Call for Proposals for the
2018 AALS Annual Meeting

The AALS and its Arc of Career Committee and the Program Committee for the 2018 Annual Meeting are pleased to request proposals for the 2018 Annual Meeting to be held January 3-6, 2018 in San Diego.

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  • Arc of Career programs address a broad range of matters related to the professional development, moving beyond presentations on substantive legal topics to include all aspects of the professional careers of law faculty and administrations. Proposals are due April 13, 2017 (CLOSED).
  • Open Source programs are traditional scholarly programs other than those sponsored by one of the AALS Sections (e.g., Section on Criminal Justice). Proposals are due April 13, 2017 (CLOSED).
  • Discussion Group programs provide a setting for discussions among a small group of invited participants. Attendees are welcome. Proposals are due April 13, 2017 (CLOSED).
  • Symposium programs are extended sessions (half a day or longer) that focus on in-depth scholarly exploration of a topic of academic interest. Proposals are due May 12, 2017 (CLOSED).
  • Hot Topic programs focus on topics that emerged too late in the year to be included in other types of programs. Proposals are due October 20, 2017.

The 2018 Annual Meeting’s theme, selected by AALS President Paul Marcus of the William & Mary Law School, is “Access to Justice.” We encourage program organizers to consider that theme in framing their proposals.

Download the RFP to learn more about general and specific guidelines for each type of program. All proposals should be submitted using the online submission form.

Submission Form Open Programs RFP Arc of Career RFP


Section Calls for Papers

Section on Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research

The Associate Deans section is seeking papers, proposals, and suggestions for speakers to participate in a session at the 2018 AALS Annual meeting that will focus on multiple issues involved with Distance Education in Law Schools. ABA Standard 306 addresses this issue and provides general guidance on distance education. As deans and faculty grapple with issues regarding distance education, we invite papers, proposals, and suggestions for speakers regarding the issues outlined in the full call for proposals.

Submission length: Please provide the topic and description of your paper or proposal in 300 or fewer words. If you are suggesting a speaker with expertise on the topic, please identify the person, the person’s expertise, and whether the person is willing to present.

Deadline: All proposals should be sent to Mary Garvey Algero, algero@loyno.edu, on or before Friday, May 24, 2017.

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Section on Conflicts of Law

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Sections on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law and Election Law

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Section on Transactional Law and Skills

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Section on Animal Law

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Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research

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Section on Teaching Methods

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Section on Professional Responsibility

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