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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 will be held September 20-21, 2019 at The University of Toledo College of Law. Registration is now open. Please click here to register.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Megan K. Mattimoe. She is the founder and executive director of Advocating Opportunity, a program in Toledo, Ohio which is dedicated to advising and protecting trafficked and exploited persons. Also, conference attendees are welcome to come early for The University of Toledo International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, which will be held on September 19 and 20 at the University of Toledo College of Law.

CSLSA has secured block rates at the following hotels, each a short drive from the University of Toledo campus:

Holiday Inn Express Toledo West
Rate: $109/night
Please call 419-214-4700 to make a reservation under the Central States Law Schools Association room block (deadline: Aug. 30).

Hampton Inn and Suite Toledo Westgate
Rate $119/night
Please call 1-419-214-5555 to make a reservation under the Central States Law Schools Association room block or click here (deadline: Aug. 30).

You can also consider staying in the heart of downtown, at the Marriott Renaissance Toledo.

Check back for more information, and please subscribe to our blog below to receive notification of when registration opens. We look forward to seeing you in Toledo!


Conference Registration and Lunch

11:30 AM

Opening Remarks

1:00 PM

Keynote Address

Challenge and Opportunity in 21st Century Lawyering, Thomas J. Stipanowich, Pepperdine University

1:10 PM

Regulating Technology

The New Data of Student Debt, Christopher Odinet, University of Oklahoma College of Law

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Online Reviews: The Trouble with Trolls and a Role for Contract Law after the Consumer Review Fairness Act, Wayne Barnes, Texas A&M University School of Law

2:15 PM

Jurisdiction & Procedure

Pereira v. Sessions: A Jurisdictional Surprise for
Immigration Courts,
 Kit Johnson, The University of Oklahoma College of Law

Reasonable Steps: Analyzing Rule 37(e)’s Uniform Spoliation Standards, Tanya Pierce, Texas A&M University School of Law

3:30 PM


Normalizing Struggle, Cassie Christopher, Texas Tech University School of Law

Starting Centennials and Millennials Out Right:
Consumer Law for 1Ls,
 Neil Sobol, Texas A&M University School of Law

4:45 PM

Dinner @ Conference Center

Kick Me Out of the Ball Game … Forever: Re-examining the “Black Sox” Scandal (Nearly) 100 Years Later, Keith Rowley, UNLV School of Law

6:00 PM

Breakfast @ Conference Center

8:00 AM


9:00 AM

Plenary Session

Strategies and Techniques for Enhancing Teaching Before, During, and After Class

12:45 PM


2:30 PM

Business Meeting

4:50 PM

Dinner @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ

6:00 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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