On October 23 – 24, 2014, the Iowa Law Review will celebrate its centennial volume with a symposium honoring the work of antitrust scholar Professor Herbert Hovenkamp.

 “I’m flattered and grateful,” said Hovenkamp, “But this symposium is less about my work and more about the great work others are doing. Some excellent scholars will participate, which makes this a valuable opportunity for students to learn about the enormous array of fields that antitrust law touches.”

Hovenkamp holds the Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair at the University of Iowa College of Law and is the senior surviving author of Antitrust Law, one of the most cited treatises on the subject. In 2008, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice gave Hovenkamp the John Sherman Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions “to the field of antitrust law, the protection of American consumers, and the preservation of economic liberty.”

The symposium will include panel discussions focusing on the future of antitrust law. Confirmed presenters represent federal agencies, private corporations, law schools, and business schools. “It is a rock star group,” said Ashley Gleckler, Centennial Coordinator for the Iowa Law Review, “From our key note speaker to the panelists, this a really special group.”

Given the important intersection of antitrust law and intellectual property law, the symposium will include a breakfast discussion of intellectual property trolling on Friday, October 24th, from 7:45 – 9:00 am.  IP scholar Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School will discuss patent trolling and Matt Sag of Loyola University Chicago School of Law will discuss copyright trolling.  Both Lemley and Sag will also participate on a panel discussion entitled “Rethinking Litigation.” Students interested in attending the breakfast should RSVP to Michelle Wallace of the Intellectual Property Law Society by Wednesday, October 22. 

Gleckler encouraged students to attend the symposium, especially the panel “Dealing with Tough Antitrust Issues in Conduct and Mergers: How Do Law and Scholarship Matter?” “The presenters are from state and federal enforcement agencies and the private sector, so there will be lots of viewpoints about identifying antitrust problems and avoiding them,” Gleckler explained. “This panel will also give students a sense of how practitioners use scholarship.”

--Jay Stirling | October 15, 2014