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2017 Law and Biomedicine Colloquium – L. Rex Sears

February 8, 2017 @ 3:05 pm - 5:05 pm

3:05 – 5:05 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 4609
The Law and Biomedicine Colloquium brings together scholars, practitioners in our community, law students, and law faculty for seminar-style discussion of complex and controversial topics in the field. We are excited to be welcoming four distinguished scholars from other law schools in the region, as well as leaders in legal practice in law and the biosciences. Registered students at the College of Law will receive one hour of credit for participating in the colloquium; other interested participants are welcome to join us. Visit the Center web page to learn more about the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences.

Speaker Sessions open to the whole University community (other sessions are held exclusively for students).

1 hour CLE (pending).  Free and open to the public. For questions about this event contact Jackie (801) 587-0221.

*Visitors will need to check in at the information desk on level 1 or level 2 to receive access to level 4.

The Law of Life

Our treatment of more localized biolaw issues might benefit from reflection on a more basic question: how, and with what justification, does the law touch on life itself? We’ll spend this class session exploring that question by looking at judicial opinions and other writings on abortion, the death penalty, euthanasia, and related topics.


Many of you may already be familiar with these; I’ve included hot button links so you can find them easily. They are all paginated, so you can scroll down to find the relevant pages.

Declaration of Independence, ¶¶ 1–2; Cruzan v. Director, 497 U.S. 261, 265–287 (1990); Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153, 168–188 (1976); Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 116–119, 147–167 (1973); Trop v. Dulles, 356 U.S. 86, 99–104 (1958); Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. 702, 722­–736 (1997).

Plato, CRITO; William J. Maledon, Law and the Unborn Child: The Legal and Logical Inconsistencies, 46 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 349 (1971); Coker v. Georgia, 433 U. S. 584, 591–600 (1977); Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 129–147 (1973); Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. 702, 710–720 (1997).

rex-sears-photoL. Rex Sears, Maschoff Brennan
Rex Sears is a Registered Patent Attorney and Shareholder at Maschoff Brennan. He primarily represents clients in complex business and intellectual property disputes, including patent, trade secret, trademark, trade dress, and copyright, as well as securities, antitrust, real estate, false advertising, unfair business practice, tortious interference, and contract disputes. Many of his clients are companies in technology-intensive fields, including computer hardware and software, payment system security, and pharmaceuticals, or exercise equipment designers and manufacturers, among others. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Utah and California; in the United States Courts of Appeal for the Ninth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits; and in the United States Court of Claims.

Prior to law school, Rex was a teaching fellow for the Harvard University Philosophy Department, and he taught as visiting faculty at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

2017 Colloquium Schedule

January 11, 2017 – Stephanie Bair, Associate Professor, Brigham Young University

January 18, 2017 – Dave Gessel, Executive Vice President, Utah Hospital Association

January 25, 2017 – Suzette Goucher, JD, RN, Director Risk Management, University of Utah Hospital & Clinics

February 1, 2017 – Dan Burk, Professor, University of California, Irvine

February 8, 2017 – L. Rex Sears, Maschoff Brennan

February 15, 2017 – Teneille Brown, Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Utah

February 22, 2017 – Katherine L. Watson, Associate Professor of Medical Education and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University

March 1, 2017 – Liza Vertinsky, Assistant Professor, Emory University



February 8, 2017
3:05 pm - 5:05 pm
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