The Law & Society Association has released its call for participation in its annual meeting. Every five years, this event is held outside the U.S. This year, the meeting will convene at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany from July Wednesday, July 25 to Saturday, July 28. The Research Committee on Sociology of Law (International Sociological Association) is co-sponsoring the meeting. The call for participation runs until January 12, 2007. (Full details).
Similar to last year, I plan to organize several panels on law firms and the legal profession. A list of last year's panels (which included many empirical papers) can be found here. If you would like to be included on the mailing list for organizing these law firms / legal professions panels, which currently has 105 researchers from a variety of disciplines, please send me an email.
UPDATE: Valerie Hans (Cornell Law), one of several empirical scholars of law on the Program Committee for the Berlin meeting, provides more information about the meeting that will be especially interesting to ELS folks:
The meeting promises to be a very exciting one for people who are interested in empirical approaches to law and legal systems and want to explore the international and global possibilities of their work. Six sociolegal associations are cosponsors of this conference, representing a remarkable amount of international cooperation. I have taken up the task of organizing several "Presidential Panels" to highlight empirical research on law; the aim is to include people from diverse countries who are working on the same or similar topics. There will be special graduate student activities too, to facilitate the development of international connections among the next group of sociolegal scholars.
If you are interested in presenting your work, want to suggest a panel or a scholar from the U.S. or another country, or just want to learn more about the meeting, please feel free to email me [Valerie Hans] or others on the Program Committee. See you in Berlin!