Panels & Discussion Forums

The Law Society’s Panel & Discussion Forums seek to bring up topics that are important in the field of law, policy, social justice, and campus issues. The forums bring together students, faculty, alumni, and even members of the community to address these important issues.

Previous panels and discussions co-hosted by the Law Society have included

  • “No Justice, No Freedom: The Morality of Law”: Led by Professors Alex Willingham and Joy James, the discussion examined the political, social, and legal ramifications of current cases at the time including Troy Davis, Casey Anthony, Anwar al-Awlaki, and Lawrence Russel Brewer.
  • “Protecting Choice: Defending Reproductive Rights “: Led by Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ALCU Reproductive Freedom Project, the discussion focused on protecting choice and the political issues regarding reproductive rights in the  election year.
  • “Lunch Roundtable Discussion”: with Professor Justin Crowe-Constitutional issues and challenges to health care reform
  • “The Right to Die”: Led by Professor Julie Pedroni, the discussion focused on issues surrounding ethics and justice in medicine and health care, as well as Question 2 on the 2012 Massachusetts ballot, that could have legalized physician assisted suicide.
  • “Lunch Roundtable Discussion”: with Professor Robert Jackall-Crime, Policing, and Public Order
  • “Space Law Seminar”: Panel Discussion on Space Law & Policy with Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz, Director of the national Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law; Professor Henry Hertzfeld, of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University; and Michael Schlabs of NASA’s International Law Practice Group
  • “Is all Really Legal in Love and War”: The Legal Implications of Intervening in Syria
  • “Outside the Law”: Non-Lawyers with JDs and Non-Lawyers in the Legal Profession with Professor Philip McKnight’65 of MCLA, Chief Michael Wynn’93 of the Pittsfield Police Department, and Fantasy Novelist B. Daniel Blatt’85.
  • “Immigration Law Discussion: with Hilary Greene, Director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center, and Joseph Best, Immigration Attorney with Joseph Best and Associates, LLP