About This Event

After carefully monitoring updates from campus leadership on the COVID-19 pandemic, we have, in consultation with the Law School's Dean's Office, decided to postpone the Retreat to fall 2021.  New dates will be announced soon.

We will, however, have a virtual panel on racial justice on November 13th with keynote speaker Professor Penny Andrews and others tbd.  Details will be announced soon.

The Institute for Legal Studies is pleased to announce the 10th Midwest Law and Society Retreat to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on November 13-14, 2020. This biennial interdisciplinary retreat brings together faculty and graduate students from the region's diverse social science and law programs for a weekend of intellectual exchange and community building. The 2020 Retreat will offer opportunities for participants to receive feedback on works-in-progress, discuss research methods and professional issues, and develop future projects with colleagues in the region. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals on topics relating to law and society or to just attend the Retreat to join in the discussion.

Contact ils@law.wisc.edu with any questions. Advanced registration is required. 

Register for the 2020 Midwest Law & Society Retreat

(Registration Deadline: June 1, 2020)


Location & Timeline

Sessions will take place at the Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street, Madison). On Friday, November 13th, registration starts at 2:30pm. The Retreat will begin with a plenary address at 3:30pm. Sessions will continue all day Saturday, November 14th, ending at 5:00pm. A detailed program will be posted once we have finalized the panels. 

Map of the Pyle Center and Lowell Center Area »

Please Note

The expectation is that you will attend the entire event. If for some reason you are unable to attend the entire event, please contact ils@law.wisc.edu

Registration Fees

(include refreshments, dinner on Friday, and lunch on Saturday) 

  • Faculty/Academic Staff: $250
  • Graduate Student/Independent Scholar: $100
  • UW Faculty, Staff, and Students: No fee


For questions about the Retreat, please contact ils@law.wisc.edu

Hotel Information

We have reserved two hotel room blocks for this event. You are strongly advised to make your reservation well before the room block release date. Other downtown hotel rooms may be unavailable or unaffordable due to other events in Madison.

Lowell Center Hotel 610 Landgon Street

  • Release Date: October 12th (no rooms will be available after this date)
  • Link to Reserve a Room
  • Room Block Code: MIDLAW

Standard room rates start at $115 per night. On-site parking is an additional $10 per day. Complimentary parking is available nearby. To reserve a room, call the front desk at 608-256-2621, call the reservation number at 866-301-1753, or book online. Guests must use the group code provided when making their reservation. 

DoubleTree Hotel 525 West Johnson Street

  • Release Date: October 16th (no rooms will be available after this date)
  • Link to Reserve a Room
  • Room Block Code (for reservations over the phone): MLS

Standard room rates start at $149 per night. On-site parking is complimentary. To reserve a room, call the front desk at 608-251-5511 or book online. Guests must use the group code provided when making their reservation. 

Graduate Student Housing Subsidy: The Institute for Legal Studies will subsidize a few hotel rooms shared by graduate students who do not have outside funding. This must be arranged well in advance - please contact ils@law.wisc.edu by August 10, 2020.

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