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California Western regularly hosts conferences and symposia exploring emerging trends in the law and legal education. Below are examples of recent and upcoming events.

To find out more about our scholarly programs, contact Professor Catherine Hardee.

Symposia & Conferences

Legal Ethics and the Public Interest: Representing the GovernmentLegal Ethics and the Public Interest: Representing the Government

May 6, 2022

The 6th Annual Legal Ethics Conference at California Western School of Law focuses on the relationship between legal ethics and the public interest by examining the role of lawyers representing the government and government officials.

Past Symposia & Conferences

Ethics and Artificial IntelligenceLegal Ethics Conference

May 14, 2021

The 5th Annual Legal Ethics Conference at California Western will focus on the ethical dilemmas within artificial intelligence (AI) and its many applications. The conference will include panels featuring thought leaders, scholars, and professionals working in legal ethics, AI, and technology. Our speakers will discuss the ethical issues that arise from rapidly advancing artificial intelligence applications.

Racial Justice: Looking Back, Moving ForwardRacial Justice: Looking Back, Moving Forward

February 11, 2021

This past year, protests throughout the country denounced racial inequality and demanded justice for the murders of Black men and women. While the focus of these protests was on criminal justice reform, they reflect the broader movement to confront structural racism. The disparate impact of the global pandemic on communities of color further highlights the existence of profound inequality. This panel addresses how the legal profession is fighting to support racial equality and promote human dignity.

Where Business Law & Tech Intersect Where Business Law & Tech Intersect

February 12, 2021

The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting a special panel, moderated by California Western President and Dean Sean Scott, designed to share new innovation, standards, policies, and forecasts with legal insight. Panelists include boutique law experts specializing in intellectual property, labor and employment, and technology as well as venture capital and general counsel directing some of San Diego's Fortune 500 companies. A speed-networking session with industry experts will follow the discussion.

Revenge of the State: Blockchain and the Future of Law, Governance, and Monetary Policy Revenge of the State: Blockchain and the Future of Law, Governance, and Monetary Policy

February 15, 2021

The California Western School of Law International Law Journal presents a robust discussion on radical democracies, central banks, digital currencies, and the legal implications of emerging technologies.

Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice

March 12, 2021

The California Western Law Review presents a discussion based on Andrea Freeman’s book Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race and Injustice. The symposium will raise important questions and focus on the intersection of food law and policy, Critical Race Theory, health and reproductive rights, and feminist theory. The symposium promises to be evocative as well as diverse in terms of the points of view and opinions expressed.

Legal Ethics Symposium San DiegoLegal Ethics Symposium

March 20, 2020

The fourth annual Legal Ethics Symposium focused on legal ethics and criminal procedure. A distinguished group of scholars and practitioners discussed issues related to the ethical obligations of prosecutors and law enforcement, with specific attention to the legal, ethical, and moral ramifications of proposed reforms to criminal procedure and to the criminal justice system.

Wasted: The Global Effects of Plastic Waste in a Consumer Society Joint Law Review and International Law Journal symposium:
Wasted: The Global Effects of Plastic Waste in a Consumer Society

March 14, 2020

This symposium focused on the environmental impacts of single-use plastic waste and the current and potential regulations which aim to both solve and curb the harmful effects of this waste. Our speakers came from all over the globe to identify potential issues involved in these regulations and critically look at their long-term effects. This symposium provided a forum for environmental conservation and incited members of both the legal and local communities to take proper action to protect our environment.

Gender Sidelining Symposium at California WesternGender Sidelining Symposium

April 26-27, 2018

The Gender Sidelining Symposium at California Western brought together academics and practitioners from a broad range of fields to take an innovative look at how existing social structures can lead to adverse treatment on the basis of gender when actions may not be motivated by gender-based animus or even by implicit bias.

2018 Legal Ethics SymposiumLegal Ethics Symposium

February 17, 2018

The Legal Ethics Symposium at California Western focused on the ethical dilemmas that arise at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and public health. The symposium included presentations by thought leaders and experienced scholars in legal ethics, AI, nanotechnology, and more.

SEC Conference thumbnailSEC Conference

January 25, 2018

The SEC Conference at California Western brought together several key former and current leaders of the securities bar and from the Securities and Exchange Commission to evaluate the challenges facing issuers of securities, investors and others to examine capital formation, investor protection, and market integrity.

2016 Air & Space Law SymposiumAir & Space Law Symposium

March 10-12, 2016

In partnership with the Air Law Institute, California Western School of Law hosted the third annual Air & Space Law Symposium, bringing together aerospace industry leaders, practicing air and space attorneys, and legal scholars to address current and emerging issues in the field.

Enhancing Social Justice IncubatorsEnhancing Social Justice through the Development of Incubators and Residency Programs II

February 27-28, 2015

Building on the momentum from the first conference at Touro Law in April 2014, this conference described and advanced the phenomenal growth of postgraduate law programs and the new wave of affordable legal services for groups without access to legal resources.