From my colleague, S.I. Strong:

The Journal of Dispute Resolution has just issued an expedited call for papers relating to a “virtual symposium”  that will be published in its next  issue.  One of the contributors has dropped out at the very last minute, leaving one slot open for a paper in the 10-15 page range (though slightly longer submissions will be considered) on the topic outlined below.  In this context, the term “virtual” refers to the fact that contributors are not meeting in person; papers in the virtual symposium will be published in JDR‘s print edition as well as through standard online databases such as Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.  Other contributors to the virtual symposium include Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Prof. Nancy Rogers and Dr. Arne Spieker.


The Journal of Dispute Resolution is seeking to increase the scholarly discourse on a particular issue within the field of dispute resolution through use of a “mini virtual symposium” format, meaning a limited number of solicited submissions on a single topic.  In so doing, the journal hopes to demonstrate the continued and expanded relevance of dispute resolution theory to new areas of academic and practical concern.

This year’s topic is “Dispute Resolution and Political Polarization.”  The symposium seeks to generate high-level discussions of how dispute resolution processes and principles might be used to address the difficulties associated with contemporary political discussion and debate, both nationally and internationally.  Although the pieces should be scholarly in nature, the journal hopes that the short format will encourage quick and innovative responses to pressing contemporary problems.

Citations should appear in footnotes rather than endnotes and should be in Bluebook format.  If you are unfamiliar with Bluebook style, here’s Georgetown’s brief online summary.

Because this is a last-minute replacement for a contributor who has dropped out, the deadline is tight:  September 1, 2017.  However, the editors believe the deadline is do-able, given the relatively short length of the articles.

If you are interested, please email your paper to the Journal of Dispute Resolution.  Please put “VIRTUAL SYMP SUBMISSION” in the re: line to distinguish your message from others.  You can also direct any inquiries to the same email address.  Again, the deadline is September 1, 2017.  Papers should not have been previously published elsewhere.

For more on the Journal of Dispute Resolution and to see recent issues, see the Journal’s website.

All best,

Prof. S.I. Strong

Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law

University of Missouri

John Lande is the Isidor Loeb Professor Emeritus and former director of the LLM Program in Dispute Resolution, at the University of Missouri, School of Law. He received his J.D. from Hastings College of Law and Ph.D in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also an avid writer and contributor to