On October 23–24, leaders of the antitrust law community gathered at the Iowa College of Law for a symposium discussing the future of antitrust law and the distinctive influence of Iowa College of Law Professor Herbert Hovenkamp. 

William Baer, the symposium’s keynote speaker and the head of the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, praised Hovenkamp’s “stewardship” of Antitrust Law, which he called one of the great American legal treatises. In discussing the treatise’s influence on antitrust scholars, practitioners, and enforcers, Baer noted that all the attorneys in his division have a link to the treatise on their computer desktops.

The symposium, which the Iowa Law Review hosted to celebrate the publishing of its centennial volume, featured presentations on a variety of topics.

“The entire third panel, ‘Rethinking Litigation,’ was fantastic,” said 3L Kyle Essley. “The most interesting thing to me was listening to the panelists respond to questions from the audience. One of the panelists even introduced an Ex Parte Young analysis that we've discussed in the College’s Federal Courts class.” Essley is the editor-in-chief of the Iowa Law Review, which will publish the proceedings from the symposium next July.

For 3L Ashley Glecker the panel “Dealing with Tough Antitrust Issues in Conduct and Mergers: How Do Law and Scholarship Matter?” stood out. The panel featured antitrust law practitioners from private law firms, corporations, and state regulators. “The panel addressed the papers presented in the other three panels. It was very interesting because it created some great back and forth discussion among all the panelists from every panel about the papers,” Gleckler explained.

The liveliness of the discussion between presenters and the audience also impressed Zach Fairlie. “I was surprised by the amount of debate between the presenters between/during the presentations. It was interesting to hear some of the presenters discredit or rebut what other presenters planned to talk about. You could tell all of the presenters felt very passionate about their work,” Fairlie, a 3L, said. 

--Jay Stirling | October 28, 2014