Welcome

110th AALS Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 6 – Sunday, January 10, 2016

New York Hilton Midtown &
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

New York City

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The 110th AALS Annual Meeting will feature over…

200
Sessions
800
Moderators, Speakers and Discussion Leaders
7
New Types of Program Sessions and Events
50
Networking Events

 

Theme

From Challenge to Innovation:
American Legal Education in 2016

AALS President Blake D. Morant
AALS President
Blake D. Morant
Dean, George Washington University School of Law
The present state of American legal education raises pivotal questions: What is the relevance of legal education in a complex and global market? Has its value diminished in light of the significant investment required to pursue a law degree? Perhaps more seminal, is American legal education able to equip students with the tools needed to succeed in a global marketplace?

Despite questions of value, the need for quality legal education has never been more acute. The global market needs professionals who can think critically and provide innovative solutions to complex problems. American legal education has long addressed this need.

The current challenging times for legal education have prompted us to think more creatively about pedagogy and curriculum. The academy’s continued evolution has led to more dynamic programs that produce adroit professionals who can better function in a complex, more diverse market. Many of the new programs that have emerged during these challenging times explore the intersection of classroom doctrine and real-world problems. Other innovations seek to add value and manage costs. The array of new programs underway continues to expand. At the same time, law schools continue their vital roles both innovators and as critics of law through the scholarship that their faculty members produce.

Challenge has truly prompted innovation. Law schools and faculties should work to foster the dynamism that comes from the academy’s continual evolution. Although the challenges confronting law schools are significant, the resolve to meet them has never been stronger.

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Program

Program

This year’s meeting, the 110th Annual Meeting of the Association, is packed with programs to appeal to law school deans, faculty, and administrators. See the full program schedule for detail descriptions and speakers.

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New Programs for 2016

  • Opening Plenary Program includes two of the three authors of the joint essay Lawyers as Professionals and Citizens: Key Roles and Responsibilities in the 21st Century with speakers Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr., Former Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs, General Electric and David B. Wilkins, Harvard Law School. Their essay presents a practical vision of the responsibilities of today’s lawyers as both professionals and as citizens. The program is on Thursday, January 7 and replaces the former AALS Luncheon.
  • Opening Reception to conclude your day on the first full day of the meeting. Enjoy drinks and light appetizers while mixing and mingling with your colleagues from law schools across the country. The reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton, which is also the AALS Exhibit Hall. We hope attendees will also enjoy visiting the exhibiting companies during the reception to learn about new products and services available to the law school community. We are pleased to welcome special guest Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Mayor of New York City who will make brief remarks and attend the reception.
  • Workshop for Pretenured Law School Teachers of Color, this workshop typically offered in June, will now be part of the Annual Meeting. Minority law teachers face special challenges in the legal academy, starting from the first day of teaching. At this workshop, diverse panels of experienced and successful law professors will offer ways to successfully meet these challenges as they arise in the context of scholarship, teaching, service, and the tenure process. Click here to view the POC E-Brochure.
  • What is AALS, and Why Does It Matter for My Career? And How Do I Get the Most out of the Annual Meeting?, our first ever primer for first-time attendees
  • Arc of The Career programs, specifically designed for faculty at various stages of their law school careers.
  • Building a Better AALS: A Conversation with the AALS Executive Committee, a unique opportunity to share your suggestions directly with members of the AALS Executive Committee.
  • Discussion Groups programs, a space designed to facilitate scholarly discussion and engagement about topics of interest among small group of faculty.
  • Academy Programs, these are open submission programs selected through a call for proposals.

Speakers of Note for 2016

This is just a sampling of speakers for the Annual Meeting. Please see the full program here to see all the outstanding speakers on the program.

