Call for Papers: State Courts Scholarship Roundtable

August 28, 2023

The University of Wisconsin Law School’s State Democracy Research Initiative (SDRI) is pleased to announce a Roundtable on State Courts, to be held on April 19, 2024. The Roundtable will be co-hosted by Professors Miriam Seifter and Rob Yablon and Professors Dan Rodriguez and Zach Clopton of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and will be held at Northwestern in Chicago, Illinois.

The purpose of the Roundtable is to bring together scholars from around the country to present new academic research and works in progress on state courts, and to continue to build community in the field of state public law. We are construing the topic of state courts broadly, to include judicial federalism and the relationship between state and federal courts; state civil procedure; access to courts; and state constitutional law, among other possible topics.

We anticipate workshopping approximately eight papers over the course of one day, with each paper introduced by a scholar who will comment on the work and then facilitate a discussion with all participants. Scholars who have already committed to attend the event as commentators are listed below.

Scholars interested in presenting a paper and participating in the Roundtable should submit a one-to-two-page abstract by November 15, 2023 to SDRI’s Executive Director Bree Grossi Wilde at (You may also contact her with any questions.) Applicants should include their title, institutional affiliation, and number of years teaching in the academy.  Applicants will be notified by mid December whether or not they have been selected to participate. Complete submissions will be due by early April 2024.

All travel costs, accommodations, and meals will be provided, including a group dinner or dinners the nights of April 18 and April 19, 2024.  In addition, participants will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Committed Commentators

  • Payvand Ahdout, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Will Baude, University of Chicago School of Law
  • Zach Clopton, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • David Engstrom, Stanford Law School
  • Nicole Garnett, Notre Dame Law School
  • Dan Rodriguez, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Miriam Seifter, UW Law School and SDRI Co-Faculty Director
  • Lauren Sudeall, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Rob Yablon, UW Law School and SDRI Co-Faculty Director