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The UT College of Law’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution will host this year’s Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy symposium.

The event, titled In the Eye of the Beholder, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Room 132 of the College of Law building.

The symposium will explore how judges and lawyers think differently from other members of the public—and the challenges this presents when the application of rules relies on what reasonable non-lawyers perceive.

Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and psychology professor at Yale Law School, will be the keynote speaker at the symposium. Kahan is a member of Yale Law School’s Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and related facts. His areas of research include risk perception, criminal law, and the application of decision science to law and policy.

Kahan served as a judicial clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a law degree from Harvard University. Kahan is a senior fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The morning panel of the symposium will feature Justice Cornelia Clark, former Justice and Dean William Koch, Judge Neil Thomas, Chancellor Jerri Bryant, and attorney Brad MacLean.

The afternoon panel discussion will feature Dwight Aarons and Lucy Jewel, associate professors in the UT College of Law; Michael Olson, associate professor in UT’s Department of Psychology; Bethany Dumas, professor emerita in UT’s Department of English; and Clifton Cleaveland, adjunct professor of science at UT Chattanooga.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Attorneys are required to pay a $25 registration fee and will receive five continuing legal education (CLE) credits, including 2.5 dual credits.

To register, email Micki Fox with your name, BPR number, email address, mailing address, phone number, fax number, title of the CLE for which you are registering, and a note of states other than Tennessee in which you will seek CLE credit for this activity.

For more information, visit the symposium page on the College of Law website.


Micki Fox (865-974-4464,

Jamie Wilson (865-974-9886,