As someone who’s written for Jotwell’s Cyberlaw edition for years, I wanted to plug the site’s journals as terrific places to find excellent, underrecognized scholarship. On the occasion of its 5th anniversary, Jotwell is hosting a conference on legal scholarship:
JOTWELL, the Journal of Things We Like (Lots), is an online journal dedicated to celebrating and sharing the best scholarship relating to the law. To celebrate Jotwell’s 5th Birthday, we invite you to join us for conversations about what makes legal scholarship great and why it matters.
In the United States, the role of scholarship is under assault in contemporary conversations about law schools; meanwhile in many other countries legal scholars are routinely pressed to value their work according to metrics or with reference to fixed conceptions of the role of legal scholarship. We hope this conference will serve as an answer to those challenges, both in content and by example.
We invite pithy abstracts of proposed contributions, relating to one or more of the conference themes. Each of these themes provides an occasion for the discussion (and, as appropriate, defense) of the scholarly enterprise in the modern law school–not for taking the importance of scholarship for granted, but showing, with specificity, as we hope Jotwell itself does, what good work looks like and why it matters.
Abstracts are due by May 20. Congrats to Michael Froomkin on the great success of Jotwell, and what looks to be a fascinating conference.