Contact: Meredith Dickenson or Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
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February 19, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Journal of Air Law and Commerce at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law is sponsoring its 36th Annual SMU Air Law Symposium Feb. 28 to March 1 at the Hotel InterContinental, 15201 Dallas Parkway in Addison, Texas.

The annual symposium, one of the largest of its kind in the nation, addresses a host of liability issues facing the aviation industry. Hundreds of attorneys specializing in aviation law, federal government safety officials, aviation engineers, and manufacturer and airline executives are expected to attend this year's symposium. Last year's symposium had more than 400 people.

The 36th Annual SMU Air Law Symposium will have 16 presentations beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, and continuing to 4:40 p.m. Friday, March 1. On Friday, at 9:45 a.m., the symposium will present a special panel discussion on the federal Victim Compensation Fund and related 9/11 legislation before Congress that will have an impact on the aviation industry.

Other symposium sessions will include presentations on the following topics:

  • Liability in the post-9/11 era
  • Aviation terrorism: who is responsible?
  • The status of a Passenger Bill of Rights
  • Large airplane accident investigations
  • The rights of parties involved in National Transportation Safety Board investigations
  • Recent developments in aviation law

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. Media may attend free, but should contact SMU Office of News and Information at 214-768-7650.

Eight to ten hours of continuing legal education credits (CLE) are available, depending on each state bar. The symposium is accredited in all 50 states. For complete registration information, contact the SMU Air Law Symposium at 214-768-2570, or at the Web site of

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.

Sponsors of the 36th-Annual Air Law Symposium include American Airlines; Baumeister & Samuels, P.C.; The Phyllis & David Bernard Foundation; Howell, Dorman, Anderson, Berg & Smyer, L.L.P.; Howie & Sweeney, L.L.P.; Jackson Walker, L.L.P.; Kreindler & Kreindler; Krupnic Campbell Malone Roselli Buser Slama Hancock McNelis Liberman & McKee, P.A.; Murray, Marin & Herman, P.A.; National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association; Nixon Peabody, L.L.P.; Nolan Law Group; Petkoff and Lancaster; Rose Walker, L.L.P.; Smith & Moore; and Winstead, Sechrest & Minick, P.C.