Monday, November 24, 2014

Final Repost: Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference Call for Abstracts: "Law, Religion, and American Health Care"

Final Repost: The deadline is next Monday, December 1.

The Petrie-Flom Center invites abstracts for its 2015 Annual Conference: “Law, Religion, and American Health Care.” The conference will be held at Harvard Law School on May 8 and 9, 2015. 

The conference seeks to address the following topics:
  • Analysis of the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and other federal, state, and local legal provisions that come into play at the intersection between religion and health care
  • The Affordable Care Act and employer-based health care coverage, including the contraceptives mandate and related court decisions
  • Legal obligations and accommodations of religious health care organizations
  • Protection (or not) of health professional conscience
  • Health care decision-making for minors with religious parents
  • Religious objection v. discriminatory behavior
  • Informed consent and information flow, e.g., religious objection to providing certain information, inclusion of religious information in consent disclosures, etc.
  • “Medicalization” of religious beliefs, e.g., regulation of homosexual conversion therapy
  • Abortion policy, including clinic protests and protections, and its relationship to religion
  • Embryonic stem cell policy and its relationship to religion
  • End-of-life care, including assisted suicide, and its relationship to religion
  • Complicity as both a legal and religious concept
  • Comparative analysis, e.g., between professions, health care practices, countries, etc.

Please note that this list is not meant to be exhaustive; we hope to receive papers related to the conference’s general theme but not specifically listed here. Abstracts are due by December 1, 2014.

For a full conference description, including the call for abstracts and registration information, please visit our website.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on November 24, 2014 at 09:31 AM in Article Spotlight, Howard Wasserman, Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 03, 2014

Repost: Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference Call for Abstracts: "Law, Religion, and American Health Care"

The Petrie-Flom Center invites abstracts for its 2015 Annual Conference: “Law, Religion, and American Health Care.” The conference will be held at Harvard Law School on May 8 and 9, 2015.  

The conference seeks to address the following topics:

  • Analysis of the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and other federal, state, and local legal provisions that come into play at the intersection between religion and health care
  • The Affordable Care Act and employer-based health care coverage, including the contraceptives mandate and related court decisions
  • Legal obligations and accommodations of religious health care organizations
  • Protection (or not) of health professional conscience
  • Health care decision-making for minors with religious parents
  • Religious objection v. discriminatory behavior
  • Informed consent and information flow, e.g., religious objection to providing certain information, inclusion of religious information in consent disclosures, etc.
  • “Medicalization” of religious beliefs, e.g., regulation of homosexual conversion therapy
  • Abortion policy, including clinic protests and protections, and its relationship to religion
  • Embryonic stem cell policy and its relationship to religion
  • End-of-life care, including assisted suicide, and its relationship to religion
  • Complicity as both a legal and religious concept
  • Comparative analysis, e.g., between professions, health care practices, countries, etc.

Please note that this list is not meant to be exhaustive; we hope to receive papers related to the conference’s general theme but not specifically listed here. Abstracts are due by December 1, 2014.

For a full conference description, including the call for abstracts and registration information, please visit our website.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on November 3, 2014 at 03:41 PM in Article Spotlight, Howard Wasserman, Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference Call for Abstracts: "Law, Religion, and American Health Care"

The Petrie-Flom Center invites abstracts for its 2015 Annual Conference: “Law, Religion, and American Health Care.” The conference will be held at Harvard Law School on May 8 and 9, 2014.  

The conference seeks to address the following topics:

  • Analysis of the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and other federal, state, and local legal provisions that come into play at the intersection between religion and health care
  • The Affordable Care Act and employer-based health care coverage, including the contraceptives mandate and related court decisions
  • Legal obligations and accommodations of religious health care organizations
  • Protection (or not) of health professional conscience
  • Health care decision-making for minors with religious parents
  • Religious objection v. discriminatory behavior
  • Informed consent and information flow, e.g., religious objection to providing certain information, inclusion of religious information in consent disclosures, etc.
  • “Medicalization” of religious beliefs, e.g., regulation of homosexual conversion therapy
  • Abortion policy, including clinic protests and protections, and its relationship to religion
  • Embryonic stem cell policy and its relationship to religion
  • End-of-life care, including assisted suicide, and its relationship to religion
  • Complicity as both a legal and religious concept
  • Comparative analysis, e.g., between professions, health care practices, countries, etc.

Please note that this list is not meant to be exhaustive; we hope to receive papers related to the conference’s general theme but not specifically listed here. Abstracts are due by December 1, 2014.

For a full conference description, including the call for abstracts and registration information, please visit our website.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on September 29, 2014 at 09:31 AM in Howard Wasserman, Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A Sponsored Announcement from West Academic

The following guest post is authored by Prof. Michael Vitiello of McGeorge.

Finding bad news about legal education is easy.  And some of the bad news is deeply troubling.  No one in legal education can be insensitive to the slowly recovering employment market and to concerns about student debt.  But some of the gloom and doom about law schools is just wrong.

In 2011, David Segal wrote a series of articles that appeared on the front page of the New York Times.  His articles did not say anything new about legal education.  But the appearance of his views on the front page of the Times made Segal’s voice important.

Some of Segal’s criticisms are legitimate. But one aspect of his critique was galling.  In one article, after observing that young lawyers have spent over $150,000 for their legal educations, Segal commented, “What they did not get, for all that time and money, was much practical training.”  Segal also contended that the law school curriculum has changed little since the days of Dean Langdell.  Segal’s portrayal of legal education was stereotypical and one dimensional.

When I graduated from law school 40 years ago, the statement about limited practical training was true.  Even then, law schools were putting in place legal clinics and volunteer programs to give students on-hands experience.  To continue to insist that little has changed in the past three decades demonstrates a lack of awareness of what goes on in law schools around the country.

Start with changes in skills based courses like legal writing and moot court. 

Within the past 25 years, many schools have converted their programs from one or two unit pass-fail courses often taught by upper level students to far more demanding programs.  Most schools hire tenure track or long term contract professionals.  Many law schools offer rigorous writing programs and train students in oral advocacy skills.  That has been the pattern at McGeorge.  The directors of our Global Lawyering program have created a nationally recognized writing program.  The program spans the first two years and offers students with a wide range of practical skills.  For example, during their 2 L year, students argue multiple motions in a “district court” after they have submitted memoranda to the court.  Their earlier memoranda culminate in a full appellate brief, submitted and argued individually to an appellate court.  Each student argues before a three judge panel.  The realistic litigation problem introduces students to international law as well.  For example, students may have to argue whether domestic or foreign law applies because the problem presents a conflict of law question.

Skills education goes well beyond clinics, legal writing, trial advocacy, and externship programs. Many professors have integrated skills training into more traditional courses.  I offer my own example as someone who came into the academy after three years of experience, mostly as a judicial clerk.  Many years ago, I realized the necessity of integrating simulation exercises into my Civil Procedure course.  Concepts like personal jurisdiction and summary judgment challenge the best students; students have trouble grasping concepts that lack any intuitive feel.  For many years, I pieced together simulation exercises; but I did not provide systematic exposure. 

That all changed when my acquisitions editor at West Academic Publishing accepted my proposal to publish a series of simulation books.  The books in the Bridge to Practice Series™ are designed to supplement traditional casebooks across the curriculum.  Priced reasonably, the paperbacks run between 100 and 200 pages.  Each contains a series of simulations with a teacher’s manual detailing how the professor can integrate the simulations into their “podium” courses.

For example, Civil Procedure Simulations: Bridge to Practice, which I wrote, includes nine simulations.  On the first day of class, students meet a young woman who has learned that an internet journalist intends to publish a story asserting that her boss, a prominent judge, and she downloaded child pornography on their office computers.  They must not only interview her but also decide whether the prospective client should file an action in New York, where they are licensed, or Connecticut.  (Although they do not fully understand the importance of that choice until later, they begin to get a sense that choice of law problems lurch near the surface:  if New York tort law applies, the client may have no claim for relief, while her case can move forward under Connecticut law.)  Later in the semester, they argue a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction before a magistrate judge (one of my research assistants).  Still later, they submit memoranda arguing for or against a motion to dismiss for the failure to state a claim for relief.  The simulation tests their ability to decipher the Supreme Court’s new test in two controversial decisions, Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal.  They also submit memoranda, arguing whether the court can grant an amendment to add additional defendants after the statute of limitations has run.  Over the course of most of four weeks, they engage in discovery exercises and must hand over documents from a packet of material or determine whether and how they can resist.  Finally, they submit memoranda assessing whether the court should grant summary judgment in the case.

