Category Archives: Conferences

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 ejp@wcl.american.edu 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 ejp@wcl.american.edu.  Updates as they are available will be posted to the AUWCL Economic Justice Program’s website: www.economicjusticeprogram.com.

Upcoming Conference: “Housing Not Handcuffs: National Forum on the Human Right to Housing”

Upcoming Conference: “Housing Not Handcuffs: National Forum on the Human Right to Housing” organized by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, June 6-7, 2017.

Upcoming Conference: “State of the Union Conference” – Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality

Upcoming Conference: “State of the Union Conference” – Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality, June 16, 2017.  More info here, including the great list of participants.

Upcoming DC Event: “The Criminalization of Race and Poverty” — American University 12-1pm, April 3.

St.-Louis-Redlining-Map-Looking-NorthUpcoming DC Event: “The Criminalization of Race and Poverty” — American University 12-1pm, April 3.  More info here: Criminalization of Race and Poverty

Conference: “Chasing Liberty: Family Detention Symposium”

Conference: “Chasing Liberty: Family Detention Symposium” — UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Feb. 3, 2017.

Symposium: “Policing the Police and the Community”

Symposium: “Policing the Police and the Community,” at Seton Hall University (2015)
Christina Swarns, ““I Can’t Breathe”: A Century Old Call for Justice,” 46 Seton Hall L. Rev. art. 1 (2016).

Udi Ofer, “Getting It Right: Building Effective Civilian Review Boards to Oversee Police,” 46 Seton Hall L. Rev. art. 2 (2016). 

Cynthia H. Conti-Cook, Defending the Public: Police Accountability in the Courtroom, 46 Seton Hall L. Rev. art. 3 (2016).

Call-for-Papers: “2017 Annual Meeting – Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities”

Call-for-Papers: “2017 Annual Meeting – Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities” – Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM – Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM (PDT) Stanford, CA.  Deadline of the call, Oct. 28, 2016.

Call-for-Papers: UDC Law Review Symposium on “POVERTY’S COST: HOW PRIVATIZATION, PROFITS, AND PUBLIC POLICY PLACE HIGHER BURDENS ON THE POOR AND PEOPLE OF COLOR”

UDC Law Review Symposium Call for Papers

TOPIC: POVERTY’S COST: HOW PRIVATIZATION, PROFITS, AND PUBLIC POLICY PLACE HIGHER BURDENS ON THE POOR AND PEOPLE OF COLOR; Symposium Date: March 2017

Our Topic: The topic of the 2017 UDC Law Review Symposium addresses the effects of current business policies on vulnerable communities, particularly the poor and people of color.

Possible topics may include:

  • Social, health, and community costs of environmental deregulation and self-reporting.
  • Human and economic impacts of privatizing criminal justice services, including private prisons, bail services, immigration detention, and community monitoring.
  • Hidden costs of privatizing public utilities.
  • Discriminatory impacts of deregulating the financial services industries.
  • Economic and social costs of privatizing and deregulating education.

Additionally, the Symposium will examine the ongoing impact of lobbying and legislative efforts to address these cost inequities, as well as public policies and strategies for countering these negative effects.

The Law Review’s editorial board invites submissions on topics exploring ways in which society at large subsidizes corporations, with disproportionate impacts on low-income people and people of color. Submissions from academics and practitioners are invited and welcomed.  To be considered for inclusion in the 2017 Symposium Edition, please send an abstract (300-word limit) of your proposed paper to lawreview@udc.edu, with Attn: Jessica Christy in the subject line.

Call-for-Papers: Law & Society Annual Conference 2017, “Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World” — Mexico City, June 20-23, 2017.

Call-for-Papers: Law & Society Annual Conference 2017, “Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World” — Mexico City, June 20-23, 2017.  Submission deadline Oct. 18, 2017.

Call-for-Papers: MAPOC 2017, “Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era”

Upcoming Conference: 22nd Mid-Atlantic People Of Color Legal Scholarship Conference: “Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era” – Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017, George Washington University Law School.  Call for papers below:

On January 20, 2017, the first President of Color, Barack Obama, will conclude his second term.  One week later, scholars, policy-makers, lawyers, activists and law students will convene to reflect upon this historic period in American history.  In particular, on Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28, 2017, the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (MAPOC) will hold a conference, entitled “Legal and Political Change During the Obama Era,” at the George Washington University Law School.  Our goal is to examine and assess shifts in law and policy, at all levels of government, over the past eight years as well as to determine where there has been stasis.  Panels will likely address such topics as Black Lives Matter and other civil rights issues, such as criminal and economic justice, access to voting, and LGBTQ rights, as well as such topics as health insurance and health care, education, housing, immigration and globalization, and the financial implications of the Great Recession.

MAPOC 2017 welcomes Work-In-Progress submissions.  MAPOC’s long-standing work-in-progress (WIP) program is widely known for providing a comfortable and constructive environment in which authors can workshop scholarship at any stage of development to a dedicated discussant and supportive audience.  Please email your WIP abstract (and any questions) to Professor Ezra Rosser at erosser@wcl.american.edu by November 30, 2016, to be included in the WIP program.