College of Law

Law Review Symposium

Fighting Back: A Legal Framework for Defeating the Opioid Crisis

Friday, October 11, 2019 | 8 am
McQuade Law Auditorium

Despite the decrease in opioid deaths Ohio in the last year, experts predict death from opioids will continue to rise in the next decade.  The University of Toledo Law Review is pleased to host a symposium that will feature scholars and practitioners from across the region who will analyze the past efforts made towards defeating the opioid crisis.  The Symposium will foster discussions focused on these realizations and address the legal implications from a variety of perspectives: the criminal justice response, implications on public policy, regulating the medical field, and unintended consequences of the crisis.  Presenters’ scholar contributions will appear in Volume 51, Issue 3 of The University of Toledo Law Review.

This symposium should be of particular interest to attorneys in the practice of family law, criminal litigation and civil disputes, individuals employed with state and federal agencies, as well as those working to combat the crisis as health care providers and administrators.  Individuals affected by this crisis would also benefit from attending.

Open to the public.


The symposium is pending approval by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.25 total CLE hours, which includes 1.5 professional conduct hours. The event is free unless you intend to seek CLE credit and/or would like a box lunch. Registration with a box lunch is required by October 8.  Register online and pay by credit card or electronic check.

  • Early Bird Registration: $85 (Until Sept. 20)
  • Standard Registration: $100
  • UT Alumni Registration: $85
  • Box Lunch Only: $10

Register for CLE and/or Box Lunch


8:00 am – Registration
8:30 am – Opening Remarks
8:40 am – Public Policy Implications
10:25 am – Break
10:35 am – Regulating the Medical Field
12:05 pm – Lunch
1:05 pm – Criminal Justice Response
2:35 pm – Break
2:45 pm – Unintended Consequences
4:15 pm – Closing Remarks

Program agenda

Unintended Circumstances

  • Michelle Kranz (Local Practitioner, pharmaceutical MDLs)
  • Rashya Cunningham (Local Practitioner, intersection of race and opioids)
  • Judge Connie Zemmelman (impact on Toledo Family Drug Court)

Public Policy Implications

  • Rick Hodges (Health Policy Executive at Ohio University, regulation of recovery facilities)
  • Scott Howard and Doug Cubberly (Local Court Administrations, correctional supervision perspective)
  • Aila Hoss (Professor of Law, harm reduction)

Criminal Justice

  • Sarah Haberland (Local Practitioner, defense attorney perspective)
  • Justin Herdman (US Attorney, Northern District of Ohio)
  • Jelani Exum (Professor of Law, influence on sentencing)

Medical Regulation

  • Jenn Oliva (Professor of Law, access to pain management)
  • Kelly Dineen (Professor of Law, surveillance of prescribing opioids)
  • Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith (Chair of Department of Psychiatry at UT, clinical and rehabilitation services)


McQuade Law Auditorium is within the Law Center, which is located at 1825 West Rocket Drive (immediately inside the West Entrance off Secor Road and south of Bancroft Street). Free parking is available in Parking Area 12 (lot adjacent to the law school) and Parking Area 25 (lot off Secor Road, next to the Gateway and behind Rocket Hall) with no ticketing except for metered, reserved or handicap spaces. Visit our Toledo Law directions page for more information.


Last Updated: 8/19/19