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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Opportunities to present for young (and old) scholars

My friend Rose Villazor is putting together an appendix for an AALS newbie conference presentation having to do with where prawfs can present works in progress. She has already done an admirable job in gathering information but I figured we might usefully crowdsource here.

So take a look at the list after the jump below (forgive the formatting errors; damn you Word!) and use the comments to share any other venues that you know about where folks can try to present a work in progress, eg., conferences, workshops, colloquia, etc.

I'll add a few that I'm aware of or involved with right at the top: The NYU Crim Law Theory colloquium that Mike Cahill and I run; Prawfsfest!; the ASU Young Scholars gathering in mid-March; and the Law and Society Crimprof shadow conference.  

Appendix [1]


I.                General Conferences


  1. AALS – January
  2. LatCrit (every two years)
  3. People of Color Conferences
    1.                                                     i.     Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF)
    2.                                                   ii.     National People of Color Conference (every five years with the last one held in 2008)
    3.                                                 iii.     Regional People of Color Conferences
    4. Regional Law Schools Associations Conferences
      1.                                                     i.     Central Association of Law Schools
      2.                                                   ii.     Midwest Association of Law Schools
      3.                                                 iii.     Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) (typically July/August)
    5. Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)

 II.              Specialized Conferences


  1. AALS Sections Works-in-Progress Programs
  2. American Law and Economics Association (ALEA)
  3. American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  4. American Society of Comparative Law
  5. American Society for Legal History
  6. Annual Indigenous Law Conference
  7. Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA)
  8. Clinical Writers Workshop
  9. Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS)
  10. Immigration Law Teachers Workshop
  11. Labor & Employment Colloquium
  12. Law and Society (typically in June)
  13.                                                     i.     Regional Law & Society Conferences
  1. Law, Culture and Humanities (typically in March/April)
  2. Legal History Conference
  3. Property Works-in-Progress
  4. Syracuse Law School Center on Property, Citizenship and Social Entrepreneurism
  5. Western Empirical Legal Studies


III.            Junior Scholars Writing Competitions for Pre-Published Papers


  1. AALS Annual Junior Scholars Writing Competition
  2. AALS New Voices Call for Papers
  3. AALS Sections Writing Competitions
  4. George Washington Center for Law, Economics and Finance Junior Faculty Workshop (C-LEAF)
  5. Harvard/Yale/Stanford Junior Scholars Forum
  6. Law & Humanities Junior Scholars Workshop (Columbia, USC, UCLA and Georgetown)
  7. New Voices in Civil Justice Scholarship Workshop
  8. SEALS Call for Papers


IV.            Junior Faculty Workshops


  1. Emerging Family Law
  2. Emerging Immigration Law Teachers & Scholars
  3. Emerging Scholars Conference (Chapman)
  4. Junior Faculty Criminal Law Workshop
  5. Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop
  6. Junior Faculty Forum for International Law (NYU)
  7. Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property
  8. Junior Faculty Interdisciplinary Scholarship Workshop
  9. New Perspectives in Comparative Law
  10. SALT Junior Faculty Development Workshop
  11. Southeastern Law Scholars Conference

 V.              Colloquia/Workshops (Subject Specific) [2]


  1. Boston College Legal History Roundtable
  2. Columbia & Fordham Critical Race Theory
  3. Duke International & Comparative Law
  4. Emory’s Feminism & Legal Theory Project
  5. Georgetown Law & Economics
  6. Harvard’s International Law
  7. Hofstra’s Colloquium on Law & Citizenship
  8. Hofstra’s Colloquium on Law & Sexuality
  9. Indiana Law, Society & Culture
  10. Loyola Tax
  11. Minnesota Law & History
  12. Northwestern Constitutional Law
  13. NYU’s Colloquium on the Law, Economics and Politics of Urban Affairs
  14. Santa Clara Social Justice
  15. Temple International Law
  16. University of Miami Legal Theory Workshop
  17. UC Berkeley Law & Society
  18. UCLA Legal Theory
  19. Virginia Law & Economics
  20. Wisconsin Institute for Legal Studies
  21. Yale Law & Economics




[1] Please note that the information provided in this Appendix is by far not exhaustive.  Visit individual schools’ websites for additional information regarding conferences, workshops, call for papers, etc.  Also, visit www.legalscholarshipblog.com for further information.

[2] Again, this list does not provide the complete list of workshops and colloquia within each institution specifically and the legal academy generally.  Most schools have general and specialized workshops and colloquia.  Visit a school’s website to get information about the types of workshops and colloquia available in that institution.



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SLU sponsors an annual Health Law Scholars Workshop in which faculty new to health law and bioethics present works-in-progress and receive critiques from experienced scholars and teachers in the field.

Posted by: Anders Walker | May 8, 2012 5:05:21 PM

Harvard Health Law, Bioethics, and Biotechnology

Posted by: I. Glenn Cohen | May 2, 2012 10:26:17 AM

Thanks again! I am going to revise my talk to mention what both Jeff and Sarah noted: there are some workshops/colloquia that are more selective than others.

Posted by: Rose Villazor | May 1, 2012 9:11:06 PM

More: the National Tax Association Annual Conference on Taxation, which does have an application process but accepts many papers (and increasingly has a law professor presence), the Critical Tax Theory Conference (annual, basically takes all comers), the Duke Tax Policy Workshop (new this year, by invitation only), the Washburn Tax Law Colloquium (annual, by invitation only), and the McGill Tax Policy Workshop (by invitation only).

Posted by: Sarah L. | May 1, 2012 7:42:48 PM

In addition to Loyola's tax policy colloquium, other active tax colloquia include (and I may be omitting some) Boston College, Columbia, Connecticut, Indiana-Bloomington, Michigan, NYU, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, San Diego, and Toronto. Links are available on the sidebar of TaxProf, http://taxprof.typepad.com/. All of those are by invitation. Also, the Junior Tax Scholars Workshop, which does not take all comers, but isn't exactly selective either--there's just limited space.

Posted by: Sarah L. | May 1, 2012 7:37:11 PM

Thanks for posting this, Dan, and thanks to those who commented. Please keep the suggestions coming!

Posted by: Rose Villazor | May 1, 2012 4:51:21 PM

On the ADR side - AALS ADR Section Works-in-Progress Conference (I know, already implied, but wanted to give it a plug), ABA Dispute Resolution Section - Legal Educators Colloquium

Posted by: Art | May 1, 2012 2:40:18 PM

Rookie question from a new VAP: How long is the typical WIP presentation-- are we talking more like 15 minutes or more like 45? What's the split between presenting and Q/A? I have looked on the websites for a lot of conferences and it's really hard to get that information. Thanks!

Posted by: junior mint | May 1, 2012 2:13:22 PM

Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network -- organized within Law & Society but will usually have one additional, free-standing conference each year.

Posted by: Jennifer Hendricks | May 1, 2012 1:52:27 PM

Dan, great idea - it might be helpful to flag these "Not selective, moderately selective, highly selective)" or something like that. For example, getting to present at Law & Society is easy; the same cannot be said for the Stanford/Yale Forum. AALS is probably somewhere in the middle. I don't know if there's an inverse relationship between ease of acceptance and quality of feedback, but I suspect there is.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | May 1, 2012 11:55:24 AM

IP Scholars, Works in Progress in IP, Privacy Scholars, and Internet Law Works in Progress.

Posted by: James Grimmelmann | May 1, 2012 11:25:47 AM

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