For ages, academic institutions have promoted scholarly inquiry by younger faculty members, especially through the junior faculty workshop. Scores of US law schools host these regularly during terms; both the AALS and Law & Society run programs at their annual meetings; the Yale/Stanford junior faculty forum boasts wonderful annual draws; and now regional junior faculty workshops are rising, like that in the southwest next term, hosted by Arizona State.
Though these ventures focus on career stage, not field, more recent, school-sponsored forums add substantive focus. Junior faculty workshops appeared recently in environmental law (arranged jointly by Harvard, Berkeley and UCLA); family law (at Washington & Lee); national security law (at Texas); and federal courts (hosted alternately by American University and Michigan State).
You can soon add to that list business/financial law (including corporate, securities and banking) at George Washington. Next year, GW will inaugurate a series of Junior Faculty Workshops and Junior Faculty Prizes, seeking submission of papers in Fall 2010, for a celebratory academic event to be held in Spring 2011. This is one part of GW’s forthcoming Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF), which also includes GWNY (posted about here).
While further details about these C-LEAF programs and descriptions of others must await a formal grand announcement, these Junior Scholar endeavors are ripe and time-sensitive enough to warrant advance notice.