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Monday, October 22, 2007

Call For Papers: Administrative Law Symposium at American University College of Law

Anthony E. Varona, Associate Professor of Law, American University College of Law, has notified me of the following call for papers and upcoming event at American University College of Law.


Attn:    Interested Panelists and Speakers

On April 18, 2008, the Administrative Law Review will hold its annual symposium at American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. 

This year’s symposium is tentatively entitled:

“Does Red Lion Still Roar? Exploring Public Interest Regulation of Media in Commemoration of the Fortieth Anniversary of Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC.” 

This symposium will include three panels: 

1.                  The first panel will focus on the conceptualization of the symposium topic.  Panelists will discuss Red Lion, its history, significance, ramifications, and its effects on today’s broadcast regulation landscape (in terms of media diversity, fairness, democratic deliberation and engagement, political programming, local news and public affairs coverage, children’s educational television, etc.)

2.                  The second panel will feature a discussion/debate between prominent communications industry representatives, policymakers, and theorists on the need for public interest regulation of media, the effectiveness of government efforts to articulate and enforce public interest requirements, and the success of media players in complying with their public interest mandates.  It will discuss the politicization of the topic and will explore both market and regulatory philosophies in this field.

3.                  The third panel will discuss public interest regulation in regard to converged and converging 21st century technologies.  Topics may include affirmative government regulation of the Internet, network neutrality, digital television, and the ensuing debate around the need for reinstitution of the fairness doctrine.

University of Chicago Law School Professor Cass Sunstein will be serving as our luncheon speaker.  Additional invitees include FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein. 

The Executive Board is requesting proposals for papers, as well as talk proposals regarding any of these topic areas.  Please note that papers need not be full-length academic articles and may be specific in scope.  Please email proposals to Brian M. Stanford, Senior Symposia Editor, at:   

Proposals are to be received no later than December 15, 2007.  Fully completed pieces will be due for submission to the Executive Board by July 1, 2008.

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