Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

ADR Section Works-in-Progress Conference

AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section's
8th Annual Works-in-Progress Conference

Thursday, November 6 - Saturday, November 8, 2014

Southwestern Campus

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Southwestern is proud to host the Association of American Law Schools Alternative Dispute Resolution Section's Eighth Annual Works-in-Progress (WIP) Conference in Southwestern's landmark art deco Bullocks Wilshire Building in Los Angeles. The WIP Conference provides a welcoming and interactive forum where ADR scholars share current research, obtain feedback, exchange ideas, reconnect with colleagues and build new collaborative working relationships.

At the conference, junior and senior ADR scholars from across the country present their current work-in-progress, ranging from research ideas for a future article to full draft papers. Conference attendees share their insights about the presentation topic and offer constructive feedback to the presenter. If they wish, presenters who timely submit a full draft of a work-in-progress paper will also be assigned an experienced scholar as commenter.

Please note: Although you are encouraged to share your current research, you do not need to be a presenter to attend.

SCHEDULE

  • Thursday, November 6, early evening: Welcome reception for early arrivals
  • Friday, November 7, all day: Presentations by ADR scholars, includes continental breakfast, luncheon and dinner for all registrants
  • Saturday, November 8, morning: Presentations by ADR scholars, includes continental breakfast and lunch for all registrants; conference concludes

REGISTRATION

Click here to register for the conference. During registration, you will be asked to create a password; this allows you to log back in to edit your registration through the system.

If you would like to make a presentation at the conference, you will be asked for the following on the registration form:

  • an abstract or summary* (200-700 words) of your proposed presentation and if you plan to submit a draft paper
  • a short bio* (no more than 200 words)

*Submission should be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format

Please note: Presenter biographies, presentation abstracts and summaries, and draft papers will be made available to all conference attendees.

DEADLINES

  • Registering as a presenter: Monday, October 6, 2014
  • Registering as an attendee: Monday, October 27, 2014


FEES AND LODGING

There is no registration fee for the conference; attendees are responsible for their own transportation and lodging expenses.

Southwestern has reserved a block of hotel rooms for registered conference attendees at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel (506 S. Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles). The reduced conference rate is $159 per night, plus tax.  Registered conference attendees should visit the Biltmore website to book a room at this rate.

Please note: Biltmore reservations at the conference rate will only be available until October 10, 2014, or when room block availability is exhausted, whichever occurs first. 

QUESTIONS?

  • Refer to the list of frequently asked questions below
  • Email adrwip@swlaw.edu
  • Call Southwestern's Student Affairs Office at (213) 738-6716


Frequently Asked Questions About the Works-in-Progress Conference


What is the Works-in-Progress Conference?

Since its inception seven years ago, the AALS ADR Section's Works-in-Progress Conference has become an important annual gathering for ADR scholars. At the conference, junior and senior scholars make individual presentations about their work-in-progress, from still-developing ideas for a future article to draft papers. Following each presentation, conference attendees offer their own insights and constructive feedback about the research idea or draft paper.

May I make a presentation about a paper topic idea without submitting a draft paper?

Yes. Presentations are welcome from scholars with paper topic ideas who submit an abstract of 200-700 words regarding their idea and proposed presentation. Presenters will receive feedback from attendees about their research idea and topic. This also is consistent with conference tradition: most presentations at past conferences have been based on abstracts summarizing an idea for a potential article rather than on full draft papers submitted by presenters.

May I workshop a draft paper at the conference?

Yes. Presenters at the conference may workshop draft papers. Draft papers will be made available to conference attendees and time will be available at the conference to provide paper presenters with feedback about their papers. In addition, a presenter who submits a draft paper may request a designated commenter; the commenter will provide the author with specific feedback on the paper either at or after the conference.

When will I find out if I will be a presenter?

Every conference registrant will be notified by email within two business day that Southwestern has received his or her registration submission. Everyone wishing to present will be notified within ten business days of completing their registration submission about their proposal to be selected as a presenter.

May I attend the conference if I do not present a paper or paper idea?

Yes. You are welcome to attend and participate in the conference by listening to presentations and providing feedback whether or not you choose to present a paper or paper idea.

I am a junior ADR scholar - should I attend?

Yes. The Works-in-Progress Conference provides an excellent forum for junior ADR scholars to workshop paper topics, draft papers and research agendas, form mentoring relationships with more experienced ADR scholars from other schools, and become more a part of the vibrant ADR intellectual community.

I am an experienced ADR scholar - should I attend?

Yes. The conference provides a fine opportunity to workshop papers and paper topics, reconnect with colleagues from other schools, and provide guidance and share insights with more junior ADR scholars.

I am an ADR practitioner - should I attend?

Yes. The conference provides a fine setting for neutrals and lawyers with a substantial ADR practice to stay current on cutting-edge ADR scholarship and offer feedback to presenters on the real world implications of their research and scholarship.

Is there are registration fee?

No. There is no registration fee for the Works-in-Progress Conference.

Will Southwestern host any meals or receptions during the conference?

Yes. Southwestern will host a welcome reception on Thursday night, November 6; continental breakfast, luncheon and dinner on Friday, November 7; and continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, November 8.

Am I responsible for my own travel expenses?

Yes. Conference attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Have any arrangements been made to reserve hotel rooms for conference attendees?

Yes. Southwestern has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, located at 506 S. Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles. Rooms are available for registered conference attendees at the reduced conference rate of $159 per night plus tax. Please note that reservations at the conference rate will only be available until October 7, 2014, or when room block availability is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

I would like to attend the conference - is it difficult to get to Southwestern Law School?

No. If you are coming from outside the Los Angeles area, Southwestern is readily accessible by air with flights to Los Angeles International Airport and several regional airports, including the Burbank and Long Beach airports. If you are driving to Southwestern, free parking will be provided in Southwestern's parking structure for all registered conference attendees. Southwestern also is accessible by public transportation. The law school is located one block from the Vermont/Wilshire station on the Metro Red Line; the Millennium Biltmore, other downtown hotels and Union Station (Los Angeles' Amtrak and light rail hub) all are just a short walk from a Metro Red Line station. Click here for a map and directions to Southwestern

What are the conference registration deadlines?

The last day to register if you would like to present at the conference is Monday, October 6, 2014. The registration deadline to attend the conference is Monday, October 27, 2014.

Whom should I contact with additional questions about the conference?

If you have additional questions about the conference, email adrwip@swlaw.edu or call Southwestern's Student Affairs Office at (213) 738-6716.