- Colin Marks (St. Marys) email@example.com
- Gary Simson (Mercer) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bradley Areheart (Tennessee)
- Mike Ariens (St. Mary’s)
- Deidre Bowen (Seattle U.)
- Jonathan Cardi (Wake Forest)
- Andrea Dennis (Georgia)
- Roger Fairfax (George Washington)
- Michael Green (Texas A & M)
- Michelle Harner (Maryland)
- Ronald Krotoszynski (U. Alabama)
- Corrina Lain (Richmond)
- Barry McDonald (Pepperdine)
- Caprice Roberts (Savannah)
- Walter Keith Robinson (SMU)
- Yolanda Vazquez (Cincinnati)
- Louis Virelli (Stetson)
- Stephen Vladeck (American)
2016 Annual Report
Roger Fairfax and Ron Krotoszynski, the co-chairs of the SEALS Scholarship Committee, convened a meeting of the Scholarship Committee at the 2015 annual meeting to discuss the ways in which the committee, and SEALS, could provide enhanced support and opportunities for scholarship and scholarly engagement. Specific ideas included linking substantive panels to publication opportunities (as is increasingly common with certain AALS section panel programs) and also creating partnerships with particular academic publishers — with an eye toward making book-form publication of SEALS panels possible. The Executive Director, Russ Weaver, suggested that Carolina Academic Press, in particular, had expressed strong interest in forming such partnerships. The committee was skeptical that attempting to self-publish papers through SEALS would provide an effective forum for such work — at least if the publication via SEALS was the only means of distribution. On the other hand, however, the committee also discussed the posting of papers online, through the main SEALS website, and there was general agreement that if the Technology Committee can accomplish this without undue difficulty, making papers available on line as a matter of course would be useful.
In addition, the Scholarship Committee discussed the programming currently dedicated to facilitating scholarship by both junior and more senior law faculty members. The general consensus was the the annual programs on law review, monograph, and casebook publishing should continue on an an annual basis and provide a valuable resource for SEALS attendees. There was some debate about whether the annual sessions were worthwhile — in that the content is somewhat similar from year to year. The strong consensus was that there are always “first time” SEALS attendees, including both junior and senior faculty, and that our efforts to help VAPS and those interested in entering the teaching market make annual programs on various publishing formats necessary — perhaps even essential.
Finally, the committee encouraged the Executive Director to continue his outreach efforts with both university press and casebook publishers. A strong consensus exists that SEALS adds real value to attendees by making it possible for them to meet with acquisitions editors easily and in a low key environment. To the extent that these representatives might also speak about what makes for a successful program and emerging trends in university press and casebook publishing, so much the better. Having annual panels, featuring acquisition editors, helps to facilitate good working relationships between SEALS conference attendees and publishers.
In sum, the Scholarship Committee reviewed and endorsed the current programming efforts that have become part of the annual meeting. In terms of new initiatives, a strong consensus exists that SEALS should not attempt to self-publish panel papers, but should provide information and a mechanism for partnering with student-edited law reviews and book format publishers. It also endorses the posting of papers associated with panels via the SEALS website. Finally, the committee believes that although there is substantial overlap each year with respect to publishing panels, they should continue to be scheduled on an annual basis.