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Postponed! Inclusivity, Equity, and Social Justice in the Law School Classroom: A Workshop on Best Practices
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
NOW SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 6, 2017
Please join faculty from across the campus and across the country as we explore the best practices in inclusive course design & classroom management for those teaching law. This hands-on workshop led by DU faculty in the College of Law, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Teaching & Learning, and Affinity Arts, an interactive social justice theatre group, will demonstrate how to design courses that reflect principles of inclusive excellence and social justice, while providing skills designed to help participants navigate difficult classroom situations of social and political difference.
SALT 2016 TEACHING CONFERENCE: Sept. 29-Oct. 30, 2016, at The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL
From the Classroom to the Community: Teaching and Advancing Social Justice
In 2015, law school applications hit a fifteen-year low. The drop reflects a radically changed employment market and a prevailing view that law school is no longer a sound investment. To attract qualified applicants and respond to a changing marketplace, many law schools have embraced experiential learning mandates and other “practice-ready” curricular shifts. The plunge in applications has also prompted law schools to lower admissions standards. In turn, the admission of students with below-average LSAT scores and modest college grade point averages has created new concerns about bar passage, job placement, and prospects for long-term professional success.
In this environment, the legal academy is faced with unprecedented challenges. On one hand, pressure exists to ensure that students are adequately prepared to navigate a courtroom, draft legal documents, and exhibit other “practice-ready” skills upon graduation. At the same time, law professors are urged to cover a wide spectrum of theory, rules, and doctrine to increase prospects for bar passage. In the struggle to achieve both goals, the critical need to integrate social justice teaching into the curriculum is often overlooked, rejected as extraneous, or abandoned in light of time constraints.
To the contrary, social justice teaching plays an essential role in improving legal analysis, enhancing practical skills, and cultivating professional development. Moreover, social justice teaching can help instill passion, commitment, and focus into students burdened with debt and facing an uncertain job market. Most important, as the legal marketplace contracts, access to counsel for lower- and middle-income people continues to grow — creating a pressing need for effective and committed pro bono lawyers.
In response to new educational and professional challenges, law schools and the legal profession must join in a concerted effort to integrate social justice teaching into the classroom and expand social justice throughout the community. This conference will provide opportunities to engage in broad, substantive, and supportive discussions about the role of legal education and the legal profession in teaching students to become effective social justice advocates and the ways faculty can set an example through their own activism.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
- Innovative methods to incorporate social justice concepts into the law school curriculum.
- Strategies to encourage students to become more engaged in academic and community activism.
- Collaborative efforts between law schools and the legal profession to respond to the need for greater access to legal services.
- Techniques to help law students and new lawyers develop resilience, stamina, and “grit” to face the enduring challenges of social justice advocacy.
- Responses to the ever-increasing cost of legal education and its impact on social justice and access to justice.
We welcome other related topics and encourage a variety of session formats. You may submit a proposal as an individual speaker, as a panel, or group. Whatever your topic and format, please use the required format as provided in the CFP (link below) for your proposal.
Proposals are due by June 15, 2016. Please direct questions and submit proposals to Hugh Mundy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nova Law Review Symposium: Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center and the Nova Law Review seek submissions for the Nova Law Review Symposium being held on September 18, 2015, entitled “Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline,” and co-sponsored by Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer’s Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Miami Dade Public Defender Office, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Funneling school disciplinary matters into the criminal justice system stigmatizes the children and disrupts learning. In far too many cases, our educational system fails our youth. Empirical studies reflect that this pattern of discipline in our schools disproportionately targets children from lower socioeconomic families, minorities, students with learning disabilities, and students from abusive homes.
