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Jan. 25, 1996 Press Contact: Sabrina Miller
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National Experts to Explore Genetics and Biomedical Ethics

National experts will explore current legal issues in genetic technology and biomedical ethics at the University of Chicago Law School Roundtable symposium Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20. The symposium, titled “Genetics and the Law: The Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetic Technology and Biomedical Ethics,” will feature experts in the fields of medicine, law, ethics and genetics.

“As genetic science such as the Human Genome Project moves forward, we’re looking at new questions about how those revelations will affect society and how courts, medical professionals and others in society should ethically respond,” says Jacqueline Guynn, third-year student in the University of Chicago Law School and Roundtable editor. “We have leaders from the fields of both medicine and law looking at a variety of the issues being confronted today.”

The Law School Roundtable is a student-edited journal that addresses legal issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Roundtablewill publish comments and papers from the symposium in autumn 1996.

The symposium begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Weymouth Kirkland Courtroom at the Law School with a keynote address by Richard Nygaard, circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Panel discussions will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in the courtroom. Following is a schedule of the discussions:

9-10:30 a.m.Genetic Technologies and Their Implications for Women

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.Ethnicity, Biomedical Ethics and Genetics

1:15-2:45 p.m.Prenatal Testing, Genetics and Children 2:45-4:15 p.m.The Genome Industry and Marketing

4:30-6 p.m.Genetics, Regulation and Administrative Law: Confidentiality,Insurance Company and Employer Testing

Law School faculty members participating in the symposium are Mary Becker, Professor in the Law School; Richard Epstein, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School; and Craig Becker, Lecturer in the Law School and associate general counsel for the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO.

Faculty from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine who will be participating are: James E. Bowman, Professor Emeritus in Pathology and Medicine and the Committee on African & African-American Studies and Senior Scholar in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics; and Mary Mahowald, Assistant Director in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.

Guest presenters will be Carol Barash, a leading expert on genetics, ethics and policy; Susan Blanton, professor of pediatric genetics, University of Virginia Health Science Center; Rebecca Eisenberg, professor of law, University of Michigan; Paul Lombardo, associate professor of law, University of Virginia; Abbey Meyers, founder, president and executive director, National Organization for Rare Disorders; Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, New Jersey Department of Health; Michelle Oberman, assistant professor, DePaul University College of Law; Mary Pelias, professor in biometry and genetics, Louisiana State University Medical Center; Nancy Press, assistant research anthropologist in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, UCLA School of Medicine; Dorothy Roberts, professor, Rutgers University School of Law; and Sonia Suter, faculty fellow, University of Michigan School of Law.
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