Consumer Law Scholars Conference 2023

The 5th Annual Consumer Law Scholars Conference.  March 2-3, 2023.  Hosted by the Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice

We are pleased to announce the fifth annual Consumer Law Scholars Conference (CLSC), which will be held March 2-3, 2023, at Berkeley Law.


When: March 2-3, 2023

Where: UC Berkeley School of Law 

Conference Purpose and Format

The purpose of the CLSC is to support in-progress scholarship, foster a community of consumer law scholars, and build connections with scholars in other disciplines who focus on consumer and economic justice issues. The conference consists principally of workshop sessions at which one or two commentators, rather than the author, introduce and lead discussions of a single paper; the author is able to focus on and respond to the comments from participants. Everyone who attends a session will be expected to have read the paper and to actively participate in the discussion. 

Call for Abstracts

If you would like to workshop an unpublished paper, please submit HERE by September 23, 2022: (1) a title, (2) a brief abstract that includes an explanation of how your article relates to other published work and advances the field, and (3) an outline of the article. 

Your abstract should, among other things, situate your paper within existing legal scholarship in a manner that is sufficient for the members of the Organizing Committee to appreciate both the genesis of your project and its contribution to the field. The more the Committee knows about your paper, the better able we are to assess whether this is the right year to include it in the program. 

We welcome doctrinal, theoretical, and empirical approaches. Potential topics include the full breadth of issues involving consumers in the marketplace: common law contracts and products liability; UDA(A)P and disclosure laws; food, drug, and health law and policy; consumer lending, credit reporting, and fintech; loan servicing and debt collection; cryptocurrency; commercial speech and the First Amendment; federalism, preemption, and sovereign immunity as related to consumer transactions; regulation, supervision, and enforcement by public agencies; private enforcement; advertising; application of consumer laws to new areas like criminal justice, domestic violence, and immigration; the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic; and other topics whose study may advance the field.

Examples of submissions from previous years showing the appropriate format may be found here. Please upload your abstract and outline as a single file. We plan to inform authors whose submissions have been accepted by early November. Drafts of complete papers (suitable for workshop discussion) will be due January 31, 2023. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop if a draft paper is not sufficiently developed or provided sufficiently in advance for meaningful review by participants.

Dates and Deadlines:

September 23, 2022 (originally Sept. 16): abstract & outline submissions due

November 2022: authors notified of paper selections

December 2022: registration opens

January 31, 2023: complete paper drafts due

February 3, 2023: registration closes

March 2-3, 2023: conference

Fleming Scholars Program

We particularly encourage scholars who are currently working at legal services organizations to submit abstracts and to participate in the conference. The Fleming Scholars Program was launched two years ago in memory of our colleague Anne Fleming, who was a legal aid attorney before turning to academia. The program provides support, including conference travel costs and mentorship opportunities, for legal aid lawyers with scholarly aspirations. Please contact us if you are interested.

Organizing Committee

Kathleen Engel (Suffolk University)

Jonathan Glater (UC Berkeley)

Ted Mermin (UC Berkeley)

Manisha Padi (UC Berkeley)

Rory Van Loo (Boston University)

Lauren Willis (Loyola Marymount University)


Feel free to contact Ted Mermin (, and/or conference logistics coordinator Ben Hiebert (