The announcement below is a call for papers for a panel discussion hosted by the Association of American Law Schools (“AALS”):
In connection with the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in Washington, D.C., the AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution will be sponsoring a panel discussion on “The Supreme Court and the Future of Arbitration.”
Over the past twenty five years, the range of disputes subject to binding arbitration – particularly as a result of pre-dispute arbitration agreements — has grown dramatically. The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a series of arbitration law decisions on such topics as the availability of class arbitration, the preemptive effect of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the scope of judicial review of arbitral awards under the FAA, the enforceability of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements, and the arbitrability of public law claims. These often controversial decisions have had an enormous impact on business, consumers and the workplace and have transformed much of the U.S. economy’s dispute resolution landscape. This program will explore the future of arbitration in light of these Supreme Court cases.
The program will include a speaker selected from this Call for Papers. Eligible papers may address any topic related to the future of arbitration. Both essay and article length papers are welcome. The selected author will participate in the Section’s program at the January 4-8, 2012, AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Authors will have to rely on their own institutions for funding to attend the conference. The Southwestern Law Review has agreed to publish the winning paper and other papers submitted by program panel members (subject to final approval of the paper from the editors of that publication).
The deadline to submit a draft paper is Thursday, September 1, 2011. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please submit the draft paper to Professor Ronald G. Aronovsky, Chair-Elect of the Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, as an attachment to an e-mail sent to Professor Aronovsky at firstname.lastname@example.org. The attachment should be in Word or PDF format. An e-mail acknowledging submission will be sent promptly to each author. The submissions will be reviewed by a committee formed by the ADR Section’s Executive Committee. Decisions will be communicated by late September 2011.