2014 Symposium:

Greetings, my name is La’Toyia Slay, and I am delighted to be Editor-in-Chief for the Mississippi College Law Review for the 2013-2014 school year.  This year's symposium topic will examine the Voting Rights Act and the United States Supreme Court’s recent holding in Shelby County v. Holder.  Currently, we are soliciting prominent scholars and practitioners both locally and nationally to join us as speakers.  Please examine the call for papers below and consider joining us in Jackson, Mississippi, on March 21, 2014.  This year, we will be live broadcasting and video archiving the symposium with the goal of sharing the event with a national audience.


Mississippi College Law Review Symposium

The Mississippi College Law Review invites you to participate in its 2014 day-long symposium, Re-examining the Voting Rights Act: Where is our nation after Shelby County v. Holder? to be held in Jackson, Mississippi, on March 21, 2014.  The symposium will focus on the recent Supreme Court holding in Shelby County v. Holder.  The symposium will consist primarily of panels examining the following questions: (1) What are the legal and social implications of the Supreme Court’s holding?; (2) Will newly enacted state laws result in voter suppression?; (3) Are newly proposed laws constitutional?; and (4) What are other future implications of the holding?

The symposium seeks both articles and shorter essays that focus on any of these questions.  These topics can include, but are not limited to, the following topics as they relate to the Voting Rights Act: redistricting; state legislation; voter suppression; voter turnout; minority impact; racial equality; and legal and social implications of the Shelby County v. Holder decision.  These examples are merely illustrative of potential topics.  Approaches not listed are equally encouraged.

Accepted works will be presented at the conference and published in the Symposium volume in Summer 2014.  We are especially interested in shorter essays (roughly 8,000 to 10,000 words, including footnotes).  Previously published papers and essays are also welcome. 

Abstracts of no more than one page should be sent to La’Toyia Slay, Editor-in-Chief, at, no later than November 5, 2013.  Please include all contact information, proposed topic, whether the work is conceptualized as a full article or as a shorter essay, and a brief description of the proposed work/presentation.

A draft of the full article or essay is not expected until March 8, 2014.

For accepted presentation articles or essays, the Presenter's travel and hotel costs will be fully paid by our institution. 

In addition, each person who presents, and also submits a work that is accepted for publication in our journal, will receive a $1,000 honorarium for his/her paper and symposium attendance. 

Queries may be addressed to La’Toyia Slay, Editor-in-Chief, at




Past Symposiums


In an effort to further expand our commitment to legal scholarship and dialog, the Mississippi College Law Review began hosting an annual symposium dedicated to current and controversial issues.  Attracting nationally-reknowned speakers and panelists, these symposia have quickly become key events in the local legal community and have even garnered national media coverage.


In conjunction with each annual symposium, the Review publishes a journal on the topic, containing articles and essays by leading authorities in the field.


2012 Social Media & the Law Symposium


2011 Symposium: Beyond the Horizon: The Gulf Oil Spill Crisis -- Analyzing the Economic, Environmental, and Legal Implications of the Oil Spill