  • A special welcome from Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Mayor of New York City and Founder, Bloomberg L.P. & Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • The Honorable Justice Stephen Breyer, the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Paulette Brown, ABA President
  • The Honorable Frank Easterbrook, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable Harry Edwards, US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • The Honorable Jorge Elorza, Mayor City of Providence, Rhode Island
  • The Honorable Jeremy Fogel, United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • John Harrison, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Benjamin Heineman, Senior Fellow of the Program on Corporate Governance (Harvard) and former General Electric VP & General Council
  • The Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • The Honorable Gladys Kessler, United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • John Manning, Harvard Law School
  • Martha L. Minow, Dean, Harvard Law School
  • Henry Monaghan, Columbia Law School
  • Blake D. Morant, AALS President and Dean, The George Washington University Law School
  • The Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Deborah L. Rhode, Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and Director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship (Stanford)
  • Roberta Romano, Yale Law School
  • Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator for New York
  • David Wilkins, Director of the Center on the Legal Profession (Harvard)
  • The Honorable Diane Wood, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Registration

Registration

Registration and Payment | Payment Options | Discounts | Confirmations | Cancellation Policy

Welcome to the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York City! Below you will find detailed information regarding registration, fees, and logistics. Please take time to review the FAQ page, which provides answers to many common questions. If you have additional questions email our registration team.

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Registration for Full Meeting

January 6 – 10

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Registration Rates By
Nov. 20
After
Nov. 20
Member & Fee-Paid Law Schools: Faculty/Staff $495 $545
NEW – Member & Fee-Paid Law Schools: New Law School Faculty (0-3 yrs) $250 $300
NEW – Member & Fee-Paid Law Schools: Emeritus/Retired Faculty $250 $300
Non-Member Law Schools: Faculty/Staff $545 $595
International Law Schools: Faculty $495 $545


Registration for Section on Institutional Advancement Program

January 9 – 10

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The Institutional Advancement registration fee includes admission to only Section on Institutional Advancement sessions, the Exhibit Hall, and the Institutional Advancement Sunday, January 10 Luncheon. Law school professional staff attending only the Institutional Advancement program are eligible for and this reduced registration rate, but law school faculty are not eligible for this fee.

Institutional Advancement professionals who would like to attend any other Annual Meeting events, including the AALS
Opening Plenary or Opening Reception, should pay the full registration fee and use the regular registration form.

Registration Rates By
Nov. 20
After
Nov. 20
Member & Fee-Paid Law Schools: Institutional Advancement $405 $430
Non-Member Law Schools: Institutional Advancement $440 $465

Registration and Payment

The easiest way to register for the Annual Meeting is through our secure online registration system. However, you may also register by submitting a completed paper registration form (PDF), by fax to (202) 872-1829 or regular mail to: 1614 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Please note that, to ensure the security of payment information in accordance with Payment Card Industry Association standards, email registration is no longer available as of July 1, 2015.

Payment Options

If paying by credit card, AALS accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express only. We recommend that you submit your credit card information using our secure online registration system. Please note that credit card payment processing time for registration forms submitted by fax or regular mail may take up to one week or more.
If you prefer to submit your payment by check, please complete and send a registration form (PDF) by fax or regular mail to include with your payment. Checks should be made out to “Association of American Law Schools”, and please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

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Discounts

For the first time we are offering a discounted registration fee for all New Law School Faculty (teaching less than 3 years) and Emeritus/Retired Law School Faculty. No code is required, simply choose this registration type at checkout.

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Confirmations

You will receive two email confirmations shortly after completing your registration using the online registration system. The first is an invoice and confirmation of your registration. The second contains instructions on and links to register for your hotel accommodations in New York. For additional information about the Annual Meeting co-headquarter hotels visit the Housing website (by clicking the “Hotels” tab on the left)

If registering by fax or regular mail, an email confirmation will be sent once your registration has been processed. If you would like a copy of your confirmation to be sent to another party, you may select this option whether you register online or use the paper form.

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Cancellation Policy

A refund of all registration fees, minus a $25 processing fee, will be issued to all cancellation requests which have been submitted in writing by December 15, 2015. Cancellations received after this date, as well as no-shows to the Annual Meeting, are not eligible to receive refunds of registration fees. Cancellation requests can be made by email or regular mail to: AALS Registration, c/o Erick Brown, 1614 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009.

