Section Calls for Papers - Annual Meeting

Section Officers: If you would like to display your call for papers on this page, please submit it using our online form by August 31. Be sure to include deadline, contact information, and detailed submission instructions.

Section on Aging and the Law

Co-Sponsored with Civil Rights, Disability Law, Family & Juvenile Law, Minority Groups, Poverty, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, Trusts and Estates, and Women in Legal Education  

The AALS Section on Aging will focus its 2021 annual meeting program on intersectionality and aging.  We are interested in participants who will address this subject from numerous perspectives. Potential topics include gray divorce, incarceration, elder abuse (physical or financial), disparities in wealth, health, housing, and planning based on race or gender or gender identity, age and disability discrimination, and other topics.  The conception of the program is broad, and we are exploring publication options.

Submission guidelines: Please send a 400-600 word description of what you’d like to discuss to Professor Naomi Cahn, by June 2, 2020. The author[s] of the selected paper(s) will be notified by July 1, 2020.   


Section on Biolaw

The Section on Biolaw of the Association of American Law Schools invites papers and works in progress for its “Science Fiction and the Law” session at the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, cosponsored by the Section on Intellectual Property. The panel will consider the broadly defined intersection of science fiction and the law. Potential areas of exploration could include legal systems appearing in science fiction, how science fiction has shaped existing law, and how science fiction can suggest avenues for legal reform.

Submission guidelines: The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2020. Submissions at any stage of development are welcome, though more developed submissions may receive preference. Decisions will be made by September 1, 2020, and drafts for selected panelists will be due in mid-December. Please email submissions to Nicholson Price with the subject “AALS 2021: Science Fiction.”

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Disability Law

The Disability Law Section welcomes responses to its Call for Papers for the Section’s two panels: Disability and Intersectionality: Celebrating 30 Years of Intersectionality and the ADA and Disability and COVID-19: Lessons from Disability, Lessons from the Pandemic.

The first panel celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the ADA and Intersectionality, and will bring together a wide array of scholars doing work at the intersection of disability and other experiences, including race, immigration status, gender, and more.The second panel brings together scholars and activists to discuss issues relating to disability and COVID-19, including rationing of health care, disability-centered decarceration as a pandemic response, accommodation of those with and without disabilities during and outside of the pandemic, COVID-19’s racially disparate effects, and more. Scholars are welcome to submit to either or both panels.

Submission guidelines: We encourage scholars from a broad range of backgrounds, including but not limited to, disability law, disability studies, health law, critical legal studies, civil rights law, and equality law to submit
proposals for consideration. Please email your abstract to Katie Eyer at katie.eyer@rutgers.edu by Friday August 28, 2020.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on East Asian Law and Society

The AALS East Asian Law & Society Section is planning a panel for the next annual conference in January 2021, and invites submissions on works-in-progress that speak to the following theme: “East Asian Responses to Crises – Pandemics, Trade, Climate, and Beyond.”

Submission guidelines: Those interested in presenting are requested to submit an abstract of between 500-700 words to Craig Martin, by no later than August 15, 2020. A selection committee will consider the abstracts submitted and make final decisions by the end of September, when the final composition of panels for works-in-progress must be submitted to the conference planners.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession

Co-Sponsored with Academic Support, Student Services, and PreLegal Education and Admission to Law School

Disrupted Gatekeeping: An Empirical Look at How Gatekeeping Influences Access to Legal Education and the Legal Profession &
How This Decision-Making Has Been Impacted By COVID-19

The Section on the Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession is organizing a panel featuring newly emerging empirical research related to gatekeeping, key decision making stages that affect students’ admission to law school, success during law school, and entry into the legal profession. In light of the pandemic underway across the United States and world, we encourage presenters to present empirical research on these critical gatekeeping moments and to discuss how this gatekeeping may be, is being, or has been impacted and disrupted by COVID-19.

