2015 AALS Workshops for New Law School Teachers


2015 AALS Workshops for
New Law School Teachers

Wednesday, June 3 – Friday, June 5, 2015

Washington, DC

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Why Attend?

As you know, law schools are facing unprecedented challenges brought about by the nationwide downturn in student applications and a host of other changes and transformations. New law teachers, including those joining law school faculties as tenure-track, lecturer, clinical, or visiting appointees, need to understand these challenges in order to succeed in their new careers as scholars, teachers, mentors, and institutional citizens.

At this year’s workshop, participants will be able to share their experiences, and concerns both with each other and with a roster of inspirational scholars and teachers chosen for their commitment to legal education, the distinction they have achieved in their own careers, and the diversity of their scholarly and pedagogical approaches. These speakers will pass along valuable advice about developing, placing, and promoting one’s scholarship as well as tips and techniques for successful student engagement and assessment. They will also address the often competing demands of institutional service and the evolving expectations of law students and faculty colleagues.

For new Legal Writing faculty, this Workshop offers additional specialized training opportunities, including sessions on: designing legal writing course materials, establishing learning outcomes, providing students with valuable feedback on their legal writing assignments, and producing scholarship in legal writing as well as other fields.

In contrast to joining a law school faculty many years ago, an increasing number of today’s new teachers have a first article already written and a scholarly network already underway. Yet, there is something truly special about an event that draws together new professionals from around the country. There’s a great benefit in the comradery fostered at workshops of this kind. For that reason among the many others, the planning committee and presenters look forward to welcoming new faculty members as they embark on this next phase of their legal career.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop will benefit those in their first few years of teaching in any program in the law school, including clinic and legal writing, tenure track and contract, and visiting assistant professors.

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Hotel Information

Conference Sessions & Sleeping Accommodations:

Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

AALS at the Mayflower Hotel


AALS at The Mayflower Hotel

To make a hotel reservation, attendees must first register for the workshop. After completing the meeting registration process, registrants will receive a confirmation email from the AALS with instructions and a link for booking an online hotel reservation at the Mayflower Hotel.

The room rate is $219 for single or double occupancy. All rooms shall be subject to established taxes, currently at 14.5%.

The cut-off date for making a room reservation is May 15, 2015. Making a reservation prior to the cut-off date does not guarantee availability of the AALS rate. To ensure accommodations, please make your reservation early.

Disability-Related Accommodation

The Mayflower Hotel is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All public areas are accessible and sleeping rooms with special accommodations are available. Please list any special requirements for your sleeping room when you make your hotel reservation.

Internet Access

The Mayflower Hotel will provide AALS attendees with high-speed internet access known as “Wired-For-Business” in your sleeping room on a complimentary basis for each day of your stay.

Babysitting Services

For standard babysitting services, contact the hotel concierge by calling (202) 347-3000 for information. Neither the hotel nor AALS recommends these services, but provides this information for your reference.


Accessibility-Related Accommodation



AALS is committed to making our meetings and events accessible to all of our attendees. Please contact the AALS at accommodations@aals.org so that we may assist you with services that you need.

Chemical Sensitivity

All AALS events are smoke-free and, as often as possible, held in smoke-free venues. Smoking is not permitted in any meeting or session rooms, business or networking events, or AALS-sponsored social events. Please be aware that some venues (i.e. off-site) may allow smoking in public areas. Cigarettes may be used in designated smoking areas as determined by the venue. Specific requests can be made to hotels within our block and the meeting venues that chemicals not be used in guest rooms on carpeting or other surfaces.

Nursing Mothers

AALS will provide a room with electrical power, a refrigerator and a locking door for nursing mothers who attend AALS meetings.Please visit AALS Registration for access to the room.

Meeting Room Setup

AALS hotels and meeting venues will be asked to provide adequate aisle space and cut-outs for persons with wheelchairs and other mobility devices in all meeting rooms and locations. Please note standard head tables (when used) include a podium and microphones on the tables and podium. If you are presenting and require additional accommodations (such as a ramp, or lavaliere microphone), please contact AALS at accommodations@aals.org in advance. Every effort will be made to set meeting rooms/locations to accommodate all attendees, both speakers and audience members.

Mobility Constraints

Because the Workshops can have numerous concurrent sessions, there can be considerable distances between sessions. If you are a regular wheelchair user, we suggest you bring your chair with you to the meeting.

Registration of Personal Aide/Companion

Should you require an aide or personal assistant to help navigate the workshops, AALS will register your aide as a complimentary guest. Please contact accommodations@aals.org to register your personal aide (name, city, and state is required for the badge) which can be picked up at AALS Registration. Personal aides may attend sessions and AALS sponsored meals. If you need AALS to arrange for an aide to help you navigate the meeting, please email your request to accommodations@aals.org or call (202) 296-4756 to outline the specific type of assistance required. In order to best accommodate your request, we ask that you notify us of your request as much in advance of the meeting as possible.

Hearing Impairment

  • Sign Language Interpreters: Attendees may request a sign language interpreter for the Workshop for New Law School Teachers and the Workshop for Pretenured People of Color. Please email your request to accommodations@aals.org. We ask that you notify us of your request as much in advance of the meeting as possible; it may be difficult to provide services without at least 72 hour notice.Sign language interpreters are provided for AALS-sponsored events only.
  • CART: Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) is a word-for-word speech-to-text interpreting service for people with a hearing loss or who would otherwise benefit from this accommodation. Attendees may request CART service for the Workshops. CART will be provided for AALS-sponsored events only.Please email your request to accommodations@aals.org. We ask that you notify us of your request as much in advance of the meeting as possible; it may be difficult to provide services without at least 72 hour notice.

Accessible Housing

ADA-designated hotel rooms in the AALS conference hotel will be specifically set aside for individuals requesting them. Please notify hotel of your request as much in advance as possible as late notice may be difficult to accommodate based on occupancy level.