Annual Public Law Review Symposia

United We Stand or United We Fall: The Reunification of St. Louis City and County
February 28, 2014
John K. Pruellage Courtroom

In 1876, the citizens of St. Louis County voted to separate St. Louis City and County in what became known as the "Great Divorce." Today, the "Great Divorce" has reemerged as a hot topic of debate in Missouri. Some St. Louis leaders and citizens advocate for a city-county reunification while others remain staunchly opposed. This symposium brings together government officials, academics, and business leaders to engage in a candid discussion of the potential effects of such a reunification.

 

Saving the Cities: How to Make America's Urban Core Sustainable in the Twenty-first Century
March 1, 2013
William H. Kniep Courtroom

Described as the "case study of urban decline" in the 2009 book Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City, the City of St. Louis typifies the decades-long national struggle of urban decay. Recognizing that the current crisis is the result of economic and demographic changes, as well as poor planning and mismanagement, this conference will bring together academics, practitioners, governmental officials and nonprofit leaders to engage in an honest discussion about how to revitalize the country's urban core. The impending relocation of the Saint Louis University School of Law to downtown St. Louis provides a unique opportunity to engage in a discussion about how cities can be revived through sustainability efforts and a focus on building a modern infrastructure for adequate education, employment and housing.

 

Control of Police Misconduct in a Post-Exclusionary Rule World: Can it Be Done?
February 24, 2012
William H. Kniep Courtroom

In recent cases like Michigan v. Hudson, four members of the United States Supreme Court have indicated that the exclusionary rule for Fourth Amendment violations is no longer necessary because other remedies are now effective in controlling police behavior, such as better training, civilian review boards and civil rights lawsuits. This conference brought together academics and practitioners to discuss other possible remedies and assess whether they are, in fact, effective in controlling police behavior.

 

A New Era for Plea Bargaining and Sentencing?: The Aftermath of Padilla v. Kentucky
February 25, 2011
William H. Kniep Courtroom

The Supreme Court's decision in Padilla v. Kentucky has signaled a new era for plea bargaining and the sentencing of people charged with crimes. In ruling that defense attorneys have an affirmative Sixth Amendment duty to provide accurate, individualized advice to their noncitizen clients when a conviction may result in their deportation, the Court blurred the line courts have drawn between the "direct" and "collateral" consequences of a conviction. Co-sponsored by the Saint Louis University School of Law's Public Law Review and the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, this symposium will bring together the nation's foremost experts on the collateral consequences of conviction, judges, criminal law practitioners, and experts on immigration law to discuss Padilla's implications.

 

Voting: 45 Years After the Voting Rights Act
March 26, 2010
William H. Kniep Courtroom

In 1965, during the height of racially motivated violence in the South, Congress passed the federal Voting Rights Act. The Act prohibited states from imposing any "voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure ... to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." Congress has amended and extended the Act several times since its original passage, most recently reauthorizing the core provision in 2006. However, contemporary Supreme Court decisions raise questions about the extent to which the Act is still relevant and necessary today.

 

Property Ownership And Economic Stability
February 27, 2009
William H. Kniep Courtroom

The recent instability in the nation's housing markets has demonstrated the complex relationship between property ownership and economic stability for lower-income families. Until recently, many experts argued that such families could not hope to achieve the "American dream" without owning their own homes. Increasingly, events from the past year are calling the assumptions underlying these assertions into question. This symposium brings together a group of leading scholars and practitioners to examine the relationship between property ownership and economic stability, both domestically and abroad.

 

The Changing Tide of Trade: The Social, Political and Environmental Implications of Regional Trade Agreements
April 4, 2008
Anheuser Busch Auditorium

Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) have become a very important part of the world trade system in recent years. As World Trade Organization (WTO) membership has grown to over 150 countries, the interests of the WTO Members have diverged on numerous issues and negotiations have become more cumbersome. Many nations have turned to negotiating RTAs, which focus on the interests of countries in a particular region or group of regions, and not on global interests. RTAs allow for more efficient trade negotiations and permit countries greater freedom to choose their trading partners, trade deals and conditions of trade. By 2010, the WTO estimates that nearly 400 RTAs will be in effect. This symposium will bring together a group of leading legal scholars to examine the social, political, and environmental issues that arise as a result of the proliferation of RTAs. Some of the key questions to be addressed are: What are the impacts of RTAs on developed versus developing countries? What do governments gain or lose from pursuing such agreements? Will RTAs play a role in shaping the rights of women, children, minorities and the poor? And finally, how will they affect labor and environmental laws, regulations and standards?

 

Responding to the Challenges of Domestic Violence, Poverty and Parenting
February 23, 2007
Saint Louis University School of Law

Topics include: Exploring the Use of Restorative Justice in Domestic Violence Cases; Healthy Marriages and Healthy Families; and Family Justice Centers: Providing Support for Victims of Domestic Violence.

 

Creating Healthy Communities: Ending Homelessness
February 23, 2006 - February 24, 2006
Saint Louis University School of Law, Coronado Ballroom and Meeting Facility

The ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and the Public Law Review of the Saint Louis University School of Law are pleased to invite you to attend a national conference focused on ending homelessness and creating healthy communities. The conference will focus on permanent solutions to the housing needs of the lowest income families in our communities. Sessions will include discussions on how healthy communities are defined, how affordable housing with services can be provided for the poor in the context of other development efforts, who is homeless today, how recent weather disasters will impact programs for the homeless, and criminalization of homelessness.

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