Conference to Examine the Law of the Body

The Willamette Law Review and Center for Dispute Resolution are pleased to sponsor “Law of the Body,” a one-day symposium examining the implications of medical science on legal decision making and disputes related to the science of the body and brain.

The conference will be held March 7, 2008, at Willamette University College of Law. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the event will close at 4:45 p.m.

Discussion topics are expected to include the Oregon Death with Dignity Act and physician-assisted death; taxation of body parts donations and involuntary tax payments; the use of emotions, mind and facial recognition in law enforcement; stem cell research; and the impact of neural design on the human experience.

Professor David J. Linden of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will give the keynote address. Linden is author of The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams and God. The book examines how brain evolution has molded certain aspects of the human experience, including why humans are predisposed to love and long-term bonding and why we have a cultural impulse to develop religious and scientific explanations.

Oregon Continuing Legal Education credits are pending. Continuing Medical Education credits [PDF] are available through Oregon Health & Science University, which is co-sponsoring the event.

For conference information on the“Law of the Body,” [PDF] symposium, please call the Willamette Law Review office at 503-370-6186 or send an e-mail to Rachel Crocker at