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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2nd Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy 

June 17-18, 2013
Hotel Fort Canning

The laws of the land lay the foundations of peace and order, and to ensure people progress in all aspects of their lives – whether in business, education, travel, health or recreation. The role of public officials is to create, scrutinize, implement and uphold the laws in order to protect the rights of every individual, corporate entity or institution.

Educators of law thus possess the task of not only shaping each and every generation of legal practitioners into knowledgeable and responsible agents, but also the study of issues which surround the practice of law and its implementation across jurisdictions.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:


Intellectual Property (IP) Law
Trademarks Law
Copyright Law
R&D and innovation in high-tech
Open standards and entrepreneurship
Competition in two-sided markets
High-tech and anti-trust policy
The Internet Search
Law of common areas
Labour Law
Environmental and Energy Law
Human Rights/Civil Liberty
Corporate Finance Law
Taxation Law
Public Law Fundamentals
Transport Law
Tourism Law
Immigration Law
Criminal Law
International Economics and Trade Law
Public Contract Law
Law of International Regulations
Media Law

Regulations & Public Policy:

Public Policy
Defense Policy
Terrorism and Anti-Drugs Policy
Immigration Law including citizenship
Criminal Law including foreign and security
Webscience, ePrivate Policy
Procurement and Business Regulations
Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy
Regulation, Private Sector Authority and Market Building
Public Policies and Behaviour of Economic Agents
Interjurisdictional differentials and their effects
Development planning and policy
Regional Development Policy
Social Policy

Prospective authors are invited to submit original papers (not being considered for publication elsewhere) in standard format (double column, single-spaced, 10-pt font) describing new theoretical and/or experimental research. Submissions are recommended to have no more than 10 pages (extra pages are subject to surcharge), including figures, tables, and references. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, correctness, and presentation.

The submission deadline (full papers) is Dec. 21, 2012.

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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 The deadline for submissions of article proposals is October 1, 2012. Please feel free to email Robin Wright at 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 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 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], Justin Jacinto (jjacinto[at] and David Gartner (David.Gartner[at] 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,

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: ( and in a future announcement on LSN Professional Announcements. Questions may be directed to:

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: 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


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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

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