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New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop 

Vanderbilt Law School’s Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program holds an annual New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop in the spring. Junior scholars’ works are selected based on an anonymous review of an outstanding group of papers submitted for consideration. A senior scholar briefly introduces and comments on each paper before opening the session up to discussion about the work. The senior scholars typically include Branstetter faculty and several distinguished visitors.

The Branstetter Program draws on a multimillion-dollar endowment to support research and curriculum in civil litigation and dispute resolution. The New Voices workshop brings together junior scholar authors, invited senior scholars, and Vanderbilt faculty in the areas of civil justice.

This year, four junior scholars will be selected via a blind review process to present at the New Voices Workshop. The 2013 New Voices in Civil Justice Scholarship Workshop will be held at Vanderbilt Law School on May 6-7, and the Branstetter Program invites submissions for the workshop.

The New Voices format maximizes collegial interaction and feedback. Paper authors thus do not deliver prepared “presentations” as such. Rather, all participants read the selected papers prior to the session, and at each workshop, a senior faculty member provides a brief overview and commentary on the paper. Open and interactive discussion immediately follows.

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Call For Papers -- Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis 

The Arkansas Law Review invites submissions for its 2012 Annual Symposium to be held on Fri., November 9, 2012, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The topic of the symposium will focus on the mortgage foreclosure crisis.

The University of Arkansas School of Law is delighted to host Professor Dale Whitman as a Visiting Professor for the 2012-2013 academic year. His scholarship has informed the direction of our symposium. Abstracts are due Oct. 1, 2012.

The first issue of Volume 66 will be devoted to the Symposium and will be published in early spring 2013. We encourage articles analyzing both the causes and effects of the crisis from a regulatory perspective and a homeowner perspective. We would also appreciate forward-looking articles that posit solutions and preventive measures.

Authors should submit an abstract and a cover letter to rewright@email.uark.edu. The deadline for submissions of article proposals is October 1, 2012. Please feel free to email Robin Wright at rewright@email.uark.edu with any questions.

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Call for Papers “The Cultures and Institutions of Business” 

The Business History Conference invites proposals for its 2013 annual meeting, taking place March 21–23, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

The theme of the annual meeting is “The Cultures and Institutions of Business.” We are interested in all topics embracing the culture of business and the business of culture. Papers may engage the ways in which cultural beliefs, values, practices, institutions, meanings, language, identities, habits, and cognition shape business orientation, governance, behavior, and performance in different geographical, historical, or social settings. Papers may also address the ways in which business has acted upon cultural practices and institutions, both high and popular culture, or how the language of business has entered into wider public discourses. Works might cover such matters as the business of entertainment and the arts or cultural differences (or conformity) in ideas and practices of management, accounting, human resources, scientific and technological research, and innovation.

In keeping with longstanding BHC policy, the Committee will also consider submissions not directly related to the conference theme.

The deadline for receipt of all proposals is 1 October 2012. Acceptance letters will be sent by 20 December 2012. Presenters are expected to submit abstracts of their papers for posting on the BHC website. In addition, presenters are encouraged to post electronic versions of their papers prior to the meeting and to submit their papers for inclusion in the BHC's on-line proceedings, Business and Economic History On-Line.

Please send proposals for papers, panels, or the Krooss Prize to BHC2013@Hagley.org. If you do not have access to the internet, you may send hard copies to Roger Horowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Business History Conference, P. O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA. Phone: (302) 658-2400; fax: (302) 655-3188.

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Modern Families: Changing Families, Challenging Laws 

The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice is holding its annual symposium on March 7-8, 2013. Titled Modern Families: Changing Families, Challenging Laws, the symposium focuses on three specific areas within family law: families of racial minorities, LGBT families, and family interactions with the criminal justice system.

The Journal would like to invite legal authors of all perspectives to submit proposals for articles for the symposium to fill Volume 17 of our publication. Articles or proposal submissions, along with a curriculum vitae, should be sent to Iain Johnson at iain-johnson@uiowa.edu. The submission deadline is November 30, 2012.

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Call for Papers: ASIL International Organizations Interest Group Works-in-Progress Workshop  

Call for Papers

Works-in-Progress Workshop

ASIL International Organizations Interest Group

The International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law will hold a works-in-progress workshop on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Arizona State University Building in Washington, DC, 1834 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, please submit an abstract to Lorena Perez (lperez[at]oas.org), Justin Jacinto (jjacinto[at]curtis.com) and David Gartner (David.Gartner[at]asu.edu) by the end of the day on September 21. Abstracts should be a couple of paragraphs long but not more than one page. Papers should relate to the subject "international organizations."

