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Valparaiso University Law School - Exploding Prison Populations and Drug Offenders: Rethinking State Drug Sentencing Call For Papers 

Valparaiso University Law School on November 9, 2012

Frequently, state sentencing approaches to drug offenses fail to distinguish between serious traffickers and low-level violators. For example, in Indiana, a person selling $40 worth of crack cocaine faces the same sentence (i.e., 20 to 50 years in prison) as a major drug dealer. Indiana’s framework presents an extreme example of this phenomenon, but Indiana is not alone in its approach; many other states are experiencing unintended consequences of similar policies. Long-term sentences for low-level drug offenders have contributed to the exponential growth in many states’ prison populations. Frequently, commentators question whether the expenses of this non-differentiating methodology are warranted in human and other costs. Among other topics, the conference will examine (1) whether the current system can be justified; (2) the deterrent effect on drug usage of long-term incarceration and widespread imprisonment; and, (3) whether the likelihood of apprehension and conviction affects the market for drugs. Submissions relating to drug sentencing are welcomed, especially submissions on the following subjects:

The costs and benefits to taxpayers of incarcerating low-level drug offenders
The impact of drug sentencing laws on minority groups and other affected communities
Whether the science of addiction can inform decisions regarding optimal responses to drug use and sales
Legislative approaches to the challenges of incarceration for drug offenses

Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of the Valparaiso University Law Review. To submit a paper for presentation at the conference, please provide an abstract of you work by email submission no later than Monday, August 27, 2012. It should be addressed to Melissa Mundt, Associate Director of Academic Services, Valparaiso University Law at Melissa.Mundt AT valpo.edu.

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AALS call for papers on Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public 

The AALS Section on Criminal Justice will hold a panel during the AALS 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans entitled: Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public.

We are soliciting papers to consider for presentation in conjunction with this panel. Current confirmed speakers on this distinguished panel include Christopher Slobogin, Vanderbilt University Law School, Tracy Meares, Yale Law School, and Orin Kerr, George Washington University School of Law. The panel will be moderated by Andrew G. Ferguson, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

Panel: Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public

New mass surveillance technologies are changing Fourth Amendment protections in public. Enhanced video cameras, GPS location devices, license plate readers, mobile body scanners, backscatter x-ray vans, facial recognition technology, drones, and satellite imaging, in combination, can all be directed at targeted geographic areas. Combined with, or replacing, traditional “stop and frisk” or police surveillance tactics, these technologies have the potential to alter Fourth Amendment protections. At the same time, intelligence-led policing strategies involving crime mapping and analysis have allowed law enforcement to identify areas of crime for targeted police intervention. This panel looks at the constitutional implications of these developments on the expectation of privacy.

Eligibility and Due Date:
Faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students and fellows are not eligible to submit. This call for papers is limited to those who have been teaching for six years or fewer as of July 1, 2012. The due date for submission is August 15, 2012. Any paper that has not yet been the subject of an offer of publication by August 15, 2012, is eligible for submission.

To facilitate anonymous review, please submit papers in electronic form to Professor Giovanna Shay (giovanna.shay@law.wne.edu). The paper should have identifying information contained on a cover sheet only; the cover page will be removed before the paper is distributed for review. The cover sheet should also include the year you began law teaching and a statement that the paper has not yet received any offers of publication.

Registration Fees and Expenses

Call for Papers participants will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Paper Review and Notification of Acceptance

Papers will be selected after review by members of the Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by November 1, 2012.

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BlackRock and the National Association of Corporate Directors' Call For Papers -- Innovation in Corporate Governance 

BlackRock and the National Association of Corporate Directors' invitation to undergraduate and graduate students, PhD researchers and university faculty to participate in a global challenge to apply the latest in academic theory to develop innovative corporate governance practices. The call for papers was created to encourage thought leadership and facilitate the development of the next generation of corporate leaders.

Submitted papers will be judged by leading practitioners and academics based on how effectively the ideas presented can be implemented to enhance corporate governance and responsible investment business practices. In addition to cash awards, winners will be recognized at NACD’s 2013 Spring Forum where they will have an opportunity to present their winning ideas to corporate directors and other business leaders.

"The call for papers gives students and faculty a rare opportunity to directly reach corporate leaders in developing innovative business practices and shaping the future of corporate governance," said Myron T. Steele, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, who is chairing the evaluation committee.

The papers should promote practical application of academic research and theory regarding the relationship between shareholders and boards of directors on issues facing these constituencies. Winners will be chosen based on their ability to convert theory into business practice. Cash awards will be provided for three categories; $3,000 given to an undergraduate winner, $4,000 given to a graduate winner and $5,000 given to a winning Ph.D. or faculty submission.

"This is a great opportunity for the next generation of corporate leaders – college students and faculty – to articulate their ideas to strengthen corporate trust and confidence," said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD.

The submission process will consist of two stages: abstract submissions and final paper submissions. Abstracts are due by June 1, 2012 to corporategovernance@blackrock.com. Those selected to submit a full paper will be notified by July 1, 2012, and final paper submissions are due by Sept. 30, 2012.

