Another AALS Call for Papers

This one is for my fellow civil procedure enthusiasts.

The AALS Section on Civil Procedure has issued a Call for Papers to be presented at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York on January 4, 2008. The topic for this year’s program is “The Revolution of 1938 Revisited: The Role and Future of the Federal Rules.” Here’s the summary:

70 years ago, the Federal Rules changed the landscape of civil litigation. Procedure in the federal courts became uniform and adopted a flexible, notice-based model that contemplated liberal access to discovery. Over time, most states followed suit. Some have called this the Golden Age of Rulemaking.

What will the next 30 years of rulemaking look like? What should they look like? From pleading standards to discovery to summary judgment practice, there is no shortage of critics of the federal model. And, increasingly, questions are raised about the extent to which state practice should continue to follow the lead of the Federal Rules. States might adopt different practices out of a belief that the state and federal courts hear different types of cases and are designed to do different things. States might adopt different practices in a spirit of local experimentation, supplementing or even displacing the federal rulemaking process as the leader in innovation and reform. Or, states might simply depart from the Federal Rules model out of a belief that the federal model proceeds from flawed first principles. Different models of judicial federalism could support very dif ferent conclusions about the proper interaction between state rulemaking and federal rulemaking.

Sounds like a great topic! (And for all you civ pro skeptics out there, who think this all sounds mind-bogglingly dull, you truly don’t know what you’re missing.) More information below the fold.


The AALS Section on Civil Procedure will meet during the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2008. The topic for this year’s program is “The Revolution of 1938 Revisited: The Role and Future of the Federal Rules.” The Section is seeking 2-3 presenters for this program.

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Law teachers and other scholars who have an interest in speaking at this program are invited to submit manuscripts dealing with any aspect of the foregoing topic. A review committee consisting of Section officers will select two to three papers and will invite the author of each selected paper to make a presentation at the program. The panel may also include one to two persons selected to by Section Committee to comment on the topics raised in the selected papers.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a summary of not more than three double-spaced pages (e-mail preferred) by no later than Friday, August 31, 2007. In addition to the summary, you may also submit a complete draft of your paper. Please direct your submission to Robert Schapiro at rschapir@law.emory.edu.

Authors of selected papers will be notified by Friday, October 12, 2007.

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