Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, February 11, 2017

ACTEC Law Journal Exclusive Review

ACTECThe ACTEC Law Journal will be conducting exclusive reviews over the next few weeks. Any contribution submitted to the ACTEC Law Journal between February 13, 2017 and February 28, 2017 will be evaluated for publication purposes within four (4) business days of submission.  By submitting an article or essay, the author agrees to immediately accept a publication offer with the ACTEC Law Journal should one be extended.  The author is not required in advance to withdraw any article or essay previously or contemporaneously submitted for consideration elsewhere. However, the author may not accept an offer of publication from another journal for any article or essay submitted to the ACTEC Law Journal’s exclusive review process during this window, unless the ACTEC Law Journal indicates that the submission will not receive a publication offer. Author requests to further expedite the exclusive review process will be accommodated to the extent practicable.  Any contribution accepted through this exclusive review process will be published in the ACTEC Law Journal's third issue of the year, which is slated for publication in late summer 2017/early fall 2017.  

The ACTEC Law Journal is a faculty-edited, peer-reviewed academic journal that explores tax, trust and estate topics in depth, and also deals with the practical consequences and applications of the rapidly changing rules in these areas of law. We welcome submissions of articles of traditional length for scholarly articles; shorter pieces of 2,000 to 10,000 words are welcome as well.

If you have an article you would like to submit, please e-mail Bridget Crawford a copy of the article and your CV to bcrawford@law.pace.edu with the subject line "ACTEC Exclusive Article Review."

February 11, 2017 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Call for Papers -- Modern Studies in the Law of Trusts and Wealth Management

The below announcement is posted at the request of Richard Nolan, Tang Hang Wu and Kelvin Low who would like to invite proposals for papers for a conference to be held in Singapore from 27-28 July 2017.

The Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia, Singapore Management University, York Law School and the Singapore Academy of Law will convene the second conference in the “Modern Studies in the Law of Trusts and Wealth Management” series from 27-28 July 2017 in Singapore.  The website of the first conference may be found here http://www.sal.org.sg/conference/Trusts2015/default.htm

The theme of the conference is “The Use and Abuse of Trusts and Other Wealth Management Devices”. The theme of the conference focuses on current developments and challenges facing trust law, and those who study or practise it, in the present political climate. The conveners of the conference plan to produce a published volume from the papers presented at this conference. Selected papers from the last conference will soon be published by Cambridge University Press. Scholars working in the fields of trust law and wealth management are invited to submit proposals addressing the conference theme.  The conveners are keen to hear a diversity of voices on the topic and would welcome scholars from beyond the Commonwealth, women scholars and young scholars in the field.

We are in the process of confirming the keynote and various speakers.  Thus far, the confirmed speakers include Alastair Hudson (Exeter), Paul Davies (Oxford) David Pollard (Trust Law International/Freshfields), James Lee (KCL), Jamie Glister (Sydney), Lou Jianbo (Peking), Lusina Ho (HKU), Simon Douglas (Oxford), Simone Degeling (UNSW), Thomas Gallanis (Iowa) and Warren Barr (Liverpool).

Presenters from the general call for papers will be expected to meet their own travel costs and to pay the conference registration fee of S$500 (excluding Goods and Services Tax of 7%). Unfortunately, the conference organisers do not have any funding to help meet cost of travel or the registration fee.

If you would like to offer a paper, please submit a working title and an abstract (of no more than 1500 words) by 31 January 2017 by email to all of three of us: Richard Nolan (richard.nolan@york.ac.uk ), Tang Hang Wu (hwtang@smu.edu.sg ) and Kelvin Low (kelvinlow@smu.edu.sg )”.

 

January 19, 2017 in Conferences & CLE, Scholarship, Trusts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Call for Proposals -- Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

Institute of Law TeachingCALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS 

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning—Summer 2017 Conference

Teaching Cultural Competency and Other Professional Skills Suggested by ABA Standard 302

July 7-8, 2017

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

 ABA Standard 302 requires all law schools to establish learning outcomes in certain areas, such as knowledge of substantive and procedural law, legal analysis and reasoning, and the exercise of professional and ethical responsibilities. While requiring outcomes in these areas, however, the ABA also has given law schools discretion under Standard 302(d) to individualize their programs by establishing learning outcomes related to “other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.” These other professional skills “are determined by the law school and may include skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, fact development and analysis, trial practice, document drafting, conflict resolution, organization and management of legal work, collaboration, cultural competency and self-evaluation.” This language encourages law schools to be innovative and to differentiate themselves by creating learning outcomes that are consistent with their own unique values and particular educational mission.

