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04/19/94

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'Violence and the Media' subject of April 23 program at Stanford Law School

STANFORD - A panel moderated by constitutional law expert Kathleen Sullivan will discuss "Violence in the Media" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in Kresge Auditorium at the Stanford Law School.

The format will be a Fred Friendly-style roundtable discussion using hypotheticals to explore the issue of violence in our popular culture. Questions to be asked include: How much violence can we tolerate in our movies, television and video games? Should we or can we regulate it, and who decides? What do policymakers, industry players, parents and watchdog groups have to say about it?

Panelists include Winston Cox, chairman of Showtime Networks; Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union; Paul Attanasio, creator of the Emmy Award-winning program "Homicide: Life on the Street"; Alan Rosenberg, who plays Eli Levinson on "L.A. Law"; Eleanor Acheson, assistant attorney general for policy development, U.S. Department of Justice; Christopher Wright, deputy general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission; Peggy Charren, former head of Action for Children's Television; and Terry Rakolta, president, Americans for Responsible Television.

The moderator, Stanford law Professor Sullivan, is a nationally known scholar and writer who often appears as a commentator on "Nightline" and the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour."

The event is being presented by Stanford Law Review, one of the nation's leading law journals, and is part of a celebration of 100 years of legal education at Stanford University. The fledgling university's first class in law - Elementary Law - convened on Sept. 8, 1893.

A reception toasting this seminal event will be held following the panel discussion, at 4:45 p.m. in the Law School's Crocker Garden, adjacent to Kresge Auditorium.

Both the panel and the reception are open to the public at no charge.

Two previously announced events also are scheduled at the Law School the same weekend.

Forum on International Trade, Finance and the Environment, April 23

The 1994 Global Challenges Forum, devoted to international trade, finance and the environment, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the F.I.R. building of Stanford Law School's Crown Quadrangle.

The program is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

(Though designed for a broad audience, the forum offers attorneys who attend up to 5.25 hours in California State Bar continuing education credit.)

The keynote speech, titled "Development and Environment - NAFTA and Beyond," will be delivered by Pierre-Marc Johnson, former premier of Quebec and now vice chair of the National Roundtable on Environment and the Economy in Montreal, Canada. His address will take place during the luncheon, beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Panelists for the morning session include Sanford E. Gaines of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; David Phillips of the Earth Island Institute; and Jan McAlpine of the President's Council for Sustainable Development.

The afternoon session, beginning at 2 p.m., features Dr. Ernst Brugger of the ECOS Ventures for Sustainable Development in Latin America and of the Business Council for Sustainable Development; Charles Di Leva of the Environmental Affairs Unit, World Bank; Juliette Majot of the International Rivers Network; and Steve Rubin of the Conservation International Foundation.

The forum also offers participants a selection of small group workshops in both the morning and afternoon.

Attendees are invited to attend Stanford Law School's above-mentioned 100-year commemorative reception at 4:45 p.m. in the school's Crocker Garden.

For information on enrollment and fees, call (415) 497- 2861.

Patent Law course, April 22

Developments in U.S. patent law will be explored in an all- day course on Friday, April 22, at Stanford Law School.

Titled "The Patent Office at Stanford," it runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features Bruce A. Lehman, the assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks, and other leading officials of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Also on the program are a number of patent law experts from local firms and from Stanford Law School and University.

Designed primarily for attorneys, the program costs $250 and offers 6 to 7.5 hours of California State Bar continuing education credit.

Enrollment is limited. For information call Joan Gordon, director of continuing education, Stanford Law School, at (415) 723- 5905.

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