"FDA: Past, Present, and Future" will take place Oct. 19.

AUWCL and the Food and Drug Law Institute to Host FDA Conference

Sept. 24, 2018

American University Washington College of Law’s Health Law and Policy Program and the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) are teaming up Oct. 19, 2018 to host “FDA: Past, Present, and Future.”

The FDA conference will bring together leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from across the nation to discuss the past, present, and future of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Over 50 conference speakers will be in attendance, including former FDA Commissioners Robert Califf, Margaret Hamburg, David Kessler, and Andrew C. von Eschenbach.

In addition, the event will include a number of former FDA chief counsels and American University President (and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services) Sylvia Mathews Burwell. AUWCL Professor Lewis Grossman and Adjunct Professor Daniel Kracov will also participate.

“This extraordinary event — which will discuss every product area regulated by the agency— marks food and drug law’s coming-of-age as a robust, distinct discipline in the American legal academy and AUWCL’s leadership in the area,” said Grossman, the conference chair, who specializes in FDA law, health law, and American legal history. “The conference also provides a historic opportunity for conversation between prominent practitioners, academics, and regulators. Finally, it represents a notable occasion for many of the FDA’s former commissioners and chief counsels to gather together and reflect on the agency’s past, present, and future.”

Grossman added, “I am especially proud that the conference is the product of a close working relationship between American University Washington College of Law and FDLI, the esteemed nonprofit organization that has helped shaped the field for nearly 70 years.”

The conference will conclude with a reception honoring the scores of AUWCL alumni working in the food and drug law field, with remarks by Mitch Zeller ’82, director for the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA.

“FDA: Past, Present, and Future” will be held in Grossman Hall in the Yuma Building, terrace level, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Registration is free, but required, for FDLI members, students, and WCL alumni, faculty, and staff. A discounted rate is available for government and nonprofit organization employees, and CLE credit is available at an additional cost. Registration and cost information for all participants is available here.

For more information, please call 202-274-4075 or email secle@wcl.american.edu. For media inquiries, please call 202-274-4276 or email abrant@wcl.american.edu.