Law and Magic

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Must Register by June 2, 2014

Free  TJSL Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff

$20   Guests

$50   Guests seeking MCLE Credit


6.5 Hours of General MCLE Credit Available


Room 325

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

1155 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

This conference, co-sponsored by The Law and Humanities Institute (New York) and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, examines the many ways in which law and magic interact. Not only can the law influence the practice of magic, such as in the areas of freedom of speech and religion and intellectual property. Magic can also influence the law, such as in trial tactics and evidence. In addition, magic illuminates the crossroads of other law and humanities fields, such as the emerging area of law and neuroscience, rhetoric, and law and popular culture. Several of our panelists plan to include (magical!) demonstrations as part of their paper presentations.

Attendees will enjoy a full day on June 6 of panel presentations and discussions on IP, evidence, trial tactics, and rhetoric, beginning at 8:30 and running until 5 p.m.

Some of our confirmed speakers and moderators include Sydney Beckman, Duncan College Of Law, Christine Corcos, Louisiana State University Law Center, F. Jay Dougherty, Loyola (Los Angeles), Law School, Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School, Pierre Fleury-Legros, Faculté de droit et des affaires internationales, Université du Havre, mentalist Curtis Frye, Jennifer Hagan, Hagan & Hagen, San Francisco, Annette Houlihan, St. Thomas University (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada), Rob McQueen, Goldsmiths College, University Of London, Rostam Neuwirth, University Of Macao, Richard Weisberg, Cardozo Law School, and Julie Cromer Young, Thomas Jefferson School of Law.


8:00  Check-in

8:30-10:00  Panel 1 - First Amendment and Magic  

Christine Corcos Paul Finkelman Rob McQueen Julie Cromer Young, Chair and Discussant

10:15-11:45  Panel 2 - Law, the Humanities, and Magic

Anthony Farley Richard Weisberg Annette Houlihan Christine Corcos, Chair and Discussant

12:00-1:15  Lunch - Entertainment by Curt Frye

1:30-3:30  Panel 3 - Intellectual Property and Magic

Jay Dougherty Jennifer Hagan Mark Tratos Pierre Fleury-LeGros Guilhem Julia Jay Dougherty, Chair and Discussant

3:45-5:30  Panel 4 - Magic in the Courtroom

Sydney Beckman Curtis Frye Rostam Neuwirth Julie Cromer Young, Chair and Discussant

5:30-6:30  Closing reception for panelists and attendees