Savannah Law School Hosts The Walking Dead Colloquium

September 11, 2015

On September 18 and 19, 2015, Savannah Law Review will present The Walking Dead, a Colloquium that will survey academic topics regarding how death and fear of death affect the law of the living. What better site for this topic than Savannah, Georgia—a city both haunted and charmed by the dead, where spectral imprint often trumps that of the living.

Please join Savannah Law Review for our Fall 2015 Colloquium, The Walking Dead. This Colloquium will provide a forum to discuss the shadowy legal interpolation of the dead on the living and explore both its positive and negative ramifications in an effort to strike a pluralistic balance between the law of past, present, and future. Professor Ray Madoff (Boston College Law School) will present the Keynote Address

for this event and publish a related writing in the Journal. Professor Madoff’s thoughtful scholarship on the “Law of the Dead” includes her provocative publication, Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead (Yale University Press), which examines how American law empowers the dead to exert direct and often perpetual costs on the living.

The full list of presenters includes:

Michael Allen (Stetson University College of Law); Norman Cantor (Rutgers University School of Law); J. Amy Dillard (University of Baltimore School of Law); Jonathan Faber (Luminary Group); Susan Etta Keller (Western State University College of Law); Andrew Chongseh Kim (Concordia University School of Law); Anthony Michael Kreis (University of Georgia School of Public & International Affairs); Adam Lamparello (Indiana Tech Law School); Ray Madoff (Boston College School of Law); Lara Schwartz (American University School of Public Affairs); Michael Silverman (Savannah Law School, J.D. Candidate); Josh Slocum (Funeral Consumers Alliance); Eva Subotnik (St. John’s University School of Law); Asmara Tekle (Thurgood Marshall School of Law); Ellen Trachman (Trachman Law Center, LLC); William Trachman (Littler Mendelson, P.C. & Denver University, Sturm College of Law); Maggie Tsavaris (Savannah Law School); Richard Underwood (University of Kentucky College of Law); and Hollis Garrett Wright, II (M.D., Ph.D.).

Schedule Overview

Friday, September 18, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Opening Remarks

Keynote Address


Saturday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Panel Presentations

Four CLE Credits Available

Panel Topics – One CLE Credit Each

Regulating the Remains of the Dead

Exploring regulation of funeral practices throughout history, including the broadening legal issues of disputed custody of remains, and alternative disposition methods.

Government Control of the Dying

Examining legal discrepancies nationwide in the growing right-to-die movement, the government’s control over veterans’ and victims’ benefits, as well as compensation for previously unsurvivable injuries and wrongful death.

Government-Mandated Death

Questioning capital punishment and suggesting abolition through the lenses of constitutional rights of the incompetent, pending Supreme Court rulings, bipartisan common ground, and related civil rights movements.

The Rights of the Dead

Examining tensions between the rights of the living and the posthumous such as individual rights empowered by laws affecting distribution and alienation of property, intellectual property, rights of privacy and publicity, as well as reproductive rights.

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