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Call for Papers

AALS Requests for Proposals and Papers

The Association of American Law Schools seeks requests for proposals and papers for programming at the AALS Annual Meeting and other professional development meetings. Click here for more information about Open-Submission Programs at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Call for Hot Topic Programs at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting

The Program Committee for the AALS 2016 Annual Meeting is pleased to request proposals for Hot Topic programs for the 2016 Annual Meeting to be held January 6-10, 2016 in New York City. Program Description
Hot Topic programs focus on topics that emerged too late to be included in other types of programs. Hot Topic Program proposals that are selected by the committee will be assigned a program time slot and cannot be changed for accommodation of speakers because time and meeting space are limited. In addition, Hot Topic proposals should include an explanation of why the program is “hot” and why it would not have possible to have made the proposal in one of the other program categories with an earlier deadline. The committee will consider the timeliness and broad interest of the proposed topic as well as the overall quality of the program, including diversity of presenters and presence of junior participants.

Click here to download the full Call for Hot Topic Programs at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting

Hot Topic Program proposals are due by October 5, 2015 and should be submitted using the online submission form. Questions should be directed to hottopic@aals.org.

 

Call for Papers for Section Programs at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting

AALS Section on Civil Rights

The AALS Section on Civil Rights is sponsoring a panel discussion, “Civil Rights and Civil Movements in the 21st Century: Building Sustainable Movements for Social Change,” to be held during the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City, on Thursday, January 7, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The Section on Civil Rights will select one panelist from a Call for Papers.

Program Discription: The pursuits of civil rights and related social justice movements are seldom one-dimensional. There is much that must go wrong before unrest in places like Ferguson, Baltimore, or Cleveland manifest in tragedy and action. Accordingly, this panel will be broad in scope. Proposed topics including recording police interactions with the public, the criminalization of black youth, and #blacklivesmatter are welcome. In addition, topics exploring the connection between community development and the civil rights movement are particularly encouraged. Such topics might include economic development, affordable housing, the impact of policing on community development, or funding disparities in public education. How do economic considerations factor into instances of social injustice? Are instances of police brutality expressions of the underlying disease of racism or merely its symptoms? What can communities and community leaders do to improve matters at both local and national levels? How is movement building around civil rights different fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and what are the intersections that can advance civil rights in the 21st Century? Proposals should aim to deepen understanding of these important issues while recognizing their complex and multi-faceted nature.

Click here to download the full Call for Papers and Presentations for the AALS Section on Civil Rights’ program at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting.

Deadline
Abstracts or draft papers should be sent to Professor Patience Crowder at pcrowder@law.du.edu and Professor Gilda Daniels at gdandiels@ubalt.edu no later than Friday, September 4, 2015. The subject line for submissions should read: AALS Civil Rights and Civil Movements. Submissions should include the author’s name, affiliation, and full contact information.

 

AALS Section on Education Law

The AALS Section on Education Law is seeking abstracts or drafts of papers to be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting in New York City (January 6-10, 2016). The panel entitled “Reconciling Education Law, Policy & Governance under Changing Leadership” will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. The author of the selected piece will be reserved a slot on our panel to present their original ideas on this topic.

Program Description: The upcoming presidential election should reinvigorate conversation across the nation about public education and a comprehensive reform agenda. The federal government holds joint authority with states to control equitable education norms and to develop programs for realizing quality education goals. The interaction between federal and state governments on implementation and accountability issues, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as related to No Child Left Behind’s reauthorization, Common Core standards, and immigrant students, make any state’s responsiveness to federal policies a national concern with generational consequences. This panel will identify prevalent issues regarding federal education reform. Panelists will provide perspectives on the intersection between law and policy, systemic challenges confronting advocates, and viable forward paths. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the question and answer period following the panel presentation.

This focus provides an open space for scholars interested in education law to publish an essay or full-length article at a reputable journal, Michigan State University Law Review, and present their ideas to an audience acutely aware of related issues.

