Archive for August, 2012

W&L Law Prof Brian Murchison Recaps 11-12 Supreme Court Term in Federal Bar Association Talk

August 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Brian MurchisonProfessor Brian Murchison was guest speaker on August 23, 2012, at a meeting of the Federal Bar Association’s chapter in Roanoke.  Professor Murchison’s talk, entitled “The 2011 Term:  Momentous Struggle for the Center,” addressed the recently concluded Term of the U.S. Supreme Court.   Among the cases discussed by Professor Murchison were Zivotofsky v. Clinton, involving the political question doctrine and executive branch policy on the sovereignty of Jerusalem; United States v. Jones, the Fourth Amendment case involving a GPS tracking device; National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Term’s major case, addressing the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Miller v. Alabama, the Eighth Amendment-based challenge to mandatory sentences of juveniles convicted of murder to life imprisonment without opportunity for parole;  United States v. Alvarez, the challenge to the Stolen Valor Act on First Amendment grounds; two cases involving contested federal enforcement efforts, Sackett v. EPA and Hosanna-Tabor Church v. EEOC; and Arizona v. United States, where the Court ruled on federal pre-emption of Arizona’s controversial  immigration law.

Prof. Todd Peppers to be featured at Georgetown Law Supreme Court Book Forum

August 30, 2012 Leave a comment

The Supreme Court Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center will be sponsoring a Supreme Court Book Forum on Monday, October 22, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Georgetown University’s Gewirz Student Center.  At the Forum, the following authors will discuss their recent publications on the Supreme Court:

Clare Cushman of the Supreme Court Historical Society, author of Courtwatchers: Eyewitness Accounts in Supreme Court History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011).  Ms. Cushman is also the author of The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies (CQ  Press, 2012) and Supreme Court Decisions and Women’s Rights (CQ Press, 2010).

Todd C. Peppers of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, co-editor of Inside Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices (UVA Press, 2012).  He is also the author of Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of the Supreme Court Law Clerk (Stanford University Press, 2006).

Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker writer and author of The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court (Doubleday, 2012).  He is also the author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (Doubleday, 2007).

Artemus Ward of Northern Illinois University, co-editor of Inside Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices (UVA Press, 2012).

The event will be moderated by Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal.

Call for Papers: Chapman University School of Law 2013 Law Review Symposium

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The Future of Law and Business: The Changing World for Corporate Counsel

Thursday, January 31 – Friday, February 1, 2013, Chapman University School of Law, Chapman Law Review, Orange, CA

In light of recent Supreme Court decisions affecting corporations, the restructuring of the legal profession after the deep recession and anemic recovery, the perceived benefits and costs of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the rapid evolution of corporate best practices in the past decade, the Chapman Law Review is pleased to host a legal symposium on Thursday, January 31 and Friday, February 1, 2013, entitled “The Future of Law and Business: The Changing World for Corporate Counsel.”

FOCUS: This symposium, which will be hosted in affiliation with the Chapman University School of Law’s Business Emphasis Program, affords an excellent opportunity to explore the impact of Supreme Court decisions and regulations that affect corporations. The symposium will also provide a platform to discuss the underlying theoretical principles of corporate regulation, the rights of corporations, corporate ethics, and general corporate governance.

The Chapman Law Review invites abstract submissions of 150 to 200 words from legal scholars and scholars in other disciplines interested in contributing to the symposium. Papers may focus on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, Citizens United v. FEC and issues that remain relevant from that decision, NFIB v. Sebelius and the implications of the Affordable Care Act, the future of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the implementation of the Jobs Act, corporate governance, executive compensation, corporate ethics, and the restructuring of the legal profession after the recession. This list is not exhaustive.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Abstracts and proposals for panel presentation on issues related to this topic, as well as author’s resume, should be submitted to: Mike Preciado, Senior Symposium Editor, Chapman Law Review,

DEADLINE: The submission deadline for abstracts is October 19, 2012. Final papers will be due February 22, 2013.

EXPENSES: Travel expenses, accommodation and a modest stipend will be provided to participants who publish in the Chapman Law Review.

Northeast Regional Law and Society Meeting, January 11-12, 2013

August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Invitation and Call for Participation

You are cordially invited to participate in the third Northeast Regional Law and Society Conference which will be held at Amherst College on January 11 and 12, 2013. This meeting is intended for law and society scholars from New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

We have designed this conference to bring together faculty and graduate students from the region’s diverse community of law and society scholars for two days of intellectual exchange and community building. We hope to provide a collegial, informal, and small setting in which to explore law and society as a field, to introduce scholars to the field, to discuss areas in which our research agendas need to be developed, to engage debates about the various theories which animate our work, and to establish an intellectual forum for sustained and engaged conversation. The meeting will provide the occasion for a lively mix of small group discussions, presentations, debates, and social gatherings, all designed to encourage spirited dialog and collegial conversation.

We will be organizing sessions of the following types:

1. Paper Presentation Sessions. In these sessions we will have one paper and two commentators who read and discuss the paper and in which the paper which they discuss would be circulated in advance to those who would like to attend the session We invite scholars interested in having their work be the focus of such a session to send a one page abstract of your paper as an e-mail attachment in Word or RTF to by October 1st, 2012.

