Thursday, September 10, 2009
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 addressing
the Supreme Court's recent decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal. There will be
* One panel will address Iqbal's implications for the role of the
courts and judges in providing American society with both the
opportunity for redress of harms and a common law-based approach to the
development 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 Penn
State'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-one
sidebar discussions) through the pervasive and advanced system of
videoconferencing that links both locations in our unitary law school
We would welcome your attendance.