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Wayne Law to Host Presidential Inauguration Program, Legal Symposium to Showcase Faculty Expertise on Jan. 20

January 09, 2009

DETROIT (Jan. 9, 2009) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce a Presidential Inauguration Program from 11:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in the Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

The program will kick off with live coverage of the Presidential Swearing-In and Inaugural Address and will feature a symposium titled “Legal Perspectives on the Obama Administration.” The symposium will be divided into two panel sessions and will highlight a broad range of legal issues facing the new administration as seen by Wayne Law faculty experts.

“ This is the first change of presidential administrations in eight years, and it is likely to raise a host of important legal issues, from the future of tax policy and health care reform to Supreme Court appointments and the fate of the Guantanamo prisoners,” said Wayne Law Professor and event organizer Christopher J. Peters. “Members of the Wayne Law faculty have expertise in each of these areas, and this program allows us to share our perspectives with students, the public and other members of the Wayne State University community.”

This event is free and open to the public, and parking is available for $3.50 in parking structure #1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street . For more information, please contact the Law School Dean's Office at (313) 577-3933.

Presidential Inauguration Program Schedule

11:45 a.m.



Presidential Swearing-In and Inaugural Address – Live televised event

Symposium – “Legal Perspectives on the Obama Administration”

1:10 p.m.

Welcome – Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman

1:15 p.m.

Panel I – Private Law

  • Tax Policy and the Financial Crisis – Wayne Law Professor Linda M. Beale
  • Antitrust and Consumer Law – Wayne Law Professor Stephen Calkins
  • Health Care Reform – Wayne Law Professor Peter Hammer

Moderator: Wayne Law Professor Susan Cancelosi

2 p.m.

Panel II – Public Law

  • The Supreme Court – Wayne Law Professor Christopher J. Peters
  • The Department of Justice – Wayne Law Professor Richard Broughton
  • Closing Guantanamo – Wayne Law Professor Brad R. Roth
  • The President and Congress – Wayne Law Professor Robert A. Sedler

Moderator: Wayne Law Professor Lance Gable

About Wayne Law

Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit's re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities.

Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan