Past Symposia

Past Symposia

Spring Symposium: February 2018



Spring Symposium: March 2017

Legal Issues Surrounding Encryption and Decryption

Hastings Law Journal cordially invites all students, faculty, practitioners, and members of the legal community to our annual Spring Symposium. This year’s symposium will focus on the legal issues that surround encryption and decryption.

Spring 2016: The Status of Antidiscrimination Law and Litigation in the United States


Fall 2015: Advancing Equal Access to Justice: Barriers, Dilemmas, and Prospects.

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Spring 2015: Federal Sentencing Reform


Photos from the Federal Sentencing Reform Symposium

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Video from the Federal Sentencing Reform Symposium

Thirty years after Congress enacted the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, and ten years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Booker, many questions remain about our federal sentencing system: how it operates; where it is headed; and the impact it has on the legal community as well as the citizenry as a whole. Hastings Law Journal will host a one-day symposium that will examine these issues through a variety of perspectives, from economists and scholars to practitioners and federal judges.

UC Hastings College of the Law, Louis B. Mayer Lounge


8:30 am – Welcome and Introductions
• Dean Frank H. Wu (Chancellor & Dean, University of California Hastings College of the Law)

• Emily Goldberg Knox (Editor-in-Chief, Hastings Law Journal)

• Kyla Kessler Rowe (Executive Symposium Editor, Hastings Law Journal)

8:45 am – Opening Discussion
• Steven Kalar (Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California)

• Barbara Valliere (Appellate Division Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California)

9:30 am – Panel 1: The Economics of Sentencing Reform
• Moderated by Professor Hadar Aviram (University of California Hastings College of the Law)

• Professor John Pfaff (Fordham Law School)

• Mary Price (Families Against Mandatory Minimums)

• Vikrant P. Reddy (Texas Public Policy Foundation)

11:00 am – Panel 2: Sentencing Reform & the End of the Drug War
• Moderated by Professor Aaron Rappaport (University of California Hastings College of the Law)

• Professor Douglas A. Berman (The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law)

• Steven Cook (National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys)

• Geoffrey Hansen (Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California)

• Allen Hopper (American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California)

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm – Keynote Address
• Judge Charles R. Breyer (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))

2:00 pm – Panel 3: White Collar Crime Sentencing
• Moderated by Jonathan Schmidt (Ropes & Gray LLP)

• Nanci Clarence (Clarence Dyer & Cohen LLP)

• Joshua Hill (Sidley Austin LLP)

• Jessica Nall (Farella Braun + Martel)

• Douglas Sprague (Covington & Burling)

3:30 pm – Panel 4: The Judicial Perspective
• Moderated by Professor Rory Little (University of California Hastings College of the Law)

• Judge Edward M. Chen (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))

• Judge Beth L. Freeman (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))

• Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr. (U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.))

• Judge Jeffrey S. White (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))

5:00 pm – Closing Remarks
• Michael Santos (Formerly Incarcerated for 26 years)

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Fall 2014 – Forum Selection After Atlantic Marine

Photos from the Atlantic Marine Symposium

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Video from the Atlantic Marine Symposium

In Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. United States District Court, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the legal effect and implications of private restrictive forum‐selection clauses (agreements to litigate only in a particular forum). The Court’s opinion makes several changes to venue doctrine. First, the Court held that private forum‐selection clauses do not make an otherwise proper venue improper. Thus, the clauses cannot be enforced under 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a) or via a motion to dismiss for improper venue under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(3). Second, the Court held that restrictive forum‐selection clauses may be enforced through a venue transfer under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a). When a restrictive forum‐selection clause is at issue, however, courts should presumptively transfer to the party‐selected venue under § 1404(a) unless public factors strongly resist transfer. Third, the Court held that, unlike normal § 1404(a) transfers in which the transferee court applies the law that the transferor court would have applied under the doctrine established in Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins, a transferee court receiving a § 1404(a) transfer based on a restrictive forum‐selection clause should apply its own law. Atlantic Marine thus affects the law of venue, the law of venue transfer, the Erie Doctrine, and the ability of parties to contractually control their litigation. This symposium will consider the effects and implications of Atlantic Marine on the law of venue, Erie, and beyond.  Scholarship associated with the symposium will be published in the April 2015 issue of Hastings Law Journal.

