Program for the Virtual 2021 AALS Annual Meeting


By Barbra Elenbaas and Alyssa Greenstein

We hope the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting: The Power of Words will be an event to remember, as we look forward to the first virtual sessions beginning in just over six weeks. Attendees will hear from leaders in legal academia and the legal profession, enjoy section networking events, and participate in a full range of sessions including panels, works-in-progress, and discussion groups.

Sessions will take place each day between 11 am—7 pm Eastern/8 am–4 pm Pacific. Most sessions will be recorded and made available to stream shortly after the meeting.

Many law school faculty and staff have already had their registration fee paid by their school; if your school opted not to accept the school rate, you may register as an individual for $295. If you have not already done so, we recommend that you register in advance to ensure a smooth experience on the first day of the event.

Some sessions have limited attendance; we ask that you use the Build MyAgenda tool to let us know now which programs you think you will attend live. We will use this program registration information to determine the Zoom needs and capacity of each session. You can change your schedule at any time in order to attend late-breaking sessions, or simply because you change your mind.

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Newly Announced Hot Topic Sessions

Do not miss the following Hot Topic sessions, selected from calls for proposals:

Tuesday, January 5

11 am – 12:15 pm, COVID-19 and Religious Free Exercise

Wednesday, January 6

11 am – 12:15 pm, States of Emergency:  Executive Orders and Separation of Powers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, January 7

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm, Breaking News in U.S. Legal Regulatory Reform

Friday, January 8

11 am – 12:15 pm, Eviction Before, During, and After the Pandemic
2:45 pm – 4 pm, Disability and COVID-19: Lessons from Disability, Lessons from the Pandemic

Saturday, January 9

2:45 pm – 4 pm, Actions Speak Louder than Words: Anti-Racism in Law Schools