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Prof. Susan Franck Presents at Paris Law Firms

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Susan Franck

Prof. Susan Franck

Washington and Lee law professor Susan Franck gave two internal presentations recently to global law firms in Paris. The title of Prof. Franck’s talk at both firms was  “The Role of the International Legal Profession in Investment Treaty Arbitration.”

She first spoke at Freshfields Paris, which has one of the most sophisticated public international law litigation and international arbitration practices in the world. She has been invited to give this talk to their Washington, D.C. based arbitration team as well.

Next, she spoke at Shearman Sterling Paris and via video link to their London office. Shearman Sterling also has an incredibly sophisticated practice that is among the best in the world in international arbitration. Prof. Franck says that this practice for the firm has been especially interesting recently because they are suing Russia in connection with the Yukos Oil debacle, where the Russian Federation illegally expropriated investments in the oil company. In the case, the claimants are seeking $100 Billion in compensation, the largest award in the history of international arbitration.

Prof. David Millon Appointed to LSAC Committee

July 30, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof.  David Millon

Prof. David Millon

Washington and Lee law professor David Millon has been appointed the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Prof. Millon will serve a two-year term on the committee, which meets annually to advise the LSAC on a variety of matters.

The LSAC is a nonprofit corporation that provides unique, state-of-the-art products and services to ease the admission process for law schools and their applicants worldwide. Currently, 218 law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia are members of the Council. All law schools approved by the American Bar Association are LSAC members, as are Canadian law schools recognized by a provincial or territorial law society or government agency.

Prof. Millon is currently finishing his term as President of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), which will hold its annual academic conference next month in Florida.

Prof. Susan Franck Joins Review Team and Editorial Board for Academic Publications

July 29, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Susan Franck

Prof. Susan Franck

Washington and Lee law professor Susan Franck has recently been invited to provide oversight for two academic publications. First, she will serve as an an external reviewer for the American Political Science Review, the flagship publication of political science in the US. The APSR provides peer-reviewed articles and review essays from subfields throughout the discipline. Areas covered include political theory, American politics, public policy, public administration, comparative politics, and international relations. APSR has published continuously since 1906.

Second, Prof. Franck will join the Editorial Board of a new series on International Investment Law from Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. According to an announcement from the publisher, “the Nijhoff International Investment Law Series groups important, high-quality and original research in the field of international investment law. Although formally a part of international law generally, international investment law has become an independent field of research, crossing the boundaries between public international law, international commercial law, and domestic public law. The Series therefore covers international investment law in a relatively broad sense, including research on the substantive aspects of international investment law and the dispute settlement aspects, i.e., international investment arbitration.

The Series also covers research on interactions between international investment law and other areas of international law and domestic law, both private and public, including international economic and trade law, general public international law, international commercial law and arbitration, international environmental law, human rights, or domestic constitutional and administrative law. It is open to doctrinal analysis as well as theoretical, conceptual, and interdisciplinary approaches to international investment law, including law and economics analysis, empirical analysis, historical analysis, political science analysis, or normative analysis.”

AALS New Voices in Administrative Law Event

July 29, 2013 Leave a comment

The AALS Administrative Law Section will be putting on a program entitled “New Voices in Administrative Law” at the AALS annual meeting in New York in January 2014.  At this event – not a conventional panel but a series of small-scale mentoring sessions – junior scholars in administrative law will be able to present a work-in-progress to two senior scholars for comment and discussion.  This event gives junior scholars an opportunity to meet senior administrative law scholars, get feedback on work, and get to learn about the section.

Space is very limited.  If you’re interested, please let Bill Araiza (Brooklyn) know as soon as possible,<>.  Your presented work doesn’t need to be final by January, but by the Fall we would need a substantial written product for the commenters to read before the conference.  There’s no formal definition of “junior scholar,” but the working definition is someone who’s been teaching seven or fewer years.


Symposium Announcement: Roe at 40 – The Controversy Continues

July 26, 2013 Leave a comment

November 7-8, 2013, Lexington, Virginia

The fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade has generated substantial scholarly and media efforts to evaluate the decision and its continuing impact. “Roe at 40 – The Controversy Continues,” a symposium to be held on November 7-8, 2013, at Washington and Lee University School of Law, will contribute to the ongoing debate about the significance of the Roe decision.

SYMPOSIUM OVERVIEW: Roe did not resolve the abortion controversy, which continues with unabated passion on both sides of the issue. A distinguishing feature of the “Roe at 40” Symposium will be its inclusion of varying perspectives on abortion. There will be two keynote addresses, one by a pro-choice advocate and the other by a pro-life advocate. Panel participants have also been selected to ensure a balanced presentation. Balance is also reflected in the Symposium’s sponsors: ACLU of Virginia, the Frances Lewis Law Center of Washington and Lee University, University Faculty for Life, Virginia NOW, and the Washington and Lee Law Review.

