Making and Teaching "Real" Family Law: 

Making and Teaching "Real" Family Law:
A Celebration of the Scholarship and Service of Professor Margo Melli 6th Annual Midwest Family Law Consortium Workshop
April 5-7, 2013

The University of Wisconsin Law School and the Institute for Legal Studies are jointly sponsoring the 6th Annual Midwest Family Law Consortium Workshop at the Pyle Center on the UW campus. The Workshop theme – Making and Teaching “Real” Family Law – reflects and celebrates the scholarly and professional contributions of Professor Emerita Marygold Melli.

The Workshop theme is intended to be inclusive. Papers or panels on any family law topic of broad interest are encouraged, including both public and private family law as well as social work and the social sciences. Professors who are engaged in the scholarship of teaching who would like to present their insights on family law education issues are likewise encouraged to submit proposals for papers or for demonstrations of pedagogy.

Possible panel topics include:
Family Law & Low-Income Families
Innovations in Teaching
Race, Culture, Class and Sexual Orientation in Family Law
The Stories Behind the Cases
The Future of Spousal Support
Inequality and Social Mobility

In addition to regular conference presentations, the meeting will include “Works in Progress” sessions and “Thoughts Out Loud” sessions. These workshop sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for discussion of scholarly work at an early stage. Works in Progress workshop participants will be asked to circulate a 3 to 5 page written discussion summary of their project to other participants before the meeting date. Thoughts Out Loud workshop participants will be asked to circulate a one-page written overview or outline of their project to other participants in advance.
Interested persons should submit proposals using the registration and proposal form linked to the workshop website: Please plan to provide a title and short synopsis of your proposal. The form also allows you to include a short bio statement which will be included in workshop materials.

Proposals submitted before September 21st will be given priority consideration. If you have questions about the Call for Proposals or other program plans, please contact the Workshop Co-Chairs, Professors Tonya Brito ( and Marsha Mansfield ( If you have questions about logistics or other information on the workshop website, contact Pam Hollenhorst, Associate Director of the Institute for Legal Studies, at A draft program, list of abstracts and bio statements eventually will be posted on the workshop website, which also includes hotel information and other details. Please bookmark this page:

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