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Roundtable: Family, Privacy, Secrets & the Law


March 7-8, 2013

Family, Privacy, Secrets & the Law

March 7-8, 2013
University of Maryland
Francis King Carey School of Law
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

March 7, 5 p.m. - Book Reading and signing by Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing

March 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Roundtable discussions

 

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Family, Privacy, Secrets & the Law roundtable engages the intersections of medicine, criminal law, family law, and constitutional law. The conference faculty will chart contemporary issues that span genetic privacy, disclosure of parental identity in assisted reproduction cases and DNA conscription to domestic violence and child sexual abuse.

There are times in which the law protects secrets, such as between a lawyer and client, doctor and patient, or clergy and congregant.  Yet, there are times when the law demands that secret-keepers reveal their confidences such as the increasing demand on doctors to disclose confidential medical information on pregnant women to law enforcement. How should we understand the contours and boundaries of these dynamics within the law?  On one hand, law tends to address secrets through the lens of legal duties to protect the vulnerable via its regulations governing abuse and neglect. On the other hand, this set of laws captures only a small percentage of secrets held by family members and other trusted "secret keepers" (doctors, clergy, extended family, neighbors) who, for a variety of reasons elect not to inform the state.

This roundtable interrogates states’ obligations to protect the vulnerable and at what cost. It considers the ways in which the law promises/owes protection and the success, failure or harms it brings about when endeavoring to intervene and offer protection. Against that backdrop, the law also has the obligation to honor individual and family autonomy and privacy.

Schedule

Thursday, March 7, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Book Reading and Signing: Jonathan Odell, The Healing

Friday, March 8, 2013

9:00 a.m. - Introduction & Welcome

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Session I - Genetic Privacy: Secret Mothers, Fathers, & Lives

  Chair: Taunya Banks
  Panelists: Martha Ertman | Glenn Cohen | Lori Andrews

Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Session II - Public Versus Private: Courts & Law Enforcement

  Chair: Michael Pinard
  Panelists: Deborah Epstein | Michele Goodwin

Noon - Lunch & Keynote Address from Jonathan Odell

1:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. - Session III - Minors, Networks, Sexuality and Privacy

  Chair: Karen Czapanskiy
  Panelists: Laura Rosenbury | Camille Gear Rich | Gaia Bernstein

2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. - Session IV - Reimagining Privacy

  Chair: Naomi Cahn
  Panelists: Eleanor Brown | Martha Field

Break

3:50 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. - Closing Commentary

  Reflection: June Carbone
  Closing: Michele Goodwin

Roundtable Faculty:

Lori Andrews

Lori Andrews
Distinguished Professor of Law 
Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology
Chicago-Kent College of Law


Gaia Bernstein 

Gaia Bernstein 
Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law


Eleanor Brown


Eleanor Brown
Associate Professor of Law
George Washington University Law School

 

June Carbone

June Carbone
Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair in Law, the Constitution and Society 
Professor of Law
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
 

Glen Cohen

Glen Cohen
Assistant Professor of Law
Co-Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics
Harvard Law School
 

Deborah Epstein

Deborah Epstein
Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Professor of Law
Georgetown Law 

 

Martha Ertman


Martha Ertman
Carole & Hanan Sibel Research Professor of Law
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

 

Martha Field


Martha Field
Langdell Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

 

Michele Goodwin


Michele Goodwin
Everett Fraser Professor of Law
University of Minnesota Law School

 

Jonathan Odell

Jonathan Odell

Author of The Healing

 

Camille Rich


Camille Gear Rich
Associate Professor of Law
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
 

Laura Rosenbury
Laura Rosenbury
Professor of Law
Washington University School of Law

 

 

Faculty Chairs

Taunya Banks

 
Taunya Banks
Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law  
 

Naomi Cahn


Naomi Cahn
Harold H. Greene Professor of Law

George Washington University Law School

 

K Czapanskiy
Karen Czapanskiy
Francis & Harriet Iglehart Research Professor of Law

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law 

 

Michael Pinard
Michael Pinard
 
Professor of Law 
Director of Clinical Law Program 
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

 

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