Here is a message from the UC Davis Law Review announcing their move to Scholastica:
Dear UC Davis Law Review authors and friends,
The UC Davis Law Review is excited to announce that we will be transitioning to a new article submission service. When we resume reviewing manuscripts on February 19, we will accept submissions through Scholastica (www.scholasticahq.com). We will no longer accept them through ExpressO.
Institutions can create accounts to pay for their authors’ submissions to Scholastica, so authors affiliated with law schools will have the same payment experience they have had on ExpressO. Scholastica is committed to ensuring that authors are able to submit articles regardless of institutional support and will consider requests for fee waivers and other accommodations (email@example.com). Additional information about Scholastica is available at www.scholasticahq.com/law_reviews.
We hope you will give us the opportunity to review your submissions this spring.
Marissa Martin O’Connor
Editor in Chief
UC Davis Law Review, Volume 46
Washington and Lee law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson has authored two recent commentaries dealing with religious liberty issues.
One editorial appeared in the Tulsa World and focused on Hobby Lobby Store, Inc. and the company’s decision to challenge the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that employers provide access to birth control. In the commentary, Prof. Wilson examines the costs to employers, and to employees, if companies choose not abide by the ACA’s rules. Hobby Lobby faces a $1.3 millon a day fine for each day it fails to comply with certain provisions of the ACA. But Wilson argues that companies can get around this by simply dropping coverage all together for employees.
The full commentary is available online.
Prof. Wilson also published a guest column in the State Journal-Register (Springfield, Il), co-authored with W&L Law graduate Anthony Kreis, now a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. In the piece, Wilson and Kreis argue that the state of Illinois should include even stronger religious protections in a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. They point to laws passed recently in other states that bolstered religious liberty protections while supporting marriage equality.
The full column is available online.
Prof. Wilson is co-editor of the book “Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts.”
Here is a message from the Cardozo Law Review announcing their transition to Scholastica for submissions:
Here is a note from the Boston College Law Review advising of their switch to Scholastica.
Washington and Lee law professor Lyman Johnson was recently elected Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Agency, Partnerships, and LLCs. The Section focuses exclusively on noncorporate business associations. In recent years, limited liability companies(LLCs) have emerged as far and away the most popular form of business entity for start-up ventures, far surpassing the formation of corporations.
Every year the Section focuses on a timely topic of interest to scholars working in this area. This January the Section featured a tribute to the scholarship of Larry Ribstein, a prolific scholar from the University of Illinois who did pioneering work in the area of partnerships and LLCs and who died suddenly at the end of 2011. Prof. Johnson provided a comment on a paper delivered at that session. As Chair, Johnson says his hope is to raise even further the profile of this important section and to explore connections with other AALS sections. He will also seek to reach out to members of the practicing bar and the judiciary who are grappling with issues in this area.
Prof. Johnson is also a founding Executive Committee member of the new AALS section on Transactional Law and Skills. This section focuses on teaching students the substantive knowledge, skills, and tasks required to become transactional lawyers, such as those who work in law firm Financial Services or Corporate Acquisitions groups.
Washington and Lee Law Professor Mark Drumbl, directory of the Transnational Law Institute, will speak at Emory Law School on Monday, Feb. 28 in a new lecture series focused on war and peace. From www,globalatlanta.com:
“The Project on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society at Emory University will explore the impact of war by studying “peace” through papers outside the traditional boundaries of war involving occupation, post-conflict, violent governance outside of interstate warfare, and the question of whether contemporary warfare facilitates or eviscerates the possibility of peace. The first workshop in this series will be on the issue of child soldiers in international law and policy.”
Prof. Drumbl will discuss his most recent book, Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy (Oxford University Press, 2012). The book offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary analysis of child soldiering worldwide and presses the international community to rethink its approaches to the problem. Prof. Drumbl’s analysis reveals that the phenomenon of child soldiering is largely oversimplified and that international humanitarian and criminal justice systems must evolve in order to offer adequate responses. Read more about the book here.
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Benjamin Spencer, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Frances Lewis Law Center, has received two honors recognizing his professional accomplishments and standing within the legal academy.
First, Prof. Spencer has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), the most prestigious law reform body in the U.S. The ALI is focused on producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. It has a membership 4300 judges, lawyers, and teachers from all areas of the U.S. and many foreign companies.
