Kathryn Simpson To Chair PA Bar Association's Law Policy Forum

Pictured are Prof. Charles Keckler, Dickinson School of Law, The Pennsylvania State University; Kathryn Lease Simpson, chair, PBA Law Policy Forum Steering Committee; Prof. Stephen Erickson, Widener University School of Law; and Prof. Stephen J. Morse, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The recent "PBA Law Policy Forum: Laws on the Frontiers of Technology" provided an opportunity for the legal community to expand its awareness of the substantial roles that new technologies play in the development of laws and regulations. The forum included discussions about the ethical considerations posed by the rapid expansion of reproductive technologies; the need to assess risks posed by scientific advancement and how effective risk assessment could help minimize the impact of avoidable disasters such as this year's Gulf oil spill; and the role that neuroscience could play in determining guilt, innocence, punishment, bias and truth-telling. Many of Pennsylvania's law schools generously identified outstanding professors who have studied, lectured and published widely on these important topics. The forum was presented live in Philadelphia and simulcast to four locations across the state.

The Forum will brought together prominent academic experts from Pennsylvania law schools for in-depth discussions of topics such as:

Assessing Risk in Today's Technology - how effective risk assessment could help minimize the impact of avoidable disasters such as this year's oil spill in the Gulf

Neuroscience Issues: Cutting Edge Issues Affecting Today's Courts - data about the role neuroscience could place in the determination of guilt, innocence, punishment, bias and truth-telling.

Reproductive Issues: A Brave New Frontier - the ethical implications posed by reproductive technologies.

Additional information about the forum is available at www.pbi.org.


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