Submission guidelines: Proposals should contain an explanation of both the substance of the presentation and the methods used in it. The planning committee would prefer to highlight talent across a range of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative research. Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, June 15, 2020 to Professor Jennifer Gundlach.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Family & Juvenile Law

Co-Sponsored with Children and the Law, Clinical Legal Education, and Teaching Methods

The Section on Family & Juvenile Law is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its pedagogy panel on Dynamic Pedagogy in the Family and Juvenile Law Classroom: Experiential and In-Class Exercises. The goal of the session is to discuss and share our use of in-class exercises and methods of experiential learning in family and juvenile law. The panel will show how family and juvenile law professors are integrating these teaching methods into their courses and the overall family and juvenile law curriculum. Presenters will be asked to share relevant materials in advance of the Annual Meeting.

Submission guidelines: If you are interested in participating, please send a 400-600 word description of what you’d like to discuss. Submissions should be sent to Professor Naomi Cahn. The due date for submissions is May 30, 2020. Selected presenters will be notified by July 1, 2020.  

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Immigration Law

The Section on Immigration Law of the Association of American Law Schools invites papers for presentation at its principal session during the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. This panel explores the many ways that the U.S. government relies on outsourced borders and invisible walls in its immigration policy. This panel will assess these outsourced borders and invisible walls, unpack the history behind them, and discuss the impact that these developments have had on democratic accountability and on the rights of migrants and long-term U.S. residents, including citizens.

Submission guidelines: The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2020. We welcome submissions at any stage of development, although preference may be given to more fully developed papers over abstracts and paper proposals. Priority also will be given to individuals who have not recently presented a paper at the AALS Annual Meeting. Decisions will be made by September 30, 2020. Please email submissions in Microsoft Word format to Jennifer Chacon with the subject “AALS Submission.”

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Immigration Law

The Section on Immigration Law of the Association of American Law Schools invites papers and works in progress for its “New Voices in Immigration Law” session at the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. This session will be structured as a series of simultaneous works-in-progress discussions, rather than as a panel. Preselected commentators will lead small-group round-table discussions of papers. Submissions may address any aspect of immigration and citizenship law. We also welcome papers that explore these topics from alternative disciplines or perspectives.

Submission guidelines: The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2020. Feel free to submit an abstract, a précis, or a work-in-progress. Priority will be given to individuals who have never presented an immigration law paper at the AALS Annual Meeting, works not yet published or submitted for publication, and junior scholars. Please email submissions in Microsoft Word format to Kit Johnson with the subject “AALS 2021: New Voices in Immigration Law.”

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Islamic Law

The Section on Islamic Law is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which one or more presenters will be selected for the section’s program to be held during the AALS 2021 Annual Meeting in San Francisco on the subject of Islamic Law and the Modern International Legal Order. Papers should be between 7500 and 15,000 words in length, not previously published, and relate to the above topic.  The selected presenter will have the opportunity, but not the obligation, to publish the article in the Arab Law Quarterly if they so desire.  Applicants may be academics or nonacademics at any level and in any relevant discipline.

Submission guidelines: Papers should be submitted electronically to Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi (hamoudi@pitt.edu) no later than August 14, 2020.  The author of the selected paper will be notified by September 1, 2020.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Law and Mental Disability 

Co-Sponsored with Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

The panel will explore the mental health of vulnerable populations with an emphasis on examining pre-existing, population-health harming legal and policy obstacles that COVID-19 national health crisis has exacerbated. Preference will be given to panelists who propose solutions to these problems aimed at populations that have already been—or likely will be—disproportionally affected by the crisis, including, but not limited to, indigenous people; individuals with substance use disorder; racial, ethnic, and gender minorities; individuals with disabilities; individuals who are incarcerated or otherwise institutionalized; and people who suffer homelessness and other social and economic barriers with co-morbid mental health conditions.

