Nova Law Review - Call for Submissions for Volume 47 Symposium Book

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                                         Call for Papers - 2023 Symposium

                                                   Advancing Advocacy

Nova Southeastern University (“NSU”) Shepard Broad College of Law and the Nova Law Review seek article submissions for Nova Law Review’s Symposium Book and presentation submissions for our annual Symposium on April 15, 2023.  This year, our Symposium topic is Advocacy.  Advocacy is a major focus of the American legal education and resulting practice of law in the United States.  This focus originates from sources such as the English common law system, the American advocacy approach to client representation, and the ethical principles contained in the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Individuals working in the legal profession have important duties.  As advocates, they are called upon to protect the rights–or the life–of another and plead their case, resolve their disputes, or advise them in avoiding disputes.  In doing so, lawyers must abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct and ensure their conduct remains within the bounds of the law.  When advising, counseling, and representing clients, lawyers must be diligent, competent, and truthful.  These duties are owed not only to clients but to the legal system as a whole and extend beyond the courtroom–outside the adversarial system.

It is worth considering how expansive advocacy is and how lawyers should approach advocacy in a much wider variety of settings than is commonly recognized.  Within a few short years of learning about advocacy within the comfort of the classroom, lawyers find themselves in the courtroom pleading a case on behalf of a client, in a boardroom negotiating deals on behalf of a corporation, in a committee drafting legislation on behalf of the public, in an alternative dispute resolution settling disputes between parties, or in a classroom teaching the next generation of advocates.  Clearly, advocacy takes on many different forms.

The Nova Law Review invites academics, scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders to submit proposals for panel presentations on topics involving advocacy that will aid soon-to-be lawyers, new lawyers, and experienced lawyers in their pursuit of client representation and conflict resolution, whether in an adversarial or non-adversarial setting.  These may include, but are not limited to, the following:

 History and Theories of Advocacy

 Recent Changes in and the Future of Advocacy

 Advocacy in Litigation Settings

  • Litigation Preparation
  • Trial Preparation
  • Judge-Tried Cases vs. Jury-Tried Cases
  • Trying Cases in State Court vs. Federal Courts
  • Appeals
  • The Art of Advocacy
  • Court Room Tactics
          o  Making Effective Arguments, Motions, Objections, Opening Statements, and Closing Statements
          o  Properly Addressing and Effectively Communicating with the Judge and Jury
          o  Effective Jury Selection/Voir Dire
          o  Effective Court Room Technique

                         -  Positioning, Tone, Demeanor, etc.

           o  Negotiation Skills
           o  Oral Advocacy
           o  Written Advocacy

                         - Drafting Legal Memorandum

                         - Legislation, or Other Legal Documents, such as Wills and Contracts

Advocacy Outside the Tribunal

Advocacy in Transactional Settings

  • Contract, Wills and Probate, Property, and/or Family Law Matters in Public Settings
  • Contract and/or Property Matters in Public Settings
  • Drafting Contracts and Wills

Corporate Lawyering

  • Assisting in the Formation of Organizations and Partnerships
  • Assisting a Corporation in Dealing with or Avoiding Internal Organizational and Management Issues

Advocacy within the Classroom

  • Teaching Advocacy in American Law Schools
  • Enhancing Law School Curriculums to Best Prepare Students for their Careers as Advocates

International Advocacy

  • Advocacy in International Tribunals/Transactions

            o   Litigation and Transactions between Corporations and Individuals

            o   Litigation and Transactions between Nations

            o   Choice of Law Issues

  • Diplomacy
  • Drafting and Developing International Convention

Advocating for a Group

  • Articles/Presentations Advocating for a Particular Group
  • Potential Issues That May Arise from Advocating for a Particular Group

The Duty of Advocates

  • How the Rules of Professional Conduct Impact a Lawyer’s Role as an Advocate

           o   Zealous Representation

           o   Competent Representation

           o   Professionalism

           o   Diligence

           o   Trial Preparedness

           o   Communicating with Clients, Opposing Counsel, and Judges

           o   Counselling and Advising Clients

           o   Lawyer’s Role as Arbiter or Mediator

  • How the Rules of Professional Conduct Impact Who a Lawyer Advocates for

          o   Conflict Rules

          o   Confidentiality Rules

          o   Obtaining New Clients

                    -  Advertising and Solicitation Rules


Submissions & Important Dates:

Please submit materials to

            -Submission Deadline for Abstracts: November 25, 2022

            -Submission Deadline for Articles: February 15, 2023

            -Symposium Date: April 15, 2023

Nova Law Review publishes a Symposium Book and hosts a Symposium Event.  Authors interested in writing an article for publication in the Symposium Book are not required to present at the Symposium Event but may choose to do so.  Further, individuals interested in speaking at the Symposium Event are not required to write an article for publication.  If you are interested in presenting only, see below.

Law Review Published Articles:  The Nova Law Review will review, edit, and publish submissions in the 2023 Symposium issue.  Articles, as well as case studies and abstracts of research in progress, will be considered for the Symposium Event for presentation purposes. Only complete articles, however, will be published in the Law Review.  Abstracts for these papers will be due no later than the November 25, 2022, deadline and will be accepted on a rolling basis until that time.

Presentations (without Publication) Based on Abstracts:  The Nova Law Review will review and select presentations for the Symposium.  If you’d like to present at the Nova Law Review Symposium, without submitting a publishable article, please submit an abstract for your presentation proposal by the November 25, 2022, deadline.  Presentation abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis.

For More Information Please Contact or the individuals below:

Professor Michael Dale, Symposium Faculty,

Annie O’Leary, Editor-in-Chief, Nova Law Review,

Alexandra Kirby, Goodwin Alumni Editor,

Lexy Semino, Goodwin Alumni Editor,