Persuasion in Civil Rights Advocacy—East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University College of Law and Michigan State Law Review present Persuasion in Civil Rights Advocacy April 10-11, 2015. Submissions are due by Oct. 10, 2014, 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

Are you writing an article that addresses civil rights controversies from a perspective of persuasive methods in legal or social context? Are you looking for a venue for presentation and publication?

We are delighted to announce this call for papers for a symposium examining Persuasion in Civil Rights Advocacy. The symposium is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2015, at Michigan State University College of Law. It is sponsored by Michigan State Law Review and conceived, coordinated, and co-sponsored by the Research, Writing, and Advocacy program of Michigan State University College of Law. Presenters will speak at the symposium and publish their papers in a special edition of the Michigan State Law Review.

Your presentation and paper should examine persuasive methods used by either side or both sides in civil rights disputes. Selections from responses to the call for papers will add to a lineup of already-confirmed presenters, including the following scholars:

Keynote – Erwin Chemerinsky: University of California, Irvine School of Law
Linda Berger: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Charles Calleros: Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Nora Demleitner: Washington and Lee University School of Law
Linda Edwards: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Matthew Fletcher: Michigan State University College of Law
David Frakt: Office of Military Commissions, Defense Counsel at Guantanamo
Luis Fuentes-Rohwer: University of Indiana, Maurer School of Law
Michael Olivas: University of Houston Law Center
Ruth Anne Robbins: Rutgers University School of Law – Camden
Pamela Wilkins: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

These presenters will discuss persuasive arguments in an array of hot-button issues such as same-sex rights (including marriage), abortion law, racial conflicts, voting rights, and limits of acceptable conduct in the “War on Terror.”

In addition, the Radicalism Collection of the Michigan State University Library will have an exhibition of pamphlets and other items.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 10, 2014, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Michigan State Law Review anticipates notifying applicants in November, 2014 about acceptance of proposals for the April, 2015 symposium.

To submit a proposal for the symposium, please send the following items in a Word file e-mail attachment to William Cox, Senior Symposia Editor of the Michigan State Law Review, with the subject line “spring 2015 symposium.” His e-mail address is:

1. An abstract summarizing your article.

2. A two-page excerpt from your article.

3. An estimate of the anticipated final length of your article. Final papers should be equivalent in length to 20-60 typeset pages.

4. A copy of your CV.

5. An indication of whether your presentation would differ significantly from your article – such as whether the presentation would address only one particular section of a multi-section paper.

We look forward to receiving your submissions! Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested.

Bruce Ching
Assistant Clinical Professor
Michigan State University College of Law
648 N. Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
phone: (517) 432-6929