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Michigan Law School Sixth Annual Junior Scholars Conference


​On April 17-18, 2020, the University of Michigan Law School will host the sixth annual Junior Scholars Conference as an online event. The conference brings together promising junior scholars to present their work and receive feedback from Michigan Law School faculty. It aims to promote fruitful research collaboration between its participants and to encourage their integration in a community of legal scholars. 

The Call for Papers may be found here

Please send your abstract and CV through the online submission form by January 3, 2020


FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 (To be held Remotely VIA Bluejeans)  


Join from computer or phone:  https://bluejeans.com/281272836 


8:30 - 8:40 A.M.  Welcome Remarks 
Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis (Assistant Dean for International Affairs, University of Michigan)

8:45 - 10:15 A.M.  Panel I - Constitutional Law and Practice

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Samuel Bagenstos (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Sina Van den Bogaert, Michigan Grotius Research Scholar (University of Michigan)

  • Gregory Elinson (Harvard Law School): The Merits of Faction
  • Yuvraj Joshi (Yale Law School): Racial Transition
  • David Simson (NYU School of Law): When the Mean Is Not Golden: Racial Hierarchy, Threat, and the Antibalkanization Approach to Constitutional Racial Equality
10:15 - 10:30 A.M.  Break

10:30 - 12:00 P.M.  Panel II - Complexities of the Modern Order

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Steven R. Ratner (University of Michigan)

Moderator:  Tatjana Papić, Senior Michigan Grotius Research Scholar (University of Michigan)

  • Ryan Mitchell (Chinese University of Hong Kong): International Law as Project or System?
  • Guillermo Garcia Sanchez (Texas A&M University School of Law): The Other Secret Deals with Mexico and the Expansion of the Executive Bureaucracies

12:00 - 1:00 P.M.  Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 P.M.  Panel III - Legal Theory and Statutory Interpretation 

Faculty Discussants:  Professor Richard D. Friedman (University of Michigan) and               Professor Ellen D. Katz (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Farshad Rahimi Dizgovin, S.J.D. Candidate (University of Michigan)

  • Nina Varsava (University of Wisconsin Law School): Interjurisdictional Interpretation
  • James Macleod (Brooklyn Law School): “Because of Sex”: Text, Objectivity, and the Search for Public Meaning
  • Hillel Bavli (SMU Dedman School of Law): Causal Sets in Antidiscrimination Law

2:30 - 2:40 P.M.  Break

2:40 - 3:30 P.M.  Keynote Address - Professor Richard Primus, Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan

After Common-Law Constitutionalism

3:30 - 3:45 P.M.  Break

3:45 - 5:15 P.M.  Panel IV - Human Rights, Justice and Democracy  

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Monica Hakimi (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Hannah Van Dijcke, S.J.D. Student (University of Michigan)

  • Pok Yin Stephenson Chow (City University of Hong Kong): The International Court of Justice and Ethnic Conflicts: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Jonathan Crock (Leiden University): The Human Right to Intersectional Democracy


SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 (to be held remotely via BLUEJEANS)


Join from computer or phone:  https://bluejeans.com/281272836


9:00 - 10:30 A.M.  Panel V - Crime, Justice, and Punishment

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Barbara McQuade (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Raphaël Beauregard-Lacroix, S.J.D. Student (University of Michigan)

  • Steven Koh (Boston College Law School): Core Criminal Procedure 
  • Aaron Littman (UCLA School of Law): (De)carceral Jail Administration
  • Jamelia Morgan (University of Connecticut School of Law): From Policing Disabilities to Managing Access Needs through Criminal Law: The Americans with Disabilities Act, Arrests, and the Limits of the Medical Model of Disability in Policing

10:30 - 10:45 A.M.  Break

10:45 - 12:15 P.M.  Panel VI - Taxation 

Faculty Discussant:  Professor James R. Hines Jr. (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Ajitesh Kir, S.J.D. Candidate (University of Michigan)

  • Rory Gillis (University of Toronto): Dividing the Public Fisc: Rethinking the Division of Tax Room in Fiscal Federalism
  • Michelle Layser (University of Illinois College of Law): How Place-Based Tax Incentives Can Reduce Geographic Inequality

