Appalachian Justice Symposium

West Virginia Law Review

West Virginia University College of Law
Morgantown, WV
February 23—24, 2018

Call for Papers & Participation

“There exists a truer identity for Appalachia beyond its mythology in the American imagination.”
-Jeff Biggers, The United States of Appalachia (2006)

The West Virginia Law Review invites proposals for papers and panels for its upcoming “Appalachian Justice Symposium.” The Symposium will take place on February 23 & 24, 2018, at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. Law Review editors will select essays for publication in a special symposium issue of the West Virginia Law Review entitled “Essays on Appalachia.” The purpose of the conference is to bring together people from various disciplines to have a serious conversation about the legal and public policy issues faced by Appalachia and to collaborate to develop innovative solutions to those challenges in keeping with what Jeff Biggers describes as “Appalachia’s best-kept secret”:

Far from being a “strange land with peculiar people,” the mountains and hills have been a stage for some of the most quintessential and daring American experiences of innovation, rebellion, and social change.

While the Law Review will consider any proposal that advances the Symposium’s theme, it encourages the submission of panels and papers that explore the following topical areas related to the region: labor & employment, substance abuse, health care, education, energy, entrepreneurship, policing, veteran issues, broadband access, prison reform, property law, tax reform, immigration, and tort reform. Please consider participating in our Symposium and forward this call widely.

Proposal Submission Procedures

Please submit your paper or panel proposal by email to no later than October 8, 2017. Essay proposals should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information, the title of the paper to be presented, and a brief abstract of the paper limited to 500 words. Panel proposals should include the names and short biographies of each of the proposed panelists and moderators, the panel’s title, as well as a brief description of the purpose and goals of the panel limited to 750 words. Submissions will receive a response by  November 1, 2017.  Final drafts of essays selected for publication in the West Virginia Law Review are due no later than December 30, 2017.

Symposium registration will open in October 2017. A registration fee of $100.00 is for full-time faculty members who are attending the Symposium. Registration is free for students and the general public. Symposium attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Arrangements are being made for conference hotels. For additional information about the Symposium, please visit our site or subscribe to updates.

The West Virginia Law Review is a professional journal that publishes articles of interest to legal scholars, students, legislators, and members of the practicing Bar. Founded in 1894, it is the fourth oldest student-governed law review in the nation.

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