The 2017 Texas Regional Legal Scholars Workshop

presented by

The University of Houston Law Center
and Southern Methodist University Law School

Would you like early-stage feedback on a research idea? Or late-stage feedback on an article ready for submission? Or something in between? Your colleagues at Houston and SMU invite you to join us for the third annual Texas Regional Legal Scholars Workshop, to be held on August 25-26, 2017, at the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas. The Texas Regional Legal Scholars Workshop—which for the first time will also include scholars from law schools in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico—provides an intimate setting for early-career scholars (those with less than 10 years in a full-time faculty position) to receive feedback on an idea, work-in-progress, or a polished draft. We welcome legal scholars from all disciplines.

The workshop will give participants the chance to meet other early-career scholars in Texas and nearby states, share feedback on research, and enjoy a few social events. There is no registration fee. Attendees are responsible for their own hotel and travel expenses, but Houston will pay for meals, including a hosted dinner at a restaurant on Friday night.

Who:  Scholars with less than 10 years in a full-time law faculty position (including tenure-track, non-tenure-track, clinical, and legal writing positions) at any law school located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Arizona, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  Please note due to space limitations, only scholars from schools in those states are eligible to attend.

When:  The workshop will be on Friday August 25th & Saturday August 26th, 2017. The Friday session will run from approximately 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and the Saturday session will run from approximately 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. (These times may be adjusted slightly depending upon the number of attendees.) The deadline for registering is Thursday, June 1st. Please register online. When registering, please provide a title for your paper and specify the topic from the pull-down menu. If you have a paper to upload, please do so (we understand that participants may not be able to upload a draft at the time of registration). Updated drafts may be posted at the same web address as your paper progresses.

Each attendee is also expected to serve as the primary commenter on at least one paper. We will assign attendees to papers once we have a final list of participants and topics. For this reason, we ask that you submit an entry only if you are confident about being able to attend; late withdrawals may leave other participants without a commenter for their paper.

Where:  University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77204

Format: The author will present a 5-10 minute synopsis of his or her paper, identifying specific areas for feedback. Then, a primary commenter will speak for around 10 minutes. After that, other attendees may take turns commenting. Each session will last no more than 60 minutes.

Hotel: We have reserved a block of rooms at the UH Hilton, located on the University of Houston campus a short walk from the Law Center. Rooms in the block are available for the nights of August 25 and 26, and cost $119 per night. The block will be available until July 26 or until it fills up, whichever comes first. Please make reservations in the UH Hilton room block online.

Questions:  Dave Fagundes (dfagunde@central.uh.edu) or Nathan Cortez (ncortez@smu.edu).