Category Archives: Call for Papers

Call for Papers: “Inequality and Human Rights” – Austin, TX

Call for Papers: “Inequality and Human Rights” –  The University of Texas at Austin School of Law invites submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held April 7-8, 2016.  More details here.

Call-for-Papers: “USF Symposium on Housing for Vulnerable Populations and the Middle Class”

Call-for-Papers: “USF Symposium on Housing for Vulnerable Populations and the Middle Class” — Jan. 29, 2016 with a call deadline of Oct. 19, 2015.

Call-for-Papers: “Rebellious Lawyering at Twenty-Five”

Call-for-Papers: “Rebellious Lawyering at Twenty-Five” for the Clinical Law Review.  Abstracts due by Oct. 30, 2015.  More information after the jump:

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Call-for-Papers: “Clinics and Communities: Exploring Community Engagement Through Clinical Education”

Call-for-Papers: 2016 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education: Clinics and Communities: Exploring Community Engagement Through Clinical Education

Request for Proposals for:

  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Workshops
  • Poster Sessions
  • Working Group Facilitators

DEADLINE: Friday, September 25, 2015

SUBMIT TO: Online Form

The 2016 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education will be held from Saturday, April 30 to Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The bi-annual, half-day Workshop for New Law School Clinical Teachers will take place before the start of the main conference on Saturday, April 30.

The Conference Planning Committee seeks proposals for concurrent sessions, workshop sessions, and posters. We also seek volunteers to serve as facilitators for working groups.

We invite proposals from individuals or multiple presenters for all categories of presentation at the conference. We encourage faculty who have not presented before or who have not presented in the past few years to submit proposals. We also encourage collaboration within and across institutions.

Proposals are due by the close of business on Friday, September 25, 2015. Selections will be made and participants notified by October 30, 2015. All proposals should be submitted through our online form by the September 25 deadline.

Faculty members including adjunct faculty and fellows at AALS member and fee-paid schools are eligible to submit proposals or serve as presenters. International faculty; visiting faculty (who do not retain a permanent affiliation at another law school; graduate students; and non-law school faculty may serve as presenters.   Concurrent session presenters, workshop leaders, poster presenters, and working group facilitators must pay the registration fee and are responsible for their own expenses related to attendance at the Conference.

Call-for-Papers: “Law and Society” 2016

Call-for-Papers: “Law and Society” 2016 is on June 2-5, 2016, in New Orleans. The theme is “At the Delta: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change.” Paper and session submissions are due Oct. 15, 2015.

Call-for-Papers: “On the Rights of Children”

The Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference for 2016 will be at American University Washington College of Law on Jan. 28-30, 2016.  The theme of the MAPOC conference this year is “On the Rights of Children.”  The full information on the conference is below.  Since I am involved in organizing this conference, I am happy to answer any questions.

MAPOC 2016 Conference and Call for Papers

Our constitutional jurisprudence recognizes children as legal persons, but the rights children possess are ill defined. For example, children have no independent standing to assert rights against those who hurt, endanger, or undermine their emotional, physical, psychological, or spiritual well-being. A child’s may assert a right and seek a remedy against harm only if the state’s agents determine that an adult charged with the child’s protection has violated the statutory framework (itself a recent creation) requiring that adult to protect the child’s best interest and advance the child’s welfare. As such, the history of the law, which has protected children, has been has been a balancing act between constraining parental authority to protect children and recognizing parents’ authority to raise their children as they see fit. Yet, the law still has no clear concept of good-enough parenting. Rather, the law relies on extreme cases in which children have suffered harm, neglect, and death as a basis for determining what is ineffective or bad parenting. The balancing approach, while vital, fails to provide clear answers to a number of significant questions: whether children have a right to associate with both parents; whether children have a right to have their basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, health care, and education; whether children have a right to be free of all direct and indirect harms; whether children have a right to equal protection as a civil or human right; whether children have a right to be free from all forms of discrimination; or whether children precipitate cruelty, risks, and aggression, including wars and terrorism, on the next generation due to maltreatments and cruelties suffered in their childhood, etc.? This latter question has grave implications for law enforcement policies and practices, civil liberties, national security issues, and international foreign policies and acts of aggression by nations.

We encourage paper and panel proposals on a wide range of topics including, but not exclusively encompassing, the following:

  • What is a child?
  • Child dependency, adoption, and reunification
  • Children’s race, gender, class, sexuality and state or national policies
  • Universal education, discipline, and the school to prison pipeline
  • Juvenile delinquency, due process, and the criminal justice system
  • Sex, work, economics, and the exploitation of children
  • Children and the impact of geopolitics, terrorism, national security, and war
  • Parenting and constructive child-rearing behavior
  • Convention on the rights of the child

Each proposal must include a cover page with paper title, presenter(s), affiliation, and current email contact, along with a C.V. of each presenter and an abstract of no more than 250 words. Please submit materials via email to with the subject line: MAPOC 2016 Conference Proposal.

