Author Meets Readers Sessions

 Due to the capacity limit on AMR sessions, the AMR proposal process has three steps that differentiate it from other session proposals:

The Program Committee will select among submissions based upon their connection to law and society scholarship, the theme of the conference, and importance to the field. The Program Committee seeks to ensure that the full complement of selected panels reflects the depth and diversity of the Association, in terms of disciplines, methodologies, global perspectives, and research sites.

Any law and society book published in the calendar year 2015 is eligible for consideration. In addition to submitting the information requested below, please send the following information as pdf’s to Kris Monty (

Both Author Meets Readers Panels and Salons are exempt from the rule prohibiting individuals from participating in more than one conference panel.  

AMR Salons              
Because we regrettably are unable to accept all AMR proposals we receive, those not selected as an AMR Panel will have the option of converting to an “AMR Salon” format. Participants and audience members in AMR Salon sessions meet to discuss the book seated around a single table in a ballroom setting dedicated to multiple concurrent book discussions, each at a separate table. These sessions must have at least two readers, along with the book’s author(s). Please indicate in your proposal justification if you are unwilling to have the session considered for an AMR Salon session (if you do not indicate this, we will assume that you do wish to be considered for a Salon).

Author Meets Reader (AMR) Session Submission
It is the Session Organizer’s responsibility to fill the roles required for the session. The new system offers a search function to find the participants you want to assign to your session.
AMR Session Proposals must include:

Please contact ALL of your participants for agreement prior to submitting an AMR session. All participants must “confirm” their participation in your session in time for you to finalize the session by 11:59 p.m. on October 25, 2015. Be sure to communicate a deadline to your participants.

Be sure to review "accessing the system" for the submission website and the login instructions.

Login to the system – After logging in, the screen will say “My Submissions” (if not please click the “My Submissions” tab), then click “Create Submission”.

1. Title Tab

  1. Title - This is the title of your session. Please enter it as it should appear in the program with proper title case. Please DO NOT submit your title with all capital letters.
  2. Submission Type – Select “AMR Session”
  3. CRN Sponsorship – If your submission is sponsored by a CRN, please select which CRN (by number) from the dropdown menu. Do not make a selection if your submission is not associated with a CRN.
  4. Click “Save”
  5. After the page is saved, please click the “2. Participant(s)” tab.

2. Participant Tab

  1. Are you the Session Organizer – click ”yes”
  2. A Chair for the session is required; please click “Add Chair”.
  3. Using the search field, please enter your Chair/Readers/Authors first or last name.
    • Select the name from the search list. Click “Add”
  4. If your Chair/Readers/Authors name is not found, click the green “Add Chair (or Reader or Author)” button. The Required Fields to enter their profile is:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Institution
    • Title
    • Email
    • Student (Y/N)
    • Years teaching, or does not teach
  5. After selecting the Session Chair, please select 4 - 6 Readers for the session using the instructions in steps 3 & 4 above.
  6. Next select the Author(s) using the instructions in steps 3 & 4 above.
  7. Your participants will automatically receive an email that they have been added to the session in that particular role. They will need to “confirm” their role before your submission may be finalized.
  8. Click “Save”. After the page is saved, please click the “3. Description” tab.

3. Add Description Tab

In 1200 to 1300 words (7000 character minimum, 10,000 character maximum), please provide the following information:
(1) A justification for the panel, describing the significance of the book for the Sociolegal community (~1,000 words). Please also indicate here if you do not wish to be considered for a Salon session if your proposal does not become a panel.
(2) A summary of the panel to be used in the program (~200 – 300 words). If your proposal is selected for presentation, the summary will be printed in the official meeting program – please be sure it is entered as you want it to appear in the printed program. The description must include the name of the publisher and the date of publication.
Click “Save”. After the page is saved, please click the “4. Keywords” tab.

4. Keywords Tab

Please select up to 2 Keywords. First select your Primary Keyword by clicking the box next to “add”. If adding a second keyword, scroll down to select the Secondary Keyword by clicking the box next to “add”.  Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click “save”.

5. Preview Tab

Review your AMR Session prior to submitting.  You may return to any of the tabs to edit.

6. Finalize Tab

If any required information or role approvals are not completed, you will not be able to “Finalize” your submission – this means your proposal has NOT been submitted. Any missing information will be listed in a red box on this tab. If you are offered a checkbox to click “Finalize” – congratulations, your submission is complete! Be sure to finalize your submission by clicking on the checkbox and then click “Finalize”

Once your paper has been finalized, you WILL NOT be able to edit your proposal. If you need to edit your submission prior to the October 25th submission deadline, please contact Kris Monty at the LSA Executive Office at to remove the finalization of your submission. If the finalization is removed, whether or not edits are made to the proposal, you will need to click the "Finalize" button and save the submission again – otherwise your submission has not been submitted. If the finalization is removed, to edit your submission first login, then click on the "My Submissions" link at the top. Then select the submission to edit and make the changes to your submission. Follow the instructions above to move between the tabs of the submission.

To withdraw your proposal prior to October 31st, 2015, login to the submission site, select "My Submissions" link at the top and click on the withdraw link for the appropriate proposal.

7. Email supporting documents 

To assist the Program Committee reviewing submissions, please email all of the following documents to Kris Monty ( A copy of the title page, copyright page (to verify publication year), and a table of contents (books published online during the eligibility period, which contain the necessary information are acceptable). To be considered for either an Author Meets Readers Panel or Salon, you must submit a complete proposal through the online system (as described above) AND email supporting documents by the October 25th submission deadline.

! Important – to Withdraw your Submission !

If you cannot attend, it is very important to formally withdraw your paper or session from the submission system. To withdraw before October 25th, 2015, login to your account at, click on "My Submissions" at the top menu, then click on the withdraw link next to the submission. To withdraw after October 25th, 2015, please send an email with your submission title and submission number to the LSA Meeting Manager, Kris Monty, at

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