Papers selected for presentation are due no later than November 17, as they will be pre-circulated. Papers should not yet be in print; ideally, authors will have time to make revisions based on the comments from the workshop.

The workshop's format will be as follows. Each paper will be introduced by a commentator, after which the author will have the opportunity to respond if he or she wishes. The floor will then be opened up for discussion. The workshop is conducted on the assumption that everyone has read all of the papers in advance. After we have selected papers, we will ask for volunteers to serve as commentators. One need not present a paper or comment on a paper to participate. Registration for the workshop will open in October.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the workshop or paper submissions.

Lorena Perez and Justin Jacinto

Interest Group Co-Chairs

David Gartner

Interest Group Vice-Chair

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Call for Papers -- Chapman University School of Law 2013 Law Review Symposium 

The Future of Law and Business: The Changing World for Corporate Counsel

Thursday, January 31 - Friday, February 1, 2013, Chapman University School of Law, Chapman Law Review, Orange, CA

In light of recent Supreme Court decisions affecting corporations, the restructuring of the legal profession after the deep recession and anemic recovery, the perceived benefits and costs of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the rapid evolution of corporate best practices in the past decade, the Chapman Law Review is pleased to host a legal symposium on Thursday, January 31 and Friday, February 1, 2013, entitled "The Future of Law and Business: The Changing World for Corporate Counsel."

FOCUS: This symposium, which will be hosted in affiliation with the Chapman University School of Law's Business Emphasis Program, affords an excellent opportunity to explore the impact of Supreme Court decisions and regulations that affect corporations. The symposium will also provide a platform to discuss the underlying theoretical principles of corporate regulation, the rights of corporations, corporate ethics, and general corporate governance.

The Chapman Law Review invites abstract submissions of 150 to 200 words from legal scholars and scholars in other disciplines interested in contributing to the symposium. Papers may focus on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, Citizens United v. FEC and issues that remain relevant from that decision, NFIB v. Sebelius and the implications of the Affordable Care Act, the future of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the implementation of the Jobs Act, corporate governance, executive compensation, corporate ethics, and the restructuring of the legal profession after the recession. This list is not exhaustive.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Abstracts and proposals for panel presentation on issues related to this topic, as well as author's resume, should be submitted to: Mike Preciado, Senior Symposium Editor, Chapman Law Review, preci106@mail.chapman.edu

DEADLINE: The submission deadline for abstracts is October 19, 2012. Final papers will be due February 22, 2013.

EXPENSES: Travel expenses, accommodation and a modest stipend will be provided to participants who publish in the Chapman Law Review.

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Call For Papers The Future of Law School 

Thursday 26 September - Saturday 28 September 2013, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

In 2012-13, the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta will be celebrating its centenary. A remarkable hundred years of service to the profession and the public it has been. Our graduates have served the profession provincially, nationally and internationally; they have become academic lawyers in a host of law schools throughout the common law world; and they have staffed the judicial branch both here in Canada (The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, is one of ours) and abroad.

Our Centenary Year will culminate with the two and a half day Conference, The Future of Law School that will take place from Thursday evening 26 September through to the end of day Saturday 28 September 2013. This Conference is ideally timed to solicit a wide professional, judicial, academic and public response and to have a lasting legacy. Witness the 2007 Carnegie Report Educating Lawyers which issued strong criticism of professional legal education and which has had a profound and continuing impact throughout the common law world; the 2009 Federation of Law Societies of Canada's Report on the Common Law Degree in Canada; and the installation of the 2020 Consultation Panel by the UK Centre of Legal Education: the Law School and the Profession it supplies are being criticized from without and contested from within as never before and their futures are now, as never before, very much up for grabs. Indeed, it wouldn't be hyperbole to state, as many have, that this unprecedented contest has risen to the status of crisis, within the law school and the profession and among the wider public, over the future of law school, of lawyers, and with that, of the law itself.

