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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals are due May 12, 2014 and should be sent to email@example.com
June 23 to June 25, 2014, Munich
From June 23 to June 25, 2014, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (http://www.ip.mpg.de) and the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich (http://www.lawecon.ethz.ch) will jointly organize their Munich Conference on Innovation and Competition (MCIC 2014) (formerly known as “Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law”). The conference will enable a small number of junior researchers from law and from economics to engage in an intensive, rigorous discussion of their own scholarly work. Several senior professors from law and from economics departments in Europe and the United States will provide feedback on the research projects.
CONFERENCE DETAILS: Keynote speakers & commentators include faculty of the hosting institutions as well as Professors Robert Bone (University of Texas), Petra Moser (Stanford University), Geertrui Van Overwalle (Universities of Leuven & Tilburg), and Jerry Thursby (Georgia Tech). The conference will be held at Castle Ringberg (http://www.schloss-ringberg.mpg.de/home), which is located in a lovely region one hour south of Munich, Germany. The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all invited conference participants.
PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE/REGISTRATION: Excellent junior researchers (doctoral students, postdocs, research fellows and assistant professors) from law and from economics are invited to submit their application online athttps://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mcic2014. After registering a user account, please fill out the “New submission” form. You must attach an extended abstract or a draft paper (“Upload Paper”, draft paper is preferred, PDF or Word) as well as a curriculum vitae with a list of two references (“Attachment”, reference letters are not required at submission time).
Papers may not be published by the conference date; papers already accepted for publication must be in a stage where substantial feedback is still helpful. The submission deadline is March 31, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by April 9, 2014. Papers are due for circulation among conference participants and commentators on May 25, 2014.
FURTHER INFORMATION: For junior researchers from economics, research projects should relate to industrial organization, competition, innovation and/or intellectual property and may include formal models as well as empirical or experimental approaches. For junior scholars from law, research projects should relate to intellectual property and/or competition law and must use law and economics as a research methodology. In order to achieve a good international mix of workshop participants, submissions from researchers from outside Europe are particularly encouraged. Any questions concerning the workshop should be directed to Prof. Stefan Bechtold, firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals Due: April 12, 2014
The Association of American Law Schools is pleased to request proposals for the second annual Academic Symposium track that will be held at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from January 2-5, 2015. This track offers space at the Annual Meeting for an open-source program expressly structured as an academic symposium. Symposium program proposals may be proposed by any faculty member at an AALS Member School, and need not be tied to any AALS Section.
Faculty members at AALS member law schools may submit a proposal for an academic symposium. International, visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit a proposal.
Proposals are due April 12, 2014. Proposals may be for either full-day or half-day programs. Proposals will need to include (a) an abstract of up to 750 words describing the overall symposium program and its anticipated contribution to legal scholarship, (b) abstracts of up to 250 words summarizing each symposium paper, and (c) a list of symposium participants.
Within the Symposium, you may have up to three slots reserved for speakers selected from a call for papers, who will not need to be identified by April 12, 2014. Symposium organizers will be required to secure publication for the Symposium in a scholarly journal or as an edited book volume, and describe the publication arrangements in their proposals. The primary criterion used to evaluate proposals will be scholarly quality. All proposals will be expected to reflect the diversity of the legal academy in their proposed speakers. Organizers are encouraged to include junior faculty as participants in their proposed symposium.
The first Academic Symposium was held at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and can be viewed here.
The AALS welcomes comments and questions about the Academic Symposium. Questions should be directed to Jane La Barbera, AALS Managing Director at email@example.com.
Proposals are due April 12, 2014 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, landmark legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. By its enactment, notions of equality were more deeply embedded in United States public law.
The Law Schools of St. John’s University and New York University are very proud to present the collaborative effort assessing the past, present and future of Title VII.
This two-day symposium will include the following topics:
- The historical origins of Title VII and its current effectiveness
- Reforms or amendments of Title VII in terms of its scope, implementation or interpretation
- Important cultural, sociological, and societal changes wrought by Title VII
Visit our website for a full list of presenters.
|Friday, April 4, 2014||Saturday, April 5, 2014|
|St. John’s School of Law||New York University School of Law|
|10 a.m. – 5 p.m.||10 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Belson Moot Court Room
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
|Vanderbilt Hall, Room 210
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
For more information, please contact: email@example.com
JUVENILE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS: COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
11-12 April, 2014
(Pre-Conference for Young Scholars, 10 April 2014)
University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, N.C., U.S.A.
Scholars from North America and the European Union will meet to explore juvenile justice in a comparative context in UNC’s sixth annual conference on the future of adversarial systems. The mounting crime control preoccupations of criminal justice leave little room for more nuanced understandings of children and young people, who are increasingly demonized as amoral and anti-social or portrayed as victims of abuse.
“Juvenile Criminal Justice and Human Rights” and the preconference for young scholars will address two different aspects of the changing face of juvenile justice: the main conference will address juvenile justice from a comparative point of view, while the preconference will address juvenile justice in transnational and international law.
We hope to see you in April.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Geoff Corn (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, (email@example.com), Adriaan Lani at Harvard Law School (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Ian Ayres at Yale Law School (email@example.com).