Archive for March, 2014

Prof. Lubin’s Recent and Upcoming Presentations

March 30, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Timothy Lubin

Prof. Timothy Lubin

Prof. Timothy Lubin, W&L Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of Law, recently spoke at the plenary session of the American Oriental Society on the methods by which Brahmin religious and legal authorities promoted a distinctive set of social and legal norms over the longue durée through disciplinary practices. “The Medium Is the Message — The Prequel from South and Southeast Asia,” Plenary Session on ‘Techniques of Knowledge’, 224th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Phoenix, March 14-17, 2014.

On Friday April 18, 2014, Prof. Lubin will speak at the University of Pennsylvania for a conference on “Changing Concepts of Landed Property in Modern South Asia: The View from History.”  Prof. Lubin’s presentation is entitled “Śāstric Rules and Customary Norms in Epigraphic Records of South Asian Property Deeds and Disputes.” (


Prof. Peppers Recogized for Influential Political Science Work

March 30, 2014 Leave a comment
Visiting Professor Peppers

Visiting Professor Peppers

In the January 2014 issue of PS: Political Science & Politics, Washington & Lee visiting professor of law Todd Peppers was recognized for his article “Picking Federal Judges: A Note on Policy and Partisan Selection Agendas” (with M. Giles & V. Hettinger).    Authors Salmon A. Shomade, Roger E. Hartley, and Lisa M. Holmes, in their article “Lower Federal Court Judicial Confirmation Fights: A Critical Review of the Empirical Literature and Future Research Directions” identified the work as the second-most influential political science article on lower court confirmation politics in the last twenty years.  It has been cited over 200 times.

Professor Peppers co-authored and published “Picking Federal Judges: A Note on Policy and Partisan Selection Agendas” in Political Research Quarterly in 2001.

From the abstract:

The importance of lower federal courts in the policymaking process has stimulated extensive research programs focused on the process of selecting the judges of these courts and the factors influencing their decisions. The present study employs judicial decisionmaking in the U.S. Courts of Appeals as a window through which to reexamine the politics of selection to the lower courts. It differs from previous studies of selection in three ways. First, it takes advantage of recent innovations in measurement to go beyond reliance on political party as a measure of the preferences of actors in the selection process. Second, employing these new measures it examines the relative effects of the operation of policy and partisan agendas in the selection process. Third, a more complex model of selection is assessed than in most previous studies-one that expressly examines the role of senators and senatorial preferences in the selection process. The results clearly suggest that the politics of selection differ dramatically depending upon whether or not senatorial courtesy is in operation. The voting behavior of Courts of Appeals judges selected without senatorial courtesy is consistent with the operation of a presidential policy agenda. Among judges selected when senatorial courtesy is in play, the linkage between presidential preferences and judicial outcomes disappears.

Call for Proposals: AALS Section on Academic Support

March 26, 2014 Leave a comment

January 2015 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
“ASP a Roadmap at the Crossroad: How Academic Support Will Meet Today’s Varied Challenges”

From isolated academic support efforts to more formalized multifaceted programs, academic support has fundamentally changed itself and legal education over the years. In light of shrinking budgets, disappearing positions, smaller applicant pools, and media attacks on legal education, academic support programs face newer and varied challenges. The Program Committee seeks proposals highlighting innovative methods, programs, or ideas related to these challenges.

Topics might include, but are not limited to, efficient and effective ways to: collaborate with faculty; manage limited human and financial resources; attract and retain students; provide resources for students with learning and other disabilities; and create programming for diverse populations to address any social isolation and/or bridge any skills deficiencies.

Preference will be given to presentations designed to engage the workshop audience, so proposals should contain a detailed explanation of both the substance of the presentation and the methods to be employed. Individuals as well as groups are invited to propose topics. The Committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas. Please share this call with colleagues—both within the legal academy and the academic support community.

Proposals must include the following information:
1. A title for your presentation.
2. A brief description of the objectives or outcomes of your presentation.
3. A brief description of how your presentation will support your stated objectives or outcomes.
4. The amount of time requested for your presentation. No single presenter should exceed 30 minutes in total. Presentations as short as 15 minutes are welcomed.
5. A detailed description of both the substantive content and the techniques to be employed, if any, to engage the audience.
6. Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employ other technology.
7. A list of the conferences at which you have presented within the last three years, such as AALS, national or regional ASP or writing conferences, or other academic conferences. (The Committee is interested in this information because we wish to select and showcase seasoned, as well as fresh, talent.)
8. Your school affiliation, title, courses taught, and contact information (please include email address and telephone number).
9. Any articles or books that you have published that relate to your proposed presentation.
10. Any other information you think will help the Committee appreciate the value your presentation will provide.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, April 1st at 5pm to Goldie Pritchard, Michigan State University College of Law, If you have questions, please email Goldie Pritchard or call at 517.432.6881.

Prof. Christopher Bruner to Participate in Cornell-Aspen Workshop on Corporate Purpose

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Christopher Bruner

Prof. Christopher Bruner

Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Bruner will participate in a workshop on the nature and purpose of the corporate form at the Cornell Club in New York on March 27-28, 2014.  Titled “New Voices Workshop: The Question of Corporate Purpose,” the event is co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and the Cornell University Law School.

Professor Bruner’s corporate governance scholarship has investigated how and why jurisdictions vary regarding the relative degrees of shareholder-orientation they exhibit – with respect to both the shareholders’ capacity to make decisions affecting corporate governance and the degree to which corporate law prioritizes the shareholders’ interests over other competing interests.  His comparative study of U.S. and U.K. corporate governance, “Power and Purpose in the ‘Anglo-American’ Corporation,” won the 2010 Association of American Law Schools Scholarly Papers competition.  His book, Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World: The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power (Cambridge University Press, 2013), develops a new comparative theory of corporate governance in common-law countries.

Read more about Professor Bruner’s scholarship here.

Call for manuscripts: International Journal of Economics (IJE)

March 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Call for manuscripts: May 2014

Submission deadline: April 25, 2014

Dear Colleague

International Journal of Economics (IJE), published by MIR Center for Socio-Economic Research, Maryland, USA, aims at covering theoretical and empirical research that span the entire range of macroeconomics and microeconomics with especial focus on emerging and global growth corridors like Africa, Australia, BRIICS, Eastern Europe, Far East, Latin American, MENA, Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia. IJE strongly believes that making significant policy contribution foster the sustainable development pace for these regions can only repeal our commitment to global stability and economic growth. The editors welcome the submission of high quality manuscripts with significant policy implications that are concerned with the theoretical or empirical aspects of the following broadly defined area of economics:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Applied Economics in the area of Business and Commerce
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of growth, income, equality and welfare.
  • Econometrics
  • Energy Economics & policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Financial Econometrics
  • International Finance
  • International Economics
  • Industrial Economics
  • Islamic Economics
  • Islamic Finance
  • Labor Economics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Monetary economics
  • Political Economics
  • Public Finance

IJE  publishes both in online (ISSN 2331-5903) and print (ISSN 2331-589X) version.

Although this call for papers intends to attract quality manuscripts only, young writers and researchers are also especially encouraged to submit their papers. MIR research team will help them in improving the quality of their papers.

Authors Guidelines for Submission and Paper Formatting: Click here

Peer review process: Click here

Important dates:

  1. Submission deadline for full paper: 25th April, 2014.  Please click here to open an account and submit your paper or send the paper to our support team at if you find dificculties.
  2. Notification of decision of internal and external reviewers: Within two weeks of Submission date (within one week for fast track submission)
  3. Publication of Vol. 02, Issue 02, 2014 by 20th May 2014.
Categories: Calls for Papers

Professor Johnson’s Forthcoming Paper Reviewed

March 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Washington & Lee law professor Lyman P.Q. Johnson will publish in the forthcoming issue of the Washington & Lee Law Review.  The article, The Dwindling of Revlon (with Rob Ricca) was recently reviewed by another Washington and lee law professor, David Millon at Jotwell: Corporate Law.

The review is titled What’s Left of Mandatory Shareholder Primacy? and was published on March 18, 2014.

Prof. Seaman Featured on SSRN Top 10 List

March 18, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Seaman

Prof. Seaman

Washington & Lee law professor Christopher Seaman is once again featured on SSRN’s top new papers lists.  Professor Seaman’s forthcoming piece in the Virginia Law ReviewThe Case Against Federalizing Trade Secrets, is featured on SSRN’s top 10 new papers in the intellectual property subject area.

The paper also appears on top 10 lists in related subject areas and eJournals including Patents, Innovation & Intellectual Property Law & Policy, Innovation Policy Studies and Political Science of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Law eJournal, Environment for Innovation eJournal, IO: Productivity, Innovation & Technology eJournal, Innovation & Geography eJournal and Innovation Areas eJournals.

Congratulations to Professor Seaman!