First Annual Conference on Law, Ethics & the Life Sciences

October 26, 2007, 12:00pm – October 27, 2007, 1:00pm
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
Sponsored by: University of Louisville School of Law, University of Louisville Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility, and Stites & Harbison PLLC
Registration Cost: $150 for those seeking Kentucky CLE credit; free to general public.

The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law announces the first annual conference on Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. The conference will be held at the University of Louisville on October 26-27, 2007. This conference will bring together scholars from law, environmental science, information technology, health sciences, bioethics, and other disciplines to consider their disciplines' connections as well as their divisions.

Half a century ago, C.P. Snow identified a debilitating clash between competing literary and scientific cultures. To this day, abiding cultural divides cripple public understanding of a wide range of scientifically sophisticated issues, from global climate change and biodiversity loss to childhood vaccination, embryonic stem cell research, contraception, abortion, and end-of-life decision making. This conference aspires to span all of these subjects, and others, without regard to internal boundaries within law, ethics, or the life sciences. Environmental law, health law, food and drug regulation, biotechnology, law and behavioral psychology, and evolutionary analysis of law share a common scientific core. The best path toward understanding that core lies in embracing the similarities among these disciplines and their legal, ethical and regulatory counterparts.


Friday, October 26, 2007
Noon-12:45 pm Registration; Lunch for speakers (Cox Lounge)
12:45 pm Opening Remarks (Dean Chen)
1:00-1:50 pm

Opening Keynote: Children’s Need for Nature and Implications for Land Use and Design.

Sponsored by the University of Louisville Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility

Dr. Stephen R. Kellert
, Tweedy-Orday Professor of Social Ecology and Co-Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

1:50-2:00 pm Break
2:00-3:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Session A Children, Nature and Land Use
Sponsored by the University of Louisville Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility

Dan Jones, Chairman, 21st Century Parks, Louisville, KY
Irma Ramos, M.D., Assistant Professor of Environmetnal and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Louisville School of Public Health an Information Sciences

Child and Youth Participation in Environmental Planning and Policy Making
Louise Turner Chawla, Ph.D., Professor, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado

Why Healthy Relationships between Children and Nature Are Important
David Wicks, Ed.D., Coordinator, Jefferson County Public Schools’ Center for Environmental Education, Co-Chair, University of Louisville Center for Environmental Education, and Adjunct Professor, University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development

Land Use Law and Healthy Children: Opportunities for States to Assume a Leadership Role in Promoting and Incentivizing Local Options
Patricia E. Salkin, J.D., Associate Dean and Director, Government Law Center and Professor of Law, Albany Law School, and Adjunct Professor of Geography and Planning, Albany University

Vital Places: Healthy Child-Nature Connections in Plans, Codes, Projects, and Decisions
Tony Arnold, J.D., Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use, Professor of Law, Affiliate Professor of Urban Planning, and Chair of the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, University of Louisville

Session B


Moderator: Mandy Decker, J.D., Stites and Harbison, Louisville, KY

Patenting Future Evolution
Andrew W. Torrance, Associate Professor of Law and Research Associate, Biodiversity Institute, Univ. of Kansas

Nanotechnology Governance
Gregory N. Mandel, Professor of Law, Temple Law School

Technology and the Responsibility of the University
Manuel Martinez-Maldonado, M.D., Executive Vice President for Research, University of Louisville

Beer, Bread and Test Tube Babies--A Brief History of Biotechnology in Society
James Daly, J.D., Ph.D., Stites and Harbison, Louisville, KY

3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-5:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
Session A Bioethics

Moderator: Bob Stenger, University of Louisville

Neuroimaging, Neural Implants, and Perceptions of Neuro Research
Stacey Tovino, J.D, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Law, Health Law Institute, Hamline University School of Law

Debunking "Junk DNA" - A Public Health Case for Disclosure of Biotech Ingredients
Katherine Van Tassel, Professor of Law, Western New England College School of Law

Law in the Development of Bioethics and Environmental Ethics
Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, J.D., J.S.D., Associate Professor of Law, Cleveland Marshall College of Law; Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State Univ.

Session B

Moderator: Douglas W. Schelling, Ph.D., J.D., Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Statistical Inference, Type II error, and decision-making under the US Endangered Species Act
Berry Brosi, Stanford University Department of Biological Sciences
Eric Biber, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

The Need for Trust in Regulation of GMOs
Rebecca Bratspies, Professor of Law, City University of New York

Law for Sustainability
John C. Dernbach, J.D., Professor of Law, Widener Law School

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007
7:00-7:50 Breakfast/Registration

Welcome Day 2

9:00- 9:50

Opening Keynote: The Living Constitution: What Would Darwin Say?
Scott Dodson, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law



10:00-11:30 Concurrent Sessions
Session A Legal, Ethical and Policy Implications of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Moderator: Tim Hall, Univ. of Louisville Law

Public Health and the HPV Vaccine
Ed Richards, JD, M.P.H., Director, Program in Law, Science and Public Health, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State Univ.

Development and Marketing of the HPV Vaccine
Ben Jenson, MD, University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center

Bioethical Perspectives
Paul D. Simmons, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Louisville

Medicine, the State, and Women's Health: Some Historical Considerations
Nancy M. Theriot, Ph.D., Professor and Chairperson, Women's and Gender Studies, University of Louisville

Session B Environmental Law and Environmental Justice

Moderator: To Be Announced

Is Environmental Direct Action Against Legitimate Democratic Policies Justified?
Walter Riker, Lecturer, Vanderbilt Univ. Department of Philosophy

Prioritizing People
Malla Pollack, American Justice School of Law

Environmental Justice and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Laura Westra, Ph.D. in Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Founder, Global Ecological Integrity Group; consultant, World Health Organization; Professor Emerita, University of Windsor Dept. of Philosophy

Access to Ecosystem Services in Urban Areas: an Underappreciated Facet of Environmental Justice
Margaret Carreiro, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Louisville



12:00-1:00 Roundtable Wrap-Up / Lunch

All panelists and attendees are invited to this final session to further explore the interdisciplinary connections between the subjects of the various panels, and to suggest avenues of inquiry for future conferences.

Followed by Homecoming events

Speaker Bios

Tony Arnold
Tony Arnold is the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use, Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Urban Planning, and Chair of the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, at the University of Louisville. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the environmental regulation of land use and has been selected by peer review process as among the best scholarship in land use and environmental law in the United States. His most recent monographs are Wet Growth: Should Water Law Control Land Use?, published by the Environmental Law Institute, and Fair and Healthy Land Use: Environmental Justice and Planning, forthcoming from the American Planning Association. His research interests in public policy, deliberative participation, and collaborative problem solving have led to public service opportunities, including serving as Chairman of the Anaheim Planning Commission in Anaheim, CA, pro bono counsel and board member of community-based organizations in San Antonio, TX, and a member of the boards of directors of the West Jefferson County Community Task Force (an environmental justice group) and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. He is the principal investigator on a grant from the Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity to teach Central High School students about land use and environmental conditions in their neighborhoods and to engage them in a community conditions assessment process that will lead to neighborhood-based planning and land use reforms. Professor Arnold received his Bachelor of Arts with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Kansas, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence with Distinction, from Stanford Law School.

Louise Chawla
Louise Chawla is a Professor in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, where she is connected with the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Research and Design and the journal Children, Youth and Environments. Her interest in children's informal learning in their communities led her to a masters in Education and Child Development from Bryn Mawr College, followed by a doctorate in Environmental Psychology from the City University of New York. She has written widely on children and nature, children in cities, and the development of environmental activism. Her publications include the books In the First Country of Places: Nature, Poetry and Childhood Memory and the co-authored collection Growing Up in an Urbanising World. When she served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Norwegian Centre for Child Research, she revived the Growing Up in Cities project of UNESCO, which continues to involve urban children in cities around the world in evaluating and improving their local communities. The project won the 2002 Place Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association. She is currently involved in promoting design for children's nature play in residential neighborhoods.

