Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Law Journal Conference


The Future of Legal Scholarship

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom
25 East Pearson Street, Chicago
Friday, April 6, 2018

Symposium Coordinators:
Olivia Sullivan, Executive Editor of Conference Management
Eric Segall, Professor, Georgia State University College of Law
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This one-day symposium will explore the future of legal scholarship and how it impacts law and society. First, a panel will discuss how to determine, absent the usual proxies of placement and author, what constitutes a good academic piece. The second panel will explore the purpose of scholarship. For example, should law professors be advocates, engaging in amicus briefs? Should engagement with the community (op eds and the press) count as scholarship? Finally, the third panel will discuss the perils and bias of measurement. While productivity is often measured in the economy, is the ability to measure scholarly success limited?


8:15­–8:45 AM | Welcome and Continental Breakfast

8:45–9:00 AM | Opening Remarks

Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor

John Breen

Professor of Law and Faculty Advisor,
Loyola University Law Journal
Loyola University Chicago School of Law

9:00–10:15 AM | Panel #1 

What is a Good Law Review Article?

Darren Bush, University of Houston Law Center

Caprice Roberts, Savannah Law School

Spencer Waller, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law

10:15–11:30 AM | Panel #2

Does Scholarship Live and Die in a Vacuum?

Eric Segall, Georgia State University

Orly Lobel, University of San Diego School of Law

Carissa Hessick, University of North Carolina School of Law

12-1:30 PM | Lunch with Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Richard Posner, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

1:45–3| Panel #3

Scholarship Exceptionalism: The Dangers of Measuring Success

Mark Lemley, Stanford Law

Nancy Leong, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Anthony Kreis, Chicago-Kent College of Law

3 PM | Closing Remarks

CONFERENCE LOCATION Ÿ The Conference will be held in the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, on the 10th floor of 25 E. Pearson St. on Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus. Lunch will be held in Kasbeer Hall, located on the 15th floor of the Law Center. Validated parking is available in a number of locations adjacent to the School of Law.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION Ÿ Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present this Conference at no charge for Loyola students and faculty and individuals not seeking CLE credits.  For those who wish to obtain credit, registration fees are $50 or $40 for alumni.  There is no charge for CLE credit for current faculty, staff or students, and an immediate 50 percent fee reduction is offered for attorneys working in the areas of government or public interest.  Seating is limited and registration is appreciated.  Open seating will be available on a first-come basis to those who do not register.

The Illinois MCLE Board approved this program for 4.00 hours of General MCLE credit.

ABOUT THE LAW JOURNAL ŸThe Loyola University Chicago Law Journal is the law school’s primary scholarly publication that is distributed throughout the nation’s law libraries, judges’ chambers, and other various legal organizations. Published continuously since 1970, the Law Journal is committed both to the examination and analysis of current legal issues and problems and to the development of the law. The Law Journal is edited and managed entirely by students and publishes the work of distinguished writers, including academics, practitioners, and judges. The Law Journal also publishes student-written Notes and Comments.


No Charge Loyola students and faculty, and individuals who do not wish to obtain CLE credits

$50 Individuals seeking CLE credits

$40 Loyola graduates seeking CLE credits

50% FEE REDUCTION for attorneys working in the areas of government interest