I am looking forward to using Criminal Procedure Simulations: Bridge to Practice during the fall semester when I will be teaching the course at night.  Anyone who has taught three hours at night knows the pitfalls:  exhaustion of the students and the professor make even the most interesting material a challenge. The Criminal Procedure Simulations book, which I also authored, includes a wide variety of exercises, including one in which the students must advise the senior partner on litigation strategy.  Others assign students roles so that they can conduct a hearing and then argue a motion to suppress; yet others involve arguing a motion to suppress from facts developed in a hearing transcript; still others involve short writing assignments; and others allow for appellate arguments.

The series is expanding.  Already in print are Galves, Imwinkelried and Leach's Evidence Simulations: Bridge to Practice; Sprankling’s Property Law Simulations: Bridge to Practice, and Cerrnak’s Antitrust Simulations: Bridge to Practice.  Other books, including volumes in contracts, professional responsibility and criminal law, are in progress.  Additional volumes are under discussion, including torts, immigration law, constitutional law, advanced criminal procedure, and business associations.

By way of circling back to my original point, I offer my experience and the Bridge to Practice books as examples of some of the changes that have taken place in legal education.  They are hardly unique.  Segal should have dug deeper and questioned his thesis before broadly criticizing legal education.  In fact, legal education has changed in meaningful ways.  And while no large corporate law firm would trust a new associate to prepare a corporate merger, graduates today have far more practical training than lawyers graduating 40 years ago.  Indeed, Dean Langdell would not recognize legal education today.

Posted by Dan Markel on June 3, 2014 at 01:55 PM in Sponsored Announcements | Permalink

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Flipping Socrates: A Sponsored Announcement from West Academic

From: Deborah Merritt (OSU)

Flipping Socrates

“Flipped” classrooms are gaining popularity in high school and college courses. Students in these topsy-turvy classes watch videotaped lectures as homework, then gather in class to discuss material and solve problems. Hands-on classroom activities allow students to work in groups, as well as to obtain just-in-time help from the teacher.

What’s the big deal? Didn’t law schools flip their classrooms long ago by introducing the case method and Socratic questioning? Our students, after all, absorb content by reading cases and statutes before class; in the classroom we push them to apply their knowledge by answering questions and solving new hypotheticals.

That’s the theory. In reality, the conventional law school class falls short of the engagement and active learning that a well flipped classroom can offer. After the first semester, many law school classes fall into a predictable pattern of lecture cloaked in “Socratic” questioning. Our Socratic questions too often seek specific answers that will advance the underlying lecture, rather than truly engaging students in problem solving. Even when we call on students to apply their knowledge by solving problems, other students simply take notes; they don’t attempt to solve the problem themselves.

I recognized this phenomenon in my own upper-level Evidence class and sought a solution. A colleague, Ric Simmons, had devised an extraordinary number of creative problems for students to solve. I started asking students to solve these problems, either in small groups or through clicker responses. To allow time for problem solving, however, I had to rush through discussion of the cases and rules.

One day an epiphany occurred:

 We had time in class either to analyze how courts had solved previous problems (the case method) or to use that reasoning to solve new problems. There simply wasn’t time for both.

For upperlevel students, the choice was easy: Both my classroom experience and the cognitive science literature counseled that students would learn far more by engaging with new problems rather than retracing old ones. Ric agreed and we created Learning Evidence, an “uncasebook” that flips the classroom by giving students the basic information they need to allow active learning in class.

Learning Evidence explains the policy behind each Federal Rule of Evidence, walks the reader through the language of the rule, and outlines issues that arise when applying that rule. We use cases to illustrate the issues, but we don’t use appellate opinions. Instead, we present the facts of a case along with an explanation of how the court resolved the dispute. We present this information in concise summaries that we hope model excellent legal writing.

When professors first skim this book, they often say: “But what do you do in class? The book is so clear that I will have nothing left to say!” This reaction underscores the fact that our traditional classes have become lectures in disguise—or that we try to educate students by generating mysteries that we then resolve in class.

Ric and I answer this question by pointing to all of the hypotheticals, simulations, group problems, and other materials we have developed for class. Ric even runs a “sweet sixteen” tournament of hearsay exceptions, an activity that has become one of my favorites. Every year I have more than enough material to fill every class—and then some.

By flipping the classroom, we and other professors have found that students are eager to come to class. They read the book, because the book helps them understand the rules, policies, and open issues of evidence law. They quickly realize, however, that reading isn’t knowing. By participating in a full 50 minutes of problems and simulations, they expand that knowledge—just as the original Socratic method intended.

Flipping isn’t for everyone; students benefit from diverse pedagogies throughout the curriculum. Nor are flipped classrooms homogeneous; there are lots of way to flip your classroom style. I encourage all law professors, however, to assess how active your classrooms really are. From behind the podium, it is easy to overestimate a class’s engagement. After all, we are “on” for the whole class. We participate in every oral exchange, and we’re always thinking about how to steer the conversation in the best direction.

Traditional Socratic classrooms don’t feel nearly as active to those seated in the rows. How many students participate during a single classroom hour? How many are simply taking notes (or worse)? Even if 20% of your students participate each day—a very high percentage for a class of more than 50 students—that means 80% are simply taking notes. How different is that from a lecture?

Try flipping old Socrates. You (and he) may like it.

Posted by Dan Markel on May 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM in Sponsored Announcements | Permalink

Monday, March 10, 2014

Northwestern Conference on Best Law Teaching Methods

Northwestern Law and the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning are proud to present:  What the Best Law Teachers Do: Educators in Action, June 25-27, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. 

What the Best Law Teachers Do: Education in Action is a two-and-a-half day conference that will provide a forum to hear the insights and teaching techniques of one-dozen remarkable law educators from among those interviewed in Harvard Press’s newly-released book. Our educators will share their insights and teaching techniques over the course of two full days. For more information, to register for the conference and to make reservations our exquisite accommodations, please visit our website.

Summer in Chicago is a delight to behold. Steps from Lake Michigan and just a short walk from the Magnificent Mile, the exciting Second City is at your doorstep.  Hope to see you in the Windy City!
 
Questions can be sent to Deborah L. Borman, at Ph. 312.503.6748 or deborah.borman at law.northwestern.edu

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Swansea University College of Law Chair In Empirical Legal Studies Available

Swansea University College of Law wishes to further augment its interdisciplinary research through the appointment of a Chair in Empirical Legal Studies. We seek a research leader with training in criminology, social sciences and law whose work is focused in quantitative methods as they are applied to law, institutions of criminal justice, and human behaviour. The successful appointee will also serve as Head of the Department of Criminology within the College of Law.

Applications are invited for the post of Chair in Empirical Legal Studies, reference AC00757. This is a permanent post on the Research and Leadership pathway.

This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to establish themselves as a recognised campus leader on quantitative analysis in the social sciences, responsive to external research income initiatives of UK research councils and European funding bodies. Swansea University is one of the leading natural and physical sciences and engineering universities in the United Kingdom. This post offers an opportunity to bring expertise in the empirical social sciences to complement the cutting edge research being undertaken at Swansea University not only in the natural and physical sciences and engineering but also in the social sciences, the humanities and the professional disciplines.

Applicants should have an outstanding record of international excellence in research achievement and publication over the last five years in their subject area. They will be excellent and enthusiastic communicators of their subject and will demonstrate the ability to provide academic vision for their subject, with supporting evidence of strong academic leadership in research and teaching.  In addition to demonstrating a first-rate research publication record (3* and 4* in REF terms), applicants should look to establish their credentials for academic leadership. 

