Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, June 5, 2009

Call for Papers - Collaborative Law

Hofstra Law Review has issued a call for papers for an upcoming special symposium issues on Collaborative Law and the Uniform Collaborative Law Act: Opportunities, Challenges, and Questions for the Future

In addition to featuring the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, sponsored by NCUSL for which Hofstra Professor Andrew Schepard serves as reporter, this issue will highlight various topics discussed at Hofstra Law School’s Conference on Collaborative Law to be held on November 20, 2009.  The Law Review is seeking contributions from scholars, practitioners, judges, public policy makers, and experts in all professional disciplines on which Collaborative Law has an impact. We expect to publish a broad range of topics, including: professional responsibility obligations and collaborative law; interdisciplinary approaches to collaborative law; collaborative law in particular disputes and practice settings (for example, divorce, child protection, commercial disputes, environmental law, poverty law, governmental practice, labor law); legal education and collaborative law; collaborative law as it compares to other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation; the implications of collaborative law for the role of lawyers in society; and collaborative law in other countries and cultures.

To be eligible for publication, papers must be submitted by January 1, 2010. Articles submitted should be around 30 double-spaced pages, including citations, notes, references, tables, and figures. Authors may also submit Ideas pieces, which are typically 10-15 pages and more lightly footnoted. Authors are requested to follow the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed.). Publication decisions will be made shortly following the submission date and the publication of this special issue is expected to be completed in June, 2010.

Please direct all inquiries to Editor-in-Chief Michael de Matos by e-mail at, or by phone at (516) 463-5910. Article submissions by e-mail and in Microsoft Word format are preferable. Please e-mail articles to: Articles may also be sent by regular mail to:
Hofstra Law Review
Managing Editor of Articles
Hofstra University School of Law
121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549-1210


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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Hampshire Allows Same-Sex Marriage

For an analysis, see Constitutional Law Professor Blog here.


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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Reactions to Murder of Doctor Tiller

One of the most difficult aspects of teaching family law is helping students to explore issues such as abortion, marriage, parenting and the like in a manner that advances understanding of the issues while also being prepared to be effective advocates for their cause. The assasination of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller provides a sobering reminder of the dangers of extremist rhetoric as an advocacy tool.

Recent news coverage includes:

the New York Times' article on the debate over the role of rhetoric in the murder;

the Topeka Capital-Journal's coverage of Kansas Governor Parkinson's call to "ratchet down inflammatory dialogue";

an article in the Washington Post on the reaction to Dr. Tiller's death;

National Public Radio's story on the effect of Dr. Tiller's death in galvanizing pro-choice advocates.


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