2020 Conference Update

FDLI remains committed to providing high-quality educational programs while keeping our members and event attendees safe during the current pandemic. Currently, we plan on moving forward with the Food and Drug Law Journal 2020 Symposium as an in-person program; however, we will convert this to a virtual event if necessary for the safety of attendees.

Food and Drug Law Journal 2020 Symposium
This Teachable Moment: How COVID-19 Provides Lessons from FDA’s Past and Present That Will Benefit Its Future Preparedness

The Food and Drug Law Institute solicits legal scholarship on the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how past and present lessons provide guidance for the future.

The Past: How do the polio, swine flu, SARS, and other past health and other crises aid in our understanding of how FDA and other federal agencies should navigate pandemics?

The Present and Future: What are the immediate lessons of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how can they help inform future action? Would legislative or regulatory changes help FDA and other agencies respond to future pandemics?

The Food and Drug Law Journal 2020 Symposium encourages thoughtful scholarship on such issues as disease monitoring, development of diagnostics, assessment and storage of protective gear, vaccine development, “social distancing” as a future remedy, emergency regulatory waivers and flexibilities, and other topics. Like the Journal, this Symposium will focus on FDA-regulated products, but submissions can focus on regulators other than FDA.

 The Food and Drug Law Journal is the publication sponsor for this Symposium, reserving a right of first refusal to offer publication of submitted papers that conform to the requirements set forth below.


The Food and Drug Law Journal (FDLJ) will have a right of first refusal to publish final papers accepted for the FDLJ 2020 Symposium, subject to their editorial review process. All final papers should be double-spaced and in Times New Roman font. FDLJ requires footnotes that conform with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Additional author guidelines are available online here. Questions regarding submission requirements may be directed to [email protected].

Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts closed on June 15, 2020. Draft articles from accepted authors must be submitted by October 23, 2020. Thank you to everyone who submitted a paper!

Please contact Paige Samson with any questions.

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  • $49 for nonmembers


  • $49 for nonmembers


  • $49 for nonmembers


  • $49 for nonmembers


  • full-time students only
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A preliminary agenda will be announced in September 2020. If you would like to be notified, please let us know .

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please let us know if you would like more information.

Planning Committee


James T. O’Reilly, University of Cincinnati


Nigel Barrella, The Good Food Institute 
Laurie J. Beyranevand, Vermont Law School
Jennifer Black, OC, FDA
Marie Boyd, University of South Carolina
Nathan Brown, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Bridget C.E. Dooling, George Washington University
Carl Fischer, Becton Dickinson (BD)
Lewis Grossman, American University
Peter Barton Hutt, Covington & Burling LLP
John Johnson III, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Alan C. Katz, toXcel, LLC
Dinesh Kumar, OC, FDA
Marian J. Lee, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Priya Malavika Mannan, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
J. R. McNair, Winston & Strawn LLP
Alan G. Minsk, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Anne Marie Murphy, Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)
Nicole Negowetti, Harvard Law School
Joseph A. Page (Academic Advisor), Georgetown University
Sung Park, Reed Smith LLP
Jessica Ringel, King & Spalding LLP
Marc J. Scheineson, Alston & Bird LLP
Shy Shorer, National Institutes of Health
Anna Sims, OC, FDA
Eric Solowey, Parexel International Corporation
Andrew Wasson, Haug Partners LLP
Emily Wright, Pfizer, Inc.
Patti Zettler, The Ohio State University

Continuing Legal Education

FDLI applies for CLE credits in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. These CLE approvals may also be honored by other states; please check with your bar association for guidance. The CLE credits will be posted as they are granted and you can request to be notified when approval is received.