Friday, January 04, 2019

Y/S/H Junior Faculty Forum, June 5-6 2019 Request for Submissions (including IP)

Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum
June 5-6, 2019, Yale Law School

Yale, Stanford, and Harvard Law Schools announce the 20th session of the Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Yale Law School on June 5-6, 2019.

The Forum’s objective is to encourage the work of scholars recently appointed to a tenure-track position by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange. Meetings are held each year, rotating among Yale, Stanford, and Harvard. Twelve to twenty scholars (with one to seven years in teaching) will be chosen on a blind basis to present their work at the Forum. One or more senior scholars will comment on each paper. The audience will include the participating junior faculty, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. The goal is discourse both on the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre. We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain. The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among American legal scholars generally, particularly by strengthening ties between new and veteran professors.

TOPICS: Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected legal topics. For the upcoming 2019 meeting, the topics will cover the following areas of the law:
- Antitrust
- Bankruptcy
- Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Contracts and Commercial Law
- Corporate and Securities Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Business Law
- Private Law Theory and Comparative Private Law
- Property, Estates, and Unjust Enrichment
- Taxation
- Torts

A jury of accomplished scholars, with expertise in the particular subject area, will choose the papers to be presented. There is no publication commitment. Yale, Stanford, or Harvard will pay presenters’ and commentators’ travel expenses, though international flights may be only partially reimbursed.

QUALIFICATIONS: Authors who teach law in the U.S. in a tenured or tenure-track position and have not been teaching at either of those ranks for a total of more than seven years are eligible to submit their work. American citizens or permanent residents teaching abroad are also eligible provided that they have held a faculty position or the equivalent, including positions comparable to junior faculty positions in research institutions, for less than seven years and that they earned their last degree after 2009. We accept jointly authored submissions, but each of the coauthors must be individually eligible to participate in the Forum. Papers that will be published prior to Forum are not eligible. There is no limit on the number of submissions by any individual author. Faculty from Yale, Stanford, and Harvard Law Schools are not eligible.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Electronic submissions should be sent to Katherine Pothin ( with the subject line “Junior Faculty Forum.” The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019. Please remove all references to the author(s) in the paper. Please include in the text of the email a cover note listing your name, the title of your paper, any coauthors, and under which topic your paper falls. Each paper may only be considered under one topic. Any questions about the submission procedure should be directed both to Christine Jolls ( and her assistant, Katherine Pothin (

FURTHER INFORMATION: Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Christine Jolls ( or Yair Listokin ( at Yale Law School, Norman Spaulding ( at Stanford Law School, or Matthew Stephenson ( or Rebecca Tushnet ( at Harvard Law School.

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