Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Call for Tax Papers: Law & Society Annual Meeting

Neil H. Buchanan (George Washington) has issued his annual call on the TaxProf Email Discussion Group for Tax Profs to join with him in organizing one or more tax panels for next year's annual meeting  of the Law & Society Association in Montreal, Quebec on May 29 through June 1, 2008 (reprinted here with permission):

In 2005, we held 3 tax-related panels in Las Vegas. In 2006, we held 6 tax-related panels in Baltimore. And in 2007, we held 7 tax-related panels in Berlin. (We actually had 8 panels scheduled in Berlin, but last-minute cancellations brought us down to 7.) This upward trend cannot continue indefinitely, of course, but there is no reason to limit it artificially now.

As I recently announced on TaxProf, tax-related sessions at L&S are now under the official auspices of a section-like organization known as a Collaborative Research Network. All panels will be part of CRN 31 -- "Law, Society, and Taxation." (If you do not plan to attend the Montreal meeting but would like to be added to the Law, Society, and Taxation mailing list, please send me an email.)

Other than the official designation, however, nothing has changed. We will continue to welcome as wide a range of subject matters and approaches as possible, and I will do everything possible to organize proposed papers into panels. (The call for papers includes an official theme for the annual meeting, but you will find that the theme is very broad and will thus not be a constraint for virtually any paper in tax law or tax policy.)

If you have an idea for a paper that you would like to present, please send me the following: a proposed title, a description (of 25 words or less) of the likely content of the paper, and the basic subject area of the paper (e.g., comparative, partnership, gender, budget). Please do not send an abstract. The actual drafts will not be due until one month before the conference. You will be able to change the title (and even the subject matter, within reason) later, as necessary.

If you have an idea for a complete session, please feel free to submit three or four papers together in one proposal. In addition to the information above, please provide a proposed title for the session as well as email addresses for all participants. It is also possible to propose Roundtable Discussion sessions (which do not involve formal papers) and Book sessions (author-meets-three-or-more-readers).

Finally, you may also volunteer to be a chair/discussant, either for a specific panel or as needed.

The deadline for submitting ideas to me is Friday, Nov. 16, 2007. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL (YET) ON THE LAW & SOCIETY WEBSITE. In early December, I will send out an email with a list of all proposed panels as well as the necessary information to register on the L&S website.

Montreal is a beautiful city, and the conference is being held in late Spring. It should be a wonderful event. I look forward to seeing friends old and new there.

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