nicholas Campbell, Privacy Program Manager, Google
  • Kimberly Wong, Senior Counsel, Global Digital, Information Technology and Governance, McDonald's Corporation

2:45pm - 4:00pm: Energy & Environment

CLE Reading Materials

Moderator: David Dana, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Panelists:

  • Mike Wasielewski, Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), Director, Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER) Center, Northwestern University
  • Ted Parson, Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law, Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and Environment, UCLA School of Law
  • Kimberly Gray, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering, Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Howard Learner, President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center

4:00pm: Refreshments

4:30pm - 5:00pm: Wrap Up & Take Aways
A team of reporters will distill key ideas and themes from throughout the day.

Reporters:

  • David L. Schwartz, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Ryan Whalen, JD/PhD Candidate, Northwestern University
  • James B. Speta, Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and International Initiatives, and Director of Executive LLM Programs, Northwestern University School of Law

This conference is underwritten by Northwestern Law.