Call for Papers: New Voices in Comparative Law – Indianapolis, IN 

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law invite submissions for its April 18-19, 2013, conference at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 4, 2012, to the following address: yccsubmissions[@] Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.

Please direct all inquiries to Richard Albert, Chair of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, by email at richard.albert[@] or telephone at 617.552.3930.
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New York Law School Law Review Symposium: Exploring Civil Society through the Writings of Dr. Seuss 

The New York Law School Law Review is pleased to announce a call for papers to be published in a unique forthcoming issue in connection with our upcoming March 1, 2013 symposium ”Exploring Civil Society through the Writings of Dr. Seuss ”that will examine the portrayals of civil society in Dr. Seuss's writings. The Law Review is currently accepting abstracts for papers to be considered for publication in its companion issue.

The Law Review will accept abstracts for original essays, reflections, Dr. Seuss book reviews, and traditional scholarly articles pertaining to the civil society and other legal issues that arise in one or more of the following Dr. Seuss books to be discussed during a series of panels at the symposium : Horton Hears a Who, The Sneetches, Yertle the Turtle, The Butter Battle Book, and The Lorax. The abstract should describe the type of article the author will write and how the author will analyze or evaluate one or more civil society or related legal issues that arise in the works of Dr. Seuss. To be considered for publication, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, accompanied by a CV, to via email to by November 15, 2012. Space in the issue is limited and papers will be selected on a rolling basis, so early submission is recommended.

Questions? Email Kaitlin Jaxheimer (, Editor-in-Chief, NYLS Law Review. Chosen authors will be required to submit the full paper by April 1, 2013. The Law Review issue is scheduled for publication in Spring 2014. The symposium is being sponsored by the Law Review and the NYLS Racial Justice Project, and Random House has designated the event as an official Read Across America location. For more information about the Law Review, visit Neither Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. nor the Dr. Seuss brand is in any way affiliated with this event.

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Calls for Papers: Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law — Indiana University 

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its second annual conference, to be held on April 18-19, 2013, at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 4, 2012, to the following address:

Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2013. We will also accept submissions from graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs.

Scholars may make individual or co-authored submissions. The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area. Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 4, 2012, to the following address: Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Panels will be announced no later than December 16, 2012. There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses.

The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. The Younger Comparativists Committee also extends special thanks to Shawn Boyne and Mohamed Arafa for co-chairing the Program Committee.

Please direct all inquiries to Richard Albert, Chair of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, by email at or telephone at 617.552.3930.

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Gender Equality on Corporate Boards — White Plains, NY 

Pace Law School and the Pace International Law Review will host Comparative Sex Regimes and Corporate Boards, a symposium on quotas for gender equality on corporate boards, on Feb. 8, 2013. The call for papers deadline is Oct. 15, 2012.

Throughout Europe, countries are following the lead of Norway in adopting quotas for women’s representation on corporate boards. This move represents a major shift in corporate governance norms and in efforts to attain sex equality in the workplace. Multiple disciplines, national frames and perspectives will foster a deeper understanding of these measures. Some of the questions we may explore include: Are these measures designed to achieve good governance, women’s empowerment, or gender balance? Are quotas an effective tool to realize those objectives? If not, how might boards circumnavigate around them? What are possible unintended consquences of quotas? Will corporate governance change once capital has been (partly) feminized? Is the French differentiation between diversity and mixité (gender diversity) relevant? This Symposium will bring together thinkers for a variety of disciplines and perspectives to analyze and comprehend the meaning and impact of such quotas. This interaction, it is hoped, will foster broader collective and individual analysis and knowledge production on the phenomenon of corporate board quotas.

Pace Law School has reserved one space on the symposium schedule for proposed papers. Those not chosen to present may be invited to publish in the symposium volume. Interested contributors should submit abstracts (of up to two pages) for essays or full papers. Manuscripts will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, the final deadline for submissions is October 15, 2012. In the subject line of your email, please type: CFP Conference Submission. Your abstract must contain your full contact information. Practitioners’ and activists’ papers need not follow a strictly academic format, but all paper proposals should address the conference theme. Interested student scholars are welcome. We will notify presenters of selected papers by mid-November. A working draft of the paper will be due no later than February 1, 2013. In addition, the Pace International Law Review will publish the articles and essays presented at the symposium. We look forward to your submissions. If you have further questions, or to submit a proposal, please contact Prof. Darren Rosenblum at

Confirmed participants include: Dan Danielsen (Northeastern), Amy Dittmar (Michigan), Kim Krawiec (Duke), Kellye Testy (U. Washington), Tom Tyler (Yale) and Cheryl Wade (St. John’s).
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Poverty, Immigration, and Property — San Diego, CA 

The AALS 2013 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Poverty, Immigration and Property planning committee invites proposals for presentations and papers. The Workshop will be held on June 10-12, 2013 in San Diego. It will begin with registration at 4:00 p.m. and a reception at 6:00 p.m. on Mon., June 10, and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Wed. It will appeal to a wide range of teachers and scholars interested in these and related subject areas.

While the Workshop will feature several plenary panels about a range of issues implicated by the intersection of poverty, immigration, and property, we also plan to include concurrent sessions. For these sessions we are seeking proposals that are in various stages of development. We are exploring the possibility of publication opportunities with various law journals.

We invite any proposal on the topic of the Workshop theme. Possible topics within the purview of the Workshop theme include:

Access to Justice (Labor Camps, Counsel, Language)
Property Implications of Immigration Enforcement
International: Land Distribution, Land Reform, Forced
Race and Property/Race and Immigration
Climate Refugees: Property, Poverty, Immigration
Progressive Property: Pro and Con
Welfare Rights for Immigrants
Employer Sanctions and Licensing
Property Formalization
Home, Housing and Culture
Property and Citizenship

For more details see this post on the Poverty Law blog.
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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

Link to Call
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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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