Emory Law Journal symposium on privatization, free, this Thursday

This Thursday, Emory Law School and the Emory Law Journal are holding the 2013 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium. This year’s topic is Privatization: Managing Liability and Reassessing Practices in Local & International Contexts. The keynote speaker is the judge I clerked for in 2004-05, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit. Here’s the blurb:

In recent years, the government has increasingly contracted out public functions and services to private parties. Prompted in part by government budget cuts, key Supreme Court decisions, and American involvement in conflicts abroad, private parties play an increasingly critical role in the government. Expanding on previous discussions of privatization, the symposium will focus on certain aspects of privatization that have evolved in recent years. Underlying questions include whether the changed economy makes privatization more critical, how privatization has changed legal liability, how previous legal practices should be reassessed, and whether certain public functions should not be delegated despite increased efficiency. To that end, the 2013 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium presented by the Emory Law Journal will bring together leading scholars and practitioners to advance the discussion of privatization as it relates to modern liability and practices. Click here to see the schedule.

The Symposium is free and open to the public. For members of the Georgia Bar, it is an excellent and inexpensive opportunity to obtain CLE credit. The $65 registration fee covers five general CLE credits, parking, breakfast, lunch, and a reception after the event. The registration fee is waived for clerks and judges.

I myself am speaking in the 11:30-12:30 panel on prison privatization and performance measures. Other speakers include my co-clerk Jon Michaels, now at UCLA Law School; my former Georgetown Law colleague Kathy Zeiler; and my Emory Law colleague Rich Freer. Here’s the symposium schedule:

8:00-8:45 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast, Hunter Atrium

8:45-9:15 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction

9:15-10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address
The Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Panel 1: Privatizing Justice: Shifting Adjudication out of the Judiciary
Richard Freer, Emory University School of Law
Francis McGovern, Duke University School of Law
Caline Mouawad, King & Spalding LLP

11:30-12:30 p.m.
Panel 2: Privatizing State & Local Governments: Accountability and Reassessing Public Services
Preston Green III, The Dickinson School of Law & Penn State College of Education
Julie Roin, University of Chicago Law School
Alexander Volokh, Emory University School of Law

12:30-1:45 p.m.
Lunch, Hunter Atrium

1:45-3:00 p.m.
Panel 3: Privatized Components of Health Law: Medical Malpractice & Health Care
John Clerici, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Tiber Creek Partners LLC
William Sage, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Kathryn Zeiler, Georgetown University Law Center

3:15-4:30 p.m.
Panel 4: Privatization Abroad: Conflicts, Contractors & Immunity
Laura Dickinson, The George Washington Law School
Daniel Gordon, The George Washington Law School
Jon Michaels, UCLA School of Law

4:30-6:00 p.m.
Reception, Hunter Atrium