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Join the Baldy Center on October 23, 2015 for a one-day conference.

Just over thirty years ago, David Engel published “The Oven Bird’s Song: Insiders, Outsiders, and Personal Injuries in an American Community” in Law and Society Review.

Engel’s research revealed the attitudes that residents in a rural Illinois community brought to contested cultural issues regarding personal injury, dispute resolution, social change, and law. The article quickly became one of the signature contributions to the law and society movement, a kind of instant classic.

Join the Baldy Center on October 23, 2015 for a one-day conference that will take a full measure of the article and its impact from the vantage points of the varied disciplines that inform sociolegal studies. The symposium will examine the intellectual context within which the article was written, its effect on interdisciplinary studies of institutional actors, the pedagogical opportunities and challenges presented by the work, and the continuing influence of “The Oven Bird’s Song” on law and society scholarship.

Lineup includes: Marc Galanter, Stewart Macaulay, Barbara Yngvesson, Alfred Konesfsky, Anna-Maria Marshall, Valerie Hans, Lynn Mather, Eve Darian-Smith, Renee Cramer, Michael McCann, Anne Bunting, Neil Vidmar, Yoshitaka Wada, Jamie Longazel, Anne Bloom, Scott Barclay, David Engel

Location: Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, Buffalo, New York

Details: Friday October 23, 2015. 8:30-5:00.

Contact: Mary Nell Trautner,

LSAC Research Grants The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program funds research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC. Specifically included in the program’s scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession. To be eligible for funding, a research project must inform either the process of selecting law students or legal education itself in a demonstrable way.
The program welcomes proposals for research proceeding from any of a variety of methodologies, a potentially broad range of topics, and varying time frames. Proposals will be judged on the importance of the questions addressed, their relevance to the mission of LSAC, the quality of the research designs, and the capacity of the researchers to carry out the project.
Application deadline is August 15, 2015.
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Call for journal submissions for the Jindal Global Law Review Jindal Global Law Review (ISSN 0975-2498) is the flagship journal of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). It is published bi-annually. As a double-blind peer reviewed journal, JGLR aims to publish inter-disciplinary scholarship at the intersections of legal theory, critical theory, political economy, international relations and the humanities. It lays emphasis on publishing work that is at the cutting edge of doctrinal, theoretical and empirical research.

The October 2015 issue of the JGLR is titled as 'Developments in Corporate and Financial Law'. Themes include:
  • Corporate Jurisprudence
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Financial Sector Reforms
  • Path-dependency in Corporate Governance
  • Board Composition and Diversity
  • Related Party Transactions
  • Minority Shareholder Protection
  • Disruptive Technologies in Corporate Functions

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Key Dates:
1. Deadline for submission of full paper: 15th July 2015
2. Notification of acceptance: 30th July 2015
3. Publication of Journal: October 2015

2015 meetings of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) and the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ)  Flinders Law School in Adelaide, South Australia will be hosting the 2015 meetings of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) and the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) both of which should be of interest to law and society scholars. The theme of the ANZSOC Conference (25-27 Nov) is Security and Rule of Law: The changing face of criminal justice.

LSAANZ meets 30 Nov-2 Dec and Lynn Mather, former LSA President, will be delivering a keynote address, together with by indigenous law expert Jacinta Ruru and leading legal theorist Margaret Davies. LSAANZ conference themes includeCriminal law and criminologies; Disabilities, ageing and the law; Indigenous legal cultures; Legal activism and transformations; Legal institutions: professions and education; Legal spaces and geographies; Legal subjectivities, citizens and rights;Research methods and ethics; Restorative, community and social justice; and Transgressing boundaries: regulation, emerging technologies and govern mentalities.

