Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, April 5, 2021

Family Law Scholars & Teachers

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We write to invite you to join us at the Fourteenth Annual Family Law Scholars and Teachers (FLST) Conference, which will take place this year on Monday June 21, 2021.  The conference will be conducted virtually via Zoom and will be hosted by Brooklyn Law School. As in previous years, the conference  will provide an opportunity for us to share scholarship, pool our knowledge on teaching issues,    talk about our field and professional development, and get to know one another.

If you are interested in attending this year’s FLST conference, please make sure to read all the way to the bottom of this invitation letter, as the letter includes a number of upcoming deadlines.

In order to maintain a more intimate, safe space where there is an opportunity for each participant to present their work, we are continuing our practice of keeping the conference small. Space is limited (selected purely on a first-come, first- served basis), so please register as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, April 16, 2021. We will keep a waiting list so that if anyone cancels, we will invite people on the waiting    list to attend the conference.

Conference sessions 

As in past years, the conference will provide an opportunity to present and receive feedback in small groups on works-in-progress (WIP) and incubator projects.  In addition, the conference committee is planning a “Show-and-tell” teaching session, as well as a workshop on How to Write a Book.  We also welcome colleagues to join the conference to comment on other people’s work without presenting their own project if they wish.  All participants including commentators must register for the conference by April 16, 2021. 

  • Works-in-progress (WIP) presentations. We invite you to present a work in progress (WIP) for feedback. Participants will be assigned to small breakout sessions designed to foster intensive discussion of each WIP. The size of each workshop will depend on the number of proposals submitted.   WIP Participants will need submit an abstract now, and then a minimum of 10 pages of their project in advance of the conference.

If more papers are submitted than time allows to be discussed, the planning committee will select the papers that will be presented based on subject matter, methodology, etc. Participants are welcome to present papers that have been already accepted for publication, but in the spirit of works-in-progress, we ask that participants refrain from presenting accepted papers that are too far along in the production process for feedback from the conference to be incorporated.

  • Incubator presentations. Incubator presentations allow those  who have an early-stage idea to get substantial feedback on the idea without submitting a paper. Participants will submit a short summary (1-5 pages) describing their idea, and very briefly introduce the idea to the group. The small group will then provide reactions, including suggestions for framing of the idea, appropriate formats or audiences, and further reading or research strategies. The planning committee will make judgments about how many incubators can be accommodated depending on how many applications we receive; priority will go to people in their first three years of teaching.
  • Teaching Show-and-tell. This session will give conference participants the opportunity to share instructional strategies that they have used in their classrooms, or strategies that they have formulated and plan to use. This could include simulation exercises, group work, assessment strategies, visuals, or any other strategies you use to help your students learn. This assessment might be graded or ungraded, provided to individual students or to the class as a group. Presenters will have the opportunity to briefly explain the strategy or provide participants with a copy of the exercise.  Depending on the number of presenters, this session may also enable presenters  to lead the group in experiencing the instructional strategy firsthand.  Emphasis will be on the Show part of Show and Tell, with the goal that conference participants will be able to then implement the strategy in their own We encourage participants at all stages of their teaching career to sign up to present at this session.  Teaching approaches that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in family law, and which incorporate critical perspectives, are especially relevant.
  • So You Want to Write a Book? This breakout session will provide information for participants interested in authoring a book. Seasoned family law professors will present on how to conceptualize a book project, pitch it to publishers, and see it to fruition.


As noted above, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register as soon as possible, but no later than Friday April 16, 2021.   Because space is limited, if you are interested in participation, be quick to register!

To sign up for the 2021 FLST Conference, please go to

Works In Progress Presentations

If you would like to make a WIP presentation, the submission form will ask you to provide:

  • Your paper’s title;
  • The topic of your paper;
  • A 500 word abstract or summary of your paper;
  • Your name and institutional affiliation;
  • Number of years you have been in academia; and
  • A list of your areas of interest and expertise.

Incubator Presentations

If you would like to make an incubator presentation, the submission form will ask you to provide:

  • The title of your incubator project;
  • The topic of your incubator project;
  • A brief description of your project;
  • Your name and institutional affiliation;
  • Number of years you have been in teaching/academia; and
  • A list of your areas of interest and expertise.

Invitation for Teaching Show and Tell

We would also like to use this opportunity to invite presenters to briefly “show and tell” their teaching strategies. Please indicate your interest on the google form. 

Joining the conference as a commentator

You are welcome to join the conference to comment on other people’s work without presenting your own project.  If you would like to join the conference as a commentator, please register at


If you have questions about registering for the 2021 conference, please contact Susan Hazeldean at or Sarah Katz, at  If you have any other general questions, please feel free to contact any of us on the planning committee.

We are very excited about this conference. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you in in June!

Warm regards,

Susan Hazeldean (co-chair)

Sarah Katz (co-chair)

Meghan Boone

Charisa Smith

Gregg Strauss

  Shanta Trivedi

Nofar Yakovi Gan-Or

Jordan Blair Woods

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