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April 18, 2005

Press Contact:
Jodi Bart, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.
Event Contact: David Tobin, dtobin@mail.utexas.edu.

TESLA Sponsors Professor John Robertson's Talk on Embryonic Stem Cell Research, April 20

What: Lecture by UT Law professor and bioethicist John Robertson
Where:UT School of Law, Townes Hall, Room 3.142 (Maps: http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/maps/)
When:Wed., April 20, 5 p.m.
Cost:Free; Open to the public and University community

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Technology, Science & Law Association (TESLA), a new student organization at The University of Texas School of Law, will host a lecture by UT Law Professor John Robertson about the current national debate over embryonic stem cell research on Wed., April 20, at 5 p.m. in Townes Hall room 3.142.

Robertson, chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, will discuss the conflict between science, medicine and ethics that these debates raise, the constitutional and legal issues in restricting scientific research, and how policymakers might best resolve that conflict.

John A. Robertson holds the Vinson and Elkins Chair at UT Law. He has written and lectured widely on law and bioethical issues. He is the author of two books in bioethics – The Rights of the Critically Ill (1983) and Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies (1994), and numerous articles on reproductive rights, genetics, organ transplantation, and human experimentation. He has served on or been a consultant to many national bioethics advisory bodies.

The Texas Technology, Science & Law Association was created to promote and explore issues of law pertaining to emerging science and developing technologies. The organization was started by students at the Law School this spring. On Feb. 21, TESLA sponsored a lecture by Wendy Wagner, also a professor at UT LAW, on the role science plays in the law. The organization is planning future events on how expert witnesses are used in the law; bioethics and cloning; using forensic evidence in a criminal trial; reviewing DNA evidence to free wrongly convicted inmates; risk assessment, probability and quantification of trial success; and environmental regulation and toxic torts.

TESLA's founding officers include: Britton Davis, president; Leisa Peschel, events chair; David Tobin, public relations chair; and Christian Hurt, finance chair. They can be reached via email at tesla@law.utexas.edu.

Related Link:
Professor John A. Robertson's Web Page: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/jr43/