Call for Papers

The University of Michigan Law School is pleased to invite junior scholars to attend the 9th Annual Junior Scholars Conference, which will take place in person on April 21-22, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

The Conference provides junior scholars with a platform to present and discuss their work with peers and receive feedback from prominent members of the Michigan Law faculty. The Conference aims to promote fruitful collaboration between participants and to encourage their integration into a community of legal scholars. The Junior Scholars Conference is intended for academics in both law and related disciplines. Applications from graduate students, SJD/PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, teaching fellows, and assistant professors (pre-tenure), who have not held an academic position for more than four years, are welcome.

Submission: To apply to the Conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words reflecting the unpublished work that you wish to present and a copy of your CV through the online submission form by January 9, 2023. Please submit all files as Microsoft Word documents. Please name the documents using the following format: Last name – First name – The nature of the document you are submitting (whether it be abstract, CV or funding). For example, the name of the abstract you are submitting would be: DOE – JOHN – ABSTRACT. Selection will be based on the quality and originality of the abstract as well as its capacity to engage with other proposals and to foster a collaborative dialogue. Decisions will be communicated no later than February 8, 2023. Selected participants will be required to submit final papers by March 22, 2023, so that they may be sent to your faculty commentator and circulated among participants in advance. 

Financial Assistance and ParticipationA fund is available to help cover travel expenses and accommodation for selected participants. If you wish to be considered for financial assistance, please submit a separate written request through the online form specifying your city of departure, an estimate of travel costs, and other anticipated expenses for attending the Conference. 


Questions may be directed to the Organizing Committee through the email address below. 

Avaskhan Assanaliyev, Chair; Kushagr Bakshi, Co-Chair 
Junior Scholars Conference Organizing Committee 
Center for International and Comparative Law University of Michigan Law School 
law-doconf@umich.edu

200 Hutchins Hall
625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
U.S.A.

2022 Panelists

  • Law and Technology

    Zhaoyi Li is a JSD candidate at Washington University School of Law. Zhaoyi’s teaching and research interests include corporate governance, data protection, securities regulation, law, and tech. Her recent scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Indiana Law Journal and the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.

    Sari Mazzurco is a PhD candidate in Law at Yale University and a Resident Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. She received her JD from Stanford Law School, where she won the Stanford Law School Intellectual Property Writing Award for her article, "The Mark of A Culture." She has written several articles on intellectual property and culture, privacy law, and internet governance appearing in Boston University Law ReviewColumbia Journal of Law and the ArtsFordham Intellectual Property, Media, and Entertainment Law Journal, and the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Prior to entering the PhD in Law program, Mazzurco clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and worked as an associate at Covington & Burling in the privacy and data security and trademark and copyright practice groups.

    Viktorija Morozovaite is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University in the public economic law chair group of the law department. In her research project, "Hypernudging strategies in the digital market economy: a role for European competition law?," she works on conceptualizing novel hypernudging processes and examines them in relation to Art.102 TFEU. The PhD research is conducted as part of the fulfillment of the ERC Starting Grant project Modern Bigness, which is led by Professor Anna Gerbrandy.  Morozovaite currently is a Wirtschaftskammer Steiermark Fellow (March through June 2022) at the University of Graz. She is further interested in behavioral economics, legal philosophy, and the interplay between competition law and regulation.

    Ruifeng Song is a Ph.D. student at Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. His research interest is information privacy.

  • Intellectual Property Law

    Jordana Goodman is the visiting clinical assistant professor of the BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic at Boston University (BU) School of Law. She supervises BU Law students offering pro bono legal guidance to BU and MIT students on topics affecting their research and innovation. 

    Her research focuses on gender and race equity issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (“STEM”), concentrating on intellectual property ownership and recognition as advancement tools for systemically underrepresented people in STEM fields. Before joining the clinic, Goodman worked as a patent prosecutor at Danielson Legal LLC, where she composed patent applications, PCTs, and office action responses for technologies related to medication, batteries, molecules, filtration devices, mechanical devices, computer systems, software, and computer hardware. She also was an adjunct legal research and writing professor at New England Law. Goodman was a Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar and graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law with honors in Intellectual Property Law in 2015. She received her BS. magna cum laude, in chemistry and anthropology from Brandeis University in 2012 and her MS in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2020. She is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice in Massachusetts.

