2019 Symposium: Trustbusting Big Tech
Trustbusting Big Tech – Symposium hosted by The Cleveland State Law Review
Our Symposium, from 9AM-1PM on Friday, December 6, will discuss the state of American antitrust law in the twenty-first century. In particular, the event will focus on the challenges posed by “big tech” platforms like Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple and whether federal (the Sherman Act) and state antitrust laws are adequate to support competition in the marketplace.
The topic is important and timely because the practice of antitrust law is evolving as various lawmakers and regulators propose different frameworks for enforcement. The states, the federal government (DOJ/FTC), and the European are stepping up enforcement against big tech platforms and presidential candidates are laying out new frameworks for American antitrust policy. We believe that our symposium will benefit any attorney who advises business entities.
This panel will be educational because attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the antitrust field: prominent antitrust professors in the region. Moreover, they will hear from lawmakers, like two Ohio state senators, who are currently investigating big tech companies and rethinking the state’s antitrust legislation. Finally, they will hear from regulators and individuals associated with startups to learn about the potential harm to small business without government action.
Rita Bryce, JD, LISW is an antitrust professor at Case Western Reserve University Law School. Bryce worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division, and as a federal prosecutor. She is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Senator John Eklund is a member of the Ohio State Senate, representing the 18th District. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee (Chairman), Energy and Public Utilities Committee, Finance Committee, General Government and Agency Review Committee, Rules and Reference Committee, and Ways and Means Committee. Eklund is also Senior Counsel at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, where much of his work has been centered on areas pertaining to anti-trust litigation, trade regulation, price fixing, class actions, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer in antitrust litigation and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Antitrust Law.
Senator Larry Obhof is the President of the Ohio Senate for the 133rd General Assembly, representing the 22nd District. President Obhof serves on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (IGPAC), which provides policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative on issues involving trade and development, including the impact and implementation of trade agreements. He also chairs the Ohio Senate’s Rules and Reference Committee and is Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee. Prior to his election as President of the Senate, he served as both President Pro Tempore and as Majority Whip.
Daniel Rauch serves as Senior Counsel to the Colorado Attorney General. Rauch was formerly an associate at Wheeler, Trigg & O’Donnell and a Tenth Circuit Clerk for current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Rauch’s article, Sherman’s Missing “Supplement”: Prosecutorial Capacity, Agency Incentives, and the False Dawn of Antitrust Federalism is being published in issue 68.2 of Cleveland State Law Review.
Chris Sagers is the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Cleveland-Marshall Solo Practice Incubator at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He is the author of several books, including United States v. Apple: Competition in America (Harvard Univ. Press 2019). He is a member of the American Law Institute, a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute, and a leadership member of the ABA Antitrust Section.
Charles Stack is the CEO of Flashstarts, a startup accelerator and micro-venture fund in Cleveland. In 1992, Stack started Books.com, the first online bookstore. Charles won the Ohio Venture Association (OVA) Venture of the Year award in 2007. He has mentored and/or been a judge at numerous business plan and startup competitions including multiple Startup Weekends and the many University hackathons.
2019 Induction Ceremony
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Moot Court Room)
Join us Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00PM to formally welcome our new associates into Cleveland State Law Review at our annual Induction Ceremony. Speakers include Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart (keynote) and Alana Jochum, the Executive Director of Equality Ohio and former Editor-in-Chief of CSLR (’10). At 7:00PM, a reception with appetizers and refreshments will follow the ceremony’s conclusion.
1L/1LE Students: A Law Review information session will be held immediately before the event at 5:50PM.