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02/24/2017

Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm: Challenges to the Regulation of the Funeral Industry and the American Way of Death

Wake Forest University School of Law is hosting a symposium today:  “Disrupting the Death
Care Paradigm: Challenges to the Regulation of the Funeral Industry and the American Way of Death.”


There have been a number of academic conferences addressing death and deathcare, but this symposium is unique because it is focused on the very active legal, political, and grassroots challenges to the funeral industry and the dominant paradigm of death care in this country. 


There are two main fronts of challenge to the existing paradigm – first, from those primarily concerned with the occupational licensing regime that shapes the funeral industry and the choices available to the public (i.e. court challenges to the casket laws and the ready to embalm laws); and second, from those primarily concerned with promoting new methods of memorialization and disposition. 


PART I: CHALLENGES TO THE REGULATION OF THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY

Regulated to Death: Re-Imagining the Funeral Services Market –  Tanya D. Marsh, Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law

Taking the Pulse of Funeral Markets: The Effects of Government Regulations and Private Agents on Funeral Markets – David Harrington, Himmelright Professorship in Economics, Kenyon College

Economic Liberty: Constitutional Challenges to Funeral Director Licensing Laws – Jeff Rowes, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice

There is a Funeral Rule for a Reason: Why it Matters and Why it Needs Modernizing – Josh Slocum, Executive Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance
Panel Discussion: Challenges to Regulation of the Funeral Industry – David Harrington, Tanya Marsh, Jeff Rowes & Josh Slocum

PART II: CHALLENGES TO THE AMERICAN WAY OF DEATH

Jessica Mitford was Wrong – Tanya D. Marsh, Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law

Why Caring for Our Own Dead is an Act of Social Justice – Lee Webster, Director, New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy; President, National Home Funeral Alliance

Basic Cremation: White Bones, Black Boxes, and Alkaline Hydrolysis – Philip Olson, Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Tech

A Funeral Entrepreneur’s Experience: What Needs to Change – Amy Cunningham, Fitting Tribute Funeral Services, New York City
 
Panel Discussion: Challenges to the American Way of Death – Amy Cunningham, Caitlin Doughty, Tanya Marsh, Philip Olson, & Lee Webster

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