The College will be delighted to speak with potential candidates who wish to explore this appointment further on an informal and confidential basis. Please contact the Head of College, Professor John Linarelli J.Linarelli@swansea.ac.uk, +44 (0) 1792 295831.

This post will close at midnight Wednesday 16th April 2014.  Applicants will find full job details together with the online application link at http://tinyurl.com/qdnqdat.

 

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Fed Soc Call for Papers for 2014 Junior Scholars Colloquium

The Federalist Society is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for our second annual Junior Scholars Colloquium, which will take place on June 13-14, 2014 in the Washington, D.C. area. This event builds upon the success we have experienced with the Young Legal Scholars Paper Competition portion of our Annual Faculty Conference. The Junior Scholars Colloquium provides approximately eight junior faculty members (as defined in the submission criteria below) with the opportunity to present competitively selected, unpublished papers and receive comments from more senior faculty members to help improve their scholarship.

The 2014 Junior Scholars Colloquium will take place over the course of two days in an environment conducive to both scholarly reflection and convivial discussion. The days will be divided into four two-hour sessions, during which each junior scholar will have twelve minutes to present his or her paper, followed by ten minutes for comments from an assigned faculty commentator and approximately forty minutes of general group discussion.

All participants and commentators will be expected to be present for the entire conference and to familiarize themselves with all papers being presented. Lodging and meals will be provided, and travel expenses (e.g., economy flight, ground transport) will be reimbursed.

A junior faculty member whose paper is selected for the colloquium will be expected to participate as a junior scholar, and will receive a prize of approximately $1,000. Submission Criteria: -Submissions are limited to unpublished papers by junior faculty, meaning tenure-track law faculty who have been teaching for no more than 7 years.

Aspiring young scholars who have not yet obtained their first tenure-track appointments, including teaching or other fellows and visiting assistant professors, are also welcome to submit papers for consideration. Submissions that have been accepted for publication by a journal may be submitted only if publication will take place after the June 2014 colloquium and the piece remains substantively revisable during and at least one week after the conclusion of the colloquium.

There is a limit of one submission per person.

Co-authored pieces will be accepted only if both authors are junior faculty members. Any honorarium awarded on the basis of a co-authored piece must be shared.

There are no restrictions in terms of topic or theme; the core objective of this event is to help junior faculty improve their scholarship.

Submission Procedure & Deadline: -If you wish to submit a paper for consideration in this event, please email your paper in Microsoft Word or pdf format to anthony.deardurff@fed-soc.org by 5:00pm eastern time on Friday, March 14, 2014, using the subject line "Submission: 2014 Junior Scholars Colloquium."

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Event on Reining in Mandatory Minimums

My friends at the NYU Center on the Administration of Criminal Law are co-hosting this interesting event tonight in case you have time and inclination.

Reining in Mandatory Minimums: Perspectives from both sides of the “V”

Date:   Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time:   5:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Location: Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square South (between McDougal and Sullivan Street), New York, NY

 Judicial Moderator

The Honorable John Gleeson, U.S. District Judge, EDNY

 

Panelists

Marshall L. Miller, Esq., Chief, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney's Office, EDNY

David E. Patton, Esq.Executive Director and Attorney-In-Chief, Federal Defenders of NY

Julie Stewart, President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Jonathan J. Wroblewski Esq.Director, Office of Policy & Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice & Ex Officio Member United States Sentencing Commission

 

Program Description

On August 12, 2013, Attorney General Holder released a memorandum entitled “Department Policy on Charging Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Recidivist Enhancements in Drug Cases.” The memorandum acknowledges that mandatory minimums and recidivist enhancements often result in “unduly harsh sentences” and in many cases “do not promote public safety, deterrence, and rehabilitation.” Our program will discuss how this recent federal policy change has affected the on-the-ground practice of attorneys on both sides of the bar. The panelists will also discuss what this executive action means for the future of mandatory minimums and sentencing reform. At a time where incarceration rates are soaring and budgets are tight, this program will be a unique opportunity for legal practitioners, policymakers, and members of the public to engage in a dialogue about fair and effective sentencing in the criminal justice system.

 

Registration Information

All attendees must register online.   https://www.federalbarcouncil.org/vg/custom/form/emailregistration.aspx?meeting=CL0414R

 

CLE Credit Information

This program will provide 2.0 transitional/non-transitional CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice.  There is no charge to attend this program.

 

The Federal Bar Council is certified by the New York State Continuing LegalEducation Board as an Accredited Provider of Legal Education in New York State.

Posted by Dan Markel on November 21, 2013 at 03:07 PM in Criminal Law, Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Friday, November 08, 2013

Job Announcement: Distinguished Visiting Professorship at UKy College of Law

JAMES AND MARY LASSITER ENDOWED DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSOR 
University of Kentucky College of Law
 
The University of Kentucky College of Law seeks applications and nominations for the James and Mary Lassiter Endowed Distinguished Visiting Professor for one semester of the 2014-15 academic year.  The Lassiter Distinguished Visiting Professor recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his or her field and is not limited by subject matter.   Applicants or nominees should have a record of scholarly excellence and of strong classroom teaching.  The Lassiter Distinguished Visitor will teach one or two courses and will be encouraged to present workshops on research and participate broadly in the intellectual life of the College of Law.  Contingent on funding availability, the Lassiter Distinguished Visitor may also organize a conference on a topic of interest to the visitor.
The University of Kentucky College of Law is committed to diversifying its community and consequently welcomes expressions of interest from, or nominations of, professors who contribute to that diversity.  The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity campus and encourages any candidates who will contribute to the excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.
 
Review of candidates will begin upon receipt.  Expressions of interest and nominations should be submitted no later than January 20, 2014 and should be directed to
 
Professor Chris Frost
Thomas P. Lewis Professor of Law
Chair, Lassiter Search Committee
University of Kentucky College of Law
209 Law Building
Lexington, KY  40506-0048
Tel: 859.257.8336

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Supreme Court Fellows Program

Each year, the Supreme Court Fellows Commission selects four talented individuals to engage for one year in the work of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, or the United States Sentencing Commission. The program provides fellows with practical exposure to judicial administration, policy development, and education. Through hands-on participation, fellows gain unique insight into the challenges of federal court management.

The Supreme Court Fellows Program has traditionally provided opportunities for mid-career professionals drawn from the fields of law and political science. This year, the Supreme Court Fellows Program will also offer those opportunities to recent law school graduates and doctoral degree recipients with exceptional records of achievement. We are especially interested in applicants who are completing a judicial clerkship and are interested in broadening their understanding of the judicial system through exposure to federal court administration. The fellowship experience will be especially valuable to people who are interested in pursuing an academic career or a career in public service. We have designed four different fellowship options to provide a range of career development experiences.

The Program, which provides four fellows annually with practical exposure to judicial administration, policy development, and education, has been updated this year to target recent law school graduates and doctoral degree recipients with exceptional records of achievement—especially those who are serving or recently completed a judicial clerkship.   Fellows will receive compensation equivalent to the GS-12/1 grade and step of the government pay scale (currently $74,872) and will be eligible for health insurance and other benefits offered to employees of the federal judiciary. 

The Commission’s hope is that the updated Fellowship will be particularly valuable to junior scholars in the process of entering full-time teaching and research.  In each of the four placements, the Fellow will be expected to produce a publishable paper and will have unique access to federal judges and to officers and staff of the federal judiciary in connection with the research project.  We envision this program will be used in connection with, or in lieu of, law school fellowships and graduate study to prepare a compelling record of scholarship in preparation for full-time academic positions.

 Further information and the online application are available on the Supreme Court’s website, and applications are due by November 15, 2013 (with letters of recommendation due by November 30, 2013).  

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Conference Announcement of the American Society of Comparative Law Younger Comparativists Committee

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its third annual conference, to be held on April 4-5, 2014, at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.  The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.

Conference Subject-Matter and Eligibility 

Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or in another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2014.  We will also accept submissions from graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs. 

Submission Instructions

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 1, 2013, to the following address: ycc.conference.2014@gmail.com.  Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.

