2018 symposium


The University of Memphis Law Review
2018 Symposium

The American Addiction:
Pathways to Address the Opioid Crisis
Friday, March 16, 2018


**Due to the overwhelming and unparalleled response for this year's symposium, we have reached capacity. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any more online or walk-up registrations at the event. Thank you for your interest in participating.**

Volume 48 of The University of Memphis Law Review invites you to its annual symposium that will analyze America's opioid overdose epidemic through a "pathways" approach, recognizing that the epidemic derives from separate, dueling sources—legal and illegal. Each pathway offers opportunities to innovate and intervene where opioids intersect with the law. No matter the source, both pathways converge on the community and the individual, costing the ultimate price for too many—life.

The legal pathway will explore issues related to pharmaceutical manufacturing, healthcare providers, and patients. The illegal pathway will explore legal issues related to drug imports, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system. The symposium will culminate by addressing issues in the public health sphere. This year's event is designed to empower attendees to channel their passion for change into meaningful legal and policy vehicles.

A diverse and dynamic roster of interdisciplinary scholars, policymakers, and practitioners will examine each event of opioid exposure along each pathway and discuss how to leverage the law to prevent further escalation of the opioid epidemic.

  • Michael J. Malinowski, J.D., Ernest R. and Iris M. Eldred Professor of Law and Lawrence B. Sandoz, Jr. Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Katherine Steuer, J.D., Senior Associate Counsel, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Inc.
  • Dakasha Winton, J.D., Chief Government Relations Officer, SVP, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Shawn M. Hamm, M.D.,M.B.A., University of Tennessee Addiction Medicine
  • Cassandra Howard, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital Germantown; Colonel and Senior Medical Officer, Tennessee Air National Guard
  • Michael C. Barnes, J.D., M.A., Managing Partner, DCBA Law & Policy; Founder, Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence; Advisory Board Member, National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
  • Stefan J. Padfield, J.D., Professor of Law, University of Akron School of Law School
  • Maria E. Pagano, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Principal Investigator, Helping Others Live Sober Research Project
  • Thomas N. Farmer, Special Agent and Director of the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Joseph Rannazzisi, BPhm, J.D., President, Due Diligence Compliance; Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Department of Justice
  • Julie A. Warren, J.D., State Director, Tennessee/Kentucky, Right on Crime; Senior Fellow for Criminal Justice, Beacon Center of Tennessee
  • Melissa McPheeters, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Commissioner and Director, Public Health Informatics and Analytics, Tennessee Department of Health & Director, Evidence-based Practice Center, Vanderbilt University Department of Health Policy
  • Mary K. Bratton, J.D., Chief Deputy General Counsel of the Tennessee Department of Health, Office of General Counsel
  • Taleed El-Sabawi, J.D., Ph.D. candidate, The Ohio State University College of Public Health

Thanks to the generosity of the University of Memphis Student Event Allocation Committee; Lakeside Behavioral Health System; Lewis Thomason; BankTennessee; The Frager Law Firm, P.C.; Butler Snow LLP; and the Association for Women Attorneys, there is no cost to attend this year's symposium or to obtain Continuing Education credit for those seeking it. The Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education has approved 6.34 hours of CLE credit (5.67 General, 0.67 Dual), and the National Board of Public Health Examiners has approved 7 CPH credits. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The University of Memphis Law Review will provide complimentary breakfast, lunch, and refreshments to registered attendees.

For more information, please click here or contact Symposium Editor Rachel E. Barenie, PharmD, directly at rbarenie@memphis.edu or 219.575.0723.

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The University of Memphis Law Review hosts its annual symposium every spring at the Law School. For more information about the most recent past topics and speakers, please visit the links below.

2017 - The Fragile Fortress: Judicial Independence in the 21st Century

2016 - Urban Revitalization: The Legal Implications of Remaking a City

2015 - In re Valor: Policy and Action in Veterans Legal Aid

2014 - Juvenile Courts in Transition

2013 - Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking 

2012 - Cultural Competency and the Death Penalty