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February 15, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Journal of Air Law and Commerce at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law is sponsoring its 35th annual Air Law Symposium Feb. 22-23 at the Hotel InterContinental. The international symposium will examine a host of liability issues facing the aviation industry. Symposium sessions will include presentations on the following topics:

  • criminalizing aviation misconduct
  • recent developments in aviation law
  • pre-impact terror
  • the status of pending air carrier litigation
  • jurisdiction of foreign air crashes
  • combating counterfeit airplane parts
  • understanding icing accidents
  • air ambulance operations: ensuring safety or causing accidents?

Tuskegee Airman retired Lt. Col. Clayton Lawrence will give the keynote luncheon address at 12:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

Several months before the symposium, the Journal's advisory board, comprised of 21 attorneys and aviation professionals, forecasts the trends affecting the industry. Symposium editors then solicit presentations on a variety of these topics. Jennifer S. Kukla, Air Law Symposium editor and a third-year law student at SMU, says the goal is to discuss relevant legal topics and potential new liabilities in the aviation industry.

"Part of the long-standing success of this symposium is the amount of valuable information we provide to participants. In addition to discussing current issues, our board of advisors tries to spot the problems that are on the horizon, and then select the foremost practitioners in the field to discuss these trends and issues," Kukla said.

Participants at the symposium include prosecutors and defense attorneys, government and aviation industry professionals, insurance industry executives and university professors from around the world. Last year nearly 500 people attended the Air Law Symposium.

The symposium registration fee is $395 per person. On-site registration is available. Government and academic participants are eligible for a reduced fee of $250; students may attend for $125. Ten to twelve hours of continuing legal education credits (CLE) are available. The symposium is accredited in all 50 states. For complete registration information, contact the SMU Air Law Symposium at 214-768-3465, e-mail at or see

The Journal of Air Law and Commerce was first published in 1930 at Northwestern University and then moved to SMU in 1961. The journal is the oldest scholarly periodical in the English language devoted to the legal and economic problems affecting aviation and space and has a worldwide circulation of more than 2,000 readers in 60 countries.