Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The call for papers for this proposed symposium marking the 25th anniversary of Batson v. Kentucky follows the jump. A live symposium is anticipated for October 2011.
CALL FOR PAPERS: FOR A PROPOSED SYMPOSIUM to mark the 25th anniversary of the
United States Supreme Court’s landmark opinion in Batson v. Kentucky (1986), THE
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW invites submissions. The symposium is
prompted by a need for reflection upon what a quarter-century of experience with the revolutionary
constitutional restrictions that Batson and its progeny have imposed on peremptory jury challenges
means for the criminal justice system. Submitted work should be prompted by the Batson doctrine
(its impact, consequences and implications for the future) or, more broadly, by other concerns
regarding the theory and function of the peremptory challenge. We encourage a broad range of
doctrinal and methodological approaches to these questions, and both legal and social science
scholars are welcome to participate. We anticipate a live symposium in October of 2011 and
publication of the completed papers in a to-be-determined format. The conference planners reserve
the right to solicit authors independently of this call for papers and to condition going forward on
sufficient submissions of interest and quality.
Those interested in participating should submit a one paragraph summary of the paper they will
present and an abstract of no more than 750 words that outlines the structure and content of the
paper in more detail. The deadline for expressions of interest is December 15, 2010. More detailed
outlines will be due at a later date. Final manuscripts will be due three weeks before the symposium.
Submit summaries and abstracts via email in either Word or PDF format to: jamestomkovicz@
uiowa.edu. Inquiries about the symposium can be made to Professor Tomkovicz at the