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Social Justice Conference, Fall 2019

Medicine, Music, & Mascots: Furthering Social Justice in the Age of Intellectual Property

September 20, 2019

Gonzaga University School of Law, Barbieri Courtroom
8:30am to 5:00pm

As we move further into the information age, the domain of intellectual property (IP) continues to grow exponentially. This domain––which includes algorithms, digital creations, genes, and even living organisms––is a vast economic resource that garners massive earnings for the media, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and academic industries, among others. Often overlooked are questions of how the resources of IP can be used to advance the wellbeing of our communities, nations, and the world at large. With these tensions in mind, this conference puts IP into conversation with social justice by asking how the areas of patent law, trademark law, and copyright law can better serve the public good in the modern world.

For questions, contact Michele Fukawa, Assistant Director, Center for Civil & Human Rights.

This conference offers 6.0 CLE credits in Washington and Oregon. Pending CLE approval in Idaho.


Webcast: $185
Attorney 5+ years: $175
Public interest, government, and/or attorney 1-5 years: $150
Non-CLE attendee: $75
GU student, faculty, and staff: $0



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Featuring Plenary Remarks and Keynote Address By:

  • Professor Lateef Mtima of Howard University
  • Professor Madhavi Sunder of Georgetown University


Panel 1: Trademarks, Expressive Speech, and Social Justice

  • Professor Jessica M. Kiser, Gonzaga University, Moderator 
  • Professor Margaret Chon, Seattle University
  • Professor Dustin Marlan, University of Massachusetts
  • Professor J. Janewa Osei-Tutu, Florida International University


Panel 2: Patents, Public Health, and Social Justice

  • Dean Jacob H. Rooksby, Gonzaga University, Moderator 
  • Professor Mason Marks, Gonzaga University
  • Sandra Park, ACLU, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Professor Madhavi Sunder, Georgetown University


Panel 3: Copyright, Digital Technology, and Social Justice 

  • Professor Jeffrey Omari, Gonzaga University, Moderator 
  • Professor Brian Frye, University of Kentucky
  • Professor Lateef Mtima, Howard University
  • Professor Cathay Smith, University of Montana