SOA Symposium 2024

"Legislators and Academics in Partnership​"

The State Oversight Academy will hold its second symposium on June 21, 2024, in Detroit!

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State Oversight Academy Symposium

Last year, the State Oversight Academy’s symposium connected scholars who study state legislatures with practitioners who serve as elected state lawmakers or as legislative staff. This year, we will take the same concept a step further: Equipped with this scholarly research, how can practitioners put these facts into practice to improve oversight in state legislatures?

This hybrid (in-person and online) event will begin with last year’s popular practitioner and scholars in dialogue format followed by a roundtable, in which scholars and practitioners will discuss how to put research into practice! We invite scholars and practitioners to join us at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, to collaborate on these issues and work together to enhance legislative oversight practices and research in the field.

You can watch last year’s symposium video here.

Working Papers Reviewed by Practitioners

Scholars and graduate students are encouraged submit working papers on state legislative oversight and related topics. SOA will select three or four papers, each of which will be read by a practitioner who will give in-depth feedback based on their professional experience. Deadline: May 10, 2024.

The morning of the symposium, scholars whose papers were selected will have 20 minutes to present their paper, followed by 15 minutes of feedback from the practitioner, and 10 minutes of questions and feedback from the audience.

Practitioners interested in reviewing research papers are encouraged to email Kyle Bule at

SOA Oversight Leaders

We will recognize our inaugural SOA Oversight Leaders at the symposium! For more information on this program, visit the website below.


SOA Oversight Leaders will join other practitioners and scholars for a roundtable discussion about how legislators and academics can work in partnership to improve oversight practices in state legislatures across the country.

Reception and Social Outing

Following the roundtable, the Levin Center will host a reception to continue these important discussions (over appetizers and cocktails!) For those interested, we will attend the Detroit Tigers game at 6:30pm.

Schedule of Events

All events will be held at Wayne State University Law School unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, June 20th
  • 5pm – 6pm: Cocktail hour
Friday, June 21st
  • 8:30am – 9:15am: Registration, continental breakfast
  • 9:30am – 12:20pm: Morning session (scholarly paper presentations)
  • 12:20pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30pm – 2pm: SOA Oversight Leaders presentation
  • 2pm – 3:30pm: Roundtable discussion: “Legislators and Academics in Partnership”
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Reception
  • 6:30pm: Detroit Tigers baseball game (at Comerica Park, ticket courtesy of the Levin Center)
Front Facade picture of the Wayne State Law School Building with flag


There are many hotels near campus, and many have preferred rates for those visiting the university. Just ask for the Wayne State University Discount when booking your stay!

Flying to Detroit

Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is located 19 miles from Wayne State University Law School.

SOA Symposium 2024 In-Person Registration

Please use this form if you plan to attend the SOA Symposium in-person in Detroit on June 21, 2024.

Will you attend the cocktail hour on Thursday, June 20th, at 5pm?(Required)
Will you attend the reception on Friday, June 21st, at 4:30pm?(Required)
Will you attend the Detroit Tigers baseball game on Friday, June 21st, at 6:30pm?(Required)

SOA Symposium Paper Submission 2024

Please submit your working papers here, or email them to Kyle Bule at Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2024

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