The AALS sections on Poverty Law and Clinical Legal Education will
sponsor a joint session at the upcoming 2012 AALS Annual Meeting,
entitled Theory and Praxis in Reducing Women’s Poverty. In collaboration
with the American University Washington College of Law Journal of
Gender, Social Policy and the Law, the joint session seeks papers for
presentation and publication. We have included a brief overview below.
Please see the below Call for Papers for more information.
Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
2012 Annual Meeting
Joint Session of Sections on Poverty Law & Clinical Legal Education
Theory and Praxis in Reducing Women’s Poverty
The joint session will focus on women in poverty, the role of advocacy
in assisting poor women and in addressing the conditions that contribute
to the gender and race of poverty. Panelists will examine the reasons
that women, especially from minority communities, are more likely to
experience poverty; the negative consequences of poverty in their lives,
and the legal and social systems that support the status quo. Panelists
will present innovative solutions that are vital to ending poverty among
women. The legal academy has a unique opportunity to create and
disseminate ideas and information about the legal systems and processes
that perpetuate the low socio-economic status of women, particularly
minorities. In addition, we are well situated to address these issues
through our teaching, especially in the clinical setting. Topics to
address include: General Causes of the Impoverishment of Women and the
Role of the Law, Women and Work, Women, Relationships, Violence and
Crime, Poverty, Women, and Lawyering, Poverty and the Academy.
This is an open call for papers from any perspective, concerning any
aspect of the issue. A committee composed of members from the Poverty
Law and Clinical sections will choose approximately three (3) to four
(4) presenters to present their papers at the AALS joint session and to
publish their work n collaboration with the editorial board of the
Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law. A “blind” selection
process will be used. Papers chosen for presentation will be published
in the summer 2012 of the Journal. Besides those papers chosen for
presentation, the Journal may be able to extend publication invitations
to other papers submitted for the competition.
Deadlines: Abstracts should be submitted by September 7, 2011. Papers
should be completed with footnotes by January 1, 2012, with minor
revisions in light of conference comments to be completed by February 1,
Abstracts of proposed papers should be no longer than 600 words and
should be submitted by email attachment to the Journal of Gender, Social
Policy and the Law at AALSConference.JGSPL@gmail.com. Abstracts should not contain any information identifying the author, including invisible headers or
footers, but should contain a title. The body of the author’s email
message should contain contact information and the title of the paper.
Notification: Authors of papers chosen for presentation and publication
will be notified by October 7, 2011. Some papers not chosen for
presentation may still be offered publication in the Journal.
Selected presenters will agree to present their papers only at this
session during the annual meeting.
Final Paper Length and Format: Papers should be roughly 10,000 words or
less (25 or fewer printed pages). The Journal prefers papers to be
submitted in Word format, but will accept papers utilizing other
programs. Papers should be submitted with the text double-spaced,
preferably in 12-point typeface, with footnotes rather than endnotes.
Citations and article style should conform to the 19th edition of the
For more information, please contact Davida Finger, 2011 Section on
Poverty Law Chair, Assistant Clinical Professor, Loyola-New Orleans,