Archive for January, 2013

UC Davis Law Review Moves to Scholastica

January 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Here is a message from the UC Davis Law Review announcing their move to Scholastica:

Dear UC Davis Law Review authors and friends,

The UC Davis Law Review is excited to announce that we will be transitioning to a new article submission service. When we resume reviewing manuscripts on February 19, we will accept submissions through Scholastica ( We will no longer accept them through ExpressO.

Institutions can create accounts to pay for their authors’ submissions to Scholastica, so authors affiliated with law schools will have the same payment experience they have had on ExpressO. Scholastica is committed to ensuring that authors are able to submit articles regardless of institutional support and will consider requests for fee waivers and other accommodations ( Additional information about Scholastica is available at

We hope you will give us the opportunity to review your submissions this spring.


Marissa Martin O’Connor
Editor in Chief
UC Davis Law Review, Volume 46

Prof. Robin Wilson Publishes Commentary on Religious Liberty Issues

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Robin Fretwell Wilson

Prof. Robin Fretwell Wilson

Washington and Lee law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson has authored two recent commentaries dealing with religious liberty issues.

One editorial appeared in the Tulsa World and focused on Hobby Lobby Store, Inc. and the company’s decision to challenge the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that employers provide access to birth control. In the commentary, Prof. Wilson examines the costs to employers, and to employees, if companies choose not abide by the ACA’s rules. Hobby Lobby faces a $1.3 millon a day fine for each day it fails to comply with certain provisions of the ACA. But Wilson argues that companies can get around this by simply dropping coverage all together for employees.

The full commentary is available online.

Prof. Wilson also published a guest column in the State Journal-Register (Springfield, Il), co-authored with W&L Law graduate Anthony Kreis, now a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. In the piece, Wilson and Kreis argue that the state of Illinois should include even stronger religious protections in a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. They point to laws passed recently in other states that bolstered religious liberty protections while supporting marriage equality.

The full column is available online.

Prof. Wilson is co-editor of the book “Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts.”

Cardozo Law Review Moves to Scholastica

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Here is a message from the Cardozo Law Review announcing their transition to Scholastica for submissions:

Dear Friends of the Cardozo Law Review,

We are excited to announce that on February 1, 2013, the Cardozo Law Review will be transitioning to a new online platform, Scholastica, to manage our journal’s submissions process. While we will continue to accept submissions sent directly to our email account,, please note that we will no longer accept submissions through ExpressO. Submissions via Scholastica are preferable to direct submissions.

We are confident that the switch to Scholastica will streamline the review process for our editors, thereby allowing us to review our submissions faster and communicate more effectively with our authors. In addition, the system will be a more user-friendly experience for our authors.

Information on how to submit a manuscript, how your institution can create an account on Scholastica, and how to apply for need-based waivers can be found on the Scholastica website at

The Cardozo Law Review will open submissions on February 1, 2013 for Volume 35 (2013-2014). We will begin to make publication decisions in mid-March. We look forward to receiving your submissions at


Sheri Adler

Benjamin Zegarelli
Executive Editor

Iliza Bershad
Managing Editor

Ben Pedersen, Scott Novakowski
Submissions Editors

Boston College Law Review Moves to Scholastica

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Here is a note from the Boston College Law Review advising of their switch to Scholastica.

Dear Friends of the Boston College Law Review,

Happy new year! We write to remind you that on February 1, 2013, the Boston College Law Review(BCLR) will transition to Scholastica as our online platform for manuscript submissions. As of that date, we will only accept submissions through Scholastica (preferred) or email ( We will no longer accept submissions through Expresso. You can find us on Scholastica

BCLR has always sought to publish timely and important legal scholarship while providing outstanding service to our authors. Scholastica will allow us to focus more intently on these goals by creating an easier and more transparent submission and production experience.

Institutions can create accounts to pay for submissions via Scholastica, so authors affiliated with law schools will have the same payment experience they have had on Expresso. Scholastica is committed to ensuring that authors are able to submit regardless of institutional support, and need-based fee waivers are available for a variety of circumstances. Further information about Scholastica is available at

As always, BCLR will continue to accept and review submissions year-round. We look forward to reviewing your submissions in the months ahead. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at if you have any questions.


Mathilda McGee-Tubb

Lavinia Weizel, Jennifer Kent & Paul Easton
Executive Articles Editors

Prof. Lyman Johnson to Chair AALS Section

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Lyman Johnson

Prof. Lyman Johnson

Washington and Lee law professor Lyman Johnson was recently elected Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Agency, Partnerships, and LLCs. The Section focuses exclusively on noncorporate business associations. In recent years, limited liability companies(LLCs) have emerged as far and away the most popular form of business entity for start-up ventures, far surpassing the formation of corporations.

Every year the Section focuses on a timely topic of interest to scholars working in this area. This January the Section featured a tribute to the scholarship of Larry Ribstein, a prolific scholar from the University of Illinois who did pioneering work in the area of partnerships and LLCs and who died suddenly at the end of 2011. Prof. Johnson  provided a comment on a paper delivered at that session. As Chair, Johnson says his hope is to raise even further the profile of this important section and to explore connections with other AALS sections. He will also seek to reach out to members of the practicing bar and the judiciary who are grappling with issues in this area.

Prof. Johnson is also a founding Executive Committee member of the new AALS section on Transactional Law and Skills. This section  focuses on teaching students the substantive knowledge, skills, and tasks required to become transactional lawyers, such as those who work in law firm Financial Services or Corporate Acquisitions groups.

Prof. Mark Drumbl to Speak at Emory on Child Soldiers

January 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee Law Professor Mark Drumbl, directory of the Transnational Law Institute, will speak at Emory Law School on Monday, Feb. 28 in a new lecture series focused on war and peace. From www,

“The Project on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society at Emory University will explore the impact of war by studying “peace” through papers outside the traditional boundaries of war involving occupation, post-conflict, violent governance outside of interstate warfare, and the question of whether contemporary warfare facilitates or eviscerates the possibility of peace. The first workshop in this series will be on the issue of child soldiers in international law and policy.”

Prof. Drumbl will discuss his most recent book, Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy (Oxford University Press, 2012). The book offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary analysis of child soldiering worldwide and presses the international community to rethink its approaches to the problem. Prof. Drumbl’s analysis reveals that the phenomenon of child soldiering is largely oversimplified and that international humanitarian and criminal justice systems must evolve in order to offer adequate responses. Read more about the book here.

Honors for Professor Ben Spencer

January 24, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Benjamin Spencer

Prof. Benjamin Spencer

Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Benjamin Spencer, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Frances Lewis Law Center,  has received two honors recognizing his professional accomplishments and standing within the legal academy.

First, Prof. Spencer has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), the most prestigious law reform body in the U.S. The ALI is focused on producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. It has a membership 4300 judges, lawyers, and teachers from all areas of the U.S. and many foreign companies.

Also, Prof. Spencer has been appointed by the President of the National Conference of Bar Examiners to the Civil Procedure Drafting Committee, which consists of 6 people who will write the civil procedure questions that appear on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). Civil Procedure is currently not tested on the MBE but will be beginning in 2016. Prof. Spencer will meet with the other committee members every six months as they prepare for the inclusion of this subject on the MBE.

Congratulations to Prof. Spencer on these honors.