Further information available at: 

Removal date: 3 December 2015

Call for Submissions for Through the Prison Gate: An Exploration of Issues from Orange is the New Black Set in a female correctional facility, Jenji Kohan’s Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, provides a diverse cast, a presentation of some feminist themes, and a critical reflection on the U.S. prison system.  The limits to the diversity represented in the show and the social justice issues raised (either in a subtle fashion or overtly) by the show provide a good foundation for critical reflection on media representations and on the experiences of female inmates in the U.S. prison system. 

This multidisciplinary work will include essays by academic scholars and former female inmates. The aim of the anthology is to highlight the many areas raised impacting incarcerated women overtly and subtly in the show. These areas include those of a social justice nature, media representations of incarcerated women, and the myriad issues that include but are not limited to cultural representations of race, class, gender, and /or sexuality of transgender women inmates; racial dynamics; gender and female prison structures/policies, and reproduction and parenting for female inmates in the U.S.

The goal of our edited collection is to bring together scholars from diverse fields (Popular Culture; Sociology; Women’s Studies; Social Work; Criminal Justice; Psychology; Public Health) to consider both the media representations as well as the social justice issues for female inmates alluded to in Orange is the New Black (OITNB).  Possible topics include, but are not limited to: cultural representations of prison staff in OITNB; cultural representations of race, class, gender, and /or sexuality in OITNB; social justice issues for transgender inmates in the U.S.; racial dynamics within female prisons in the U.S.; gender and female prison structures/policies; history of women in prison and women’s prisons; re-incarcerated and previously incarcerated women; self and identity; gender, race, and sentencing; and reproduction and parenting for female inmates in the U.S.

We would like to receive 500-word drafts of chapters submitted for consideration by October 1, 2015. We will notify authors regarding the status of their submission by October 30, 2015. If accepted, the full chapter will be due by March 1, 2016. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

Please email a copy of your submission to the editors: Shirley A. Jackson ( and Laurie Gordy ( Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

The Ramapo Journal of Law and Society (RJOLAS) is accepting submissions for its 2015-2016 issues The Ramapo Journal of Law and Society (RJOLAS) is accepting submissions for its 2015-2016 issues at

Please submit by July 7th, 2015 to be considered for the Fall issue of RJOLAS. RJOLAS encourages passionate undergraduate writers interested in socio-legal issues to submit essays, articles, and research papers. Given the interdisciplinary focus of law and society, we accept submissions from all fields of study pertaining to a socio-legal theme. We encourage all types of submissions, including research papers, articles, seniors or honors theses, independent studies, book reviews written during your undergraduate career or new essays written specifically for the journal, under faculty supervision.

More information about the journal and submission process can be found at:

Removal date: August 31, 2015


Call for Papers

Call for papers - new journal Derecho y Crítica Social The journal Derecho y Crítica Social [Law and Social Criticism] (DCS) has been created, with the aim of providing a platform for critical examination of the legal from the most diverse disciplinary perspectives. DCS is an international and multidisciplinary journal that is published in electronic format, and is subject to a strict policy of peer review. DCS will publish original articles in Spanish or English that are the result of original research, and Spanish translations of relevant articles previously published in other languages. However, it also seeks that thepapers published in it produce a reflection beyond the academic space about the social problems affecting Latin America. In particular, DCS is interested in identifying the role that law plays as a cause, condition or possible solution to these problems.

The editorial board of DCS invites submission of manuscripts for publication in the first volume of the journal, to be published during 2015. We welcome contributions from scholars with institutional membership and independent academics, as well as from university students. The call to publish in DCS is permanent and manuscripts can be sent at any time. This, however, does not guarantee publication in the next issue after the date of acceptance. As a suggestion, we recommend sending contributions until May 30 for inclusion in the first issue of the respective year and October 30 for inclusion in the second issue.

More information about the journal, its editorial board, the process of review and publication of articles, and detailed instructions for preparing manuscripts can be found on the

Call for Conference Papers and Presentations:
“Creating Excellence in Learning and Teaching for Today’s Law Students”
October 2-3, 2015, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Summit Law School (ASLS) will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a conference for legal educators, law students, the legal community, and anyone interested in legal education.  The Conference will be opened by Professor Gerald Hess, a leading American scholar on legal education, and founder of the Institute for Law School Teaching at Gonzaga University School of Law.  The Conference will include panels and workshops intended to address an array of challenges facing law schools in the early 21st Century. 

