Saturday, March 16, 2019

CFP: The Central States Area Legal Writing Conference at The John Marshall Law School

Here's a reminder that April 5 is the deadline for presentations for the 2019 Central States Area Legal Writing Conference.

Interwoven: The Fabric of Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Central States Area Legal Writing Conference

Location: The John Marshall Law School in Chicago (which at the time of the conference will be the UIC John Marshall Law School), 300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois

Conference Dates: Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14, 2019

Deadline for Proposals: Friday, April 5, 2019

The Central States Area Legal Writing Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals for presentations at the conference. They are particularly interested in proposals that are broadly related to this year’s theme, which focuses on how legal writing can work with other disciplines within the law school to enhance the educational experience of our students. Because this conference will be held close to the start of the school year, the organizers are especially looking for presentation ideas that will provide conference participants with quick “take-aways” that they can bring home and incorporate into their classes.

Time slots are generally set up in 50-minute increments, and there are many ways to present your topic. Below is a list of some suggestions, which is by no means exhaustive. Please note that co-presenters and groups are welcome. In addition, as part of your proposal, please identify how your materials might be shared with the group.

  • 15-minute speed rounds (three to a time slot)
  • 25 minute presentations (single, co-presenter, or group) (two to a time slot)
  • 50 minute panel discussion

If you are interested in presenting, please send us a one- to two-page proposal with the following information:

  1. Your name, professional title and school
  2. Contact information, e-mail and telephone number
  3. Number of years teaching in a law school (we will consider applications with all levels of experience)
  4. Title of your presentation – what is the topic that would fit on a bumper sticker
  5. One paragraph description of your presentation, about 300 words.
  6. Technology needs beyond the basics. All rooms have computers with internet, and projection and audio capabilities.
  7. Whether the presentation is lecture style or interactive. (please describe)
  8. While most presenters will be chosen to speak on one topic, please submit as many as you would like considered.

Please send proposals to Wanda M. Temm, Clinical Professor of Law, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Her e-mail address is Her telephone number is (816) 235-5311.

If you’ve never presented at a conference before, you should give this opportunity special consideration and inform the organizers that this will be your first conference presentation. Presenting at a regional conference is one of the best ways to jump into the legal writing community at a broader level than just your school.

Presenters will know by April 30 whether their proposals have been accepted.

Hat tip to Wanda Temm and The Central States Program Committee


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