Symposium 2021: Contemporary Issues in Administrative Law

Belmont Law Review is pleased to welcome you to our 2021 Symposium:

Contemporary Issues in Administrative Law

Friday, January 15, 2021

8:00AM – 4:00PM via Zoom.



Will this event be in-person or via Zoom?

This year, our Symposium will be held via Zoom.

May I attend portions of the event without attending for the entire day?

Yes. You are more than welcome to come and go to the event based upon your schedule. Please register for the entire day.

How many hours of CLE have the individual presentations been approved for by the Tennessee CLE Commission?

The Tennessee CLE Commission has approved this event for 6.25 general hours of  CLE credit for Tenneseee-licensed attorneys.

How much does this event cost?

This event is free to attend for all Tennessee-licensed attorneys. 



Jordan Paradise

Jordan Paradise researches and publishes on the intersection of law, science, and technology. Her primary focus is in the life science realm, examining legal and policy issues in the development and regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and innovations in medicine. Recent interests span nanotechnology, synthetic biology, precision medicine, gene editing, and electronic cigarettes. Her publications have appeared in both peer-reviewed and legal publications.

Previously, Professor Paradise served as the Schering-Plough Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey where she was a faculty member of both the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy and the Gibbons Institute for Law, Science & Technology. From 2005-2009, she was the Associate Director of Research & Education for the Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences and the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences at the University of Minnesota Law School. She was also an adjunct associate professor of law, a research associate in the Center for Bioethics, and the faculty editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology during her time at the University of Minnesota.


Jonathan L. Marshfield

Professor Jonathan L. Marshfield researches constitutional procedure and design, state constitutional law, and constitutional change. His work explores how procedural rules and political institutions can affect constitutional outcomes. Professor Marshfield’s most recent work has appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review. Professor Marshfield’s state constitutional research has been cited by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and his research into constitutional design has been cited by leading scholars in law reviews, textbooks, and academic journals. Professor Marshfield has served as a consultant to foreign officials regarding issues of constitutional revision and design. He has also advised public policy groups regarding voter awareness and ballot issues.

Prior to joining the University of Nebraska faculty, Professor Marshfield taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Before entering academia, Professor Marshfield practiced as a commercial litigator with Latham & Watkins LLP and Saul Ewing LLP. He also clerked for Judge Robert B. Kugler, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, and Chief Justice James R. Zazzali of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey. While in practice, Professor Marshfield represented several large financial firms and fortune 500 companies regarding a variety of complex business disputes in both state and federal court. He has significant experience in most stages of civil litigation, including deposing and examining witnesses, managing complex electronic discovery, arguing pre-trial and dispositive motions, handling settlement mediations, and participating in civil trials. Professor Marshfield has handled appeals to various appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the New York Court of Appeals.


Catherine M. Sharkey

Catherine Sharkey is the Crystal Eastman Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. She is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the economic loss rule, punitive damages, and federal preemption. She has published more than fifty articles, essays, and book chapters in the fields of torts, business torts, products liability, administrative law, remedies, and class actions. Sharkey is co-author with Richard Epstein of Cases and Materials on Torts (12th edition, 2020) and co-editor with Saul Levmore of Foundations of Tort Law (2nd edition, 2009).

She is an appointed public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and a principal adviser on Administering by Algorithm: Artificial Intelligence in the Regulatory State, a project for the Office of the Chairman. Sharkey is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an adviser to the Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm and Restatement Third, Torts: Remedies projects. She was a 2011-12 Guggenheim Fellow. Sharkey received her BA in economics summa cum laude from Yale University. A Rhodes Scholar, she received an MSc in economics for development, with distinction, from Oxford University, and her JD from Yale Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Sharkey served as a law clerk to Judge Guido Calabresi of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice David H. Souter of the US Supreme Court.


Santiago Legarre

Professor Santiago Legarre is a visiting professor at Notre Dame Law School, where he is teaching Comparative Constitutional Law. In previous years he has taught Law and Morality in Contemporary Jurisprudence and Law and Investment in the Americas. He is also a professor of law at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina and a visiting professor at Strathmore Law School in Kenya. He has taught at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center (Louisiana State University) and at Valparaiso Law School.


Stewart Harris

Professor Stewart Harris is the Associate Director of the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy at Lincoln Memorial University, where he also teaches constitutional law. Professor Harris graduated from Princeton University in 1983. In his sophomore year, he was selected for admission to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a multidisciplinary program spanning the Departments of Politics, History, Sociology and Economics. His independent work at the Wilson School focused primarily upon international security and nuclear weapons policy. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 1986.

Professor Harris then worked for the federal government in Washington, DC, where he spent four years on Capitol Hill advising the Army Corps of Engineers on civil works projects throughout the continental United States. In 1999, Professor Harris began teaching at the University of Florida College of Law. From 2001 to 2016, he taught at the Appalachian School of Law, where he earned the Faculty Scholarship Award and multiple awards for teaching. While at ASL, he also taught Constitutional Law during the summer semester at the University of Tennessee College of Law. In 2016, he moved to Lincoln Memorial University’s Law School.

In 2011, Professor Harris created a public radio show, Your Weekly Constitutional, which is produced at WETS-FM, the NPR affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee, and syndicated nationally. YWC is underwritten by the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Montpelier, the historic home of the Father of the Constitution, James Madison. The show is on Facebook and Twitter, and podcasts are available on iTunes and Spotify.