Click here to download the full Call for Papers for the AALS Section on Education Law’s program at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting.

Deadline
Please submit a paper draft or proposal for an essay or article by Tuesday, September 8, 2015 to Tiffani Darden, Associate Professor, Michigan State University College of Law at dardent@law.msu.edu. The draft submissions will be distributed for review to the AALS Education Law Section officers and executive committee.

 

AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers

The AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers will present a panel at the 2016 Annual Meeting in New York on the topic of “Recruiting LL.M. Students: Promises, Expectations, Resources, and Realities.” The program will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The planning committee expects to choose two or three presenters at the session from a call for presenters and is seeking proposals on any aspect of this topic.

Program Description: The subject of recruiting students is an important topic, critical to the success of all LL.M. programs. Proposals should be comprehensive enough to allow the selection committee to meaningfully evaluate the aims and likely content of the presentation and to consider how various presentations will work together for the program.

Eligibility: Only full-time faculty members of AALS member or fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit proposals. Foreign, visiting (without a full-time position at an AALS member or fee-paid law school) and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, fellows, and non-law school faculty are not eligible to submit a proposal. As with other presenters at the AALS meeting, presenters chosen from this call will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Click here to download the full Call for Papers and Presentations for the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers’ program at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting.

Deadline
To be considered, proposals must be submitted electronically to Prof. Mark E. Wojcik at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Chair of the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers, at mwojcik@jmls.edu, by Monday, September 14, 2015. Presenters will be informed in October whether their proposal was selected.

 

AALS Section on Internet and Computer Law

The AALS Section on Internet and Computer Law is seeking abstracts or drafts of papers to be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting in New York City (January 6-10, 2016). This year’s program is entitled, “Once More Unto the Breach: The Law & Policy of Data Breaches,” and will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Program Description: The panel members will discuss the effect of these breaches on the individuals and the data holders, how the law does, can and should respond to data breaches, and, what steps all of us can and should be taking to safeguard our data.

Confirmed participants include Woodrow Hartzog (Samford University Cumberland School of Law), Sasha Romanosky (Rand Corporation), Lesley Fair (Federal Trade Commission), and Jonathan Manes (Yale Law School, Moderator). The planning committee is seeking an additional panelist to be chosen from this call for papers.

Click here to download the full Call for Papers and Presentations for the AALS Section on Internet and Computer Law’s program at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting.

Deadlines
Please submit a draft paper or abstract (preference will be given to papers that are in draft at the time of submission) to Section Chair Robert Heverly at rheve@albanylaw.edu. The submission deadline is September 30, 2015.

 

AALS Section on Legislation & Law of the Political Process

The AALS Section on Legislation & Law of the Political Process is pleased to announce that it will host a “New Voices in Legislation” program at the 2016 Annual Meeting in New York City (January 6-10, 2016). This works-in-progress program will bring together junior and senior scholars in the field of legislation for the purpose of providing the junior scholars with feedback and guidance on their draft articles. Scholars whose papers are selected will present their work in small panel sessions. A senior scholar will moderate each panel and lead discussion about the draft article.

Eligibility: The New Voices Program will be open to full-time faculty members from AALS member schools who are untenured or have been tenured for two years or less. All scholars, whether or not presenting a paper or moderating a discussion, are welcome to attend the program and participate in discussions.

Submission Requirements: Submissions should be drafts of articles relating to legislation and law of the political process, including articles related to legislative structure, the legislative process, statutory interpretation, and deliberation. Submissions should be near completion and expected to be submitted during the year following the program. Submissions should not exceed 30,000 words, including footnotes. The purpose of the program is to provide junior scholars with feedback that can be incorporated into their works-in-progress; as a result, articles are ineligible for the program if they are expected to be in print at the time of the program in January 2016. However, articles that already have been submitted to law reviews for publication, and accepted for publication, are not ineligible for this reason.

