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Professors Miller and Hu Present on German/American Relations and Cybersurveillance

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Russell Miller

Prof. Russell Miller

Washington and Lee law professors Russ Miller and Margaret Hu participated in a symposium billed as a “transatlantic dialogue on the NSA Affair amongst German and American scholars, former government officials, and commentators.”  The two-day event was held at the University of Freiburg and co-sponsored by the University’s Centre for Security and Society and the German Law Journal.

Miller, who helped organize the symposium, has provided commentary on this issue since the NSA scandal broke last year and was the only American to offer testimony to a special committee of the German Parliament investigating the NSA activities. His presentation was titled “Privacy by Another Name?  Deciphering the Differences in the German and American Struggle to Balance Liberty and Security.” Prof. Hu’s presentation was titled “Biometric Cyber Intelligence and Higher Order Cybersurveillance Risks.” A full listing of the symposium participants is available online.

The symposium received press coverage in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), one of Germany’s leading daily newspapers. The FAZ coverage is available here.

 

AALS Request for Proposals: 2015 Annual Meeting Academic Symposium

March 9, 2014 Leave a comment

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 symposium@aals.org.

Proposals are due April 12, 2014 and should be sent to symposium@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.

Request For Submissions: Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

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:

Judy Dearing
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
(Phone: 650.723.9148)

Electronic submissions should be sent to judyd@stanford.edu. 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, (jbankman@stanford.edu), Adriaan Lani at Harvard Law School (adlanni@law.harvard.edu), or Ian Ayres at Yale Law School (ian.ayres@yale.edu).

Joseph Bankman
Adriaan Lani
Ian Ayres

False Confessions Symposium Underway

January 31, 2014 Leave a comment

The False Confessions Symposium is underway at Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, VA. This symposium is examining the story of the Central Park Five, the Norfolk Four, and other cases involving false confessions. Speakers include Steve Drizin, a leading researcher in the field; Steve Northup, lawyer from Troutman Sanders who represented Erick Wilson of the Norfolk Four; Gerry Zirken, a Federal Public Defender who represented Earl Washington; Steve Rosenfeld, who represents another Norfolk Four defendant, and interrogation expert James Trainum.  The symposium was organized by Prof. Jonathan Shapiro, a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington & Lee and an experienced practitioner in the criminal law area.

You may watch the event live via a stream available here: http://new.livestream.com/wlu/false-confessions-symposium. Written materials for the event are available here: http://law.wlu.edu/lawcenter/page.asp?pageid=1688.

Here is the schedule:

Four False Confessions and How They Happened

9am – 10:30am

Professor Drizin presents a summary of  his research on false confessions cases and recounts the Central Park Five case.  Steve Northup recounts the Norfolk Four case. Brandon Garrett presents his research on wrongful convictions and false confessions.

Raymond Santana and Eric Wilson describe their interrogations. Excerpts from confessions played.

10:30am – 10:45am

Break

10:45 – 12:00pm

Jerry Zerkin recounts the Virginia case of Earl Washington, convicted of rape and murder and sent to death row based on a false confession, now exonerated.

Steven Rosenfield, Laura Nirider, and Jeffrey Aaron recount the Virginia case of Robert Davis who falsely confessed to the murder of a mother and her child, sentenced to 23 years and now waiting clemency.

12:00pm – 1pm

Lunch break

Police Interrogation – The Reid Technique

1pm –  2:45pm

James Trainum and Steven Drizin describe the Reid technique of interrogation.

Jonathan Shapiro describes defense of Fairfax County child sex-abuse case based on false confession, with excepts of confession played and commentary by James Trainum, Steven Drizin and Jonathan Shapiro.

Steven Drizin, Jonathan Shapiro, Steven Rosenfield, Jerry Zerkin and Stephen Northup discuss preparing the case for attacking a false confession.

2:45pm – 3pm

Break

The Fight for Exoneration – Law and Politics

3pm – 4pm

Panel discussion – Steven Rosenfield, Stephen Northup, Steven Drizin, Jeffrey Aaron and Jerry Zerkin describe the fight for exoneration in their cases, including the law and the politics.

4 – 4:30pm

Question and Answer, and closing comments

This event is sponsored by the Frances Lewis Law Center, Washington and Lee University Law School, and these Washington and Lee organizations: The Innocence Project, CONTACT, the Student Bar Association, the Black Law Students Association, the Federalist Society, the Criminal Justice Clinic, the National Lawyers Guild, and The Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

Call for Papers Corporate Governance Symposium

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

March 19, 2014, John L Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware

The John L Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Finance Department of the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware will host a Corporate Governance Symposium on March 19, 2014. The focus of the Symposium will be on “Critical Issues for Boards and Institutional Investors in 2014.” The Symposium will feature up to four academic papers on corporate governance and a panel discussion featuring speakers from the Delaware judiciary and the academic, business and legal communities.

The John L. Weinberg Corporate Governance Best Paper Award will be presented during the symposium luncheon. Additionally, all travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed for the presenting authors and discussants.

