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).
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
Call for Papers - Deadline 7 March 2014
The theme of ANZSIL’s 22nd Annual Conference has been chosen to resonate with the commemorations taking place around the world in 2014 to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War 1. The conference will provide an opportunity to reflect upon the project of achieving international peace through international law that has shaped the past century. Horror at the scale and destructiveness of World War 1 spurred a new political commitment to preventing future wars. The League of Nations Covenant signed in the war’s aftermath expressed the commitment of the High Contracting Parties to achieving international peace and security through accepting obligations not to resort to war, establishing international law ‘as the actual rule of conduct among Governments’, and maintaining ‘justice and a scrupulous respect for all treaty obligations’. The dream of achieving perpetual peace was an old one, but the emphasis on doing so through international law and international institutions was new. Despite the subsequent disenchantment with the failures of the League, reflected famously in the skeptical reactions of realists such as EH Carr and Hans Morgenthau to the ideal of achieving ‘peace through law’, the United Nations Charter expressed an ongoing determination ‘to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’ through the maintenance of international peace and security and the peaceful settlement of international disputes in conformity with international justice and international law. Today the commitment to settling disputes by peaceful means continues to underpin many developments in international law. Public and private international law initiatives in the fields of trade, investment, and financial regulation aim to secure peace through economic stability and commercial relations, while the language of security continues to inform internationalist projects, from the maintenance of collective security to human security, food security, energy security, climate security, and cyber security.
The conference will explore the role that international law and international lawyers have played in the pursuit of international peace and security over the past century, and the role that they might play in the century to come. How have changing definitions or visions of peace and security informed the development of international law? How do the trauma and memory of war shape international law as an ideal, a set of institutions, a commitment, or a project? What contribution have Australians and New Zealanders made to the realisation of peace through law, whether on the Security Council, in peace operations, as judges and arbitrators at the Peace Palace and beyond, as civil society activists, as scholars, or as ‘norm entrepreneurs’? How do international legal doctrines and practices respond to changes in the nature of war and new threats to peace and security? What happens when the pursuit of peace and security comes into conflict with other values, such as justice, equality, or self-determination? What mechanisms and techniques for achieving the peaceful settlement of disputes have been developed by international lawyers, and what innovations are today being developed to address contemporary disputes and potential conflicts?
The Conference Organising Committee invites paper proposals on a broad range of international legal issues. Possible topics for papers and panels specifically related to the conference theme include:
- the relationship of international law to pacifist traditions
- the legacy of World War 1 and the development of international law
- the role of trauma and memories of war in shaping international law
- shifting visions of peace and security in international law
- utopianism in international law – and its realist critics
- international institutions as guardians of peace: from the League of Nations to the International Criminal Court
- mechanisms, techniques, and conditions for the peaceful settlement of disputes
- trade, investment, and environmental agreements as vehicles for achieving peace
- the relation of human rights to peace and security
- defining aggression and threats to peace and security
- international criminal law and the ‘peace versus justice’ debate
- the role of Australia and New Zealand in the maintenance of peace and security
- assessing the expanding mandate of the Security Council: civilian protection; counter-terrorism; women, peace and security; the responsibility to protect
- international law and revolution
- new wars and international law
- disarmament and international law
- proliferating forms of security and the ‘securitisation’ of international law – state security, collective security, human security, energy security, food security, systems security, climate security, cyber security
In the tradition of ANZSIL Conferences, the Organising Committee also invites and welcomes proposals on international law topics not connected to the conference theme.
Submission of Paper Proposals
Those proposing papers for presentation at the Conference should submit
- a one page abstract
- and brief one page curriculum vitae
- 150-200 words of bio-data (for possible inclusion in the conference program)
by email to the Conference Organising Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Friday, 7 March 2014. Please include the heading on your email message ‘ANZSIL Conference 2014 Paper Proposal: [Your Name]’. The Conference Organising Committee will inform applicants of the outcome of their proposals by late March 2014. Further information about the Conference, including program and registration details, will be available on the ANZSIL website (http://law.anu.edu.au/anzsil/conferences.html).
17 July (evening) to 19 July 2014/17 juillet (soir) au 19 juillet 2014
Faculty of Law and Political Science/Faculté de droit et de science politique Aix-Marseille University/Aix-Marseille Université – Aix-en-Provence, France
COMPARATIVE LAW AND …/LE DROIT COMPARÉ ET …
Inherently interdisciplinary, the conference’s primary focus will be comparative law’s links to a wide variety of other disciplines and themes (e.g., anthropology, economics, feminism, history, the humanities, legal education, legal philosophy, literature, politics …). Proposals may be theoretical analyses or case studies on the past or present, North or South, East or West …
Le congrès sera interdisciplinaire et explorera les liens entre le droit comparé et toute branche, discipline ou thématique des sciences humaines et sociales (anthropologie, économie, féminisme, histoire, éducation juridique, philosophie, littérature, science politique etc.). Les propositions peuvent prendre la forme d’approches théoriques ou pratiques, portant sur le passé ou le présent, le Nord ou le Sud, l’Orient ou l’Occident…
Proposals may be in either English or in French. Any proposal on comparative law will be considered. Panel proposals are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals) should be submitted to Olivier Moréteau at email@example.com by 28 February 2014. Please attach a short biography or resume.
Toute proposition portant sur le droit comparé, en anglais ou en français, sera considérée. Les offres de table ronde sont bienvenues, de même que la participation de doctorants et d’universitaires non juristes. Les propositions de 250 mots environ (ou 1000 mots pour une proposition de table ronde) sont à envoyer à Olivier Moréteau (firstname.lastname@example.org) avant le 28 février 2014. Merci de joindre une biographie ou un bref CV.
Registration fees are €200 (€125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2014). Membership information and information on fee payment is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog (http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.ie/). Note that registration fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).
Les droits d’inscription sont de €200 (€125 pour les membres de Juris Diversitas à jour de leur cotisation pour 2014). Les informations pratiques sont disponibles sur http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.ie/. Les droits ne couvrent pas les frais de voyage et de logement, ni le banquet du congrès (€50).
The 9th International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics will take place from 1 to 22 August 2014 at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Leiden is a beautiful city with a large number of monuments and canals, and has a 15 minutes train link to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, one of the main gates of Europe.
This international conference – in short ICFIS2014 – unites lawyers, statisticians and forensic scientists in their interest in optimal reasoning concerning forensic evidence and promotes the interaction between providers and users of forensic evidence. It focuses on probabilistic method for the evaluation of forensic evidence, and their use in law and law enforcement.
The conference will provide a forum for oral presentations and posters. Furthermore, the first day of the conference will consist of workshops. Selection by the scientific committee of the contributions for the final program is based on abstracts.
Please submit your abstract by digitally filling out the form you can download from the website, and sending it to email@example.com.
The strict deadline for abstract submission is February 20, 2014.