Section Calls for Papers - Annual Meeting

If you are interested in submitting a call for papers for the 2023 Annual Meeting, please review the description, contact information, and deadlines below.

Section Officers: If you would like to display your call for papers on this page, please submit it using our online form by Friday, August 26, 2022.

Section on Aging and the Law
Co-Sponsored by the sections on Clinical Legal Education; Employment Discrimination Law; Law, Medicine & Health Care

Description: Access to Justice in Aging & the Law: How Law Schools Can Make a Difference

The AALS Section on Aging and the Law will focus its annual meeting program on access to justice. The conception of the program is broad and intended to encompass all matters of legal concern that involve access to justice, aging, and the impact of law schools in this area.

Potential topics include but are not limited to: aging and employment related issues, the disparate impact of policies on older adults within the healthcare system, the rights and wages of direct care workers, how law school clinics have/are adapting to helping older individuals especially those impacted by the effects of COVID and other health and/or employment related issues, the impact of technology on access to legal assistance, and overall access to justice for older adults.

Submission Guidelines:

If you are interested in participating, please send a 400-600 word description of what you would like to discuss. We particularly encourage submissions from junior scholars and members of underrepresented groups in legal academia. Submissions should be sent to Katie Liss, by Friday, September 9, 2022.

Presenters will be responsible for paying their registration fee. The Annual Meeting will be held in-person in San Diego, California from January 4th-7th, 2023 ( and the theme is How Law Schools Can Make a Difference. Our program is tentatively slated for Wednesday, January 4th 1:00pm-2:40pm MT.

AALS Section on the Empirical Study of Legal Education & the Legal Profession


The Section on the Empirical Study of Legal Education & the Legal Profession will host a Works-in-Progress Session at the AALS Annual Meeting held in San Diego from January 4 – 7, 2023. We are accepting proposals stemming from empirical studies, using either quantitative or qualitative methodologies, that focus on legal education and the profession. We are interested in all states of article development and all topics falling under our Section’s mission, but we are especially interested in work that centers on the conference theme for this year: How Law Schools Can Make a Difference.

This year, we will be conducting this program in an “Incubator” format to workshop, simultaneously, multiple pieces of scholarship in an intimate setting. This format will feature six to eight works-in-progress to be workshopped in small groups. We anticipate that this format will redound to more direct feedback and participation from program attendees.

We would prefer to highlight talent across a range of law schools, disciplines, and methodologies and is especially interested in new and innovative research. We especially welcome submissions those who are new to empirical work, women, caregivers, people of color, junior scholars, those in the LGBTQIA+ community, first-generation scholars, ESL faculty, immigrants, untenured scholars, and those whose work has been disproportionately affected by public health and working conditions in the last two years.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals must include the following information:

1. A working title;
2. A brief description (between 500-1,000 words, inclusive of footnotes), including its substantive content, as well as the empirical methods used and any preliminary results from the research project undertaken; and
3. Your current CV.

Full-time faculty, staff, and administrators of AALS member schools or non-member-fee-paid schools as of the submission deadline are eligible to submit proposals. Proposals should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to CJ Ryan, Section Chair-Elect, via email at The subject line should read “AALS Section on the Empirical Study of Legal Education & the Legal Profession WIP Submission.”

Per AALS Leadership, there will be no virtual or hybrid participation in the workshop or any other Annual Meeting program. By submitting a proposal for consideration, you agree to attend the 2023 AALS Annual Meeting Section on the Empirical Study of Legal Education & the Legal Profession Program Session in-person, should your paper be selected for presentation.

Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than September 9, 2022.

Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research


The Section seeks participants for a Works-in-Progress session during the 2023 AALS Annual Meeting. This session is designed to support newer scholars in the legal writing community, and the Program Committee will select three authors of works in progress through the application process described below.

This session will open with a celebration of scholarship published by Section members throughout the previous year. As for the workshop portion, the three selected authors will present their works in progress to attendees and then receive feedback on the piece and general advice about the publication process. In particular, each author will have approximately 10-12 minutes to present their work to all attendees. Attendees will then break into three smaller groups—one for each of the three authors—so other Section members can pose questions and share feedback specific to one of the works in progress. These small group sessions will last approximately 40 minutes. Finally, attendees will reconvene in the larger group to discuss general issues (e.g., drafting, research support, scholarship placement, post-publication publicity advice) and to answer any remaining questions.