James Daly
James Daly is a patent attorney with the law firm of Stites and Harbison. His practice focuses on patent-related aspects of life sciences intellectual property, including patent drafting, patent prosecution and counseling clients on infringement, validity and patentability. Contributing to his current law practice is a background in life sciences and academic and research experience in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, immunology, and biotechnology. Before joining Stites & Harbison, Dr. Daly worked with an intellectual property law firm in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina preparing and prosecuting biotechnology patent applications and providing patent counseling to university and corporate clients. Dr. Daly earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Louisville School of Law. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine through the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Daly's graduate research focused on elucidating the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.

Mandy Wilson Decker
Mandy Wilson Decker is a patent attorney with the law firm of Stites and Harbison. Her practice focuses on patent-related aspects of life sciences intellectual property, including patent drafting, patent prosecution, and counseling clients on infringement, validity, and patentability. Contributing to her practice is a scientific background in chemistry and experience with academic and commercial research in the areas of biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical sciences. Before Joining Stites & Harbison, Ms. Decker worked as a scientific research associate at the University of Kentucky in laboratories housed in the Advanced Science Technology and Commercialization Center (ASTeCC) She also worked with a biotechnology start-up company that commercialized intellectual property including licensed university-developed technology. Ms. Decker earned her J.D., magna cum laude, graduating third in her class from the University of Kentucky College of Law. While at the College of Law, she was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal staff, and was made a member of the Order of the Coif. Ms. Decker is an active volunteer in the Louisville community, serving as a board of directors member, committee member, or volunteer for organizations including Crane House (The Asia Institute, Inc.), Legal Aid Society of Louisville, Junior League of Louisville, and Dress for Success Louisville. She is also involved in local, regional, and national organizations, including the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, and Kentucky BioAlliance.

John C. Dernbach
John C. Dernbach is Professor of Law at Widener University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He recently returned to teaching after directing the Policy Office at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for two and one-half years. During Dernbach's tenure, DEP's Policy Office developed performance measures and targets for use in budgeting, planning and priority implementation; led an administration effort to ensure consistent and fair implementation of the state's land use law; initiated and helped manage an internal review of DEP regulations to ensure they conform to agency priorities; and hired the agency's first economist. In a prior tour of duty at the Department of Environmental Resources, DEP's predecessor, he drafted and helped implement nationally recognized reforms to the state's municipal waste management, recycling, and residual (nonhazardous industrial) waste management programs.

Prof. Dernbach teaches or has taught environmental law, property, international environmental law, administrative law, international law, and a seminar on global warming. His scholarship focuses on environmental law, climate change, sustainable development, and legal writing. He has written dozens of articles and has authored, co-authored, edited, or contributed chapters to ten books. He is the editor of Stumbling Toward Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute 2002), a comprehensive 32-chapter assessment of U.S. sustainable development activities that includes recommendations for future efforts. He coauthored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 18 prominent climate scientists in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency.

He is a council member for the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, and former chair of the ABA Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems, and Climate Change. He is a member of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability of the National Academy of Sciences, and also is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. In addition, he co-chairs the environmental stewardship committee at St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1978, where he was legislative notes editor of the Journal of Law Reform, and summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1975.

Scott Dodson
Professor Scott Dodson joined the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2006 and currently teaches civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, and conflict of laws. He is a scholar in the areas of federal civil procedure and federal-state relations. Dodson earned his J.D. from Duke University Law School, where he was a member of the Duke Law Journal and graduated cum laude. After clerking for Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in the Eastern District of New York, he practiced complex litigation in private practice and with the U.S. Department of Commerce. His articles have been cited by the Ninth Circuit on two separate occasions, and he has been guest blogger on the Civil Procedure Prof Blog and a frequent commentator in various news media, including CNN Radio, the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

A. Bennett Jenson
Jenson is a professor and senior scientist at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville. He joined the university in 2000.Jenson, who is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, is a board-certified human pathologist and experimental pathologist with extensive experience in the study of animal models for human disease. He was a post-doctoral fellow in immunopathology at Scripps Clinical and Research Foundation, a comparative pathologist in the veterinary pathology branch at Edgewood Arsensal, MD, and worked as an oral and experimental pathologist at NIDR, NIH. After relocating to Georgetown University he practiced surgical and autopsy pathology while studying the pathogenesis of human and animal papillomavirus infection. During this time he developed a number of antibodies that recognize markers of different human papillomavirus infections, including epitope mapping of antibodies. He was largely responsible for interpreting the results of the only two papillomavirus preclinical trials in cattle and dogs that were partially responsible for the initiation of the ongoing HPV phase III trials in humans. At present he is a professor of vaccinology at the Brown Cancer Center where he is working on the vaccinology of canine and equine minor capsid protein HPV vaccines generated in transgenic tobacco plants and he is helping develop a clinical therapeutic trial for women with advanced cervical cancer in India.

Stephen R. Kellert
Stephen R. Kellert is the Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His work focuses on understanding the connection between human and natural systems with a particular interest in the value and conservation of nature and designing ways to harmonize the natural and human built environments. His awards include the Outstanding Research Award for contributions to theory and science (2005, North American Association for Environmental Education); National Conservation Achievement Award (1997, National Wildlife Federation); Distinguished Individual Achievement Award (1990, Society for Conservation Biology); Best Publication of Year Award (1985, International Foundation for Environmental Conservation); Special Achievement Award (NWF, 1983); and being listed in "American Environmental Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present." He has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been a member of the board of directors of many organizations. He has authored more than 150 publications, including the following books: Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection (Island Press 2005); Kinship to Mastery: Biophilia in Human Evolution and Development (Island Press, 1997); The Value of Life: Biological Diversity and Human Society (Island Press, 1996); The Biophilia Hypothesis (edited with E.O. Wilson, Island Press, 1993); The Good in Nature and Humanity: Connecting Science, Religion, and Spirituality with the Natural World (edited with T. Farnham, Island Press, 2002); Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Foundations (with P. Kahn, Jr., MIT Press, 2002); and Ecology, Economics, Ethics: The Broken Circle (edited with F.H. Bormann, Yale University Press, 1991). A new book, Biophilic Design: Theory, Science, and Practice, co-edited with J. Heerwagen and M. Mador, will be published in 2007.

Gregory N. Mandel
Gregory N. Mandel is a Professor of Law at Temple Law School. Before joining Temple, he was Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship and Professor of Law at Albany Law School. Professor Mandel specializes in intellectual property and the interface among technology, science, and the law, with a particular focus on patent, biotechnology, and nanotechnology law. Professor Mandel's "Patently Non-Obvious" article was selected as one of the top intellectual property articles of 2006, and with "Patently Non-Obvious II" was cited in several briefs filed with the United States Supreme Court in KSR v. Teleflex (2007). He served on an American Bar Association task force which briefed the Environmental Protection Agency on arising nanotechnology legal issues, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach U.S. intellectual property law to foreign law students. Professor Mandel is a frequent speaker on intellectual property and technology law issues, and has presented his work internationally at over twenty-five law schools and similar institutions, including at Cornell, Texas, and Berkeley law schools, as well as for the Second Circuit and the United Nations. He has consulted with senators, representatives, administrative agencies, and private entities concerning technology legislation and how society should handle new technologies and technological risk. Before entering academia, Professor Mandel practiced law with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, clerked for Judge Jerome Farris, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and interned with Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. Professor Mandel received his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy from Wesleyan University, and worked on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope prior to attending law school. He currently teaches patent law, advanced patent law, and property.

Manuel Martínez-Maldonado
Manuel Martínez-Maldonado, M.D., MACP, presently the Executive Vice President for Research at the University of Louisville, graduated from Temple Medical School. He was President and Dean, of Ponce School of Medicine from 2000 to 2006. From May 1998 to Dec 1999 he was professor of medicine, vice provost and vice president for research at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He was the Vice Chair of the department of medicine at Emory University Medical School and director of internal medicine and ambulatory care at the Atlanta VA Medical Center from 1990-1998. He is a board-certified internist and nephrologist and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He received his nephrology training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He has held professorships at Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Puerto Rico, Emory and OHSU. He has also taught at Harvard and Vanderbilt. He has served on numerous NIH committees, including the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NHLBI. Author of numerous scientific publications, his research interests include disturbances of body fluid composition, the renin-angiotensin system and hypertension and their effects on renal function and kidney damage. Dr. Martínez-Maldonado is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Medicine and Health, and Who's Who in the South and Southeast. Dr. Martínez-Maldonado is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds membership in numerous societies, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Malla Pollack
Malla Pollack started law school on her forty-first birthday, immediately after earning a masters degree in library science. She graduated summa cum laude from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She then clerked for Judge Charles Proctor Sifton, E.D.N.Y., and Judge (now Associate Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, D.C. Cir. Pollack has practiced intellectual property at a national law firm and taught at various law schools around the United States. Currently she is a professor at the American Justice School of Law, Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches intellectual property, federal courts, and constitutional law. Her service and scholarship focus on the public domain.

Irma N. Ramos, MD
Irma N. Ramos, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. She was born and educated in Puerto Rico and completed her training in Pediatrics at the University of Puerto Rico Health Sciences Center. After several years in clinical practice, Dr. Ramos joined the National Institute of Environmental Health Science Center for Environmental and Rural Health at Texas A&M University in 1998 as Director of the Community Outreach and Education Program. In 2003, she moved to Louisville to continue working with disadvantaged communities and to establish community-based research programs focusing on diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Dr. Ramos is recognized nationally for her expertise in community-based participatory action research focusing on disadvantaged populations and the onset and progression of environmental disease. Among her research accomplishments are contributions to understanding children environmental health issues and fetal basis of adult disease. Her professional interests in community-based research have led to public service opportunities as a member of the Council of Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place in West Louisville and the Healthy Start Program at the Metro Louisville Health Department and Wellness. Dr. Ramos is the recipient of grants from the National Institute of Health, Health Research Services Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Ed Richards
Professor Richards received his undergraduate degree in biology and behavioral science from Rice University, studied human physiology and medicinal chemistry as a graduate student at Baylor College of Medicine and then the University of Michigan, before receiving his J.D. from the University of Houston and his M.P.H. from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He was the Ruby M. Hulen/UMKC Professor of Law at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and Director for the Center for Public Health Law. Since June 1, 2002, he has been the Harvey A. Peltier Professor of Law at the Louisiana State University Law Center, and Director of the Program in Law, Science, and Public Health. Professor Richards has specialized in health and public health law for more than 25 years. He has acted as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies, and has authored more than 100 articles and books on medical and public health law. For more information, see

Walter Riker
Walter Riker earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Tennessee. He is currently a Lecturer in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His research interests include the nature of the law's normative force, the related problems of political obligation and legitimacy, and environmental and agricultural ethics. He has published articles in Social Philosophy Today and Southwest Philosophy Review, and co-authored a chapter in John Nolt's The Land Imperiled (University of Tennessee Press, 2005). He has an article forthcoming in Political Studies, and a chapter forthcoming in Coercion, a volume he is currently co-editing with David Reidy for Springer.

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson
Heidi Gorovitz Robertson is Associate Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, both at Cleveland State University. She received a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and LL.M and J.S.D. degrees from Columbia Law School. Professor Robertson practiced environmental law with the law firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) in San Francisco, CA and Washington, D.C. She was an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School, where she was an Articles Editor on the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Professor Robertson has served as a member of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission's Blue Ribbon Panel on Balanced Growth and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clean Air Conservancy. Her current research interests concern local efforts to reduce barriers to the redevelopment of urban brownfields land, and the development of environmental ethics as a practical discipline. In the past, she has written about equity issues in the distribution of environmental risk, and about the EPA's efforts to develop a policy concerning the use of human subjects in third party pesticide toxicity studies.

Patricia E. Salkin
Patricia E. Salkin, Esq. is Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School where she teaches courses in Land Use Law, Government Ethics, Housing Law & Policy, Current Legal Issues in Government and NYS Administrative Law. She served for more than a dozen years as an appointed member of the NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources' Land Use Advisory Committee, and she currently chairs the amicus curiae committee for the American Planning Association. She is an officer of the Municipal Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, where she currently chairs the Task Force on Eminent Domain and the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service. Salkin is a past-chair of the American Bar Association=s State & Local Government Law Section. She served on the Board of Directors of the New York Planning Federation, and in 1997 received the Federation=s Hugh Pomeroy Award for zoning achievement. Salkin serves on the editorial board of Planning & Environmental Law, and has participated as a consultant to the American Planning Association=s Growing Smart initiative. She is a member of the regular faculty of the annual ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, and routinely participates in conferences and programs on various aspects of land use law for the Center for American and International Law, state and national bar associations, the American Planning Association and a host of other organizations. Salkin is the author of New York Zoning Law & Practice,4th edition (West Group), co-editor of the monthly Zoning and Planning Law Report (West Group), editor of the annual Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (West Group), and author of the forthcoming 5th edition of Anderson's American Law of Zoning (2008). She is the co-author of a casebook on Land Use Law and Community Development, as well as the new edition of Land Use in a Nutshell (2006). Within the last couple of years, Salkin has served as a consultant to the National Academy of Public Administration for work on environmental justice, the National Governor's Association for work on military base encroachment, conservation easements and strategies to keep working farms working in private ownership, and she has consulted on planning and zoning reform with numerous municipalities across New York. Salkin is the author of dozens of other books and articles on land use law, zoning, affordable housing, smart growth, ethics and environmental justice. Her blog, Law of Land ( contains current legislative and caselaw updates as well as information about other cutting edge developments in land use law.

Douglas W. Schelling
Douglas W. Schelling is a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group and concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and biotechnology related issues. Dr. Schelling received his law degree from the University of Louisville in 2000, his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Kentucky in 1997, and his B.S. in Biology from the University of Kentucky in 1992. Dr. Schelling is admitted to practice in Tennessee and is a Registered U.S. Patent Attorney. He has experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, the drafting and negotiation of technology, patent and trademark licenses, the drafting of opinions regarding patentability and infringement issues, and the implementation of protection programs for proprietary and trade secret information. Dr. Schelling has experience with technologies, including biotechnology, chemical arts, pharmaceutical arts, medical devices, simple mechanical arts, computer software, and business methods. He is a member of the American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Paul D. Simmons, PhD, ThM
Simmons teaches courses in Medical Ethics, Humanism and Medicine, Business Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, and Human Rights. I am an ordained Baptist minister and Director of The Center for Ethics: Ministry, Business and Medicine. He has contributed to the national and international dialogue on medical ethics through my writings on topics such as abortion, genetics, in-vitro fertilization, elective death and health care. I lecture and write on a variety of issues including business ethics, sexuality and family, aging, peacemaking, religious liberty and values in education. Simmons has a special interest in the intersections of religion and science, and of ethics and public policy. My method brings biblical, theological and philosophical perspectives into conversation with scientific and legal dimensions of particular problems. Simmons came to the University of Louisville in 1995 and to the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine in 1997. he serves on the Hospital Ethics Committee (HEC) of the University of Louisville Hospital, Baptist Hospital East and the Jefferson County Medical Society, and has also served on the Ethics Committee of Louisville Hospice, the In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Overview Committee of Alliant Hospital, the Animal Review Committee of VA hospital and for 10 years was on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Audubon Hospital during the era of the artificial heart program. For more information on Simmons, please see his online resume:

Nancy M. Theriot
Theriot is a professor and the chair of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Louisville. She will provide an historical perspective on medicine, government, and women's health. Her most recent research focuses on medicine as a gendered practice and on the relationship between medical practitioners and patients in the nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in the impact of medical ideology and practices on women's experience of embodiment. For more on Theriot, please see her UofL site:

Andrew W. Torrance
Andrew W. Torrance joined the University of Kansas law faculty in 2005. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Queen's University in Canada. In 2003 he was the Hrdy Visiting Professor of Conservation Biology at Harvard, and has taught "Biodiversity: Science, Policy, and Law" at Harvard since 1999. He practiced biotechnology patent law at Fish and Richardson LLC, the world's largest intellectual property law firm, and, prior to joining the School of Law, he has served as inhouse Patent Counsel at Inverness Medical Innovations, a global biotechnology company with headquarters in Boston. His abiding interest in biodiversity science, policy, and law have taken him on research projects to Australia, the South Pacific, the High Arctic, and the Caribbean, and he chairs the Scientific and Creative Board of the Darwin Project, a major biodiversity institution planned for downtown Boston. His research interests include intellectual property, patent law, biotechnology, bioethics, environmental law, biodiversity, and conservation. His course offerings contribute to the University of Kansas' programs in intellectual property, bioethics, and environmental law.

Stacey Tovino
In 2006, Dr. Stacey Tovino joined the faculty at Hamline University School of Law, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she teaches Law and Bioethics, Mental Health Law, Patients' Rights, HIPAA Privacy, Health Care Quality and Liability, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Law, and Elder Law. Dr. Tovino's research interests lie in the areas of health care law and ethics, including neurolaw, neuroethics, and research ethics; the history of medicine, including the history of mental health care, psychiatry, neuroscience, and neuroimaging; patient and research subject confidentiality and privacy; and literature and narrative studies in health care. Her most recent articles have focused on the relationship between the brain and human culture as well as the ethical and legal issues raised by psychiatric restraint and seclusion, advances in functional neuroimaging, deep brain stimulation, traumatic brain injury treatment and research, and midwifery legislation.

Dr. Tovino earned her Ph.D. in medical humanities with distinction from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Institute for the Medical Humanities, where she specialized in health care ethics, the history of medicine, and literature and narrative studies in health care. Her doctoral dissertation, reportedly the first dissertation in the now burgeoning field of neuroethics, examined the confidentiality and privacy implications of advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Tovino earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 1997, and her B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Tulane University in 1994. She was an attorney in the Health Industries Group at Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas, between 1997 and 2003.

David M. Wicks
David M. Wicks, Ed.D. received his doctorate in curriculum and program development from the University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development, a masters in Urban Education is from Fordham University and his undergraduate work at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey and the United Nations in International Environmental Studies. Twenty eight years ago he founded and still is the current director of the Jefferson County Public Schools Center for Environmental Education; he is the founding member of the Partnership for a Green City, a collaborative project of U of l, Metro Louisville Government and the Jefferson County Public Schools. Dr. Wicks is an adjunct professor at the U of L School of Education and a co-director of the Kentucky Institute for the Environmental and Sustainable Development. He is on the editorial board of two journals: Applied Environmental Education and Communication and Sustain. He is a past president of the North American Association for Environmental Education; he served for three different times as president of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education and is chair of his local watershed group called the Harrods Creek Task Force.

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