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September 19, 2014

UC Hastings College of the Law, Louis B. Mayer Lounge

1:00-1:15pm: Welcome Address
• Emily Goldberg Knox, Editor-in-Chief, Hastings Law Journal (University of California Hastings College of the Law)
• Reuel Schiller, Associate Dean For Research (University of California Hastings College of the Law)

1:15-2:45pm: Panel 1: Moderated by Mary Kay Kane (University of California Hastings College of the Law)
[popup url=”/speaker-bios#Dodson” height=”500″ width=”600″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]• Scott Dodson[/popup] (University of California Hastings College of the Law)
[popup url=”/speaker-bios#Effron” height=”500″ width=”600″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]• Robin Effron[/popup] (Brooklyn Law School)
[popup url=”/speaker-bios#Sachs” height=”500″ width=”600″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]• Stephen Sachs[/popup] (Duke University School of Law)
[popup url=”/speaker-bios#Shannon” height=”500″ width=”600″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]• Brad Shannon[/popup] (Florida Coastal School of Law)

2:45-3:00pm: Break

3:00-4:30pm: Panel 2: Moderated by Rick Marcus (University of California Hastings College of the Law)
[popup url=”/speaker-bios#Bradt” height=”500″ width=”600″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]• Andrew Bradt[/popup] (University of California, Berkeley Law)
[popup url=”/speaker-bios#Clermont” height=”500″ width=”600″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]• Kevin Clermont[/popup] (Cornell University Law School)
[popup url=”/speaker-bios#Mullenix” height=”500″ width=”600″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]• Linda Mullenix[/popup] (University of Texas School of Law)
[popup url=”/speaker-bios#Steinman” height=”500″ width=”600″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]• Adam Steinman[/popup] (University of Alabama School of Law)

4:30-4:40pm: Closing Remarks
• James Wagstaffe (University of California Hastings College of the Law)

4:40-5:30pm: Reception

Spring 2014


Hastings Law Journal held its Spring 2014, The Legal Dimension of 3D Printing, on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Hastings Alumni Reception Center. The symposium focused on the array of legal issues, new and old, posed by the wide-availability of 3D printing technology. For example, how will regulatory bodies address printable organs, medical devices, and printable aircraft? What are the implications for patent and copyright law?

Spring 2013

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The Hastings Law Journal Spring 2013 symposium, From Bench to Society: Law and Ethics at the Frontier of Genomic Technology, was held on Friday, February 8, 2013, on the campus of the University of California – Hastings College of the Law. The symposium was co-sponsored with the UCSF – UC Hastings Consortium.

Spring 2012

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The Hastings Law Journal‘s Spring 2012 Symposium tackled the shifting policy implications of new developments in neuroscience.

The symposium, cosponsored with Stanford University, took place over two days: February 10, 2012, at UC Hastings and Februrary 11, 2012, at Stanford University. A series of panels considered the legal and policy implications of new developments in neuroscience technology. The event unfolded along developmental lines, with the first panel discussing possible regulations over prenatal neurological development, continuing through discussions about custody and separation effects on childhood neurological development, and ending the first day considering adolescent brain development and possible changes to criminal law. The second day at Stanford featured panels regarding onset of dementia and determining mental competency and end-of-life decisions.

We had a great keynote speaker, Robert Sapolsky, a MacArthur Fellow, and we featured many more interesting neuroscience and legal thinkers. For those of you who could not attend, we have video of this highly topical, fascinating inquiry into where brain technology is leading our laws and our policies.