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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, September 16, 2019

Call for Participation -- Trusts & Estates Collaborative Research Network of Law and Society Association

Here is the text of this CFP:

Trusts & Estates Collaborative Research Network of Law and Society Association
Trusts & Estates Collaborative Research Network
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
Denver, Colorado, May 28-31, 2020

Call for Participation – Deadline September 20, 2019

Submission Link: https://form.jotform.com/91848913844167

The Trusts & Estates Collaborative Research invites proposals for (i) individual papers to be organized into panels; (ii) fully-formed panel proposals; and (iii) proposals for other sessions such as Author Meets Reader, Salon, or Roundtable discussions that explore any aspect of the law, practice or effects of trusts, equity, and estates, broadly defined. We also seek volunteers to serve as Chairs and/or Discussants for paper panels. Successful proposals likely will bear in some way on succession (also referred to as inheritance) and/or wealth transfers (whether at death or during lifetime, outright or in trust). Subjects of inquiry may involve any aspect of government or social policy with respect to trusts, estates, inheritance, wealth transfer, equity or courts with jurisdiction over these issues.

If you would like to present an individual paper as part of a Trusts and Estates CRN panel, submit an idea for a fully-formed panel, or propose an Author Meets Reader, Salon or Roundtable session, please  submit a 500-word abstract/description by Friday, September 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. GMT via this link: https://form.jotform.com/91848913844167.

The planning committee will then attempt to organize the papers into panels with cohesive themes, and to populate other sessions as appropriate. You are welcome to link your paper in some way to the 2020 conference theme, “Rule and Resistance,” but there is no requirement to do so.

Our goal is to stimulate focused discussion of papers on which scholars are currently working and to discuss topics of current and common interest to those working in the field of Trusts & Estates, broadly defined, both in the United States and internationally.  We welcome participation from scholars of any level of seniority working in any discipline, language, or country.  Although you may submit an individual proposal to present a paper that is closer to publication, we are especially interested in receiving proposals for works-in-progress that will benefit from discussion that the panels will provide.

This year, we expect to limit paper panels to four presenters.  We welcome participation of junior scholars, those who are untenured or in non-tenured positions, clinical and legal writing specialists, doctrinal teachers, advanced graduate students, as well as more experienced scholars. Scholars from around the world are warmly encouraged to apply; we welcome participation of colleagues from all nations.

Participants are encouraged to apply multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches in their scholarship. Possible areas of inquiry might include issues related to transfer of wealth between spouses or family members; preferences created for certain types of transfers or transfers to particular classes of individuals; the transfer of wealth to charities or non-profit organizations; generational equity; issues of social and economic inequality; comparative aspects of the law of succession and the law of trusts more broadly; the relationship between/among gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, immigration, language status, disability and the law of succession and the law of trusts; the socio-linguistics of testation and wealth transfer; access to estate planning justice for low- and middle-income individuals; questions of cultural or group inheritance rights; and similar issues.

Please note that LSA rules limit you to participating only once, either as a paper panelist or as a roundtable participant.

We will give preference to proposed Trusts and Estates CRN panelists/participants who agree also to serve as a discussant or discussant/chair for another Trusts and Estates CRN panel (those appearances do not “count” for purposes of the 1-appearance rule). Please indicate your willingness to do so on the proposal form.  Your volunteering will help us to create and sustain a supportive global community of trusts, equity, and estates scholars. We will take into account expertise and topic preferences. Chairs organize the logistics of the panel, as well as moderate at the conference. Chairs will develop a 100-250 word description of the panel for inclusion in the Law and Society program. Discussants will read at least one assigned paper and prepare a short commentary to offer feedback and serve as a basis for discussion among the panelist and audience members. There may be multiple discussants for the same panel, especially if we are able to create panels that include multi-national perspectives.

500-word proposals to participate in a program sponsored by the Trusts and Estates CRN are due Friday, September 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. GMT via https://form.jotform.com/91848913844167.

The submission form will ask you to provide:

  • A 500 word abstract or summary of your paper/formed panel proposal/alternate session proposal;
  • The title of your individual paper/formed panel/alternate session
  • Your name and institutional affiliation;
  • Number of years you have been in teaching/working in the academy; and
  • A list of your areas of interest and expertise within Trusts & Estates/Equity Law.

Please note that for Author Meets Reader, Salon, or Roundtable sessions, organizers should provide a 500-word summary of the topic, the names of the proposed participants, and the contributions they expect the proposed participants to make.

Those selected by the Trusts and Estates CRN for participation in a panel or program will be informed no later than October 23, 2019.  Each participant will then need to register through the Law and Society system no later than November 6, 2019 using the panel number we assign. 

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact any member of the CRN Planning Committee.

2020 LSA Trusts & Estates CRN Planning Committee
Bridget Crawford (chair), bcrawford@law.pace.edu
Diane Klein, dklein@laverne.edu
Carla Spivack, cspivack@okcu.edu
Allison Anna Tait, atait@richmond.edu


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