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Tenth Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop

Lutie Lytle
July 6-12, 2016

Writing Retreat: July 6-7 and 10-12, 2016

Main Workshop: July 7-10, 2016

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The Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop (the “Lytle Workshop”) is an annual gathering of current and aspiring black women law faculty. While the primary focus is on legal scholarship, this event is important for networking, bonding, and getting refreshed. Read more about the PDF iconHistory of the Program. Since the Workshop began, its participants have published more than 29 books, 44 book chapters, and 500 articles (PDF iconbibliography of works authored by workshop attendees as of 2016).

The 2016 gathering, which will be the historic and commemorative 10th Annual Workshop, will be hosted by the University of Iowa College of Law on July 7-10, 2016, in Iowa City. A writing retreat will take place before and after the main Workshop on July 6-7 and 10-12, 2016. The main Workshop will include sessions designed for all career stages, from mock job talks for aspiring professors, to discussion of completed papers and works-in-progress, strategy sessions on law review placement and book publishing, and advice for mapping a path to (and after) tenure for current faculty.

This event is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Law and is co-sponsored by the following schools and programs:

GOLD ($2,000-4,999)

  • Denver University, Sturm College of Law
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law

SILVER ($1,000-1,999)

  • University of Michigan Office of the Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law

FRIENDS ($1-999)

  • University of Michigan Program in Race, Law & History
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, the Charles and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law, is delighted to host this year’s workshop. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Although there is no fee, space is limited.

Please note the following deadlines:

Deadline for Registering: April 30, 2016
Deadline for Submitting Proposal Abstracts: April 30, 2016
Deadline for Submitting Works-in-Progress: May 15, 2016
Deadline for Submitting Completed Articles to the Iowa Law Review for Consideration: May 15, 2016
Submit papers to to ensure
consideration of your article.

Late registrations, abstracts, and papers will be placed on a waitlist. The Law Review deadline is firm. Please submit your article for consideration for publication in the Iowa Law Review at

Registration Requirements: The registration form requests that you provide your contact information and a brief (1-2 sentence) biographical statement (as well as a link to your institutional or professional webpage). In addition, please confirm (1) whether (and on what days and times) you will attend the writing retreat; (2) whether you will attend any or all of the pre-workshop sessions during the day on Thursday; (3) whether you will attend the sponsored dinners on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and (4) whether you will join the planning committee at the closing business meeting on Sunday morning.  Accurate head counts are required to ensure that our space and catering needs are met; please be mindful of this while communicating your conference plans.  In addition, we ask you to indicate on the registration form whether you wish to present at the workshop (if so, please provide a title and abstract for your presentation), and whether you are willing to serve as a reader for another attendee's paper (and in what field(s)).

Opportunity to Present: Participants will have an opportunity to receive feedback from colleagues on works-in-progress (WIPs) and on ideas in the formative stage during incubator sessions.  If you wish to present a WIP or an incubator, please indicate your preference on the registration form by the last call for registration on April 30, 2016 (and include an abstract in your registration form). Selected WIP presenters must provide a draft of their papers by May 15, 2016. 

**PLEASE NOTE: Participants that miss any of the above deadlines, will be placed on a waitlist and accommodated at the conference only if space becomes available.** Any WIP presenter taken off of the waitlist following the May 15th submission deadline will have until June 9th to submit a draft of her paper.  If WIP spaces remain available following the June 9th deadline, individuals on the waitlist will be invited to present.  However, these presenters may not be assigned a commentator.

Interested in Serving as a Commentator? Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in serving as a commentator during a WIP session. Commentators will be allotted 5 minutes to provide oral comments on pre-circulated draft papers; commentators will also facilitate audience discussion and Q&A.  Commentators are asked to provide time management and to facilitate the discussion in order to allow the presenter the benefit of a full range of voices.  Commentators are encouraged to provide presenters with written feedback on their article drafts.

Getting Here

The closest airport to Iowa City is the Cedar Rapids International Airport (CID).  It is approximately 25-30 minutes from the law school or hotel. The next closest airport is the Moline Airport (MLI), which is an hour away from the law school or hotel.  We advise you to fly into Cedar Rapids (CID), if you can.

Traveling from the Airport to the Hotel

  • You can travel from the airport in Cedar Rapids by shuttle or rental car. 
  • If you are renting a car, we encourage you to offer rides to other Workshop participants.
  • There are two shuttle companies: Airport Shuttle Company and Express Limo.
  • Airport Shuttle Company lists its rates as $38 one way and $70 roundtrip.  If you travel with others, it will be much less expensive, as the additional charge per person is only $5.
  • There also are a number of taxis.  To travel to Coralville, where the Workshop hotel is located, the rate is approximately $60 if booked ahead of time.
  • You can also rent cars at fairly low rates at a variety of rental companies at the Cedar Rapids Airport. The Avis Budget group has extended a discount to Lutie participants.  Simply add the discount code (D452121) to your reservation details at or go directly to the Avis Discount for 2016 Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop.

Planning and Advisory Committee

  • Angela Onwuachi-Willig, University of Iowa College of Law, Workshop Host and Organizer
  • Victoria Sahani, Washington and Lee University School of Law, also Chair of Program Committee
  • Rachel Anderson, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) William S. Boyd School of Law
  • Michelle Anglade, Florida International University School of Law
  • Laura Beny, University of Michigan Law School
  • Tonya Brito, University of Wisconsin Law School, also on Program Committee
  • Cheryl Nelson Butler, Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law
  • Ann Cammett, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law
  • Jessica Dixon Weaver, Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law
  • Wendy Greene, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, also on Program Committee
  • Taja -Nia Henderson, Rutgers University-Newark School of Law, also on Program Committee
  • Lolita Buckner Innis, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
  • Kristin Johnson, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Tamara Lawson, University of St. Thomas, Miami School of Law, also on Program Committee
  • Natasha Martin, Seattle University School of Law, also on Program Committee
  • Eboni Nelson, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Melynda Price, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Shaakirrah Sanders, University of Idaho College of Law
  • Catherine Smith, Denver University Sturm College of Law, also on Program Committee
  • Peggie Smith, Washington University-St. Louis School of Law