July 8, 2019

Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development:CFP: Navigating the Laws of Fashion: Professional Appearances in the Legal Field

Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development

Navigating the Laws of Fashion: Professional Appearances in the Legal Field

              Presentation is everything, especially in the legal field: how you speak, where you went to law school, and how you dress or style your hair. Still true today is the fact that women face more challenges with presentation than men. Serious critique of women’s appearances is an unfortunate reality for many female lawyers. People conflate how women dress and style their hair with how well they do their job. Judges and juries form opinions of female attorneys based solely on their looks and attire. Women face an impossible obstacle: look good, but not too good; pay attention to your appearance, but do not be too obvious about it; be different, but about the same as everyone else. Even local and state bar associations and law schools sponsor events about attire and presentation, including events on “properly applying make-up.” These challenges and criticisms can be even greater for women of color or LGBTQ women.

              These criticisms have continued to spark heated discussions about sexism and gender inequality in the legal field. The Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development invites enthusiastic scholars, commentators, and practitioners who wish to add their voice to these discussions and present a perspective on this topic.

              The Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development and the Ron Brown Center for Civil Rights invite you to be part of our exploration.

We welcome full-length traditional law review articles with a maximum of 75 pages, as well as shorter essays and commentaries with a minimum of 10 pages. Authors will be selected based on brief abstracts of their articles, essays, or commentaries. We aim for an array of perspectives, methodologies, and expertise.

To submit, please send:
  • Your name, title, and professional affiliation;
  • Your curriculum vitae/resume;
  • Your contact details including phone number and email address;
  • A two to three page abstract summarizing your essay or article and indicating what your expected page length will be.

Optional: Full Manuscripts are also welcome
  • Manuscript between 25 and 75 pages for full-length articles and between 10 and 20 pages for essays and commentaries.

Please submit your abstract (or manuscript/essay/commentary) for consideration to: jcred@stjohns.edu

Submission Deadlines:
Abstract Deadline: August 15, 2019
Selected Author Notification Date: September 15, 2019
Essay/Book Review Deadline: December 31, 2019

If you have any questions about this call for papers or the Journal, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Hunter Igoe, at hunter.igoe17@stjohns.edu.

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