Scholars may make only one submission.  Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted.  For co-authored submissions, both authors must qualify as eligible younger comparativists.  The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area.  Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.

Notification

Authors of the submissions selected for the conference will be notified no later than December 20, 2013.   There is no cost to register for the conference, but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses.  A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need.  If you would like to be considered fora travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.

Graduate Student Prize

A prize will be awarded for the best paper submitted by a graduate student.  To be considered for the award, in addition to submitting an abstract by the above deadline, graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for the conference must also submit their papers in their final form byJanuary 31, 2014, to ycc.conference.2014@gmail.com with the following subject line:  “Submission forGraduate Student Prize.”  Papers received after January 31, 2014, will not be considered for the award. 

Final papers by faculty members—as well as by graduate students who do not wish to be considered for the Graduate Student Prize—will be due by email to ycc.conference.2014@gmail.com no later than March 1, 2014. 

Acknowledgements and Questions

The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of Lewis & Clark Law School.  Please direct all inquiries to Professor Ozan Varol, Chair of the Program Committee, by email at ovarol@lclark.edu or telephone at 503.768.6805.

The Program Committee:

Ozan Varol (Lewis & Clark) (Chair)

Afra Afsharipour (UC Davis)

Nadia Ahmad (Denver)

Richard Albert (Boston College) (YCC Chair)

Antonia Baraggia (Milan)

Lindsey Carson (Toronto)

Claudia Haupt (Columbia)

John Hursh (McGill)

Rajeev Kadambi (Brown)

Joshua Karton (Queen's)

David Landau (Florida State)

Manoj Mate (Whittier)

Salil Mehra (Temple) (YCC Board Member)

Frances Nguyen (Lewis & Clark)

Rene Reich-Graefe (Western New England)

Fritz Siregar (New South Wales)

Ioanna Tourkochoriti (Harvard)

Tim Webster (Case Western)

Posted by Dan Markel on October 21, 2013 at 06:33 PM in Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monday, September 30, 2013

Call for Applications: Petrie-Flom Academic Fellowship, 2014-2016

The Petrie-Flom Center is now accepting applications for 2014-2016 Academic Fellowships.

PURPOSE: The Academic Fellowship is a postdoctoral program specifically designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising scholars early in their careers. Fellows are selected from among recent graduates, young academics, and mid-career practitioners who are committed to spending two years at the Center pursuing publishable research that is likely to make a significant contribution to the field of health law policy, medical innovation policy, or bioethics. For more information about current and past fellows, please visit the Fellowship Programs section of our website.

ELIGIBILITY: By the start of the fellowship term, applicants must hold an advanced degree in a discipline that they intend to apply to issues falling under the Center’s umbrella. The Center particularly encourages applications from those who intend to pursue careers as tenure-track law professors, but will consider any applicant who demonstrates an interest and ability to produce outstanding scholarship at the intersection of law and health policy, bioethics, or biotechnology during the term of the fellowship. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality and probable significance of their research proposals, and by their record of academic and professional achievement.

APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted from September 16, 2013 through November 18, 2013. Please note that applications submitted before November 18 will not be reviewed early.

For more information, see the full call for applications here or contact Administrative Director Cristine Hutchison-Jones.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Southeastern Law Scholars Conference: Call for Papers

               The Charleston School of Law is pleased to host the fourth annual Southeastern Law Scholars Conference on October 4-5, 2013.  This regional conference will bring together junior law school faculty to present published papers or works-in-progress across all disciplines within the law.  The conference is open to all junior law faculty (one to seven years teaching experience) at law schools in the United States.  To ensure an atmosphere conducive to feedback, space is limited to twenty participants. 

               The conference will begin with a reception for all participants on Friday, October 4, 2013.  On Saturday, October 5, 2013, conference participants will present either a completed paper or work-in-progress, and comment on the papers and ideas presented by others.  As the host school, the Charleston School of Law will provide breakfast and lunch on Saturday, October 5th.  There is no registration fee.  Participants, however, are responsible for their own travel expenses. 

               To participate in the conference, please send an email to conference organizer, Professor Sheila B. Scheuerman at sscheuerman@charlestonlaw.edu by Monday, September 9, 2013.  Please note whether you will be attending the reception on Friday, October 4th in your email.  In addition, please include the title of your presentation topic and a short abstract.  Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to Sheila B. Scheuerman at the email address above.  

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Southeastern Law Scholars Conference

               The Charleston School of Law is pleased to host the fourth annual Southeastern Law Scholars Conference on October 4-5, 2013.  This regional conference will bring together junior law school faculty to present published papers or works-in-progress across all disciplines within the law.  The conference is open to all junior law faculty (one to seven years teaching experience) at law schools in the United States.  To ensure an atmosphere conducive to feedback, space is limited to twenty participants. 

               The conference will begin with a reception for all participants on Friday, October 4, 2013.  On Saturday, October 5, 2013, conference participants will present either a completed paper or work-in-progress, and comment on the papers and ideas presented by others.  As the host school, the Charleston School of Law will provide breakfast and lunch on Saturday, October 5th.  There is no registration fee.  Participants, however, are responsible for their own travel expenses. 

               To participate in the conference, please send an email to conference organizer, Professor Sheila B. Scheuerman at sscheuerman@charlestonlaw.edu by Monday, September 9, 2013.  Please note whether you will be attending the reception on Friday, October 4th in your email.  In addition, please include the title of your presentation topic and a short abstract.  Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to Sheila B. Scheuerman at the email address above.  

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Monday, July 08, 2013

CFP: Micro-Symposium: Stanley Fish and the Meaning of Academic Freedom

Call for Papers: Micro-Symposium: Stanley Fish and the Meaning of Academic Freedom

FIU Law Review and the FIU College of Law invite contributions for a Micro-Symposium, Stanley Fish and the Meaning of Academic Freedom, to be published in FIU Law Review in 2014. Micro-symposium commentaries will accompany the papers and proceedings of a live roundtable discussion on academic freedom and Stanley Fish’s forthcoming book, Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution. Roundtable participants include Dean Robert Post (Yale), Frederick Schauer (Virginia), Fish, and several others. The program will be held at FIU College of Law on Friday, January 24, 2014.

In the book, Fish argues

The academy is the place where knowledge is advanced, where the truth about matters physical, conceptual and social is sought. That’s the job, and that’s also the aspirational norm—the advancement of knowledge and the search for truth. The values of advancing knowledge and discovering truth are not extrinsic to academic activity; they constitute it. . . . These goods and values are also self-justifying in the sense that no higher, supervening, authority undergirds them; they undergird and direct the job and serve as a regulative ideal in relation to which  current ways of doing things can be assessed and perhaps reformed. (The “it’s just a job” is not positivism; it does not reify what is on the books.)

It follows from this specification of the academy’s internal goods that the job can be properly done only if it is undistorted by the interests of outside constituencies, that is, of constituencies that have something other than the search for truth in mind. There are thus limits both on the influences academics can acknowledge and the concerns they can take into account when doing their work. . . . It must be conducted (to return to the l915 Declaration) in “in a scholar’s spirit”, that is with a view to determining what is in fact the case and not with a view to affirming a favored or convenient conclusion. If that is the spirit that animates your academic work, you should be left free to do it, although, with respect to other parts of the job (conforming to departmental protocols, showing up in class, teaching to the syllabus), you are constrained. 

Commentaries may discuss any and all legal, ethical, moral, social, practical, personal, and theoretical aspects of academic freedom, Stanley Fish's new book, or his extensive body of work on academic freedom or any other topic. Interested commenters will be provided manuscripts of Fish's book, on request.

Commentaries can be a maximum of 600 words, including text, footnotes, and title.

Contributions must be received by October 1, 2013. Submit to: bcreg001@fiu.edu.

