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 30. Be sure to include deadline, contact information, and detailed submission instructions.

Section on Agency, Partnership, LLC’s and Unincorporated Entities

The AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs, and Unincorporated Entities is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which up to three presenters will be selected for the section’s program to be held during the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The program will explore decisions and strategies for choice of business form. As unincorporated business forms have matured and those who use them have learned their advantages and disadvantages, key decisions about choice of form have changed in important and interesting ways. In addition, accelerating advances in technology promise to play surprising roles in the formation and operation of unincorporated firms. 

Submission guidelines: Please submit an abstract or draft of an unpublished paper to Kelli Alces Williams before August 5, 2019.  

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Agricultural and Food Law

Co-Sponsored with Minority Groups and Environmental Law

Food and agriculture play important roles in maintaining systemic racial oppression. From the dispossession of Black and Latinx farmers to migrant workers’ rights to food-related health disparities, there are multiple opportunities for legal and policy interventions into food and agriculture that would lead to greater food sovereignty, food justice, and racial equality. This panel explores several topics at the intersection of critical race theory and food and agriculture.

Submission guidelines: Please submit an abstract of 250-500 words by Monday, August 19, 2019 to Andrea Freeman

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research

Building on last year’s session on Essential Skills, the 2020 Section meeting will explore one of the key tools an associate dean can employ to make a lasting difference for a school, its students, and its faculty – alliances. By identifying key potential allies, cultivating strong purpose-driven relationships, and then sustaining those relationships, an associate dean can aspire to leave a lasting legacy. Whether those alliances are with the leaders of key faculty committees, with student services professionals at the law school or on the main campus, with leadership at other law schools, or with other academic leaders on a campus, alliances can prove essential in supporting an associate dean’s efforts to make progress on institutional. Panelists are invited to discuss their approach to building and sustaining alliances, examples from their own experience where they successfully (or unsuccessfully) formed or maintained alliances, and to provide suggestions on how other associate deans can leverage alliances to achieve their goals.

Submission guidelines: All proposals should be sent to Geoffrey Rapp on or before Friday, July 12, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Biolaw

Co-Sponsored with Law, Medicine, and Healthcare

The Biolaw section and the Law, Medicine & Health Care section are pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which three (3) presenters will be selected for the co-sponsored program to be held during the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The theme for the program is 2020 Visions in Biological Innovation, Medicine, and the Public Health. The program will explore current issues in public health and medicine as connected to innovations in the life sciences, including such potential topics as biosimilar and interchangeable biologic research and development, implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, regulation of novel medical products by the Food & Drug Administration, patent protections and application of recent Supreme Court decisions, anticompetitive industry behaviors, regenerative medicine and stem cell treatments, gene editing and CRISPR technologies, and biopharmaceutical promotion and advertising practices.

Submission guidelines: Deadline for final articles is Monday, August 12, 2019. Submit papers electronically to Professor Jordan Paradise with the email subject line “AALS 2020 Submission.”

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Business Associations

The AALS Section on Business Associations is pleased to announce a “New Voices in Business Law” program during the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. This works-inprogress program will bring together junior and senior scholars in the field of business law for the purpose of providing junior scholars with feedback and guidance on their draft articles.

Submission guidelines: Junior scholars who are interested in participating in the program should send a draft or summary of at least five pages to Professor Andrew Verstein on or before August 12, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Business Associations

Co-Sponsored with Financial Institutions & Consumer Financial Protection, Securities Regulation, and Transactional Law & Skills

The AALS Section on Business Associations is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which up to two presenters will be selected for the section’s program to be held during the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. In addition to paper presenters, the program will feature at least two invited panelists

Submission guidelines: Please submit an abstract or a draft of an unpublished paper to Andrew Tuch on or before August 5, 2019. Authors should include their name and contact information in their submission email but remove all identifying information from their submission.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Children and the Law

The Section on Children and the Law will host a session at the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting featuring Prof. Guggenheim, along with of two to three additional scholars selected from this call for papers, to discuss exciting developments in child welfare and next steps toward making child welfare more effective, just, and equitable.

