Call for Papers: Successes and Challenges in the Struggle for LGBT Rights in Africa

The AALS Section on Africa program will address the topic of “Successes and Challenges in the Struggle for LGBT Rights in Africa” at the 2016 Annual Meeting.  The session will be co-sponsored by the Sections on International Human Rights and on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues.

The AALS Section on Africa is seeking manuscripts, or detailed proposals, dealing with any aspect of this topic.  They welcome papers that provide an overview of LGBT rights issues in Africa, as well as papers that address particular countries (for example, South Africa or Uganda) or particular aspects of the overall topic (e.g., HIV rights issues, or the impact of religion or custom).

Manuscripts or proposals should be comprehensive enough to allow the selection committee to meaningfully evaluate the aims and likely content of the final papers. Please note that papers which have been published, or will have been published by the time of the Annual Meeting, are not eligible.

Deadline and submission method: To be considered, manuscripts or detailed proposals must be submitted electronically to Stephen Ellmann, chair of the Section on Africa, at, by August 15, 2015. Paper(s) selected for presentation must then be submitted by December 1, 2015.

Eligibility: Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. The following are ineligible to submit: foreign, visiting (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school) and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, fellows, non-law school faculty, and faculty at fee-paid non-member schools.  Papers co-authored with a person ineligible to submit on his or her own may be submitted by the eligible co-author.

For questions, please contact: Stephen Ellmann, Chair, Section on Africa, or Brian Ray, Chair-Elect, Section on Africa,

Topics: Call for Papers; International Law; Human Rights.

July 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Grant: LSAC Research Grant Program

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program funds research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC.  Specifically included in the program’s scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession.  To be eligible for funding, a research project must inform either the process of selecting law students or legal education itself in a demonstrable way.

The program welcomes proposals for research proceeding from any of a variety of methodologies, a potentially broad range of topics, and varying time frames. Proposals will be judged on the importance of the questions addressed, their relevance to the mission of LSAC, the quality of the research designs, and the capacity of the researchers to carry out the project.

Application deadline is August 15, 2015.

For more information click here.

Topics: Grants & Competitions; Legal Education.

July 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Conference: The Continuing Influence of “The Oven Bird’s Song” on Law & Society Scholarship

Just over thirty years ago, David Engel published “The Oven Bird’s Song: Insiders, Outsiders, and Personal Injuries in an American Community” in Law and Society Review.  Engel’s research revealed the attitudes that residents in a rural Illinois community brought to contested cultural issues regarding personal injury, dispute resolution, social change, and law.  The article quickly became one of the signature contributions to the law and society movement.

Join the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy in Buffalo, New York on October 23, 2015 from 8:30 – 5:00 for a one-day conference that will take a full measure of the article and its impact from the vantage points of the varied disciplines that inform sociolegal studies.  The symposium will examine the intellectual context within which the article was written, its effect on interdisciplinary studies of institutional actors, the pedagogical opportunities and challenges presented by the work, and the continuing influence of “The Oven Bird’s Song” on law and society scholarship.

Contact Mary Nell Trautner at for more information.

Topics: Conferences & Symposia; Law & Public Policy.

July 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Conference: 3rd Annual Junior Faculty Scholarship Exchange

The University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth School of Law hosts its Third Annual Junior Faculty Scholarship Exchange on October 16, 2015, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration is limited and opens August 24, 2015. For more information please call 508-985-1121 and ask to speak with Emma, Jessica, or Spencer.

Click here for more information.

Topics: Conferences & Symposia; Legal Profession.

July 20, 2015 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

Conference: Literature, Labor, and the Law

The John J. College of Criminal Justice will hold its annual Literature and Law Conference from October 30 – November 1.

This conference will explore the way that literary renderings of labor concerns, broadly defined, have responded to or have influenced the law.

For more information, click here.

Topics: Conferences & Symposia; Criminal Law; Labor & Employment Law.

July 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

Call for Papers: New Directions in Poverty Law

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 will be held on Friday, January 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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.  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.  

Submit an abstract or draft paper by September 1, 2015, to Jason Parkin at

For more information, click here.

Topics: Call for Papers; Law & Public Policy; Human Rights.

July 20, 2015 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Call for Papers: ABA Tax NewsQuarterly

The ABA Tax Section’s NewsQuarterly is transitioning to an all-digital format and is seeking book reviews and articles on topics of interest to tax practitioners.  Reviews may be of single books or articles or they may be review essays that discuss and compare two or more books and articles addressing the same topic, similar to such review essays in the New York Review of Books.  Reviews will be considered for publication in each quarterly issue, with the first review appearing in the Winter 2016 issue.

Tax Section members from all practice settings are invited to submit book (and/or article) review proposals, which should provide a complete citation for the item(s) to be reviewed and a brief statement about each item’s significance to tax scholarship, practice, or policy.  Proposals also should include a brief summary of the author’s background and interest in the item(s).

Click here for more information.

Topics: Call for Papers; Tax Law.

July 20, 2015 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

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