Call for Papers
Due November 15, 2011
The Michigan State Law Review will hold a symposium titled “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power” on Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, 2012. The symposium will serve as a catalyst to raise awareness about, discuss the dynamics of, and strategize solutions to the persistent gender disparity that exists in positions of power in the legal profession. Scholars and experts from the fields of law, political science, journalism, and beyond will reframe and advance the course of existing dialogue on gender equality.
We are pleased to announce that the symposium will be taking place in Detroit, Michigan, at the historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. MSU College of Law has its roots in this city; as Detroit College of Law it was one of the first institutions of higher education to open its doors to women and minorities, admitting Lizzie McSweeney into its inaugural class of students in 1891. Thus it is incredibly fitting that this symposium takes place in the very city where our school was founded, remembering our legacy while also looking to the future.
Just as MSU College of Law was among the first to offer women equal access to a legal education over 50 years before many other institutions began to do so, we now seek to continue this tradition by advancing the conversation on how to resolve remaining gender disparity.
As of September 1, 2011, confirmed participants include:
- Hannah Brenner, Michigan State University College of Law
- Douglas M. Branson, University of Pittsburg School of Law
- Keith J. Bybee, Syracuse University College of Law
- Christine A. Corcos, Louisiana State University Law Center
- Bridget J. Crawford, Pace Law School
- Lee Epstein, University of Southern California
- Erika Falk, Johns Hopkins University
- Judge Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law School
- Carol Greenhouse, Princeton University
- Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School
- Joan W. Howarth, Michigan State University College of Law
- Sally J. Kenney, Tulane University
- Renee Newman Knake, Michigan State University College of Law
- Paula Monopoli, University of Maryland School of Law
- Angela Onwuachi-Willig, The University of Iowa College of Law
- Carla D. Pratt, Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law
- Deborah L. Rhode, Stanford Law School
- Lori A. Ringhand, University of Georgia Law
- Julie C. Suk, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
This announcement invites proposals from individuals across disciplines who are interested in contributing to this conversation by speaking on a panel at the symposium. We especially encourage proposals from junior scholars and new voices who are focusing their work on the issues that will be explored through this event. Submissions must include a title and abstract of no more than 1,000 words, due by November 15, 2011. Please include your full contact information, including an email, phone number, and mailing address. Participants will be notified about their acceptance in December 2011. Some participants may have the opportunity to publish their paper as part of a special symposium issue of the MSU Law Review (please indicate if you are interested in having your paper considered for this purpose in your submission).
For further information or to submit a proposal, please contact:
- Hannah Brenner, Lecturer in Law & Co-Director of the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession (email@example.com) or
- Renee Newman Knake, Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director of the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please include “MSU Call for Papers” in the subject line when submitting a proposal.