Submission guidelines: To be consider for the co-sponsored AALS panel and publication in the online companion to the ASLJ this call, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to Jennifer Oliva no later than June 15, 2020.  The Committee will select abstracts for AALS presentation and ASLJ publication no later than July 1, 2020.  Final essays, which shall be limited to 3000-5000 words, are due to the ASLJ no later than August 10, 2020.   The ASLJ intends to begin publishing the essays on a rolling basis online starting September 1, 2020.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Leadership

The Section on Leadership is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which one additional presenter will be selected for the section’s program, “’Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste’: The Pedagogy of Leadership During Crisis—Student Engagement and Teaching Lawyer-Leader Skills and Values.” The 2021 Section on Leadership’s program will focus on the pedagogy of engaging students and young lawyers in developing their leadership skills and attributes. The program will build on the notion that leadership education has been shown to advance the critical skills and competencies of lawyers as well as their development as influential professional and community leaders.

Submission guidelines: Papers should be submitted electronically to Doug Blaze. The due date for submission is September 15, 2020. The author of the selected paper will be notified by October 10, 2020.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on National Security Law

AALS Section on National Security Law Call for Papers for a Works-in-Progess Panel at the AALS 2021 Annual Meeting in San Francisco (COVID-19 permitting) January 5-9, 2021. The Call for Papers is open to any tenure-track faculty member teaching at an ABA-accredited law school. At least two of the papers selected for presentation will be from scholars who have been in a full-time law teaching position for seven years or less as of the submission deadline. Papers must be in-progress as of the Annual Meeting.

Submission guidelines: Scholars should submit an abstract of 500 to 1,000 words via email by Oct. 1, 2020, to Professors Emily Berman and Milena Sterio.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Professional Responsibility 

Co-Sponsored with Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination Law, Leadership, and Minority Groups

The Section on Professional Responsibility seeks papers addressing the role of legal and judicial ethics in the Post-#MeToo world. This program calls for scholars to confront big questions facing the profession about sexual discrimination, harassment and other misconduct. Panelists will discuss the role of lawyer and judicial ethics as a means to remedy the enduring sexual misconduct in the legal profession and beyond. Jaime Santos, founder
of Law Clerks for Workplace Accountability and commentator for the acclaimed podcast Strict Scrutiny, is confirmed as a presenter. At least two additional presenters will be competitively selected from this call for papers.

Submission guidelines: To be considered, please email your paper to Renee Knake, Chair of the Section on Professional Responsibility, no later than August 1, 2020. Preference will be given to completed papers, though works-in-progress are eligible for selection. 

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Professional Responsibility

This workshop will be an opportunity to test ideas, work out issues in drafts and interrogate a paper prior to submission. It will pair each work in progress scholar with a more senior scholar in the field who will lead a discussion of the piece and provide feedback. Successful papers should engage with scholarly literature and make a meaningful original contribution to the field or professional responsibility or legal ethics.

Submission guidelines: Please email submissions to Ben Edwards, Associate Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas on or before September 30, 2020. The title of the email submission should read: “Submission – 2021 AALS Section on Professional Responsibility”

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Property Law

The Section on Property Law is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which up to five junior faculty members will be selected to present at the Section’s New Voices in Property Law: Junior Scholars Works-in-Progress Panel to be held during the AALS 2021 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.   The purpose of this works-in-progress program is to bring together junior (pre-tenure or teaching for seven or fewer years) and senior property law scholars to give the junior scholars an opportunity to present and get useful feedback on papers that will not yet have been submitted for publication as of January 2021.

Submission guidelines: Please submit a 300 – 400 word abstract in Word or PDF to the Property Section Chair, Rashmi Dyal-Chand with “Submission: Property New Voices” in the subject line. Submissions must be received by September 1, 2020. If you are interested in serving as a commentator on a paper submitted by a junior scholar, please email Rashmi Dyal-Chand.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

The AALS Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Section is soliciting papers and works-in-progress on any sexual orientation and/or gender identity related legal issue by faculty members who have never presented a paper at the AALS Annual Meeting or are junior scholars in the legal academy (less than 5 years and pre-tenure, if applicable). We are open to receiving papers that explore these topics from alternative perspectives and disciplines.

