The 2012-2013 Wayne Law Review Symposium: “Revisiting the American City: A National Survey of Urban Legal Frameworks”

The 2012-2013 Wayne Law Review Symposium: “Revisiting the American City: A National Survey of Urban Legal Frameworks” will be hosted on Friday, November 2 from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Today, the United States is increasingly faced with a harsh reality – how can the City survive amid economic crisis, environmental concerns, suburban sprawl, and increasing inequity? The Wayne Law Review hopes to answer this and other pressing questions with its annual symposium. No location is more fitting than the City of Detroit, which will serve as our “experimental lab” for discussion, and we will explore solutions from across the nation and globe as to which urban legal frameworks can guide the survival of the city.

Speakers will include national leaders on urban policy and lawmaking, as well as Michigan’s own policymakers and trendsetters in urban development, community action, and land use planning.

Please join us as we set out to discover what makes a city great and what makes it survive.


8:15am: John Gallagher, Reporter for Detroit Free Press and Author, Reimagining Detroit

9:00am: Questions for John and Discussion of National and International Solutions

9:15am: Daniel P. Gilmartin, Executive Director of Michigan Municipal League and Author, Economics of Place

10:00am: Questions for Dan and Discussion of City Planning and Local Development

10:15-10:30: Networking Break (Refreshments in Atrium)

10:30am: Dennis Davin, Executive Director, Allegheny County Economic Development

11:15am: Questions for Dennis, Lessons from Pittsburgh and Elsewhere

11:30am: Don Borut, Executive Director, National League of Cities

12:15: Questions for Don and Discussion of National Development Trends

12:30pm: Lunch

1:00pm: Lunch Speaker – Megan Owens, Transportation Riders United

1:45pm: Questions for Megan and Transit Forum, facilitated by Law Review Students

2:00pm: Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Professor Justin Long

2:10pm: Keynote Speaker – Matthew P. Cullen, President & COO, Rock Ventures

3:00pm: Adam Kutinsky, Shareholder at Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook

3:45: Questions for Adam and Discussion of Today’s Most Pressing Property Issues

4:00: Neha Bhatt, Deputy Director of Policy and Research, Smart Growth America

4:45: Questions for Neha, Discussion of Legal Standards for Community Development

5:00pm: Closing Remarks, Kaitlyn Cramer, Symposium Editor

5:00pm-6:00pm: Afterglow Reception

National and State Marijuana Reform: The Economic, Social, Legal and Health Implications

Although marijuana is designated as a scheduled 1 controlled substance, making its possession, growth, and use illegal under federal law, sixteen states
and the District of Columbia have enacted laws decriminalizing marijuana for medical use. Michigan legislation has removed criminal sanctions for the medical use of marijuana. The enforcement of federal law, local regulation and the protections of health care providers and patients are key issues in the state of Michigan.

This symposium addresses some of the major social, economic, health and legal issues presented by current marijuana laws and proposed marijuana policies. Specifically, the discussion will explore the dichotomy between federal and state marijuana legalization, the policy behind the respective laws, as well as addressing the unpredictability of their enforcement. The afternoon discussion will consider the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use, local regulation and enforcement, physician compliance and patient’s rights.

Keynote address, Mike Cox – Dykema Gossett PLLC

Professor Robert Sedler – Wayne State University Law Schoo

Dr. Saby Ghoshra – Founder of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies

Kevin Sabet – Policy Consultant to the United Nations and Former Advisor to Director Gil Kerlikowske of the National Office of Drug Control Policy