Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Central States Law Schools Association 2010 Conference Call for Papers & Mentorship Program Announcement

The following is the call for papers and announcement of a mentorship program for junior scholars:

    The Central States Law Schools Association 2010 conference will be held September 24 and 25, 2010, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, hosted by the University of North Dakota School of Law.  We invite law faculty to submit proposals to present papers or works in progress.

             Although CSLSA is a regional association, faculty from other law schools also have participated in the annual conference from as far away as Boston, Florida and Oregon.  We encourage faculty from across the country to attend.

            The purpose of CSLSA is to foster scholarly exchanges among law faculty across legal disciplines.  The annual CSLSA conference is a forum for legal scholars, especially more junior scholars, to present working papers or finished articles on any law-related topic in a relaxed and supportive setting where junior and senior scholars from various disciplines are available to comment.  More mature scholars have an opportunity to test new ideas in a less formal setting than is generally available for their work. 

             For those who are interested, we plan to continue the mentorship program started two years ago, pairing interested junior scholars with more senior mentors in their fields of expertise to provide feedback on their presentations or papers.  If you would like to participate in the mentorship program as either a mentor or mentee, please contact Vice President Jelani Jefferson Exum at

            In keeping with tradition, CSLSA is able to pay for one night’s lodging and meals for presenters from member schools.  There is no registration fee for participants from member schools.  Additional information regarding registration will be forthcoming in future announcements.  Schools interested in joining CSLSA should contact the Association's Treasurer, Carolyn Dessin at

If you have any other questions about this conference, please contact any of our officers:

President, Gregory Gordon, University of North Dakota School of Law,        

Vice President, Jelani Jefferson Exum, University of Kansas School of Law,

Secretary, Wes Oliver, Widener University School of Law,

Treasurer, Carolyn Dessin, University of Akron School of Law,

To allow scheduling of the conference, please send abstract or précis of no more than 500 words to Secretary Wes Oliver at by August 31, 2010; earlier statements of interest would be helpful.  Every effort will be made to accommodate all interested participants. 

[H/T: Cindy Galway Buys]


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