West Virginia University

The West Virginia University College of Law
West Virginia Law Review Volumes 109, 110, and 111

Present

Thinking Outside of the Box:
A Post-Sago Look at Coal Mine Safety

Part II Event Schedule
Friday, November 2, 2007

1:00 – 1:20 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mary Claire Johnson, Editor-in-Chief,
Volume 110, West Virginia Law Review
Joe Manchin, West Virginia Governor (by video)

1:20 – 1:50 p.m.
Let’s Not Abandon What Works
Introduction by Deva Solomon, Executive Articles Selection Editor,
West Virginia Law Review
Edward Clair, Associate Solicitor, MSHA, U.S. Department of Labor

1:50 – 2:20 p.m.
A Free Market Approach to Mine Safety
Introduction by Bryan Lohoff, Business Editor,
Volume 110, West Virginia Law Review

Gregory Ruffennach, Esq., D.C. based attorney who advises
mine operators on compliance issues arising under MSHA

2:20 – 2:50 p.m.
Workers at Risk: The Unfulfilled Promise of the
Occupational Safety and Health Act

Introduction by Meg Parker, Senior Managing Editor,
Volume 110, West Virginia Law Review
Lynn Rhinehart, Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO

2:50 – 3:05 p.m.
BREAK

3:05 – 3:35 p.m.
Mining Mining Data: What Empirical Analysis Can Tell Us
About Coal Mine Safety Regulation

Introduction by Anne Marie Lofaso, Associate Professor of Law,
West Virginia University College of Law
Alison Morantz, Associate Professor and John A. Wilson Faculty Scholar,
Stanford Law School

3:35 – 4:05 p.m.
Structural Defects in the MSH Act and Proposals for Reform
Introduction by Heather Flanagan, Business Editor,
Volume 110, West Virginia Law Review

David Vladeck, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

4:05 – 4:25 p.m.
Pits and the Pendulum: Mine Safety Law Enforcement and
Behavior Modification in American Coal Mines

Introduction by Joyce McConnell, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
and Thomas R. Goodwin Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law

Patrick McGinley, Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law

4:25 – 4:55 p.m.
Integrating Technology To Improve Mine Safety
in the Wake of Recent Mine Disasters

Introduction by Joshua Hess, Executive Notes Editor,
Volume 110, West Virginia Law Review

Jeff Kohler, Associate Director for Mining at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

4:55 – 5:15 p.m.
Concluding Remarks
John W. Fisher II, William Maier, Jr. Dean and Professor of Law,
West Virginia University College of Law

Latoya Porterfield, Executive Symposium Editor,
Volume 110, West Virginia Law Review

5:15 p.m.
Reception

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