NSU Law, the Nova Law Review, and a broad coalition of nonprofit organizations have come together to build a national platform to address this issue. Academics, practitioners, consultants, students, policy-makers, educators, community activists, and thought leaders are invited to exchange ideas, form effective strategies, and engage in meaningful dialogue about systemic change for educational reform and new approaches to school discipline. We invite participants to publish articles for the Nova Law Review or to participate in the symposium without a published paper. Authors and presenters are invited to submit proposals on topics relating to the theme, which may include such topics these:
- Tenure for teachers
- Use of suspension and expulsion for discipline
- Zero tolerance policies in schools
- Bias in standardized testing
- Charter Schools
Juvenile Justice Issues
- Disproportionate use of suspension and expulsion in minority students
- Re-directing children away from the system
- Drug offenses
- School Resource Officers – Cops in Schools
- Direct Filing Children to Adult Court
- Unchecked Government Power
- Juvenile Records
- Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication
- Sexual Offender Status for Juveniles
Change beyond the Classroom:
- Data driven program models
- Pilot programs and grant funding
- Coalition partnership strategies
- Impact litigation
- Mapping the pipeline
- Re-directing prison money to educational reforms
Juvenile Justice Reforms:
- Partnerships between schools and law enforcement
- Holistic representation
- Post-adjudicatory juvenile defense attorneys
- Specialized juvenile defenders
- Educating law enforcement
- Re-entry programs
Call for Papers
Submissions & Important Dates:
- Please submit materials to email@example.com.
- Submission Deadline for Abstracts: June 1, 2015
- Submission Deadline for First Draft of Manuscripts: September 1, 2015
- Submission Deadline for Completed Articles: September 28, 2015
- Symposium Date: September 18, 2015
Law Review Published Article: The Nova Law Review will review, edit, and publish papers from the symposium in the 2015 symposium issue. Papers are invited from scholars and practitioners across all disciplines related to the program. Please submit a title and abstract (of 500–1000 words) or draft paper for works in progress. Abstracts or drafts should be submitted by June 1, 2015. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled.
Presentations (without publication) based on Abstracts: For speakers interested in presenting without submitting a publishable article, please submit an abstract of the proposed presentation. Abstracts should be submitted by June 1, 2015. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled.
About Nova Law Review: The Nova Law Review publishes three academic issues annually including the annual symposium issue and the annual review of Florida Law. The Nova Law Review is proudly celebrating its fortieth year of publication.
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The City University of New York Law Review Call for Papers
The City University of New York Law Review (CUNYLR), a publication committed to promoting social justice scholarship, welcomes submissions related to our social justice mission. Our journal is affiliated with the City University of New York School of Law, one of the most diverse law schools in the nation and one of the few entirely dedicated to producing public interest lawyers.
We are currently seeking submissions for Executive Articles for our 19th volume (Winter 2015/Spring 2016), which will continue the journal’s tradition of advancing legal scholarship highlighting the touchstones of our publication’s work—including civil rights, progressive legal reform, the impact of the law on marginalized communities, international human rights, and attorney insights on law and organizing. In addition, we are interested in reflections analyzing how recent developments in the law have affected public-interest practices in New York and beyond. See below for general guidelines:
1) Articles should be 25,000 words or fewer (including footnotes).
2) Citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.), and appear as footnotes rather than endnotes.
3) Please include the following with your manuscript:
- Cover letter concisely summarizing the argument of the article and stating how it advances the public interest
- Contact information (name, e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number)
CUNYLR strongly prefers electronic submissions, which can be sent to us either through ExpressO, LexOpus or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding article submissions, please email us. We look forward to reviewing your submission.
LatCrit 2015: Twentieth Anniversary Conference
October 1-3, 2015
The United States is at a monumental juncture. Insecurity, inequality, and violence characterize much of contemporary life. Activists and scholars frequently turn to law for solutions, but law so often fails to provide adequate tools to challenge the travails of the contemporary situation, such as the indignity of hunger, the strain of illness, or the horror of state violence. Indeed, law often facilitates and sometimes creates the problems facing traditional and emerging outgroups, as well as substantial sectors of traditionally privileged ingroups. Yet possibility remains in law. Grounded in the lessons of multiple generations of past social justice activism and critical theory, LatCrit will mark its twentieth anniversary by convening critical thinkers pursuing the goal of creating a legal order where equal justice for all is reality, not aspiration.
LatCrit 2015 will launch a multi-year intervention into constitutional law’s potential utility to outgroups as a means to go beyond resisting subordination and to strategically organize critical sociolegal scholars’ work in conjunction with contemporary social justice movements. The conference will interrogate generational transitions within our activist-scholar community and center the question of engendering emerging voices and ethical leadership. LatCrit 2015’s substantive programming will focus on, but not be limited to, the U.S. Constitution’s provisions affecting political advocacy and participation, criminal proceedings, individual rights, and due process guarantees. Special emphasis will be given to supporting the voices of emerging scholar-activists whose insight and commitment can animate LatCrit into the coming decades.
Paper proposals on other topics related to subordination and resistance are also welcome.
The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, June 15, 2015. Proposals must be submitted online through the LatCrit 2015 Online Submission Form.
For general information and questions about the event please email Andrea Freeman at email@example.com.
Proposal Deadline: June 15, 2015
LatCrit-SALT Faculty Development Workshop: October 1, 2015
Conference: October 2-3, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County
AALS Section on International Human Rights Call For Papers
The AALS Section on International Human Rights is pleased to announce a call for papers for its
program, “Human Rights and Families,” at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington,
D.C. The program will take place during the Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for January 6-
10, 2016 (schedule TBA). We anticipate selecting three or four speakers from this call for
papers to present their work during our Section’s program.
For our 2016 program, we are interested in papers that explore the human rights experiences of
families. Families confront a breadth of issues with human rights implications. This topic could
include, but is not limited to, refugee and internally-displaced populations, children’s rights,
women’s rights, labor rights, migration issues, relationships among treaty bodies that are relevant
to different family members, health and education rights, food insecurity, and many others. We
welcome papers that explore these and other relevant issues in all parts of the world (including
the United States).
Deadline and Submission: The deadline to submit a paper is September 1, 2015. Please email
submissions in Word or PDF format to the Program Committee c/o Jonathan Todres
(firstname.lastname@example.org). In selecting proposals, priority will be given to new voices in international
human rights (i.e., individuals who have not previously presented a paper at AALS on the topic
of international human rights).
Format: There is no formal requirement as to the form or length of proposals. Preference will be
given to proposals that are substantially complete and to well-supported scholarly papers that
offer novel scholarly insights on topics covered by the panel. A paper may have already been
accepted for publication as long as it will not be published prior to the Annual Meeting. The
Section does not have plans to publish the papers, so individual presenters are free to seek their
own publishing opportunities.
Eligibility: Per AALS rules, only full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are
eligible to submit a paper to a Section’s call for papers. Faculty at fee-paid law schools, foreign,
visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, fellows and non-law school faculty are
not eligible to submit. Call for Paper participants will be responsible for paying their annual
meeting registration fee and travel expenses.
The Program is co-sponsored by the AALS Section on Children and the Law and the Section on
Family and Juvenile Law.
LAW STUDENT PAPERS: 2015 International Association of Judges Student Writing Competition
Do you know someone who is excelling in law school? We’re looking for young advocates for the LGBT community who are interested in pursuing a career on the bench. Nominations are now open for the International Association of LGBT Judges’ Writing Competition, created to honor law students with a commitment to equality in the judiciary. The award provides an exciting opportunity for law students to speak directly to members of the United States judiciary. Students are invited to submit papers on one of the following topics: 1) Diversity on the bench; or 2) Judicial or legal ethics around LGBT issues. Nominees must attend the 2015 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair and be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2014-2015 academic year.
WORK IN THE SOUTH: Dixie Cotton, American Steel and a Hurricane Named Katrina – A Reinvention of Bondage
The Workplace Justice Project in cooperation with the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law invites you to submit a proposal for the 2015 Conference: WORK IN THE SOUTH: Dixie Cotton, American Steel and a Hurricane Named Katrina – A Reinvention of Bondage which will be held on March 6 -7 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Loyola College of Law. Accepted applicants will have their proposals published in the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law and may be offered the opportunity to present their work in one of three conference panels on March 6, 2015. CFP due no later than 1/12/2015
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM CALL FOR PAPERS
The AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom – a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication–seeks scholarly articles for its 2015 issue. The Journal of Academic Freedom welcomes essays on Steven Salaita’s “de-hiring” by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the aftermath of the decision by the UIUC chancellor Phyllis Wise and the board of trustees to withdraw the offer of a tenured position int he Native American Indian Studies Program.
The Salatia case raises serious issues related to the AAUP’s 2011 recommendations on the hiring of…