UNIVERSITY OF AKRON LAW REVIEW
The Class Action After A Decade of Roberts Court Decisions
The Akron Law Review invites academic papers on the reasoning, dimensions, and possible impacts of one or more of the class action or other multi-party action cases decided by the “Roberts Court” (2005-present) We welcome papers of any length and request submission before September 14, 2014. Publication will occur in spring of 2015.
As the Supreme Court of the United States recognized:
The policy at the very core of the class action mechanism is to overcome the problem that small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual to bring a solo action prosecuting his or her rights. A class action solves this problem by aggregating the relatively paltry potential recoveries into something worth someone’s (usually an attorney’s) labor.
Amchem Products, Inc. v. Windsor, 117 S.Ct. 2231, 2246 (1997) (quoting Mace v. Van Ru Credit Corp., 109 F.3d 338, 344 (7th Cir. 1997)). Earlier in 2014, the Court refused to intervene in a class action brought by consumers in “the case of the moldy washing machines” against three large corporations. Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Butler, 13-430, Whirlpool v. Glazer, 13-431, and BSM Home Appliances v. Cobb, 13-138. Although a victory for consumers, the decision is arguably an anomaly amidst recent pro-business cases restricting plaintiffs’ class certification. See e.g., Comcast v. Berend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013); AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011); Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011). Multi-party litigation may well be changing, and the Akron Law Review seeks your contribution to the conversation.
Your contribution to this conversation will be both timely and visible. The Washington and Lee Law Review Rankings ranked the Akron Law Review as a top 55 general, student-edited journal (in combined score based on impact factor and citation). Additionally, Ohio Supreme Court Justices cited the Akron Law Review more times in the past decade than any other journal. See Jared Klaus, Law Reviews: An Undervalued Resource, 26 Ohio Lawyer, May/June 2012, at 28.
You may submit manuscripts by email or regular mail. To submit by email, please forward a copy of your article in Word format to email@example.com. You may submit a hardcopy to: Justin M. Burns, Editor-in-Chief, Akron Law Review, The University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44325. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Justin Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals Due: May 12, 2014
The Association of American Law Schools is seeking proposals for Crosscutting Programs for the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, DC from January 2-5, 2015. Crosscutting Programs focus on multi-subject and interdisciplinary subjects with new perspectives on legal issues or the profession. Crosscutting programs attract a wide audience of law faculty teaching a variety of topics.
Successful proposals include innovative approaches to subjects or topics and presentation formats. The program panel would aim to spark conversations among academics both those working inside traditional legal silos and across legal and non-law disciplines. Proposals should not feature a program or subject that could be offered by any particular AALS Section. Additionally, proposals should not conflict with other program topics being presented at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting. To ensure there is no overlap, the Committee on Special Programs for the 2015 Annual Meeting will evaluate all proposals in light of AALS Section and AALS Committee programs already planned for the 2015 Annual Meeting.
The length of a Crosscutting program is either 1 hour and 45 minutes or can be held during the last afternoon’s 3-hour time slot. Depending on the presentation format selected, we recommend you have one moderator and up to four slots reserved for speakers, and in addition, allot 20 minutes for question and answers from the audience. You may choose to select one speaker from a call for papers, who will not need to be identified by May 12, 2014. Programs might include a non-law school speaker. We recommend a small panel of three so that all panelists can contribute fully and the audience has the opportunity to ask questions.
Program proposals may be submitted by any faculty member with a full-time appointment at an AALS member school.
A proposal of 700 words would include the following information:
- Program title;
- Detailed description of what the program is trying to accomplish;
- Names of the planners of the program and description on how the program idea was generated;
- Names of speakers to be invited including their full names and schools with a link to or copy of their curricula vitae. Please describe the contributions each panelist will make to the discussion.
- Presentation format of the program;
- Program publishing information, if applicable.
The Committee will consider the following:
- Is the program focused on multi-subject and interdisciplinary subjects with new perspectives on legal issues or the profession?
- Is the format innovative?
- Will the program attract a broad audience?
- Is there diversity of presenters and of planners? (Diversity in a broad sense: school, perspectives, race, gender, experience, etc.)
- Is there a publication coming out of the program?
The following examples of prior Crosscutting Programs can be found on past annual meeting programs here.
- Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Intersection of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Development, Water Law, Energy Law, International Law, and Indigenous Law (2013)
- The Business of Tax Patents: At the Crossroads of Patent, Tax and Business Law (2013)
- The Law and Science of Trustworthy Elections: Facing the Challenges of Internet Voting and Other E-Voting Technologies (2012)
The Committee on Special Programs for the 2015 Annual Meeting will review and notify authors of the selected proposals by June 2014. Speakers are responsible for paying their conference registration fee and travel expenses; for non-law speakers, registration fees are waived.
The AALS welcomes comments and questions about Crosscutting Programs. Questions should be directed to Jane La Barbera AALS Managing Director at email@example.com.
Proposals are due May 12, 2014 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Professional Development Committee invites AALS Sections, faculty, and informal groups of faculty to submit preliminary proposals for conferences or workshops in 2016. The Committee prefers proposals for programs that are sufficiently broad that they will interest more than the membership of a single AALS Section or subject area. The AALS also welcomes proposals that contemplate different or innovative programs or that are based on interdisciplinary themes.
The Professional Development programs include one-day workshops at the Annual Meeting, as well as two-day workshops at the Mid-Year Meeting. Programs need not fit any particular format, but many past conferences and workshops have fallen into one of the following categories:
Subject matter programs aimed at faculty who teach particular subjects or types of courses such as the 2013 Mid-Year Meeting Conference on Criminal Justice and the 2010 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Civil Procedure: Charting Your Course in a Shifting Field; Programs for groups with similar interests other than subject matter such as the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Forty Years of Formal Equality and the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues; Programs that cut across subject matter lines such as the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Blurring Boundaries in Financial and Corporate Law; the 2013 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Poverty, Immigration and Property; the 2012 Mid-Year Meeting on Workshop on Torts, Environment and Disaster; and the 2012 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on When Technology Disrupts Law: How do IP, Internet and Biolaw Adapt?; Programs dealing with matters of law school administration or legal education generally such as the 2011 Annual Meeting Workshop for Deans and Law Librarians; the 2011 Conference on the Future of the Law School Curriculum; and the 2012 Annual Meeting Workshop on Academic Support-Got ASP?: Leveraging Academic Support Principles and Programs to Meet Strategic Institutional Goals; and, Programs exploring the ramifications of significant developments in or affecting the law such as the 2008 Annual Meeting Workshop on Courts: Independence and Accountability.
Proposals should be two to three pages long and include: (1) a description of the areas or topics be covered (e.g., the intersection of criminal law and immigration); (2) an explanation of why it would be important and timely to undertake such a program in 2016; (3) an indication of the format and/or a brief description of panels (e.g. a panel on immigration incarceration, a panel on immigration crimes, a panel on immigration and Miranda amendment). It is also recommended that preliminary proposals include (4) suggestions for members of the planning committee as well as potential speakers and their schools. Since planning committees value diversity of all sorts, we encourage recommendations of women, minorities, those with differing viewpoints, and new teachers as speakers. Specific information regarding the potential speaker’s scholarship, writings, speaking ability, and teaching methodology is valuable, but not required.
Preliminary proposals are extremely helpful to the planning committees. Planning the actual program, including the choice of specific topics and speakers, is the responsibility of the planning committee, which is appointed by the AALS President. Planning committees normally include one or more individuals who are in leadership positions in the proposing Section(s) and other teachers in that subject area.
Proposals should be submitted by email by June 13, 2014 to email@example.com. Jane La Barbera, AALS Managing Director, would be pleased to discuss proposal ideas with you and to answer any questions you have about the Association’s professional development programs. Please send your questions by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Missouri is issuing a call for proposals for an upcoming works-in-progress conference as well as a call for papers for a student writing competition. Both of these calls are affiliated with a symposium that is being convened at the University of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution on Friday, October 10, 2014.
The symposium is entitled “Judicial Education and the Art of Judging: From Myth to Methodology” and addresses a number of issues relating to the role of judges and the goals and methods of judicial education. The symposium features the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit as keynote speaker as well as an accomplished group of judges, academics, and judicial education experts from the United States and Canada as panelists.
The day before the symposium (Thursday, October 9, 2014), the University of Missouri will be hosting a works-in-progress conference relating to the subject matter of the symposium, broadly interpreted. Presentation proposals should be no more than one page in length and can include analyses that are practical, theoretical or interdisciplinary in nature. Participants can discuss judges at the state, federal or international level. Proposals for the works-in-progress conference should be directed to Professor S.I. Strong (email@example.com) and will be accepted until May 26, 2014. Decisions regarding accepted papers will be made in June 2014. Prospective attendees should note that there is no funding available to assist participants with their travel expenses.
