Risk and Responsibility
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Friday, September 7, 2007
Drake University Law School
Neal and Bea Smith Law Center
2400 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa

Applied for six hours Iowa and federal CLE credit (Activity ID #45168)
To download a printable version of the Symposium brochure, click HERE.

Symposium Précis
The notion of risk is pervasive in our society. Risk for some suggests reward, but more will associate it with danger or fear of harm, such as loss of job, an accident, a defective product or an incident of professional malpractice. Others may fear the risk of litigation and potential liability growing out of an activity, and the consequence may be to discourage initiative and stifle action, perhaps disserving the public good and even our competitiveness. For nearly everyone, current events generate some apprehension or awareness of the risk of extraordinary events, like terrorism, or catastrophes like Katrina, or disasters like the recent bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

How do we define risk, and in the 21st century, how should we respond to it? Are we becoming a risk-averse society, with innovation, economic development and entrepreneurial initiative being stifled, both in the private and in the public sectors? Should loss be left where it falls? Through insurance we have spread risk and transferred responsibility accordingly. How is risk measured and managed? How is it limited? Are there limits to what can and should be done through insurance? Are some risks, like the risk of terrorism, beyond the ability of the private sector to cover and distribute? If so, what is the role of government, and what must be an individual’s responsibility?

The goals of the symposium are (1) to explore the notion of risk, (2) consider how we should respond to it in this century, both in the private and in the public arena, and in doing so, (3) examine the responsibilities of individuals, private institutions, and government.

Registration INFORMATION
Registration is limited and costs $100 per person, which covers the symposium, a continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. Registration must be received by Friday, August 31, 2007, to ensure materials but attendees may register on site.

To register, call the Drake University toll free CLE number, 1-800-940-2119.

If you have questions about the Symposium or need further information, call Bill Hennan, Assistant Dean and Director of Continuing Legal Education, at (515) 271-2955.

Activity ID Number: 45168

Symposium SCHEDULE
Friday, September 7, 2007

7:30 - 8 a.m.
      Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 - 8:10 a.m.
     Welcome Drake President David E. Maxwell; Drake Law School Dean David Walker

8:10 - 8:30 a.m.
     Introduction Tom Vilsack

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
     Philip K. Howard “The Dynamics of Legal Risk’

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
     Marc R. Stanley “When Bad Companies Happen to Good People”

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
     Break for beverage and snacks

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
     Tom Baker “Embracing Risk, Sharing Responsibility”

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch, Levitt Hall, Old Main
     David Moss “When All Else Fails”

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
     Panel Presentation and Discussion Tom Root, Kay Halloran, and Susan Voss “Defining, Measuring, Managing and Facing Risk”

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
     Tom Vilsack “Acceptable and Unacceptable Risk: Anticipation and Accountability”

Last Modified: 9/7/2007 9:21:00 AM by Brian Fodrey