The avenues that lead to a career as a law teacher are changing. An increasing number of today’s new teachers enter the profession with scholarship: a first article already written and a scholarly network already underway. The groundwork is set for these new faculty members to take on multiple roles as teachers, scholars, mentors, and institutional citizens.
At the same time, law schools themselves are facing unprecedented challenges brought about by the nationwide downturn in student applications, as well 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 to succeed in their careers.
At this 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.
There is something truly special about an event that draws together new law faculty from around the country. We look forward to welcoming new faculty members as they settle into this phase of their legal career.
The workshop will begin on Thursday, June 22 with registration at 4 pm and small group discussions at 6 pm. An opening dinner will be held at 7:30 pm featuring a keynote address by Kellye Y. Testy, dean of the University of Washington School of Law. Dinner will be followed by a dessert and coffee reception. The workshop program includes two and a half days of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions and small group discussions. The workshop will conclude by 4 pm on Saturday, June 24. In addition to the program sessions, there will be luncheons on Friday and Saturday and a reception on Friday evening.
The workshop will benefit those within their first few years of teaching in law school, whether they are on tenure track, contract, or are visiting assistant professors.
Planning Committee for AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers
Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law Center
Hari M. Osofsky, University of Minnesota Law School
D. Gordon Smith, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Chair
Nancy Soonpaa, Texas Tech University School of Law
Kimberly A. Yuracko, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law