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Santa Clara University Law School symposium examines Supreme Court's tilt toward business.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 16--- Has the Supreme Court of the United States abandoned its historical role of protecting the economically powerless, and instead pursued an agenda that protects the most economically powerful?

Are large punitive damages an endangered species at the nation's highest court?

How many more ways will federal rules pre-empt state autonomy over products liability law?

These questions and others are the subject of an all-day Santa Clara University Law School symposium Friday, Jan. 23, entitled "Big Business and the Roberts Court: Constitutional Developments and Explaining the Court's Receptiveness to Business Interests."

The symposium will provide a forum for dialogue, debate, and analysis of the various constitutional issues and explanations for what some have called the Court's extreme friendliness to American business interests.

Speakers at the day-long event will include noted Supreme Court experts such as:

-- Keynote speaker Jeffry Rosen, legal journalist and law professor at George Washington University Law School

-- Stanford Law professor Pamela S. Karlan, who argues frequently before the Court and was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and U.S. District Judge Abraham D. Sofaer

-- Robin Conrad, Executive Vice President of the National Chamber Litigation Center

-- Jonathan Adler, Case Western Reserve Law School's director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation

-- Brian Wolfman, Director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group, a national public interest law firm.

Events are being held in the Williman Room of the Benson Memorial Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. More information can be found at:

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