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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Conferences aimed at junior faculty

For the last few days, I’ve been at the Law and Society conference in Montreal.  One of the things that I have learned from talking with people here is that there are a lot of different conferences aimed at junior faculty, and that many junior faculty with whom I’ve spoken do not know about them. It seems like it would be useful to put together a list enumerating these conferences and giving a bit of information about each one. (Some conferences, like Law and Society, are open to everyone; others, like the junior crim profs gathering in DC every summer, are limited to specific topics; and others still, like SEALS, are limited to specific geographic areas.) 

I would really appreciate it if anyone involved in a conference targeted at junior faculty would send me an email (in the next week or so) giving the name of the conference, when it is usually held, who is welcome,  and who to contact if people are interested in attending or presenting.  Since this is the last day of my blogging, I’ll send the list to Dan for posting.  My email address is [email protected] Thanks.

Posted by Andy Hessick on May 31, 2008 at 04:37 PM | Permalink


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For junior faculty in the Pacific NW and beyond, there is the Willamette Valley Junior Faculty Workshop, held thrice yearly. The conference rotates between Oregon, Lewis & Clark, and Willamette, and will be taking place this fall at Willamette on Friday, October 10th. Please contact me if you want to attend or take part, either this fall or this spring!

Posted by: Laura | Sep 10, 2008 6:03:28 PM

As for IP, check out:


the big ones coming up are Stanford IPSC in August and Tulane WIPIP in October. Still time to apply to present at the latter, I think. Seton Hall will host it in 2009.

health law's big one for junior scholars is the st. louis health law scholars workshop, but that's competitive. The Health Law Profs conference (in cleveland next year, i think @ case western) is a good place to start.

Posted by: Frank | Jul 18, 2008 8:29:19 AM

Just to follow up, the junior crim prof one this year will be meeting on August 8 in DC at GWU. If you're interested in attending, contact Jennifer Collins at Wake Forest. In future years, Laura Appleman and Alice Ristroph will be heading it up though it's likely it will still stay at GWU.

Posted by: Dan Markel | Jun 2, 2008 7:44:39 PM

Andy, I'm glad you mentioned this. Just to get the ball rolling, here's some info I know about:
there's a family law one with which Jennifer Collins from Wake Forest is involved, which I think is meeting in June; a crim prof one with which Orin Kerr, Jennifer Collins and Alice Ristroph are involved, and that one meets in August usually at GW for a day; there's one for junior fed cts scholars that I think Steve Vladeck and Amanda Frost are involved with; i'm quite sure there's one for IP scholars, or several, and I'm guessing Frank Pasquale would have relevant info.

And for what it's worth, I think Alice Ristroph and I will plan to organize some panels at Law and Society next year to create a mini conference within a conference for people interested in crim law matters with a theoretical bent. So please contact one of us if you're interested in that.

Last, conferences like SEALS are generally open to everyone but they try to put together some panels for introducing juniors to the academy. It's the kind of conference where if you're not invited or delegated to present from your school, you can go and then likely express interest for the following year. It's an unusually relaxed and inclusive conference without the frenetic vibe that normally appears prominently at LSA and AALS conferences.

Posted by: Dan Markel | Jun 1, 2008 11:39:53 AM

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