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Friday, September 10, 2021

Loyola University Chicago’s nationally acclaimed Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy will host the Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference on Friday, September 10, 2021 at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611. The workshop is designed to provide an intellectual venue for life science professors, scholars, and practitioners to convene and discuss current research and scholarship.  The term “life science law” encompasses projects from diverse legal fields where life sciences research and development play a pivotal role, which could include biotechnology, food and drug law, health law, IP, environmental, administrative, criminal, privacy, and antitrust law. Our goal is to foster recognition of life science law as a cohesive, dynamic area of legal study and to strengthen connections among national life science law scholars. 

Loyola is currently soliciting 750-1,000 word abstracts reflecting mid-stage or near complete article drafts for the purpose of workshopping with expert commentators and other selected scholars. Modeled after successful events for law professors and scholars in other areas, we will allot presentation time for each scholar, followed by intensive discussion with expert commentators and scholar attendees. Full article drafts will be made available at least one week prior to the event to all scholar participants for advance review in order to facilitate effective feedback. A maximum of six scholars will be selected to present and attend the day-long workshop.

The Law Center is located on Loyola's Water Tower campus, near Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, the Chicago Art Institute, and Chicago Symphony Center.

Conference Organizers:
Professor Cynthia Ho, cho@luc.edu
Professor Jordan Paradise, jparadise@luc.edu

Program Administrator:
Janie Garb, health-law@luc.edu

Cost & Accomodations
This event has been generously funded by Loyola University Chicago law alumnus Mitch Wiet (JD ’65) and his family. Admission to the workshop, a one-night stay at a local Chicago hotel, conference day meals, and workshop receptions, are free. In the case that funding for travel is not covered by home institutions, scholars may apply for travel funding as part of their abstract submission by including a statement of travel funding requests and reasons. Additional hotel funds may also be available for those traveling significant distances; please also submit an interest statement and reasons for additional night hotel. Funds are limited and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, travel funding may not be an issue if circumstances require modifying the event to be fully virtual through Zoom or similar platform.

Submission to the Annals of Health Law & the Life Sciences
The Annals of Health Law & the Life Sciences is also pleased to review the selected articles for possible publication.  The format of Annals is exclusively online, allowing for more timely publication of articles, a substantially wider audience, and many interactive features.

Questions
Contact Professors Jordan Paradise jparadise@luc.edu or Cynthia Ho cho@luc.edu with questions about event scope, abstract and draft submissions, and publication opportunity.  For logistical questions, please contact Janie Garb at health-law@luc.edu.

About the Beazley Institute
Established in 1984, Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy has evolved into a nationally recognized center dedicated to the education of health and life science law leaders and policymakers, and to the study and furtherance of the field.  The Institute publishes two journals and offers more than thirty health law, life science law, and compliance courses.  The Beazley Institute is a leader in online legal education, with more than 300 students annually taking courses through its Center for Online Studies.  With the offering of the Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference, the expansion of Loyola’s life science curriculum, and dedicated externship opportunities for students, the Beazley Institute looks forward to collaborating with our scholar colleagues to support the discipline of life science law.

Note: The Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy also hosts an annual symposium on topics of health law and policy each Fall. Scholars are welcome to submit to both this Wiet Call for Papers and the Beazley symposium Call for Papers.

Call for Papers

Loyola University Chicago’s nationally acclaimed Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy is pleased to invite original research submissions for the annual Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Workshop to be held on Friday, September 10, 2021. We are currently planning for a hybrid format event this year with both physical attendees at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a virtual option for those who choose not to travel.

The workshop is designed to provide an intellectual venue for life science professors, scholars, and practitioners to convene and discuss current research and scholarship. The term “life science law” encompasses projects from diverse legal fields where life sciences research and development play a pivotal role, which could include biotechnology, food and drug law, health law, IP, environmental, administrative, privacy, and antitrust law. Our goal is to foster recognition of life science law as a cohesive, dynamic area of legal study and strengthen connections among national life science law scholars. Accordingly, topics without a strong life science connection will not be considered.

Loyola is currently soliciting 750-1,000 word abstracts reflecting mid-stage or near complete article drafts for the purpose of workshopping with expert commentators and other selected scholars. Modeled after successful events for law professors and scholars in other areas, we will allot presentation time for each scholar, followed by intensive discussion with expert commentators and scholar attendees. Up to four scholars will be selected to present and provide feedback to other scholars at the workshop. Junior scholars, including those in fellowship positions, are particularly encouraged to apply and will be prioritized in the selection process. Full article drafts will be made available at least one week prior to the event to all scholar participants for advance review in order to facilitate effective feedback.

Submission and Review Timeline
The deadline for submission is Friday, June 25. Submit via email to health-law@luc.edu (and cc: jparadise@luc.edu) with subject line Wiet Life Science Law. Your submission should include not only the 750-1,000 word abstract, but also author contact information, as well as two or three US scholars that you believe would provide insightful feedback and comments on your article. In addition, you must commit to provide a full draft if selected. Selected scholars will be notified by email on or before Friday, July 16. For those selected to participate, the deadline for the full draft (15,000-20,000 words) is Friday, August 27.