Submission guidelines: If you are interested in presenting a paper or work-in-progress, please submit an up to 500-word abstract (and paper draft, if available) along with a CV to Section Chair, Jack Harrison. Your proposal can involve one or two presenters. Please list all presenters in the abstract. The deadline for such proposals to be received for consideration is Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Sections on State & Local Government and Natural Resources & Energy Law Joint Program

Co-Sponsored with Environmental Law and Agricultural & Food Law

The AALS Sections on State & Local Government and Natural Resources & Energy Law, with the co-sponsorship of the Sections on Environmental Law and Agricultural & Food Law, are excited to present a joint session at the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting titled, “State and Local Government Law and Environmental Sustainability.” Part 1 of the program will address the current role of state and local government laws in environmental sustainability. Part 2 will address emerging obstacles to state and local laws in environmental sustainability. We invite papers and abstracts that explore these questions from a diversity of perspectives.

Submission guidelines: By August 1, 2020, please send your submission to Professor Sarah Schindler and Professor Keith Rizzardi. We welcome submissions at any stage of development, although preference may be given to more fully developed papers over abstracts and paper proposals. The authors of the selected papers will be notified by August 31, 2020.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Taxation

The AALS Section on Taxation is pleased to announce the following Call for Papers.  Selected papers will be presented at a works-in-progress session at the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting from January 5 through 9.  This program will provide panelists the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from senior colleagues in the field. We invite the submission of drafts of academic articles in the areas of tax law, tax policy, and related fields.

Submission guidelines: Papers should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents to Professor Erin Adele Scharff by 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, August 20, 2020.  The subject line should read “AALS Tax Section CFP Submission.”

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Transactional Law and Skills

Co-Sponsored with Business Associations

The AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills is pleased to announce a program titled The New Public Interest in Private Markets: Transactional Innovation for Promoting Inclusion during the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. This session will explore how recent developments in corporate and transactional practice address issues of bias in corporate governance and the workplace, with examples ranging from Weinstein representations & warranties in M&A agreements to California’s Women on Boards statute to inclusion riders in the entertainment industry. These developments raise immediate questions of whether public policy goals of achieving greater inclusivity are being met, and they also shed light on perennial debates about the role public law and private ordering play in spurring social innovation. In addition to paper presentations, the program will feature a panel focusing on how to incorporate concepts, issues, and discussions of equity and inclusivity across the transactional curriculum, including in clinics and other experiential courses, as well as in doctrinal courses.

Submission guidelines: Scholars who are interested in participating in the program should send a draft or summary of at least three pages to Professor Matt Jennejohn on or before Friday, August 21, 2020. The subject line of the email should read: “Submission—AALS Transactional Law and Skills Section Program.”

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Trusts and Estates

The AALS Section on Trusts and Estates is pleased to announce a Call for Papers: “Recent Developments in Trusts and Estates.” Selected papers will be presented at the Trusts & Estates Program Session at the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco from January 5-9, 2021. Trusts and estates law, which has a reputation for evolving slowly, has entered a period of flux. Interdisciplinary scholarship has brought critical, empirical, historical, sociological lenses to bear on the field. Technology has raised questions about topics such as the probate process, the definition of “property,” and the formalities required to transmit property after death. Finally, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges for courts, litigants, fiduciaries, and estate planners. This panel will explore these and related developments.

Submission guidelines: Abstracts and papers should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to David Horton. The subject line should read “AALS Trusts & Estates Section CFP Submission.” There are two submission due dates. The Section seeks detailed abstracts in late summer, with final papers due in late fall.The due date for detailed abstracts is August 30, 2020. The due date for final papers is November 15, 2020.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.