Submission guidelines: The deadline for submission is Friday, August 9, 2019.  Papers and questions should be submitted to Chair-elect Professor Julie McConnell.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Civil Rights

Co-Sponsored with Comparative Law

Civil rights law is increasingly globalized, as states around the world borrow from one another, and from international conventions, in defining the rights of individuals and groups to be free from discrimination and oppression. The future of the field of comparative civil rights finds itself at the crossroads of global forces pushing on one side toward further integration of nation states (e.g. projects like the currently defunct FTAA in which “integration” means the harmonization of national legal differences to facilitate foreign direct investment often at the expense of democratic accountability and substantive civil rights); and on the other side, we see forces pushing for the disintegration of previously established transnational arrangements charged with the progressive development and incorporation of human rights norms (e.g. projects of withdrawal from the EU, the ICC, and other international bodies, like U.S. withdrawal from the Human Rights Council).  Put bluntly, the globalization of civil rights law is caught between forces seeking to unleash a “race to the bottom” and forces seeking to promote a “race to the top.” In this context, teaching comparative civil rights is as much a question of why teach it as a question of how, presenting new challenges:  why and how do we learn the civil rights laws of multiple jurisdictions, and more specifically, identify the areas of comparison most relevant to properly evaluating competing projects of legal harmonization and national difference?  How does our engagement with comparative civil rights laws uncover the conditions of possibility for promoting a race to the top or exacerbate the forces pushing us further toward the bottom?  How do we teach in this challenging field? Are team teaching methods particularly useful? Is this a rich area for experiential learning? Can we leverage the power of the internet to teach more effectively?

Submission guidelines: We welcome the submission of one-page proposals (500 words or fewer) addressing innovations in teaching comparative civil rights law. Email proposals to David Oppenheimer, Elizabeth M. Iglesias, and Richard Albert by June 28.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Commercial Law

Co-Sponsored with Consumer Law

The Section invites the submission of abstracts or full papers dealing broadly with issues related to commercial/consumer law and technology, payment systems, the sale and lease of goods, electronic transactions, e-commerce, and commercial transactions using distributed ledger technologies and smart contracts. There is no formal paper requirement associated with participation on the panel, but preference will be given to those submissions that demonstrate novel scholarly insights that have been substantially developed. Untenured scholars in particular are encouraged to submit their work. 

Submission guidelines: Please email your submissions to Chris Odinet by Friday, August 16, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Communication, Media & Information Law

Co-Sponsored with Defamation and Privacy

The Section on Communication, Media & Information Law is pleased to announce a Call for Papers in connection with our panel, “Danger, Drama & Self-Defeat? Diagnosing What Faces “the Press.”” We will select a presenter from submissions we receive in response to this call.

Submission guidelines: If you’re interested in presenting on this panel, please send a proposal electronically by 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019 to Lili Levi (Chair of the Section for this upcoming meeting).

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Constitutional Law

Co-Sponsored with Election

The Section on Constitutional Law is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which one or two additional presenters will be selected to participate in the Section’s program with Professors Steven Calabresi and Reva Siegel and Dean Julie Suk at the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The panel is titled “The Nineteenth Amendment at 100 – Its Contribution and Legacy,” and will explore the Nineteenth Amendment’s role in constitutional interpretation both inside and outside of the courts in the century after suffrage. The Section welcomes relevant submissions. Submissions may take the form of abstracts or more complete drafts, but preference will be given to more developed projects.

Submission guidelines: Submissions should be sent electronically to Professor Lou Virelli. The due date for submissions is Friday, August 30, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Contracts

At the 2020 AALS Conference, the Section on Contracts, co-sponsored by the Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, will present a panel on non-disclosure agreements. Scholars are invited to submit proposals for presentations at that panel on legal issues raised by non-disclosure agreements. Possible topics include enforcement of non-disclosure agreements and remedies for breach; public policy and non-disclosure agreements relating to matters of public interest; the legality and constitutionality of requiring non-disclosure agreements of public officials; non-disclosure agreements in mandatory arbitration agreements; issues in professional ethics presented by non-disclosure agreements; and the relationship between non-disclosure agreements and intellectual property.

Submission guidelines: You are invited to email a brief description of your proposal to Sidney DeLong. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Disability Law

The AALS Section on Disability Law is pleased to announce a call for papers, from which one scholar will be selected for our upcoming panel entitled, Reconsidering Disability Benefit Programs. This panel will bring together disability advocates and scholars to consider weaknesses in the current social safety net, best practices, and innovative reforms for governmental disability benefit programs in the United States. We encourage academics from a broad range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, disability law, political theory, critical legal studies, and civil rights law to submit proposals for consideration. 

Submission guidelines: Please email your abstract to Jennifer Shinall by Friday, September 6, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on East Asian Law and Society

Co-Sponsored with Comparative Law

The AALS East Asian Law & Society Section invites submissions for our main at the 2020 AALS Annual Conference. The topic is “Challenges to the Rule of Law: Lessons from and for Asia.” Like other parts of the world, Asia is experiencing serious challenges to the rule of law, one of the main pillars of liberal democracy. The panel will explore what can be learned from the Asian experience, and how events elsewhere in the world might inform our understanding of the challenges in Asia

Submission guidelines: Those interested in presenting a paper or a work in progress relevant to this topic are invited to submit an abstract (between 400-500 words long), to Judith McMorrow and Craig Martin, by July 14, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Education Law

Co-Sponsored with Constitutional Law

Affirmative Action in higher education has long been one of the most contentious public policy issues in America. Two recent events have placed the issue even more squarely in the limelight. First, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement creates the very real possibility that five votes no longer exist to uphold affirmative action at the Supreme Court. Second, a prominent recent lawsuit alleges that Harvard’s use of race in the undergraduate admissions process violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This program, which is co-sponsored by the AALS Section on Constitutional Law, will explore the future of affirmative action in light of these and any other related events. Is the Supreme Court destined to invalidate the use of race in higher education admissions decisions? If so, what are places of higher education likely to do in the aftermath? And how might society be affected as a result?

Submission guidelines: Please email submissions to Professor Aaron Tang by Friday, August 16, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on the Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession

Co-Sponsored with Leadership, Professional Responsibility, Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities, and Student Services

The program is entitled, An Empirical Look: How Well Are We Preparing Law Students To Become Ethical Leaders Who Serve Others .This panel will feature research conducted on the ways in which law schools provide law students with skills and competencies, and encourage values that are central to leadership, public service, ethical conduct, and fulfilling responsibilities to others.  Moreover, we envision that the panel will discuss newly emerging empirical research, often building on prior efforts, which focuses on the interest of law students in public service when applying to law school, and the impact of experiences such as clinical training, and pro bono and public interest opportunities within law school, on the leadership and public service that legal professionals undertake within our communities.  Finally, we will highlight work that informs our understanding of the changing nature of leadership roles undertaken by lawyers both in government and the private sector.

Submission guidelines: Email proposals to Professor Debra Moss Vollweiler by May 31.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Environmental Law

Joint with Sections on Administrative Law and Natural Resources and Energy Law

The AALS Sections on Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and on Natural Resources & Energy Law are jointly sponsoring a panel on “Agency Action on Environmental and Natural Resources Law in the Trump Era.” The workshop will feature a plenary session with several short talks on cross-cutting administrative law themes that will stimulate new ideas, followed by moderated discussions in small groups.

Submission guidelines: If you are interested in giving a short talk (6-7 minutes) during one of the plenary sessions on a cross-cutting administrative law theme, please submit an abstract of 500 words of your proposed talk by August 1, 2019 to Jack Beerman, Heidi Robertson, and Sharmila Murthy.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on European Law

The AALS Section on European Law invites submissions for a works-in-progress panel at the January 2-5, 2020 Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, DC. Papers may concern any matter related to European Law and Comparative Law. Papers must be “in progress” as of the time of the Annual Meeting in January 2020. (A paper accepted for publication but still undergoing revision is considered “in progress.”) This panel will provide speakers the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from commentators in the field. Pretenured professors and junior scholars are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submission guidelines: To be considered, submit a title and abstract to Mathilde Cohen and Kristen Barnes by 12PM (EST) on August 1, 2019. Paper drafts will be due on December 15, 2019 to be circulated among panel participants.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services

Co-Sponsored with Business Associations, Securities Regulation, and Transactional Law and Skills

The Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the section’s program to be held during the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on “Immediate Challenges in Consumer Financial Protection.” Up to two presenters for the program will be selected from this Call for Papers in a blind review by members of the Section’s Executive Committee. Junior scholars are strongly encouraged to submit papers.

Submission guidelines: Draft papers of between 5,000 and 25,000 words will be accepted for consideration.  These should be submitted electronically to Andrew Tuch with the subject matter line “Financial Institutions Submission: AALS Call for Papers”.  Submissions should be received no later than August 26, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Immigration Law

Co-Sponsored with Environmental Law and International Law

The Section on Immigration Law of the Association of American Law Schools invites papers for presentation at its principal session during the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, which will take place January 2-5, 2020. This session has been scheduled for January 3, 2020 from 8:30-10:15AM. Please note that individuals presenting at the program are responsible for their own Annual Meeting registration fee and travel expenses. The session theme is “Immigration Control and Environmental Regulation: Toward Justice?”.

Submission guidelines: The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2019. 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 mid-September 2019. Please email submissions in Microsoft Word format to Jill Family with the subject “AALS Submission.” In your email, please indicate whether you have previously presented your work at a AALS Annual Meeting, and if so when.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on International Human Rights

Co-Sponsored with International Law

The AALS International Human Rights Section and International Law Section solicit papers and works-in-progress on any aspect of human rights law or international law by faculty members who have never presented a human rights or international law paper at the AALS. We are also open to receiving papers that explore these topics from alternative perspectives or disciplines. Preference will be given to junior scholars. Instead of a full-length paper, please submit 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 an excerpt of the paper with an explanatory introduction or summary. Papers will be selected after review by members of the Executive Committees of the Sections or by an appointed panel.

Submission guidelines: Submissions should be sent to Peter Halewood and Tom McDonnell by August 1, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on International Law

Co-Sponsored with Children and the Law and International Human Rights

The AALS International Human Rights Section, the International Law Section, and the Children and the Law Section solicit papers and works-in-progress marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (see description below). Scholars are welcome to submit either a full paper or a shorter concept note of 5-15 double-spaced pages that contains a summary of the key ideas.

Submission guidelines: Submissions should be sent to Peter Halewood by August 15, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Internet and Computer Law

Co-Sponsored with Defamation and Privacy

What is a platform and How do we regulate? An online platform can be many things: it can be a social media site, a search engine, or an internet service interface. As we have seen with the issues such as the amplification of hate speech through Facebook, Twitter and other sites, and what results search engine algorithms provide us in our quests for information, platforms can have enormous influence over what we have access online, and how we are influenced by what the platform exposes to us. Thus, how we choose to define and regulate a platform can have vast repercussions on many aspects of our public and private lives and shape our beliefs and daily routines. This panel discusses several of these related issues.

Submission guidelines: Abstracts and/or papers should be submitted electronically to Yvette Joy Liebesman. The submission due date is Friday, August 9, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Islamic Law

Co-Sponsored with Criminal Justice

The Islamic Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) invites submission of papers for its panel entitled Islamic Law and the Idea of Mass Incarceration at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 10:30am to 12:15pm. The panel is co-sponsored by the Section on Criminal Justice. The panel looks to broadly address topics relating to Islamic criminal law from any historical period or geographic region. Particular interest will be in papers that focus on the range of issues raised by contemporary discussions of mass incarceration in the United States.

Submission guidelines: Please send proposals of no more than 500 words to Adnan Zulfiqar no later than August 1, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Law and Interpretation

Donald Trump’s appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court could be among the most long-lasting consequences of his presidency. This panel will examine the impact to date and possible future influence of these two new justices on legal interpretation, especially statutory and constitutional interpretation. The Section on Law & Interpretation is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which one presenter will be selected for the above program, to be held during the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 10:15am.

Submission guidelines: We welcome 500-word proposals for presentations on this subject, to be submitted by August 15, 2019. Please send proposals electronically to Professor Karen Petroski.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Law and Interpretation

The Section on Law & Interpretation invites submission of papers and works in progress for this works-in-progress roundtable during the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. We particularly welcome submissions from individuals who have never presented a paper at an AALS Annual Meeting and from junior scholars. Submissions may address any aspect of legal interpretation, including legal doctrines of interpretation and explorations of issues in legal interpretation from alternative perspectives.

Submission guidelines: We welcome five- to ten-page project summaries, or similar-length excerpts from drafts, to be submitted by August 30, 2019. Please send submissions electronically to Professor Karen Petroski.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Law and Interpretation

Co-Sponsored with Intellectual Property

Recent developments in data-based text analysis provide tantalizing opportunities to transform constitutional and statutory analysis. They may also provide new opportunities to understand infringing similarities in patent claims and copyrightable expression and to track the acquisition and loss of source significance. This panel will consider how corpus linguistic and other data driven text analysis techniques might transform our understanding of how IP rights are acquired, shaped, and enforced.

Submission guidelines: We welcome 500-word proposals for presentations on this subject, to be submitted by August 15, 2019. Please send proposals electronically to Professors Jake Linford (Florida State) and Karen Petroski (Saint Louis).

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Law, Medicine and Healthcare

Joint with Poverty Law

The Law, Medicine & Health Care Section and the Poverty Law Section of the AALS are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for our co-sponsored program to be held during the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 9am-12pm. This three hour session will be divided into two Parts, as described in the complete call for papers.

Submission guidelines: Submit your proposal by email to Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby by August 5th with the email subject line “AALS LHMC 2020 Submission.”

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Law & Mental Disability

Joint with Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

The Sections on Law & Mental Disability and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which at least three (3) presenters will be selected for the co-sponsored program to be held during the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The theme for the program is suicide prevention and the impact of the law on suicide outcomes among vulnerable communities.

Submission guidelines: Submit your proposal by email to Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby by August 5th with the email subject line “AALS LHMC 2020 Submission.”

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Law & Mental Disability

Joint with Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

The Sections on Law & Mental Disability and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity are pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which at least three (3) presenters will be selected for the co-sponsored program to be held during the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The theme for the program is suicide prevention and the impact of the law on suicide outcomes among vulnerable communities.  The program will focus on rising suicide rates related to diseases of despair, including SUD, depression and other mental health conditions, as well as explore the rising suicide rates of individuals who identify as LGBTQA+.  

Submission guidelines: This Call for Papers is open to all tenure-track faculty members teaching at an ABA-accredited law school. To be considered as an additional speaker, please submit your name, title, an abstract of no more than 400 words, and your current CV to the program organizers by August 12, 2019 through this link:  https://forms.gle/tHCfyFw8nJnsihXo6. If you have any trouble with the link, you can timely submit these items directly to Jennifer Oliva.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Law and Sports