The Symposium’s commitment to balance is not intended to suggest that advocates should give up their principled stances or that abortion is an issue for which compromise is readily attainable. Rather, the motivating concept is that an academic conference should encourage a free and full exchange of views and that this goal is possible even for an issue as contentious as abortion. It is not expected that attendees will likely change their views, but it is hoped that they will at least better understand their opponents. This increased insight will hopefully lead to productive future dialogue.

The Symposium was made possible by the efforts and financial support of the Frances Lewis Law Center, University Faculty for Life, and the Washington and Lee Law Review. To promote the Symposium’s ongoing impact on the abortion debate, the Washington and Lee Law Review has committed to publish all articles prepared for the event.

REGISTRATION/FURTHER INFORMATION: Please visit for schedule and participant updates.

– Caitlin Borgmann, Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law
– Michael Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law

– Randy Beck (Justice Thomas O. Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law, University of Georgia)
– Dorinda Bordlee (Vice-President & Chief Counsel, Bioethics Defense Fund)
– Pamela Bridgewater (Professor of Law, American University, Washington College of Law)
– Sam Calhoun (Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University)
– Teresa Collett (Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas)
– Caroline Corbin (Professor of Law, University of Miami)
-Clarke Forsythe (Senior Counsel, Americans United for Life)
– David Garrow (Research Professor of History and Law, University of Pittsburgh)
– Kathy Greenier (Associate Director of Public Policy and Communications, and Director, Patricia M. Arnold Women’s Rights Project, ACLU of Virginia)
– Lynne Marie Kohm (John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law, Regent University)
– Maya Manian (Professor of Law, University of San Francisco)
– Tom Molony (Associate Professor of Law, Elon University)
– Mark Rienzi (Associate Professor of Law, Catholic University)
– Priscilla Smith (Associate Research Scholar in Law and Senior Fellow in the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at the Yale Information Society Project)
– Robin Fretwell Wilson (Roger and Stevie Joslin Professor of Law, University of Illinois)
– Mary Ziegler (Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University)

– Lara Gass, Symposium Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, (901) 361-5825,
– Thomas Short, Editor-in-Chief, Washington and Lee Law Review, (720) 933-9378,

Call for Papers: Journal of Multidisciplinary Research

July 22, 2013 Leave a comment


Journal of Multidisciplinary Research

Volume 5, Number 3, Fall 2013

Deadline for Submission: August 5, 2013   *   Scheduled for Publication: September 2013



The mission of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research is to promote excellence in leadership practice by providing a venue for academics, students, and practitioners to publish current and significant empirical and conceptual research in the arts, humanities, sciences (applied, natural, and social), and other areas that tests, extends, or builds leadership theory.

Special Issue

This special issue will focus on research related to sexual deviance. Articles should make empirical contributions and be relevant to the applied disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, criminal justice, law, sociology and social work. The best submissions are those that identify both a compelling multidisciplinary issue and a strong theoretical framework for addressing it.

Criteria for Publication

The Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (JMR) seeks to publish authors who strive to produce original, insightful, interesting, important, and theoretically bold research. Demonstration of a significant “value-added” contribution to the field’s understanding of an issue or topic is crucial to acceptance for publication.

Authors should write manuscripts as simply and concisely as possible, without sacrificing meaningfulness or clarity of exposition. The journal editor-in-chief will evaluate manuscripts in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio; i.e., he or she may permit manuscripts that make strong contributions more pages than those making narrower contributions.

Manuscripts should be no more than 26, double-spaced pages (justified, one-inch margins all around, half-inch indent, in Times New Roman 12-point font, using active voice), including an abstract (up to 200 words), keywords (up to seven terms), references, discussion questions (up to five), and relevant tables, figures (in their correct position in the text, not separate and not at the end of the manuscript), and appendixes. At his or her own discretion, the editor-in-chief may allow additional space for papers that make very extensive contributions or that require additional space for data presentation or references (such as meta-analyses, qualitative works, and work using multiple data sets).

To submit a manuscript for consideration

Follow these steps: (1) Format the manuscript in Microsoft Word (see above). (2) Remove the title page and all author-identifying references. (3) E-mail by August 5, 2013, to the JMR Fall Issue Guest Editor at NOTE: While not required, prospective authors may send abstracts or proposals by May 20, 2013.

For more details, please refer to the “Instructions to Authors” (

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grants

July 17, 2013 Leave a comment

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program funds research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC. Specifically included in the program’s scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession. To be eligible for funding, a research project must inform either the process of selecting law students or legal education itself in a demonstrable way.

RESEARCH PROPOSALS: The program welcomes proposals for research proceeding from any of a variety of methodologies, a potentially broad range of topics, and varying time frames. Proposals will be judged on the importance of the questions addressed, their relevance to the mission of LSAC, the quality of the research designs, and the capacity of the researchers to carry out the project.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application deadlines are February 1 and September 1.

For more details, go to: