Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum – Stanford, CA

Stanford and Yale Law Schools announce the tenth session of the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Stanford Law School on May 29-30, 2009, and seek submissions for this meeting.

The Forum’s objective is to encourage the work of young scholars by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange. Meetings are held each spring, at Yale one year and Stanford the next.

Approximately twelve scholars (with one to seven years in teaching and who are not yet tenured) will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present. Two senior scholars, not necessarily from Stanford or Yale, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the invited young scholars, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. The goal is discourse on both the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre. We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain. The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.


Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected topics in public and private law, legal philosophy, and law and humanities — alternating loosely between public law and humanities subjects in one year, and private and dispute resolution law in the next. The focus of the tenth session will be private law and dispute resolution. The topics to be addressed are:

– Bankruptcy
– Torts
– Tax
– Contracts
– Antitrust
– Intellectual Property
– Corporate & Securities Law
– International Law
– Civil Litigation
– Property
– Legal Profession


There is no publication commitment associated with the Forum, nor is published work eligible. Yale or Stanford will pay presenters’ travel expenses, who will be required to attend the entire Forum schedule. Paper submissions for the Forum should be sent to:

CONTACT: Ms. Judy Dearing
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
by February 16, 2009. Electronic submissions should be sent to:

Email: judyd [at]


Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to:

CONTACT: Joseph Bankman
Stanford Law School
Email: jbankman[at]
CONTACT: Ian Ayres
Yale Law School
Email: MAILTO:ian.ayres[at]

We very much hope that young scholars will submit work. If the strong commitment of the host schools can make it so, participation at the Forum will benefit presenters and the profession.

Joseph Bankman Ian Ayres

(Reprinted from SSRN.)