The SEALS New Scholars Committee coordinates the SEALS New Scholars Workshop, which provides opportunities for New Scholars to interact with their peers and experts in their respective fields at the SEALS Annual Meeting. For over a decade, the New Scholars Workshop has provided new scholars with the opportunity to present their work in a supportive and welcoming environment. The New Scholars Committee accepts and reviews nominations to the program, organizes new scholars into colloquia based on subject matter, and coordinates with the Mentors Committee to match each new scholar with a mentor in his or her field. We also hold a New Scholars Luncheon at the Annual Meeting at which New Scholars and their mentors can get to know one another and the members of the New Scholars Committee. To ensure that the annual program runs smoothly, members of the New Scholars Committee attend the colloquia and, following the conference, survey the New Scholars to solicit their feedback and comments on the program’s success. Additionally, the Committee traditionally has organized at least one substantive panel or discussion group on a topic of particular relevance to new law teachers, including navigating the tenure track; balancing the demands of service, scholarship, and teaching; and effective self-promotion. In recent years, the Committee has organized a social function at which New Scholars could meet and interact with one another at the Annual Meeting. We also draft an annual report on our activities.
New Scholar Committee Members
- Melissa Lonegrass (Louisiana State U.) (chair) Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Anderson (Mississippi College)
- Atiba Ellis (W. Virginia U.)
- Jennifer Laurin (U. Texas)
- Karen Sneddon (Mercer)
- Ben Cooper (Mississippi)
- JoAnne Sweeney (Louisville)
2016 New Scholars Papers
- Russell Gold (Wake Forest University School of Law) – “Clientless” Prosecutors
- Matthew Lyon (Lincoln Memorial University School of Law) – The Past, Present, and Future of Universal Demand
- Janet Moore (University of Cincinatti College of Law) – Using Modified Group-level Assessment to Generate Defender-driven Research Agendas
- George Moscary (Southern Illinois University School of Law) – Freedom of Corporate Purpose
Testimonials from New Scholars:
Victoria S. Sahani (W&L)
The 2014 SEALS New Scholars program was a phenomenal experience for me. Early in the summer, I received detailed feedback from a very senior faculty mentor (who later became a Dean) on an early stage draft of an article. In August, I presented the article at SEALS to a wide-ranging audience and received excellent feedback that I incorporated when I reworked my draft. I recently published that article in the UCLA Law Review. I am truly grateful for the New Scholars program’s invaluable contribution to improving my scholarship.
Christopher K. Odinet, Southern University Law Center:
The new scholars program was immensely helpful to me. It is often difficult as a new professor to develop relationships with senior scholars in your field who will read your work and give detailed feedback. This program at SEALS connected me with a knowledgeable senior faculty mentor who sat down and gave me substantive critiques and line-by-line edits. I attribute the success of that article largely to tremendous help I received in the New Scholars Program.
JoAnne Sweeny, University of Louisville School of Law:
Being at SEALS helped me make contacts with people at various points in their careers. Not only did I get to present my research to an engaged audience, but I was able to talk to them in a relaxed atmosphere that made connecting easier and a lot more fun.
Michael T. Morley, Barry University School of Law:
The SEALS New Scholars program was one of the most useful opportunities I’ve ever had to present my work. I received thoughtful feedback from a committed mentor that greatly improved the quality of my draft, and the insightful questions I received from the audience helped me recognize issues I had overlooked. Particularly as a young scholar, it is rare to have an opportunity to receive such extensive, thorough feedback.
Andrew Wright, Savannah Law School:
The SEALS New Scholars program has been instrumental in my launch from government into academia. Making a commitment to present a paper topic during the summer has sharpened my focus on scholarship during the hurly-burly of teaching classes. The panel discussions are lively and the New Scholars Committee does a great job of matching mentors and providing constructive feedback. SEALS has been my primary source of mentors, not to mention friends, in the academy.
Welcome to the SEALS New Scholars Program. We are thrilled that you will be participating in this year’s exciting program. We look forward to learning more about you and your area of scholarship interest. Please look at the New Scholar Guidelines, which should address most questions that you may have about your presentation.
We try to organize the panels of New Scholars at least loosely by subject matter and to schedule them near the times of other panels in related subject areas. We do this to allow you to meet other New Scholars in similar areas and to make it easier for more seasoned scholars to tell which panels they might attend to hear about new work and to offer advice based on their areas of expertise. While the diversity of subjects and last minute substitutions can make subject matter groupings difficult, we have done the best we can. All New Scholars are also assigned a mentor.
If you have not done so already, please make sure to register for the conference, pay the required registration fee, and arrange for your rooms soon. Some people attend the whole week-long conference, while others attend just a few days centered around the time that they are speaking. Information for registering is also on this website.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
SEALS New Scholars Committee