Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Touro hosted a two-day conference on Billy Joel and the Law this week:
This conference follows in the path of previous conferences exploring connections between the work of a singer-songwriter and the American legal system. In 2005, Widener Law School hosted The Lawyer as Poet Advocate: Bruce Springsteen and the American Lawyer, and in 2011, Fordham Law School hosted Bob Dylan and the Law, co-sponsored by Touro Law Center. Building on the success of these events, we will consider ways in which Billy Joel’s work relates to American law, society, and culture. Sessions will offer a wide range of perspectives, including those of judges, lawyers, law professors, and music scholars. We look forward to a meaningful and entertaining event that will foster thought provoking conversations about the relevance of Billy Joel’s work to our understanding of the American legal system.
Panels included: Billy Joel and Legal Doctrine; Billy Joel and the Practice of Law; and Billy Joel, Law, and Society. Papers included How the Rules of Evidence Handcuff the Piano Man; The Piano Man as Judge, Juror, and Prosecutor; and “James,” “Allentown,” and “Piano Man”: The Point of a Lawyer’s Work.