Section Calls for Papers - Annual Meeting

Sections on Clinical Legal Education, Property, and Community Economic Development Joint Program

The Clinical Legal Education, Property, and Community Economic Development Sections are pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which one to three additional presenters will be selected for a joint program to be held during the AALS 2021 Annual Meeting in San Francisco on A Right to Housing! Law & Activism to Eradicate Homelessness.

Submission guidelines:  Please submit a 300 – 400 word abstract in Word or PDF to Chair of the Property Section, Professor Rashmi Dyal-Chand with “Submission: AALS Housing Program” in the subject line. Submissions must be received by September 30, 2020. Preference will be given to abstracts for projects that are substantially complete and that offer novel scholarly insights. Untenured scholars in particular are encouraged to submit their work.

The author of the selected paper(s) will be notified by October 15, 2020. The Call for Paper presenters will be responsible for paying their registration fee and hotel and travel expenses.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Sections on International Human Rights and Comparative Law New Voices Panel

The AALS International Human Rights and Comparative Law Sections are pleased to announce that we will host a “New Voices in Human Rights and Comparative Law” program during the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. We seek papers and works-in-progress on any aspect of human rights law or comparative law, including inter-disciplinary work or papers that explore innovative research methods for these topics. The New Voices Program will be open to full-time faculty members from AALS member schools who are untenured and who have not previously presented a human rights or comparative law paper at the AALS Annual Meeting. All scholars are welcome to attend the program and participate in discussions.

Submission guidelines:  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. Papers will be selected after review by members of the Executive Committees of the Sections. Please send submissions by email to both Stephen Cody and Zachary D. Kaufman by September 15, 2020.


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

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 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.