CFP – Retrospective on Congressional Legislation of 1970

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(as of 7/23/2019)

The Chapman Law Review invites submissions on the theme “A 50-Year Retrospective on Major Laws of the 91st Congress.”

Were the 1970s a moment for environmental and health and safety regulation? In this symposium issue, the Chapman Law Review is soliciting papers taking a retrospective look at the legislation that was passed in 1970, a critical year with several key legislative outputs that changed the way the country governs myriad health, safety, and environmental concerns. This issue will focus on the progress of the statutory products that emerged from this period. The Chapman Law Review is looking for papers that are grounded in a retrospective analysis of particular statutes and how they evolved or formed the basis of other developments. Furthermore, comparative perspectives between statutes produced at this time, as well as articles that identify the significance of this time period and how this legislative moment was possible in light of the current legislative gridlock and landscape, are welcome.

In this issue, the Chapman Law Review is seeking to publish 7 to 9 articles that cover the following statutes or some combination thereof:

  • National Environmental Policy Act, Pub.L. 91–190, 83 Stat. 852

  • Organized Crime Control Act, Pub.L. 91–452, 84 Stat. 922

  • Bank Secrecy Act, Pub.L. 91–508, 84 Stat. 1118

  • Controlled Substances Act, Pub.L. 91–513, 84 Stat. 1242

  • Plant Variety Protection Act, Pub.L. 91–577, 84 Stat. 1404

  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Pub.L. 91–596

  • Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970, Pub.L. 91–609, 84 Stat. 1770

Abstracts of 1000-1500 words should be submitted along with a CV to Caroline J. Cordova by July 19, 2019. Completed papers will be due September 20, 2019.

Questions may be directed to Caroline J. Cordova, Senior Articles Editor, at

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