I'm excited to see the line-up for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law's symposium celebrating their twentieth anniversary. Looks like a great conference is set for September 19 in Ann Arbor!
I'm excited to see the line-up for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law's symposium celebrating their twentieth anniversary. Looks like a great conference is set for September 19 in Ann Arbor!
Association of American Law Schools
Call for Presentations and Papers
AALS Workshop on Next Generation Issues on Sex, Gender and the Law
June 24-26, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Studios
We are seeking proposals for presentations and papers for the 2015 Workshop: Next Generation Issues of Sex, Gender and the Law, scheduled to take place June 24 - 26, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
After more than forty years of formal sex equality under the law, this 2015 workshop will ask legal academics to look ahead to the future and identify, name, and analyze the next generation of legal issues, challenges, and questions that advocates for substantive gender equality must be prepared to consider. To this end, we seek paper and presentation proposals that not only pinpoint and examine future law-related concerns about gender equality but that also provide innovative new approaches to achieving equality for women and those who challenge gender norms in our society, with a particular attention to employment, violence against women, reproductive rights, women's poverty, and women in legal education.
Our hope is to build on the insights of the participants in the 2011 AALS Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality by exploring new and forward-looking ideas for scholarship, law reform, and advocacy that can bring about women's equality. An additional expectation is that each session will address the ways in which characteristics other than gender, including race, sexual orientation, immigration status, socioeconomic class, and disability, impact women's lives. We also anticipate that each session will analyze the institutional strengths and weaknesses of courts, legislatures, and administrative bodies for bringing about change and offer suggestions for legal reforms that can better meet women's needs. Our final goal is to provide a rich and supportive atmosphere to foster mentoring and networking among teachers and scholars who are interested in women's equality and the law.
The format of the workshop will involve plenary sessions, concurrent sessions drawn from this Call for Presentations and Papers, and a closing panel. The closing panel, also drawn from this Call, will consist of a brainstorming session to consider projects and proposals for proactive measures to bring about gender equality.
The concurrent sessions will feature presentations related to gender equality issues, with preference given to presentations by junior scholars and those proposals related to the topics of employment, violence against women, reproductive rights, women's poverty, and women in legal education. We will organize the presentations into panels based on the subject matter of the proposals. Each presentation will last for 15 minutes, followed by questions from the moderator and audience.
Interested faculty should submit a brief written description (no more than 1000 words) of the proposed presentation, along with his or her resume. Please e-mail these materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2014. We will notify selected speakers by November 1, 2014.
The final plenary session of the conference will consist of 10-12 five-minute presentations of ideas for future projects that will advance gender equality in the law. Each selected participant will be limited to five minutes to present his or her idea or project. The presentations will be followed by audience feedback and comments. Although we will grant preference to presentations by junior scholars and those proposals related to the topics of employment, violence against women, reproductive rights, women's poverty, and women in legal education for the concurrent sessions, we welcome proposals for this brainstorming session on any topic related to gender equality.
Interested faculty should submit a written description of the proposed presentation (no more than 1000 words), along with his or her resume. Please e-mail these materials to email@example.com by September 15, 2014. We will notify selected speakers by November 1, 2014.
Faculty members at AALS member schools are eligible to submit proposals.
Fellows at AALS member schools are eligible to submit proposals along with current curriculum vitae.
Visitors without faculty status at an AALS member law school and adjunct faculty members at AALS member schools are not eligible to submit proposals. Faculty at U.S. non-member law schools are not eligible to submit proposals. We do welcome your attendance at the workshop.
Proposers and panelists pay the registration fee and expenses.
Please direct questions regarding this Call for Papers and Presentations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning Committee for the 2015 Workshop on Next Generation Issues of Sex, Gender and the Law:
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, University of Iowa College of Law, Chair
William Eskridge, Yale Law School
Aya Gruber, University of Colorado School of Law
Kimberly Yuracko, Northwestern University School of Law
Rebecca Zietlow, University of Toledo College of Law
I was in Shanghai last week for the first time, attending a conference and an alumni dinner. The conference – The 2014 International Forum on Financial Law — was at KoGuan Law School at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and was a lot of fun. The conference format was a new one for me and I thought worked very well, especially for an international audience.
The morning consisted of public lectures by party officials, regulators, practitioners, and academics with simultaneous translation. One or two of the Chinese academics were fairly critical of various aspects of the Chinese legal system, and watching the responses from fellow presenters and audience members was especially interesting, though I’m sure that I missed many of the subtleties of these exchanges.
