Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching – Philadelphia, PA

The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University in Philadelphia will host the third Summer Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching (the “Boulder Conference”) on July 21-23, 2011. The submission deadline is March 18, 2011.

The purpose of the conference is two-fold: to provide attendees with a forum to present works-in-progress and to brainstorm the articulation of a “signature pedagogy” for teaching legal research, as suggested by the 2007 Carnegie Report Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law and articulated in the Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education and the Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education: Signature Pedagogy Statement.

The conference will be limited to 20 attendees. Each person attending will be expected to submit a draft work-in-progress in advance of the conference; attendees will be chosen from among those submitting their work. All drafts will be circulated to everyone attending to allow ample time for reading and thought. In addition, we strongly recommend that each person attending be familiar with the information found on pages 48-84 of the Carnegie Report. This and the Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education and the Signature Pedagogy Statement will be the basis of our discussion on legal research pedagogy.

The Summer Conference will begin with an after-dinner reception on Thursday evening, July 21, and conclude early on Saturday afternoon, July 23, to avoid conflict with AALL activities. There is no registration fee for the conference. All meals and breaks are provided by Drexel Law School. Attendees are expected to cover their own transportation and lodging expenses. Because the Conference will be held immediately prior to the AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, we anticipate that Summer Conference attendees will register at an AALL conference hotel; the conference rate is available. Drexel will provide transportation to and from the AALL Headquarters hotel (the Marriott) each day for attendees.

To apply for the conference, please submit a draft project for consideration no later than March 18, 2011. The draft must be more than an outline but need not be in publishable form; 8-10 pages are sufficient. Please submit your draft via e-mail. The subject of the work may be on any aspect of legal information, with preference given to papers dealing with legal information literacy and teaching legal research. Conference invitations will be issued in early April. To apply, or for additional information, please contact Barbara Bintliff directly (see contact information below).

If you have a staff member or colleague, including a member of your law faculty, who might be interested in attending the third Summer Conference on Legal Information, please forward this message to him or her. We are excited about the opportunity to encourage scholarship on legal information issues and the potential for this conference to make a lasting mark on legal research pedagogy. We look forward to hearing from you.

Barbara Bintliff
Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law
Director of Research
Tarlton Law Library
Jamail Center for Legal Research
The University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705
Ph: 512-471-7735 Fax: 512-471-8398