Expressions of interest, requests for the manuscript, and other inquiries can be directed to Ben Crego, Law Review Editor-in-Chief, at bcreg001@fiu.edu or to Prof. Ediberto Roman at romane@fiu.edu.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Conference on Privacy and Data Security

 GEORGE MASON LAW & ECONOMICS CENTER PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE ON THE LAW & ECONOMICS OF PRIVACY AND DATA SECURITY

 Wednesday, June 19, 2013

George Mason University School of Law (Arlington, VA)

 The Law & Economics Center’s Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies will present its Public Policy Conference on the Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security at George Mason University School of Law, Wednesday, June 19. The conference will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

OVERVIEW

This conference is organized by Henry N. Butler, Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center and George Mason Foundation Professor of Law, and James C. Cooper, Director, Research and Policy at the Law & Economics Center, and Lecturer in Law, George Mason University School of Law.

Consumers have an incredible array of technologies and services available to them online. As these technologies have progressed, there are growing questions as to what policies are best suited to protect consumers and encourage industry innovation. Topics include the role of the state attorneys general in enforcing privacy laws and a discussion of the rapidly changing landscape of spam, spyware, data portability and industry data retention guidelines.     

 REGISTRATION

You must pre-register for this event online at http://www.cvent.com/d/9cqbrj/4W. 

 

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Smith at jsmithq@gmu.edu or 703.993.8382.

 

 AGENDA

Wednesday, June 19, 2013   

 

PANEL 1: Privacy & Data Security: Substitutes and Complements

 

The opening panel will explore the relationship between privacy and data security. To what extent are they complements or substitutes? Is there too much focus on privacy in current policy debates?

 

PANEL 2: Privacy & Data Security Law: Harm and Unfairness

 

The second panel will examine the proper legal framework for dealing with privacy and data security issues, with special attention paid to the meaning of harm under the FTC Act.

 

LUNCHEON DISCUSSION: Privacy and the First Amendment

 

The luncheon program will address the extent to which privacy regulation implicates the First Amendment.

 

PANEL 3: Privacy Tradeoffs: What Do We Know?

 

What do we know about consumer demands for privacy and the efficacy of extant privacy regulation? This panel will examine the state of the empirical evidence germane to the privacy debate.

 

PANEL 4: Privacy and Competition: The Role of Privacy in Antitrust Analysis and How Privacy Regulation Affects Competition

 

The conference will conclude with a panel delving into the interface between privacy and antitrust. The panelists will discuss such issues as: Do firms compete by offering customers more privacy? What role should access to consumer data play in antitrust analysis? and How does privacy regulation affect competition?

 CONFIRMED PANELISTS (as of May 20, 2013):

  • J. Howard Beales III, Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy, The George Washington University School of Business
  • Daniel W. Caprio, Jr., Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant, McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP
  • James C. Cooper, Director, Research and Policy, Law & Economics Center and Lecturer in Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Lorrie F. Cranor, Associate Professor, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University and Director, CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory
  • Anna Davis, Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, Federal Trade Commission
  • Jim Halpert, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Woodrow N. Hartzog, Assistant Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
  • Jonathan Klick, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Tara Isa Koslov, Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
  • Ryan Kriger, Assistant Attorney General, State of Vermont Office of the Attorney General
  • Thomas M. Lenard, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • Paul Ohm, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado School of Law
  • Frank A. Pasquale, Schering-Plough Professor in Health Care Regulation and Enforcement, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Randal C. Picker, Leffmann Professor of Commercial Law, The University of Chicago Law School and Senior Fellow, The Computation Institute of The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
  • Sasha Romanosky, Microsoft Research Fellow, Information law Institute, New York University School of Law
  • ·        Paul H. Rubin, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics, Emory University
  • Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Catherine E. Tucker, Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Marketing, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Christopher S. Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School

 VENUE

Founders Hall Auditorium

George Mason University School of Law

3351 Fairfax Drive

Arlington, VA 22201

 

For further information on the Law & Economics Center, please visit http://www.masonlec.org.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CFP: Sixth Annual Junior Faculty Fed Courts Workshop


CALL FOR PAPERS:

Brooklyn Law School will host the Sixth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop on October 4-5, 2013.  The workshop pairs a senior scholar with a panel of junior scholars presenting works-in-progress.  Confirmed senior scholars will be announced shortly.

The workshop is open to non-tenured and recently tenured academics who teach and write in Federal Courts, Civil Rights Litigation, Civil Procedure, and other associated topics. Those who do not currently hold a faculty appointment but expect to do so beginning in fall 2014 are welcome. The program is also  open to scholars wanting to attend, read, and comment on papers but not present.  There is no registration fee.

The conference will begin with a dinner on Thursday, October 3, then panels on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. Each panel will consist of 4-5 junior scholars, with a senior scholar serving as moderator and commenter and leading a group discussion on the papers.  Brooklyn Law School will provide all meals for those attending the workshop, including a welcome dinner on Thursday and a reception on Friday.

Those wishing to present a paper must submit an Abstract by June 16, 2013. Papers will be selected by a committee of past participants; presenters will be notified by early July. Those planning to attend must register by August 26, 2013. 

We are setting up a web site and submission e-mail; we will provide all that information as the submission and registration dates draw near. Anyone wanting to submit right away can send abstracts to me at robin.effron@brooklaw.edu.

In the meantime, please save the dates of October 4-5.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Announcement: Father, Son, and Constitution

Tom and Ramsey Clark—Defining American Democracy for Three Quarters of a Century


Wohl-book-cover
When Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark resigned his seat on the bench at the youthful age of 67 after 18 years, his decision was unique in the annals of Court history: he was leaving so that his son Ramsey, just nominated as Attorney General, could assume the job Clark himself had once held without conflict of interest. As Alexander Wohl chronicles inside Father, Son, and Constitution: How Justice Tom Clark and Attorney General Ramsey Clark Shaped American Democracy (University Press of Kansas; $39.95; April 30, 2013), for nearly three quarters of a century, Tom and Ramsey Clark influenced presidents, policies, and legal rulings during careers that tracked closely with some of the most significant and controversial episodes in modern American history.

Highlighting the Clarks’ consistent effort to balance individual liberties with government power, Wohl examines how their work reflected the tensions that continue to resonate in today’s legal and policy battles. Politically, the two men evolved quite differently:

• As a young government lawyer, Tom Clark was a key figure in enforcing the relocation of Japanese Americans, and as Attorney General he was vilified by civil liberties advocates for the Cold War policies he implemented, even as he promoted a progressive strategy on civil rights.

• Ramsey Clark began his career to the ideological left of his father, was intimately involved in enforcement of civil rights laws during the turbulent 1960s, as Attorney General fought to expand protections of individual rights, and as a private attorney represented clients on the farthest reaches of the individual rights–government power spectrum.

A unique approach for understanding our nation’s history during the second half of the twentieth-century, Wohl’s study addresses such salient issues as: civil rights, free speech, government surveillance and rights of privacy, presidential power, and the role of judges in interpreting the Constitution. The Clarks’ lives and careers also offer a veritable who’s who of 20th-century American law and policy: from Tom’s close relationships with Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Sam Rayburn, and Earl Warren, to Ramsey’s connections with Robert Kennedy, LBJ, and Martin Luther King Jr. Both men befriended and battled J. Edgar Hoover and both were targets of political attack—twenty years apart—by Richard Nixon. At its fundamental core, however, Wohl’s book presents a moving and intimate portrait of a unique father-son relationship that endured through triumph and tribulation and that should appeal to anyone interested in how personal and political views intertwine in a highly public setting.

ABOUT ALEXANDER WOHL

Alexander Wohl, a former Supreme Court Judicial Fellow and Supreme Court correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, is an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Accolades

“A well-written, finely-crafted, and fascinating account of the lives and careers of two men who were linked together by blood and history. . . . A notable contribution to the political, legal, and social history of our times.” —Lawrence M. Friedman, author of A History of American Law

“Fills a significant void in the literature on the Supreme Court and American law and politics.” —David M. O’Brien, author of Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics

Father, Son, and Constitution: How Justice Tom Clark and Attorney General Ramsey Clark Shaped American Democracy By Alexander Wohl Published by University Press of Kansas • April 30, 2013 • Suggested retail: $39.95 Hardcover: 448 pages, 29 photographs, 6 x 9 • ISBN 978-0-7006-1916-0 

Available at amazon.com

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Symposium on the gender gap in the workplace

FIU Law Review will host Minding the Gap: Reflections on the Achievement Gap between Men and Women in the Workplace in 2013, this Friday, March 1. The conference is organized by my FIU colleague (and alumna Guest Prawf) Kerri Stone. Presenters include former guests Nancy Leong (Denver) and Marcia McCormick (Saint Louis), along with several top employment/employment discrimination scholars.

