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ONU Law Review Symposium
Ohio Northern University Law Review
39th Annual Law Review Symposium
Sponsored by the Ohio Northern Law Review and Carhart Program in Legal Ethics
October 16, 2015
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8:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
8:45 a.m. Thomas Bell
9:45 a.m. Judith Wagner DeCew
Privacy and Its Importance with Advancing Technology
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. David Vladeck
Consumer Protection in an Era of Algorithmic Decision-Making
12:00 p.m. Lunch in the Hanson Reading Room of the Law Library
1:30 p.m. Deidre’ Keller
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Symposium Speaker Bios
Professor Tom W. Bell
Professor Tom W. Bell earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1993. He thereafter practiced law in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and served as a policy director at the Cato Institute, before joining the faculty of Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law. Bell has published papers on copyrights, Internet law, polycentric law, consent theory, prediction markets, and the Third Amendment, as well as the book, “Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good” (Mercatus 2014). He teaches all of the first-year common law courses and many electives relating to high-tech and IP law. Bell’s clients include law schools, who hire him for statistical analysis of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, and companies working in the special economic zones industry, whom he advises on legal system design.
Professor Judith Wagner DeCew
Judith Wagner DeCew is Professor of Philosophy at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where she has served as Associate Dean of the College for several years and as Chair of the Philosophy Department for over 10 years. She served on the faculty in Philosophy at MIT for 8 years, and has been a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Wellesley College and at Harvard University Summer School. Professor DeCew’s research and teaching focus on topics in theoretical and applied ethics, philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and privacy. She was Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy for 6 years, and was also elected to the national American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Philosophy and Law for two 3-year terms. She has been a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School, The Bunting Institute at Radcliffe, Harvard University, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the American Association of University Women. In 2010 she won Clark's Senior Faculty Fellowship "presented to an outstanding senior faculty member who personifies the Clark ideal of excellence in teaching and excellence in scholarship". Professor DeCew is the author of 3 books including In Pursuit of Privacy: Law, Ethics and the Rise of Technology (Cornell University Press, 1997) and Unionization in the Academy: Visions and Realities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and has published over 40 articles.
Professor David C. Vladeck
David C. Vladeck is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law, and a seminar on First Amendment litigation. Professor Vladeck recently returned to the law school after serving for nearly four years as the Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. At the FTC, he supervised the Bureau’s more than 430 lawyers, investigators, paralegals and support staff in carrying out the Bureau’s work to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices. Before joining the law school faculty full-time in 2002, Professor Vladeck spent over 25 years with Public Citizen Litigation Group, a nationally-prominent public interest law firm, handling and supervising a complex litigation. He has briefed and argued a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and more than sixty cases before federal courts of appeal and state courts of last resort. He is a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and an appointed member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Science, Technology and Law. He also serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Consumers Law Center. Professor Vladeck frequently testifies before Congress and writes on administrative law, First Amendment, consumer protection, privacy and access to justice issues.
Professor Deidré Keller
Professor Deidré Keller joined the Ohio Northern University (ONU) Claude W. Pettit College of Law faculty in August 2010 as an assistant professor. She has taught Property, Law and Literature, Internet Law, Legal Problem Solving and Analysis, and Intellectual Property. Her teaching interests also include First Amendment (freedom of speech), Copyright, and Trademark. During the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2013, Prof. Keller taught an Intellectual Property survey course for the LSAC DiscoverLaw.org PLUS program at ONU. The PLUS program is directed at undergraduates from groups underrepresented in the legal profession and who face significant financial and familial obstacles in their pursuit of a career in law.
Prior to joining the faculty, Prof. Keller practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, with the firms of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP and Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. She specialized in the procurement, registration and enforcement of intellectual property rights with a particular emphasis on trademarks and copyrights. Prof. Keller’s experience includes trademark portfolio management, counseling clients on matters including the adoption of trademarks, potential defenses to copyright infringement and issues related to litigating patent disputes. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark and copyright matters, and her clients have ranged from individuals to publically traded companies.
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