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Friday, April 12, 2013

Call for Papers:

The AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills is seeking paper proposals for its session at the 2014 Annual Meeting. 

The topic will be “Value Creation in the 21st Century,” and will feature a mini-symposium on Prof. Ron Gilson’s foundational article on value creation by business lawyers. 

Prof. Gilson has agreed to be one of the panelists.  We are looking for additional presenters pursuant to the call for papers, below:

Call For Papers

AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills

Value Creation by Business Lawyers in the 21st Century

2014 AALS Annual Meeting

New York, NY

             In 1984, the Yale Law Journal published one of the foundational scholarly articles in the study of transactional law, Professor Ronald Gilson’s “Value Creation by Business Lawyers.”  In the years since its publication the article has fueled a robust debate on the role of business lawyers and the justification for the services they provide.  On the thirtieth anniversary of that influential article this program will re-examine Prof. Gilson’s thesis, evaluate the impact of the article, and discuss the prospects for business lawyers creating value in the 21st Century. 

             We are honored that Prof. Gilson has agreed to participate on the panel.  The other presenters will include invited participants, and authors of scholarly works selected from this call for papers.

             The Section on Transactional Law and Skills invites submissions of proposals for papers germane to the program description provided above.  We welcome any full-time faculty member of an AALS member school who has written an unpublished paper, is working on a paper, or who is interested in writing a paper on this topic to submit a 1 or 2-page proposal to the Chair of the Section by June 7, 2013.  The Executive Committee will review all submissions and select proposals. 

             Please direct all submissions and questions to the Chair of the Section, Eric Gouvin at the address below:

Eric J. Gouvin

Professor of Law and Director,

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Western New England University School of Law


(413) 796-2031



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