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SEALS Accepting Proposals for 2015 Conference

The SEALS website sealslawschools.org is now accepting proposals for panels or discussion groups for the 2015 meeting which will be held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club http://www.bocaresort.com/  Boca Raton, Florida, from July 27 to Aug. 2.  You can submit a proposal at any time.  However, proposals submitted prior to October 31st are more likely to be accepted.

I have attached a document prepared by our Deputy Executive Director, Marcia McCormick of St. Louis U explaining how to navigate SEALS. The memo is well-written and self-explanatory, but I would like to emphasize a few things.  First, SEALS strives to be both open and democratic.  As a result, any faculty member at a SEALS member or affiliate school is free to submit a proposal for a panel or discussion group.  In other words, there are no “section chairs” or “insiders” who control the submissions in particular subject areas.  If you wish to do a program on a particular topic, just organize your panelists or discussion group members and submit it through the SEALS website. There are a few restrictions on the composition of panels (e.g., panels must include a sufficient number of faculty from member schools, and all panels and discussion groups should strive for inclusivity).  Second, there are no “age” or “seniority” restrictions on organizers.  As a result, newer faculty are also free to submit proposals.  Third, if you wish to submit a proposal, but don’t know how to reach others who may have an interest in participating in that topic, let me know and we’ll try to connect you with other scholars in your area.

Navigating Submission Document (PDF Format)

I hope that everyone’s semester is off to a good start.

Russell L. Weaver
Professor of Law & Distinguished University Scholar
University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
russ.weaver@louisville.edu

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