AALS ADR Section Call for Papers


ADR and the Regulatory State

Sponsored by the AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution

2014 AALS Annual Meeting • January 2-5, 2014 • New York City

Private dispute resolution and agency decision-making are now prominent and permanent features of our legal landscape, either as substitutes for or alternatives to formal adjudication. In this new world of procedural variety, ADR and administrative law and procedure overlap across multiple dimensions. Agencies use ADR in their own regulatory work. Agencies use ADR in resolving inter-agency conflicts. Agencies increasingly regulate private arbitration in ways that arguably conflict with arbitration jurisprudence under the Federal Arbitration Act. And concerns about access to justice and procedural justice cut across the domains of private dispute resolution and administrative law.

The AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution invites submissions on any topic exploring these intersections between ADR and administrative law. The author of the selected paper will be invited to participate in the Section’s program at the 2014 AALS Annual Meeting. Jeffrey Lubbers (American), Jim Rossi (Vanderbilt), Nancy Welsh (Penn State), and Maureen Weston (Pepperdine) are scheduled to participate on the panel.


  • Only full-time faculty from AALS member institutions are eligible to submit papers.
  • Both essay and article length papers are welcome, and we are happy to review non-traditional formats (e.g., photo essays).
  • Papers already accepted for publication in a journal are eligible for submission as long as the paper will not be published prior to the Annual Meeting.
  • The selected author will participate in the Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution program, which will take place at 4:00-5:45 on Saturday, January 4, 2014, in New York City.
  • Authors will have to rely on their own institutions for funding to attend the conference.

The deadline to submit a draft paper is Friday, September 5, 2013.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  Please submit the draft paper to Professor Paul Kirgis, Chair-Elect of the Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, as an attachment (Word or PDF) to an e-mail sent to kirgisp@stjohns.edu.  An e-mail acknowledging the submission will be sent promptly to each author.  Members of the ADR Section’s Executive Committee will review submissions and communicate decisions by late September 2013.

Any questions?  Please do not hesitate to contact Paul Kirgis at kirgisp@stjohns.edu or (718) 990-6610.

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