AALS Call for Nominations for Best Article of 2020

From EFOI Elayne Greenberg:

The AALS Section on ADR is seeking nominations for the annual Section Award for best dispute resolution article published in a law review or other academic journal, in print or online, bearing a 2020 volume date.

Which articles qualify for consideration? 

The article must be published in a law review or other academic journal, in print or online, bearing a 2020 volume date.

Authors may nominate their own articles to the competition.

Only one single article will be considered by any given author. This means that if there is more than one of a given author’s articles nominated to the competition (by several different nominators, for example), then the author will be contacted by competition administrators so that he/she can decide which single article will be considered by the judging committee. Please note that co-authored articles are not so restricted—meaning that an author could have one of his or her “single author” articles considered by the judging committee along with one or more articles that have been co-authored with others.

Please note that articles authored by the leadership of the Section (i.e., officers or members of the Executive Committee) are eligible for submission, but that author will no longer be eligible to judge submissions.

The following works will not be eligible: (1) books and book chapters; (2) works-in-progress not yet accepted for publication; (3) any article  accepted for publication in a 2021 volume or later; and (4) any article written while the author was a student.

How will each submission be judged? 

The judges will consider several criteria in selecting the winner, including:

  • Clarity of the theme or thesis presented
  • The degree of contribution of the work to the field of dispute resolution.
  • Quality of analysis
  • Originality and quality of research
  • Quality and clarity of the writing

What should you do if you would like to submit an article for consideration? 

Submissions must be anonymous in an effort to make the judging as fair as possible, and to avoid unconscious bias, the Committee is requesting anonymous submissions. Therefore, the following information must be redacted with respect to any article submitted to the competition: (1) the name of the author(s) as well as the name of the employer(s) of the author(s); and (2) any indication of the name of the journal in which the piece has been or will be published. If this information is not redacted, the article will not be considered by the judges. In addition, every effort must be made to redact any author-identifying information in the text and footnotes of the article. 

Submissions should be emailed with the article(s) attached (in Microsoft Word or PDF format, and conforming to all submission criteria listed above) to the section’s Chair Regent (Elayne E. Greenberg) by  May 14, 2021, noon (eastern). In the subject line please write: “2020 Best Article Submission.” The text of the email, whether sent by the author or by someone else, must contain the following information for each article: (1) Author name and email address; (2) Name of the law review or academic journal in which the article has been published; and (3) Publication date.

The winning article will be announced by the beginning of the 2021 fall semester. We look forward to hearing from you!

Any questions?  Please contact Elayne E. Greenberg, Chair Regent of the AALS Section of Dispute Resolution.

With my warm regards,


Elayne E. Greenberg
Assistant Dean for Dispute Resolution Programs
Professor of Legal Practice
Faculty Director, Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution
St. John’s University School of Law

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