June 16-17, 2015, Harvard Law School
Yale, Stanford, and Harvard Law Schools announce the 16th session of the Yale/Stanford/Yale
Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Harvard Law School on June 16-17, 2015 and seek
submissions for its meeting.
The Forum's objective is to encourage the work of scholars recently appointed to a tenure-track
position by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly
exchange. Meetings are held each spring, rotating at Yale, Stanford, and Harvard. Twelve to
twenty scholars (with one to seven years in teaching) will be chosen on a blind basis from among
those submitting papers to present. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Yale,
Stanford, or Harvard, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the participating
junior faculty, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. The goal is discourse on both
the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre.
We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among
successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain.
The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among American legal scholars
generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.
TOPICS: Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected topics in public and private law,
legal theory, and law and humanities topics, alternating loosely between public law and
humanities subjects in one year, and private law and dispute resolution in the next. For the
upcoming 2015 meeting, the topics will cover these areas of the law:
- Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
-Contracts and Commercial Law
- Corporate and Securities Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Business Law
- Private Law Theory and Comparative Private Law
- Property, Estates, and Unjust Enrichment
A jury of accomplished scholars, again not necessarily from Yale, Stanford or Harvard, with
expertise in the particular topic, will choose the papers to be presented. There is no publication
commitment, nor is published work eligible. Yale, Stanford, or Harvard will pay presenters' and
commentators' travel expenses, though international flights may be only partially reimbursed.
QUALIFICATIONS: There is no limit on the number of submissions by any individual author.
To be eligible, an author must be teaching at a U.S. law school in a tenured or tenure-track
position and must not have been teaching at either of those ranks for a total of more than 7 years.
American citizens teaching abroad are also eligible provided that they have held a faculty
position or the equivalent, including positions comparable to junior faculty positions in research
institutions, for less than seven years, and that they earned their last degree after 2005.
International scholars are not eligible for this forum, but are invited to submit to the Stanford
International Junior Faculty Forum. We accept co-authored submissions, but each of the
coauthors must be individually eligible to participate in the JFF. Papers that will be published
prior to the forum in June are not eligible.
PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:
Electronic submissions should be sent to Jennifer Minnich (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the
subject line “Junior Faculty Forum.” The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015. Remove
all references to the author(s) in the paper. Please include in the text of the email and also as a
separate attachment a cover letter listing your name, the title of your paper, your contact email
and address through June 2015, and which topic your paper falls under. Each paper may only be
considered under one topic. Any questions about the submission procedure should be directed
both to Adriaan Lanni (email@example.com) and her assistant, Jennifer Minnich
FURTHER INFORMATION: Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Gabby Blum
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Adriaan Lanni (email@example.com) at Harvard Law School,
Richard Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Stanford Law School, or Christine Jolls
(email@example.com) or Yair Listokin (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Yale Law School.