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Law school hosts brain addiction conference

February 13, 2009

Legal and ethical perspectives on important scientific developments in the field of substance addiction will be explored during a free conference hosted by the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law on April 10, at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix.

“Hooked: Legal and Ethical Implications of Recent Advances in Alcohol and Drug Addiction Research” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. 

The conference will offer a balanced, multidisciplinary set of leading national and local experts providing a range of current scientific, legal and ethical perspectives on addiction and how the problem is and should be addressed by the courts. In recent years, scientists have made substantial progress in understanding, diagnosing, predicting, treating and monitoring drug and alcohol addiction, especially pertaining to genetic and neuroscience evidence, which would be helpful to the courts.

The program, for which free CLE credits will be available, is for judges, attorneys, scientists, mental health and addiction specialists, scholars and educators. To register, go to

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law