Anyone who teaches legal writing and would like input on their scholarship is strongly encouraged to apply, with top priority given to “newer” scholars who have been in the legal academy for seven years or fewer or anyone who within the last seven years has moved into a position or had their position converted to one that requires publication.

In addition, the Committee is committed to programming that advances the AALS core value of diversity. We especially welcome submissions from junior faculty, women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, immigrants, and others who are members of communities that are underrepresented in legal academia. We also recognize that diversity has many dimensions, including faculty status, years of teaching experience, geographic location, and viewpoint. The Committee evaluates proposals anonymously, so please include in your proposal any information you would like us to know about how your presentation would support the diversity of the program. (See below Submission Instruction 4.)

Submission Guidelines:

An author’s work can focus on any topic, use any method, involve any level of controversy, and be suitable for publication in any scholarly form (e.g., book, book chapter, law review article). The work should be beyond the idea stage but otherwise, for purposes of the application, the Committee will consider works in a variety of stages of progress, from outline to full draft. If accepted for the session, the author will be assigned a mentor, if the author would like one, and should plan to have a substantial draft completed by no later than one week before the AALS session. The Committee will not consider works that will be published before the author can incorporate feedback from this session.

Please use this link to upload your presentation proposal by 11:59 p.m. PST on August 22, 2022:

Please include the following information:

1. Your name, contact information, biographical sketch, and years teaching in the legal academy (and, if applicable, years in a position that requires publication);
2. A draft title and 1-2 paragraph description of the work in progress;
3. An outline or draft of the work;
4. A statement of how your participation in the session promotes diversity;
5. An indication of whether you have published before and your interest in being paired with a scholarship mentor;
6. Confirmation that you will submit an updated, substantial draft of your work one week before the Works-in-Progress session;
7. A statement of when you submitted, or plan to submit, your work for publication and, if it has already been accepted, when the final substantive edits will be due to the editors; and
8. Confirmation that the work will not be published before you can incorporate feedback from the session.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Section on Litigation


The AALS Litigation Section is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its upcoming panel The Judiciary—Making the Least Democratic Branch of Government More Respected and Less Politicized If Not More Democratic at the 2023 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

The Judicial Branch is the least democratic branch of government. Whether measured against the goal of legitimacy, or justice, or fairness, or democracy, or truth, it is unclear whether the current structure of the judicial branch is a feature or a glitch. This program will focus on:

1. Balancing populism, politics, and qualifications in selecting judges: Appointment, election, merit screening, and confirmation hearings.
2. Periodic performance review, and if so by whom: Terms, term limits, life tenure, retention elections and periodic performance review, and impeachment.
3. Neutrality and bias: recusal and peremptory strikes.
4. Other legitimacy concerns: Court-packing; division of power between judges and jury.

Some of these topics can be interrelated. For example, how do factors such as politics, qualifications and merit screening affect the preference for judicial appointment or judicial elections? Are term limits an effective brake on politicization of the judiciary, or is life tenure preferable? Can stricter recusal requirements be implemented, and would failure to recuse be severe enough to justify impeachment?

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should relate to the topic of the panel. There are no requirements for the length of the submission. The reviewers may prefer completed drafts over abstracts or outlines. Articles already submitted for publication are eligible, but the reviewers may prefer articles that have not yet been published.

Submission Method: Submit papers electronically in Microsoft Word format to the Litigation Section Chair, Mario Mainero, at, and the Litigation Section Chair-elect, Elizabeth Tippett, at, with “AALS Litigation Section Call for Papers” in the email subject line.

Due Date: Monday, July 11, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. PDT).

Submission Review: Members of the AALS Litigation Section Executive Committee will review the submissions to select one or two papers to be presented during our “Litigation Conduct” panel scheduled for the week of January 4-7, 2023 at an as yet to be determined day and time. The Section will notify the selected presenter(s) in early September 2022.