The submission deadline for papers and panels related to the conference theme is Oct 30, 2015. We encourage early submissions, as selections will be made on a rolling basis.

Additionally, MAPOC welcomes works-in-progress submissions. MAPOC’s long-standing works-in-progress (WIP) workshop provides a comfortable and constructive environment where authors can workshop scholarship in any stage of development to a dedicated discussant and supportive audience. Please e-mail your WIP abstract (and any questions) to no later than November 30, 2015, to be included in the WIP program.

Student Writing Competition. MAPOC is sponsoring a writing competition open to all currently enrolled law students of any level, J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D., at a U.S. law school. Papers should be between 15,000-25,000 words in length and there is a preference for papers related to the conference theme but we will accept papers on other topics as well. Please email submissions (and any questions) to no later than October 30, 2015. The winning submission will receive $300 and travel expenses to attend the Conference. The two runner-ups will receive $100 each.

Call-for-Papers: “A Workshop on Children, Vulnerability and Resilience”

Call-for-Papers: “A Workshop on Children, Vulnerability and Resilience” December 11-12, 2015 Emory University School of Law.  A Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative Workshop.

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Property-related presentation opportunity for junior scholars at AALS 2016 NYC

[This is not strictly poverty law related, but I also work in property law and know that lots of property articles have a strong poverty law connection.]

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS  AALS Section on Property Junior Scholar Mentoring Session at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting Property Section Breakfast 7:30 AM January 7, 2016, New York, NY.

The AALS Section on Property is pleased to invite junior faculty members to submit an abstract of a current writing project or an abstract outlining a possible paper idea. Authors of selected abstracts will informally present their theses/ideas during a mentoring session to be held as one part of the Section breakfast at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York. The breakfast will take place at 7:30 am on January 7, 2016.

The goal of this event is to create a safe and organized (but informal) space at the AALS meeting for junior property scholars to meet and engage with more experienced scholars.  Selected presenters will have a maximum of 5 minutes to informally present their emerging theses/ideas to their table at the breakfast, after which the members of the Section at each table can offer feedback. Each table will have at least one member of the Section’s Executive Committee as well as other more senior property scholars who will provide mentoring advice, including constructive comments and guidance designed to help suggest ideas and directions of research that might assist with the junior scholar’s project.

Interested full-time, junior faculty members (defined for these purposes as 10 years or less in the academy) of AALS member law schools are invited to submit an abstract of one to three pages to Professor Donald J. Kochan (Chapman University Fowler School of Law), Secretary of the AALS Section on Property, at by September 30, 2015.  A review panel consisting of seven property scholars will select three to five junior scholars’ abstracts for these informal presentations and table discussions at the Section breakfast.  Selected presenters will be notified of the review panel’s decision in mid-October. Each selected presenter will be responsible for paying his/her annual meeting registration fee, the registration fee for attending the Property Section breakfast, and travel expenses.

Please feel free to direct questions to Professor Kristen Barnes (University of Akron School of Law), Chair of the AALS Section on Property,, or Professor Kochan at

Call-for-Papers: “New Directions in Poverty Law” — AALS Panel Jan. 2016

AALS Section on Poverty Law, Call for Papers for 2016 AALS Annual Meeting.

The AALS Section on Poverty Law is seeking abstracts or drafts of papers to be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting in New York, NY. This year’s program is entitled “New Directions in Poverty Law,” and it will be held on Friday, January 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Program Description: This program will focus on emerging ideas, problems, arguments, and strategies related to poverty law. The field of poverty law encompasses a wide range of legal issues that affect the lives of Americans living in poverty. Much interesting work in this area is being done by academics who may not identify themselves as poverty law scholars, but who are nonetheless writing about issues that inform and intersect with the core concerns of poverty law. This program will provide a forum for discussing some of this scholarship, and for considering the current state of poverty law as a field. Panelists—including one chosen through a call for papers—will present recent works on a variety of topics that relate to poverty law. An open discussion will follow.

Submission Instructions: Eligible law faculty wishing to be considered for the program must submit an abstract or draft paper by September 1, 2015, to Jason Parkin, Chair-Elect of the Section on Poverty Law, at The Section encourages submissions from pre-tenured and recently tenured scholars, as well as scholars whose work may not be widely known to members of the Poverty Section. All panelists, including speakers selected from this call for papers, are responsible for paying their own Annual Meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Call-for-Papers: “Poverty’s Causes and Consequences in the Urban Developing World”

Call-for-Papers: “Poverty’s Causes and Consequences in the Urban Developing World,” Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Aug. 4-6, 2016.  Deadline for submissions: Aug. 30, 2015.