TOPICS: We encourage submission of unpublished papers addressing topics within the field of corporate governance that are of critical importance in 2014 for boards of directors and institutional investors with a focus on: board and committee composition and structure, board and/or management succession planning, dual role of the CEO/Chairman, the board’s role in monitoring risk, executive and director compensation, shareholder engagement, the role and regulatory issues relating to the proxy advisory industry, and corporate governance reform measures associated with the foregoing.

Faculty from both business and law schools are encouraged to submit their research.

Finally, we welcome everyone to attend the conference whether or not you are a program participant.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please submit papers in a PDF version no later than November 25, 2013. Please use the following format as the file name when you save your paper: Last name (all caps), underscore, shortened name of paper, period, pdf (e.g., DOE_Shareholder Engagement.pdf). Please submit your papers to Louisa Cresson atWeinberg-corp-gov@udel.edu. Alternatively, you may send a hard-copy to:

Louisa K. Cresson
John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
University of Delaware
Alfred Lerner Hall
Suite 103
20 Orchard Road
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-2786

Decisions regarding the symposium program will be made by January 17, 2014. General inquiries regarding the conference should be directed to Louisa Cresson.

Call For Academic Papers and Conference Announcement The 21st Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

July 10 and 11, 2014, Chicago, Illinois, USA

The 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference will be held on Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11, 2014, in Chicago. This conference will be funded primarily by the Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Endowment Fund of The John Marshall Law School.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS AND HOSTS: The Conference Organizers and Hosts are: The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Roosevelt University, College of Arts and Sciences, Chicago, Illinois, USA; and, The East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China.

PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE: The Conference will bring international scholars, advocates and policy makers together to participate in an academic discussion about the law, policy, and implementation of legal protections for the elderly around the globe. This conference is purposely intended to parallel the current discussions of the United Nations’ Open-Ended Working Group on Aging. The Conference organizers are hoping to draft and develop a model International Bill of Rights for Elderly Individuals based on the research presented and the ensuing discussions.

DETAILS/TOPICS: There will be 6 to 8 general sessions over a two-day conference, and each session is expected to have 2 to 3 authors discussing their current research, with other academics and experts serving as moderators and discussants on the panel. This conference is meant to complement and supplement the discussions being held through the United Nations pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/182, based on the following general topics:
– The elimination of age discrimination;
– Autonomy, independent living, and health care issues affecting the elderly;
– Life continuing with dignity because of adequate access to social security and other financial resources;
– The prevention of elder abuse and violence; and
– Access to justice for elderly individuals in need of assistance.

The final agenda for the conference will be determined based on the exact topics and countries analyzed in the abstracts accepted for presentation.

CALL FOR ACADEMIC ARTICLES AND PAPERS: There is a call for original academic research on laws and policy that can protect elderly individuals around the world, which will be presented at the 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference in Chicago. From the submitted abstracts, the Conference organizers will develop the agenda for the conference.

The original research can be based on the following general themes (either limited to one or two countries, or a broader analysis of multiple countries):
– The elimination of age discrimination;
– Autonomy, independent living, and health care issues affecting the elderly;
– Life continuing with dignity because of adequate access to social security and other financial resources;
– Prevention of elder abuse and violence; and
– Access to justice for elderly individuals in need of assistance.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Abstracts may be submitted by academics, graduate students, advocates, and other interested individuals and groups, of all disciplines, as long as the proposals focus on the law and public policy. Abstracts must be written in English, and should be submitted to 2014elderlawconference@jmls.edu by October 31, 2013; and, the Conference organizers will contact all authors by November 15, 2013 with decisions on which abstracts have been accepted. Late submissions may be accepted if space remains available.

THE FINAL ACADEMIC PAPER SUBMISSIONS: Authors of abstracts accepted by the Conference organizers will be expected to submit a draft of the basically complete article, in English, by April 28, 2014. After some general peer-reviewed comments, suggestions, and questions are provided back to each author by May 30, 2014, each author will then re-submit a revised draft, incorporating the comments, suggestions and questions, by June 16, 2014. All revised draft papers will be posted on the conference website ahead of the conference, and all will clearly be marked “Draft Only – Do not Cite or Distribute.” After discussing their research at the Conference, authors will then have until August 15, 2014 to submit the final article, which, if accepted as publishable through peer review, will be published in one of the academic journals or law reviews associated with The John Marshall Law School, Roosevelt University, or East China University of Political Science and Law.

Any other author can submit an original academic article or paper in final form by August 15, 2014 for consideration of publication, even if the author did not participate in the conference.

CONFERENCE CO-SPONSORS (still in formation):
The Braun Lecture Fund, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Chicago Bar Association
The Sino-American Research Center for an Aging Population
Chicago Sister Cities International, China Committee
Chinese American Service League, Chicago

THE CONFERENCE: Information about the 21st Braun Memorial Symposium, including registration links and travel and lodging suggestions, will open by January 15, 2014, through http://www.jmls.edu/braun

FURTHER INFORMATION: All questions about this conference, or submission of abstracts or articles, should be directed to Barry Kozak at bkozak@jmls.edu; 1.312.427.2737 ext. 524.

Please feel free to post this call for papers and conference announcement, and to pass it along to your colleagues. 

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