January 30, 2014

Call for Proposals – 2014 Works in Progress Conference

By Paul Kirgis

Request for Proposals
Hosting the AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
2014 Works-in-Progress Conference

 The AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is seeking a host for the 8th Annual Works-in-Progress Conference to take place in the fall of 2014.  The WIP Conference has become one of the “must attends” in the ADR academic field.  Previous hosts include Marquette, Arizona State, Harvard, Oregon, Creighton, Ohio State, and Cardozo.

The host institution is responsible for organizing all of the logistics for the conference, such as picking dates, lining up hotels, and scheduling receptions and presentations.  Additionally, the conference host is responsible for choosing the papers to be presented.

The Section’s Executive Committee will consider several criteria in selecting the next host institution, including:

  • Proximity to a major airport and reasonably-priced hotels
  • Planned outreach to attract junior faculty
  • Planned or demonstrated outreach to attract law faculty from regional law schools
  • Demonstrated engagement with the ADR academic community
  • Indications of institutional support for the conference (e.g., funds for meals, sufficient staffing)
  • Planned mechanisms to enhance the rigorous yet collegial atmosphere of the program; factors to be considered include:
    • Schedule and structure (number of days, length of presentations, one track or multiple tracks, etc.)
    • Methods for ensuring that presenters receive quality feedback
  • Demonstrated experience with hosting similar events
  • Any special circumstances that support an institution’s application

Proposals should be sent electronically to Professor Paul Kirgis, 2014 Chair of the ADR Section, at kirgisp@stjohns.edu by March 1, 2013.  In the transmittal e-mail subject matter line, please put “AALS ADR Section WIP Conference Proposal.”  If you have any questions, please contact Paul Kirgis at the e-mail address listed above.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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