About This Event 

The Institute for Legal Studies is pleased to announce the 10th Midwest Law and Society Retreat to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on November 12-13, 2021 (rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic). This biennial interdisciplinary retreat brings together faculty and graduate students from the region's diverse social science and law programs for a weekend of intellectual exchange and community building. The 2021 Retreat will offer opportunities for participants to receive feedback on works-in-progress, discuss research methods and professional issues, and develop future projects with colleagues in the region. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals on topics relating to law and society or to just attend the Retreat to join in the discussion.

 Advanced registration is required. This is a hybrid event. In-person attendance is subject to university health and safety guidelines. 


2021 Midwest Law & Society Final Program

The daily schedule and abstracts for this year's retreat are available in the program. There will be concurrent panels with separate Zoom links for each panel.  These links are the same for Friday and Saturday sessions.  Only registered attendees will receive these links after registration. 


Location & Timeline

Sessions will take place at the Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street, Madison). On Friday, November 12th, registration starts at 2:30pm. The Retreat will begin with the keynote address at 3:30pm. Sessions will continue all day Saturday, November 13th, ending at 5:00pm. A detailed program will be posted once we have finalized the panels. 

Map of the Pyle Center and Lowell Center Area »

Keynote Speaker

This year's keynote speaker will be Professor Penelope Andrews, former President of the Law and Society Association, and Professor of Law, and Co-Director of the Racial Justice Project at New York Law School.

Please Note

The expectation is that you will attend the entire event. If for some reason you are unable to attend the entire event, please let us know.

Registration Fees

(include refreshments and dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday) .  Fees will be collected by the Pyle Center in August. 

Cancelation policy:

 If you cancel your participation after paying the registration fee, our cancelation is policy is:


For questions about the Retreat, please contact sumudu.atapattu@wisc.edu or sferran@wisc.edu

Hotel Information

We have reserved a hotel room block for this event. You are strongly advised to make your reservation well before the room block release date to take advantage of the reduced rate. Other downtown hotel rooms may be unavailable or unaffordable due to other events in Madison.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison Central (610 John Nolan Drive) 

Graduate Student Housing Subsidy: The Institute for Legal Studies will subsidize a few hotel rooms shared by graduate students who do not have outside funding. This must be arranged well in advance - please contact sumudu.atapattu@wisc.edu ASAP.

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