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Privatization to be theme at Emory Law's Thrower Symposium

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Leading legal scholars and practitioners will explore privatization issues at the 32nd annual Randolph W. Thrower Symposium Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at Emory University School of Law.  

The daylong series of panels and discussions, titled "Privatization: Managing Liability and Reassessing Practices in Local & International Contexts," is presented by the Emory Law Journal and will explore privatization as it relates to modern liability and practices.  

Privatization occurs when the government contracts out public functions and services to private parties. The recent rise of privatization raises questions of whether the changed economic landscape makes privatization more critical, how privatization has changed considerations of legal liability, how previous legal practices should be reassessed, and whether certain public functions should not be delegated despite increased efficiency. 

The Hon. Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will deliver the keynote speech.  

Four panels will address specific issues within privatization including:

  • Privatizing Justice: Shifting Adjudication out of the Judiciary;

  • Privatizing State & Local Governments: Accountability and Reassessing Public Services;

  • Privatized Components of Health Law: Medical Malpractice Health Care; and

  • Privatization Abroad: Conflicts, Contractors & Immunity.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but attendees must register online at: The symposium includes a mid-day lunch and is followed by a reception.  

Georgia Bar Members may obtain five hours of general CLE credits for a $65 registration fee. For attendees from other states, a request for CLE credits will be submitted to the appropriate bar association. Registration fee is waived for judges and clerks.  

For more information, contact Jessie Brown at  

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