Section on National Security Law


The AALS National Security Law Section is pleased to announce that we will host a “Current Voices in National Security Law” program during the 2023 AALS Annual Meeting. We seek works-in-progress and unpublished papers on any aspect of national security law, including interdisciplinary work. We welcome projects in their early stages. Papers posted to online sites such as SSRN but not otherwise published will be considered.

Eligibility: The Voices in National Security Law Program will be open to full-time faculty members from AALS member schools. All scholars are welcome to attend the program and participate in the discussions.

Submission Guidelines:

Instead of a full-length paper, please submit a 500-word abstract and a concept note of 5-15 double-spaced pages that contains a summary of the key ideas. If you have already written a full-length paper, please send a 500-word abstract and an excerpt (of 5-15 double-spaced pages) of the paper with an explanatory introduction.

Please send submissions by email to Liam O’Melinn ( and Amy Gaudion ( by Friday, September 9, 2022.

Authors of the selected papers will be notified by September 19, 2022. Selected presenters will be responsible for paying their registration fee.

Section on Professional Responsibility


The AALS Professional Responsibility Section invites papers for its program “2023 New Voices Workshop.” The goal of this audience interactive workshop is to provide a forum for new voices and new ideas related to professional responsibility (PR), broadly defined. Many scholars might address PR without realizing it. We are interested in your potential contributions whether you are an evidence scholar writing about the attorney-client privilege, a feminist interested in gender dynamics that affect lawyering, a critical race scholar commenting on how power plays out in legal systems, an ethicist exploring the moral foundations of the rules governing lawyering, or something entirely different.

Toward that end, we encourage you to submit a proposal even if you are pursuing scholarship on PR for the first time, even if you question whether your ideas really do relate to PR, and even if you are reticent to submit for some other reason.

The Workshop will be an opportunity to nurture the growth of a broad scholarly community in the field of Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics. As such, it is a place to take risks and develop high quality work—test ideas, work out issues in drafts and dialogue with academics doing interesting and cutting-edge scholarship.

We welcome consideration of works in different formats and stages of production. Depending on the stage of your work, the workshop format will differ.

  • Some authors may have a full draft paper or substantial outline ready for distribution in advance of the conference. In that case, papers will be allocated sufficient time for authors and participants to thoroughly explore each work. The expectation is that all participants will read and prepare comments on fellow participants’ work prior to the conference.
  • For early stage ideas, authors may only have an abstract or one-page treatment for distribution and discussion. In that context, authors and participants will brainstorm around each idea much more briefly than in a typical workshop, making space for a larger number of comments in each session.

Workshop groups will include senior scholars in the field who will aid in the discussion of the pieces and provide feedback. Successful papers and topics, depending on their stage of development, should engage with the scholarly literature and make a meaningful original contribution to the fields of professional responsibility and legal ethics, broadly defined. The format will be determined based on the submissions received and accepted.

Submission Guidelines:

Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. Preference will be given to junior scholars. Pursuant to AALS rules, faculty at fee-paid law schools, foreign faculty, adjunct and visiting faculty (without a

full-time position at an AALS member law school), graduate students, fellows, and non- law school faculty are not eligible to submit. Please note that all faculty members presenting at the program are responsible for paying their own annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

There is no formal requirement as to the form or length of proposals. Abstracts are welcome. Please email submissions to Executive Committee Member, Sande Buhai on or before September 23, 2022. The title of the email submission should read: “Submission – AALS PR New Voices Program 2023.”

Section on Remedies


The AALS Section on Remedies invites paper submissions for a panel on “Remedies in the Restatements” at the January 3–7, 2023 Annual Meeting. Please note that this meeting is currently planned to be held wholly in person. The Remedies session is scheduled for 3 to 4:40 pm on Thursday, January 5. The session, which is cosponsored by the AALS Section on Torts and Compensation Systems and the AALS Section on Intellectual Property, will feature discussion of the current Torts and Copyright Restatement projects. Papers may, however, focus on remedies issues relevant to other Restatement projects.

Submission Guidelines:

This call for papers is open to all full-time faculty members at AALS member or affiliate schools. Pre-tenured professors and junior scholars are strongly encouraged to submit papers. Panelists will be responsible for payment of their registration, hotel, and travel expenses. For your submission to be considered, please submit a title and abstract, and if available an introduction, to John Golden (, by August 12, 2022.