The program will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Click here to download the full Call for Papers for the AALS Section on Legislation & Law of the Political Process’ program at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting.

Deadlines
To be considered for participation in the program, please email a copy of the paper and abstract to Evan Zoldan, evan.zoldan@utoledo.edu by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, October 2, 2015. Selected participants will be notified in late October.

 

Call for Proposals for the 2016 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education

The 2016 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education will be held from Saturday, April 30 to Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The bi-annual, half-day Workshop for New Law School Clinical Teachers will take place before the start of the main conference on Saturday, April 30.

The Conference Planning Committee seeks proposals for concurrent sessions, workshop sessions, and posters. The committee also seeks volunteers to serve as facilitators for working groups.

Click here to download the full Call for Proposals for the 2016 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education.

Deadline
Proposals are due by the close of business on Friday, September 25, 2015. Selections will be made and participants notified by October 30, 2015. All proposals should be submitted through the online form.

Exhibitors/Sponsors

Exhibitors/Sponsors

Join us at the 110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools on January 6-10, 2016

We are delighted to return to the Big Apple for our 110th Annual Meeting and to offer you expanded opportunities for visibility for your organization.

Becoming a sponsor at the AALS Annual Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of legal educators and administrators, offers your company or organization not only increased visibility to key decision makers but also the opportunity to support the mission of the AALS. The key decision makers include more than 3,000 law school faculty members, deans, law librarians, administrators and practitioners who attend the intensive 3.5 day meeting of professional development and networking.

Links

110th Annual Meeting 2016
Prospectus
Exhibitors Form
Sponsors Form
Acknowledgment Form

The Association of American Law Schools is a nonprofit association of 180 American law schools. Our member schools enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges. Our mission is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, we promote the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve our many communities – local, national and international.

Founded in 1900, AALS also serves as the learned society for the more than 9,000 law faculty at its member schools, and provides them with extensive professional development opportunities, including the AALS Annual Meeting.

 

 

AALS MEMBER SCHOOLS BY THE NUMBERS:
ENHANCE YOUR VISIBILITY IN THIS MARKET


107,919
Students Enrolled*

7,706
Full-time Faculty*

39,313
J.D’s Awarded*

17,113
Faculty*
 

*Data compiled from the fall 2014 enrollment report from the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

AALS ANNUAL MEETING FACTS:
OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET WITH KEY DECISION MAKERS

99%
of Member Law Schools are represented by at least one faculty member

83%
of Member Law School Deans attended the last meeting

10
Average number of faculty from each law school attending the last meeting

 

Accessibility

Accessibility-Related Accommodation

Overview

AALS is committed to making our meetings and events accessible to all of our attendees. Please contact the AALS at accommodations@aals.org no later than December 6, 2015 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 the AALS Information Desk 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 Issues

Because the Annual Meeting has numerous programs, there can be considerable distances between meeting rooms. 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 Annual Meeting, 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) 296-4755 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 AALS Annual Meeting. Please email your request to accommodations@aals.org by December 6, 2015. 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 Annual Meeting. CART will be provided for AALS-sponsored events only. Please email your request to accommodations@aals.org by December 6, 2015.

Accessible Housing

ADA-designated hotel rooms in the Annual Meeting hotels 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.

Hotels

Hotel Information

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel | Reservations | Modifications and Cancellations | Beware Housing “Pirates” and “Poachers” |

The AALS 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in New York City at co-headquarter hotels, the New York Hilton Midtown and the Sheraton New York, located across 53rd Street from one another. Both co-headquarter hotels will host AALS programs and meals as well as law school and other organization events. Guest rooms are also available at the Marriott Marquis and Renaissance Times Square; both hotels are located in Times Square. All four hotels are 100% non-smoking.

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

811 7TH Avenue, New York, New York 10019
Room rates: $195 single/$215 double occupancy
The Sheraton New York is newly refreshed from a recent $180 million renovation.

  • High-Speed Internet: The Sheraton is providing AALS guests complimentary high-speed Internet access in their guest rooms
  • Fitness Center: The Sheraton is providing AALS guests complimentary use of the fitness center. Open daily from 5 am – 11 pm
  • Sheraton On-Site Dining Options: The Sheraton is offering AALS attendees staying at the Sheraton a 20% discount on room service, the Link Café and Hudson Market Bistro
  • Complimentary guest room Starbucks Coffee and Tea *ONLY AT THE SHERATON*
  • Room service: 24-hour availability *ONLY AT THE SHERATON*
  • Hudson Market & Bistro: Breakfast: 6:30 am – 11 am, Lunch: 12 pm – 2:30 pm, Dinner: 5 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Lobby Lounge & Library Bar: 3 pm – 1 am with the kitchen open until midnight
  • Link @ Sheraton Café: Open daily 6 am – 3 pm

Taxes are not included in the room rates. There is a 14.75% occupancy tax plus $3.50 per night. Check In/Out: Check-In Time: 3 pm, Check-Out Time: 1 pm

For details about each hotel property and their amenities, visit the hotel’s website.

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Reservations

After completing the meeting registration process, you will receive a confirmation email from AALS containing a link with instructions for booking a hotel reservation online. Single and double occupancy rooms and suites are available.

AALS convention hotels will only accept reservations made through our selected housing service, Experient (this is not AALS headquarters.) Reservations will be accepted only through online booking. If you do not receive your hotel booking email, please contact AALS Registration at (202) 296-2355 or email registration@aals.org. If you received your hotel booking email but have difficulty booking your reservation online, contact aals@experient-inc.com

 

  • Acknowledgement of Reservation

    The housing service will email a reservation acknowledgment number within 72 hours of processing your reservation.

  • Deadline

    Hotel reservations should be made by December 17, 2015. If you have not made your reservation by December 17, please visit the website www.aals.org/am2016 for instructions about hotel availability and how to reserve a sleeping room. Reservations will be turned over to the hotels on December 18, so the last day to process new reservations, changes and cancellations is December 17.

  • Arrival and Departure

    Please provide your arrival and departure information when making your reservation. Rooms are available as early as December 31, 2015 and as late as January 11, 2016. However, only a few rooms are available at the AALS discounted room rate at either end of this period.

  • Occupants in Room

    If sharing rooms, please designate one person to make the reservation. List all occupants including children and their ages. Children under the age of 18 may stay free of charge in parent’s room. There is an additional charge of $20 per person for more than two people sharing a room for people over the age of 18. You will need to notify the hotel at check in if any of the guests in your room are under the age of 18 and exempt from the extra person charge.

  • Accessibility Accommodations

    If anyone in the room needs an access-related accommodation, please indicate the accommodations needed when making your hotel reservation.

  • Credit Card Guarantee

    A valid credit card with an expiration date of January 2016 or later is required to secure your room reservation. Credit cards will not be processed prior to your arrival. Your credit card will be charged one night’s stay plus tax if you fail to cancel before 6:00 pm on the day of arrival or if you fail to check in on your scheduled arrival date.

  • Reserving a Suite

  • Suites are available at the Hilton New York Midtown and the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Click here to view brief descriptions of suites available at each hotel.

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Modifications and Cancellations

Reservations may be modified or cancelled after receiving your acknowledgement. Until 5 p.m. CST December 17, please make changes and cancellations online using the link, email address or fax number provided in the acknowledgment email. No cancellations will accepted by phone.

For hotel room reservation modifications or cancellations after December 17, please wait until December 24 and contact the hotel directly.

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Beware Housing “Pirates” and “Poachers”!

When AALS secures sleeping rooms at hotels for our Annual Meeting (commonly referred to as room blocks), we research the properties to make certain that our attendees will be adequately accommodated. The room block is established to ensure that sleeping rooms meet our standards and are offered at the discounted price.

We have been informed that registrants are being contacted by fax, e-mails, and phone calls with offers for cut-rate housing. The intent is to convince you that the offer is made on behalf of AALS, or that the soliciting company is a viable alternative to going through our service provider. This is not true. Housing for the AALS Annual Meeting is handled exclusively by our selected housing service, Experient, through online booking only.

