February 23, 2016

(From L to R Professor Roger Hartley, Dean Baker, Michael Strain, and Professor Roger Colinvaux)

Law & Public Policy Speaker Series Kicks Off With Minimum Wage Panel

On February 22, students gathered in the Slowinski Court Room at the Columbus School of Law to attend a panel entitled "The Minimum Wage Debate," which discussed the minimum wage from the perspective of law and public policy.

The event, presented by the Law and Public Policy Program and co-sponsored by the Democratic Law Students Association and the Republican Lawyers Association, is part of a lecture series designed to expose students to public policy issues. It was also an opportunity for students to gain practical networking skills by meeting with current leaders in the field.

Professor Roger Colinvaux, director of the Law and Public Policy Program at CUA Law, introduced panelists Dean Baker, co-director and founder at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Michael Strain, resident scholar and deputy director of economic policy studies at American Enterprise Institute. Professor Roger Hartley, director of the John Fanning Center for Labor Studies at CUA Law moderated the event.

The panelists debated and discussed whether the minimum wage is a tool that can be used to combat inequality or if the minimum wage is something that will cause detrimental effects on workers. "The question is it a good policy to raise the minimum wage and if so how much?" asked Baker.

After the conclusion of the event, panelists took questions from the audience, and students were invited to a reception in the Keelty Atrium for a chance to have informal conversations with the panelists.

The 2016 Law & Public Policy Speaker Series Upcoming events:

March 14: The Meaning of "One Person-One Vote": Evenwel v. Abbott in the Supreme Court
Mark Gaber, Jenner and Block
Chris Rickerd, American Civil Liberties Union
Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute

Coming in April: An Insider's View of the Legislative Process: The Role of Legislation Counsel
Henry Cristrup, Office of Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives
Mark McGunagle, Office of Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate