100 Years Under the Income Tax – Chicago, IL 

On April 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, Northwestern University School of Law Tax Program and the Northwestern University Law Review will host a symposium on the income tax, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment .

The symposium will consider not only the history and future of income as a tax base, but also its effect and future impact on various legal, social and political institutions. Topics of particular interest would include:
- The effect of the income tax on other substantive areas of law, including property, business associations, marital property law, and contracts;
- The effect of the income tax on social institutions including marriage, and other family relations;
- The effect of the income tax on the ways in which capital is accumulated and transferred.

Preference will be given to unpublished works near completion; abstracts of no less than 750 words of works in progress may also be considered. Please submit drafts as PDF documents no later than October 15, 2012 to: Prof. Charlotte Crane,

General inquiries regarding the conference should be directed to Charlotte Crane at the above address, or Michael Cooper at
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Intercountry Adoption — Pepperdine Law School 


FEBRUARY 8-9, 201

On February 8-9, 2013, the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion and Ethics at the Pepperdine School of Law will host its 10th annual conference. This year the conference will explore the complexities of intercountry adoption from legal, social, and religious perspectives. The Nootbaar Institute now welcomes proposals addressing this topic.

If you have questions about the substance of the conference, contact Bob Cochran at or Jay Milbrandt at For questions about the details of the conference, contact Dana Zacharia by email or by phone (310) 506-6978.


The current status of the Hague Convention and Convention on the Rights of the Child
Number of orphans and inter-country adoptions from various countries in recent decades; Counting global "orphans" accurately (numbers, needs, and characteristics)
Child Trafficking/Child Laundering in Intercountry Adoption
Why are the numbers of inter-country adoptions falling dramatically?
Dealing with corruption and abusive adoption practice issues
How should limitations on costs and compensation to facilitators, agencies, attorneys, social workers, parents, and orphanages be defined and enforced?
Should we permit for-profit adoption entities to participate in inter-country adoption?
Adoptee deportation and citizenship
Should US agencies be held accountable for the wrongdoing of their foreign partners?
How can inter-country adoption be developed in a way that does not undermine positive development of local child welfare and human welfare efforts?
Providing accurate information in child study and home study documents: the problem of matching and older/special needs placement
Subsidiarity in the intercountry adoption system


Biblical teaching on adoption and orphans
Orphan care v. widow and orphan care: adoption v. family preservation/re-unification
Truth-telling and adoption: the problem of "as if" and closed records adoption from a Biblical/Theology Perspective
Theology of Adoption
Terminology problems – Does, "The Least of These" stigmatize these children?
Is poverty a proper ground for inter-country adoption?
Church involvement – orphanages vs boarding schools
Orphan care vs Adoption
Role of the church in ministry to adoption triad members (adoptees as children and adults, original families, adoptive families and families seeking to adopt)


Post-placement challenges and structures
Cultural identity challenges faced after children are placed in a family
Role of birth/original families in adoptive children's lives
Is there a duty to provide reasonable family preservation efforts in a systemic way?
Importance of race to the identity of an adopted person
Future of post-adoption resources
Older children and special needs adoption


What are the social challenges of the substantial growth in those interested in adopting?
Child sponsorship and the risks it creates
What are the effects of voluntourism?
Role of adult adoptees in policy formation
Enhancing adult adoptee voice and representation
Identity and demographic issues of the "third" generation of adoptees – what does the future hold?
A voice for original/birth families

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The Center For Law, Economics & Finance (C-Leaf) at the George Washington University Law School Third Annual Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop 

April 5-6, 2013 at GW Law School in Washington, DC

OVERVIEW: The Workshop supports and recognizes the work of young legal scholars in accounting, banking, bankruptcy, corporations, economics, finance and securities, while promoting interaction among them and selected senior faculty. By providing a forum for the exchange of creative ideas in these areas, C-LEAF also aims to encourage new and innovative scholarship.

Approximately ten papers will be chosen from those submitted for presentation at the Workshop pursuant to this Call for Papers. At the Workshop, one or more senior scholars will comment on each paper, followed by a general discussion of each paper among all participants. The Workshop audience will include invited young scholars, faculty from GW's Law School and Business School, faculty from other institutions, and invited guests.

At the conclusion of the Workshop, three papers will be selected to receive Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively. All prize winners will be invited to become Fellows of C-LEAF. C-LEAF makes no publication commitment, but chosen papers will be featured on its website as part of the C-LEAF Working Paper series.

Junior scholars who have not yet received tenure, but have held a full-time academic appointment for less than seven years as of the submission date, are cordially invited to submit summaries or drafts of their papers. Although published work is not eligible for submission, submissions may include work that has been accepted for publication. C-LEAF will cover hotel and meal expenses of all selected presenters.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, one of the leading law firms serving the financial services industry and known for its premier practice in the area of private investment funds and private equity M&A, generously sponsors the Junior Faculty Scholarship Workshop and Prizes and provides other financial assistance to C-LEAF.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Those interested in presenting a paper at the Workshop should submit a summary or draft, preferably by e-mail, on or before November 9, 2012. To facilitate blind review, your name and other identifying information should be redacted from your paper submission. Direct your submission, along with any inquiries related to the Workshop, to:

Professor Lisa M. Fairfax
Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law
George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Papers and Junior Faculty Scholarship Prizes will be selected after a blind review by members of the C-LEAF Executive Board. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by December 14, 2012. Please feel free to pass this Call for Papers along to any colleagues who may be interested.

For more information on C-LEAF Fellowship, please visit our website at: ... fault.aspx, or contact us at

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Call For Papers -- "America's Retirement Crisis: What Can Be Done" 

Monday, April 15, 2013, The John Marshall Law School's Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and The John Marshall Law Review, Chicago, IL

The current economic recession, juxtaposed with the wave of aging and retiring Baby Boomers and the escalating costs of post-retirement health care, has caused many economists, politicians, academics, and others to realize that the current retirement accumulation system does not generally prepare the average American to retire with adequate income streams when they actually retire. This phenomenon includes private employer plans, multi-employer union plans, plans maintained by churches and non-profit organizations, and public sector plans maintained by state and local governments. The entire framework - the delivery by the government of Social Security and Medicare; the reliance on employer-provided retirement and retiree health benefits; and the responsibility for individuals to save - needs to be reevaluated.

FOCUS: This symposium, which will be co-hosted by The John Marshall Law School's Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and The John Marshall Law Review, provides academics, practitioners, economists and consultants an opportunity to present respective proposals to cure America's retirement crisis. Articles will be presented at the April 15, 2013 symposium and published in a 2013 spring Symposium issue of The John Marshall Law Review.

The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits invites abstract submissions of 150 words for those interested in contributing to the symposium.

DEADLINES: Abstracts, as well as speaker's name, title, affiliation, bio, and contact information, are due by October 1, 2012. The submission of a final article is due by February 1, 2013. The John Marshall Law Review will review, edit and publish submissions of final articles in the 2013 spring Symposium issue, subject to its discretion.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: All information should be forwarded to Professor Kathryn J. Kennedy, the Director of the Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at or 312.987.1418.

EXPENSES: Travel expenses up to a maximum of $300 and one-night accommodation at The Union League Club will be provided to participants who participate in the symposium.


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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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