How You Can Help? Don’t be misled! If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the Annual Meeting, please do not make a reservation or provide a method of payment. We ask that you get as much information as you can about the caller and pass it on Mary Cullen, AALS Meeting Manager, at (202) 296-8851 or mcullen@aals.org.

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Travel

Travel

Airports | Other Ways to Get Here | Getting Around New York City | NYC Taxis |

Getting to New York City

For those traveling by air, the City is served by seven area airports. Of these, three are major hubs: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) are both in Queens, while Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is located in neighboring New Jersey. These three airports provide access to the City via taxis, buses, vans, subways, trains and private limo car services.

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John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Jamaica, Queens | http://kennedyairport.com | 718-244-4444

JFK is 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan. It handles the most international traffic of any airport in the United States—more than 406,000 flights and 50.4 million–plus passengers annually. About 7,600 weekly domestic arrivals/departures connect to JFK, and 80 airlines serve its six passenger terminals.

Getting to Manhattan from JFK:

  • Taxi: the flat-rate fare is $52.80 (excluding tolls and gratuity); 50–60 minutes to/from Midtown. 212-NYC-TAXI
  • Subway: $7.75 ($5 for AirTrain JFK and $2.75 for subway); 60–75 minutes to Midtown Manhattan on the A subway line at the Howard Beach–JFK Airport station, or the E, J, Z subway lines and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train at the Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave. station
  • Train: $5 AirTrain JFK connects to LIRR Jamaica Station, $10 peak/$7.25 off-peak train to Penn Station (NOTE: $6 surcharge for tickets purchased on board train)
  • Public bus: $2.75 (with free transfer to subway line into Manhattan); 60–75 minutes to Midtown. The Q3 bus at JFK connects to the F subway line, the B5 connects to the 3 and 4 lines, and the Q10 bus connects to the E and F lines
  • Private bus & van companies: from $16–$20
  • Higher prices for private limo car services

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

Jackson Heights, Queens | laguardiaairport.com | 718-533-3400

LaGuardia is on the northern shore of Queens and is the closest airport to Midtown Manhattan at about 8 miles away. It handles domestic US flights and shuttles, and Canadian and Caribbean air traffic, with 338,500-plus flights and 26.7 million passengers annually. Its four passenger terminals serve more than 6,955 weekly arrivals/departures.

Getting to Manhattan from LaGuardia:

  • Taxi: Metered fare is approximately $30–$50 (excluding tolls and gratuity); 30 minutes to/from Midtown. There is a $1 surcharge for trips taken 4–8pm on weekdays and a 50-cent surcharge charged for trips taken 8pm–6am daily. 212-NYC-TAXI
  • Public bus: fare is $2.75 for the M60 bus between LaGuardia and Manhattan’s Upper West Side (106th Street and Broadway); 45–60 minutes. For subway connections from the airport into town, board the express Queens Q70 bus and disembark at the 82nd St./Jackson Heights subway station (for the 7 subway line) or the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station (for 7, E, F, M or R subway lines); add 15–20 minutes for the subway ride.
  • Private bus and van companies: $13–$20
  • Higher prices for private limo car services

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Newark | newarkairport.com | 888-EWR-INFO

Newark Liberty welcomes more than 414,700 flights and almost 35 million passengers annually. There are more than 29 international and domestic carriers, with more than 7,700 weekly domestic arrivals/departures. The airport is across the Hudson River from New York City, 16 miles and 45–60 minutes from Midtown Manhattan.

