Neil Buchanan (Florida) has issued his annual call for tax papers and panels for next year's annual meeting of the Law & Society Association in Chicago (May 27 - 30, 2020):
For the seventeenth year in a row, I will organize sessions for the "Law, Society, and Taxation" group (Collaborative Research Network 31). For the fifth year in a row, I am pleased to be carried along in these organizational efforts by Professors Jennifer Bird-Pollan and Mirit Eyal-Cohen.
The conference will mostly be held online, but LSA does hope to hold some events in person in Chicago for those who are willing and able to travel. They are also indicating that they will take account of time zone differences in their scheduling. ...
Although there is an official call for papers, please remember that you are not bound by the official theme of the conference ("Crisis, Healing, Re-Imagining"). We will give full consideration to proposals in any area of tax law, tax policy, distributive justice, interdisciplinary scholarship, and so on.
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. ET (USA) on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Please be aware that the online submission system has been changed significantly since last year. (For what it's worth, I think the changes are all for the better.) Please follow these instructions carefully:
- Go to the "Individual Paper Submission" page: https://lsa-annualmeeting.secure-platform.com/a/page/abstracts/abstract-submit
(If you like, you can watch the 2-minute video there, which apparently provides instructions on the process.)
- Under the blue banner "Individual Paper Submission | Searching Sessions," click the green "Submit a General Paper" button.
- You will be asked to log in or, if you have not already created a profile, to create a new login.
- Fill in the required fields, starting with "Proposal Title" and continuing with all fields denoted with a red asterisk.
- Note that the "Methodology" tab is there again this year. Unless I missed it (a very real possibility), the site still provides no information or guidance about what that word means in this context. I simply entered the words "Legal scholarship."
- For "Keyword," please choose "Taxation, Social Security, Fiscal Policies." If you want to choose a secondary keyword, feel free to do so.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Even though there is no red asterisk for "CRN," it is essential that you choose "CRN31: Law, Society, and Taxation." (You do not have to choose an IRC.)
- At the bottom of the page, click the "Save and Finalize" button. You will see a warning screen telling you that you cannot change your application after submitting it. If you're ready to finalize, click "OK." Otherwise, click "Cancel" and make any changes needed, then go through the "Save and Finalize" steps again.
And you're done!
SPECIAL NOTE: In previous years, I have asked you to forward to me the confirmation email that the system generates. We DO NOT need you to do that anymore, because the information will be sent to us by the Law & Society office.
Immediately after the January 7 deadline for proposals has passed, my co-chairs and I will organize the papers into full sessions.
Your paper need not yet be written, and the only requirement (other than submitting the proposal through the submission system) is that you have at least something (an outline, a first draft, etc.) that you can send to your session chair 30 days before the meeting (which means late April 2021).
Note also that each participant is limited to ONE participation as a Paper Presenter OR a Roundtable Participant OR Author (in an author-meets-readers session) OR Salon Presenter. You will, however, be able to act as a chair/discussant in as many sessions as you like, and participation as a reader in author-meets-reader sessions does not count as your one participation.
Finally, please send me an email if you are interested in serving as a chair/discussant.
We look forward to seeing you at another great Law & Society conference. If you know of any colleagues who might be interested in participating (especially those in fields other than tax law who would like to benefit from our interdisciplinary approach), feel free to forward this email to them.
Neil (speaking also for Jennifer and Mirit)
Law, Society, and Taxation co-chairs:
University of Kentucky
Neil H. Buchanan
University of Florida
University of Alabama