Category Archives: Call for Papers

Deadline Extended for AALS Poverty / Clinic Sections’ Panel Submissions until Sept. 8

The deadline for submissions for this call has been extended until Sept. 8: Call-for-Papers: “Reconsidering the Roles and Responsibilities of the Law School as Advocate in the New Normal of Federal Policy” — AALS, Jan. 2018. The joint call-for-papers from the Clinical Law and Poverty Law sections can be found here: Clinical and Poverty Call for Papers FINAL.


Call-for-Papers Deadline Extended: “Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts” — March 23-24, 2018, Washington, D.C.

Poverty StatesI am extending the deadline for submissions for the poverty law conference that American University is hosting on Mar. 23-24, 2018, “Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts.” The new deadline for submissions is Sept. 15, 2017 and the revised call is available here: Poverty States Call-for-Papers DC Mar. 2018 Deadline Extended. Please consider attending. The past two conferences have been great, mainly because so many of you decided to participate! D.C. in March is beautiful, AU’s new law school campus is beautiful, and a lot of great people have already decided to come. =)

Call-for-Papers: “HUD’s Past, Present and Future”

Call-for-Papers: “HUD’s Past, Present and Future” – Monday, November 13, 2017 and Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Full details here: HUD’S PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE SYMPOSIUM.

Call-for-Papers: “Reconsidering the Roles and Responsibilities of the Law School as Advocate in the New Normal of Federal Policy” — AALS, Jan. 2018

Call-for-Papers: “Reconsidering the Roles and Responsibilities of the Law School as Advocate in the New Normal of Federal Policy” — AALS, Jan. 2018. The joint call-for-papers from the Clinical Law and Poverty Law sections can be found here: Clinical and Poverty Call for Papers FINAL

Call-for-Panelists: “Innovations in Teaching Access to Justice Across the Law School Curriculum” — AALS Jan. 2018

Call-for-Panelists: Innovations in Teaching Access to Justice Across the Law School Curriculum — 2018 AALS Annual Meeting – Open Source Program, Friday, January 5, 2018, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.

We invite applications to speak on a panel about how law school faculty can
innovate in the classroom to create future attorneys who are concerned about access to
justice and playing a role in solving the access to justice crisis. Each panelist will speak
about a recent experiment incorporating access to justice into the law school curriculum.
We hope to identify an additional panelist who has (or will in the Fall 2017 semester)
integrated access to justice concepts in a first-year or core law school course.
The program will begin with a roundtable discussion of each panelist’s recent
efforts to highlight and incorporate access to justice in their own classrooms. The
program will continue with a facilitated discussion that will allow audience members to
share and develop their own classroom experiments, including ideas to incorporate access to justice in core and first-year courses. The planned panelists are Anna Carpenter
(Tulsa), Lauren Sudeall Lucas (Georgia State), Victor Quintanilla (Indiana), and Colleen
Shanahan (Temple).

To be considered as a panelist, please email a short (1-2 paragraph) statement of
interest and description of your recent or upcoming effort to teach access to justice in the
classroom to Colleen Shanahan ( by September 1.

Call-for-Papers: Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy

GJPLP Vol. 25 Call for Submissions

The Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy is the nation’s premier law journal on poverty issues. As part of its objective to bring an end to the desperate conditions afflicting so many in this wealthy nation, GJPLP publishes articles from distinguished law professors and practitioners in poverty-related fields. The Journal aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for all those seeking to contribute to an informed discussion on poverty and social reform issues, whether liberal or conservative, practitioner or policymaker, service provider or academic.

GJPLP is currently accepting submissions for its next volume. The Journal encourages authors to submit articles on poverty law and policy related topics that are no longer than 30,000 words in length, including text and footnotes, formatted in Bluebook style. Articles are read and selected on a rolling basis until all available pages in the applicable volume are filled.

The Journal prefers that authors submit articles through Bepress ( In the alternative, authors may submit their articles as a Microsoft Word document via email to Authors are asked to provide an abstract as well as a CV with their submissions. Due to the volume of content the Journal receives, we cannot guarantee a response will be provided if your submission is not selected for publication.

