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Call for Papers -- 2017 Junior Scholars Colloquium

Timothy Courtney February 13, 2017

Call for Papers -- 2017 Junior Scholars Colloquium

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for our sixth annual Junior Scholars Colloquium, which is scheduled for June 23-25, 2017 at Loews Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. The Junior Scholars Colloquium provides eight junior faculty members (as defined in the submission criteria below) with the opportunity to present competitively selected, unpublished papers and receive comments from more senior faculty members to help improve their scholarship.

The 2017 Junior Scholars Colloquium will take place over the course of two days in an environment conducive to both scholarly reflection and convivial discussion. The days will be divided into four two-hour sessions, during which each junior scholar will have twelve minutes to present his or her paper, followed by ten minutes for comments from an assigned faculty commentator and approximately forty minutes of general group discussion. All participants and commentators will be expected to be present for the entire conference and to familiarize themselves with all papers being presented. Lodging and meals will be provided, and travel expenses (e.g., economy flight, ground transport) will be reimbursed.

A junior faculty member whose paper is selected for the colloquium will be expected to participate as a junior scholar, and will receive a prize of $1,000.

Submission Criteria:

-Submissions are limited to unpublished papers by junior faculty, meaning tenure-track law faculty who have been teaching for no more than 7 years. Aspiring scholars who have not yet obtained their first tenure-track appointments, including teaching or other fellows and visiting assistant professors, are also welcome to submit papers for consideration.

-Submissions that have been accepted for publication by a journal may be submitted only if publication will take place after the June 2017 colloquium and the piece remains substantively revisable (for purposes of incorporating changes resulting from colloquium feedback).

-There is a limit of one submission per person.

-Co-authored pieces will be accepted only if both authors are junior faculty members. Any honorarium awarded on the basis of a co-authored piece must be shared.

-There are no restrictions in terms of topic or theme; the core objective of this event is to help junior faculty improve their scholarship.

Submission Procedure & Deadline:

-If you wish to submit a paper for consideration in this event, please email your paper in Microsoft Word or PDF format to by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, February 17, 2017, using the subject line "Submission: 2017 Junior Scholars Colloquium."

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