Prof. Doug Abrams recently delivered the keynote address to the Central States Law Schools Association’s (CSLSA) annual scholarship conference. This year’s conference was held at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.
A regional organization of approximately 45 law schools, the CSLSA provides a supportive forum for conversation and collaboration about law professors’ scholarly activity. The theme of this year’s conference was “Transitioning Outside Experiences Into Scholarship,” and attendees explored ways to write about matters drawn from their personal backgrounds. Prof. Abrams discussed his writing about sports.
“Publishing doctrinal work in law reviews, casebooks, treatises, and other legal forums remains a core professional responsibility throughout our careers,” Prof. Abrams told the audience, “but professors can also write sometimes about outside experiences that may not relate directly or indirectly to their course packages, or indeed even to law. Some of this writing is best placed in forums that reach general audiences. We serve the public interest when we write legal scholarship, but we also serve the public interest when we seek common ground with lay readers who never open legal publications.”