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Bankruptcy, Credit, and Finance Panels at Upcoming AALS Meeting

posted by Pamela Foohey

As with (almost) all events now, the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting is going forward as a virtual conference at the beginning of January. Deadlines for calls for papers are approaching soon. For our professor readers, the Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Protection and the Section on Commercial & Consumer Law have calls that may interest you. Details about each below the break.

(1) The Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Protection invites submissions of no more than five pages for its panel (set for Tuesday, January 5, from 1:15 to 2:30 pm ET). The submission can be the abstract and/or introduction from a longer paper, and it should relate to the following session description:

After the 2008 financial crisis, Congress overhauled financial regulation. The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 created a new consumer protection agency, limited bank investment, imposed new capital and liquidity requirements, created an umbrella financial council, and reworked derivatives oversight, among many significant pieces. This session will explore ideas about what the next sweeping financial legislation should entail.

Please send your anonymized materials by September 15, 2020, to Joseph Graham, [email protected]. Please also indicate (a) whether you are tenured, pre-tenure, or other; (b) how far along the full article is, and (c) optionally, any other information that might benefit the committee in selecting a diverse panel of speakers.

(2) The Section on Commercial & Consumer Law will host a “Works-in-Progress Session for Junior Consumer Law Scholars” program. This program will bring together junior and senior consumer law scholars for the purpose of providing junior scholars with feedback and guidance on their draft articles. Scholars whose papers are selected will provide a brief overview of their paper, and participants will then break into simultaneous roundtables dedicated to the individual papers. Two senior scholars will provide commentary and lead the discussion about each paper. Junior scholars whose papers are selected for the program will need to submit a draft to the senior scholar commentators by Friday, December 4, 2020. This draft need not be in polished, publishable shape—a rough and preliminary draft is perfectly acceptable.

If you’re interested in participating, either as a junior presenter or a senior commentator, please email Professor Christopher Bradley at [email protected]. The subject line of the email should read: “Submission—Consumer Law WIP Program.” The cover email should state the junior scholar’s institution, tenure status, number of years in their current position, whether the paper has been accepted for publication, and, if not, when the scholar anticipates submitting the article to law reviews. The deadline is September 21, 2020.


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