Academic Conferences: When Small is Beautiful

10 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2015 Last revised: 2 Mar 2016

Date Written: 2015


How can we create smaller academic events that promote genuine dialogue and intellectual exchange, while perhaps moving at a slower pace? Large, impersonal academic conferences may be a necessary element toward building a career, but for many they are far from pleasant and at some point deliver more burden than benefit. This essay makes a case for organizing and hosting more personal events on a smaller, more manageable scale.

This essay grew out of the author's hosting of, and participation in, a small conference on therapeutic jurisprudence at Suffolk University Law School in 2014.

Keywords: legal education, legal scholarship, therapeutic jurisprudence, law and psychology, higher education, academic conferences

Suggested Citation

Yamada, David C., Academic Conferences: When Small is Beautiful (2015). Suffolk University Law Review Online, Vol. III, p. 9, 2015 , Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 15-11, Available at SSRN:

David C. Yamada (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

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