The afternoon was divided into parallel sessions, one in Chinese and one in English, with paper presentations by invited guests. My presentation was in the English session, of course, so I can only speak to the specifics of that one, but I was very pleased with the quality of the presentations and discussion. I learned some new things about emerging corporate law and financial regulation issues in China, Singapore, and Japan, and was struck by both the similarities and the differences of the concerns: for example, several of the papers were on shadow banking in China, which is clearly a concern (as it is in the U.S.), but the character of shadow banking appears quite different in China, making the US experience only partially comparable.
My panel line-up was scheduled as follows, though for scheduling reasons there was a last minute switch of Shen Wei’s presentation on Chinese local government debt and shadow banking (which was excellent) instead of Cheng-Yun Tsang (who did a fine job on the next panel):
Host: Shen Wei, Professor of KoGuan Law School, SJTU
Discussant: Douglas Arner, Professor of The University of Hong Kong
Kim Krawiec, Professor of School of Law, Duke University
Wang Jiangyu, Associate Professor of Law School, National University of Singapore
Manabu Matsunaka, Professor of Nagoya University
Tang Yingmao, Associate Professor of Law School, Peking University
Cheng-Yun Tsang, Doctoral Student of School of Law, Duke University
Naturally, I made time for some food tourism as well (courtesy of UnTour, which I highly recommend). Included are photos of my street food breakfast in Shanghai on the day of departure, which was delicious, and can be roughly divided into three categories: noodles, dim sum, and deep fried dough (yum, yum!)
AALS Program of the Business Associations Section
The Future of the Corporate Board
AALS Annual Meeting, January 4, 2015
The AALS Section on Business Associations is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a Call for Papers for its program on Sunday, January 4th at the AALS 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
The topic of the program and call for papers is “The Future of the Corporate Board.”
How will boards adapt to recent changes and challenges in the business, legal, and social environment in which corporations operate? The recent global financial crisis and the continuing need for many corporations to compete internationally mean that today’s boards face economic pressures that their predecessors did not. This pressure is heightened by the rise of activist investors, many of whom aggressively push for changes to corporate management and governance. On the legal front, new regulations, such as Dodd-Frank, impose heightened compliance and other burdens on many companies and boards. And on the social front, pressures for socially responsible corporate behavior and greater racial and gender diversity on boards continues. Our program seeks to examine the ways in which boards have, and will in the future, respond to these challenges.
Form and length of submission
Eligible law faculty are invited to submit manuscripts or abstracts that address any of the foregoing topics. Abstracts should be comprehensive enough to allow the review committee to meaningfully evaluate the aims and likely content of papers they propose. Papers may be accepted for publication but must not be published prior to the Annual Meeting. Untenured faculty members are particularly encouraged to submit manuscripts or abstracts.
The initial review of the papers will be blind. Accordingly the author should submit a cover letter with the paper. However, the paper itself, including the title page and footnotes must not contain any references identifying the author or the author’s school. The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes.
Deadline and submission method
To be considered, papers must be submitted electronically to Kim Krawiec at email@example.com. The deadline for submission is SEPTEMBER 12, 2014.
Papers will be selected after review by members of the section’s Executive Committee. The authors of the selected papers will be notified by September 28, 2014.
The Call for Paper participants will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.
Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. The following are ineligible to submit: foreign, visiting (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school) and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, fellows, non-law school faculty, and faculty at fee-paid non-member schools. Papers co-authored with a person ineligible to submit on their own may be submitted by the eligible co-author.
Please forward this Call for Papers to any eligible faculty who might be interested.
From our friends at JOTWELL ....
Legal Scholarship We Like, and Why it Matters
University of Miami School of Law November 7-8, 2014
JOTWELL, the Journal of Things We Like (Lots), is an online journal dedicated to celebrating and sharing the best scholarship relating to the law. To celebrate Jotwell’s 5th Birthday, we invite you to join us for conversations about what makes legal scholarship great and why it matters.
In the United States, the role of scholarship is under assault in contemporary conversations about law schools; meanwhile in many other countries legal scholars are routinely pressed to value their work according to metrics or with reference to fixed conceptions of the role of legal scholarship. We hope this conference will serve as an answer to those challenges, both in content and by example.
We invite pithy abstracts of proposed contributions, relating to one or more of the conference themes. Each of these themes provides an occasion for the discussion (and, as appropriate, defense) of the scholarly enterprise in the modern law school–not for taking the importance of scholarship for granted, but showing, with specificity, as we hope Jotwell itself does, what good work looks like and why it matters.
I. Improving the Craft: Writing Legal Scholarship
We invite discussion relating to the writing of legal scholarship.
1. What makes great legal scholarship? Contributions on this theme could either address the issue at a general level, or anchor their discussion by an analysis of a single exemplary work of legal scholarship. We are open to discussions of both content and craft.
2. Inevitably, not all books and articles will be "great". What makes "good" legal scholarship? How do we achieve it?
II. Improving the Reach: Communicating and Sharing
Legal publishing is changing quickly, and the way that people both produce and consume legal scholarship seems likely to continue to evolve.
3. Who is (are) the audience(s) for legal scholarship?
4. How does legal scholarship find its audience(s)? Is there anything we as legal academics can or should do to help disseminate great and good scholarship? To what extent will the shift to online publication change how people edit, consume, and share scholarship, and how should we as authors and editors react?
III. Improving the World: Legal Scholarship and its Influence
Most broadly, we invite discussion of when and how legal scholarship matters.
5. What makes legal scholarship influential? Note that influence is not necessarily the same as "greatness". Also, influence has many possible meanings, encompassing influence within or outside the academy.
6. Finally, we invite personal essays about influence: what scholarship, legal or otherwise, has been most influential for you as a legal scholar? What if anything can we as future authors learn from this?
Jotwell publishes short reviews of recent scholarship relevant to the law, and we usually require brevity and a very contemporary focus. For this event, however, contributions may range over the past, the present, or the future, and proposed contributions can be as short as five pages, or as long as thirty.
We invite the submission of abstracts for proposed papers fitting one or more of the topics above. Your abstract should lay out your central idea, and state the anticipated length of the finished product.
Abstracts due by: May 20, 2014. Send your paper proposals (abstracts) via the JOTCONF 2014 EasyChair page, https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jotconf2014.
If you do not have an EasyChair account you will need to register first – just click at the "sign up for an account" link at the login page and fill in the form. The system will send you an e-mail with the instructions how to finish the registration.
Responses by: June 13, 2014
Accepted Papers due: Oct 6, 2014
Conference: Nov. 7-8, 2014 University of Miami School of Law Coral Gables, FL
Symposium contributions will be published on a special page at Jotwell.com. Authors will retain copyright. In keeping with Jotwell’s relentlessly low-budget methods, this will be a self-funding event. Your contributions are welcome even if you cannot attend in person.
LegalED is hosting its first conference called Igniting Law Teaching - a TEDx Styled Conference live - at American University Law - and online. It's Friday, April 4, all day.
Details are here.
Our friends over at The Conglomerate are hosting an online symposium for the next four days on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., (the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow). Though nearly all of the 84 amicus briefs submitted in the case explore the religious freedom issues, rather than the corporate law issues, Jayne Barnard, who will be in the courtroom tomorrow, asks: Will corporate law be the tail that wags this dog? Posts by Steve Bainbridge and Nate Oman are already up, and I’m sure that more will follow.
Here's the final program for the University of Pittsburgh's symposium in honor of Derrick Bell, "Challenging Authority," which will be at the end of next week, March 27-28. I'm very much looking forward to the conversation -- maybe there'll be some talk of the intellectual origins of Bell's interest convergence theory (and here). A bunch of the papers will be published in the Pitt Law Review. The illustration is of the African American monument at the South Carolina statehouse.
Update: Here are some powerpoint slides that summarize our paper, "Reading Professor Obama."
Now that I'm back from Oklahoma City University's conference, "trusts and estates meets gender, race, and class," I want to talk a little bit about it. Carla Spivack organized it to get a bunch of us who've been working in what I think of as "progressive trusts and estates" together. The core idea with this group -- I think -- is that we want to do things differently. Differently in terms of pedagogy and scholarship. The pedagogy discussion was terrific -- and pretty well advanced. Unsurprisingly trusts and estates faculty have a lot of ideas for integrating exercises like client interviewing and drafting into the basic course in ways that seem both useful and doable.
And on the scholarship side there were some terrific papers as well. Bridget Crawford and Tony Infanti -- who have helped organize the critical tax scholars -- framed the day's discussion with a look at recent literature in trusts and estates and some of the open questions. Casey Ross-Petherick gave a really surprising look at the American Indian Probate Reform Act (a statute about which I knew nothing). Stephen Clowney talked about his work on monuments. Friend of the blog Kent Schenkel spoke about a really intriguing question -- how the repeal of fee tail fits (or doesn't) with Americans' love of property that was so apparent around the time of the Revolution. I hope to speculate some more on this when he posts his paper to ssrn. My co-author Deborah Gordon spoke about expressions of inheritance and devise outside of the context of wills (what she calls letters non-testamentary). This builds on her previous work on language regarding death. And there was a lot of talk about wealth inequality and how that's grown over time.
I rolled out the first version of my paper on trusts for slavery and freedom -- that is, the use of trusts to keep slaves out of the hands of creditors, to manage them, and even sometimes to provide them with quasi-freedom. There's no telling how legal technology is going to be used. (Here's an audio file of my talk if you're interested. I'm looking forward to working this up in substantially greater detail and to rolling out a lot more data on both the appellate cases regarding slaves in trust and the view from the county probate offices, too.)
Over the next few weeks I hope to talk in depth about a bunch of the papers.
From the editors at the Pitt Law Review:
The University of Pittsburgh Law Review is seeking submissions for a symposium in honor of the late Derrick A. Bell, to be hosted on March 27-28, 2014. The focus of the symposium is to honor the memory of Professor Bell through the exchange of ideas on the future of critical race theory in legal scholarship. Authors and presenters are invited to submit proposals on topics relating to this theme, such as the following:
Contemporary Issues in Critical Race Theory Critical analyses of current issues in race and the law, including examinations of how contemporary legal issues may have unnoticed racial effects.
Critical Race Theory & Methodology Explorations of new methods for critical race scholarship, including interdisciplinary methods or the repurposing of older methods. We welcome scholarship on methodology as well as scholarship resulting from the use of new methods.
Critical Intersections Investigations into how race intersects with other categories of human existence (e.g. gender, sexuality, class) and how the law affects persons who inhabit these intersecting categories.
Critical Pedagogy Professor Bell considered teaching to be an essential part of his legacy, and so we welcome submissions that discuss a critical approach to legal pedagogy.
I keep seeing announcement of various Association of American Law Schools sections calling for papers for panels at the 2014 meeting in New York City. They're tacked up on different blogs right now and I thought it might be useful to have as comprehensive a list as possible in one place. Is the list complete? I'm not sure - but I'm optimistic that, by the time readers get to the comments, it will be.
This long list is the happy result of the AALS incentivizing sections to open up their panels using CFP's. Kudos to the folks who pushed that new policy through. One helpful hint, though: it would be nice if the AALS required earlier announcement dates so that non-insider faculty had a better shot of perparing a strong submission in time for the deadline. And a caveat for readers: the AALS limits submissions to full-time faculty at AALS member schools.
Here's my initial shot at the list, in no particular order:
AALS Section on Defamation and Privacy: Children’s Privacy Rights Against their Parents (papers due August 15, 2013)
AALS Section on Internet and Computer Law: The Disruptive Rise of the Mobile Internet (papers due September 3, 2013)
AALS Section on Securities Law: Global Securities Fraud (papers due August 25, 2013)
AALS Sections on Financial Institutions & Consumer Financial Services and on European Law: Taking Stock of Post-Crisis Reforms: Local, Global, and Comparative Perspectives on Financial Security Regulation (papers due September 3, 2013)
AALS Section on Women in Legal Education: New Voices in Gender Studies (papers due August 30, 2013)
AALS Section on Children and the Law: Guns, Violence and Children (papers due August 15, 2013)
AALS Section on Law and Religion: Cooperating With Evil, Complicity with Sin (papers due August 15, 2013)
AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution: ADR and the Regulatory State (papers due Septbember 5, 2013)
AALS Sections on Insurance Law and on Torts Law: On The Unavoidable Intersection of Torts and Insurance Law (papers due September 6, 2013)
AALS Section on Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples: The Relationship Between Indian Law and Tribal Law (papers due August 14, 2013)
AALS Sections on Poverty Law and on Clinical Legal Education: 50 Years After the “War on Poverty:” Evaluating Past Enactments and Innovative Approaches for Addressing Poverty in the 21st Century (papers due August 9, 2013)
AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law: Title VII at 50: Looking Forward, Looking Back (papers due August 15, 2013)AALS Sections on Immigration Law and Family and on Juvenile Law: Families and Immigration Law (papers due August 15, 2013)
And separate from these Section calls for papers for the 2014 Conference, here are a few other things to consider in a similar vein.
AALS Call for Schoalrly Papers by Junior Law Professors (papers due August 9, 2013)
AALS Section on Federal Courts: Annual Award for Best Untenured Article on the Law of Federal Jurisdiction (papers due September 15, 2013)
AALS Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholars Paper Competition (papers due September 1, 2013)
Sections on Education Law and on Disability Law: Law and the Education of Students with Disabilities (deadline extended to September 1, 2013)
I also received this call for papers for which I have no link:
AALS Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues: Courting Justices: LGBT Law Advances in the Twenty-First Century.
In the past two decades, lawyers, activists, individuals and organizations have contributed to enormous changes in the legal landscape for LGBT people and their families. With pending Supreme Court decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, and a wide variety of issues related to adoption, immigration, and inheritance for LGBT families coming to a head, the Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues of the AALS is seeking scholars interested in presenting papers or works in progress at the annual meeting in New York, NY. Our hope is that this panel will place the experiences, stories, and scholarship of gay and lesbian persons and their families at the center of the discussion of twenty-first century legal developments in immigration, family law, and criminal law. The program, entitled, “Courting Justices: LGBT Law Advances in the Twenty-First Century” is designed to encompass a wide variety of emerging issues that are important to LGBT individuals and their families. Scholars interested in presenting papers or works in progress should send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 10, 2013.
AALS Sections on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law and on Law, Medicine and Health Care: The Role of Nonprofits Under the Affordable Care Act (abstracts due August 31, 2013)
AALS Section on International Law: Download International Law-Making and the United Nations (papers and abstracts due September 10, 2013)
AALS Sections on State and Local Government Law and on Comparative Law: Comparative Urban Governance (papers due September 3, 2013)
AALS Section on Legislation and Law of the Political Process: From Reynolds v. Simms to Shelby County and Beyond (abstracts due September 20, 2013).
From the communitylibraries.net project:
We are delighted to announce the launch of a new AHRC-funded international research network on Community Libraries, which aims to establish a dynamic, interdisciplinary research forum to investigate the role of libraries in shaping communities in the long eighteenth century. Developed by Dr Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool) together with partners at Loyola University Chicago, the Newberry Library, and Dr Williams’s Library (London), the Network will explain the emergence of libraries in the ‘public sphere’ between 1650 and 1850. We will assess the contribution made by libraries to the circulation and reception of print of all kinds, and to the forging of collective identities amongst local, national, and international communities of readers. In addition, the network aims to explore the emergence of libraries in comparative perspective, asking how far models of library provision and administration were disseminated, discussed, imitated, and challenged as they travelled between different social environments and political regimes.
The antebellum college library catalogs and also the college literary society borrowing records have a lot to contribute to the history of the book project.
The image is of Washington Hall on the Washington and Lee campus. As I recall the Washington Literary Society's offices were on the upper floor of the building. Their library records and debate minutes are a terrific source of information on what the students were reading and thinking, which should be used in conjunction with the addresses given to literary societies. Together those will allow us to reconstruct the world of ideas of constitutionalism, utility, and slavery so central to the old South.
Carla Spivack of Oklahoma City University School of Law has posted a call for papers for the conference “Wills, Trusts and Estates Meets Gender, Race and Class,” which will be in Oklahoma City on September 27-28, 2013. Cribbing now from the CFP:
This conference seeks to bring the insights of progressive property theory to the area of inheritance and succession law and will address the many points of intersection between inheritance law, gender and race, social structure, wealth inequality, domestic violence, and indigenous people’s rights, among others. Recognizing that inheritance law is a society’s DNA, the conference will present theoretical, historical, and practical approaches to ways it has and continues to maintain social structure and ways it can change it.
The deadline for proposals is August 1. Send them to cspivack[@]okcu.edu
I'm very much looking forward to returning to Oklahoma for the conference and to hearing the latest on how issues of race, class, and gender are important to trusts and estates pedagogy, practice, and scholarship. I'm going to be talking about the trust for slavery and freedom -- that is, how the technology of trusts was used to manage enslaved human beings, to keep them out of the hands of creditors, and on occasion to free them.
The image is Robinson Hall at Washington and Lee University, which was built using money left to Washington College. It's one of the images in my mind's eye when I think of fortunes left in trust. I talk a little more about the story of Robinson Hall here.