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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Access to Healthcare in a Post-COVID-19 World

The UMKC Law Review is pleased to announce a call for submissions relating to access to healthcare in the post-COVID-19 world. Selected papers will be published in the Special Topics Symposium, Winter 2022 edition of the UMKC Law Review.

This symposium invites proposals for papers that explore the various social, economic, and geographic factors which impact access to healthcare. In 2019, the United States spent $3.8 trillion on health care, amounting to $11,500 per person and 17.7% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. On a global scale, the United States spends twice as much per capita on health care than any other high-income country. However, the dollars spent on health care in the United States is not apportioned equitably, and many groups of people are left without access as a result.  Job status, socio-economic standing, race, sex, gender identity, and zip code all affect the access to and quality of healthcare for Americans across the country. COVID-19 has acutely highlighted the inequality of access to healthcare across our communities. Specifically, the impact of the current pandemic has been largely shouldered by those with inadequate access. Moving into the post-COVID-19 world, healthcare systems, federal and state agencies, local health professionals, and policy makers on all levels will need to address these access deficiencies in order to provide higher quality, equally accessible care to historically underserved and underrepresented groups.

This symposium will be the second issue of UMKC Law Review’s 91st Volume and will explore these and related topics with the goal of both advancing awareness and influencing public policy. Articles and essays of all lengths and papers by single authors or multiple authors are invited. Preference will be given to works between 5,000 and 25,000 words. To be accepted for publication, articles must not have been previously published. Final papers are due July 1, 2022.

Questions may be addressed to Bethany Bleil (bethany.bleil@mail.umkc.edu).

Submissions should be submitted to the attention of:

Burcu Erbaz at beydp@mail.umkc.edu – (Submissions and Symposia Editor);

Remington Williams at rrwzr5@mail.umkc.edu – (Submissions and Symposia Editor);

Bethany Bleil at bethany.bleil@mail.umkc.edu – (Submissions and Symposia Editor); or,

Professor Marciarille at marciarillea@umkc.edu – (Faculty Advisor)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Intersection of Non-Fungible Tokens and Intellectual Property

The UMKC Law Review is pleased to announce a call for submissions relating to the intersection of law Non-Fungible Tokens and Intellectual Property. Selected papers will be published in the Special Topics Symposium, Summer 2021 edition of the UMKC Law Review.

This symposium invites proposals for papers that explore the legal and regulatory issues involved in Non-Fungible Tokens, specifically in relation to Intellectual Property concerns. The technology behind NFTs has vast potential such as producing improved methods of declaring ownership of underlying intellectual property, crypto-backed smart contracts, providing greater incentives to content creators. However, at this early stage of the Non-Fungible Token technology the rules and regulations surrounding the use of this technology are misunderstood and unclear. Problems such as jurisdictional control of IP relating to the NFT, remedies available for artists whose works are stolen and minted as a NFT, uncertainty relating to rights received in an NFT transaction, among many others. On the other hand, solutions to problems such as perfect recording of ownership in copyright, providing moral rights to creators, and greater control for creators are possible. As a direct result of the technology’s potential, investments in NFTs have surged over the past years, inviting both legitimate businesses and modern-day scammers. To date, policy makers have yet to determine a consistent approach to the technology that protects the public while not stifling innovation. Consequently, this creates a unique opportunity for legal scholars to help shape policy for the future.

This symposium will be the fourth issue of UMKC Law Review’s 90th Volume and will explore these and related topics with the goal of both advancing awareness and influencing public policy. Articles and essays of all lengths and papers by single authors or multiple authors are invited. Preference will be given to works between 5,000 and 25,000 words. To be accepted for publication, articles must not have been previously published. Final papers are due October 1, 2021.

Questions may be addressed to Burcu Erbaz (beydp@mail.umkc.edu).

Proposals for papers should be submitted by August 1, 2021 to the attention of:

Burcu Erbaz at beydp@mail.umkc.edu – (Submissions and Symposia Editor);

Remington Williams at rrwzr5@mail.umkc.edu – (Submissions and Symposia Editor);

Bethany Bleil at bethany.bleil@mail.umkc.edu – (Submissions and Symposia Editor); or,

Professor Wright at wrightdc@umkc.edu (Faculty Advisor);

Professor Callister at callister@umkc.edu – (Faculty Advisor)