Back by popular demand: the Conglomerate Junior Scholars Workshop for untenured law professors or candidates entering the law teaching market this fall. Last August, Conglomerate hosted this workshop for the first time, and we had great feedback both from the authors that participated and from the readers who commented. Among some of the constructive feedback we received was advice about the timing and the duration of the workshop, and we have tailored this year's workshop accordingly.
The Second Annual Conglomerate Junior Scholars Workshop will begin June 5, 2006. We will host one paper each week, with the paper and solicited comments posted each Monday afternoon. We anticipate hosting a fewer number of papers this year than last year to ensure reader participation and attention for the duration of the workshop. Because of this desire to narrow the field somewhat, not every paper may be selected for public posting. Criteria for selection will work to create a roster of papers that
* add to the existing literature on that topic
* are at a point of substantial completeness
* from junior scholars
* at a wide array of institutions
* on topics that fit closely with the interests of the authors and readers of Conglomerate.
We reserve the right to solicit outside readers to help us select papers should the number of papers submitted be large.
Call for Papers: If you are sending out a scholarly article this fall on a topic that may be interesting to Conglomerate’s readers – such as corporate law, securities, contracts, business tax, finance, antitrust or law and economics – we would like to link to your paper and provide a forum for you to receive feedback on your paper before you publish it or present it at a job talk. We may also consider articles accepted for publication if the paper has not reached the final editing stage. We know that many new faculty members do not have the opportunity to present papers at national conferences and find it challenging to get others to read their work. Hopefully, this workshop will facilitate that process.
The mechanics of the workshop are the same as last year; we will post SSRN links to each paper in the workshop. Each post will include an abstract of your paper and some initial comments by us or an invited guest commentator. Afterward, you can respond in the comments to the commentator, and readers will post additional comments, creating a cyber discussion of your paper. If you read the blog or know us personally, you know that we strive to be the “if you can’t say something nice” people, but the workshop will not be helpful unless commentators are honest critics. So, we will be supportive of your work, but give constructive criticism as necessary. We will also prohibit anonymous comments in an effort to make sure only serious commenters participate. However, you are advised that your paper will be accessible to the public and that we anticipate having relatively high reader traffic during the workshop.
If any of this sounds good to you, please email me (christine.hurt at marquette.edu) with your information, an abstract of your article, and your draft by May 17, 2005. Likewise, contact me if you have any questions. And most importantly, please pass this invitation to others that may be interested.
Call for Commentators: If you are a reader and would like to be a commentator for one of the papers presented, please let me know that as well. If you were a presenter in last year's workshop, then you may feel moved to repay the benefits you received by stepping into that role this year. And, just because you don't call me, that doesn't mean I won't be calling you!
I am also posting the roster from last year's workshop:
▪ William Birdthistle, Compensating Power: An Analysis of Rents and Rewards in the Mutual Fund Industry
▪ Matthew Bodie, AOL Time Warner and the False God of Shareholder Primacy
▪ Brian Galle, A Republic of the Mind: Cognitive Biases, Fiscal Federalism, and the Tax Code
▪ David Gamage & Allon Kedem, Resolving the Paradox of the Consideration Doctrine
▪ Mike Guttentag, Accuracy Enhancement, Agency Costs, and Disclosure Regulation
▪ Bill Henderson, Effect of Single-Tier v. Two-Tier Partnership Tracks at AmLaw 200 Law Firms: Theory and Evidence
▪ Ruth Mason, Prospects for a Multilateral Treaty Between the United States and the European Union
▪ David Reiss, Subprime Standardization: How Rating Agencies Allow Predatory Lending to Flourish in the Secondary Mortgage Market and How They Can Be Stopped
▪ Michael Woronoff & Jonathan Rosen, Understanding Anti-Dilution Provisions in Convertible Securities
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1. Posted by William Henderson on April 19, 2006 @ 10:55 | Permalink
As they say in Econ 101, there is no such thing as a free lunch. But the Conglomerate Junior Scholars Workshop was free, high quality help. The virtual workshop provides a very high proportion of useful, engaged, pointed feedback. It really improved my Law Firms paper.
The timing is also better than last year (June versus late August), so the level of engagement will be even better. As a grateful alumni, I encourage junior scholars to take advantage of this great opportunity. bh.
2. Posted by David Gamage on April 20, 2006 @ 2:20 | Permalink
I also found the workshop to be tremendously helpful and would highly recommend participating. Although I feel a little uncomfortable bragging, at Gordon's request, I'll share that our article was accepted by the University of Chicago Law Review and will be coming out next fall. We revised the article considerably based on the helpful comments we received from the workshop, and I doubt we would have obtained such a strong placement for our first article without those revisions. So thanks again to Christine, Gordon and Vic for hosting us, and to Larry and the other forum participants for their many great suggestions.
On a tangential note, I'm eager to network with any other young scholars out there who might be willing to comment on my papers in exchange for me reading yours. Subject matter blogs might be a good way to facilitate networking of this sort. My main area is taxation, particularly the tax law making process. Any takers?
3. Posted by Kaka28961 on April 30, 2006 @ 15:38 | Permalink
I just don't have much to say recently. Such is life. I've basically been doing nothing. Basically nothing seems worth bothering with. Oh well.