2012 Midwest Law and Society Retreat: Sept. 21-22, 2012

Final Program Information 9/12/12: 

Detailed Agenda (6 page pdf)

Program Overview Chart (1 page pdf)

List of Participants with Roles and Abstracts
(26 page pdf)

All registered participants have been included on a new MidwestRetreat2012 listserv, and should have received a detailed message with additional program information. If you registered and did not receive this message, please contact Pam Hollenhorst.

Hotel Blocks and Deadlines

You are strongly advised to make your reservation well before the release dates. Other downtown hotel rooms will be unavailable or unaffordable because of the football game.

Fluno Center for Executive Education 601 University Avenue
Release Date: August 7th 

Room Block: "Midwest Law and Society Retreat"
$144 single/$164 double. All rooms have one queen-size bed.
To reserve call toll free 1-877-773-5866. Parking is available for a small fee.

Lowell Inn and Conference Center 610 Langdon Street
Release Date: August 20th
but likely to be filled by the end of July
Room Block Code: "MLR"  $89 Single/$101 double standard; rate includes breakfast and off-site parking; on-site parking is available for a small fee. To reserve a room and parking and check on deluxe accommodations, call the front desk at (608) 256-2621 or  toll free: (866) 301-1753; or reserve online by pasting this event-specific link into your browser window: bit.ly/mlr20sep 

Grad Student Housing Subsidy: The Institute for Legal Studies will subsidize a few hotel rooms shared by graduate students who do not have outside funding. To arrange, please write to Pam Hollenhorst before the end of July at pshollen@wisc.edu.

General Information

Invitation: Graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars are cordially invited to the sixth Midwest Law and Society Retreat to be held at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on September 21-22, 2012. Sessions will take place at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. To ensure that the Retreat remains informal and personal, attendance will be limited to 75 people. Advance registration is required. Proposals are due June 1st.

Registration: The program is full and we are at capacity, however we welcome new graduate students to register to attend this event: Registration Form [link not active at this time]

About the Event: In Fall 2002, the Institute for Legal Studies organized an interdisciplinary retreat that brought together faculty and graduate students from the region’s diverse social science and law programs for a weekend of intellectual exchange and community building. By popular demand, the Retreat became a biennial event. Past programs can be viewed here. The 2012 Retreat will continue to offer opportunities for participants to share research ideas, discuss professional issues, receive feedback on works in progress, and develop future projects with regional colleagues. The program also will continue to place less emphasis on the traditional ‘paper presentation’ panel, and more emphasis on panels that deal with broad research issues, professional development, and the future of the field. The Institute encourages faculty to consider presenting on these topics, or just coming to the retreat to join in the discussion. Graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to present their work to a supportive group of colleagues who can provide critical feedback, but they are also welcome to just attend as general participants.

Timeline: Plan to arrive at the Pyle Center by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21st, to check in, pick up materials, and enjoy refreshments. The Retreat will begin with a plenary address at 3:30, followed by panel sessions, a networking reception, and dinner. Sessions will continue all day on Saturday, ending at about 5:00 p.m.

Fees: A substantial part of the costs will be underwritten by the Institute for Legal Studies, with some support from participants’ home institutions through a two-tiered registration fee. If you expect to be reimbursed from your home institution, please pay the full registration fee; if not, pay only the basic fee. The fee includes refreshments during the Retreat, a full dinner on Friday, and lunch on Saturday. (Hotel rooms are not included.) Graduate Student or Independent Scholar: Full Fee $75 / Basic Fee $25. Faculty: Full Fee $125 / Basic Fee $50.

UW Extension will confirm participation and collect fees: Registration fees will not be collected until later in July, when all participants will be contacted by the UW Extension and asked to confirm participation and pay any applicable fees.

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