12:15 - 1:15 P.M.  Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 P.M.  Panel VII - Corporate Law and Practice  

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Vikramaditya S. Khanna (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Avaskhan Assanaliyev, S.J.D. Student (University of Michigan)

  • Sue Guan (Columbia Law School / Columbia Business School): Benchmark Competition
  • Alex Platt (Harvard Law School): The Non-Revolving Door: New Evidence Of Capture At The SEC
  • Gregory Shill (University of Iowa College of Law): The Geography of Corporate Governance

2:45 P.M. - Concluding Remarks



​Panel I - Constitutional Law and Practice  

Gregory Elinson (Harvard Law School): "The Merits of Faction"
Yuvraj Joshi (Yale Law School): "Racial Transition"
David Simson (NYU School of Law): "When the Mean Is Not Golden: Racial Hierarchy, Threat, and the Antibalkanization Approach to Constitutional Racial Equality"


Panel II - Complexities of the Modern Order  

Ryan Mitchell (Chinese University of Hong Kong): "International Law as Project or System?"

Guillermo Garcia Sanchez (Texas A&M University School of Law): "The Other Secret Deals with Mexico and the Expansion of the Executive Bureaucracies"


Panel III - Legal Theory and Statutory Interpretation  

Nina Varsava (University of Wisconsin Law School): "Interjurisdictional Interpretation" 
James Macleod (Brooklyn Law School): "'Because of Sex': Text, Objectivity, and the Search for Public Meaning"
Hillel Bavli (SMU Dedman School of Law): "Causal Sets in Antidiscrimination Law"


PANEL IV - HUMAN RIGHTS, JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY

Pok Yin Stephenson Chow (City University of Hong Kong): "The International Court of Justice and Ethnic Conflicts: Challenges and Opportunities" 
Jonathan Crock (Leiden University): "The Human Right to Intersectional Democracy"


Panel V - Crime, Justice, and Punishment








​CONTACT INFORMATION


University of Michigan Law School Junior Scholars Conference Chair:

Chun-Han Chen
law-doconf@umich.edu

Center for International & Comparative Law
University of Michigan Law School
Room 200 Hutchins Hall
625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215

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GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. The Michigan Law Junior Scholars Conference is a relatively intimate forum. It is mostly supported by Michigan Law faculty members, Michigan's SJD students and research scholars, and each of you. The Conference is intended to generate meaningful discussion about each paper that will be presented. Your participation is an essential component of the conference. Therefore, we would like to stress our expectation that you attend the full two-day schedule.
      
  2. Once all of your draft conference papers have been received these will be distributed amongst the participants. While we, of course, understand that you won't be able to read all of the papers that will be presented at the Conference, we do ask that you engage with as many of the papers as you can to facilitate fruitful and constructive discussion.
      
  3. Please note that the conference will start at 8:30 am on Friday, April 17, and will end around 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 18. We will send a tentative program and the full papers at the end of March. 
     
  4. Our conference will comprise seven panels, each will include two to three paper presentations (approx. 8-10 minutes per paper), comments by a faculty discussant (8-10 minutes per paper), and an open floor discussion. The open discussion will be led by a moderator whose job it is to facilitate the discussion. The shorter-than- normal presentation times are intended to maximize the time for discussion.

  5. Please submit your draft articles by March 16, 2020. This is essential so that the papers can be distributed and read by your faculty commentators and shared amongst the participants. The faculty invest considerable time in reviewing your papers, and it is important that we are able to send them the papers in advance.



CONFERENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE - U-M LAW SCHOOL


Chun-Han Chen, Conference Chair

Farshad Rahimi Dizgovin, Assistant Conference Chair

Doreen Agyei, University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar

Avaskhan Asanaliyev, S.J.D. Student

Raphaël Beauregard-Lacroix, S.J.D. Student

Lukáš Hrdlička, Michigan Grotius Research Scholar

Ajitesh Kir, S.J.D. Candidate

Tatjana Papić, Senior Michigan Grotius Research Scholar

Aviram Shahal, S.J.D. Candidate

Hannah Van Dijcke, S.J.D. Student