Women’s leadership in academia: Georgia Law session January 5 at AALS meeting in San Francisco


Accompanying us to San Francisco will be this Georgia WILL banner. It depicts Edith House, co-valedictorian of the Georgia Law Class of 1925 and Florida’s 1st woman U.S. Attorney. Our Women Law Students Association hosts a lecture in her honor each year; slated to speak at the 35th annual Edith House Lecture, on March 2, 2017, is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Women’s roles will be the focus of the University of Georgia School of Law Roundtable Discussion on Women’s Leadership in Legal Academia from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017, at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in San Francisco.

This brainstorming session for women law professors, clinicians, or librarians  who are or are interested in becoming administrators within law schools and universities at large. Among other things, we’ll explore whether there’s interest in a sustained project to foster women’s leadership in legal academia, and if so, what should be the contours of that project.

Taking part in the discussion will be 4 Georgia Law administrators: Lori A. Ringhand, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and  J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law; Usha Rodrigues, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and M.E. Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance & Securities Law; Carol A. Watson, Director of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library; and yours truly, Diane Marie Amann, Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law. Also featured will be another IntLawGrrls contributor, Monika Kalra Varma –  now an executive leadership consultant, she served for the last five years as Executive Director of the District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Program.

We’ll be hosting a reception as part of the discussion, and look forward to conversation with many of our counterparts throughout the AALS community. And we welcome the cosponsorship of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education.

This event is part of our law school’s ongoing initiative, Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead). It began in August with a celebration of the centenary date on which the legislature authorized women to practice law in Georgia, and has continued with lectures by Georgia Law alumnae and other prominent women; among them, a federal judge, a former U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights, and a corporate general counsel. The January 5 session will kick off a half dozen spring semester Georgia WILL events.

AALS-goers interested in the subject are most welcome to take part in the January 5 discussion/reception, to be held in Yosemite C, a room in the Ballroom Level of the AALS conference hotel, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell Street. Please join us, and please feel free to forward this notice to interested colleagues.

For more information, e-mail ruskintlaw@uga.edu.

(Cross-posted from Exchange of Notes)

AALS International Human Rights Section Call for Papers

The AALS International Human Rights Section is sponsoring two different Calls for Papers at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting.  Submission details for both Calls for Papers are available below:

January 3-7, 2017, San Francisco, CA

The AALS Section on International Human Rights is pleased to announce that it will sponsor a call for papers for its program during the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. The program will be called Human Rights Outside the West. It will take place during the Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for January 3-7, 2017. We anticipate selecting up to two speakers from this call for papers to present their work during our Section’s program.

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AALS international law section seeks papers for January annual meeting

aalsLogoThe Association of American Law Schools Section on International Law welcomes papers on the “The Influence of International Law on U.S. Government Decision-Making,” the topic of the panel it will sponsor from 10:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2015, at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Organizers write:

This panel will explore the role that international law plays in informing the policy outcomes arrived at by U.S. government decision-makers. To what extent is international law determinative or even influential, and to what extent does the policy area, the branch of government, or the ideological orientation of the decision-maker matter? As a more practical matter, at what stage in the decision-making process is international law taken into account and who are the most influential actors? How can academics be most influential in that process?

A number of current or former U.S. government officials are already schedule to present on the panel; one additional presenter will be chosen from the call for papers, open to full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts or detailed abstracts  is September 2, 2014. For details, contact the Section Chair, Southern Illinois University Law Professor Cindy Galway Buys, an IntLawGrrls contributor, at cbuys [at] siu [dot] edu.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

Scholarship on children & law sought for annual AALS meeting, January 2015 in D.C.

aalsLogoThere’s much of interest in the just-published newsletter of the Section on Children and the Law of the Association of American Law Schools. Not the least is the recent election of: Cynthia Godsoe of Brooklyn Law, Chair; Jim Dwyer of William & Mary Law, Chair-Elect; Annette Appell of Washington U.-St. Louis Law, Secretary (not to mention superb newsletter editor); and Meg Annitto of Charlotte Law, Treasurer.

Also of interest are the 2 panels (each of which involves invitations issued to AALS members) that the section will sponsor during the AALS 2015 Annual Meeting set for January 2-5 in Washington, D.C.:

Dead Upon Birth: The Inter-Generational Cycle of Thwarted Lives in America’s Poorest Neighborhoods, 2-3:45 p.m. Sunday, January 4. One speaker is being sought via a call for papers, with submissions due August 15, via e-mail to jgdwye@wm.edu, with “CFP submission” in the subject line. Already scheduled as speakers are Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard Law, Josh Gupta-Kagan of South Carolina Law, and Jim Dwyer of William & Mary Law; moderating will be Cynthia Godsoe of Brooklyn Law. On the panel, organizers write:

‘“The D.U.B.” is a nickname southside Chicago residents have given a neighborhood exemplifying a tragic reality in many of this country’s urban and rural areas: Children are born into struggling families in deeply dysfunctional neighborhoods and have little chance for full and flourishing lives. In some parts of America, a boy born today is more likely to end up in prison than college and a girl is more likely to become drug addicted than married. Many parents keep young children in “lockdown” at home when they are not in school, to shield them for as long as possible from gang recruitment and gun crossfire. This panel will discuss the economic, political, and cultural causes of concentrated poverty, crime, and disease and alternative strategies for sparing children from it. Panelists will address, from a child-centered perspective, issues such as “neighborhood effect” on child development, state response to parental incapacity, housing policy, relocation programs, foster care and adoption, inadequate education, school disciplinary policies, access to healthcare, employment opportunities, substance abuse and mental illness, criminal law enforcement and incarceration, and societal responsibility for the circumstances in which children live.’

► Junior-Scholar Works-in-Progress Workshop, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 3. Organizers write:

‘The idea is to give junior faculty who are writing on children’s issues an opportunity to present a current project at the annual meeting but in a relatively informal setting, so they can get more experience presenting their work and helpful feedback.’

The Section welcomes, from untenured faculty, submissions of full or partial drafts of papers not yet accepted for publication, and from tenured faculty, indications of willingness to serve as commentators on the selected papers. E-mail jgdwye@wm.edu, with “CFP submission” in the subject line, no later than the end of August.

Details for all Section events and calls here.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

Call for papers on UN & international law-making, for 2014 AALS meeting

UNIntLawGrrl Stephanie Farrior, Vermont Law Professor and Chair of the Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools, has put together a great lineup for the 2014 AALS annual meeting in New York – and she seeks an additional speaker to round out the panel.

The title for the section’s panel will be “International Law-Making and the United Nations.” Already set to speak on that topic at the meeting, set for 8:30-10:15 a.m. Friday,  January 3, are:

Mahnoush Arsanjani, whose 3-decade career in the U.N. Office of Legal Affairs included stints as Director of Codification, as Secretary of the International Law Commission, and as Secretary of the Committee of the Whole of the Rome Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court.

► International Law Commission member Marie Jacobsson, who’s the 3d woman ever to be appointed to this 65-year-old U.N. body. Also the Principal Legal Adviser on International Law at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Jacobsson serves as the ILC’s Special Rapporteur on the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts.

Kimberly Prost, UN Security Council Ombudsperson for the Al Qaida Sanctions Committee and also the Head of the Legal Advisory Section, Division of Treaty Affairs, U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. Prost is a former judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

aalsLogoThe section further invites eligible law faculty members to e-mail manuscripts or detailed abstracts addressing “any of numerous issues in United Nations law-making, including players, processes, or practices” to international@vermontlaw.edu no later than the deadline of September 10, 2013. Full call for papers is here.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)