Also, Prof. Spencer has been appointed by the President of the National Conference of Bar Examiners to the Civil Procedure Drafting Committee, which consists of 6 people who will write the civil procedure questions that appear on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). Civil Procedure is currently not tested on the MBE but will be beginning in 2016. Prof. Spencer will meet with the other committee members every six months as they prepare for the inclusion of this subject on the MBE.
Congratulations to Prof. Spencer on these honors.
The Federalist Society’s Faculty Division is pleased to announce a Call for Papers relating to the topic of Freedom of Contract. Up to three submissions will be selected for inclusion in an upcoming Faculty Division colloquium on the topic Freedom of Contract. Authors of the selected pieces will each receive a prize of $5,000 (any co-authors must share a single prize).
TOPIC: The Freedom of Contract topic is intentionally broad in scope, though we have a particular interest in papers that examine limitations imposed on freedom of contract under our legal system, the attendant justifications for these limitations, including in areas such as labor & employment, consumer contracts, or corporations/business entities, and potential responses to these justifications.
PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:
– Submissions will be accepted from current law faculty, as well as fellows, visiting assistant professors, and other law graduates who are pursuing full-time employment in the legal academy.
– There is a limit of one submission per person.
– Submissions must be substantially complete and formatted in accord with the Bluebook.
– Submissions should be of a quality publishable in a mainstream law journal, but must not have been published as of the date of the submission deadline below.
– Submissions must be sent via Microsoft Word or pdf attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00pm Eastern Time on Friday, March 1.
Presented By University of Southern California Gould School of Law and Washington University Law
May 22-24, 2013
The 12th Annual Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship workshop will take place at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. The workshop is for law school faculty, political science faculty, and graduate students interested in learning about empirical research and how to evaluate empirical work. Leading empirical scholars Lee Epstein and Andrew Martin will teach the workshop, which provides the formal training necessary to design, conduct, and assess empirical studies, and to use statistical software (Stata) to analyze and manage data. Participants need no background or knowledge of statistics to enroll in the workshop.
Lee Epstein, http://lawweb.usc.edu/who/faculty/directory/contactInfo.cfm?detailID=70057, Provost Professor and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law and Political Science at University of Southern California, is a leading empirical legal scholar and a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has co-organized and co-led this annual empirical scholarship workshop for the past eleven years. Professor Epstein has received 10 grants from the National Science Foundation for her work on judicial politics and has also authored, co-authored, or edited more than 100 articles and essays, as well as 14 books. Her empirical research focuses on U.S. Supreme Court, as well as constitutional courts abroad.
Andrew D. Martin, http://adm.wustl.edu, Professor of Law and Political Science, and Director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University, specializes in political methodology and has written widely on American political institutions, including the Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals. He has co-organized and co-taught the empirical scholarship workshop with Professor Epstein for the last eleven years. Professor Martin has received grants from the National Science Foundation for his work on the U.S. Supreme Court, and his research has appeared in a number of outlets, including the Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; California Law Review; Columbia Law Review; North Carolina Law Review; and other law reviews as well as leading social science and applied statistics journals.
REGISTRATION: Tuition for the Empirical Scholarship Workshop is $850, which includes all session materials, temporary access to statistical software (STATA), two lunches, three continental breakfasts, and one evening reception. You will need a laptop for this workshop. A check for $850 made payable to USC Gould School of Law must be included with the registration form. Registration and payment should be received by May 10, 2013.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Special hotel rate for workshop participants are available at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles, at 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, about 5 miles from the Law School. Contact the Omni Hotel Reservations at (800) 843-6664. To obtain the $179 per night workshop rate, identify yourself as Empirical Workshop attendee. In order to receive this special rate, you must book your room by April 22, 2013.
All sessions, meals, and the reception will be held at:
USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Boulevard
FURTHER INFORMATION: Please visit http://law.usc.edu/EmpiricalWorkshop for more information.
Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost has published a new article in the Journal of Health Economics, Policy and Law, published by Cambridge University Press. The article, titled “The Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court: American health care reform inches forward despite dysfunctional political institutions and politics,” discusses the political landscape of that enabled the ACA to become law. Beginning with the law’s passage in early 2010, Jost examines the various challenges and court decisions that occurred over the next 2.5 years, evaluating the legal arguments and developments during the run-up to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholdng the law.
The article is available from the Cambridge Press Website.