Legal ramifications of sharing economy topic of Cannon Lecture Sept. 27

September 22, 2016 | Events, UToday, Law
By Kirsten M. Winek

Nancy Leong, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, will present The University of Toledo College of Law’s annual Cannon Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 27, at noon in the Law Center’s McQuade Law Auditorium.

The explosive growth of the so-called sharing economy has been marked by the emergence of Uber and Airbnb. Yet the sharing economy also raises new risks, as transactions move into a legal gray area.



In her lecture, “The New Public Accommodations,” Leong will discuss how current public accommodation laws designed to prevent discrimination in the provision of services do not always work in the context of this new sharing economy.

Her research on anti-discrimination law and the sharing economy has been featured in The Washington Post, Salon, Slate and on ABC’s “Nightline.”

“Nancy Leong is one of the most prolific and well-known scholars of her generation,” said Nicole Porter, UT professor of law. “Her work is creative and interesting, and I’m excited to hear her thoughts on racism in the sharing economy. It is sure to be a fascinating discussion.” 

Leong’s research interests include constitutional rights, criminal procedure, discrimination, and the commodification of identity. Her scholarship has been published in the California Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Yale Law Journal and other journals.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her juris doctor from Stanford Law School. She is a former law clerk of Judge Kermit Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and previously served on the faculty at the William & Mary School of Law. At Denver, she teaches Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Procedure.

This free, public lecture is part of the Cannon Lecture Series that was established in 1980 to honor former Toledo attorney Joseph A. Cannon. The series hosts nationally known individuals who explore both the humanistic dimensions and limitations of the legal system. Food and beverages will be provided.

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