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Federalist Society Junior Faculty Workshops: Request for Proosals

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

From the Federalist Society:

We are pleased to announce that the Federalist Society Faculty Division is sponsoring a new round of Junior Faculty Workshops.  These workshops are intended to provide a structured—but relatively informal—environment in which six or so faculty members from different law schools can gather to spend a day workshopping each others’ papers, followed by a group meal.  The workshops can focus on a particular subject area or cover a broad range of interests, depending on the organizer’s preference.  

We envision workshop participants consisting primarily of junior tenure track faculty (defined as people who have been in tenure track positions less than seven years), but also encompassing fellowship recipients or doctoral candidates in appropriate cases.  A junior faculty member will be responsible for organizing and directing the workshop, and will receive a budget for the event.  Wherethe participants are in relatively close geographical proximity, the maximum budget will generally be $1,000.  Where some degree of air/rail travel and lodging will be necessary, we may increase thebudget to as much as $3,000 to help defray travel costs. Organizers should plan to hold theworkshop sometime in 2014.

We invite interested junior faculty members to submit a workshop proposal setting forth a topic, date, location, schedule, list of potential participants, and description of anticipated expenditures. Proposals should be sent via email to no later than Friday, March 7, 2014.

Call For Papers: AALS Workshop on Transnational Perspectives for Equality Law

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Association of American Law Schools


Call for Presentations and Papers


Corrected email address for submissions:

Workshop on Transnational Perspectives for Equality Law

June 22-24, 2014  |  Washington, D.C.

We are seeking proposals for presentations and papers for the 2014 Mid-Year Workshop on Transnational Perspectives for Equality Law.  The workshop will be held on June 22-24, 2014 in Washington, DC at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.  The workshop will begin with registration at 4:00 p.m. and a reception at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 and conclude at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24.  It will appeal to a wide range of teachers and scholars interested in these and related subject areas.





Antidiscrimination law is an American invention that has spread all around the world.  During the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, antidiscrimination law promised radical social transformations towards equality for women and minorities in the workplace, in politics, and in education.  But recent developments in Equal Protection and Title VII doctrine have paralyzed this trajectory.  Meanwhile, the last decade has seen the unprecedented globalization of antidiscrimination law, as well as its expansion and alternative development outside the United States, catalyzed largely by the European Union’s two directives in 2000, on race equality and on equal treatment in employment.  Over the last few years, a new body of equality law and policy experimentation has emerged not only in the EU and in European countries, but also in South Africa, Canada, Latin America, and Asia. There is a range of public policies adopted to mitigate the disadvantages of vulnerable groups such as racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, women, the disabled, the elderly, and the poor, constituting an “equality law” that goes beyond norms prohibiting discrimination.


At the same time, antidiscrimination law in the United States seems to be changing. U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the last several years (Ricci v. DeStefano, Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District, Wal-Mart v. Dukes) have signaled the end of antidiscrimination law as envisioned by the civil rights movement in the United States.  In response, there is growing scholarly interest in finding new approaches to the persistent problem of structural inequality.  Comparative reflection is a productive tool, particularly when energy and optimism surround the trajectory of antidiscrimination law and equality policy outside of the United States.  Now that there is over a decade’s worth of new antidiscrimination activity in the EU countries following the 2000 equality directives, the time is ripe for scholarly reflection and evaluation of these developments. From an intellectual, practical, and strategic perspective, antidiscrimination scholars in the United States can no longer ignore developments in antidiscrimination law in other countries.


While a growing number of American legal scholars are lamenting the limits of antidiscrimination law, the recent growth of this body of law outside of the United States has largely gone unnoticed. The central purpose of this mid-year meeting is to widen the comparative lens on U.S. equality law — its failures, its achievements, and its potential — across a variety of subject areas.  The meeting will provide a unique and much-needed opportunity to bring together scholars from various fields — constitutional law, employment discrimination law, comparative law, comparative constitutional law, election law, education law — to deepen and enrich the scholarship and teaching of equality.   The meeting will also provide a unique opportunity for U.S. scholars to interact with a wide, varied, and stimulating group of antidiscrimination scholars working around the world.


Additionally, law schools are increasingly making their curricula more transnational and comparative.  This conference will assist teachers in integrating comparative perspectives to illuminate constitutional law, employment discrimination law, employment law, and other traditional subjects.


The Workshop will explore a number of critical questions including what is at stake in looking comparatively when doing equality law; how affirmative action is understood in other legal systems; understanding disparate impact, accommodation, and positive rights.  There will be discussions of religion, profiling, and equality and social movements.  Transnational perspectives on equality law will be a greater component of antidiscrimination scholarship going forward. This meeting should not be missed.



