May 03, 2007
Third Annual Conglomerate Junior Scholars Workshop
Posted by Christine Hurt

Back by popular demand: the Conglomerate Junior Scholars Workshop for untenured law professors or candidates entering the law teaching market this fall. The submission deadline is May 21, 2007.

Conglomerate has now hosted this workshop in the two previous summers, and we have come to believe that the workshop provides a great service of matching junior authors with more senior experts in their field and also with other readers inside and outside of the academy.

The Third Annual Conglomerate Junior Scholars Workshop will begin June 25, 2007.  We will host one or two papers each week, with the paper and solicited comments posted the morning the paper is showcased.  We anticipate hosting around five papers to ensure reader participation and attention for the duration of the workshop.  Because of this desire to narrow the field somewhat, not every paper will 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 academics

* at a wide array of institutions

* on topics that fit closely with the interests of the authors and readers of Conglomerate.

Although the umbrella of corporate law covers many topics, we will choose topics that allow us to easily solicit expert commentary and that attract reader comments.  We are not deluded enough to believe that being chosen for the workshop has value in and of itself; the value lies in attracting commentary and reader suggestions as part of the workshop.  In addition, we feel that the greatest value of the workshop lies in giving feedback and exposure to junior law professors.  Therefore, papers chosen will be authored by those junior academics in full-time academic positions, whether visiting assistant professors, fellows, or tenure-track professors.  Papers from practitioners will only be chosen in the rare circumstance in which the author is actively pursuing an academic appointment in the upcoming hiring season.

Call for Papers: If you are finishing up a scholarly article this summer 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 in past years; 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 on SSRN and via links on our blog and that we anticipate having relatively high reader traffic during the workshop.

If any of this sounds good to you, please email me (achurt@law.uiuc.edu) with your information, an abstract of your article, and your draft by May 21, 2007. 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 Second Annual Conglomerate Junior Scholars Workshop:

Paul Rose, The Corporate Governance Industry

D.A. Jeremy Telman, The Business Judgment Rule, Disclosure, and Executive Compensation

Susan Morse, The How and Why of the New Public Corporate Tax Compliance Norm

Adam J. Levitin, Inequitable Subordination?  Enron, the Subordination of Good Faith Transferees in Bankruptcy, and the Need for General Commercial Negotiability

Eric Goldman, A Coasean Analysis of Marketing

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