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Legal implications of financial meltdown to be explored April 17

March 17, 2010

Jaclyn D. Grosso
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What is the government’s role in regulating the private markets and how has it changed as a result of the economic crisis? How visible should the invisible hand become while still insuring business independence? What is the role of the courts in interpreting the new laws and policies related to the financial crisis?

These issues are the focus of a forward-focused symposium “Law and the Financial Crisis: Economic Regulation during Turbulent Times,” on Saturday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Hotel Syracuse. Sponsored by the Syracuse Law Review and Syracuse University College of Law, the free event will feature nationally recognized experts discussing and debating the causes, ramifications and possible solutions of the current economic crisis; it is open to all members of the business and legal communities. This symposium celebrates the Law Review’s 60th year of publication.

Members of the Syracuse Law Review have assembled a distinguished group of professors, practitioners and authors. The symposium begins with an address by Melanie Gray L’81, a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, a member of the SU Board of Trustees and an executive committee member of the College of Law Board of Advisors. A lunchtime keynote address will be given by Jonathan Macey, Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance and Securities Law at Yale University. Interspersed between these addresses will be panel discussions on topics ranging from the mortgage markets to the effects of the financial crisis on the worldwide economy.

“This symposium represents our attempt to bring together some of the finest legal minds to discuss a topic of great national importance,” says Edward Townsend, a third-year law student and editor in chief of the Syracuse Law Review. “The College of Law is in an ideal position to organize and conduct this interdisciplinary dialogue.”

The Syracuse Law Review is the College of Law’s most prestigious student-run publication. Each year, it publishes some of the nation’s most respected authors in four books. This year, the third book is dedicated solely to this symposium, featuring articles written by many of the same panelists who will be speaking at the symposium. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

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