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Symposium focuses on law, energy policy

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The 2009 Program on Law and State Government Fellowship Symposium will address state law and energy policy Oct. 2 at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

The Fellowship Symposium is an academic event where the current year's fellows present their research regarding collaboratively chosen topics. The fellowships let law students study and research critical legal and regulatory issues facing state governments.

The daylong symposium will feature panel discussions on topics such as nuclear reactors and energy, and mass transit development in Indiana. Lunch will feature a keynote address on mass transit in the Midwest by Nancy-Ellen Zusman, assistant chief counsel for litigation and regional operations at the Federal Transit Administration. There also will be presentations by several fellows.

The symposium is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wynne Courtroom, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. The registration fee is $100 and scholarships may be made available based on financial need; the cost is $55 for state government attorneys, judges, legislators, and non-attorneys. There is 5.5 hours of CLE credit pending approval. Anyone registering after Sept. 17 must pay a late registration fee. Questions may be sent to Faith Long at falong@iupui.edu or (317) 274-1913. For more information or to register, visit the law school's Web site.

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