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning invites proposals for conference workshops addressing the many ways that law schools are establishing learning outcomes related to “other professional skills,” particularly the skills of cultural competency, conflict resolution, collaboration, self-evaluation, and other relational skills. Which, if any, of the outcomes suggested in Standard 302(d) have law schools established for themselves, and why did they select those outcomes? How are law professors teaching and assessing skills such as cultural competency, conflict resolution, collaboration, and self-evaluation? Have law schools established outcomes related to professional skills other than those suggested in Standard 302(d)? If so, what are those skills, and how are professors teaching and assessing them?

The Institute welcomes proposals for workshops on the teaching and assessment of such skills in doctrinal, clinical, externship, writing, seminar, hybrid, and interdisciplinary courses. Workshops can address the teaching or assessment of such skills in first-year courses, upper-level courses, required courses, electives, academic support teaching, or extracurricular programs. Workshops can present innovative teaching materials, teaching methods, course designs, assessment methods, curricular, or program designs. Each workshop should include materials that participants can use during the workshop and also when they return to their campuses. Presenters should model best practices in teaching methods by actively engaging the workshop participants.

The Institute invites proposals for 60-minute workshops consistent with a broad interpretation of the conference theme. To be considered for the conference, proposals should be one single-spaced page (maximum) and should include the following information:

  • the title of the workshop;
  • the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the presenter(s);
  • a summary of the contents of the workshop, including its goals and methods; and
  • an explanation of the interactive teaching methods the presenter(s) will use to engage the audience.

The Institute must receive proposals by February 1, 2017. Submit proposals via email to Kelly Terry, Co-Director, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, at ksterry@ualr.edu.

Conference Details 

Schedule of Events:

The UALR Bowen School of Law will host a welcome reception on the evening of Thursday, July 6. The conference will consist of concurrent workshop sessions that will take place at the law school all day on Friday, July 7 and until the early afternoon on Saturday, July 8.

Travel and Lodging: 

A block of hotel rooms for conference attendees has been reserved at the Little Rock Marriot Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201. The discounted rate will be available until June 5, 2017. Reservations may be made online by using this link: Group rate for UALR School of Law Room Block July 2017. Reservations also may be made by calling the hotel’s reservations at 877-759-6290 and referencing the UALR Bowen School of Law/ ILTL Conference Room Block.

Fees:

The conference fee for participants is $400, which includes materials, meals during the conference (two breakfasts and two lunches), and the welcome reception on Thursday evening, July 6. The conference fee for presenters is $300.

For more information:

Please visit our website (http://lawteaching.org/conferences/2017/) or contact one of the ILTL Co-Directors:

Professor Kelly Terry at ksterry@ualr.edu; 501-324-9946

Professor Emily Grant at emily.grant@washburn.edu; 785-670-1677

Associate Dean Sandra Simpson at ssimpson@lawschool.gonzaga.edu; 509-313-3809

November 12, 2016 in Conferences & CLE, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Call for Proposals on Formulative Assessements in Legal Education

Detroit MercyThe material below was supplied by Prof. Julia Belian:

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Impact of Formative Assessment: Emphasizing Outcome Measures in Legal Education

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review is pleased to announce its annual academic Symposium to be held on March 3, 2017, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. The Symposium will contemplate how the American Bar Association’s emphasis on outcome measures in its revised Standards for Approval will affect law students’ educational experience. Specific topics may address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  1. The Need for and Benefits of Incorporating Formative Assessments into the Classroom: The importance of self-regulated learning and qualitative feedback; the benefits of formative assessment versus using only summative assessment; the effect of formative assessments on professors’ teaching experience.
  2. Methods for Incorporating Formative Assessments into the Classroom: The types of formative assessments that satisfy the ABA’s requirements; when qualitative feedback is most effective for student success; ways in which to implement formative assessments to improve student learning.
  3. Measuring the Success of Formative Assessments: The methods by which law schools can conduct ongoing evaluation of the assessment methods to adequately “measure the degree to which students have attained competency in the school’s learning outcomes” as required by the new ABA Standards.    

