Junior Scholars #FutureLaw Workshop 3.0

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:00pm to Friday, November 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

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Duquesne University School of Law and The Federalist Society are pleased to present the Junior Scholars #Futurelaw Workshop 3.0, where scholars to present and respond to papers and original research in a rigorous but collegial atmosphere. 


What is #FutureLaw?

The study of #FutureLaw includes open-data policy, machine learning, computational law, legal informatics, smart contracts, crypto-currency, block-chain technology, big data, algorithmic research, LegalTech, FinTech, MedTech, eCommerce, eGovernment, electronic discovery, computers & the law, teaching innovations, and related subjects. #FutureLaw is an inter-disciplinary field with cross-opportunities in crowd science, behavioral economics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, learning theory, and related fields.


Who Can Attend?

Aspiring scholars who are seeking a tenure-track position and junior scholars who have been in a tenure-track position for less than seven years can apply to attend in one of three capacities:

  • Participants will present an academic article regarding at least one of the ITE categories described below. Participants should attend the entire Workshop and comment on other Participants’ papers. Limited travel assistance may be provided to Participants on an as-needed basis if their home institutions cannot cover travel expenses. Preference is given to junior scholars whose article is not yet published.
  • Mentors will give substantive comments on the Participants’ talks and on their written work. Mentors are strongly encouraged to attend the entire Workshop.
  • Observers are aspiring scholars who are not yet ready to present a paper. Observers are invited to attend any or all of the event and to comment on Participants’ papers.
  • Students, up to one of whom may present an essay or short article.


Qualifying Tracks for Participant Articles

Applications to participate shall designate proposed articles as fitting into one of these three qualifying “ITE” categories:

  • Instrument innovation (#FutureLaw) )introduces new securities or financing technologies, new corporate forms or ways to use business entities, responses to regulatory changes, proposals for new regulatory frameworks, new litigation procedures, and related topics in change in law or use of law.
  • Technology innovation (#LegalTech) includes non-lawyer ownership of law firms, smart contracts, legal informatics, electronic discovery & automation, and related topics on the practice of law or law firms.
  • Education innovation (#EdTech) includes new outcome assessments, changing doctrinal topics, flipped-classroom experience, laptops etc., experiential learning, digital feedback, practical exercises, new clinics, and related topics in legal education.


[Proposed] Schedule

Thursday, November 8th

Evening Dinner TBD

Participants and Mentors are invited to a complimentary dinner at one of Pittsburgh’s local favorite restaurants, sponsored by the Federalist Society.

Friday, November 9th

9:00 a.m. – All attendees will meet in Duquesne Law’s 4th Floor Faculty Lounge for the workshop.

Noon – A light lunch will be provided.

5:00 p.m. – Transportation will be provided, departing from Duquesne Law to Pittsburgh International Airport.


Where Can I Stay Nearby?

Duquesne University has reserved a hotel-room block at a discounted rate. Please let the workshop organizer know as soon as possible if you want to stay in one of these reserved rooms, since availability is limited. Pittsburgh also offers several unique boutique hotels such as Ace Hotel and Hotel Monaco, as well as many convenient traditional hotels such as the Westin Convention Center and the Kimpton Hotel Pittsburgh.



Please email Professor Seth Oranburg.


How Do I Apply?

Apply today using the form below for consideration to attend the 2018 Junior Scholars #FutureLaw Workshop 3.0. Selection for participation is based primarily on scholarly potential of the proposed article.