Monday, October 22, 2018

CFP: Oxford Studies in Private Law Theory

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce the launch of Oxford Studies in Private Law Theory, edited by Paul Miller (Notre Dame) and John Oberdiek (Rutgers), and to issue a call for papers for the first volume. 

Oxford Studies in Private Law Theory is a series of biennial volumes showcasing the best article-length work across private law theory.  The series will publish exceptional work exploring the full range of private law’s domains and doctrines—including contract, property, tort, and fiduciary law as well as equity, unjust enrichment, and remedies—and employing diverse methodological approaches to individual areas of private law as well as to private law in general.  Submissions should be approximately 12,000 words, inclusive of footnotes.  The deadline for submission is May 6th, 2019.

All accepted papers will be presented at a workshop at Notre Dame’s Global Gateway campus in London in late summer/early fall 2019.  The Notre Dame Program in Private Law will cover the expense of contributors’ travel and accommodation.  

To submit a paper for consideration, please email John Oberdiek at oberdiek AT

October 22, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sprankling on Property Rights in Cannabis and Questions of Federalism

SpranklingJohn251x304John Sprankling (McGeorge) has posted Owning Marijuana (Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy) on SSRN. Here's the abstract:

Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States. Tens of thousands of new businesses have arisen to meet the demand created by over 34 million Americans who use marijuana. And the millions of pounds of marijuana grown, processed, and sold this year will generate more than $11 billion in revenue. This industry is premised on the assumption that marijuana ownership will be protected by law. But can marijuana be owned? This Article is the first scholarship to explore the issue.

Federal law classifies marijuana as contraband per se in which property rights cannot exist. Yet the Article demonstrates that marijuana can now be owned under the law of most states, even though no state statute or decision expressly addresses the issue. This conflict presents a fundamental question of federalism: Can property rights exist under state law if they are forbidden by federal law? The Article explains why federal law does not preempt state law on marijuana ownership.

This creates a paradox: state courts and other state authorities will protect property rights in marijuana, but their federal counterparts will not. The Article analyzes the challenges that this hybrid approach to marijuana ownership poses for businesses and individuals. It also examines the fragmented status of marijuana ownership in the interstate context, where business transactions involve states with conflicting approaches to the issue.

October 17, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 15, 2018

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: John Marshall-Chicago Seeks Property Visitor

Spring 2019 Full-Time Faculty Podium Visitors

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago seeks one or two full-time visiting faculty members for the Spring 2019 semester. We need coverage in the areas of Civil Procedure(evening course), Secured Transactions, and Estates & Trusts. The appointment is for one semester, but we will be seeking visitors for the 2019–2020 academic year in these areas plus some combination of Evidence, Criminal Law, and Property.

Candidates should have taught full-time at an ABA-approved law school.

To Apply:

Submit a current CV, cover letter, and three professional references to Associate Dean David Sorkin at [email protected]. The review will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until one or both positions are filled. We may request a Skype or in-person interview and submission of prior teaching evaluations.

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

October 15, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: UMKC Seeks Visiting Property Prof

Job Announcement – Visiting Assistant or Associate Professor for Property

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law seeks to hire a visiting professor for the Spring 2019 semester to teach Property II and perhaps one other course that meets an area of need. 

UMKC School of Law seeks faculty members with a strong commitment to educating lawyers for the twenty-first century, and those who will actively participate in our collegial, collaborative community. It is the urban law school of the University of Missouri System and is located on a beautiful landscaped campus in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Missouri, a vibrant metropolitan area of more than two million people. UMKC offers courses leading to J.D. or LL.M. degrees for approximately 400 students. 

UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.

Applicants must apply through the UMKC’s Human Resources website:

Inquiries may be sent to:

Professor Kenneth Ferguson
Chair Appointments Committee
500 E. 52nd St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
[email protected]

October 10, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Top Ten Most Cited Property Law Professors @Brian Leiter's Law School Reports Blog

Check out Brian Leiter's blog for the top ten most-cited property professors in the U.S. for the period between 2013-2017.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

CFP: Socio-Legal Approaches to Property @LSA

LSAThis just in from John Felipe Acevedo (Alabama): 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Socio-Legal Approaches to Property – CRN 49

Panels to be held at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
May 30-June 2 2019, Washington DC

Abstract Deadline – October 25th 2018 


We invite original, unpublished submissions from scholars at any stage of their careers. We are interested in empirically-based papers examining any issues related to the treatment of land and other tangible things as property. Topics may include but are not limited to: land tenure; indigenous forms of property; collectives and property pluralism; land use; symbols of property; resource extraction; civil forfeiture, inheritance; embodied property; redistribution of property; social movements and resistance to property. We will consider all empirically-grounded papers that focus on tangible property, anywhere in the world. All kinds of empirical methods are welcome, including historical, statistical, interviews, comparative, ethnographic, case study, discourse analysis, etc. Also note that papers submitted for publication, but not yet accepted, are also welcome.

If you have a book you would like discussed in a panel session, then please get in touch as we are hoping to have an “authors meet readers” session. Also, if you would be interested in serving as a session chair or discussant please let us know.

We are hoping to have as many panels as possible, so please submit your work, and encourage your colleagues and students to the same!

To submit your paper for consideration, please provide the following information at our website or email Antonia Layard, [email protected] or Dave Cowan, [email protected]

•         A 100-250 word abstract describing the topic, methodological approach, and findings (or expected findings) of your paper. For more detailed instructions on composing abstracts, see LSA website.

•         The paper title

•         Your contact information including affiliation, discipline(s), and email

 Submission deadline

The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on October 25th.

We will notify all authors about the results of their submissions by email within about a week. If accepted, authors will receive instructions about how to submit abstracts directly to the Law and Society Association which must be done before 7th November 2018.


If you would like to be removed from our mailing list please contact John Acevedo, [[email protected]] If you have questions regarding abstract submission please contact either Antonia Layard [email protected] or Dave Cowan [email protected].

October 1, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)