The Law Review invites interested individuals to submit an abstract of 250-300 words that detail their proposed topic and presentation. Since the above list of topics is non-exhaustive, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review encourages all interested parties to develop their own topic to present at the Symposium. Included with the abstract should be the author’s name, contact information, and a copy of their resume/curriculum vitae. Abstracts should indicate whether the proposal is for presentation and publication or for presentation only. Although publication is not required to present at the Symposium, preference will be given to proposals that include a commitment to produce a publishable article for the Symposium edition of the Law Review (to be published Fall 2017).

The deadline for abstract submissions is October 31, 2016. Individuals selected to present at the Symposium will be contacted by November 14, 2016.

Submissions, and any questions regarding the Symposium or the abstract process, should be directed to Law Review Symposium Director Erin Cobane at cobaneer@udmercy.edu.

You may also contact Prof. Belian at belianju@udmercy.edu or 313-596-0225.  

October 13, 2016 in Conferences & CLE, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

ACTEC Law Journal Call for Articles

ACTEC

Below is a Call for Articles issued by the ACTEC Law Journal:

The ACTEC Law Journal has an opening in its spring 2017 issue and therefore will be conducting exclusive reviews over the next few weeks. Any contribution submitted to the ACTEC Law Journal between now and October 24, 2016 will be evaluated for publication purposes by November 1, 2016.  By submitting an article or essay, the author agrees to immediately accept a publication offer with the ACTEC Law Journal should one be extended.  The author is not required in advance to withdraw any article or essay previously or contemporaneously submitted for consideration elsewhere. However, the author may not accept an offer of publication from another journal for any article or essay submitted to the ACTEC Law Journal’s exclusive review process during this window, unless the ACTEC Law Journal indicates that the submission will not receive a publication offer. Author requests to further expedite the exclusive review process will be accommodated to the extent practicable.  Any contribution accepted through this exclusive review process will be published in the ACTEC Law Journal's second issue of the year, which is slated for publication in early spring 2017. 

The ACTEC Law Journal is a faculty-edited, peer-reviewed academic journal that explores tax, trust and estate topics in depth, and also deals with the practical consequences and applications of the rapidly changing rules in these areas of law. We welcome submissions of articles of traditional length for scholarly articles; shorter pieces of 2,000 to 10,000 words are welcome as well.

If you have an article you would like to submit, please e-mail Bridget Crawford a copy of the article and your CV to  bcrawford@law.pace.edu with the subject line "ACTEC Exclusive Article Review." We look forward to reading your submissions.

 

October 8, 2016 in Articles, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wealth Transfer Law in Comparative and International Perspective -- Call for Papers

ACTECThe University of Iowa College of Law and The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Legal Education Committee are organizing the 7th academic symposium financially supported by the ACTEC Foundation. The symposium, Wealth Transfer Law in Comparative and International Perspective will be held at the University of Iowa College of Law on Friday, September 8, 2017. The keynote address will be given by Professor Lionel Smith of McGill University and King’s College London.

Among the objectives of this symposium are:

            (1) To bring together prominent and up-and-coming scholars for the discussion of important issues in wealth transfer law from a comparative and international perspective;

            (2) To spur leading-edge research on wealth transfer law, looking beyond the borders of any one jurisdiction;

            (3) To encourage U.S. professors of trusts and estates to incorporate comparative and international perspectives into their scholarship and teaching; and

            (4) To promote collaborations and exchanges between U.S. and non-U.S. scholars.

Papers presented at the symposium will consist of papers selected from this Call for Papers and papers from invited speakers. The papers will be published in the Iowa Law Review.

If you would like to be considered to present a paper, please submit an abstract of your paper to Professor Thomas Gallanis by email (thomas-gallanis@uiowa.edu) by November 1, 2016. The Iowa Law Review will notify individuals chosen to participate in the symposium no later than December 1, 2016. Symposium speakers will be required to submit a draft of their papers by August 1, 2017, so that the panel commentators will have sufficient time to prepare their commentary.