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to: Applying the latest teaching techniques, methods and technology in the classroom; Integrating practice-ready skills with doctrinal teaching; Teaching the underprepared student; Keeping higher performing students engaged and challenged; Teaching alternative and second career students; Preparing students for the new legal marketplace; Building an excellent academic support program; Preparing students to serve underserved communities.

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Removal Date: July 15, 2015

International Legal Ethics Conference VII: The Ethics & Regulation of Lawyers Worldwide: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

July 14-16, 2016 Fordham Law School in New York City

LSA members are encouraged to submit paper and program proposals and participate in the International Legal Ethics Conference VII: The Ethics & Regulation of Lawyers Worldwide: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, which will take place July 14-16, 2016 at Fordham Law School in New York City. More than 300 legal academics, practitioners and regulators from around the world will convene to discuss issues of common interest relating to ethics and the legal profession, including: access to justice, the rule of law, ethics in clinical education, professionalism, globalization, interdisciplinary approaches, lawyers as societal role models, and many others. 

Topics will be explored from different legal cultures, including both common law and civil law traditions, and by speakers from different parts of the world, including both developed and developing nations. ILEC VII panels and discussions will be organized around these 8 themes:

Culture, Technology, Ethics and Society , Empirical Perspectives on the Legal Profession and Legal Ethics, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Legal Profession, Philosophy and Legal Ethics, Regulation of the Legal Profession and Judiciary, Ethics and Legal Education, Globalization and the Legal Profession, Rule of Law and the Legal Profession

To register, propose a paper or program or sponsor an international attendee: Questions:

Removal date: April 1, 2016

Positions and Fellowships

2 positions: Investigator, and Investigator Title IX - Harvard University

Reporting directly to the Title IX Officer/Director of the Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution (ODR) with a dotted line report to the Lead Investigator. The Investigator conducts investigations, handles informal resolutions and is available to answer questions as a member of the ODR and also plays an important role in meeting the University’s training and education obligations under Title IX, VAWA, and other federal or state civil rights laws. With case-related guidance from the Lead Investigator, the Investigator   is responsible for his/her caseload, partnering with school designees throughout the investigative process, conducting legally sufficient investigations, meeting established timelines and treating all constituents engaged in the complaint process with sensitivity and neutrality. To apply and view full job description please visit:

Title IX Investigator position application and description is at

Deadline for Removal: June 30, 2016

Fellowship Applications at Princeton University Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites about twenty scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2016-2017 the focus will be Law and the Social Sciences.

The application deadline is November 1, 2015. Applications must be submitted through the Institute's online application system, which can be found, along with more information about the theme, at

University of California, Irvine - Faculty Position in Criminology, Law and Society The Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine seeks candidates for up to two positions of Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (Lecturer PSOE).  Lecturer PSOE is a full-time faculty position designed for individuals who wish to focus their careers on teaching, professional activities, and University and public service. Like Assistant Professors, Lecturers PSOE are evaluated for reappointment and merit salary increases every two years and within eight years (or less) are evaluated for promotion to Lecturer with Security of Employment (Lecturer SOE), which has the permanence of a tenured position.   The Lecturer SOE series requires, in addition to excellent teaching and service, that the candidate makes outstanding and recognized contributions to the development of his or her specific discipline and/or of pedagogy. Lecturers PSOE are members of the University of California Academic Senate and have all the usual benefits of Senate membership, such as eligibility for UCI’s attractive faculty housing programs, medical and retirement benefits. 