Getting to Manhattan from Newark Liberty:

  • Taxi: Service to Midtown is permitted only via New Jersey–regulated taxis. Metered fares range $60–$75 (excluding tolls and gratuity). During weekday rush hours (6–9am and 4–7pm) and on weekends noon–8pm, there is a $5 surcharge to anywhere in New York State, except Staten Island. Seniors (ages 62 and older) receive a 10% discount. New Jersey taxis add a $5.50 surcharge to all credit card transactions. Newark Taxi Commission, 973-733-8912; Elizabeth Taxi Commission, 908-820-4000, ext. 4178
    When traveling to Newark Liberty from Midtown, taxi service is via NYC’s regulated taxis. Metered fares range $69–$75, plus a $5 surcharge (excluding tolls and gratuity). 212-NYC-TAXI
  • Train: AirTrain Newark is free between EWR terminals. Purchase a flat-rate $12.50 ticket for a connection on an NJ Transit or Amtrak train into New York’s Penn Station. Note: Retain your $12.50 receipt to show to conductors on each train connection
  • Private bus and van companies: $16–$20
  • Higher prices for private limo car services

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Other Ways to Get Here

In addition to nearby airports, New York City is easily accessible via an extensive network of bridges, tunnels, ferries, trains, light rail, buses, heliports and even cruise ports. Driving to the City is an option, but you certainly won’t need a car to get around—the fastest, easiest way to reach virtually every NYC attraction is by foot and the City’s energy-efficient 24-hour public transit system.

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Getting Around New York City

The best way to get around NYC is through a combination of walking and mass transit. NYC’s extensive system of subways and buses are operated by the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority). The system is inexpensive, operates 24/7 and provides a fun way to extend sightseeing, and it gets you where you need to go—fast. Other interborough connections include ferries and even an aerial tramway.

Getting an MTA MetroCard is your first step to navigating the City by subway or bus. A MetroCard is required to enter the subway system, while exact change or a MetroCard can be used on buses. You can purchase a MetroCard at any subway station from multilingual machines (which accept cash, and credit and debit cards) or booth attendants.

Riders have three options for fare payment; a single ride ticket, a pay-per-ride MetroCard or an unlimited-ride MetroCard. A single-ride ticket costs $3, is sold only at vending machines and must be used within two hours of purchase. For MetroCards, there is a $1 fee to purchase so be sure to retain it (and check the expiration date on the back of the card—the MTA will issue a new MetroCard for no charge if your card has expired or is damaged). With a pay-per-ride MetroCard, the base fare for a subway or bus ride is $2.75. If a value over $5.50 is added to the card, an additional 11 percent bonus is added as well. Below are some samples with the bonus:

  • Buy a $ 9.91 MetroCard ($11 value) 4 rides
  • Buy a $19.82 MetroCard ($22 value) 8 rides
  • Buy a $39.64 MetroCard ($44 value) 16 rides

An unlimited MetroCard enables users to ride all subways and buses as often as they like and costs $31 for seven days or $116.50 for 30 days. Additional discounts are available for seniors age 65 and older, and disabled riders. For a map of New York City’s subway and bus system, click here.

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NYC Taxis

The City’s fleet of taxicabs is regulated by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). Taxicabs operate 24 hours, provide door-to-door service and accept cash or credit cards. The City’s famous yellow fleet is primarily seen throughout Midtown but can be hailed for trips to other boroughs and even to other states. NYC’s new apple-green Boro Taxis can pick up hails in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens (excluding the airports) and Staten Island, plus northern Manhattan (north of West 110th Street and East 96th Street); they are not authorized to pick up any trips elsewhere in Manhattan.

To hail a taxi, stand at the curb and look for a yellow cab with an illuminated white number on top. Off-duty cabs display the illuminated words “Off Duty” on the same sign. Board and exit the cab curbside.

For yellow or green taxis, there is a minimum meter fare of $3, and prices increase based on the distance and duration of the trip (assume prices are higher during peak rush-hour traffic). Surcharges apply to the meter price nightly, 8pm–6am, and Monday–Friday, 4–8pm. Drivers appreciate a 15–20 percent gratuity at the end of a trip. Bridge and tunnel tolls are not included in the taxi’s metered fare. For further details, visit NYC.gov/taxi or call 212-NEW-YORK from outside the City or 311 when in town.

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Dining & