2016 Symposia at DePaul's College of Law

A round-up of spring events hosted by DePaul journals and centers

The spring 2016 symposia at DePaul's College of Law covered a variety of topics, from fantasy sports to health law to immigration law. Following are recaps from the journal- and center-sponsored events.

Making Non-Adversarial Proceedings a Reality: The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center hosted a series of expert panels on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for its first annual family law symposium, “Making Non-Adversarial Proceedings a Reality: The Evolution and Impact of ADR in Child and Family Law Cases.”

Navigating the Regulatory Landscape: DePaul's 2016 health law symposium featured practitioners, technological experts and other professionals working together in the health care sector and using technological advances to improve upon traditional practices. "The New Frontier of Health Innovation: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape" offered insights from individuals navigating an increasingly complex set of statutory and administrative rules and the legal practitioners that aid their efforts.

Daily Fantasy Sports and Sports Gambling: DePaul Law Review held its 26th annual symposium on daily fantasy sports (DFS) and sports gambling, bringing together leading experts in both areas of this burgeoning industry. Speakers addressed a variety of issues regarding DFS, including the legality, the economic impact, the stances taken in New York and Illinois, as well as what the future holds for the industry. Topics also included issues in sports gambling, such as the potential economic impact of legality, and New Jersey’s attempt to legalize.

Faces of Modern Equality: At its April symposium, the DePaul Journal of Women, Gender and the Law opened the conversation on gender equality in the legal field and presented the Helen F. McGillicuddy Award to Professor Sumi Cho.“The Faces of Modern Equality: Creating a Space for All” symposium panel topics included surrogacy as a reproductive right, women advocating for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual exploitation, the struggle to balance parenthood and a legal career, and the intersection of LGBTQ issues and the law. “The JWGL Symposium was very well attended this year and featured very informative and current panels,” said JWGL editor and third-year student Holly Sanchez Perry. “Our attendance numbers were record-breaking for our journal and we were very pleased to be able to honor Sumi Cho for her tireless advocacy on behalf of students.

Crimmigration: DePaul’s Journal for Social Justice and the Society for Asylum and Immigration Law hosted “Crimmigration,” a symposium focusing on the intersection of criminal and immigration law enforcement in April. Speakers brought attention to the expansion of family detentions, the criminalization of asylum seekers, and the punitive nature of the U.S. immigration policy on individuals fleeing violence. Panelists Claudia Valenzuela and Diana Rashid of the National Immigrant Justice Center explored how state criminal justice systems present challenges to immigrants and the criminal defense attorneys representing them. They discussed the importance of Padilla v. Kentucky, calling it a watershed in the debate over whether deportation is punishment, and provided practice tips to aid attorneys or immigration representatives in helping clients avoid deportation.

The Business of Athletes’ Ownership Rights: DePaul’s Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems and Business & Commercial Law Journal symposium addressed the legal issues and policy concerns relating to an athlete’s ownership rights. Speakers included former professional and collegiate athletes, sports agents, university, athletic association, and private attorneys, and academic sports law experts. One panel devoted discussion to the rights of amateur and collegiate athletes, covering topics such as selling apparel merchandise and advertising college athletics. A second panel covered ownership rights of professional athletes, including an athlete’s right to his/her image or likeness and a team or organization’s control over an athlete’s decisions off the playing field.