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AALS Proposals for 2016 Professional Development Programs

May 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Proposals for 2016 Professional Development Programs

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 profdev@aals.org. 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 profdev@aals.org.

$25,000 to Professors Who Inspire: Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust Seeks Applicants for 2014

April 18, 2014 Leave a comment

The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Advisory Committee is currently seeking nominations for the 2014 Beckman Award. The award is given to professors who inspired their former students to achieve greatness. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash award of $25,000. Preference will be given to educators who teach or who taught in the fields of psychology, medicine, or law. In 2013, a quarter of a million dollars was awarded to 10 professors throughout the United States.

Gail McKnight Beckman created the Beckman award to benefit teachers who have inspired their former students to make a difference in their communities. The award is given to current or former academic faculty members who have inspired their former students to “create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.”  Alternatively, academic faculty members must have inspired their former students to “establish on a lasting basis a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to the community at large.”

The nomination deadline is Tuesday, July 15, 2014. An award ceremonywill be held in the fall in Atlanta , GA.  For more information or to nominate or apply for the award, please visit:

http://www.wellsfargo.com/privatefoundationgrants/beckman

Contact:  grantadministration@wellsfargo.com

 

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Call for Submissions: University of Akron Symposium on Class Actions

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

SYMPOSIUM ISSUE

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 lawreview@uakron.edu. 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 jmb349@zips.uakron.edu.

Call for Proposals: Crosscutting Programs at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

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 crosscutting@aals.org.

Proposals are due May 12, 2014 and should be sent to crosscutting@aals.org

AALS Proposals for 2016 Professional Development Programs

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

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 profdev@aals.org. 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 profdev@aals.org.

Symposium: Judicial Education and the Art of Judging–From Myth to Methodology

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

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 (strongsi@missouri.edu) 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 (strongsi@missouri.edu) with any questions.

THE 7th ANNUAL NATIONAL SECURITY LAW WORKSHOP

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Co-hosted by:

Professor Geoff Corn

Professor Bobby Chesney

 

Sponsored by:

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.

1. Location

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.

2. Format

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.

3. Applications

Please submit your proposals or attendance requests to both: Bobby Chesney (rchesney@law.utexas.edu), and Geoff Corn (gcorn@stcl.eduby 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.

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