Co-Sponsored with Torts & Compensation Systems and Law, Medicine & Health Care

Participation in sports poses risks to athletes on and off the field. On the field, in many sports including football, soccer, and hockey, head injuries to athletes have raised concern about long-term cognitive impairment. This risk impacts not only the professional game, but also trickles down to college, high school, and youth sports, and threatens the future of tackle football. Given the potential for a wide range of serious injuries from athletic participation, questions about best practices and assumption of the risk pervade sports. These include the use and enforceability of liability waivers, the availability of medical personnel and equipment at practices and games, and the duration and conditions of practices and games. The scope of vicarious liability continues to be contested, raising questions of coach, athletic director, and institutional litigation exposure and statutory immunity. The role of sports equipment manufacturers in protecting health and safety also remains paramount, and product liability issues persist. Off the field, sexual abuse of vulnerable athletes has exposed a troubling aspect of the relationship between athletes and those responsible for their welfare, and has invited claims of institutional tort liability. Further, the methods and medications used in athlete health care have generated legal concern, particularly with respect to opioid painkillers and performance enhancing drugs. With the legalization of cannabis in some jurisdictions, sports organizations will have to address the use of marijuana in the treatment of athletes. This panel will provide a window into the many cross-cutting legal issues at the intersection of tort and sports, and how the options for addressing those issues will impact athletes, institutions, and the future of sports.

Submission guidelines: Interested authors should submit a draft paper or abstract to Will Berry on or before Thursday, August 15, 2019. The executive committee of the Section for Law & Sports will then choose among the submissions to select a speaker for the panel. The committee will notify authors of its decision by the end of September.

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, “Learning from Lawyer-Leaders Throughout the Profession.” As more and more law students and lawyers find themselves holding positions other than in law firms, law schools must prepare our students for a wide variety of leadership roles they might play in both the public and private sector. Lawyers, through their legal education and training, are especially needed to lead in these challenging times. The 2020 Section on Leadership’s program will feature conversations with lawyers who serve in a variety of roles, including government, public interest, judiciary and private practice. The panel will discuss the need for law schools to better equip law students for the challenges they will face as leaders in an ever-increasingly complex and challenging world.

Submission guidelines: The article should be no more than 15,000 words, including footnotes and should be submitted anonymously. A cover letter with the author’s name and contact information should accompany the paper. Papers should be submitted electronically to Leah Teague. The due date for submission is September 1, 2019

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Legal History

The AALS Section on Legal History is pleased to announce a call for papers for its section program, which will be held during the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The program is entitled “A Century of Women’s Suffrage.”

Submission guidelines: To be considered for participation as a panelist, please email a copy of your submission to Evan Zoldan by July 31, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by September 1, 2019.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy

The AALS Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law announces a call for papers to be presented as works-in-progress in our committee session at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington DC from January 2-5, 2020. The panel will be held on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 from 10:30-12:00. The Section seeks submissions on a variety of topics and methodological approaches related to Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law. We are especially interested in receiving submissions from new and junior academics or scholars who have not previously written in the field.

Submission guidelines: Please submit papers electronically in Microsoft Word format to Melanie Leslie by Friday, August 24, 2020 with “AALS Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Submission” in the email subject line.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on North American Cooperation

Co-Sponsored with Environmental Law, Natural Resources and Energy Law, and State and Local Government Law

Political tension and disparate positions on climate change and the environment generally have complicated cooperation between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. This panel seeks to examine alternative ways to manage environmental and natural resource concerns, with a particular emphasis on the role of states, provinces, cities, and native and indigenous communities.

Submission guidelines: If you would be interested in presenting on these or other related questions at the AALS meeting in January 2020, please submit a proposal by July 1, 2019, to Cara Cunningham Warren.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Professional Responsibility

In its 2016 Final Report, the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services concluded after a two-year inquiry that “technology, globalization, and other forces continue to transform how, why, and by whom legal services are accessed and delivered. Familiar and traditional practice structures are giving way in a marketplace that continues to evolve. New providers are emerging, online and offline, to offer a range of services in dramatically different ways. The legal profession, as the steward of the justice system, has reached an inflection point. Without significant change, the profession cannot ensure that the justice system serves everyone and that the rule of law is preserved. Innovation, and even unconventional thinking, is required.” Some of this change must come in the form of fundamental reconsideration of how we regulate the legal profession, the practice of law, and the delivery of legal services.  This program calls for scholars to heed the ABA Futures Commission’s call and apply unconventional thinking  to confront the big questions about the future of lawyer regulation.

