Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Antitrust Symposium Honors Professor Emeritus Lawrence A. Sullivan February 05, 2007
Antitrust Symposium Honors Professor Emeritus Lawrence A. Sullivan

Professor Lawrence Sullivan is an internationally recognized authority on antitrust law whose Handbook of the Law of Antitrust has been cited in hundreds of U.S. Supreme Court and other federal court opinions. On Friday, February 23, Southwestern Law School's Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas will present a symposium, Antitrust and Intellectual Property in Global Context - A Celebration of the Work of Lawrence A. Sullivan, to honor his lasting impact on the legal profession as a prolific and beloved scholar.

Professor Sullivan authored his influential treatise 30 years ago and has written numerous articles on antitrust, as well as co-authored a revised treatise and a widely-used casebook on the subject. He recently retired after a career in legal education that spanned 50 years, teaching at Southwestern and UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He will also be a speaker at the symposium.

"Larry Sullivan's treatise was a bible for a generation of antitrust lawyers both here and abroad," said Warren Grimes, a professor at Southwestern who co-authored The Law of Antitrust: An Integrated Handbook with Sullivan and will also speak at the symposium. "The strength of that book lies in the author's passion for the subject, guided by an uncompromising commitment to the empiricism of case law and new economic evidence."

In addition to its focus on antitrust law, the conference will put particular emphasis on its interaction with intellectual property (IP) law. The opening panel will explore acceptance of antitrust law principles in the developing world. Subsequent panels will explore antitrust/IP interaction, including an exploration of that topic in both the United States and the European Union, and specialized subjects such as Walker Process litigation and metered tying arrangements. Speakers include Professors Eleanor M. Fox of New York University School of Law, Professor Mark A. Lemley of Stanford Law School, and former FTC Chairman and now Georgetown Law Professor Robert Pitofsky as well as a roster of legal experts from around the world.

Articles written in coordination with the symposium will be published in the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas, a scholarly forum on selected comparative, international and trade law issues. It is one of the only student-edited, scholarly publications dedicated exclusively to exploring legal and trade issues in the Americas and features a combination of professional articles and student notes and comments concerning emerging developments and inter-relationships within the region. Copies of the issue will be sent to participants and will be available for purchase.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Antitrust Institute, Los Angeles County Bar Association - Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Section, and State Bar of California - Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section. Corporate support for this event has been generously provided by Arnold & Porter LLP; Blecher & Collins LLP; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Robert E. Willett & Linda Brackins Willett); Foley & Lardner LLP (Carole Handler); Heller Ehrman LLP; Susman Godfrey LLP; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; LECG; and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP.

The symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Bullocks Wilshire Building on Southwestern's campus (3050 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles). The cost is $75 for attorneys seeking 6.25 hours of CLE credit; $50 for Southwestern alumni (with CLE credit); and $40 for those not seeking CLE credit. Information on registering for the event can be found here. Parking is available on campus for $6. For a map and directions, click here.