Monday, October 7, 2013

The Blossoming of Environmental Law Workshops

I was lucky enough to find a job as a law professor a little over four years ago. From talking to more senior colleagues, this seems to mean that I have been around for the emergence of many new environmental law conferences, symposia, and workshops. For example, in a few short days I will be headed to Vermont for the 4th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Law. I was happy to be able to attend the first two and think that this is just a great gathering of folks in a pretty part of the country at the peak of its loveliness. I have spoken with a few people who thought this was a juniors-only event, which it assuredly is not. In fact, it is one the first places I actually got to meet some of my more senior colleagues from other schools whose work I had been reading for years.

This colloquium isn't the only thing going on in environmental law though.  Many folks tell me that they feel like there are more symposium than before and with increased use of calls for papers, more of an opportunity for  err... the less than famous among us.. to participate. What I find most exciting though -- because they tend to be the most enriching-- are the recent spate of junior works in progress events. Two years ago, I attending a junior-only WIP hosted by Amanda Leiter at American. It was really excellent and helped me with my project (well help me decide to shelve that project, which sometimes can be the most helpful advice). This past summer I attended one at University of Washington with all junior papers and a mixture of junior and senior commenters. It was also excellent. Plus I heard good things about the Sabin Colloquium for Junior Scholars at Columbia.  It is just an excess of riches. I am not sure what has caused this sudden burgeoning of programs but I gotta say that I like it!  Here is one more to add to your list: 




Lewis & Clark Law School invites submissions for its inaugural Junior Scholar Workshop to be held at Lewis & Clark Law School on Saturday, April 12, 2014. At the workshop, four junior scholars will present their works-in-progress before eight senior scholars. Each junior scholar will receive written feedback from at least two senior scholars. In addition, each junior scholar will have one hour to present and discuss her or his paper with the senior commentators and other workshop participants.

About the Workshop

The workshop aims to promote dialogue between law faculty interested in natural resources and administrative law topics. It also aims to provide junior faculty the opportunity to present their works-in-progress to experts who can offer constructive and thoughtful feedback in a collaborative environment.

The senior scholars who will participate in this workshop have a wealth of expertise in natural resources and administrative law. They are: Peter Appel (Georgia), Eric Biber (Berkeley), Michael Blumm (Lewis & Clark), Robert Glicksman (George Washington), John Nagle (Notre Dame), Mark Squillace (Colorado), Janice Weis (Lewis & Clark), and Sandra Zellmer (Nebraska).

Scholars are invited to submit papers related to natural resources and administrative law. Topics may focus on wildlife law, public lands law and use, protected areas, water law, and other associated topics, as well as administrative law.

Lewis & Clark Law School will pay hotel expenses for two nights. Junior scholars are also invited to attend Lewis & Clark’s symposium, The Wilderness Act at 50, which will take place on April 11, 2014, the day before the junior scholar workshop.

Paper Submission

For the purposes of this workshop, “junior scholars” include law professors with no more than 7 years’ teaching experience. Junior scholars who wish to participate in the workshop should submit papers that are 30-50 pages in length (double-spaced text using 12-point font, with single-spaced footnotes using 10-point font) and include an abstract of no more than 200 words. Scholars may submit papers that have been accepted for publication so long as the scholars can still revise the papers in response to workshop feedback.

Submissions are due by February 10, 2014. Please email all submissions and direct any questions to Melissa Powers, Submissions should include your name, institutional affiliation, telephone number, and email addresses. 

- Jessica Owley

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