Papers must be academically sound, as determined by a panel of academic experts, and the winners will be selected based on the applicability and usefulness of their idea from a practitioner perspective. To learn more about the program, please www.nacdonline.org/callforpapers or submit any questions to corporategovernance@blackrock.com.

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Call For Papers -- Institutional Responsibility for Sex and Gender Exploitation 

AALS Section on Women in Legal Education
AALS 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Submissions should be of scholarship relating to the topic of Institutional Responsibility for Sex and Gender Exploitation, but they can be on any dimension or strand of the general topic. There is a maximum 25,000 word limit (inclusive of footnotes) for the submission. People submitting papers for consideration must be willing to have the paper published as part of the symposium, if the author is selected as the fifth speaker for the panel. Each professor may submit only one paper for consideration. The papers will be published as a Symposium in the Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice.

Papers will be reviewed anonymously. The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter with the author’s name and contact information. The manuscript itself, including title page and footnotes, must not contain any references that identify the author or the author’s school. The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes.

To be considered, papers must be submitted electronically to Professor Kirsten Davis, Stetson University College of Law, kkdavis@law.stetson.edu. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The author of the selected paper will be notified by October 1, 2012. The Call for Paper participant will be responsible for paying his or her own annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting (and not full-time on a different faculty), and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit.

Papers will be selected after review by an ad hoc committee composed of Section Executive Committee members.

Any inquiries about the Call for Papers should be submitted to: Professor Kirsten Davis, Stetson University College of Law, kkdavis@law.stetson.edu , or 727-562-7877.

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Call For Papers CELS 2012 - Seventh Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies 

Seventh Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies
Stanford University Law School on November 9-10, 2012

Paper Submission Deadline: Sunday July 8, 2012, midnight (PST)

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: SELS works with the Social Science Research Network to provide online paper submission. To submit a paper for consideration, please go to the CELS 2012 Conference page on SSRN - https://hq.ssrn.com/login/authentication.cfm?conflink=CELS-2012. (Do not go through the regular SSRN paper submission system.) There is no charge for submissions. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For information about the Society for Empirical Legal Studies please visit: http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/sels

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Call for Participation Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association Inaugural Conference 

Law, Society and the Social Good
October 19-20, 2012
Drexel University, Earle Mack School of Law, Philadelphia, PA


Our theme is purposely broad and encompassing. But we are especially interested in considering the manner in which knowledge obtained from socio-legal research can be used to understand and engage with the social good. Other law and society topics are welcome.

The DEADLINE for submission of paper proposals and other forms of participation is August 1, 2012.

We seek papers, panels, and roundtables aimed at stimulating conversations that will build bridges across the range of law and society topics. We anticipate organizing different kinds of presentations, including both traditional panels for completed papers and workshops for projects and ideas still in development; we welcome proposals that let participants share and respond to intellectual projects in thoughtful and enjoyable ways. We are particularly interested in proposals that cross national, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.

Graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to apply and the conference will provide targeted opportunities for networking and feedback for early career scholars.
We look forward to receiving your submissions via email to: malsa@drexel.edu

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2012 Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest 

Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
December 15-17, 2012 FGV Law School Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

APPLICATION AND COST INFORMATION
The application form is available now at http://jotformpro.com/form/21173970862962. Due to generous support from our sponsors, the Congress will cover the registration fees and all on-site costs for all attendees, including lunches and dinner receptions. Limited travel grants to cover accommodation and/or travel to the Congress will be available, with priorities for those from developing countries.

DEADLINES
Priority applications for travel assistance and to present or chair a workshop at the Congress will be due by August 1, 2012.
Final applications for travel grants, subject to funding availability, as well as applications to present at the Congress, will be due by September 1, 2012.
Applicants not seeking travel assistance or presentation opportunities may apply to attend the Congress by November 1, 2012.

BACKGROUND AND EXPLANATION OF THE THEME
The first Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest was convened in 2011 to define a positive agenda for policy reform, build a global network of scholars and advocates to promote the agenda and provide opportunities for the sharing of research and strategies. The nearly 200 inaugural participants from over 30 countries and 6 continents deliberated over three days through in-person meetings and web-based collaboration to produce the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (http://infojustice.org/washington-declaration) -- an action agenda for promoting the public interest in intellectual property and information law reform around the world.
Sixteen months later, we come together to measure our progress and expand the positive agenda. To this end, we invite applications to attend the Congress and contribute to its deliberations identifying forums where policy is being developed, proposing policies or actions that promote public interest goals and principles, and identifying and planning to respond to research and analysis needs.

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Critical legal conference 2012 -- Gardens of Justice 

The conference venue is Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) in Stockholm. The conference is organised by Skolan för datavetenskap och kommunikation, KTH; Juridiska institutionen, Lunds universitet; and Juridiska institutionen, Göteborgs universitet.

Stockholm, 14-16 September, 2012

The theme for next year’s Critical Legal Conference is “Gardens of Justice”. Although the theme may be interpreted in different ways, it suggests thinking about law and justice as a physical as well as a social environment, created for specific purposes, at a certain distance from society and yet as an integral part of it. The theme also invites you to think about justice as a concrete metaphor rather than an abstract concept. Just like any ordinary garden, legal institutions affect both people working in them and people who are just passing through their arrangements.

The theme “Gardens of Justice” further suggests a plurality of justice gardens that function together or that are at times at odds with each other. There are for instance well ordered French gardens, with meticulously trimmed plants and straight angles, but that also plays tricks on your perception. There are English gardens that simultaneously look natural – un-written – and well kept, inviting you to take a slow stroll or perhaps sit down and read a book. There are closed gardens, surrounded by fences, and with limited access for ordinary people. There are gardens organized around ruins, let’s call them Roman gardens, where you can get a sense of the historical past, but without feeling threatened by its strangeness. There are Japanese stone gardens made for meditation rather than movement. There are zoological gardens, where you can study all those animal species that do not have a proper sense of justice, no social contracts, no inequality and social injustice, and no legal systems. There is, indeed, the Jungle, a real or imaginary place outside the Gardens of Law.

The conference “Gardens of Justice” invites you to look at law and justice from a different and critical perspective:
- as a physical and spatializing structure;
- as a place where symbolic orders and disorders become visible and may be acted out;
- as therapy session;
- as social topography and/or geography;
- as gendered and gendering;
- as pluralistic and (un)fair;
- as political cartography on a global scale;
- as process and phantasy;
- as theatre and/or temple of justice;
- as social utopia and social dystopia;
- as nomos and/or physis.

We encourage you to make your own interpretations of the theme of “Gardens of Justice”. We invite individual papers and proposals for streams, roundtables and workshops. Proposals should consist of a short abstract (max 250 words). Deadline for proposal of streams, roundtables and workshops is 31 March 2012; and for individual papers 31 May 2012.

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CALL FOR PAPERS IFA USA BRANCH INTERNATIONAL TAX RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 

INTERNATIONAL FISCAL ASSOCIATION
2012 WORLD CONGRESS IN BOSTON
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012


The 2012 IFA USA Branch International Tax Symposium will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 in Boston, USA.
The International Fiscal Association supports the Symposium, which will be held in conjunction with the 2012 Annual
World Congress of the International Fiscal Association, September 30 - October 4, 2012. The website for the
Symposium is http://www.ifaboston2012.com/symposium. Registration fees are included in the registration for the
World Congress.

RESEARCH DOMAIN
Papers are welcome on any topic relating to taxation from international activities, applying any research methodology.
Authors from anywhere in the world may apply. Submissions of papers related to the main subjects of the Congress
are encouraged. These are Enterprise Services and The Debt-Equity Conundrum.

GUIDELINES
Eligible for submission are working papers that have not been accepted for publication.
Contents of the cover page of each submission: title, each author’s name and affiliation, address and email,
purpose/topic of research, research methodology.
Authors of accepted papers will be expected to participate in the 2012 World Congress of the International Fiscal
Association and pay associated registration fees.

KEY DATES
June 1, 2012 - Submit either (1) an extended abstract with paper title, name of authors and description of
approximately 300 words, or (2) the full paper to all members of the program committee, below, with “IFA USA
Symposium” in the subject line.
June 15, 2012 - Decisions emailed to authors.
June 30, 2012 - Authors of accepted papers commit to participate, by email.
August 31, 2012 - Full papers due.

SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE
Prof. Brigitte W. Muehlmann, Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School (Chair), bmuehlmann@suffolk.edu
Prof. Daniel M. Berman, Boston University School of Law, bermand@bu.edu
Prof. Diane M. Ring, Boston College Law School, diane.ring.I@bc.edu
Prof. Stephen E. Shay, Harvard University Law School, sshay@law.harvard.edu

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Final Call for Papers: National Business Law Scholars Conference 

National Business Law Scholars Conference
June 27-28, 2012
University of Cincinnati College of Law

The deadline has been extended for the National Business Law Scholars Conference (NBLSC), formerly known as the Midwest Corporate Legal Scholars Conference. The planners of the event have received an enthusiastic response from over three dozen academics from across the nation who plan to attend.

The event will be held on Wednesday, June 27th and Thursday, June 28th at University of Cincinnati College of Law in Cincinnati, Ohio. We welcome all on-topic submissions and will attempt to provide the opportunity for everyone to actively participate.

The conference will feature a panel discussion: "Good, Bad or Stupid: The STOCK and JOBS Acts." Panelists (to date) include Steven Davidoff (Ohio State), Joan Heminway (Tennessee), and Donna Nagy (Indiana-Bloomington).

To submit a presentation, email Professor Eric C. Chaffee at echaffee1@udayton.edu with an abstract or paper by May 25, 2012. Please title the email “NBLSC Submission – {Name}”. If you would like to attend, but not present, email Professor Chaffee with an email entitled “NBLSC Attendance”. Please specify in your email whether you are willing to serve as a commentator or moderator. A conference schedule will be circulated in early June.

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