Akram Faizer

Professor M. Akram Faizer joined the LMU faculty in July 2011 and was named Professor of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year. Prior to teaching, Faizer was a practicing litigator in Buffalo, New York, at the venerable law firm of Barclay Damon LLP. Faizer focused his practice on real estate valuation, with special emphasis on both eminent domain and tax assessment disputes. Professor Faizer was the first person to be awarded the Hanna S. Cohn Young Lawyer Award by the New York State Bar Association for pro bono legal services. The award is given on annual basis to only one attorney in the State of New York based on the recommendation of that attorney’s local bar association.

Faizer’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law, with a special emphasis on the tension between democracy and its imperative of self-government with western societies’ increased focus on individual autonomy. Faizer graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in June 2000. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a member of the New York and Tennessee bars.


Howard Schweber

Howard Schweber received an MA in History from Chicago and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell, both after having previously spent five years practicing law (“I miss the food,” he says.) He is the author of three books and numerous articles, chapters, and reviews, focusing on law, legal history, and constitutional and democratic theory. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in law and political theory, and occasional seminars on other topics of interest. Schweber is an Associate Professor of Political Science. In addition, he is on the core faculty of the UW Legal Studies program, and an affiliate faculty member of ILS, the Law School, and the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.


Jon M. Garon

Jon M. Garon is Director of Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Program and Professor of Law Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Professor Garon is a nationally recognized authority on technology law and intellectual property, particularly copyright law, entertainment and information privacy. A Minnesota native, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and his juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1988.

Prior to joining Nova Southeastern University in 2014, Garon was the inaugural director of the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Law + Informatics Institute from 2011-2014. The Law + Informatics Institute serves to integrate the specialized programming on technology and information systems as they apply across legal disciplines. A tenured member of the law faculty, Garon taught Information Privacy Law, Cyberspace Law, Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, and related courses.

Garon served as dean and professor of law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was professor of law from 2003 to 2011, dean of the Law School from 2003 to 2008, and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management from 2005 to 2006. Before Hamline, Garon taught Entertainment Law and Copyright at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire, and Western State University College of Law in Orange County, California.

Among his numerous accomplishments, Garon has held key leadership positions as past chair of both the American Bar Association’s Law School Administration Committee, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Part-Time Legal Education, and the Online Education Committee of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. His teaching and scholarship often focus on business innovation and structural change to media, education, and content-based industries.


Corinna Lain

Professor Corinna Barrett Lain is a constitutional law scholar who writes about the influence of extralegal norms on Supreme Court decisionmaking, with a particular focus on the field of capital punishment. Her scholarship, which often uses the lens of legal history, has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, and Georgetown Law Journal, among other venues. Professor Lain is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and received the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2006. She is a former prosecutor and an Army veteran.


Amy C. Gaudion

Amy C. Gaudion is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Lawyering Skills at Penn State University Dickinson School of Law. Dean Gaudion leads Dickinson Law’s national security program. She established and leads an annual cyberspace working group simulation in collaboration with the U.S. Army War College. She is the author of Defending Your Country . . . and Gender – Legal Challenges and Opportunities Confronting Women in the Military, in Women, Law and Culture: Conformity, Contradiction and Conflict (Jocelynne A. Scutt ed., 2016) (Palgrave Macmillan). In addition to scholarly journals, her work has appeared in The New York Times and The Daily Beast.

Dean Gaudion has served on and moderated numerous panels examining the impact of technology on the legal frameworks governing national security and intelligence, including Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Equifax, the VEP, and CISA; iPhone vs. the FBI: Government Surveillance in the Post-Snowden Era; The Constitutionality and Consequences of America’s Use of Drones and the NSA Spying Program; and After Bin Laden: Stuxnet, Drones and the New Middle East. She has appeared on WITF’s Smart Talk and WHYY’s Radio Times.

Dean Gaudion served as a legal advisor to World on Trial, a public television and multimedia project that aims to elevate public awareness of important human rights issues and the international treaties that govern state conduct.



Steve Darnell

Judge Darnell has served as an Administrative Law Judge on Tennessee’s Central Panel since 2003. From 1991 to 2003 he was engaged in the practice of law specializing in civil and criminal litigation. From 1996 to 2006 he was certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Commission on Continuing Education and Specialization. He is an alumnus of the National Judicial College which has awarded him Certificates in Judicial Development in both Dispute Resolution Skills and Administrative Law Adjudication Skills. He is certified as a Rule 31, General Civil Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court. He received his B.B.A. from Austin Peay State University in 1988, his J.D. from the University of Memphis in 1990, and his Doctorate of Judicial Studies (Ph.D.) from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2018.


Kristin Husat

Kristin Husat has been an attorney with the Tennessee Department of Revenue for nearly sixteen years, serving as General Counsel since 2012 and as an Assistant Commissioner since 2015. Prior to joining the Department, she practiced federal tax and business law at Sherrard & Roe PLC in Nashville. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, and holds a Ph.D. in Italian Language and Literature from Yale University. 

Husat is responsible for the operations of the Department’s Legal Office and Administrative Hearing Office; she also initiated and supervised a three-year restructuring and modernization of the Department’s collections division. She has extensive experience in state tax administration, including rulemaking, legislation, tax litigation and offers in compromise, administrative hearings, taxpayer audit appeals, and internal policymaking processes. In addition to tax matters, her practice also regularly involves advising on state motor vehicle title and registration law, taxpayer confidentiality laws, employment law and civil service disciplinary proceedings, and state contract law.


Sue Sheldon

Sue Sheldon has been with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office since 1992. She came to Tennessee from Illinois and California, where she practiced in a variety of settings, including a small, rural general practice and as a counsel for students of the University of Illinois. In recent years at the Attorney General’s Office, Sue has focused on representation of the Tennessee Department of Health and its attached agencies and boards. Her litigation practice is mostly appellate in nature, as she defends the administrative agency decisions issued by the Department of Health.