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Feb. 8, 2012 Volume 33, No. 19

Symposium at law school addresses online bullying

A free symposium on cyberbullying will be held today, Feb. 9, 1:30–6:14 p.m. and Friday 7:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at 7 Hulston Hall.

Sponsored by the MU School of Law and the Missouri Law Review, the two-day symposium examines the effects of cyberbullying among elementary and secondary students.

“Cyberbullying: Emerging Realities and Legal Challenges” will feature national experts, including keynote speaker John Palfrey, co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and vice dean at the Harvard School of Law.

Among the other speakers are  Lyrissa Lidsky of the University of Florida College of Law, Barry McDonald of Pepperdine University School of Law and Ari Waldman of the California Western School of Law.

The symposium will address the extent to which the First Amendment restricts cyberbullying regulation, the psychological effects cyberbullying has on children and practical concerns facing teachers and school administrators as they implement legislative mandates to combat cyberbullying.

The event is open to the public. For more information, email