Applied Legal Storytelling Conference
Chapter 4: Back to where we started
July 22-24, 2013 London, UK
Call for Proposals: by Friday, December 14, 2012
We are pleased to issue this Call for Proposals for the fourth biennial International Applied Storytelling Conference.
The fourth biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference will take place July 22-24, 2013 at Gray’s Inn, and Inn of Court at City Law School, which is part of City University, London, UK. This Inn of Court is located in Central London, in the Holborn district: http://www.city.ac.uk/law.
This popular conference series fosters innovative collaboration and invigorating dialogue about the use of story across the spectrum of lawyering skills. This conference will bring together academics, judges, and practitioners to explore the role of narrative in legal practice and to discuss curricular strategies that will prepare students to use story and narrative as they enter the practice of law. This is a very collegial and supportive conference, and we welcome proposals from people who are new to applied storytelling as well as from those who have already been part of the conversation.
Applied Legal Storytelling goes beyond traditional Law and Literature concepts to explore the role of narrative in law practice, judging, and teaching. The conference organizers welcome and encourage presentations across the lawyering and doctrinal curriculum. Presentations at the three prior conferences reveal the breadth of potential relevant topics. To help potential presenters and attendees understand how large and diverse a topic “legal storytelling” is, here are some topics from past presentations as well as potential other topics. You may also want to view the program from the 3rd conference. http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/storytelling-conference
Lawyering Skills :
Lawyering or Interdisciplinary Theory and Applications:
- The situating of the lawsuit or transaction in the client’s larger goals
- The procedural posture and storytelling
- The strategies of asking witnesses for complete or incomplete narratives
- Storytelling techniques in trial practice
- The use of visuals to facilitate story tone
- Ethical considerations of storytelling to clients, other parties and fact finders
- Specific aspects of story structure and their application in law
- The legislative process and storytelling
- Policy arguments as a form of narrative reasoning
- Statutory analysis intersections with elements of narrative theory
- Empirical research into the role of storytelling/narrative in the lawyering process
- The roles of different characters involved in legal actions
- Stories as a way to enhance cognition and memory
- New modalities for storytelling in the law
- The ethical limits and other dangers of using storytelling in the lawyering process
- The relationship and use of metaphors in the language of specific areas of law
- Exploration of the use of narrative or metaphor in judicial opinions
- Comparative storytelling models across different legal systems and different classes of clients
- Applications of story techniques borrowed from other writing genres
- Examinations of curricula that incorporate the use of stories to teach doctrinal and skills classes
- The design of simulations to enhance student skills about storytelling
- Borrowing storytelling techniques from other media
- Teaching modules about story or narrative theory
Papers from the previous two conferences have resulted in numerous publications, in multiple journals. Currently, there are no plans for a symposium volume in a designated journal, although we are certainly open to that possibility.
The conference will include 50-minute and 25-minute time slots. Roundtable presentation proposals are also welcome. Proposals may indicate a preference for format or a preference that we accept the proposal in any of the formats.
The deadline for submissions is December 14, 2012. Submissions should be made on the attached Submission Form and should be sent, electronically, to:
Jovana Anderson, Lewis & Clark Law School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit the proposal on your letterhead, and provide any other contact information that may be relevant. Also include a summary that we may use in a program (100 words, maximum) as well as the narrative description of your proposal (500 words, maximum).
Form for submission:
On letterhead, please include the following information:
Title of presentation:
Presenters, with title/school/other affiliation:
Preferred format (ex: roundtable, panel, solo/duo presenter)
Technology needs (this allows us to plan rooms)
Summary of presentation, 100 word maximum (used in the conference program)
Description of presentation (500 word maximum)
Submitters of proposals will be notified via email by January 15, 2013 if their proposals have been accepted. We will ask for attendance confirmation by February 15th.
The conference will take place from Monday, July 22 to Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at City Law School, Gray’s Inn, in Holborn, London, UK. The Host School contact is Prof. Robert McPeake, R.J.Mcpeake@city.ac.uk
Costs to Participants:Final conference costs have not been finalized, but we anticipate the conference fee being no higher than GBP £233 ($375 US) and will include three lunches and the conference dinner. The dinner is expected to take place at one of London’s Inns of Court.
We are in the process of reserving blocks of rooms at a conference rate. They are:
1. The Grange Holborn
2. The Clarendon Hotel
- Friday–Sunday rate of GBP £99 + vat per night (approximately $160 + vat)
- Monday–Thursday rate of GBP £169 + vat per night (approximately $275 + vat)
Both hotels are within easy walking distance of Gray’s Inn, the conference site, and are also within walking distance of many popular sites in London including the British Museum, Old Bailey, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. For more details about both hotels, visit the Grange website: http://www.grangehotels.com. Conference organizers have stayed in these hotels and recommend them.
- Friday–Sunday rate of GBP £69 + vat per night (approximately $111 + vat)
- Monday–Thursday rate of GBP £139 + vat per night (approximately $225 + vat)
Please feel free to contact the conference planning committee:
Steve Johansen, email@example.com
Robert McPeake, R.J.Mcpeake@city.ac.uk
Brian J. Foley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Anne Robbins, email@example.com
Stefan H. Krieger, Stefan.H.Krieger@hofstra.edu
Erika Rackley, firstname.lastname@example.org
This conference is made possible through the generous support of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) and the City University of London