Notice & Comment

AALS AdLaw and Legislation New Voices Call for Papers

At the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in January 2017 (in San Francisco), both the Administrative Law Section and Legislation Section will be hosting again their terrific new voices programs.  I’ve participated in the adlaw section’s program a couple times, and it’s a terrific opportunity to get feedback from senior scholars in the field as well as get to know juniors and seniors alike. Note that the submission deadline for the AALS Legislation program is October 7, 2016, and the AALS AdLaw Section program deadline is November 4, 2016.

Here is the call for papers for the AdLaw Section:

The AALS Administrative Law Section is pleased to host again its “New Voices in Administrative Law” program during the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  The purpose of this works-in-progress program is to bring together junior and senior administrative law scholars to (hopefully) give the junior scholars useful feedback on papers that have not yet been submitted for publication.  (Posting the paper on SSRN is fine.)  Designated reviewers will have read the paper ahead of time and will be prepared to discuss the paper and offer constructive comments. (Physically this means we have a large room with a number of small tables, with each table occupied by a junior scholar and two senior scholars, and anyone else who cares to be part of one of those discussions.)  The program is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 5.

For interested junior scholars:

A junior scholar is anyone who is an untenured, full-time law professor. Since the program is in early January, there will be plenty of time to incorporate ideas from the program into the paper before the February/March 2017 law review submission season.  To be considered for participation in the program, please send an email to Professor Emily Hammond, Chair of the AALS Administrative Law Section, at ehammond@law.gwu.eduby 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 4.  In your email, please include the title of your paper and attach at least a precis or draft-in-progress.  Also, please include in your email your school, your tenure status, your years in the position and any prior legal academic positions, and whether you have participated in the New Voices program in the past.

If your paper is selected for participation in the program, a draft will need to be submitted to me no later than December 16, 2016, so that the draft can be sent to the designated reviewers to read before the conference.  The draft submitted at that time does not need to be completely polished and ready for law review submission. Reviewers welcome papers in earlier stages when the author can most benefit from discussing the paper.

For senior scholars interested in serving as commentators: 

If you are interested in serving as a commentator this year, please email Emily Hammond at as soon as possible.

Please be aware that selected participants and commentators are responsible for their own travel expenses to the AALS Annual Meeting, including the AALS registration fee. Any inquiries about the New Voices in Administrative Law Program should be submitted to Professor Emily Hammond at

And here is the call for papers for the Legislation Section:

The AALS Section on Legislation and Law of the Political Process is pleased to announce that it will host a “New Voices in Legislation” program during the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. This works-in-progress program will bring together junior and senior scholars in the field of legislation for the purpose of providing the junior scholars with feedback and guidance on their draft articles. Scholars whose papers are selected will present their work in small panel sessions. A senior scholar will moderate each panel and lead discussion about the draft article.

Eligibility: The New Voices Program will be open to full-time faculty members from AALS member schools who are untenured or have been tenured for two years or less. All scholars, whether or not presenting a paper or moderating a discussion, are welcome to attend the program and participate in discussions.

Submission Requirements: Submissions should be drafts of articles relating to legislation and the law of the political process, including articles related to legislative structure, the legislative process, statutory interpretation, and deliberation. Submissions should be near completion and should not exceed 30,000 words, including footnotes. The purpose of the program is to provide junior scholars with feedback that can be incorporated into their works-in-progress; as a result, articles are ineligible for the program if they are expected to be in print at the time of the program in January 2017. However, articles that already have been submitted to law reviews for publication, and accepted for publication, are not ineligible for this reason.

Submission Process: To be considered for participation in the program, please email a copy of the paper and abstract to Evan Zoldan, by Friday, October 7, 2016. Selected participants will be notified in early November 2016. Final drafts of those who are selected must be submitted by December 15, 2016.

Senior Scholars: If you are interested is serving as a commentator for one of the junior papers, please contact Evan Zoldan,

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