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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014

Areas of Excellence INJURY AS CULTURAL PRACTICE The Global Center’s annual symposium addresses the complex intersection of injury and law Pacific McGeorge’s annual Global Symposium, held on campus March 7-8, 2014, featured interdisciplinary panels of social scientists, social theorists and lawyers discussing the topic “Injury as Cultural Practice.” Professor Anne Bloom, associate dean of faculty scholarship at Pacific McGeorge; and David Engel, SUNY distinguished service professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School, organized and directed the symposium. “The purpose of the symposium was to begin a dialogue about how the meaning of legal injury is constructed through social and cultural practices,” says Bloom. “Our hope is that the work we began here will continue and eventually culminate in a book.” Dean Francis J. Mootz III and Franklin Gevurtz, distinguished professor of law and co-director of the Pacific McGeorge Global Center for Business & Development, welcomed symposium attendees. Michael McCann, professor of political science and the Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship at the University of Washington, served as rapporteur after the panel discussions. The first panel discussed “What Counts as an Injury?” The panelists were Mary Anne Franks, associate professor of law at the University of Miami; Sagit Mor, assistant professor of law at Haifa University Faculty of Law in Haifa, Israel; Samantha Barbas, associate professor of law at SUNY Buffalo Law; Anne Bloom with Marc Galanter, professor of law emeritus at University of Wisconsin Law School; and David Engel. Gowri Ramachandran, professor of law at Southwestern Law School, was the panel discussant. The next panel examined “Injury Narratives.” The panelists were Greg Johnson, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Claire Rasmussen, associate professor of political science at the University of Delaware; Lochlann Jain, associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University; and Yoshitaka Wada, professor of law at Waseda University in Tokyo. Michael Musheno, faculty director of the Legal Studies Program at UC Berkeley School of Law, was the panel discussant. The third panel investigated “Remedies for the Trauma & Brutality of Injuries.” The panelists were Maurice Stevens, associate professor of comparative studies at Ohio State; Yukiko Koga, assistant professor of anthropology at Hunter College; Pratiksha Baxi, associate professor of law at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi; and Khiara Bridges, associate professor of law and of anthropology at Boston University Law School. Professor Raquel Aldana was the panel discussant. “It was nothing short of phenomenal,” says Aldana. “I was so delighted to experience this space of intellectual engagement across disciplines.” The proceedings of the Global Symposium will be published in a future volume of the Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal. For more information, visit go.mcgeorge.edu/global2014. Above, from left: Lochlann Jain; Marc Galanter; Greg Johnson; David Engel; Maurice Stevens; Anne Bloom; Mary Anne Franks; Michael Musheno; Khiara Bridges; Samantha Barbas; Claire Rasmussen; Sagit Mor; Michael McCann; Kulvinder Singh, ’92; and Yoshitaka Wada. 16 SUMMER 20 14 S T E V E Y E AT E R


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014
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