Past Symposia

Volume 65 Law Review Symposium: Current Issue
"Executive Discretion and the Administrative State, Friday, November 14, 2014

Case Western Reserve Law Review’s annual symposium featured an interdisciplinary group of scholars. Speakers addressed executive power and the legal implications of its past and current use in shaping policy decisions affecting areas such as healthcare, immigration, the environment, and national security, among others.

Volume 64 Law Review Symposium:
The Supreme Court’s Treatment of Same-Sex Marriage in United States v. Windsor & Hollingsworth v. Perry: Analysis and Implications, Friday, October 25, 2013

Case Western Reserve Law Review’s annual symposium discussed the variety of legal issues associated with the Supreme Court’s decisions in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, which address the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban. Notable scholars in the fields of political science, sociology, religious liberty, tax and constitutional law, examined the Court’s decisions through the lenses of these disciplines. Areas of discussion included (1) judicial independence; (2) the level of scrutiny applied by the Court to these decisions; (3) federalism; (4) future tax treatments for same-sex couples; and (5) the implication of these rulings on the definition of family in America.

Volume 63 Law Review Symposium:
The Law and Policy of Hydraulic Fracturing: Addressing the Issues of the Natural Gas Boom, Friday, November 16, 2012

Case Western Reserve Law Review’s annual symposium addressed the variety of legal issues associated with the natural gas boom and the expanding practice of hydraulic fracturing. Areas of discussion included: (1) the division of authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing among the federal, state, and local governments; (2) the potential validity and impact of private actions that may arise from adverse environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing; (3) the debate over conditional use zoning and permitted use zoning; (4) the potential tax implications of the expanding practice; and (5) claims concerning the ownership rights to underground deposits.