The Junior Scholars #FutureLaw Workshop 4.0

  • 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Duquesne University School of Law, 4th Floor Faculty Lounge, 900 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Duquesne University School of Law and The Federalist Society are pleased to present the #Futurelaw 4.0 Junior Faculty Workshop, where scholars are to present and respond to papers and original research in a rigorous but collegial atmosphere. The event will be held on November 22, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the 4th Floor Faculty Lounge of Duquesne University's School of Law.

What is #FutureLaw?

The study of #FutureLaw includes open-data policy, machine learning, computational law, legal informatics, smart contracts, crypto-currency, block-chain technology, big data, algorithmic research, LegalTech, FinTech, MedTech, eCommerce, eGovernment, electronic discovery, computers & the law, teaching innovations, and related subjects. #FutureLaw is an inter-disciplinary field with cross-opportunities in crowd science, behavioral economics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, learning theory, and related fields.

About the Event

Each year for the past three years, Assistant Professor of Law Seth Oranburg was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Federalist Society to host the conference. #Futurelaw has brought together promising young scholars from across the country. Articles previously workshopped at #FutureLaw have been published in law reviews like the Wisconsin Law Review, Stanford Technology Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Yale Journal of Law & Technology, and Columbia Science & Technology Review, among others. This year's conference will be co-chaired by Assistant Professor of Law Seth Oranburg and Associate Professor of Law Agnieszka McPeak.

This workshop focuses on the ways the law must evolve to address emerging technologies. Developments like artificial intelligence, algorithmic decision-making, cryptocurrencies, facial recognition technology, and ephemeral messaging all impact longstanding legal doctrine and challenge scholars to envision a future legal regime that promotes innovation while coping with the new challenges technology creates. These new technological innovations permeate all areas of law, from criminal justice to business & finance. As emerging technologies disrupt existing legal and regulatory structures, the study of "Futurelaw" becomes crucial to allow for the law to adapt to the realities of new technology.

Who Can Attend?

Aspiring scholars who are seeking a tenure-track position and junior scholars who have been in a tenure-track position for less than seven years can apply to attend in one of three capacities:

  • Participants, who will present an academic article. Suggested article tracks are listed below. Participants should attend the entire workshop and comment on other participants' papers. Limited travel assistance may be provided to participants on an as-needed basis if their home institutions cannot cover travel expenses. Preference is given to junior scholars whose articles are not yet published.

  • Mentors, who will give substantive comments on the participants' talks and on their written work. Mentors are strongly encouraged to attend the entire workshop.

  • Observers, who are aspiring scholars who are not yet ready to present a paper. Observers are invited to attend any or all of the event and to comment on Participants' papers.

  • Students, who may present an essay or short article.

Suggested Tracks for Participant Articles
  • Instrument innovation (#FutureLaw) introduces new securities or financing technologies, new corporate forms or ways to use business entities, responses to regulatory changes, proposals for new regulatory frameworks, new litigation procedures, and related topics in change in law or use of law.

  • Technology innovation (#LegalTech) includes non-lawyer ownership of law firms, smart contracts, legal informatics, electronic discovery & automation, and related topics on the practice of law or law firms.

  • Education innovation (#EdTech) includes new outcome assessments, changing doctrinal topics, flipped-classroom experience, laptops etc., experiential learning, digital feedback, practical exercises, and related topics in legal education.


Apply today for a chance to become a participant in the event and/or attend as a mentor, observer, or student.

  • Call for Papers are due October 14th
  • Participants will be notified of selection no later than October 21st
  • Complete drafts will be due November 8th