    Brent Salter is a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Law and History. In 2019, Salter completed his doctoral research (JSD) at Yale Law School. Cambridge University Press recently published a revised version of his dissertation, Negotiating Copyright in the American Theatre: 1856-1951. Salter’s research examines legal and business histories of creative communities, labor organization, private law, and social justice issues in relation to the arts. He investigates these subjects through the prism of law and history, law and society, relational contracting, and law and the humanities. His next long-term project will be a legal history on the rise of American theatrical unions and trade associations in the first half of the 20th century. Along with these core interests, Salter also works on questions of law and empire, including the legal history of indigenous peoples and colonial incarcerated labor. His research and teaching agendas are informed by his combined experiences as a theatre practitioner, legal historian, and legal scholar.

    Jacob Victor is an assistant professor at Rutgers Law School, where he teaches property and intellectual property. He will be joining the faculty of Cardozo Law School as an associate professor this summer. His research focuses on how the law impacts innovation, culture, and the deployment of new technologies. His most recent articles have appeared in the Minnesota Law Review and the Stanford Law Review. Prior to joining Rutgers, Victor taught at NYU Law School and Albany Law School. Before that, he was an associate in the intellectual property group at Kirkland & Ellis, where he litigated copyright, trademark, and trade secret cases. He also served as a law clerk for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, widely considered one of the country's most influential judges on issues related to copyright. Victor graduated from Yale Law School in 2014, where he was an essays editor of the Yale Law Journal, a Coker Fellow, a member of the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, and an OutLaws board member. He received an AB in social studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 2009.

  • Corporate Law

    Chris Havasy is a Climenko Fellow and lecturer in law at Harvard University. His primary research interests are in administrative law and policy, with an emphasis on examining the relationships between administrative agencies and civil society. He has research and teaching interests in administrative law, legislation and statutory interpretation, constitutional law, corporate law and governance, and torts. Havasy’s current projects examine the political legitimacy of the administrative state; how to structure interest group lobbying in democratic institutions; the proper use of Enlightenment political thought in constitutional interpretation (with Josh Macey and Brian Richardson); the relationship between the concepts of legitimacy in administrative law and corporate governance (with Stavros Gadinis); and theories of power, democracy, and legitimacy in corporate governance. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Virginia Law ReviewVanderbilt Law Review, and Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Havasy also is a PhD candidate in government at Harvard University. His dissertation examines the historical development of legal and political theories to constrain administrative power and proposes a new theory of administrative legitimacy grounded in the relations between agencies and persons in civil society. He holds a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an executive editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He also has an MA in government from Harvard University and a ScB, magna cum laude, with honors in political science and in biology, from Brown University.

    Andrew Jennings joined the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 2021, where he teaches corporate law and securities regulation. His research interests focus on corporate governance and compliance, securities regulation, and white-collar crime. Previously, Jennings was a lecturer in law and the teaching fellow for the Corporate Governance and Practice program at Stanford Law School and a scholar in residence at Duke Law School. He also was a clerk to the Hon. Helene N. White of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He previously practiced at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he handled mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters, and at Sullivan & Cromwell, where he practiced in criminal defense and investigations and civil litigation. His recent works have been published in the Duke Law Journal, the BYU Law Review, and The Journal of Corporation Law. Jennings is a graduate at Duke Law School, where he was an executive editor of the Duke Law Journal. Outside the classroom, he is the creator and host of the Business Scholarship Podcast.

    Aisha Saad is the Dickerson Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and an Honorary Research Fellow at Oxford University. Her research interests pertain to corporate law and governance, the political economy of corporate law, and securities regulation. Saad previously was a fellow of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and editor of the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance; the inaugural Bartlett Fellow at Yale Law School; and an assistant professor of public policy at the American University in Cairo. Her recent work has been published in the Berkeley Business Law Journal, the Boston College Law Review Online, the New England Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic LawNature Climate Change, and in an edited volume by Palgrave Macmillan. Saad holds a JD from Yale University and a DPhil and MPhil from Oxford University.

    Matt Wansley is an assistant professor at Cardozo School of Law. He researches venture capital law and risk regulation. Before joining the faculty at Cardozo,  Wansley was the general counsel of nuTonomy Inc., an autonomous vehicle startup spun out of MIT. nuTonomy was the first company to test self-driving cars on the public roads in Singapore and in Boston. In 2017, nuTonomy was acquired for $450 million, a 22x return on the approximately $20 million invested. Before nuTonomy,  Wansley was a Climenko Fellow and lecturer at Harvard Law School. He clerked for the Hon. Scott Matheson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Hon. Edgardo Ramos on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School.

