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 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 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 Communication, Media & Information Law

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


Section on Transactional Law and Skills

Co-Sponsored with Business Associations and Securities Regulation

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.