Notice & Comment

Duke Law Journal’s 52nd Annual Administrative Law Symposium: Request for Proposals

From the Duke Law Journal:

The Duke Law Journal invites proposals for its 52nd Annual Administrative Law Symposium, to be held in February 2022, at Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina.

The Duke Law Journal’s Administrative Law Symposium has been the premier administrative law event for over four decades. Previous symposia topics include:

  • The Future of Chevron Deference
  • Charting the New Landscape of Administrative Adjudication
  • Exit and the Administrative State
  • Inclusion, Exclusion, and the Administrative State
  • Intellectual Property Exceptionalism in Administrative Law
  • Is the Appointments Process Broken? Insights from Practice, Process, and Theory
  • Taking Administrative Law “to Tax”
  • Well-Being Analysis vs. Cost-Benefit Analysis

This Administrative Law Symposium has a long history of hosting the top administrative law scholars. Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and Judge Patricia Wald participated in Duke Law Journal’s 1993, 1989, and 1997 Administrative Law Symposia, respectively. In more recent years, several prominent professors and professionals have participated in these symposia, including Stuart Benjamin (Duke), Cass Sunstein (Harvard), Chai Feldblum (former EEOC Commissioner), Steven Croley (Michigan), Julius Genachowski (former FCC Chairman), Paul Light (NYU), Nina Mendelson (Michigan), Anne Joseph O’Connell (Stanford), W. Kip Viscusi (Vanderbilt), Dick Pierce (George Washington University), Thomas Merrill (American University), and Kristin Hickman (University of Minnesota).

How to Submit a Proposal

To submit a Proposal, please send an email with the subject line “Symposium Proposal” to with your proposal and a copy of your CV(s) attached by May 7, 2021. Inquiries via this e-mail address should be directed to Duke Law Journal’s Special Projects Editor, Jessica Poggi.

What to Include in Your Proposal

Proposals should be Word documents that include the following:

  • A proposed title;
  • A brief description explaining the topic, its importance, and its relevance (no more than 500 words);
  • A list of the individuals you would solicit to write pieces for your proposed symposium for publication in the Duke Law Journal.
  • Please indicate what, if any, level of interest each individual has expressed.
    • Please also note that we are looking for 4 to 5 articles, and each article must be between 15,000 and 20,000 words;
    • Including Duke Law faculty in your proposal is encouraged but not required.
  • If available, a paper, an abstract, or brief description of the paper topics;
  • A list of individuals who might participate in your symposium without writing pieces for publication or who may be interested in publishing shorter response pieces in the Duke Law Journal Online (and what, if any, interest they have expressed in participating);
  • Please indicate whether this proposal would require more than one day. Symposia are traditionally held on one day only.

Proposal Selection Criteria

Proposals must have some foundation in administrative law. The Duke Law Journal Symposium Selection Committee will review each proposal based on:

  • Definition and focus of the topic
  • Timeliness and importance of the topic
  • Experience, expertise, and diversity of the presenters/panelists
  • Overall program quality

Travel Support

If the Symposium is held in-person, the Duke Law Journal will provide transportation, lodging, and meals for symposium participants.

Important Dates

March 1, 2021:Start accepting proposals
May 7, 2021:Deadline to submit proposals
May 31, 2021:Proposal selected on or before this date
June 19, 2021:Secure commitments from panelists/contributing authors
August 15, 2021:Collect drafts for Administrative Law Symposium Issue
February 2022:52nd Annual Administrative Law Symposium takes place
March 2022:Volume 71’s Administrative Law Symposium Issue published

Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your proposal!


Jennalee Beazley Editor-in-Chief

Duke Law Journal, Volume 71

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