Junior Faculty Workshops: GW in Business Law
For ages, academic institutions have promoted scholarly inquiry by younger faculty members, especially through the junior faculty workshop. Scores of US law schools host these regularly during terms; both the AALS and Law & Society run programs at their annual meetings; the Yale/Stanford junior faculty forum boasts wonderful annual draws; and now regional junior faculty workshops are rising, like that in the southwest next term, hosted by Arizona State.
Though these ventures focus on career stage, not field, more recent, school-sponsored forums add substantive focus. Junior faculty workshops appeared recently in environmental law (arranged jointly by Harvard, Berkeley and UCLA); family law (at Washington & Lee); national security law (at Texas); and federal courts (hosted alternately by American University and Michigan State).
You can soon add to that list business/financial law (including corporate, securities and banking) at George Washington. Next year, GW will inaugurate a series of Junior Faculty Workshops and Junior Faculty Prizes, seeking submission of papers in Fall 2010, for a celebratory academic event to be held in Spring 2011. This is one part of GW’s forthcoming Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF), which also includes GWNY (posted about here).
While further details about these C-LEAF programs and descriptions of others must await a formal grand announcement, these Junior Scholar endeavors are ripe and time-sensitive enough to warrant advance notice.
Starting next academic year, C-LEAF will host an annual or biennial Junior Faculty Workshop focused on business, economic and finance-related issues. The most impressive papers, perhaps as many as seven to ten, will be selected for presentation at a celebratory academic workshop. Selected authors will receive the Junior Faculty Prize, a combination of cash, symbolic recognition, and an invitation to become affiliated members of C-LEAF.
Senior faculty will be invited to participate at the workshop and comment on the selected papers. The workshop audience will include participants, GW Law School faculty, and other invited guests, likely to include colleagues from the winning junior scholars’ home schools, nominated by them.
The objectives of the Junior Faculty Workshop include encouraging new work, in these fields, by younger scholars, those in teaching less than seven years; promoting interaction between them and among junior and senior faculty; and showcasing wonderful scholarship.
A critical mass of us at GW Law have a particularly strong interest in scholarship in these fields and wish to provide a forum for the promotion and dissemination of pertinent ideas. So, newer business law scholars, please keep GW in mind as you prepare your scholarship this coming spring and summer!
We’ll provide further details here and on the GW web site. But interested scholars may also let any of us at C-LEAF know of interest in getting on our mailing list to receive details directly when finalized. We are: Michael Abramowicz, Don Clarke, Larry Cunningham, Lisa Fairfax, Theresa Gabaldon, Scott Kieff, Jeff Manns, Dalia Mitchell, Larry Mitchell, and Art Wilmarth.