The symposium will be published in June 2013.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Chair Search at Tulane Law

Tulane University Law School is currently seeking candidates to fill its recently vacated chair in comparative law, the Eason-Weinmann Chair of Comparative Law, and one of two chairs without subject-matter restriction, the recently vacated Joseph Merrick Jones Chair of Law, and the new David Boies Distinguished Chair in Law. This position will entail an appointment to an endowed chair to be made at the level of tenured, full Professor of Law. The responsibilities of the Eason-Weinmann Chair of Comparative Law may include directorship of the Eason-Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law. Any chair includes scholarly research and publication; classroom teaching; participation in faculty governance; active involvement in student mentoring and counseling; engagement with faculty both within the Law School and throughout the University; together with other chairs and senior faculty, providing leadership for integrative research activities; significant engagement with academic institutions and professional organizations in international law, including frequent participation in meetings and symposia.

The qualifications required for the chairs are:

• Juris Doctor (J.D.) and/or Ph.D. in Law

• Broad recognition for scholarly distinction

• Established publication record

• Clearly developed long term research agenda

• Extensive teaching experience

Interested candidates should submit an application in hard copy or electronic form to the Chair of the Search Committee: Claire Moore Dickerson, Senator John B. Breaux Chair of Business Law, Tulane University Law School, 6329 Freret Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 USA, or via email at: claire.dickerson@tulane.edu

The application should include:

• A letter of interest highlighting experiences and accomplishments relevant to the position • A current curriculum vitae • Names of and contact information regarding three professional references.

Nominations of qualified candidates for one or more of the chair positions also are invited. Nominations should be submitted to Professor Dickerson at the address above. For further inquiries, please contact the search committee through Professor Dickerson at that same email address. Review of applications will begin in the fall and continue until completion. For further information about Tulane University Law School, consult:www.law.tulane.edu.

Tulane University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to diversifying its faculty.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Southeastern Law Scholars Conference

The Charleston School of Law is pleased to host the third annual Southeastern Law Scholars Conference on September 21-22, 2012.  This regional conference will bring together junior law school faculty to present published papers or works-in-progress across all disciplines within the law.  The conference is open to all junior law faculty (one to seven years teaching experience) at law schools in the United States.  To ensure an atmosphere conducive to feedback, space is limited to twenty participants. 

The conference will begin with a reception for all participants on Friday, September 21, 2012.  On Saturday, September 22, 2012, conference participants will present either a completed paper or work-in-progress, and comment on the papers and ideas presented by others.  As the host school, the Charleston School of Law will provide breakfast and lunch on Saturday, September 22.  There is no registration fee.  Participants, however, are responsible for their own travel expenses. 

To participate in the conference, please send an email to conference organizer, Professor Sheila B. Scheuerman at sscheuerman@charlestonlaw.edu by Friday, August 31, 2012.  Please note whether you will be attending the reception on Friday, September 21, in your email.  In addition, please include the title of your presentation topic.  A short abstract would also be helpful.  Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to Sheila B. Scheuerman at the email address above. 

 

 

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

2013-2015 Academic Fellowship Program at the The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2015 Academic Fellowship Program.  The application deadline is November 16, 2012. 

The Fellowship is a postdoctoral program designed to identify, cultivate and promote promising scholars early in their careers. Fellows are selected from among recent graduates, young academics and mid-career practitioners who are committed to spending two years in residence at the Center pursuing publishable independent research that is likely to make a significant contribution to the field of health law policy, medical innovation policy or bioethics. Our prior fellows have found employment as law professors at Harvard, UC Berkeley, BU, UCLA, Cornell, the University of Arizona, and the University of Illinois. 

Please see the full call for further details regarding eligibility, stipend and benefits, and application requirements: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/petrie-flom/fellowship/pdf/afcfa2013.pdf

 

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

4th Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop

The 4th Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop will (finally) take place at FIU beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. There is a terrific slate of papers on a wide range of Fed Courts issues, so it should make for some very interesting conversations. And we have a great group of senior mentors--Janet Alexander (Stanford), Susan Bandes (Miami), Ted Eisenberg (Cornell), Lee Epstein (USC), Marty Redish (Northwestern), and Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt).  A full schedule for the conference, with links to all the papers. is here.

And, if you weren't able to make it this time, know that plans for the 5th Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop are already under way: Tara Leigh Grove will host the next workshop at William & Mary next fall.

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Schedule: Junior Facutly Fed Courts Workshop

As previously announced, the Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop will be held at FIU College of Law on February 2-4, 2012.

The conference is open to non-presenters, both junior and senior; the cost for attendance is to read the papers and be ready to ask questions and make comments. For those attending, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suits Miami/Brickell-Downtown, 50 SW 12th Street, Miami. The block is for Thursday, February 2 through Saturday, February 4, although anyone wanting to stay over until Sunday morning can request the extra night. The conference rate is $ 209 per night. To reserve rooms, contact Christine Joo at (305) 377-9400 or c.joo@hospitalityamerica.com; tell her you are with this conference. Please call to reserve your room by January 5, 2012.

There will be a conference dinner on Thursday evening, at a restaurant within walking distance of the hotel and a dinner reception at the College of Law on Friday evening, following the last panels. We should be done by around 2 p.m. on Saturday. The College of Law will provide transportation between the hotel and the College of Law.

Papers will be posted to the FIU College of Law website (law.fiu.edu) by January 20.

The schedule of panels after the jump (thanks to Lou Mulligan and Jamelle Sharp, the two most recent hosts of the conference) for their help in selecting and organizing the papers.

Friday, February 3

Panel I: Judicial Decisionmaking (Mentor: Lee Epstein)

Margaret Thomas, The Federalism Canons of Statutory Interpretation as a Constraint on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Nancy Leong, Making Remedies

Elizabeth McCuskey, Clarity and Clarification: Grable Federal Questions in the Eyes of Their Beholders

Paul Gugliuzza, Patent Law's Uniformity Principle and the Consequences of Judicial Specialization 

Panel II: Judicial Capacity and Executive Action (Mentor: Susan Bandes)

Saul Zipkin, A Common Law Court in a Regulatory World

Andrew Coan, Judicial Capacity and the Substance of Constitutional Law

John Greabe, Making Use of Small Spaces: Re-Conceptualizing Rights as Sources of Judicial Lawmaking Authority

Sandra Sperino, Statutory Proximate Cause

Panel III: Structuring Litigation (Mentor: Theodore Eisenberg)

Corey Yung, Judging Styles

Josh Douglas, Procedural Fairness in Election Contests

Mark Spottswood, Evidence-Based Litigation Reform

Shay Lavie, The Malleability of Collective Litigation

Panel IV: State-Federal Relations (Mentor: Suzanna Sherry)

Verity Winship, Aligning Choice of Law and Choice of Forum

Sergio Campos, Erie as Enforcement Default Law

Samuel Jordan, Reconceptualizing Judicial Federalism

Charlton Copeland, Race, Trust and American Federalism

Saturday, February 4:

Panel V: Article III Jurisdiction (Mentor: Martin Redish)

Matt Hall, Standing to Defend

Dustin Benham, Article III's Promise to the Lower Federal Courts: An Irreducible Version of Judicial Power

Alex Glahausser, The Extension Clause and the Independence of the Supreme Court's Jurisdiction

Justin Pidot, Rethinking Jurisdictional Procedure: Promoting Justice, Efficiency and Separation of Powers

Panel VI: Interpretation (Mentor: Janet Alexander) 

Johanna Kalb, Intersystemic Treaty Interpretation: A Space for the State

Robin Effron, When the Perfect Becomes the Enemy of the Good: The Relatedness Problem in Personal Jurisdiction

Paul Stancil, Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Congressional Silence and the Statutory Interpretation Game

Robert Jones, Lessons from a Lost Constitution

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Deadline Looming: 4th Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop

The deadline for submitting abstracts is this Tuesday, November 15. Presentation spaces still available. Details can be found here.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Repost: 4th Annual Junior Fed Courts Faculty Workshop

This is a reposting and reminder of earlier announcement of the Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Court Workshop, which will be held February 2-4, 2012, at FIU College of Law.

