Journal of Law & Policy to host ‘Held Hostage: Government Regulation in an Age of Political Gridlock’ symposium on March 18

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The Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy will host its Spring 2016 symposium, “Held Hostage: Government Regulation in an Age of Political Gridlock,” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, March 18, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1101.  The event is free and open to the public. Up to 3.5 hours of free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available from the North Carolina Bar Association. For those who can’t make it in person, the symposium will be live webcast at

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Today, the absence of political gridlock in Congress seems like a distant memory. Congress has been choked by politics and passing laws is almost an impossible feat. This political gridlock can have a substantial impact on government regulation, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to regulating rail safety, according to the symposium editors.

This symposium will take a look at the future of government regulations in times of political gridlock. What role does (and can) the law play in shaping and responding to that future? What is the interaction between government regulation and political gridlock? Can we look to the past to shape the future? Will economic theory lend a hand to the problem? Should we look to another means of enforcement besides regulation? These are among the many lines of inquiry that the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy editors say they seek to explore.

Syposium speakers will include:

Cary Coglianese, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Rena Steinzor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Sidney Shapiro, Wake Forest University School of Law

Joseph Tomain, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Thomas McGarity, University of Texas School of Law

Hannah Wiseman, Florida State University College of Law

This year’s symposium will feature roundtable discussions to encourage interaction and scholarship between the speakers and symposium participants, says Symposium Editor Shirley Smircic  (JD ’16).

The symposium’s schedule can be found here. Learn more about the Journal here.