Call for Presentations and Papers

The Workshop will feature several plenary panels.  These panels will address the following themes and subjects: the relevance of foreign law in the U.S. constitutional interpretation; the rise of quotas as a policy tool to achieve race and gender balance in legislatures, workplaces, and institutions of higher learning; a comparative assessment of disparate impact doctrine or indirect discrimination; a comparative analysis of secularism and religious tolerance; modalities and methodologies for teaching transnational law in U.S. law schools.


The Workshop Planning Committee seeks proposals for presentations and papers on any of the Workshop themes or on relevant issues at the intersection of transnational perspectives and equality law.  Selected papers will be presented in one of two concurrent sessions on Tuesday June 24, 2014 between 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  For these concurrent sessions we are seeking proposals that are in various stages of development. We expect to select three or four presentations for each of the concurrent sessions.   Each presentation will be about 15 minutes, followed by questions from the moderator and the audience.


Interested faculty members should submit a brief written description (no more than 1000 words) of the proposed presentation or paper, along with their résumés. Please email these materials to by Friday, December 20, 2013.





The Planning Committee will notify selected speakers by January 13, 2014.  Please indicate if you would like the opportunity to receive comments from a senior scholar.





Faculty members of AALS member schools are eligible to submit proposals for the presentation opportunities or for papers.  Visiting, adjunct, and international faculty members, along with graduate students and fellows are not eligible.


Those selected for the presentation or paper opportunity must register for the Workshop and pay the registration fee.  Participants are also responsible for their own travel and other expenses.  Please direct questions to the

Planning Committee members.



Planning Committee

Tim A. Canova, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center

Guy-Uriel E. Charles, Duke University School of Law

Richard T. Ford, Stanford Law School Reva Siegel, Yale Law School

Julie Suk, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University



September 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Vanderbilt Law School’s Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program invites submissions for its 2014 New Voices in Civil Justice Scholarship Workshop, to be held May 12-13, 2014, at Vanderbilt Law School.

The Branstetter Program draws on a multimillion-dollar endowment to support research and curriculum in civil litigation and dispute resolution. Held annually, the Branstetter New Voices Workshop brings together junior scholars, senior scholars, and Vanderbilt faculty in the areas of civil justice.

This year, three junior scholars will be selected via a blind review process to present at the New Voices Workshop. Past participants include Nora Freeman Engstrom (Stanford), Myriam Gilles (Cardozo), Alexandra Lahav (Connecticut), Margaret Lemos (Duke), Benjamin Spencer (Washington & Lee), Amanda Tyler (George Washington), and Tobias Wolff (Penn).

The New Voices format maximizes collegial interaction and feedback. Paper authors do not deliver prepared “presentations.” Rather, all participants read the selected papers prior to the session, and at each workshop, a senior faculty member provides a brief overview and commentary on the paper. Open and interactive discussion immediately follows.

Submission requirements: 

1. Subject matter. Submitted papers should address an aspect of civil justice, broadly defined. Subject areas may include, but are not limited to, civil procedure, complex litigation, evidence, federal courts, judicial decision-making, alternative dispute resolution, remedies, and conflict of laws. In keeping with the intellectual breadth of the Branstetter Program faculty, the Workshop welcomes all scholarly methodologies, from traditional doctrinal analysis to quantitative or experimental approaches.

2. Author qualifications. To be eligible to submit a paper, scholars must currently hold either a faculty position or a fellowship.

3. Format / Anonymity. We will consider preliminary drafts, drafts under submission, or accepted papers that will not be published by the time of the workshop. Papers should be formatted either in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. To maintain the anonymity of the process, please remove any self-identifying information from the submission.

4. Deadline. Submissions should be e-mailed to no later than January 1, 2014. Please include your name, current position, and contact information in the e-mail accompanying the submission. We will contact you with our decision by February 15. Final drafts are due no later than April 15.

The Branstetter Program will pay all reasonable travel expenses within the United States for invited participants. Additional information can be found at If you have any questions, please email the chair of the selection committee, Brian Fitzpatrick, at

Call For Papers ACCFSL – American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers 2013 Writing Competition

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for:

(a) best book
(b) best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review, and
(c) best student note or comment

AWARDS: The awards include cash payments of $2,500, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2013 meeting of the College, which (this year) will be held in Los Angeles. In any given year, depending on submissions, all three awards, or fewer, may be made.

TOPICS: Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services. Topics that are predominantly securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible. However, works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Entries must have been written or published between December 2, 2012 and December 2, 2013. The deadline for submission is December 2, 2013. Unpublished entries should be typed, double spaced, and in law review format.

The winners will be honored at the annual meeting of the College held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, to be held in Las Angeles in the Spring 2014.