The workshop pairs a senior scholar with a panel of junior scholars presenting works-in-progress. Five senior scholars have confirmed participation this year: Susan Bandes (University of Miami), Lee Epstein (USC), Theodore Eisenberg (Cornell University), Martin Redish (Northwestern University), Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt University).

This year, we are spreading the conference out over two days (meaning an extra day in Miami in February, not a bad thing). It begins with a dinner on Thursday, February 2, then panels on Friday and Saturday. Each panel will consist of 4-5 junior scholars, with a senior scholar serving as moderator and commenter and leading a group discussion on the papers.

The workshop is open to non-tenured and recently tenured academics who teach and write in Federal Courts, Civil Rights Litigation, and associated topics. Those who do not currently hold a faculty appointment but expect to do so beginning in fall 2012 are welcome. The program is also  open to scholars wanting to attend, read, and comment on papers but not present.  There is no registration fee.

Those wishing to present a paper should submit an Abstract (of no more than 250 words) by Tuesday, November 15 to howard.wasserman@fiu.edu. Papers will be selected by a committee of past participants; presenters will be notified by December 10. Those planning to attend must register by January 10, 2012. The program is also open to non-presenters who want to attend, read and comment on papers, and participate in the discussion.

More details will be forthcoming next month. In the meantime, if you are interested in presenting, please get your abstracts/proposals to me by the 15th.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on November 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM in Howard Wasserman, Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Monday, September 12, 2011

4th Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop

FIU College of Law will host the Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Court Workshop on February 2-4, 2012. This program was started at American University back in 2008 by PermaPrawf Steve Vladeck and has become an annual event in the Fed Courts scholarly community.

The workshop pairs a senior scholar with a panel of junior scholars presenting works-in-progress. Five senior scholars have confirmed participation this year: Susan Bandes (University of Miami), Lee Epstein (USC), Theodore Eisenberg (Cornell University), Martin Redish (Northwestern University), and Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt University).

This year, we are spreading the conference out over two days (meaning an extra day in Miami in February, not a bad thing). It begins with a dinner on Thursday, February 2, then panels on Friday and Saturday. Each panel will consist of 4-5 junior scholars, with a senior scholar serving as moderator and commenter and leading a group discussion on the papers.

The workshop is open to non-tenured and recently tenured academics who teach and write in Federal Courts, Civil Rights Litigation, and associated topics. Those who do not currently hold a faculty appointment but expect to do so beginning in fall 2012 are welcome. The program is also  open to scholars wanting to attend, read, and comment on papers but not present.  There is no registration fee.

FIU will cover all meals for those attending the workshop, including a welcome dinner on Thursday and reception on Friday. The College of Law has arranged for a discounted block of rooms at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables, as well as transportation to the College of Law. Go to the Conference website for more information.

Those wishing to present a paper must submit an Abstract by November 15. Papers will be selected by a committee of past participants; presenters will be notified by December 10. Those planning to attend must register by January 10, 2012. The program is also open to non-presenters who want to attend, read and comment on papers, and participate in the discussion.

We are setting up a web site and submission e-mail; we will provide all that information as the submission and registration dates draw near. Anyone wanting to submit right away can send abstracts to me at howard.wasserman@fiu.edu.

In the meantime, save the dates of February 2-4.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on September 12, 2011 at 09:31 AM in Howard Wasserman, Life of Law Schools, Sponsored Announcements, Teaching Law | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Race and Criminal Justice in the West

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Race and Criminal Justice in the West

Gonzaga University School of Law

Spokane, WA

Friday-Saturday, September 23-24, 2011

Sponsored by:

Gonzaga University School of Law

The Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System

Description

This conference seeks to examine the topic of race and the criminal justice system in the Western states.  Racial minorities continue to be overrepresented in our criminal justice system; yet too often concerns about the high arrest and incarceration rates are dismissed as simply the result of a high rate of criminality.  This conference will explore the role of bias, both conscious and unconscious, to ask whether race still matters in our criminal justice system.  While the emphasis will be on the West, we welcome papers and presentations focusing on other areas of the country, particularly ones that engage in comparative analyses. 

Examples of the topics we expect to explore include:

  • historical treatment of racial minorities with crime in the West
  • empirical research examining the role of racial bias in the criminal justice system
  • changing demographics and immigration reform
  • unique experiences of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinas/os, and Native Americans with the criminal justice system
  • role and impact of police actions, prosecutorial discretion, and judicial decisions
  • comparative analyses of the criminal justice in the West with other areas of the country
  • solutions for addressing the problem of racial bias

 

We invite scholars, practicing lawyers, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement officials, and engaged citizens to submit proposals for individual papers and presentations dealing with these and related issues.  We also seek your participation as panel moderators.

The Honorable Barbara Madsen, Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court, will be delivering the keynote address on Friday, September 23.

Papers selected for publication will be published by the Gonzaga Law Review in a special symposium issue.

We anticipate approving the conference for CLE credit.

Proposal Submissions

Proposals must contain the following information:

  • Name, Address, Phone, and e-mail
  • Title of Presentation and whether you seek, additionally, to submit a Paper for publication
  • A statement of up to 300 words explaining your topic

 We welcome suggestions for full or partial panels.  If you suggest a panel, please be certain to submit the above information for each participant. 

If you would be willing to serve as a moderator, please indicate that on your proposal.

Deadline for submission of proposals is June 6, 2011.  Please submit proposals via e-mail to Professor Jason Gillmer at jgillmer@lawschool.gonzaga.edu.  Those submitting can expect to receive a response by July 1, 2011. 

Final drafts of papers will be due October 24, 2011. Publication decisions for papers will be made by the Gonzaga Law Review.  

 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Racial Blindsight Conference at Michigan State

The Michigan State University College of Law is hosting a symposium entitled "Moving Beyond 'Racial Blindsight'? The Influence of Social Science Evidence after the North Carolina Racial Justice Act."  This webpage includes an introduction and an invitation for this upcoming event:

The North Carolina Racial Justice Act of 2009 (RJA) broke new ground in its recognition of the role that social science research can play in identifying racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

The RJA expressly authorizes a claimant to rely on statistical evidence of race of defendant discrimination, race of victim discrimination, or racial discrimination in jury selection.  This directly confronts the legacy of McCleskey v. Kemp(1987), which foreclosed the possibility of meaningful analysis of the role of race in death penalty systems by denying claimants the possibility of bringing claims based on social science research.  McCleskey left defendants in search of the ever-elusive smoking gun....

By allowing capital defendants to assert race discrimination through statistical evidence encompassing more than a single defendant’s case, the North Carolina legislature demonstrated a willingness to move beyond the McCleskeystraightjacket when addressing claims of race discrimination.  This symposium addresses not only the implication of such a remarkable shift for the death penalty in North Carolina, but also the possibility that the RJA heralds a new openness to the use of social science research to inform questions obscured through exclusive reliance on direct evidence.

The exact contours of the symposium are still taking shape. We are delighted to have confirmed participation from a number of scholars already, including David Baldus, Jeffrey Fagan, Sam Gross, and Michael Radelet.  If you have work that would contribute to this discussion, please consider participating.

 

Posted by Dan Markel on March 23, 2011 at 12:55 PM in Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

4th International Conference on the Globalization of Collective Litigation

FIU College of Law will host the 4th International Conference on the Globalization of Collective Litigation on Friday, December 10.  The program has been organized by Deborah Hensler (Stanford) and Manuel Gomez (my FIU colleague). The conference brings together academics, policy analysts, and practitioners to discuss issues of collective litigation around the world, with a special focus on Latin America.

