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Marchant, Buel address annual state judicial conference


Sarah Buel
June 30, 2011

Gary Marchant, ASU Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics, and Executive Director of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the College of Law, and Sarah Buel, Faculty Director of the law school’s Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, recently gave talks at the 2011 Judicial Conference, hosted by the Judicial College of Arizona and the Arizona Supreme Court.

Marchant opened the June 22-24 conference with a lecture about law, science and technology, provided a general introduction to various technological revolutions in today’s world, explained their effect on society and the law and described fascinating court cases that already have had their mark.

Buel delivered a lecture, “Domestic Violence and Victims Rights: A Holistic Approach,” and discussed the Halle Center’s commitment to education, service and scholarship.

The annual conference, which is mandatory for all limited, general and appellate jurisdiction judges in Arizona, focused on probate, court management, elder abuse, ethics, evidence in the 21st century, research and genetics, domestic violence, dependency and the future of the courts.

Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. Marchant is a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, Associate Director of the ASU Origins Initiative and a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

Buel, who NBC has called one of the five most inspiring women in America, is a survivor of domestic violence herself who has worked for more than 30 years with battered women and children. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she founded the Harvard Battered Women’s Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project, and the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project. Buel was a prosecutor for six years in Boston and Quincy, Mass., and for 14 years was a clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

Janie Magruder, Jane.Magruder@asu.edu
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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law