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Friday, May 27, 2016

Opportunities for Feedback on Scholarship

Yesterday, I returned from the Eighth Annual Junior Scholars-in-Intellectual Property Workshop (JSIP) at Michigan State University College of Law where I received excellent feedback on a forthcoming paper.  The workshop, organized and hosted by Adam Candeub and Sean Pager, pairs each junior scholar with two more senior scholars who carefully read and critique the papers.  Because the workshop is small, all attendees read the papers and provide additional comments.  This was the second time I attended JSIP (and, unfortunately, the last as a "junior" scholar).  Like last time, I left the workshop feeling very lucky to have had the opportunity to get such substantial and helpful feedback on my work.

The Junior Federal Courts Workshop, which has a similar format as JSIP (although larger), is another conference I've participated in more than once, and have gotten really good comments on paper drafts.  Since it can be difficult for new scholars to determine which workshops, conferences, roundtables, etc. are the "best" in terms of feedback, I thought I'd ask the PrawfsBlawg community to weigh in on that question and share thoughts and experiences.  

Posted by Megan La Belle on May 27, 2016 at 06:40 PM | Permalink


For the IP Crowd, a recently organized Junior Intellectual Property Scholars Association (JIPSA) holds regular workshop style events, much like the JSIP event at MSU. I have attended JSIP twice, and two JIPSA workshops, and I get better feedback at those events than any others. Jan Osei-Tutu at FIU and Patricia Judd at Washburn are the masterminds behind JIPSA, if you are interested in participating in future events.

In addition, the IP Scholars Conference, typically held in August, and Works-in-Progress in IP, typically held in February, have both experimented with a draft-required track, not unlike what I've heard about Privacy Law Scholars. The IP community generally is welcoming to junior scholars (at least in my experience, and compared to the stories I hear from colleagues in other disciplines).

Finally, like faculty seminars at Miami, visitors to Florida State typically find an engaged faculty panel where many of the participants have read the draft and all are ready and willing to press the presenter.

Posted by: Jake Linford | May 31, 2016 9:44:56 AM

For the techlaw crowd, Privacy Law Scholars and (I hope) We Robot, although they're very different. PLSC is multi-track, and I think the barrier to paper acceptance must be reasonably low, since they run on many simultaneous tracks and so far have always take my papers. We Robot is single-track, and accepts less than 25% sent, but the feedback is from both a discussant and the plenary.

I'd also give a shout-out to faculty seminars at U.Miami. Visitors constantly tell us that we give some of the best feedback they get anywhere, and I am all too willing to believe it.

Posted by: Michael Froomkin | May 27, 2016 7:09:28 PM

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