The University of Missouri is also organizing a student writing competition in association with the symposium. Papers will likely be due in August 2014, although precise details (such as the due date and the amount of any prize money associated with the competition) are still being finalized.
More information about the symposium, works-in-progress conference and student writing competition is available at the symposium website, located at: http://www.law.missouri.edu/csdr/symposium/2014. People may also contact Professor S.I. Strong (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Professor Geoff Corn
Professor Bobby Chesney
The International Committee of the Red Cross
The South Texas College of Law
The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas—Austin
May 15-16, 2014
Location: The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA
The National Security Law Workshop, now in its seventh year, is a unique event. It brings civilian law faculty, Judge Advocates, ICRC representatives, and other government legal advisers together for two days of dialogue on national security law topics.
We are pleased to announce that the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville has agreed to allow us to use their conference space for the workshop on May 15th and 16th this spring.
a. This year’s event will have a slightly different format than in years past. Specifically, we are placing a greater emphasis on roundtable discussions. Towards this end, we hereby solicit proposals to lead a roundtable discussion of a particular topic. Proposals should include a brief (no more than one page) discussion explaining the topic and its significance. And while we anticipate that a number of the discussion sessions will focus on the law relating to armed conflict, we also encourage proposals on a broader array of national security topics.
If the proposal is selected the proponent will be expected to:
1. Draft a 5-10 page ‘point paper’ framing the issue for discussion, to be distributed no later than the end of April;
2. act as co-leader of the discussion during that session (we will select an additional participant to assist in this capacity).
b. In addition to the roundtable discussions, we will continue our tradition of workshopping draft articles using a discussant model (albeit on a more limited scale than in the past, and with a special emphasis on true drafts—i.e., papers that will not be accepted for publication by the time of the event in May).
c. Finally, we also will accept requests to attend from individuals who are not submitting either a roundtable topic or a paper, but who do want to take part in the general discussions.
Please submit your proposals or attendance requests to both: Bobby Chesney (email@example.com), and Geoff Corn (firstname.lastname@example.org) by close of business on March 15, 2014. Currently, we anticipate accepting 25 total attendees.
4. Expenses and logistics
The good news is that there is no registration fee or paperwork for those who are selected to attend (nor is there any CLE credit, alas). The bad news is that all attendees will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, and related expenses.
Once selections are made, we will provide further details on recommended accommodations and other logistical details.
June 27-28, 2014, Stanford Law School
Harvard/Stanford/Yale Law Schools announce the 15th session of the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Stanford Law School on June 27-28, 2014. We are seeking submissions for this meeting.
The Forum’s objective is to encourage the work of young scholars by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange. Meetings are held each spring, rotating among Harvard, Stanford, and Yale. Ten to twelve scholars (with one to seven years in teaching) will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Stanford, Harvard or Yale, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the invited young scholars, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. The goal is discourse on both the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre. We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain. The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among American legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.
TOPICS: Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected topics in public and private law, legal philosophy, and gender and race theory, alternating loosely between public law and humanities subjects in one year, and private and dispute resolution law in the next. For the upcoming 2014 meeting, the topics will cover these areas of public law:
- Administrative Law
- Constitutional Law – theoretical foundations
- Constitutional Law – historical foundations
- Criminal Law
- Environmental Law
- Family Law
- Jurisprudence and Philosophy
- Labor Law and Social Welfare Policy
- Law and Humanities – Law and Literature
- Critical Legal Studies and Gender Studies
- Public International Law
A jury of accomplished scholars, again not necessarily from Harvard, Stanford, or Yale, with expertise in the particular topic, will choose the papers to be presented. There is no publication commitment, nor is published work eligible. Stanford will reimburse presenters’ and commentators’ travel expenses for this year’s Forum.
QUALIFICATIONS: There is no limit on the number of submissions by any individual author. To be eligible, an author must be teaching at a U.S. law school in a tenured or tenure-track position and must not have been teaching at either of those ranks for more than 7 years total. We accept co-authored submissions, but each of the coauthors must be individually eligible to participate in the Junior Faculty Forum.
PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Paper submissions for this Forum should be mailed to:
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
Electronic submissions should be sent to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014. Please note on the cover letter under which topic your paper falls.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Joseph Bankman at Stanford Law School, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Adriaan Lani at Harvard Law School (email@example.com), or Ian Ayres at Yale Law School (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Assessment Across the Curriculum” is a one-day conference for new and experienced law teachers who are interested in designing and implementing effective techniques for assessing student learning. The conference will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Conference Content: Sessions will address topics such as
· Formative Assessment in Large Classes
· Classroom Assessment Techniques
· Using Rubrics for Formative and Summative Assessment
· Assessing the Ineffable: Professionalism, Judgment, and Teamwork
· Assessment Techniques for Statutory or Transactional Courses
By the end of the conference, participants will have concrete ideas and assessment practices to take back to their students, colleagues, and institutions.
Who Should Attend: This conference is for all law faculty (full-time and adjunct) who want to learn about best practices for course-level assessment of student learning.
Conference Faculty: Conference workshops will be taught by experienced faculty, including Michael Hunter Schwartz (UALR Bowen), Rory Bahadur (Washburn), Sandra Simpson (Gonzaga), Sophie Sparrow (University of New Hampshire), Lyn Entrikin (UALR Bowen), and Richard Neumann (Hofstra).
Accommodations: A block of hotel rooms for conference participants has been reserved at The DoubleTree Little Rock, 424 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 501-372-4371, calling the DoubleTree Central Reservations System at 800-222-TREE, or booking online at www.doubletreelr.com. The group code to use when making reservations for the conference is “LAW.”
BY RONALD K.L. COLLINS · FEBRUARY 10, 2014
Top Five Books has just announced a forthcoming series of e-books on Supreme Court cases. The series is titled “SCOTUS: Books-in-Brief.” It is designed to provide readers – lay and scholarly alike – with a reliable, informative, and engaging narrative account of a significant Supreme Court ruling shortly after it comes down. Provided in e-book format, each work will be economically priced and accessible on multiple e-platforms.
Each e-book will be available within a week of the decision and will consist of an historical account of the general subject, a full statement of its facts, profiles of the parties, analyses of the lower court judgments, examination of the briefs filed and the oral arguments in the Supreme Court, a discussion of the larger issues raised by the case, an analysis of the final judgment, and a comprehensive timeline – and all completed and ready for e-publication shortly after a Court ruling is rendered.
The first book in the series (now virtually complete at 75,000 words save for commentary on the forthcoming ruling) isWhen Money Speaks: The McCutcheon Decision, Campaign Finance Laws, and the First Amendment. (See excerpt here.)
If you are a good writer, have expertise in a certain area pertaining to a case before the Supreme Court, and can complete a 30,000-75,000 word manuscript (depending on the complexity of the case and subject matter) in a relatively short period of time, then contact us – we’d love to hear from you.
For more information about those on the advisory board and the series generally, click here.
From the California Law Review:
The California Law Review is pleased to announce that our Spring submission cycle is now officially open. We strongly prefer to receive electronic article submissions through Scholastica (http://scholasticahq.com), though we continue to accept submissions via post.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions at email@example.com. We are truly looking forward to reviewing your next submission and hope to work with you soon.
Senior Articles Editor
California Law Review
From the Federalist Society:
We are pleased to announce that the Federalist Society Faculty Division is sponsoring a new round of Junior Faculty Workshops. These workshops are intended to provide a structured—but relatively informal—environment in which six or so faculty members from different law schools can gather to spend a day workshopping each others’ papers, followed by a group meal. The workshops can focus on a particular subject area or cover a broad range of interests, depending on the organizer’s preference.
We envision workshop participants consisting primarily of junior tenure track faculty (defined as people who have been in tenure track positions less than seven years), but also encompassing fellowship recipients or doctoral candidates in appropriate cases. A junior faculty member will be responsible for organizing and directing the workshop, and will receive a budget for the event. Wherethe participants are in relatively close geographical proximity, the maximum budget will generally be $1,000. Where some degree of air/rail travel and lodging will be necessary, we may increase thebudget to as much as $3,000 to help defray travel costs. Organizers should plan to hold theworkshop sometime in 2014.
We invite interested junior faculty members to submit a workshop proposal setting forth a topic, date, location, schedule, list of potential participants, and description of anticipated expenditures. Proposals should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, March 7, 2014.