Call-for-Papers: “Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts” – Washington, DC, Mar. 23-24, 2018

I am excited to share this call for papers (available as a PDF here: Poverty States Call-for-Papers DC Mar. 2017) and hope many of you will chose to participate.  Past conferences in 2016 at Seattle Univ. and in 2013 at American Univ. were great gatherings and I am hoping this is a similarly strong gathering.  Even if the news coming out of D.C. this past couple of months has been alarming, D.C. in March is beautiful and if anything the news adds urgency to our work so I hope you can make it.

Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts

Poverty StatesMarch 23-24, 2018 – American University Washington College of Law – Washington, D.C.

Announcing a poverty law conference, “Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts,” to be hosted by American University Washington College of Law on March 23-24, 2018.  This conference will focus on the interplay between federal, state, and local anti-poverty efforts and programs.  In 1996, Welfare Reform transformed poverty law field by replacing federal welfare rights with capped block grants to the states.  Since then, while welfare rolls went down, welfare failed to provide assistance for many need families, especially in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.  Additionally, while the block grants theoretically allowed states greater freedom to experiment with localized programs to help the poor, in practice many states redirected block grant funds to fill holes in their general budget.  With Republicans controlling not only Congress and the Presidency but also 34 state governments, there is an increased probability that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will succeed, at least partially, in his plan to replace nearly all social protections with a single block grant to states.  This conference is a gathering for all whose work focuses on poverty and inequality.  There are three main lines to the conference:

  • Federalism (the relationship between the federal and state governments)
  • State and Local Level Anti-Poverty Efforts (what is working and what is not working, including state constitutional rights, access to justice initiatives, supplemental state programs, etc.)
  • General Poverty Law Works-in-Progress (subject matter not limited in any way)

Finally, with the right group of contributors, the hope is to put together an edited volume of contributions that fit within the conference theme.  Please email if you are interested in being part of such an endeavor.  The likely outcome is a book similar to the Poverty Law Canon book that Michigan University Press published from the first poverty law conference.  Of course, if you would like to present at the conference but publish separately that is welcome as well.

This announcement is largely a hold-the-date, but if you would like to present, please submit a title and abstract by August 1, 2017 to  Updates as they are available will be posted to the AUWCL Economic Justice Program’s website:

Call-for-Papers: “Twenty-First LatCrit Conference (LatCritXXI) 2016 Election: What Next?” — Orlando, Florida, September 29-30, 2017

Call-for-Papers: “Twenty-First LatCrit Conference (LatCritXXI) 2016 Election: What Next?” — Orlando, Florida, September 29-30, 2017.

Call-for-Papers: “ClassCrits at Ten: Mobilizing for Resistance, Solidarity, and Justice”

Call-for-Papers: “ClassCrits at Ten: Mobilizing for Resistance, Solidarity, and Justice,” Tulane Univ. School of Law, Nov. 10-11, 2017.  Overview info below with details on the call after the overview:

Ten years ago, a group of scholar-activists organized a series of conversations about law and economic class.  Building on “outsider” jurisprudence that has moved inequalities of race, gender, and sexuality from the margins to the center of law, the group proposed a jurisprudence of economic inequality. To foreground economic justice, the group sought to critique mainstream law and economics and to focus on the lives of poor and working class people.

Rejecting the neoliberal ideology of scarcity, and reclaiming the possibilities presented by the commons and by collective action, ClassCrits was born.  Our name, “ClassCrits,” reflects our ties to critical legal analysis and our goal of addressing economic class in the multiple intersecting forms of subordination. We confront the roots of economic inequality in divisions such as race and gender and in legal and economic systems destructive to the well-being of humanity and the planet.

Alternative visions and solutions have become even more essential in the contemporary moment. In the United States, 2017 has begun with historic dangers, global protests, and major constitutional litigation against the new federal administration.  The 2016 presidential election has exposed deep rifts in the foundations of law, economy, and society, reflecting a broad and deep discontent with neoliberal globalization.  Decades of bipartisan policies have focused on privatization and de-regulation of economic power.  Perceptions that established systems of law and economy are “rigged” against ordinary people have led to demands for change.  Some blame liberal “identity” politics for giving short shrift to those harmed by economic disruption.  Others rationalize increased inequality and insecurity as the inevitable results of innovation and potential growth that necessarily skews rewards to a privileged few.

What we cannot deny is the reality we are facing:  A counter-democratic revolution.  In response to this discontent, the prevailing response has been to take the neoliberal vision further. In place of principles and practices of law, democracy, and public service, this vision idealizes unaccountable authority aimed at unequal private gain.  Policy proposals include selling off public lands, privatizing the already fragile public education system with vouchers, and permitting private interests to foul the air and water held in common as fundamental to health and life on earth.  Promises to “Make America Great Again” seem to entail a rollback of civil rights protections for people of color, women, immigrants, religious minorities, and LGBTQ persons, along with an increase in militarization and an expanding carceral state, in the name of never ending foreign threats and geared toward hands of private profiteers.

The new dangers of oligarchy and authoritarianism risk fostering hopelessness and cynicism. Many of us grope around silences to find reasoned words of persuasion.  Many struggle to find strategies for scholarship, teaching, and advocacy sufficient to address emerging threats.

At the same time, this moment has sparked new voices and energy.  Whether it is attending town hall meetings, calling or writing democratically elected representatives, engaging in numerous strikes and protests, or filing lawsuits, a resurgence of public dissent and collective action suggests the possibility of alternative solutions.  Protests by indigenous persons at Standing Rock, by diverse groups of women marching in cities all over the world, by workers of color in the “Fight for Fifteen,” and by immigrants speaking out against the rising xenophobia and racism have inspired support and action challenging established boundaries of identity, interest, and policy.

During this exciting moment of possibility and struggle, we invite participants to submit applications to present at the 10th Annual ClassCrits conference, held at Tulane University Law School.  We invite panel proposals, roundtable discussion proposals, paper presentations, poetry and fiction reading, and art speaking to this year’s theme, as well as to general ClassCrits themes.  We are also interested in receiving proposals from law clinicians who engage in activist lawyering as a core part of their curriculum design. See the following page for details.

Finally, we extend a special invitation to junior scholars (i.e., graduate students and non-tenured faculty members) to submit proposals for works in progress. At least one senior scholar, as well as other ClassCrits scholars, will provide feedback and detailed commentary upon each work in progress in a small, supportive working session at this year’s workshop

The general themes of ClassCrits, include:

  • The legal and cultural project of constructing inequalities of all kinds as natural, normal, and necessary.
  • The relationships among economic, racial, and gender inequality.
  • The development of new methods (including the interdisciplinary study and development of such methods) with which to analyze and criticize economics and law (beyond traditional “law and economics”).
  • The relationship between material systems and institutions and cultural systems and institutions.
  • The concept and reality of class within the international legal community, within international development studies and welfare strategies, and within a “flattening” world of globalized economics and geopolitical relations.

Proposal Submission Procedure and Deadline

Please submit your proposal by email to by June 1, 2017. Proposals should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information, the title of the paper to be presented, and an abstract of the paper to be presented of no more than 750 words.  Junior scholar submissions for works in progress should be clearly marked as “JUNIOR SCHOLAR WORK IN PROGRESS PROPOSAL.”

The venue for the gathering is Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, LA. The workshop will begin with continental breakfast on Friday, November 10 and continue through the afternoon of Saturday, November 11. Arrangements are being made for conference hotels. Please check our website,, for further updates.

The registration fee is $210.00 for all conference attendees who are full-time faculty members from the Global North. Registration is free for students and activists. Participants who do not fit into these categories, and/or who for individual reasons cannot afford the registration fee, should contact us at Workshop attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Call-for-Papers: “The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report”

Call-for-Papers: “The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report” — The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.