October 29, 2013

Law School Symposium Examines Gun Regulations

Fort Wayne, Ind. — Indiana Tech Law School and its Student Bar Association will present the school’s inaugural symposium, “On the Question of Regulating Guns,” on Nov. 8 in the Law School Courtroom.


Symposium and debate

November 8,
symposium at 1 p.m.,
debate at 5:30 p.m.

Law School Courtroom

Free and open to the public

The symposium will feature three afternoon panel discussions among leading legal scholars and experts from across the country on the subject of the Second Amendment and gun regulation, and it will culminate with a community-wide evening debate and dialogue. Participants in the debate will be former Fort Wayne Mayor Paul Helmke, who is also the former president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Cato Institute scholar Clayton Cramer, who is also an adjunct professor at the College of Western Idaho.

The symposium begins at 1 p.m. with the debate at 5:30 p.m. The symposium and debate are both free and open to the public.

“The topic of gun violence and firearms regulation has become one of the vexing questions of this generation, inspiring heated debate and passion on both sides of the issue,” said symposium co-organizer and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs andré douglas pond cummings. “Recent tragic events in Colorado and Connecticut have centralized focus on the question of whether and how much firearm possession should be regulated in the United States.”

Co-organizer and Assistant Professor of Law Nancy Marcus said the symposium “will feature subjects that include Second Amendment interpretation; the development of guns through 3-D copier technology; the permeation of gun violence throughout urban and suburban communities; and regulations in the form of background checks and dissemination of mental health records. This broad spectrum of viewpoints and issues related to gun regulation gives a taste of the complexity of this critical issue in American society.”

The symposium’s three dynamic panels and its event-concluding debate will feature the following pro-regulation and anti-control experts, including law professors, policy leaders, and politicians:

  • Katy Cimino, a federal public defender in the Northern District of West Virginia
  • Clayton Cramer, a Cato Institute scholar, author, and adjunct professor at the College of Western Idaho
  • Brian Frye, an assistant professor of law at the University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Paul Helmke, a professor at Indiana University and director of the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center, former mayor of Fort Wayne, and former president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Chuck MacLean, an assistant professor of law at Indiana Tech Law School
  • Nancy Marcus, an assistant professor of law at Indiana Tech Law School
  • William Merkel, an associate professor of law at Charleston School of Law
  • George Mocsary, an assistant professor of law at Southern Illinois University School of Law

Indiana Tech Law School is proud to host its inaugural intellectual event in the Tech Law Courtroom, which offers state-of-the-art technology, design, and accessibility to both the law school community and the broader Fort Wayne community. This is the first of many programs that will be open to the public in the Tech Law Courtroom.


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