Next Thursday, February 6, 2014, we'll be in Chicago to moderate an American Bar Association discussion/debate on a topic that's not our usual takings-eminent domain-land use stuff, but is still one of the hotter topics around. "They'll Take My Big Gulp From My Cold Dead Hands" is an hour-and-a-half with three experts in "Public Health, the Police Power, and the Nanny State," to quote our subtitle. (Yes, we realize that New York City's ban actually exempted Big Gulps® but hey, it's a catchy title.)
Joining me for the discussion:
- Walter Olson, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies. While his list of accomplishments is long, we lawyers perhaps love him best for his "Overlawyered" blog.
- Sarah Conly, Professor of Philosophy at Bowdoin College. Author of "Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism," forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
- Alderman George Cardenas, who represents the City of Chicago's 12th Ward. Among other issues, Alderman Cardenas has proposed raising the smoking age to 21, and to tax sugary drinks.
Here's the description of the program:
A moderated panel discussion of the issues raised by New York City’s attempt to regulate the portion size of sugary drinks, and similar measures around the country. Advocates from both sides of the issue will present their rationales, and legal scholars and media commentators will provide the larger picture. The panelists will be comparing various state and federal approaches with the common question: what limits on personal choice can be adopted in the name of public health, the environment, and the traditional police powers exercised by governments? How do these measures work with a federal system where local regulation may conflict with state and federal laws, or at the very least may conflict—at least philosophically—with subsidies to sugar and corn producers, and protective tariffs?
More information about this CLE session (and the others the State and Local Government Section is sponsoring) here. Register for the Midyear here.
If you are coming to balmy Chicago next week, please be sure to join us. It promises to be an informative, lively, and timely session. If you can't make it, we are capturing the program on audio, and will have a follow-up teleconference.