Call for Presentations - 2024 Teaching Consumer Law Conference

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“Teaching Consumer Law in a Changing Environment”

Santa Fe, New Mexico

May 17 & 18, 2024


Call for Presentations - 2024 Teaching Consumer Law Conference

The 2024 Teaching Consumer Law Conference will focus on traditional substantive and pedagogical issues of teaching consumer law, as well as new issues presented by generative AI, fintech, crypto, social media, Covid, Artificial Intelligence, and current societal issues. It is directed primarily toward those currently teaching or interested in teaching consumer law—full-time or as an adjunct.

We invite papers and presentations that will inspire attendees at the conference to think differently about the way we teach and the way we think about consumer law and the marketplace. Possible topics for the 2024 conference include:

  • What opportunities are there for reimagining traditional classroom structure and practice?
  • “I want to steal this idea from you.” A panel to share and borrow teaching tricks.
  • How do we address issues of economic justice within the context of consumer law?
  • How can we bring the world around us into the classroom – and get students out into that world as part of our teaching?
  • How should the field of “Consumer Law” be defined? Are there further/fewer subjects that should be brought within the term?
  • How can we build and enhance consumer law programs at our universities?
  • What societal issues might benefit from the application of consumer protection law – for example, racial justice, health care, elder law, coerced debt in abusive relationships, telecommunications, commerce involved in incarceration, or climate change?
  • How can we learn and teach about consumer financial scams that proliferate today, especially those targeting vulnerable groups like immigrants, children, and seniors?
  • What aspects of consumer protection regulation should come from public or private litigation? From legislation? From agency rulemaking?
  • Are there innovative ways to resolve consumer problems, other than existing court and alternative dispute resolution systems?
  • Are there new forms of risky credit that we can learn and teach about – for example, buy now pay later and educational income share agreements? 
  • What can comparing different countries’ approaches to the same consumer protection issues tell us about those countries, and about consumer law?
  • What updates and cutting-edge developments and issues have arisen in substantive consumer law?
  • The view from the trenches—what do practicing attorneys see as the most pressing consumer law issues?
  • What is different about this post-pandemic generation of students, and how can our teaching address those differences?

Presentations will be relatively short, leaving more time for discussion. Papers and presentations, which do not require a formal paper, are invited on any of the above themes, or any other topic of interest to those teaching of consumer law. Presenters may discuss the law of any jurisdiction; however, the emphasis is on topics of interest to law school instructors and those with an interest in entering academia.

Those who wish to submit a paper or presentation topic are invited to forward a proposal including a brief abstract of no longer than 400 words, and contact information for the author. The proposals should be sent to Professor Richard M. Alderman at alderman@uh.edu. Proposals may be submitted anytime, but no later than February 15, 2024. You will be promptly notified of acceptance. Final drafts of papers or materials that are to be distributed prior to the Conference should be received not later than the 1st of May 2024. Slides to accompany a presentation are welcome, particularly if they aid the presentation by providing useful graphs, images, videos, and other non-textual material. 

The language of the conference is English. Conference registration fees will be reduced for all presenters. With consent, selected papers may be published in the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law.  For more information, contact Richard Alderman, alderman@uh.edu.

Registration, hotel, and other important logistical information be found on the main conference webpage HERE.