Thursday, December 8, 2016

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Summer 2017 Conference

Below is a call for presentation proposals for the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning’s Summer 2017 Conference (University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, July 7-8, 2017). The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2017.

Download CFP Summer 2017 Bowen Conference




December 8, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This Week's NYU Symposium on Class Actions

The NYU Law Review and the Center on Civil Justice are hosting a symposium entitled “Rule 23 @ 50” this Friday and Saturday. From the announcement:

This is a wonderful time to reflect on Rule 23 – what it was meant to do; whether it has met its promise; if not, why not, and what can be done to remedy the situation; and what is in store for the Rule going forward.

When: December 2–3, 2016.

Where: Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South.

Panels will explore the history of the rule, its use in civil rights and mass tort cases, what the rule was meant to accomplish, whether it has done so, and if not, whether there are ways to fix the situation. There will be an oral history interview with Professor Arthur Miller, who was there at the creation of the rule. The conference will conclude with a judges’ roundtable moderated by Professor Miller.

Here is a more detailed program, and here’s where you can RSVP.




November 29, 2016 in Class Actions, Conferences/Symposia, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Call for Papers: The Ninth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop

Here’s an announcement with the dates and details for the Ninth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop:

Emory University School of Law School will host the Ninth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop on March 31-April 1, 2017. The workshop pairs a senior scholar with a panel of junior scholars presenting works-in-progress. The workshop is open to untenured and recently tenured academics who teach and write in federal courts, civil rights litigation, civil procedure, and other associated topics. Those who do not currently hold a faculty appointment but expect to do so beginning in fall 2017 are welcome. The program is also open to scholars wanting to attend, read, and comment on papers but not present.   There is no registration fee. The conference will begin with a dinner on Friday March 31; panels will take place on Saturday, April 1. Each panel will consist of approximately 4 junior scholars, with a senior scholar serving as commentator while leading a group discussion on the papers. Scheduled commentators include Heather Elliot, Richard Freer, Jonathan Nash, and James Pfander.

Emory Law will provide all lunches and dinners for those attending the workshop, but attendees must cover their own travel and lodging costs. Those wishing to present a paper must submit an abstract to by November 1, 2016. Papers will be selected by a committee of past participants, and presenters will be notified by early January. Those planning to attend must register by February 20, 2017.

(H/T: Fred Smith)




October 25, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Penn Law Review Symposium on Class Actions

On November 11-12, 2016, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review is hosting a symposium entitled “1966 and All That: Class Actions and Their Alternatives After Fifty Years.”

Here’s the schedule, and here’s where you can register.




September 26, 2016 in Class Actions, Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Call for Nominations: AALS Federal Courts Section’s Annual Award for Best Untenured Article on the Law of Federal Jurisdiction

Here is the announcement:

The AALS Section on Federal Courts is pleased to announce the fifth annual award for the best article on the law of federal jurisdiction by a full-time, untenured faculty member at an AALS member or affiliate school—and to solicit nominations (including self-nominations) for the prize to be awarded at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. 

The purpose of the award program is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the field of federal courts by untenured faculty members. To that end, eligible articles are those specifically in the field of Federal Courts that were published by a recognized journal during the twelve-month period ending on September 1, 2016 (date of actual publication determines eligibility). Eligible authors are those who, at the close of nominations (i.e., as of September 15, 2016), are untenured, full-time faculty members at AALS member or affiliate schools, and have not previously won the award.

Nominations (and questions about the award) should be directed to Prof. Bradford Clark at George Washington University Law School ( Without exception, all nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on September 15, 2016. Nominations will be reviewed by a prize committee comprised of Professors Curtis Bradley (Duke), Bradford Clark (George Washington), Tara Leigh Grove (William & Mary), Gillian Metzger (Columbia), and Caleb Nelson (Virginia), with the result announced at the Federal Courts section program at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting.






September 6, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Call for Papers: New Voices in Conflict of Laws

I recently received a Call for Papers from the AALS Section on Conflict of Laws, which will be holding a program entitled New Voices in Conflict of Laws at the AALS annual meeting in January 2017. Here’s the submission procedure:

Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools who are untenured or received tenure in 2015 or 2016 are invited to submit papers.

Submissions may take the form of draft papers or detailed abstracts, although priority may be given to draft papers. Submissions should be anonymous. Please do not include your name, institution or other identifying information in your paper or abstract, and please do not send submissions directly to the Section Chair. One goal of the program is to provide useful feedback on works in progress. Therefore, please do not submit published work or work that is expected to be published or in final form prior to the meeting.

The deadline for submissions is August 26, 2016. Please send your submission in Microsoft Word format to Stacy Tran, assistant to the Section Chair, at In the subject line of your submission, please write “AALS New Voices in Conflict of Laws Submission.”

The Executive Committee of the AALS Conflict of Laws section will review submissions and select up to three papers to be included in the program. Authors of selected submissions will be notified by September 28, 2016. Complete drafts of the selected papers are due no later than December 2, 2016.

More details on the announcement below:

Download Call for Papers AALS 2017 Conflict of Laws





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Monday, August 15, 2016

Ninth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop

Howard Wasserman has posted the details for the Ninth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop, which will take place at Emory on March 31 - April 1, 2017. If you’d like to present, submit an abstract to by November 1, 2016.





August 15, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Emory Law Journal Symposium Issue: The "War" on the U.S. Civil Justice System

The contributions to the Emory Law Journal’s 2015 Pound Symposium are posted here. They include essays by Stephen Daniels & Joanne Martin, Rich Freer, Myriam Gilles, Bob Klonoff, Alexandra Lahav, Cathy Sharkey, and Georgene Vairo.



August 12, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Second (and Third and Fourth) Annual Civil Procedure Workshop

The Second Annual Civil Procedure Workshop was held last week in Seattle. Thanks to the organizers Brooke Coleman, Dave Marcus, and Liz Porter for putting together a fantastic event.

If you’re interested in participating in the future, here’s some info:

  • The Third Annual Civil Procedure Workshop will be at the University of Arizona on November 3-4, 2017.
  • The Fourth Annual Civil Procedure Workshop will be at Stanford University in July 2018.

Stay tuned for more details.



July 18, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 2, 2016

CFP: AALS Section on Civil Procedure

AALS Section on Civil Procedure Call for Papers – 2017 AALS Annual Meeting

The AALS Section on Civil Procedure invites papers for its program on “The Roberts Court and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure” at the AALS Annual Meeting, on January 3-7, 2017 in San Francisco. The selected paper will be presented on Thursday, January 5, and the panel will be held from 8.30AM to 10.15AM.


This panel discussion will address jurisprudential developments related to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure under the Roberts Court. The topics will include judicial interpretation of the rules, recurrent doctrinal themes within the rules, recent and proposed amendments to the rules, and the rule making process.


Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. Pursuant to AALS rules, faculty at fee-paid law schools, foreign faculty, adjunct and visiting faculty (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school), graduate students, fellows, and non-law school faculty are not eligible to submit. Please note that all faculty members presenting at the program are responsible for paying their own annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.


One paper will be selected for presentation at the AALS annual meeting. There is no formal requirement as to the form or length of proposals. However, more complete drafts will be given priority over abstracts, and the presenter is expected to have a draft for commentators one month prior to the beginning of the AALS conference.

The paper will be selected by the Section’s Executive Committee. Please submit only anonymous papers by redacting from the submission the author’s name and any references to the identity of the author. The title of the email submission should read: “Submission – 2017 AALS Section on Civil Procedure.”


Please email submissions to the Section Chair Simona Grossi, Professor of Law at: on or before August 19, 2016.

May 2, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Second Annual Civil Procedure Workshop: Seattle, Washington (July 14-15)

If you’re planning to attend the Second Annual Civil Procedure Workshop, you can register here. You’ll also find information about lodging, including a block of rooms that need to be reserved by June 14, 2016. 

Questions? Contact Liz Porter, Dave Marcus, or Brooke Coleman.

Looking forward to seeing folks in Seattle.




April 21, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Registration Opens for 2016 SEALS Conference

Registration for the 2016 annual conference of the Southeastern Law Schools Association (SEALS) is now open.  The final program is available.  The conference will be held August 3-9, 2016 in Amelia Island, Florida. 

The programs that seem to relate most to civil procedure, litigation, and courts are (I apologize if I missed any):

Continue reading

February 5, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Symposium Articles on Re-Assessing Civil Procedure Published

The Nevada Law Journal's current issue publishes a symposium entitled "Through a Glass Starkly: Civil Procedure Re-Assessed."  It contains numerous notable articles and essays:




Steve Subrin

January 26, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Submission Deadline for the Second Annual Civil Procedure Workshop

As we covered earlier, the second annual Civil Procedure Workshop will be held this summer at the University of Washington in Seattle (July 14-15, 2016). If you’d like to present a paper for discussion, submit your two-page abstract by Friday, January 15.

More details here.




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Monday, January 11, 2016

Reminder: Deadline to Submit Abstract for Civil Procedure Workshop is January 15

The second annual Civil Procedure Workshop, to be cohosted by the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, will be held at the University of Washington in Seattle on July 14-15, 2016.

Information from the organizers is as follows:

The Workshop gives both emerging and established civil procedure scholars an opportunity to gather with colleagues and present their work to an expert audience. Scholars will present their papers in small panel sessions. A senior scholar will moderate each panel and lead the commentary. In addition to paper presentations, we intend to engage members of the judiciary and federal civil rulemaking bodies in discussions about current developments in procedure. Our goal is for the Workshop to strengthen the study of procedure as an academic discipline, and to deepen ties among the academy, rulemakers, and the judiciary. Confirmed participants for 2016 include Robert Bone, Sergio Campos, David Engstrom, Samuel Issacharoff, Alexandra Lahav, Alexander Reinert, the Hon. Lee Rosenthal, Joanna Schwartz, and Adam Steinman.

We welcome all civil procedure scholars to attend this Workshop. Those wishing to present a paper for discussion in the Workshop should submit a two-page abstract by January 15, 2016. While we welcome papers from both emerging and senior scholars, preference may be given to those who have been teaching for less than ten years. We will select papers to be presented by March 1, 2016. Please send all submissions or related questions to Liz Porter.

The workshop will provide meals for registrants. Participants must cover travel and lodging costs. We will provide information about reasonably priced hotels as the date approaches.

Feel free to contact us with questions.

Liz Porter (UW),

Brooke Coleman (Seattle U),
Dave Marcus (Arizona),

January 11, 2016 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ten New Articles on Personal Jurisdiction

Lewis & Clark Law Review has just published a symposium on personal jurisdiction that contains ten articles and essays;


Philip Thoennes

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 593 (2015)



John T. Parry

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 607 (2015)


Cassandra Burke Robertson and Charles W. “Rocky” Rhodes

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 643 (2015)


Linda J. Silberman

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 675 (2015)


Verity Winship

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 693 (2015)


Daniel Klerman

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 713 (2015)


Stanley E. Cox

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 725 (2015)


Julie Cromer Young

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 753 (2015)


Allan Erbsen

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 769 (2015)




Ruth Miller

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 791 (2015)


Joan M. Shaughnessy

19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 811 (2015)


Hat tip: John Parry

December 29, 2015 in Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts | Permalink | Comments (1)

Call for Submissions: Veterans Law Review

The Veterans Law Review, an online journal publishing in the area of Veterans’ law and jurisprudence, is now accepting submissions for consideration of publication in Volume 8. The submissions cycle for Volume 8 will close on January 31, 2016; until that date, writings may be submitted through Scholastica or ExpressO, or may be sent directly to the Editorial Board via the email below. The Veterans Law Review actively encourages Veterans’ service organizations, Veterans, and those working on Veterans’ issues to submit original legal writings for consideration for publication. Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman 12-point font, and should conform to the current edition of the Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation. The editors review each manuscript for scholarly merit, clarity, and accuracy and will notify authors of any substantive changes. Authors are invited to discuss potential submissions with the current Veterans Law Review Editorial Board via email at

December 29, 2015 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 18, 2015

AALS Annual Meeting 2016: Programs Relating to Civil Procedure

The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools will be held Wednesday, January 6 to Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City.

Programs sponsored by the Civil Procedure Section and/or the Litigation Section are:




Friday, January 8, 2016

10:30 to 12:15

Discussion of Potential Class Action Reforms with the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

1:30 to 3:15

The Pedagogy of Procedure: Using Civil Procedure to Showcase Innovative Teaching Methods.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

10:30 to 12:15

Reforming the Hearsay Rule and Its Exceptions

Saturday, January 9, 2016

1:30 to 3:15

Does Evidence Still Matter?

For more information, see the program schedule.

December 18, 2015 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning: Call for Proposals

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (of the law schools of Gonzaga, Washburn, and Arkansas-Little Rock) has issued a Call for Presentation Proposals for its Summer 2016 conference on Real-World Readiness.

The conference will take place at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, from June 9-11, 2016.  Further information is available on the website.

December 15, 2015 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 9, 2015

SEALS Call for Submissions to the Works-in-Progress Series

The Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) will hold its annual conference August 3-6, 2016 in Amelia Island, Florida.  While registration for the conference will not open until February 2016, the SEALS Works-in-Progress Series Committee is seeking submissions for its 2016 workshops.

The website states, "The Works-in-Progress Series (3 hour sessions) is designed for all intermediate and senior scholars who are further along in their scholarship and development than 'new' scholars."  Click here for more information on the Works-in-Progress series. 

Those interested in participating should submit an abstract (no more than 500 words) of their work-in-progress to by December 1, 2015.




November 9, 2015 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)