CFP: “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power,” April 12-13, 2012

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From our colleagues at Michigan State, this CFP:

The Michigan State University Law Review is holding a symposium, “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power,” April 12-13, 2012.  The symposium will serve as a catalyst to raise awareness about, discuss the dynamics of, and strategize solutions to the persistent gender disparity that exists in positions of power in the legal profession.  Scholars and experts from the fields of law, political science, journalism, and beyond will reframe and advance the course of existing dialogue on gender equality.

We are pleased to announce that the symposium will be taking place in Detroit, Michigan, at the historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.  MSU College of Law has its roots in this city; as Detroit College of Law it was one of the first institutions of higher education to open its doors to women and minorities, admitting Lizzie McSweeney into its inaugural class of students in 1891.  Thus it is incredibly fitting that this symposium takes place in the very city where our school was founded, remembering our legacy while also looking to the future.

Just as MSU College of Law was among the first to offer women equal access to a legal education over 50 years before many other institutions began to do so, we now seek to continue this tradition by advancing the conversation on how to resolve remaining gender disparity.

Confirmed participants to date include:

Hannah Brenner (Michigan State), Douglas Branson (Pittsburg), Keith Bybee (Syracuse University), Bridget Crawford (Pace), Christine Corcos (Louisiana State), Lee Epstein (Southern California), Erika Falk (Johns Hopkins), Judge Nancy Gertner (Harvard), Carol Greenhouse (Princeton), Linda Greenhouse (Yale), Joan Howarth (Michigan State), Sally Kenney (Tulane), Renee Newman Knake (Michigan State), Paula Monopoli (Maryland), Carla  Pratt (Penn State), Deborah Rhode (Stanford), Lori Ringhand (Georgia), Julie Suk (Cardozo), and Angela Onwuachi Willig (Iowa).

This announcement invites proposals from individuals across disciplines who are interested in contributing to this conversation by speaking on a panel at the symposium.  We especially encourage proposals from junior scholars and new voices focusing their work on the issues that will be explored through this event.  Submissions must include a title and abstract of no more than 1,000 words, due by November 15, 2011.  Please include your full contact information, including an email, phone number, and mailing address.  Participants will be notified about their acceptance by December 2011.  Some participants may have the opportunity to publish their paper as part of a special symposium issue of the MSU Law Review (please indicate if you are interested in having your paper considered for this purpose in your submission).  For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact:

Hannah Brenner, Lecturer in Law & Co-Director, Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession at or

Renee Newman Knake, Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director, Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession at

If submitting a proposal, please include in the subject line “MSU Call for Papers.”  For more information about the event, please visit here.

-Bridget Crawford

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