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2019 Annual Scholarship Conference

The University of Toledo College of Law

Toledo, OH

The 2019 Central States Law Schools Association Scholarship Conference has now concluded. Thanks to all the participants who presented their projects and shared their valuable insights on the work of others.

Check back for more information, and please subscribe to our blog below to receive information about next year’s conference. We look forward to seeing you in 2020 at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas!


Guided Tour of the Toledo Museum of Art (Optional)

10:00 AM (TBD)

Conference Registration and Lunch

Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick Lounge

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Opening Remarks

Room 1002

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Courts and Codes: Making and Protecting the Law (Room 1002)

  • Deconstructing John Marshall’s Textualism (D.A. Telman)
  • The Unique Method Used to Create the French Civil Code (Bernard Vetter)
  • The Vanishing Core of Judicial Independence (Evan Zoldan)
  • Justices Gorsuch’s and Kavanaugh’s Consistency With An Originalist Theory of Precedent (Lee Strang)

Mass Torts & Criminal Law: Issues of Procedure & Protection (Room 1012)

  • Pills, Public Nuisance, and Parens Patrie: Questioning the Propriety of the Posture of the Opioid Litigation (Michelle Richards)
  • From Warfare to Welfare: Reconceptualizing Drug Sentencing During the Opioid Crisis (Jelani Jefferson Exum)
  • Self-Representation and State Constitutions (Jeffrey Usman)
  • Plausible Retaliation: Using Modern Pleading Standards as a Blueprint for First Amendment Retaliation Claims (Amy Moore)
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick Lounge

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Corporate Governance Theory and Frameworks (Room 1002)

  • Minimal Effect: Contractual Expansion of Fiduciary Duties in Delaware LLCs (Justin Pace)
  • Collaboration Theory and the Business Trust (Eric Chaffee)
  • Indigenous Perspectives on Corporate Governance (Grant Christensen)

Consumer Protection: Procedure and Regulatory Issues (Room 1012)

  • A Consumer’s Recovery of Damages for Lost Personal Time: Has the G.M. Ignition Switch Litigation Ignited a Paradigm Shift? (Michael Pinsoff)
  • Mandating Food Allergens on Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications (Susan Phillips)
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick Lounge

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Panel Session

Foreign Relations and Human Rights  (Room 1002)

  • United Nations Constitutional Assistance: Global Power Through Constitution- Promotion (Vijayashri Sripati)
  • Law as a Tool of Terror (Stella Elias)
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Libbey Hall
KEYNOTE: Megan Mattimoe, Executive Director and Senior Staff Attorney at Advocating Opportunity

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick Lounge

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Panel Session

Competing Interests in Property and Reproductive Rights  Room 1002

  • Limiting the Property Clause (Jeff Schmitt)
  • What Compensation is Just Compensation (Jeffrey Stake)
  • Reproductive Indeterminacy: Rethinking Rights Discourse in Frozen Embryo Disputes (Jessica Knouse)
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick Lounge

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Plenary Session

The Changing Architecture of Legal Education: Building a Bridge to the Bar and Beyond
(Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick Lounge + Room 1002)

Part 1:  Paper Presentations (10:15 – 11:45)

  • Building a Better Bar Exam (Marsha Griggs)
  • Criminal Law and the Bar Exam (Alex Kreit)
  • Implicit or Explicit Instruction:  Renovating Doctrinal Pedagogy from the Outside In (Beth Brennan)

Part 2: Lunch & Concurrent Discussion Groups (11:45-12:45)

  • How Should Legal Education in General – and 1L Courses Specifically – Evolve to Meet New Bar and Practice Realities?

Part 3: Panel Presentation & Roundtable (12:45 – 1:45)

  • Panel: Jeffrey Stake, Howard Katz, Cassie Christopher
  • Moderator: Andrea Boyack
10:15 AM - 1:45 PM


Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick Lounge

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Current Issues in Finance & Bankruptcy (Room 1002)

  • Securitizing Digital Debts (Chris Odinet)
  • A Change of Culture in Financial Services in Offshore Jurisdictions (Andrew Perkins)
  • Competitors and Crusaders as Private Attorneys General in Bankruptcy (Kara Bruce)

Discrimination, Diversity, and Data (Room 1012)

  • Reclaiming Reasonable Religious Accommodations (Dallan Flake)
  • Errant Exceptionalism (Kyle Velte)
  • Disaggregating SOGI Data to Support Law School Diversity (Joshua Jones)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Shumaker, Loop, and Kendrick Lounge

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel Session

Evolving Contractual Framework for Evolving Contracting Contexts

  • Enforcing Smart Contracts (Cassie Christopher)
  • No Choice Contracts: Status In Lieu of Assent(Andrea Boyack)
  • The Fifth Branch (Kyle Langvart)
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Business Meeting

Room 1002

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Conference Dinner

Restaurant Beruit
4082 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM



Ideas come in many shapes and stages, so presentations are welcome whether just an early-stage idea or a completed draft


Come see the sights and enjoy the culture of Toledo–a city on the move that’s undergoing an urban renewal Renaissance


At the CSLSA conference, faculty from across the country and around the world come together to collaborate and forge lasting connections


CSLSA is about helping you grow as a scholar, so you’ll enjoy a relaxed and encouraging environment where you can ask questions and get helpful feedback on your work


They love it. Read what the previous attendees had to say!


How can I get to the venue?

The University of Toledo College of Law is located at 1825 West Rocket Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43606.

The Detroit Wayne Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is located 50 miles (approximately 45 minutes by car) from the College of Law. The Toledo Express Airport (TOL) is located less than 15 miles (approximately 20 minutes by car) from the College of Law, and offers a more limited selection of flights.

Is there a fee to present?

If you are a scholar from a CSLSA member school, you may attend the conference without charge. Faculty from non-member schools are also eligible to submit proposals, but proposals by faculty from member schools are given preference during scheduling.  Eligible schools can join CSLSA by paying the annual dues of $200.  For more information, visit our membership page.

What about accommodation?

CSLSA participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs. Information on block rates at the conference hotels is provided above.

Are children welcome?

Finding childcare can be challenging, and your children are welcome to join us at the law school while the conference is being held.  If you need help finding a local childcare provider, please contact our president, Kara Bruce.



The University of Toledo College of Law

1825 West Rocket Drive

Toledo, Ohio 43606



If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly.

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