Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Conference Announcement: Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop

The University of Illinois College of Law is pleased to announce that the Third Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop will take place at the Club Quarters, Centrol Loop, 111 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL on October 7-8, 2010.  Last year’s workshop, held in October 2009 at the Michigan State University College of Law, was a resounding success attended by junior scholars from 30 law schools, resulting in publications in numerous preeminent journals. We aim to continue this tradition.  

The workshop pairs junior and senior, federal courts scholars in a day-long, works-in-progress workshop.  Senior scholars who have confirmed their attendance for this year’s workshop are Richard Freer (Emory School of Law), Jim Pfander (Northwestern Law School), Martin Redish (Northwestern Law School), and Louise Weinberg (University of Texas School of Law).

Workshop Agenda

Drafts of papers will be distributed to participants prior to the workshop, which begins with dinner on Thursday, October 7. On Friday, October 8, following breakfast, two panels of junior scholars, composed of three to four persons each, will present papers in the morning.  After lunch, two panels of junior scholars will present papers in the afternoon.  Each panel will be assigned a senior scholar who will provide commentary on the paper and lead the group discussion.  

The workshop is open to non-tenured, or newly tenured, academics who teach Federal Courts (or an equivalent course) or whose scholarly agenda encompasses topics ordinarily associated with such a course.  Those who do not currently hold a faculty appointment but expect that they will during the 2011-2012 academic year are also welcome.  There is no registration fee for this conference.

Meals and Accommodations

The University of Illinois College of Law is pleased to provide all the attendees with meals while attending the workshop. Additionally, the College of Law has arranged for the Club Quarters to provide a block of rooms for conference attendees at a discounted rate. Please call 212-575-0006 to make a reservation. The membership code is University of Illinois, and the group code for the conference is LAW107. Discounted Rooms are available for up to two nights (October 7-9), and the discounted rate will be available until August 24, 2010.


Those who plan to attend the workshop are asked to RSVP by clicking the link below no later than July 31, 2010.  Please be sure to indicate whether you will attend the dinner on October 7.

Persons wishing to present a paper may upload an abstract by clicking the link below.  All abstracts must be submitted by June 30, 2010.  A committee of past participants will select papers no later than July 15, 2010.


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