2. Critical Intervention Sessions. For these sessions we will revisit classic texts in the field and/or leading scholars will pose questions about, and moderate discussions of, key research areas. Examples of the kinds of topics considered in past years: legal consciousness, law and war, psychoanalysis and law, and race and racial justice.

If you are interested in serving as a chair/commentator, please send an e-mail to by October 1st, 2012 indicating your willingness to serve and your areas of expertise/interest.

If you have any questions please contact Austin Sarat at or 413-542-2308.


August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Here is an announcement seeking papers for an upcoming conference:

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Sixth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference.  This year’s theme is “Applied Feminism and Families.”  The conference will be held onMarch 7 and 8, 2013.  For more information about the conference, please visit

This conference seeks to explore how feminist legal theory affects families in the United States and abroad.  We are interested in including both family law experts and experts who consider issues facing families from other legal perspectives.  Papers might explore the following questions:  What have been the accomplishments or shortcomings of feminist legal theory for families? How might feminist legal theory respond to the challenges facing families?  What sort of support should society and law provide to families?  Does feminist legal theory support state interventions into family life?  In what circumstances?  How do law and feminist legal theory conceptualize the roles of family members, including mothers, fathers, caretakers, children, and others?  How does feminist legal theory help us understand changes in the institution of marriage and family structure?  How do the needs of families vary across cultural, economic, religious, and other differences?  Are theories of essentialism and intersectionality necessary or helpful in shaping laws that impact families? In what areas outside of family law could or should feminist legal theory be applied to assist families?

This conference will attempt to address these and other questions from the perspectives of activists, practitioners, and academics.  The conference will provide an opportunity for participants and audience members to exchange ideas about the current state of feminist legal theories.  We hope to deepen our understandings of how feminist legal theory relates to families and to move new insights into practice.  In addition, the conference is designed to provide presenters with the opportunity to gain feedback on their papers.

The conference will begin the afternoon of Thursday, March 7, 2013, with a workshop for conference participants.   This workshop will continue the annual tradition of involving all attendees as participants in an interactive discussion and reflection.   On Friday March 8, 2013, the conference will continue with a day of presentations by legal academics, practitioners and activists regarding current scholarship and/or legal work that explores the application of feminist legal theory to issues involving families.   The conference will be open to the public and will feature a keynote speaker. Past keynote speakers have included Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Dr. Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, and Senator Barbara Mikulski.

To submit a paper proposal, please submit an abstract by 5 p.m. on October 26, 2012, to Professor Michele Gilman at  In the subject or “re” line of your submission, you must type:  CAF conference submission.  It is essential that your abstract contain your full contact information, including an email, phone number, and mailing address where you can be reached.  Abstracts should be no longer than one page.  Practitioners’ and activists’ papers need not follow a strictly academic format, but all paper proposals should address the conference theme.  We will notify presenters of selected papers in mid-November.  We anticipate being able to have twelve paper presenters during the conference on Friday, March 8, 2013.  All working drafts of papers will be due no later than February, 15, 2013.  All abstracts and drafts will be posted on the Center on Applied Feminism’s conference website to be shared with other participants and attendees.

In addition, the University of Baltimore Law Review has agreed to offer publication to a few of the selected papers presented at the conference for an issue dedicated to the conference proceedings. If you are interested in submitting your abstract for consideration by the UB Law Review, please indicate as such on your abstract submission. To be eligible for publication in the UB Law Review, submissions must not be published elsewhere. Typically, the UB Law Review publishes pieces ranging from 25 to 45 pages in length, using 12 point times new roman font and one inch margins.  One volume of the Law Review is dedicated to papers from this annual symposium.

We look forward to your submissions.  If you have further questions, please contact Prof. Michele Gilman at

Cityscape Journal Call for Papers

August 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research has issued a call for papers for a special issue on rental assistance programs, assisted populations, and crime. Papers on a variety of topics related to rental assistance and crime are encouraged, including, but not limited to:

  • Poverty and proximity to jobs;
  • Access to treatment, support, and services; and
  • Community perceptions and fears of being victimized.

The submission deadline for abstracts of articles is Monday, September 10, 2012. For more information, please visit the Cityscape webpage.

About Cityscape

The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is open to all relevant disciplines, including architecture, consumer research, demography, economics, engineering, ethnography, finance, geography, law, planning, political science, public policy, regional science, sociology, statistics and urban studies.

Call for Papers: Institute for Transnational Arbitration Winter Forum

August 24, 2012 Leave a comment

The Executive Committee and Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) are proud to announce that the second annual ITA Winter Forum will take place in Miami on January 24-25, 2013.

Building on its successful launch in 2012, the Winter Forum will provide a unique opportunity for the exploration of scholarly papers and probing debate with a practical slant of topical issues in international arbitration.

The first half of the Winter Forum will showcase two works-in-progress, encompassing presentations by authors, commentary by internationally recognized academics and practitioners, and interactive discussion among all participants. Our objective is to integrate the unique insights of academics and practitioners, encourage cross-collaboration, and promote the evolution of international arbitration during a time of global transition. After a conversation over lunch with renowned authority Gary Born, chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group of WilmerHale, the Winter Forum will feature a Tylney-Hall-style discussion forum, before concluding with a select year-in-review of noteworthy events in international arbitration.

All proposals must be submitted by September 1, 2012, via email to