The successful candidate(s) will be expected to teach a variety of courses including core lower-division courses in the School of Social Ecology, introductory courses in Criminology, Law & Society, core upper-division courses in Criminology, Law & Society, and upper-division electives in Criminology, Law & Society. See: for more information.  Candidates must have a Ph.D in a relevant field and evidence of teaching excellence. Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, evidence of outstanding teaching performance (including detailed syllabi for courses previously taught and teaching evaluations), and arrange to have three letters of recommendation uploaded electronically. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (e.g. mentoring activities, committee service, research or teaching activities) should also be included in the application materials.

Applications will be accepted through the on-line Recruit system: for immediate consideration until the positions are filled.   Please direct questions about this position to Professor Michael Gottfredson at

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Removal date: December 31, 2015

Dean, School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine The University of California, Irvine invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Social Ecology. We seek a distinguished scholar and innovative administrator with an outstanding national reputation and demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusiveness, who will bring vision and inspiring leadership to the School. The new Dean will have the opportunity to implement a robust university mandate for interdisciplinary, problem-focused research and teaching, and to advance the mission of the School.  Key selection criteria will include:
  • Recognized intellectual leader in criminology, law and society, planning, psychology, public affairs, or other related field
  • Leading advocate for interdisciplinary research
  • Dedicated to establishing a culture that promotes the growth and recruitment of an exceptional and diverse faculty
  • Strongly committed to undergraduate and graduate education
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with the community and other stakeholders in resource development, fund raising, and advancement of the School
  • Established success as an administrator, including faculty leadership, staff development, fund raising, and fiscal and facility management

The School of Social Ecology, a unique multi-disciplinary and collaborative academic unit at the University of California, Irvine, is comprised of three departments: the Department of Criminology, Law and Society (; the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design (; and the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior (  Anchored by a commitment to interdisciplinary research, diversity and inclusive excellence, and teaching that is inspired by pressing social problems, the School embraces theory development and scholarship that advances basic science, the practical application of scholarly knowledge, preparation of students to engage with others and assume leadership roles, and civic engagement in the communities upon which we depend and to which we contribute. Further information about the School can be found at:

Review of applications will begin on June 18, 2015 and the search will remain open until the position is filled.  Applications should include a cover letter with a statement of relevant experience and a vision for the School, curriculum vitae, and names of three or more references.  A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials. We encourage electronic application submission; please click the online application link to begin the submission process:  Nominations, expressions of interest and questions should be sent to

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Removal date: December 31, 2015

Department of Criminology, Law & Society University of California, Irvine

Visiting Professor in Residence

The Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a Visiting Professor in Residence for one compensated quarter during 2016.  The Visiting Professor in Residence will meet with graduate students, give a talk, benefit from immersion in the Department and the campus, and serve as a general resource to provide perspective and suggestions for the further development of our program.  The Visiting Professor in Residence will receive compensation in the amount of $25,000 for one quarter (winter, spring or fall).  

We also invite applicants to consider longer stays (up to the academic year) as part of a sabbatical from their home institution.  Arrangements will be made to provide office space and library services for the duration of the visit.  Visitors to UCI have access to a variety of reasonably priced housing arrangements within walking distance of campus.

To ensure your application is given full consideration, interested candidates should submit a CV and letter of interest by September 1, 2015 by email at  Priority will be given to applications received by that date; however, applications will be accepted until filled.  Questions about this position can be directed to Department Chair Cheryl Maxson (

Tenure-track position in Legal Studies
St. Jerome's University
Waterloo, Ontario Canada
Department: Sociology & Legal Studies
Job Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies

The Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at St. Jerome’s University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Legal Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2016. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Legal Studies or a discipline or field in the humanities or social sciences. Candidates with a law degree are welcome to apply. We are especially interested in applications from candidates with expertise in Legal Studies and who conduct research in and can teach any of the following subjects: family and law, mental health and law, women and law, and religion and law. Proficiency in interdisciplinary research is desired. A history of innovation in the area of teaching and learning is also desired.

All applications must be submitted by October 15, 2015.

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