  • International Law

    Ryan Liss is an assistant professor on the Faculty of Law at Western University. His research focuses on criminal law and public international law (including international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law), examining the ways in which human rights construct and constrain state power in both areas. Liss holds an undergraduate degree and a JD from the University of Toronto and an LLM and JSD from Yale Law School. While at Yale, Liss was a Trudeau Scholar, an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, a Robina Fellow, and a Humphreys Fellow. Prior to joining Western, he served as an associate-in-law at Columbia Law School and as a visiting fellow at the Schell Centre for International Human Rights at Yale Law School and at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. He clerked for Chief Justice Warren Winkler and the justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and he has worked with the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the Coalition for the ICC.

    David Hughes is an assistant professor at the Canadian Forces College and an instructor at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Previously, he was the Trebek Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. He holds a PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School during which time he spent two years at the University of Michigan Law School as a Grotius Research Fellow. Hughes has written about various topics and themes relating to international law that have appeared in several leading journals, including the European Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, and the Melbourne Journal of International Law. Before beginning his doctoral work, he worked at the Council of Europe and with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. 

    Yahli Shereshevsky is an associate professor at the University of Haifa Law School. Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Federmann Cyber Security Research Center and at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, and a Grotius Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School. He also clerked for the Hon. Deputy Chief Justice Eliezer Rivlin of the Supreme Court of Israel. Shereshevsky specializes in international law, focusing on international humanitarian law, international lawmaking, international legal theory, and international criminal law. Hiss PhD, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, received the Malcolm and Judith Shaw Prize for an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the Field of Public International Law. He holds an LLB in Law and the “Amirim” Interdisciplinary Honors Program for Outstanding Students, summa cum laude, from the Hebrew University. Shereshevsky's work has been published in leading international law journals, including the European Journal of International Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the Michigan Journal of International Law, and the Journal of International Criminal Justice.

  • Criminal Law

    Amy Kimpel is an assistant professor of clinical legal instruction and the director of the Criminal Defense clinic at University of Alabama School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alabama, she worked at the Judicial Council of California in its Criminal Justice Services Office, where she spearheaded implementation of a new mental health diversion law, Assembly Bill 1810. Previously, Kimpel worked as a public defender for both the Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc. and the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender in San Jose, California. As a public defender, Kimpel tried 25 cases in federal and state court and argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit twice. Kimpel earned her JD, magna cum laude, from New York University, where she was a Hays Fellow and Vanderbilt Medal recipient. She also holds an AB in English, magna cum laude, from Columbia University and an MA in education from Columbia University, where she was part of the first cohort of Columbia Urban Educator Fellows. Kimpel’s scholarship focuses on criminal law and the intersection of criminal and immigration law.

    John Meixner Jr. is an assistant U.S. attorney in the appellate division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. His scholarship focuses on criminal law (especially sentencing), evidence, and the intersection of law and neuroscience. Much of his work is empirical and examines how the decision making of everyday legal actors like judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys impacts legal outcomes. Meixner received his JD, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Northwestern University Law Review. He also received a PhD in psychology from Northwestern, with an emphasis on cognitive neuroscience. His scholarship was published or is forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law ReviewWisconsin Law ReviewDePaul Law ReviewAlbany Law ReviewJournal of Criminal Law and CriminologyJournal of Empirical Legal StudiesNeuroImage, and Psychological Science, among other outlets. Meixner served as a law clerk to Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Gerald E. Rosen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He will join the faculty of the University of Georgia School of Law in August 2022.

    Kate Weisburd is an associate professor of law at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She teaches criminal law; criminal procedure; and a seminar on race, surveillance, and the criminal legal system. Her recent scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in the California Law ReviewVirginia Law ReviewIowa Law ReviewNorth Carolina Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review, and she has written for The Marshall Project and the L.A. Times, as well as other mainstream media. Weisburd's article, "Punitive Surveillance" (Va. L. Rev.), was selected for the Reidenberg-Kerr Award for Outstanding Scholarship by a Junior Scholar at the 2021 Privacy Law Scholars Conference. Prior to joining George Washington University, she founded and directed the Youth Defender Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center, which is part of the clinical law program at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the largest provider of free legal services in the county. In that role, Weisburd taught and supervised law students representing young people in juvenile court and school discipline proceedings. In addition to her clinical teaching responsibilities, Weisburd served as a lecturer at Berkeley Law, teaching courses on the school-to-prison pipeline. Prior to creating the Youth Defender Clinic, she was a fellow and supervising attorney in Berkeley Law's Death Penalty Clinic. In both clinics, Weisburd maintained her own caseload and represented clients at trial, on appeal, and in post-conviction proceedings. Weisburd graduated from Columbia Law School and Brown University. She clerked for the Hon. Lawrence K. Karlton on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

  • Human Rights

    Mariana Olaizola Rosenblat is the Global Human Rights Clinic Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Chicago. She received her JD from Yale Law School and her AB in politics, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, specializing in international human rights and refugee law. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Rosenblat served as a Robina International Human Rights Fellow at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Buenos Aires, where she worked on durable solutions for refugees in Southern Latin America. She has also worked for UNHCR's Statelessness Unit in Geneva, the Council of Europe's Office for the Commissioner for Human Rights in Strasbourg, and the Center for Diversity and National Harmony in Yangon, Myanmar. In the latter role, she spent more than two years conducting research in conflict-affected borderland regions and authored six reports analyzing the effect of the government’s discriminatory citizenship provisions on access to rights. Rosenblat is a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and Salzburg Cutler International Law Fellow.

    Raghavi Viswanath is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. Her primary interests lie in international criminal law, human rights law, and postcolonial approaches to international law. She obtained her primary degree in law from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal (India). She later read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford and pursued an advanced masters in international criminal law at the Leiden Law School. Viswanath has worked with the Oxford Pro Bono Publico, the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights, the Global Freedom of Expression project, and the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague. Alongside her PhD at the European University Institute, Viswanath works as a senior research associate at the Public International Law and Policy Group, where she studies trends in domestic prosecutions of international crimes. More recently, she contributed to PILPG’s amicus curiae intervention in the Bosco Ntaganda case at the International Criminal Court. She also holds visiting faculty positions at institutes such as National Law School of India University in Bangalore, the University of Salamanca, and the University of East London, and she acts as consultant for cultural rights collectives in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Her work has been published by the Asian Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, and the Cross-Cultural Human Rights Review.

    Günhan Gönül Koşar has been working in Hacettepe University Faculty of Law’s Civil Law Department since 2013. Her research focuses on privacy law, tort law, children’s law, and contract law. She teaches and assists Civil Law, Family Law, Law of Obligations, Contract Law, Property Law, and Inheritance Law courses. Prior to joining Hacettepe University, she was admitted to the Ankara Bar Association in 2012.

    Koşar graduated from Ankara Atatürk Anatolian High School in Turkey in 2006, magna cum laude, and from Abraham Lincoln High School in Iowa in 2007 (top 3 percent). She graduated from İ.D. Bilkent University Faculty of Law, magna cum laude, in 2011. From 2007 to 2011, she worked as a news anchor and radio program host at Radio Bilkent. In 2013, she received her master's degree from the College of Europe (Collège d'Europe) in Bruges, Belgium. Her thesis, “The Interface between Intellectual Property Rights and Article 102,” was conducted under the supervision of Mario Siragusa. Her LLM was financed by a scholarship from the Ministry of European Union of Turkey. In 2019, she received her PhD in private law from Hacettepe University Social Sciences Institute; her thesis, “Fault and Its Effect in Tort Liability,” was published by Onikilevha Publishing. Within the scope of her doctoral thesis research, she conducted research visits to Hamburg University Faculty of Law (hosted by Robert Koch) and to Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (hosted by Reinhard Zimmermann), both in Germany. For her PhD research, she received scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. She speaks Turkish, English, French, German, and Spanish.

  • Tax Law

    Andrew Appleby focuses his teaching and scholarship on tax and business law. He has published in many prominent law journals and has particular expertise in state and local taxation, sports taxation, and applied tax policy. He has been featured extensively in the media, including The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, and Tax Notes. Appleby also co-authors the leading treatise on state taxation, Hellerstein’s State Taxation (3rd edition) (with Jerome Hellerstein and Walter Hellerstein). Appleby practiced tax and corporate law at leading law firms for nearly a decade. Most recently, he was special counsel in the tax group in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's New York office. He was a partner in the tax group in Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP's New York office and an associate in the corporate group in Alston & Bird LLP's Atlanta office. Prior to his legal career, Appleby was an information technology and business consultant.

    Appleby earned an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University, where he participated in the Graduate Tax Scholar fellowship program. He earned a JD from Wake Forest University, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and a BS from Florida State University.

    Yvette Lind is an assistant professor in tax law at Copenhagen Business School. Currently, she is a visiting by-fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge; a visiting associate at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge; and the Global Horizons Junior Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies. Her areas of expertise primarily concern various aspects of international taxation, social insurance law, EU state aid provisions, environmental taxation, and constitutional law. She has been published in leading journals such as National Tax JournalFlorida Tax Review, and Australian Tax Review. She publishes regularly in IntertaxTax Notes, and a variety of Nordic law journals.

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