Up In Arms: The Second Amendment in the Modern Republic

Event:
Up In Arms: The Second Amendment in the Modern Republic
Date:
Friday, November 15, 2013 8:15 am to 4:00 pm
Description:

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At the time the Second Amendment language was ratified in 1791, it was relatively uncontroversial. More than two centuries later, however, the debate over the regulation of firearms is in full force in our halls of government. The Supreme Court in 2008 sought to define the scope of gun rights in its landmark Heller decision by looking to the original intent of its drafters. But since that time, recent tragedies across the nation have breathed new life into this issue as courts and elected officials struggle with the various competing policy considerations in an effort to set forth a workable solution that protects the rights of law-abiding individuals while simultaneously protecting the public at large.

Esteemed scholars and practitioners from across the country will explore the history of the Second Amendment, current legal trends in the area of gun rights, recent legislative initiatives, litigation of gun control cases, the intersection with mental health concerns, and other facets of the larger discussion. By bringing leading voices together on this timely matter, the Connecticut Law Review hopes that a robust exchange of ideas will encourage policymakers everywhere to engage in a meaningful dialogue over where to go from the senseless events of recent years.

Schedule:
8:15 am - 9:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dean Timothy S. Fisher
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut

9:30 am - 10:45 am
Panel 1: Tragedy and Gun Control: The Legislative Response

Panelists:
Josh Blackman, Assistant Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law
Peter Kochenburger, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Programs, UConn School of Law
Patrick A. Luff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
George A. Mocsary, Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law
Mary Margaret "Meg" Penrose, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law

Moderator: Douglas M. Spencer, Associate Professor of Law and Roger S. Baldwin Scholar, UConn School of Law

10:45 am - 11:00 am
Break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Panel 2: "An Ounce of Prevention...": Mental Health and Firearms

Panelists:
Madelon V. Baranoski, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Law and Psychiatry Division; Director of New Haven Diversion Program, Connecticut Mental Health Center
Clayton E. Cramer, Adjunct Professor, College of Western Idaho
Linda K. Frisman, Research Professor, UConn School of Social Work
Michael A. Norko, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Law and Psychiatry Division; Director of Forensic Services, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Fredrick E. Vars, Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law

Moderator: Susan Schmeiser, Professor of Law, UConn School of Law

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Luncheon
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
Remarks

United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dessert and Keynote Address

Richard M. Aborn, President, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City and Managing Partner, Constantine Cannon

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Panel 3: Litigating the Affirmed Right to Arms

Panelists:
J. Richard Broughton
, Associate Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
David T. Hardy, Author and Attorney
Maura Murphy Osborne, Assistant Attorney General, Special Litigation Department, Connecticut Office of the Attorney General
Michael P. O'Shea, Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Moderator: George A. Mocsary, Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Location:

Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
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Contact:
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860-570-5331
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