October 21st, 2013 at 12:30
Earlier this month, TU Law hosted the twelfth annual legal symposium with Tulsa Law Review here at the university. I was fortunate to be a part of the process to bring guest speakers in from all over the country to speak about the timely subject of health law. The symposium featured the legal scholarship of Professor Einer Elhauge from Harvard University, and several panelists speaking on his work. Elhauge recently published Obamacare on Trial, and speaks and teaches on the subject of health law and bioethics at Harvard. The other speakers came from other law schools such as Berkeley, Duke, and the University of Arizona. I kicked off the event in the morning and introduced Professor Elhauge in the afternoon session. The event was the culmination of a lot of planning and logistics (handled with excellence and efficiency by our own Barbette Veit) and I was relieved on the one hand to have the event come to fruition. On the other hand, I was intrigued and fascinated by the content of the speaker’s presentations. I learned a lot about the current issues surrounding health care in this country, and the arguments surrounding the affordable care act. The event also attracted people from the community, from hospital board members, to judicial clerks, to practicioners. It was a different experience than just watching the news, or even listening to political debates about the subject. At the symposium, we were all able to hear the perspective of top scholars and to see the issues in a different framework.
This is one of the things that makes a symposium or any kind of similar format so special in the law school context. As students, we are able to hear and interact with members of the academy who devote their professional careers to one or two given subjects (or in Elhauge’s case, four or five). As members of the law review, we were able to interact with the speakers on a more personal level and to continue the conversation away from the event. Now the task begins for the law review staff to compile the speakers’ talks into articles for our spring issue. I look forward to continuing the professional relationships that I have started with the speakers and to producing a timely and relevant work product that will inform not only the Tulsa community, but readers throughout Oklahoma and beyond.
I think the symposium is a reflection of the importance that the law school places on presenting a diversity of ideas and topics that are relevant in time, but also relevant to our student body and their interests. TU Law has an excellent health law program, and the symposium is just one of the ways that students interested in practicing in the health law field can experience current contributions to the field. And the symposium is just one of the ways that TU Law students get exposure to some of the most respected scholars on many topics. I am proud to be part of a university that values bringing in outside scholars to expose students to a variety of perspectives and to give inspiration and direction for our paths ahead. That is the mark of a great institution, in my mind, and one of the reasons I am glad I chose TU Law.