Business Law as Public Interest Law Symposium
Friday, April 13, 2012
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
University of California, Irvine
School of Law, EDU 1111 (Directions)
The University of California, Irvine School of Law has set out to be a top-tier law school that emphasizes the public interest. This raises the issue: What is Public Interest Law? The concept of public interest law defies simple description. It is many sided, but often focuses on areas of the law that are used to help vulnerable members of society. These include civil rights and civil liberties, as well as the rights of the poor, children, the elderly, and the disenfranchised.
Business law, too, is multi-faceted and represents an umbrella term for several areas of law, including antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate governance, development, finance, insurance, intellectual property, payment systems, secured credit, securities, tax, and white collar crime. To the uninitiated, public interest law and business law may seem like entirely separate spheres of law.
This symposium bridges the gap by exploring the relationship between public interest law and business law. Business law is not distinct from public interest law; it is a necessary component of public interest law. Many leading business law scholars will explain how business law, in its many forms, can serve fundamental public interest goals.
Attendance is free, but please RSVP online for catering and seating purposes.
10:30 a.m. Panel 1: Finance, Credit, and the Public Interest
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Panel 2: Using Business Law to Serve Social Goals
2:45 p.m. Panel 3: Specific Areas of Business Law as Public Interest Law