Midwest Law and Society Retreat

September 19-20, 2008


Invitation and Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline extended to 6/15/08

Please feel free to forward this message to newer graduate students
or faculty who may not be on our mailing list.

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Announcement Date: 4/3/08

INVITATION: Faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students are cordially invited to the fourth Midwest Law and Society Retreat, a biennial event to be held at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on September 19-20, 2008. Sessions will take place at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison.

ABOUT THE EVENT: In Fall 2002 the Institute for Legal Studies organized an interdisciplinary retreat that brought together faculty and graduate students from the region's diverse social science and law programs for a weekend of intellectual exchange and community building. By popular demand, subsequent sessions convened in 2004 and 2006. (Programs can be viewed at  http://law.wisc.edu/ils/midwestlaw.html.)

The 2008 Retreat will continue to offer opportunities for participants to share research ideas, discuss professional issues, receive feedback on works in progress, and develop future projects with regional colleagues. However, this year we expect to place somewhat less emphasis on the traditional ‘paper presentation’ panel, and more emphasis on panels that deal with broad research issues, professional development, and the future of the field. We encourage people to consider presenting on these topics, or just coming to the retreat to join in the discussion. To ensure that the conference remains informal and personal, attendance will be limited to 75 people.  Early registration is strongly encouraged.

KEYNOTE AND OVERVIEW: The opening session will begin at 3:00 pm on Friday, September 19th, with a keynote address by Erwin Chemerinsky, inaugural Dean of the Donald Bren Law School at UC-Irvine, who will discuss his plans to make law and society one of the focal points of the Irvine curriculum.  The Retreat will continue through Saturday afternoon, and will include group meals for dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS/Reserve by 8/15/08: A block of rooms has been reserved for Midwest Law Retreat participants at the Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 610 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706.
Rates: $89 single/$99 double (includes breakfast buffet and parking). Reserve by calling the Lowell Center front desk at 608/256 2621 or use the online system at: http://conferencing.uwex.edu/lowell.cfm?lowell=7 
Select the option for “Conference or Event Block Reservations” and enter Conference Code MLR.  Please make your reservations before the 8/15 release date – it may be difficult to find other hotel rooms downtown.

Housing subsidy available for grad students: We will subsidize hotel rooms shared by grad students who do not have outside funding. Contact Pam Hollenhorst by 8/15/08.

REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES MEALS: The registration fee includes refreshments at registration, a full dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday, as well as snacks during the day. (Hotel rooms are not included.)

FEES: A substantial part of the costs will be underwritten by the Institute for Legal Studies, with some support from participants’ home institutions through a two tiered registration fee. If you expect to be reimbursed from your home institution, please pay the full registration fee; if not, pay only the basic fee.

    Grad Student: Full Fee $75 / Basic Fee $25
    Faculty: Full Fee $125 / Basic Fee $75 

    May Day early registration discount: 
    Take $5 off the fee if your payment arrives by May 1, 2008.

RETREAT REGISTRATION FORM

Name: _________________________________________________

Institution: _____________________________________________

Email: _________________________________________________

Grad Student:___  Department: _______________
Faculty:___  Department: ____________________
Other: (please describe) _____________________

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTERESTS

We plan to draw upon the interests of the participants to put together a program that will stimulate debate, promote the sharing of ideas, and generate collaborative energy. 

What are your main areas of interest?                                 


                                            

                                                                                

Do you have any suggestions for the Retreat’s program?                                            

                                                    


PRESENTING WORK AT THE RETREAT

(Deadline for submitting proposals: June 1, 2008)

A.  Do you need to make a presentation in order to secure funding to attend?  Yes ___ No ___

B.  Would you like to give a short talk about issues in doing research – a technique that you have found particularly helpful in your qualitative work, an underused quantitative technique to which you would like to introduce your colleagues, a critique of the typical use of a technique, an exemplar of how a technique was particularly well used, issues related to human subjects requirements?  This would be a presentation of perhaps 15-25 minutes, designed to inform and encourage discussion.  If you are – or might be – interested, please attach a brief description of the topic.  

Interested in presenting ____     
Interested in attending ____   
Not interested ____
Indicate Topic: ____________________________________

C.  Would you like to give a 10-20 minute talk about a topic of professional interest, such as strategies for getting grants or getting work published, issues relating to teaching or mentoring, finding good research topics and getting a dissertation underway, negotiating the job market, or the like?  Would you like to attend such a talk? Either way, let us know the topic, and any details.

Interested in presenting ____     
Interested in attending ____   
Not interested ___
Indicate Topic: ____________________________________

D.  Would you like to give a talk or participate on a panel on issues broadly related to the field of law and society – future directions for the field, is there a law and society canon, how interdisciplinary should we be?  Would you like to attend such a panel? Let us know what topics you might be interested in.

Interested in presenting ____     
Interested in attending ____   
Not interested ___
Indicate Topic: ____________________________________

E.  Would you like to give a 10-15 minute talk about your current work? We encourage more senior faculty to participate as informed discussants in order to allow grad students and junior colleagues to present their work. However, we will try to accommodate people who need to present in order to have fees covered by their home institution.  

Interested in presenting ____
I'm fine with not presenting  ___  

If yes, describe below or attach a short summary,
and indicate whether your project is
Early Research:___ Working Draft:___ Near Final Project:___
(Early stage research and working drafts are encouraged.)




F.  Are you interested in being a facilitator for a discussion group or panel presentation?
    Very much so ____  Available if needed _____  Would rather not ____
    If your interest is limited to a certain field,
    please specify: _________________

Questions? Contact Pam Hollenhorst, Associate Director of ILS:  pshollen@wisc.edu

Fee Recap: If you expect to be reimbursed from your home institution, please pay the full fee; if not, pay only the basic fee.

    Grad Student: Full Fee $75 / Basic Fee $25
    Faculty: Full Fee $125 / Basic Fee $75   

    May Day early registration discount: 
    Take $5 off the fee if your payment arrives by May 1st

Mail this Registration Form with a check made out to
“WLAA MIDLAW RETREAT” to:

    Institute for Legal Studies
    UW Law School
    975 Bascom Mall
    Madison, WI 53706 1399


    OK to register by email if followed shortly by hard copy and payment.
    Sorry – we can't accept payment by credit card.

Thanks for your input in designing the program  –
We look forward to seeing you in September!

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