Symposium speakers will be reimbursed for their travel expenses (economy airfare, the cost of ground transportation, and up to two nights’ hotel for speakers within North America and up to three nights’ hotel for speakers from beyond North America). Speakers will be invited to dinner on the evenings of Thursday, September 7, and (for speakers staying Friday evening) Friday, September 8.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to speakers and attendees on Friday, September 8, courtesy of the ACTEC Foundation.

Questions about the symposium or this call for papers should be directed to Professor Gallanis at the email address above.

October 5, 2016 in Conferences & CLE, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Starting a Charitable Fund in Memory of a Loved One

Memorial fundsIn memory of lost loved ones, some choose to erect plaques, statutes, or buildings while others start foundations, scholarships, or memorial funds. Although no minimum financial requirement exists to start a foundation, the process can be cost intensive and filled with responsibilities. To alleviate some of these burdens, there are options that can make the process easier to manage. One way is to raise money on the Internet through crowdfunding platforms. Other ideas include outsourcing the management of the funds and paperwork to companies that help individuals who are unable to do so on their own. 

See Abby Ellin, Honoring a Loved One with a Charitable Fund, NY Times, September 30, 2016. 

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.

 

October 3, 2016 in Estate Planning - Generally, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SEALS Trusts and Estates Proposed Programming

SealsA team of law professors is hoping to encourage more trusts and estates programming at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools conference, which will be held from July 30-Aug. 6, 2017, in Boca Raton.  The team will be proposing two discussion groups, described below, one which focuses on pedagogy and one on scholarship; please let them know if you would like to participate. In addition, please feel free to propose a panel or discussion group yourself; here is the submission information, http://www.sealslawschools.org/submissions/.

Thank you!  If you have any questions, then please contact Naomi Cahn at ncahn@law.gwu.edu.

SEALS T and E Resource Team: Mark Bauer, Naomi Cahn, and Karen Sneddon.

PROPOSED DISCUSSION GROUPS

Many trusts and estates courses have historically focused their teaching techniques on the traditional Socratic method, and much of trusts and estates scholarship has focused on the development of doctrine within the field itself.  This half day of programming will include two plenary discussion groups that explore pedagogy and scholarship that are expanding the ways of teaching and studying trusts and estates, and related doctrines. The additional discussion groups will address 1) innovations in teaching, including both skills and doctrine; 2) new research that uses trusts and estates concept in other areas of the law, including Elder Law, Family Law, Property, and Professional Responsibility.

August 16, 2016 in Conferences & CLE, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Central States Law Schools Scholarship Conference

CSLSAThe Central States Law Schools Association 2016 Scholarship Conference will be held on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, ND.  

CSLSA is an organization of law schools dedicated to providing a forum for conversation and collaboration among law school academics. The CSLSA Annual Conference is an opportunity for legal scholars, especially more junior scholars, to present working papers or finished articles on any law-related topic in a relaxed and supportive setting where junior and senior scholars from various disciplines are available to comment. More mature scholars have an opportunity to test new ideas in a less formal setting than is generally available for their work. Scholars from member and nonmember schools are invited to attend. 

Registration will formally open in July. Hotel rooms are already available, and more information about the CSLSA conference can be found on our website at www.cslsa.us.

April 18, 2016 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Different Options For Paying College Tuition

Tuition puzzleCollege is getting more expensive and coming up with the money to pay tuition costs can be a difficult.  This article discusses some of the different option that people have for paying college tuition costs.  Students will often need to scrape together family savings, work study loans, financial aid, grants, and scholarships.  It is also common for Universities to offer some sort of tuition payment plan.  This article also explains how people can spend money on tuition from 529 accounts.  According to this article a family that has the money should try paying for tuition up front to avoid having to take out a loan.  People could also consider spending from a retirement account like a 401(k), though there are risks involved with this approach. It might be a good idea to meet with a financial adviser to discuss different options for paying tuition costs.

See Beth Pinsker, It takes a village of options to pay college tuition, Reuters, April 7, 2016.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse for bringing this article to my attention.

April 9, 2016 in Estate Planning - Generally, Income Tax, Scholarship, Trusts, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)