Two Interesting AALS Paper Calls

First, my apologies for the two-week hiatus, something bad enough for a regular blogger, but perhaps inexcusable from a guest (as Stephanie would say on Full House, “how rude!”). As I noted over at Prawfs, I blame a combination of packing, grading, and moving (three of my least favorite activities), but, c’est la vie.

Anyway, while I was away, two of the AALS sections to which I belong — the Section on National Security Law and the Section on New Law Professors — issued interesting paper calls for the 2008 AALS Annual Meeting. By way of disclosure, I’m on the reviewing committee for the New Law Professors. The National Security Law section call is available here; the New Law Professors’ call is reprinted beneath the fold. Of course, I’m happy to answer questions about the topics.

It separately begs the question, though, of the role of paper calls in the annual meting… to me, it’s a great way to add fresh (or at least unpredictable) insights to an issue where the temptation may be to go with the “experts,” but I wonder if others have a different view.

More below the fold…


AALS Section on New Law Professors:

The Section on New Law Professors is sponsoring a Call for Papers. The authors of the selected papers will present their work as part of the section program at the Annual Meeting. The topic is “New Law Faculty as Catalysts for Change,” which is intended to add the perspectives of new law professors to the overall theme of this year’s conference, “Reassessing Our Roles in Light of Change.” We invite all “new” law professors (as defined below) to submit a paper on a topic with a connection to our theme. A Review Committee comprised of Section Officers and Executive Board members will select up to five of the submitted papers for inclusion on the program.

Deadline: To be considered in the competition, please send an electronic version to Professor Jennifer Kreder at krederj1@nku.edu no later than August 17, 2007. Please also send one hard copy of the manuscript postmarked no later than August 17, 2007 to: Professor Jennifer Kreder, NKU, Chase College of Law, Nunn Hall, Highland Heights, KY 41099.

Anonymity: The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter with the author’s name and contact information. The manuscript itself, including title page and footnotes, must not contain any references that identify the author or the author’s school.

Form and Length: The manuscript must be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2” by 11” paper in 12-point (or larger) type with ample (at least 1”) margins on all sides. Footnotes should be 10-point or larger. There is a 75-page limit.

Eligibility: Faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid schools who have been full-time law teachers for five years or fewer as of July 1, 2007 are eligible. (For these purposes, one is considered a full-time faculty member while officially “on-leave” from the law school.) Papers are not eligible for consideration if they will have been published before the annual meeting (papers accepted for publication prior to the meeting are eligible).

Statement of Compliance: Please include in the cover letter a statement verifying: 1) the author holds a faculty appointment at a member or fee-paid school; 2) the author has been engaged in full-time teaching for five years or fewer as of July 1, 2007; 3) all information identifying the author or author’s school has been removed from the manuscript; and 4) the paper has not been previously published and is not committed for publication prior to January 2008. The author must also agree to notify the section if and as soon as s/he learns that the submitted paper will be published before the date of the meeting.

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1 Response

  1. Mike O'Shea says:

    OK, I’ll say it. Both the paper topic (“New Law Faculty as Catalysts for Change”) and the annual meeting’s theme (“Reassessing Our Roles in Light of Change”) are funny examples of conference-licious vacuity.

    AALS really seems to go in for this tone. My suggestion for next year’s conference topic: “Existence and the Legal Academy: Difference within Unity.”