Tuesday, August 27, 2019

AALS LWRR Section Seeks New Scholars to Present at the AALS Annual Meeting in January

The AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research (“LWRR”) seeks participants in a “New Scholars Showcase” session during the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

During this session, three newer scholars who teach legal writing and who have been selected through the competitive process described below, will present their work-in-progress or recently completed article. Each scholar will have approximately 10-12 minutes to present, and the remainder of the session will be spent on questions and comments from the audience. The LWRR Section is seeking participation from both newer scholars and more experienced legal-writing faculty.

A “new scholar” is:

(1) anyone who teaches legal writing and has been in the legal academy for seven years or fewer or anyone who teaches legal writing who within the last seven years has moved into a position or had their position converted to one that requires publication; and

(2) who has a work-in-progress, an article accepted for publication (but not yet published), or an article that has been published since January 1, 2019.

A new scholar who meets the above requirements can apply to present that work at the New Scholars Showcase. That scholarship can be on any topic, using any method, at any level of controversy, and suitable for publication in any scholarly journal.

Applications from newer scholars will be due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, August 30, 2019. Please submit your application by email to Tim Duff, Program Committee Co-Chair, timothy.duff@case.edu. Please include “New Scholars Showcase” in your subject line. Each application should include the following information: (1) the author’s name, school affiliation, and years teaching in the legal academy (and, if applicable, years in position that requires publication); (2) an abstract of the article; (3) the current draft of the article; and (4) an indication of your interest in being matched up with a scholarly mentor. Please use Microsoft Word or the equivalent, but do not use PDF. By submitting an application, you are agreeing that you will appear at AALS in person to present your work. 

The AALS-LWRR Program Committee will then remove the identifying information from each application, review the applications, and select three applicants to present at the New Scholars Showcase session at AALS.  All applicants who indicate an interest will be paired with a mentor, and we anticipate publicizing the other applicants’ scholarship through the session as well to help provide additional opportunities for mentorship and feedback. Applicants are asked to self-anonymize their articles to the extent possible.

More Experienced Legal Writing Faculty Participants

We are also seeking experienced legal-writing faculty to serve as mentors for the applicants. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please email Tim Duff, Program Committee Co-Chair, timothy.duff@case.edu, to indicate your interest by Friday, August 30, 2019. Please include “New Scholars Showcase Mentor” in your subject line. We will contact you once we have received the applications to begin the process of matching applicants with mentors.

Program Committee

  • Shailini George (Suffolk) Co-Chair
  • Tim Duff (Case Western) Co-Chair
  • Mary Garvey Algero (Loyola - New Orleans)
  • Susie Salmon (Arizona)
  • Dyane O'Leary (Suffolk)
  • Abby Patthoff (Chapman)
  • Candace Centeno (Villinova)
  • Therese Clarke Arado (Northern Illinois)
  • Cara Cunningham Warren (Detroit Mercy)
  • Alyssa Dragnich (Arizona State)
  • Scott Fraley (Baylor) EC Liaison




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