Family Law Prof Blog

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

Monday, May 17, 2021

AALS Call for Papers--Pedagogy Penal on Centering Race and Class In Family Law Teaching

CFP:  Centering Race and Class in Family Law Teaching  

The AALS Section on Family & Juvenile Law is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its Pedagogy Penal on Centering Race and Class In Family Law Teaching. The Pedagogy Panel is co-sponsored by the Section on Teaching Methods. 

The Pedagogy Panel will be held during the AALS  Annual Meeting in early January 2022 in New York City. The goal of the session is to discuss and share various approaches to integrating issues of race and class into what we teach, how we teach, and how we assess in the family and juvenile law curriculum. Race and class are intertwined in many distinct areas of family law, and we welcome any paper that explores this intersection. Presentations that solely address race or class are also welcome, as the two subject matters may not be conflated. 

Participants are encouraged to demonstrate, model, and discuss their holistic inclusive approaches to the courses as well as to provide examples of how they handle discrete cases or topics.  Presenters will be expected to share relevant and replicable materials in advance of the Annual Meeting.  

If you are interested in participating, please send a 400-600 word description of what you'd like to discuss.  Submissions should be sent to  Professor Naomi Cahn,   The due date for submissions is June 22, 2021, and  decisions will be made by the Pedagogy subcommittee, which also includes Jamie Abrams (Louisville), Jeffrey Dodge (Penn State Dickinson Law), Hannah Haksgaard (South Dakota) , and Jessica Dixon Weaver (SMU).  We will notify the selected presenters  by mid-July, 2021.

In addition, the Family Law Quarterly is dedicating its Spring 2022 volume to race and family law, and there is the possibility of publication with the journal. Jessica Dixon Weaver (SMU) will be editing the volume.  Please let us know if you are interested in that option on your submission.  Article length is expected to be approximately 11,000 words.

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