Northwestern University Law Review is no longer accepting proposals for our 2017-2018 Symposium
The Law Review is no longer accepting symposium proposals for the 2017–2018 academic year. Submissions for future symposia will be accepted via email at NULRSymposium@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to email our Syposium Editor, Adithi Grama.
When formulating symposium proposals, please keep in mind:
- The Law Review anticipates an in-person event occurring in September–October 2018 if the proposal calls for an in-person symposium. The first drafts would be due in August or September, with revised drafts due in late October, for inclusion in Issue 113:6, which will be published in fall 2019. This timeline is to provide contributors ample time to complete work over the summer months;
- The Law Review does not have a designated symposium grant or budget through Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and cannot guarantee any funding for travel/accommodations/meals for an in-person event, as the Law Review’s funding for symposia is extremely limited. The Law Review will work with organizers to obtain grant funding and other sources of sponsorship;
- Publication is not guaranteed to any speaker and the Northwestern University Law Review has full discretion in selecting pieces for publication in our print and online editions. Pieces should be around 10,000 words in length. The Law Review will offer publishing contracts to certain contributors based on the recommendations of the Law Review board and symposium organizers;
- This call for proposals is an open call made to the legal academic community. Nevertheless, in the same way that Northwestern Pritzker Law faculty receive article review prioritization, proposals led by or including members of the Northwestern Law faculty will also be prioritized in our review process. We encourage all proposals to include Northwestern faculty among their participants.
To allow our board to assess your proposal, please describe your idea and its contribution to legal scholarship as fully as possible, including its originality, timeliness, and how it fosters diversity of legal scholarship. Please also submit an addendum that includes the following elements:
- A list of potential symposium speakers (ideally between 5 and 7) that you believe would add to the academic quality of the event and who may welcome an invitation to publish and/or speak;
- An anticipated source of funding, with a rough budget if possible;
- The name and contact information of the proposed Symposium Director, who will serve as the point person for coordination and decisions with the Law Review executive board;
- A tentative timeline for publication drafts and a date for a physical symposium. Although the Law Review would prefer an in-person event held at the law school, a proposal need not have a physical event to be considered.
2016: "Democratizing Criminal Law"
On November 18 & 19, 2016, Professor Joshua Kleinfeld of Northwestern Law School and Professor Richard Bierschbach of Cardozo Law School, with the Northwestern University Law Review, held a symposium centered around defining and defending a shared vision of democratic criminal justice. This symposium aimed to identify and critically examine the core ideas of the democratization movement, to project the democratization movement's ideas into the national conversation, and to act publicly and collectively on matters of democratic criminal justice reform.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016
Opening Remarks - Manifesto of the Democratization Movement
- Professor Joshua Kleinfeld
Panel - Constitutional Foundations and Community Voice
- Professor Laura Appleman
- Professor Richard Bierschbach
- Professor Josh Bowers
- Moderator: Professor Bob Burns
Panel - Empirical Foundations: Shared Norms, Lay Intuitions, Legitimacy, and Compliance
- Professor Janice Nadler
- ProfessorPaul Robinson
- Professor Tom Tyler
- Moderator: Professor Kenworthey Bilz
Lunch - Why Prosecutors Rule the Criminal Justice System—and What Can Be Done About It
- Judge Jed Rakoff, U.S. District Court, SDNY
Panel - Community and Racial Justice
- Professor Paul Butler
- Professor Dorothy Roberts
- Professor Jonathan Simon
- Moderator: Professor Jocelyn Simonson
Panel - De-Bureaucratization: Police and Prosecutors
- Professor Stephanos Bibas
- Professor Tracey Meares
- Professor Charles Ramsey
- Moderator: Professor Tom Geraghty
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2016
Panel - Philosophical Foundations: Criminal Law's Democratic Nature
- Professor John Braithwaite
- Professor Joshua Kleinfeld
- Professor Alice Ristroph
- Moderator: Professor Ekow Yankah
Roundtable - Policy Proposals
- Moderator: Professor Richard Bierschbach
Roundtable - Toward a White Paper
- Moderator: Professor Joshua Kleinfeld
- Professor Richard Bierschbach
2015: "Free Speech Foundations"
On October 25, 2015 the Northwestern University Law Review held a symposium centered around the origins and methodology underlying free speech jurisprudence. This symposium addressed implication, completeness, accuracy, normativity, and relevance of the major approaches to free speech interpretation.
Free Speech Values
- Professor Alexander Tsesis
- Professor Jack Balkin
The Anti-Chilling Function of the First Amendment
- Professor Ashutosh Bhagwat
- Professor James Lindgren
Technology & Speech
- Professor Helen Norton
- Professor Toni Massaro
Free Speech & Competing Interests
- Professor Andrew Koppelman
- Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea
2014: "Institutional Design and General Welfare"
On March 22 & 23, 2014 the Northwestern University Law Review held a symposium focusing on the relationship between institutional design and the general welfare. This symposium addressed questions surrounding the scope of institutional design, and whether it can be used to further welfare goals like economic growth.