 

 

Posted by Howard Wasserman on November 30, 2010 at 09:01 AM in Civil Procedure, Howard Wasserman, Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FIU Law Review Symposium Now On-Line

Podcasts of last week's symposium at FIU, Cure, Botch, or Opiate? Law, Politics, Policies, & the Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are available. It is worth a listen. The symposium hopefully will be published in Spring/Summer 2011.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on November 17, 2010 at 01:19 PM in Current Affairs, Howard Wasserman, Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

FIU Law Review Symposium: Cure, Botch, or Opiate?

This Friday, November 12, FIU Law Review and FIU College of Law will sponsor Cure, Botch, or Opiate? Law, Politics, Policies, & the Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a comprehensive discussion of the law and politics of health reform legislation. The symposium program is here .

Participants include Gerard Magliocca (Indiana-Indianapolis), David Rivkin, Ilya Shapiro (Cato Institute), Kevin Sack (The New York Times), David Freddoso (Washington Examiner), David Orentlicher (Indiana-Indianapolis), Frank Pasquale (Seton Hall and former GuestPrawf), Elizabeth Pendo (Saint Louis University), and Dr. Fernando Valverde (FIU Wertheim College of Medicine). My colleague Elizabeth Foley and I will serve as moderators.

Please stop by if you will be in Miami this Friday.


Posted by Howard Wasserman on November 9, 2010 at 09:19 AM in Howard Wasserman, Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gonzaga Law and the Curran Chair in Legal Ethics

Curran Chair

Gonzaga University School of Law seeks applications for the newly established Donald Curran and VaLena Scarpellli Curran Professor of Legal Ethics.  The purpose of this chair is to advance teaching and scholarship in the areas of ethics and professionalism.  The chair holder will be expected to fulfill the normal responsibilities of a faculty member and to be a leader in the area of professional development.  For example, the chair is expected to participate in seminars and projects with local, state, and national organizations, take an active interest in providing education to the bench and bar, and to publish regularly.  Tenured faculty applicants with a proven publication record are preferred.  The law school is strongly committed to diversifying its faculty and furthering Gonzaga’s mission as a Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic institution.   Application is encouraged by December 3, 2010.  To apply, send a resume and letter outlining relevant experience and teaching interests to Professor Cheryl Ann Beckett, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, Gonzaga University School of Law, P.O. Box 3528, Spokane, Washington 99220-3528, or contact Professor Beckett by e-mail at cbeckett@lawschool.gonzaga.edu.

 

Posted by Dan Markel on September 15, 2010 at 04:35 PM in Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Welcome to CALI's E-Landgell Sponsorship

We are thrilled to welcome the sponsorship of CALI (the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) for the next two months. CALI is beginning an initiative that should intrigue the Prawfs readership: they are about to begin publishing digital casebooks that can be distributed via readers such as Kindle and iPad and they are keen to have prawfs create and edit content for them to distribute. You can learn more about CALI's e-Landgell project over here. Thanks again, CALI, and welcome to Prawfs.

Posted by Dan Markel on June 22, 2010 at 08:30 PM in Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

FIU Law Review Symposium: Whither the Board? The National Labor Relations Board at 75

This Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, FIU Law Review will host a symposium, entitled Whither the Board? The National Labor Relations Board at 75. The keynote speaker is current NLRB Chair Wilma Liebman, with remarks by Board Member Peter Schaumber. Presenters include Prawf's own Matt Bodie, FIU College of Law Dean (and former Board member) Alex Acosta, and many of the top labor scholars and practitioners.

Kudos and congratulations to my FIU colleague Kerri Stone, and the Law Review editors, for putting together what promises to be a great program.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on March 23, 2010 at 04:28 PM in Howard Wasserman, Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Friday, May 29, 2009

Urgent Sponsored Announcement from University of Tusla

THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA COLLEGE OF LAW is urgently seeking a visitor to teach Environmental Law in either Fall 2009 or Spring 2010. The College of Law is particularly interested in talking to candidates who are also willing to teach International Environmental Law, European Union Law, International Law, Antitrust, Banking, Corporate finance, Securities or other business related courses. Candidates interested in teaching Environmental Law along with some other course not listed should also apply as there is some flexibility with respect to course offerings. The visit may be for one semester or for the full academic year. Salaries are negotiable depending upon length of appointment and qualifications. Candidates must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school. We seek candidates with superior academic records from highly-regarded J.D. and/or graduate law programs who have a proven record of excellence in teaching and scholarship or have, through their professional and academic performance demonstrated superior potential to excel as teachers and scholars. The University of Tulsa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversifying its faculty and staff. Members of under-represented groups (including people of color, people with disabilities, women and veterans) are strongly encouraged to apply. Please submit (1) letters of interest indicating qualifications and other teaching interests, (2( a current curriculum vitae, and (3) letter of recommendation to Assoc. Professor Tamara Piety, Chair, Appointments Committee, University of Tulsa College of Law, 3120 E. Fourth Place., Tulsa, OK 74104, or by email to tamara-piety@utulsa.edu.

Posted by Dan Markel on May 29, 2009 at 06:32 PM in Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Hello and a Conference Announcement

Thank you so much to Dan and PrawfsBlawg for inviting me to post here again. I teach at Gonzaga University School of Law in eastern Washington State, where Mother Nature played a bit of an April Fool's Day joke on us this week by fooling us into thinking that winter had ended. Hopefully better weather will greet us for the start of the baseball season this Sunday evening!

I look forward to posting on an assortment of topics this month, but let me begin with a conference announcement that hopefully will interest some readers. Our law school co-directs the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning with Washburn University School of Law, and this June 23-24 we are hosting the Institute's summer conference, Implementing Best Practices and Educating Lawyers: Teaching Skills and Professionalism across the Curriculum. The program looks great, and the Spokane area is quite lovely in the summer, so we hope to see many of you here. Full details on the conference can be found in the most recent edition of The Law Teacher.

Posted by Brooks Holland on April 2, 2009 at 07:26 PM in Blogging, Sponsored Announcements, Teaching Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Advertisement: Legal Writing Competition Sponsored by the Pacific Legal Foundation

To augment the ongoing efforts of the Program for Judicial Awareness to encourage legal scholarship related to Pacific Legal Foundation’s litigation objectives, we are pleased to announce three new awards, made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

FOR LAW STUDENTS:

The John Templeton Foundation Essay on Freedom and Free Enterprise
$5,000

The Program for Judicial Awareness invites students enrolled in law schools in the United States to submit original, publishable essays related to one or more of the Legal Objectives of Pacific Legal Foundation. The successful essay, suitable for publication in a law review or comparable academic journal, should draw together issues of public policy, matters of constitutional interpretation, and current legal precedent to postulate how statutes or policies should be applied in order to protect freedom and defend free enterprise. Submissions must be received by July 1, 2008, and the $5,000 award to the winning entry will be announced on August 29, 2008.

FOR NON-TENURED LAW PROFESSORS:

The John Templeton Foundation Academic Scholarship Award
$5,000

This award encourages junior faculty members at American law schools to add to the body of legal-academic scholarship in support of freedom and free enterprise. Parallel to the student essay competition described above, entries should consist of original, publishable papers relating to one or more of Pacific Legal Foundation’s Legal Objectives. The entry deemed by the Program for Judicial Awareness to best meet these criteria will be awarded The John Templeton Foundation Academic Scholarship Award of $5,000. Submissions must be received by July 1, 2008, and the award will be announced on August 29, 2008.

FOR TENURED LAW PROFESSORS:

The John Templeton Foundation Academic Scholarship Award
$5,000

Tenured professors at law schools in the United States are invited to submit proposals for research leading to the publication of a law review article or comparable legal scholarship. The thesis of the proposed research should relate to one or more of Pacific Legal Foundation’s litigation Objectives and to the protection or advancement of freedom and free enterprise. The proposal that, in the judgment of the Program for Judicial Awareness, best meets these criteria will be awarded the John Templeton Foundation Legal Research Grant. Proposals must be received by July 1, 2008, to qualify for the 2008 grant. For details, contact Cindy Turpin.

Posted by Dan Markel on April 30, 2008 at 09:43 AM in Sponsored Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack