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Detroit Mercy Law announces Law Review Symposium topic and calls for proposals


University of Detroit Mercy Law Review recently announced the topic for their annual symposium. The topic will be Governing Bodies: Bodily Autonomy and the Law. The symposium will take place on March 4, 2022 in Detroit, MI.

Bodily autonomy has been regulated or banned on many levels throughout our history, ranging from slavery to the right to an abortion, assisted suicide, transgender rights, and even issues surrounding the present COVID-19 pandemic. While these laws and regulations have led to controversy and protest, it remains unclear where exactly the line should be drawn limiting government power over our bodies, or if there should be a line at all.

Detroit Mercy Law Review invites academics, scholars, practitioners, and other stakeholders to submit proposals for panel presentation and potential publication on topics involving governments and entities attempting to regulate bodily autonomy. These may include, but are not limited to, the following: slavery, vaccine passports and mandates, abortion laws, assisted suicide, data privacy issues, and transgender rights. 

Proposals should be approximately 250-500 words, double-spaced, and should detail the proposed topic and presentation. Proposals must be submitted no later than 5 pm EST on Friday, October 29, 2021, by email to Mackenzie Clark, Symposium Director, at lawreview@udmercy.edu. In your e-mail, please indicate whether your proposal is for a presentation only or if you plan to submit an article based on your presentation for potential publication in the Detroit Mercy Law Review. Also, please include a current CV or resume.

Decisions will be emailed on or before Monday, November 7, 2021. The final completed manuscripts must be submitted by Friday, March 11, 2022, for editing to commence by the Law Review staff.

Questions can be directed to Clark at the email above.

 

‘Wrongful Conviction Panel Discussion’ presented by WMU-Cooley Law school
 

As part of its online Community Conversations series, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School will present a “Wrongful Conviction Panel Discussion:?Righting Wrongs for 20 Years” featuring Cooley Innocence Project exonerees, faculty, and students serving the clinic. The online program will take place Thursday, October 28, beginning at 5 p.m.

Since its inception over 20 years ago, the Cooley Innocence Project has screened more than 5,800 cases and is responsible for the exoneration of seven men: Kenneth Wyniemko (2003), Nathaniel Hatchett (2008), Donya Davis (2014); LeDura Watkins (2017), Kenneth Nixon (Feb. 18, 2021), Gilbert Poole (May 26, 2021), and Corey Quentin McCall (June 25, 2021). The Cooley Innocence Project also helped to exonerate Lacino Hamilton (Sept. 30, 2020) and Ramon Ward (Feb. 21, 2020). These men served over 191 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

To join the conversation on righting the wrongs in the criminal justice system, register at https://info.cooley.edu/community-conversations.


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