Submission guidelines: Papers should be submitted to the section chair, Ben Cooper, via email no later than September 1, 2019, with the subject line: PR Section Call for Papers. 1-2 papers will be selected from the Call for Papers to be presented at the section program along with other panelists, including ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, Professor William Henderson, and Professor Rebecca Sandefur.  

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 that 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 on this subject, please submit an up to 500-word abstract (and paper draft, if available) along with a CV to Section Chair-Elect, 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 Friday, August 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Taxation

The AALS Section on Taxation is pleased to announce its call for papers for its works-in-progress program, “New Voices in Tax Law & Policy.” We invite the submission of drafts of academic articles in the areas of tax law, tax policy, and related fields. We welcome legal scholarship across a wide variety of methodological approaches. We also welcome drafts at various stages of completion, but drafts may not have been published at the time of the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting. This program will provide speakers the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from commentators in the field. Scholars teaching at AALS member schools or non-member fee-paid schools with seven or fewer years of full-time teaching experience as of the submission deadline are eligible to submit papers.

Submission guidelines: Papers should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents to Professor Heather Field by 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, August 15, 2019. The subject line should read “AALS Tax Section CFP Submission.” The cover email should state the author’s institution, number of years of full-time teaching experience, whether the paper has been submitted for publication consideration, and whether the paper has been accepted for publication.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Co-Sponsored with Business Associations and Securities Regulation

Section on Transactional Law and Skills

The AALS Section on Transactional Laws and Skills is pleased to announce a call for papers for its program, “Markets and Regulation: The Shifting Context of Transactional Practice,” to be held at the AALS 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on “Pillars of Democracy: Law, Representation, and Knowledge.” This session will explore the changing regulatory context of transactional legal practice, which is rapidly evolving in response to new innovations and challenges across a range of markets.  Emerging issues range from privacy law and cybersecurity, to national security concerns, antitrust, and international trade and investment, to the prospect of new regulatory responses to climate change and other environmental threats.  The forms these regulatory responses take are also diverse, including not only traditional public regulation, but also private governance, which draws upon the efforts of NGOs, trade associations, and international organizations. 

Submission guidelines: The Section on Transactional Law and Skills invites any full-time faculty member of an AALS member school who has written an unpublished paper, or who is interested in writing a paper on this topic, to submit a 1 or 2-page proposal or full draft to Virginia Harper Ho, Chair of the Section, on or before August 15.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Trusts and Estates

The Section on Trusts and Estates is pleased to announce a Call for Papers: “Estate Planning in the Modern Age: How Technology and Societal Trends Change the Landscape.” Full-time faculty of AALS member schools or non-member fee-paid schools as of the submission deadline are eligible to submit papers. For co-authored papers, both authors must satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Submission guidelines: 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, 2019. The due date for final papers is November 15, 2019. Abstracts and papers should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to Terri Lynn Helge.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Trusts and Estates

The Section on Trusts and Estates is pleased to announce a Call for Papers: “New Perspectives in Trusts and Estates.” Full-time faculty of AALS member schools or non-member fee-paid schools as of the submission deadline are eligible to submit papers. For co-authored papers, both authors must satisfy the eligibility criteria. Preference will be given to scholars with ten or fewer years of fulltime teaching experience and other scholars who are new to scholarship in the trusts and estates field.

Submission guidelines: 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, 2019. The due date for final papers is November 15, 2019. Abstracts and papers should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to Terri Lynn Helge.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.