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Call For Papers - AALS Section on Law & Mental Disability

AALS Sections on Law and Mental Disability

and Disability Law (co-sponsor) 

Call for Papers/Presentations for 2016 Annual Meeting


Call for papers and presentations, up to 2 papers to be published:

The AALS Section on Law and Mental Disability hereby issues the following call for papers and presentations for the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting to be held in New York, New York, January 6-9, 2016.  Up to two selected papers will be published in the Law and Psychology Review (if the author so desires).

Program title:  The ADA at 25: Implications for People with Mental Disabilities

Program DescriptionThe Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”) is now 25 years old.  Its sweeping prohibitions and mandates have, both figuratively and literally, restructured American society.  Some argue that it went too far; some not far enough.  Still others advocate change in different directions.  This panel focuses on one category of protected individuals: people with mental disabilities.  Though there may be fewer physical barriers for this group, social barriers like stigma and tolerance for discrimination are generally more pronounced.  We take stock of what the ADA and its amendments have accomplished for people with mental disabilities and what has been left undone. 

Paper/Presentation Requirements and Submission InstructionsPresentations and papers may explore any issue at the intersection of the ADA and mental disability, from, for example, discrimination and accommodation to least restrictive treatment modalities.

Up to two selected papers will be published in the Law and Psychology Review, a journal edited by students at the University of Alabama School of Law.  Please indicate when submitting a paper whether you want it to be considered for publication in the Law and Psychology Review or whether you are submitting the paper for presentation only.  Preference will be given to papers of 20,000 words or fewer and that have not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Submitters may also choose to submit an abstract of presentation instead of a full paper.  Such abstracts will be considered for presentation, but not for publication. 

Proposed papers or abstracts of presentations should be submitted to Fred Vars, AALS Law and Mental Disability Section Program Chair, at no later than Monday, August 17, 2015. A sub-committee of the Section Executive Committee will select up to 2 papers and/or presentations. Authors will be notified no later than September 7, 2015

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