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is a nonprofit association of attorneys who have made significant contributions to consumer financial services law over an extended period of time. Its members include academics, present and former federal and state regulatory and enforcement officers, authors in the field, private practitioners, counsel for financial institutions and other service providers, and representatives of consumer protection and advocacy organizations.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to:

William L. Stern
Chair, ACCFSL Writing Competition
Morrison & Foerster, LLP
415 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

FURTHER INFORMATION: More information on the College and the Competition may be found at:


September 3, 2013 Leave a comment

The AALS Section on International Human Rights is pleased to announce that it will sponsor a Call for Papers for its program during the AALS 2014 Annual Meeting in New York on Gains and Domestic Hurdles in the Enforcement of International Human Rights Laws

The section program will be on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The program description is below:

The 2014 AALS Section on International Human Rights AALS will focus on specific problems and issues encountered in the enforcement of international human rights laws. Exploration of these issues in specific domestic contexts will help identify ongoing problems and useful approaches. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, children’s rights, reproductive rights, disability rights, prison rights, health care, etc. The goal of the panel is to learn from the failures and successes in various locales so as to increase the rate of meaningful enforcement of these laws. Nancy Northup from the Center for Reproductive Rights will serve as commentator.

Deadline and submission

The deadline to submit a paper is September 15, 2013. Please email submissions, in Word or PDF format to Michele Alexandre and Ford Stuart at; In selecting proposals, priority will be given to new voices in international human rights law. Presentations at various stages of completion will be considered. Decisions will be made in late September.


Papers may have already been accepted for publication but must not be published prior to the Annual Meeting. The section has no plans to publish the papers, so individual presenters should continue to seek their own publishers.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact Michele Alexandre (University of Mississippi) at or at 662.915.6858.

AALS Junior Federal Courts Prize

September 2, 2013 Leave a comment

AALS Section on Federal Courts: Annual Award for Best Untenured Article on the Law of Federal Jurisdiction

The AALS Section on Federal Courts is pleased to announce the second annual award for the best article on the law of federal jurisdiction by a full-time, untenured faculty member at an AALS member or affiliate school—and to solicit nominations (including self-nominations) for the prize to be awarded at the 2014 AALS Annual Meeting in New York.

The purpose of the award program is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the field of federal courts by untenured faculty members.  To that end, eligible articles are thosespecifically in the field of Federal Courts that were published by a recognized journal during the twelve-month period ending on September 1, 2013 (date of actual publication determines eligibility).  Eligible authors are those who, at the close of nominations (i.e., as ofSeptember 15, 2013), are untenured, full-time faculty members at AALS member or affiliate schools, and have not previously won the award.

Nominations (or questions about the award) should be directed to Tara Leigh Grove at William and Mary Law School (, Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Federal Courts. Without exception, all nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) onSeptember 15, 2013. Nominations will be reviewed by a prize committee comprised of Professors Janet Cooper Alexander (Stanford), Judith Resnik (Yale), and Steve Vladeck (American), with the result announced at the Federal Courts section program at the 2014 AALS Annual Meeting.

Call for Scholarly Papers: Boston College Liberty Mutual Prize

August 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Boston College Law School is soliciting papers for the 2013–2014 Liberty Mutual Prize, awarded each year for an exceptional article written during the submission season on the law of property and casualty insurance, its regulation and corporate governance.

Prize:  Liberty Mutual Insurance Group created this competition to encourage and recognize legal scholarship in the area of property and casualty insurance law.  The winning entrant will receive $5,000.  If not already committed to another journal, the prize winning paper will also receive an offer of publication from the Boston College Law Review(Receipt of the prize does not obligate the author to publish with the Review, however.  Past recipients have published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review and the Michigan Law Review.)

Eligibility:  Authors should possess a J.D. degree or its overseas equivalent.  Papers must concern the law related to property and casualty insurance, its regulation and corporate governance.  The prize is not intended to advance scholarship in areas such as life, health, employment or employee benefits insurance law.

Judging:  Each entry will be judged by a panel of professors and attorneys having particular expertise in the insurance law field, including the eventual holder of the Liberty Mutual Professorship at Boston College Law School.  The panel will evaluate submissions on the basis of quality of analysis, originality, thoroughness of research, creativity, and clarity of thought and expression.

Format:  Submissions should be approximately 25,000 words in length (the equivalent of 50 law review pages) including text and footnotes, and contain an abstract of roughly 350 words.  The article should conform to the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010).  Please submit in Word or PDF format, either by direct email or through Scholastica ( Hard copy submission by mail is also acceptable.

For electronic submissions: (preferred) ; or

For mailed submissions:

Boston College Law Review

Attn: Liberty Mutual Competition

885 Centre Street

Newton Centre, MA  02459

Deadline:  Papers may be submitted throughout the year, but by no later than February 1, 2014.  If an outstanding submission meets the foregoing conditions, the judges will announce a winning entry by March 3, 2014.

Presentation:  The author of the selected paper will be invited to present it at a special program held at Boston College Law School, at which time a representative of Liberty Mutual will present the prize money.

Inquiries:  Contact John Gordon: or 617-552-8557.