Friday, May 5, 2017

AALS Call for Papers: Exploring New Frontiers in Real Estate Development


Call for Papers -- Joint Program of the Section on Real Estate Transactions and the Section on Commercial and Related Consumer Law at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting 

The Sections on Real Estate Transactions and Commercial and Related Consumer Law are pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which at least one additional presenter will be selected for the sections’ program to be held during the AALS Annual 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The program is titled “Exploring New Frontiers in Real Estate Development.”

Program Summary: Real estate development projects include assisted living facilities, hospitals, mixed-use urban sites, office buildings, shopping centers, planned residential communities, and low-income housing. The legal issues that may accompany these projects range from initial financing, refinancing, accompanying credit transactions and leases, and default and restructuring in bankruptcy. Recent years have seen specific legal developments regarding the Fair Housing Act, an uptick in municipal bankruptcy filings, and, more generally, an evolving economic and regulatory landscape. This panel brings together scholars working in the wide-ranging area of real estate development to discuss emerging issues from a variety of legal perspectives, including real estate finance, commercial law, bankruptcy and restructuring, fair housing, and related consumer protection laws.

Confirmed Panelists:
David Reiss, Professor, Brooklyn Law School

Jennifer Taub, Professor, Vermont Law School

Form and Length of Submission: We invite submissions from scholars interested in presenting at the program. One or two speakers will be selected from this call for papers. There is no formal requirement as to the form or length of papers. Preference will be given to papers that are substantially complete and that offer novel scholarly insights. Untenured scholars in particular are encouraged to submit their work. 

Per AALS rules, only full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit a paper to Sections’ calls for papers. Fellows from AALS member law schools are also eligible to submit a paper but must include a CV with their proposal. All panelists, including speakers selected from this Call for Papers, are responsible for paying their own annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Deadline: September 15, 2017. Please email your submission, in Word or PDF format, to Kristen Barnes at and Pamela Foohey at with “CFP Submission” in the subject line.

Inquiries or Questions: Please contact the Section on Real Estate Transactions chair, Kristen Barnes at, or the Section on Commercial and Related Consumer Law chair, Pamela Foohey at

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