Friday, June 12, 2020

Call for Papers: The Disparity Law Journal

Via Alisha Hennen:


Please find below a call for submissions for a new journal, The Disparity Law Journal,  which is being published as an imprint of the Journal of Law.


The theme for our inaugural issue is Disparity in Legal Citation. We seek to present both commentary and empirical work on the patterns we see in legal citation practice, which we understand to generally favor authors who are White men at the most highly-ranked institutions.  We are also interested in commentary on how the use of citation metrics to judge law schools may institutionalize and reify bias and discrimination. HeinOnline's ScholarRank and its work towards incorporating citation metrics into law school rankings would be just one example of the phenomenon we seek to explore in this issue.


Dates for submission:

Submit a proposal by 7/15/2020

Notification of Acceptance by 8/1/2020

Final draft due on 10/1/2020


Journal Description:

This journal, an imprint of the Journal of Law, is a periodic attempt to highlight, challenge, and address inequality and inequity in law through the publication of readable and practical articles. We welcome both scholarly and unconventional submissions on this topic. Our vision is that we will produce a place for discussions about systemic unfairness in law and law schools. Our approach to dismantling traditions of disparity provides space for all at the table.


Mission Statement: 
Disparity means the condition of being unequal. This journal is an attempt to challenge and shape the conversation about this condition in law and justice through innovative approaches to legal research, scholarship, and theory. 


Lawyers, judges, law professors, law school staff, law librarians, law students. Specifically, those who have been or continue to be disenfranchised in the law or by the American legal academy and have innovative ideas to reform, grow, change and shape the future of legal education and the legal profession.


Length of articles:

No more than 18k. Preference for shorter, readable works.


Type of author:

We accept articles from anyone interested in furthering scholarship on disenfranchisement and disparity in legal academia and the US legal system.


Original works or reprints:

We welcome original works and reprints.


Editorial Board:

Ana Isabel Delgado Valentin, Suffolk University Law School

Nicole P. Dyszlewski, Roger Williams University School of Law

Alisha Hennen, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Rebecca Sherman, United States Courts for the 9th Circuit

Genevieve B. Tung, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School


Submissions and questions can be sent to Alisha Hennen at

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