August 29, 2017

CFP: AALS Sections on Constitutional Law and Legal History

From Rebecca Zietlaw, Chair of AALLS Section on Constitutional Law, 2017-2018 Call for Papers: The AALS Sections on Constitutional Law and Legal History invite paper submissions to participate in our joint program, “Reconstruction: The Second Founding,” at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting on January 4, 2018. One paper will be selected among those submitted. The panel will take place from 3:00-4:30 on Thursday, January 4, 2018. TOPIC DESCRIPTION On the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment, the program celebrates the Reconstruction Constitution and explores its meaning to the law today. In an addition to a keynote luncheon speech by historian Martha Jones of the University of Michigan, the program will consist of two panels; the first on the history of Reconstruction and the second on Reconstruction’s present-day meaning. The AALS Sections on Constitutional Law and Legal History welcome submissions for the second panel. This panel discussion will focus on the impact of the Reconstruction Amendments on contemporary constitutional law, touching on topics from racial justice to sex equality and the law of empire. The Sections invite papers (historical, theoretical, doctrinal, empirical) on the present-day resonance of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments and their broader significance. ELIGIBILITY Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. Preference will be given to junior scholars doing original work on the Reconstruction Amendments. Diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, ideology and subject matter will be taken into account in evaluating proposals. Pursuant to AALS rules, faculty at fee-paid law schools, foreign faculty, adjunct and visiting faculty (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school), graduate students, fellows, and non-law school faculty are not eligible to submit. Please note that all faculty members presenting at the program are responsible for paying their own annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses. PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE Paper submissions should be accompanied by a short abstract (no more than 800 words). While complete papers with abstract are preferred, paper abstracts without accompanying papers will also be accepted. Papers will be selected by the Sections’ officers in a double-blind review. Please submit only anonymous papers by redacting from the submission the author’s name and any references to the identity of the author. Please send proposals to Derinda Kirkland at Each submission should be in PDF format and come with a separate cover sheet including the applicant’s name, affiliation, and contact information. . The subject line of the email submission should read: “Submission – 2018 Joint Program on Reconstruction.” DEADLINE Deadline for submission of proposals is 5 pm EST on Friday, September 8 2017. Rebecca E. Zietlow Chair, AALS Section on Constitutional Law, 2017-2018 Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values University of Toledo College of Law (419) 530-2872

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