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Recent Event Highlights

Second Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics

May 27-29, 2014 / Scottsdale, Arizona
The Second Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics, was held at the scenic Talking Stick Resort, in Scottsdale, Arizona, on May 27-29, 2014. The conference consisted of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies. This Conference’s topics span a huge range of relevant modern issues, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience and robotics. The conference was premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for today’s emerging technologies. It was a collaborate effort, sponsored by 12 different organizations including the ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and Center for Nanotechnology in Society.

Third Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference
March 12-14, 2014 / Tempe, Arizona
The Third Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference attracted nearly 150 corporate representatives, attorneys, practice support personnel, service providers, and other legal professionals to Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law on March 12-14, 2014. Each year, this Conference focuses on the practical and cutting-edge issues affecting the discovery and admission of electronic information. This year’s featured speakers included the Hon. Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Hon. John Facciola of the D.C. Federal District Court, and others among the nation’s foremost expert on eDiscovery issues. Leading jurists, attorneys, and legal professionals explored a wide array of eDiscovery issues, and all of the attendees, whether new to the world of eDiscovery or hoping to increase their eDiscovery expertise, found knowledge, new ideas, and valuable networking opportunities.

Evidence, Ideology, and Orthodoxy: Science in the University and the Public Sphere
February 6-8, 2014 / Tempe, Arizona
Increasing polarisation of high-stakes political debates on one hand, and a persistent sense of alienation from established political institutions by publics in many affluent democracies on the other, create an urgent need for venues where controversial issues can be openly aired and explored. Can universities meet this need? When universities are the sites of debate about socially contested issues, what happens to the norms and standards of scientific and other scholarly evidence? What roles do and should academic experts, and expertise play in such debates? On February 6-8, 2014, these questions were explored at an innovative conference in Tempe, AZ, co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Science &, the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy and Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes. 

Before the Shooting Starts: Predicting and Preventing Rampage Killings
Nov. 22, 2013 / Phoenix, Arizona
Beginning with opening remarks by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this conference explored what role emerging science can play in predicting and preventing rampage killings now or in the foreseeable future. The event was held on Nov. 22, 2013 at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse in Phoenix, AZ, and was co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Steele Foundation, and ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. As the fifth in a series of biennial conferences on brain science and the law, it brought together many of the nation’s leading researchers, thinkers, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to discuss the factors (psychological, social, environmental, genetic) that lead to rampage killings, the ability of science to predict such violence, and possible treatments or prevention strategies. The conference educated judges, attorneys, social workers, educators, care providers, and other interested persons on these scientific developments and how they can be used to identify and treat troubled youths who may be at risk for engaging in rampage violence. 



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5/2/2015 - Marchant Interviewed on Genomics and Law


4/24/2015 - Sachs Calls for Action in Earth Day Talk on Sustainable Development


4/23/2015 - Rule Presents Book on Renewable Energy


4/21/2015 - Hodge Presenting at University of Washington Law