College of Law

Law Review Symposium

Fighting Back: A Legal Framework for Defeating the Opioid Crisis

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 | 8 a.m.
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’ scholarly 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 has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.25 total CLE hours, which includes 1.5 professional conduct hours. If you do not need CLE credit and do not wish to have lunch, the event is free and registration is not required. Registration has closed. 

  • Standard Registration: $100
  • UToledo Alumni Registration: $85
  • Box Lunch Only: $10


8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – Opening Remarks
8:40 a.m. – Criminal Justice Panel
10:10 a.m. – Break
10:20 a.m. – Public Policy Panel
12:05 p.m. – Lunch
1:05 p.m. – Medical Regulation Panel
2:35 p.m. – Break
2:45 p.m. – Unintended Consequences
4:15 p.m. – Closing Remarks

Program agenda

Criminal Justice

  • Sarah Haberland (Local Practitioner, defense attorney perspective)
  • Justin Herdman (US Attorney, Northern District of Ohio)
  • Leslie Scott (Professor of Law, litigation experience)

Public Policy Implications

  • Tracy Plouck (Health Policy Executive at Ohio University)
  • Scott Howard and Doug Cubberly (Local Court Administrations, correctional supervision perspective)
  • Doug Cubberly (Court Administrator and Chief probation Officer, Bowling Green Municipal Court)
  • Aila Hoss (Professor of Law, harm reduction)

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)

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)


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.

Recommended Activities for Law Review Alumni

Law Review 50 Cocktail Party (complimentary)
Friday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
Law Center, Forum
1825 W. Rocket Dr., Toledo, OH 436

Law Review 50 Year Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.
Savage Arena
2025 Douglas Rd., Toledo, OH 43606

It has been 50 years of Law Review, and we are celebrating in style! Join your fellow Law Review alumni over the course of two days, Oct. 11-12. For more information and to register, visit the Law Review 50 event page.

Symposium Questions?

Contact Elizabeth Robishaw, symposium editor, at


Last Updated: 4/3/20