Sunday, March 1, 2009

Call For Proposals: Central Region Conference on Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing

The Central Region will hold its sixth biennial conference on the Teaching of Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing on October 9-10, 2009, at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The organizers invite proposals on the theme of "Alternative Sources of Energy in Legal Writing."

The organizers are seeking proposals on topics related to the teaching of legal research, writing, and analysis to first-year and upper-level students. In keeping with this year’s theme, they are particularly interested in proposals that share ideas for benefitting from other “sources of energy” (such as librarians, academic support professionals, and doctrinal professors). They are looking for practical pointers that participants can take back to implement and for ideas on how to work with our multi-talented colleagues to improve legal education. The presentations should take a practical, “hands on” approach to the topic. You may submit a proposal for a 15-minute speed round, a 25-minute presentation, or a 45-minute panel presentation. Possible panel ideas might include different viewpoints on collaborating with doctrinal faculty, producing joint scholarship, or teaching research. Ideas on other topics are also invited.

The conference is planned with a reception on Friday evening and with the presentations on Saturday. A Scholars’ Forum is also planned for October 9 in conjunction with the conference (along with a one-hour discussion at the end of the day on how to get published and and how to give effective presentations).

Your proposal should include a brief description of the topic, the preferred format, and any technological requirements you may have.  Be sure to specify how much time you desire. If you’ve never presented at a conference before, the conference organizers urge you to give this opportunity special consideration and to let them know that this will be your first conference. Submit your proposal by e-mail by March 6 to John Mollenkamp at Cornell Law School.

Hat tip to Alison Julien of Marquette University.


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