SPEAKERS: This Conference is dead set on contributing loudly and meaningfully to this cultural contest. It will bring together leading legal thinkers - Canadian and international, and academic, professional, judicial, and regulatory --to state the case against the present and for the future, before members of the common law legal community and before the public at large. Confirmed speakers include:
- Dean Irwin Chemerinsky, School of Law, University of California, Irvine
- Dean Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Professor Deborah Cantrell, Colorado Law School
- Professor Roderick MacDonald, Faculty of Law, McGill University
- Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, School of Law, California Irvine
- Professor Alice Woolley, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

The Future of Law School will be structured around the following four plenary panel sessions, each comprised of four speakers:
- Foundations: Theories of Contemporary Professional Legal Education
- Circumstances: Law Schools, Regulators, and the Market for Legal Services
- Challenges: Reflecting Changes in the Practice of Law
- Practices: Innovating the Content and Delivery of Legal Education

The Conference's legacy will reside primarily in kindling a passionate public and professional debate concerning what's wrong and what must be righted in professional legal education and with that, the profession of law. This legacy will take shape, in part, and linger in time, through the publication of an edited collection of Conference papers, presentations, debates, and decisions.

REGISTRATION: Details on registration will appear shortly on our Faculty Website: (http://lawschool.ualberta.ca) and in a future announcement on LSN Professional Announcements. Questions may be directed to: tdecoste@ualberta.ca

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Proposals for papers are now invited. If you would like to offer a paper, please submit a working title, an abstract (of no more than 350 words), and a current c.v., and indicate which of the four panels your proposed paper falls under. Paper proposals should be emailed to: eric.adams@ualberta.ca by 30 October 2012.

The working language of the Conference will be English. Selected presenters should be prepared to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Questions should be submitted to eric.adams@ualberta.ca

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The Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2013 

GW Law is pleased to invite applications for the Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2013.

The Cummins Grant provides a stipend of $10,000 to support short-term historical research using Special Collections at GW's Jacob Burns Law Library, which is noted for its continental historical legal collections, especially its French collection. Special Collections also is distinguished by its holdings in Roman and canon law, church-state relations, international law, and its many incunabula.

The grant is awarded to one doctoral, LL.M., or S.J.D. candidate; postdoctoral researcher; faculty member; or independent scholar. The successful candidate may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, law, history, religion, philosophy, or bibliography.

Potential grant candidates residing more than 100 miles from Washington, DC, whose projects require onsite consultation of materials in Special Collections, are eligible.

Applicants must submit the following:

a cover letter, not to exceed 600 words, which includes the project title, a brief summary of proposed research, and estimated dates of onsite research;
a curriculum vitae;
a research proposal, not to exceed 1000 words, outlining the scope of the project, and specifying those materials from Special Collections that are relevant to the proposed research;
two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues; for student applicants, one of the letters must be from a dissertation or thesis advisor.

These documents may be submitted electronically or in hard copy via mail.

During his or her visit, the grant recipient will deliver a presentation to interested faculty of the research completed at GW, and at the conclusion of the visit will submit a summary of research conducted during the visit.

Grant application

All applications and supporting materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, research proposal, and letters of support, must be submitted on or before October 15, 2012. Inquiries and application materials should be sent to:

Dean Scott B. Pagel
Director, Jacob Burns Law Library
The George Washington University
716 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052


For information regarding the scope of the collection and its potential pertinence to individual research needs, please contact:

Jennie C. Meade
Director of Special Collections
Jacob Burns Law Library
jmeade@law.gwu.edu

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Northern Kentucky Law & Informatics Symposium CFP 

The Northern Kentucky Law Review and Salmon P. Chase College of Law seek submissions for the Law + Informatics Symposium on February 15, 2013. The focus of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary review of issues involving privacy, data aggregation, security, communications, social media management and related topics affecting the legal and business practices involving labor and employment law.

Law Review Published Article: The Northern Kentucky Law Review will review, edit and publish submissions in the 2013 Spring Symposium issue. Articles, as well as case studies and abstracts of research in progress, will be considered for the symposium program for presentation purposes. Only complete articles, however, will be published in the law review. Abstracts for these papers will be due no later than the October 1, 2012 deadline and will be accepted on a rolling basis until that time.

Presentations (without publication) based on Abstracts: The Northern Kentucky Law Review will review and select presentations for the symposium. If you are interested in presenting without submitting a publishable article, an abstract of the presentation must be submitted by the October 1, 2012 deadline and will be accepted on a rolling basis until that time.

The symposium is an opportunity for academics, practitioners, consultants, and students to exchange ideas and explore emerging issues in informatics law as it applies to working conditions and employment practices. Interdisciplinary presentations are encouraged. Authors and presenters are invited to submit proposals on topics such as the following:

Privacy
• Application of the Americans with Disabilities Act
• Federal/state employment regulations regarding privacy
• HIPAA, FERPA, COPPA, GLBA & other sector-specific privacy issues
• EU & global privacy laws & policies
• Bioinformatics in the workplace
• Data mining of employee information
• Social media and political change

Collective Bargaining
• Use of informatics tools for collective bargaining
• Collective bargaining positions on internet usage, data aggregation and social media
• Online dispute resolution
• Ownership of databases & data
• Contracting & enforcement of agreements over sharing of data
• Assessment of significant commercial expansions of informatics practices affecting public expectations & norms

Social Media
• Employee discipline for internet and social media use
• NLRB responses to social media
• Use of social media in employee screening
• Implications for privacy and discrimination lawsuits

Training and Security
• Gamification in training
• Computer security
• Data protection & obligations regarding data breaches
• Data reliability, including people’s rights to review & correct collected data
• Retraining and employee obsolecense

Other Issues
• Discrimination and access to public and semi-public information
• Employee ownership of intellectual property and data information
• Post-termination obligations of employers and employees
• Employee contracting and end user license agreements
• Global issues for similarly situated employees in multiple jurisdictions

Submissions & Important Dates:
- Please submit materials to Nkylrsymposium@nku.edu
- Submission Deadline for Abstracts: October 1, 2012
- Submission Deadline for Articles: February 1, 2013
- Symposium Date: February 15, 2013

For More Information Please Contact:
- Professor Jon Garon, Symposium Faculty Sponsor: garonj1@nku.edu or 859.572.5815
- Lindsey Jaeger, Director of Centers and Institutes Administration: JaegerL1@nku.edu or 859.572.7853
- Brad Andress, Symposium Editor: andressb1@nku.edu or 812.343.6822

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Call for Papers: Trade Governance: Integrating Africa into the World Economy Through International Economic Law 

Second African International Economic Law Network Conference
7 – 8 MARCH 2013
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA



Whereas people in developing countries are becoming richer, about a billion others, mostly found in Africa and Central Asia, are being thrown deep into poverty. While there is a plethora of reasons for why this phenomenon is occurring, one of the key factors is isolation. Put more precisely, the argument is that poverty is rife in Africa because Africa is isolated and not integrated into the world economy. Consequently, most African countries are not able to enjoy the benefits of international economic law, whose main objective is to make people live better through open and fair markets and deeper integration into the world economy.

It is against this background that the conference seeks firstly to bring together academics, intergovernmental organisations, governments, policy makers, economists, private sector and NGOs to discuss the ways in which African states’ economies can be integrated into Africa (intraAfrica) and the world.

Secondly, it is the objective of the conference to determine the role that intergovernmental organisations, governments, private sector and NGOs can play to integrate African states into the world economy and within Africa.

To this effect, the question is – how do we insert Africa into the global economy on the key issues, that is, what are the key issues that need to be addressed for Africa’s development?

In addressing this question, what can be the role of intergovernmental organisations, states, private sector and NGOs in integrating Africa in the world economy and within Africa on the following issues:

Trade in goods and agriculture
Trade in services
Foreign investment
International finance and monetary policy
Governance
Competition law and policy
Intellectual property rights and technology acquisition
Infrastructure development and economic integration (especially transportation and energy)
Dispute settlement
Multilateral economic governance and African economic integration

Thirdly, on a comparative note, how have other regions such as Latin America and Asia, which were once isolated, become integrated into the world economy? What can be the lessons for Africa and how can such lessons be applied to Africa?

Papers discussing global economic integration and development will be welcome as well. It is planned to publish selected papers presented at the conference in a book.

Abstract Submission

The Mandela Institute at Wits School of Law and the AfIELN conference committee invite submissions of abstracts on the general theme, ‘Trade Governance’. The theme reflects the importance of integrating Africa in global trade and investment. The theme also calls for the fact that Africa’s development is tied to integration into the world economy through international economic law. Abstracts on the aforementioned issues are particularly invited.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to Julie.Dunsford@ wits.ac.za by 7 September 2012. Submissions should include an email with the author’s name and full contact information, and a Word attachment with an anonymous abstract of no more than 300 words. Abstracts will be considered by a process of double-blind reviews and decisions on proposals will be sent by 5 October. Selected presenters will need to submit their papers (maximum 8 pages) for inclusion in the conference package by 1 February 2013.

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