The Role of Constitutional Text in Creating Self-stabilizing Constitutions: A Tour of the Takings Clause
- Professor Barry Weingast
- Professor Tonja Jacobi
The Relationship between De Jure and De Facto Property Rights
- Professor Mila Versteeg
Optimal Abuse of Power
- Professor Adrian Vermeule
Norms and the Enforcement of Laws
- Professor Daron Acemoglu
In Defense of Faction
- Professor Jide Nzelibe
Does Institutional Design Make a Difference?
- Professor Stephen G. Calabresi
2013: "100 Years Under the Income Tax"
On April 5, 2013, the Tax Program at Northwestern and Northwestern University Law Review held a symposium on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the income tax.
Expectations: The motivation and rhetoric behind the federal income tax
- Professor Robin Einhorn
- Professor Erik Jensen
- Professor Marjorie E. Kornhauser
- Moderator: Dr. Joe Thorndike
Realities: How has the structure of the income tax evolved?
- Professor Anuj C. Desai
- Professor Henry Ordower
- Professor Tracey M. Roberts
- Moderator: Professor Robert Peroni
Complications in implementation and some unintended consequences
- Professor Stephanie McMahon
- Professor Brian Galle
- Moderator: Professor David Cameron
The Past and the Future: A focus on corporate taxation
- Professor Adam Rosenzweig
- Professor Stephanie Hoffer
- Professor Dale Oesterle
- Moderator: Jeffrey Sheffield, Lecturer, NULS Tax Program and Kirkland & Ellis
2012: "Festschrift in Honor of Professor Martin H. Redish"
On March 30, 2012, Northwestern University and the Northwestern University Law Review held a symposium celebrating the career of Professor Martin H. Redish.
The conference featured three academic panels: Federal Jurisdiction, Civil Procedure, and Constitutional Law.
The participants included:
Civil Procedure Panel:
- Professor Richard D. Freer
- Professor Richard Marcus
- Professor Linda S. Mullenix
- Professor Jay Tidmarsh
- Moderator: Professor James Pfander
Constitutional Law Panel:
- Professor Lawrence C. Alexander
- Professor Corey Brettschneider
- Professor Andrew M. Koppelman
- Professor Eugene Volokh
- Moderator: Professor Stephen B. Presser
Federal Jurisdiction Panel:
- Professor Erwin Chemerinsky
- Professor Richard H. Fallon
- The Honorable Alex Kozinski
- Professor William P. Marshall
- Moderator: Steven Calabresi
- Mr. Matthew Arnould
- Professor Andrew I. Gavil
- Professor Andrea M. Matwyshyn
- Ms. Abby M. Mollen
- Professor Howard M. Wasserman
- Professor Christopher S. Yoo
2011: "The Legacy of Justice Stevens"
Forthcoming Pieces Include:
- Diane Marie Amann's symposium article, Justice Stevens, Originalist
- Bill Barnhart's symposium article, Justice Stevens and the News Media: An Exercise in Exposition
- Alan E. Brownstein's symposium article, Continuing the Constitutional Dialogue: A Discussion of Justice Stevens' Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Jurisprudence
- Steven G. Calabresi's symposium article, The Rise and Fall of the Separation of Powers
- Erwin Chemerinsky's symposium article, A Fixture on a Changing Court: Justice Stevens and the Establishment Clause
- Co-authors Lee Epstein, William M. Landes, and Judge Richard A. Posner's symposium article, Unanimous Decisions in the Supreme Court
- Aziz Huq's symposium article, The Institution Matching Canon
- Dawn Johnsen's symposium article on Justice Stevens' on the terrorism cases
- Andrew M. Koppelman's symposium article, Justice Stevens, Religious Enthusiast
- Simon Lazarus's symposium article, Stripping the Gears of National Government: Justice Stevens' Stand Against Judicial Subversion of Progressive Laws and Lawmaking
- Stefanie A. Lindquist's symposium article, Supreme Court Prequel: Justice Stevens on the Seventh Circuit
- Thomas W. Merrill's symposium article, Justice Stevens and the Chevron Puzzle
To view videos from the symposium or for more information please see "The Legacy of Justice Stevens."
2010: "Political Science and the Law" 2009: "Maturing Internet Studies" 2008: "Original Ideas on Originalism" 2007: "Ordering State-Federal Relations Through Federal Preemption Doctrine" 2006: "Censorship and Institutional Review Boards" 2005: "The First Century: Celebrating 100 Years of Legal Scholarship"