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APPEAL reading groupWhat is Capitalism?  Session 6 Dec. 18, 2020, 3pm EST via Zoom 
Professor Jamee Moudud, Sarah Lawrence College Economics, lead a discussion of two short readings on W.E.B. Dubois’s important contributions to institutional economics and political economy. We hope to build on these readings in further sessions exploring questions of law and racial capitalism. 

Law and Political Economy- 
Monthly Mentoring “Office Hours” December 4, 2020 via ZOOM

APPEAL reading group
:  What is Capitalism?  Session 5 
November 20, at 3pm EST via Zoom
Carol E. Heim, Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, lead a discussion of Jonathan Levy, "Accounting for Profit and the History of Capital," Critical Historical Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Fall 2014), pp. 171-214 and Carol E. Heim, "Capitalism," in Dictionary of American History, 3rd ed., vol. 2, Cabeza to Demography, ed. Stanley I. Kutler (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003), pp. 41-47.  

APPEAL Emerging Scholars Happy Hour & Mentoring Session
Oct. 9, 2020 via Zoom

We welcomed students, postdocs, and other emerging scholars interested in law and political economy to join an informal online gathering to explore career interests and strategies.  Senior scholars shared their insights and advice.  Rather than presentations, this gathering was a chance for emerging scholars to meet each other and to discuss questions, challenges, and opportunities for building careers in academia and beyond.  We hope to build a law and political economy community that crosses disciplines and the globe to support the next generation of scholars, policy experts, and change-makers!  Facilitated by University of Manchester Professor John Haskell, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Jamee Moudud, and University at Buffalo Professor Martha McCluskey.


APPEAL reading group:  What is Capitalism?  Session 2 August 27, 2020 via Zoom 

This was the second session of our reading group on the meaning and nature of capitalism, with a focus on political economy and law.  For this session, we discussed two short essays by economist Joan Robinson:  Latter-Day Capitalism, New Left Review July/August 1962, and The Final End of Laissez-Faire, New Left Review,  July/August 1964. 

Meeting approximately every month, we ask participants to read material circulated in advance and to be prepared to discuss a series of questions about the readings on topics such as the elements of capitalism; temporal dynamics of capitalism; varieties of capitalism; and capitalism, subjectivity, and inequality. 

APPEAL online reading group
: What is Capitalism?
  Friday July 31.  
This first session was hosted by Professor Jamee Moudud of Sarah Lawrence College, with research assistance from Nikos Efstratudakis.  The focus readings were:  The Nature and Logic of Capitalism by Robert L. Heilbroner (1985) (excerpts) ; and Robert L. Hale, Coercion and Distribution in a Supposedly Non-Coercive State, 38 Political Science Quarterly 470-94 (1923). 

APPEAL Discussion via Zoom, Friday, June 26, 2020
 on the law, economy, and technology featuring APPEAL members Frank Pasquale and John Haskell.  Frank Pasquale will discussed "Rethinking the Political Economy of Automation, " a chapter from his forthcoming book, New Laws of Robotics:  Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI, due out from Harvard University Press in October 2020. John Haskell will discussed 'Things to Do with 'Digital Tech' as a Law Academic'.

APPEAL Discussion via Zoom June 19, 2020 on the topic of corporate law and political economic power.  Featured: Labor's Role in Corporate Governance: The Accountable Capitalism Act by Kimberly Christensen, Sarah Lawrence College Economics Department and The Corporatization of the Arbitration Reform Movement by Eric George, Ph.D in Political Science, York University, Managing Editor, Journal of Law and Political Economy & APPEAL Program Development Director. 


APPEAL Happy Hour & Discussion via Zoom-May 22, 2020 of recent APPEAL members’ writing. 

Jamee Moudud’s Beyond Pathogenic Politics (short essay, continued from last time month due to technical problems) via YouTube.  

Martha McCluskey’s essay on APPEAL as an institution, Lessons from Law and Economics: Building Institutional Power for Political Economic Change (submitted to the new Journal of Law and Political Economy)

Alfredo Saad Filho’s essay, Coronavirus, Crisis, and the End of Neoliberalism, . 


Happy Hour- April 25, 2020 via Zoom-
Discussed three short online essays related to COVID-19:  Frank Pasquale, Two Timelines of Covid Crisis, at  ; Jamee Moudud, Beyond Pathogenic Politics and Faith Stevelman and Sarah Haan, Boards in Information Governance, at


2019 Summer Academy on Law and Money
at University of Manchester Law School, July 11-12th, organized by: Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and Law (APPEAL), Law and Money Initiative (LMI), the INET Young Scholars Initiative Finance, & Law and Economics Law Working Group (YSI FLE)

2019 5th Annual APPEALWorkshop:
  Policy Options for the 21st Century at the 
University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law

2019 Workshop Program

APPEAL-PERI Workshop: Connecting Ideas and Policies for Change

Hosted and Co-Sponsored by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, June 13-15, 2018
2018 APPEAL-PERI Workshop Program and 2018 Workshop: Lightning Rounds and Breakout Sessions 

Engaged Scholarship in Law & Economics Workshop  
University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law June 15-16, 2017
2017 Workshop Program

June 2017 Engaged Scholarship in Law and Economics, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, hosted by Professor Frank Pasquale.
Among the questions for workshop discussion:
  • How can we re-orient law and economics toward democratic justice and inclusive prosperity?  Are universalistic programs (such as “Medicare for All” and “Free College”) the natural successors to the ACA and income-based repayment programs?
  • How can we further develop and support connections among legal academics, lawyers, policymakers, and economists whose work pushes beyond neoliberal boundaries?
  • How can we promote better legal rules in response to systemic problems of inequality, exclusion, and insecurity?
See program here.

Conference Panels

January 2017  Higher Education Finance and Student Debt
Assoc. of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Socioeconomics Session, San Francisco, CA

June 2015  Higher Education Finance 
Hosted and co-sponsored by the University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York. 
See program here.

June 2015 New Thinking in Law and Economics
Co-sponsored by the University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York. 
See program here.

January 2015  Cost-Benefit Analysis
Assoc. of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Socioeconomics Session, Washington, DC

May 2014  Critiquing Cost-Benefit Analysis of Financial Regulation. Hosted by George Washington University Law School’s Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF); Co-Sponsored by The Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL), SUNY Buffalo Law School, Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), Better Markets, and the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR).
See program here.

June 2013 Toward Law and Political Economy:  Transforming Unequal Power through Heterodox Theory
Law and Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA