Call for Participation

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The Mid-Atlantic Law & Society Association (MALSA) will host its third conference at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on October 10, 2015. We hope you will join us in our efforts to build a vibrant regional network of sociolegal scholars.

We seek papers, panels, roundtables, and pedagogy workshops aimed at stimulating conversations across the range of law and society topics and disciplines. Proposals for individual papers and fully formed sessions are welcome, as are proposals for pedagogy workshops on activities and assignments you use in your law and society teaching. We also invite scholars new to law and society research to submit their ideas-in-progress for Socio-Legal Individual Mentoring (SLIM) sessions, where they can receive individualized feedback on substance and/or methods from an experienced law & society scholar about how to turn an idea into a research project (subject to availability of senior mentors with relevant expertise).

Accepted papers will draw on theoretical, empirical, and pedagogical sociolegal scholarship. Papers focused solely on doctrinal analysis are unlikely to be invited. Though presentations on any topic are welcome, we are especially interested in panels that focus on areas of current interest and controversy in the region, such as fracking, policing and race, political corruption. We also welcome panels that bring together practitioners and scholars.

The final deadline for all proposals is now August 28, 2015. Proposals should include an abstract of approximately 250 words; panel proposals should include a list of participants. You may also use the link below to volunteer to serve as a panel chair/discussant or to serve as a SLIM senior scholar for a colleague seeking to develop a sociolegal research project. Accepted presenters will be notified by September 7

To submit a proposal or volunteer, please complete the form below.

Please direct inquiries (but not proposal submissions!) to: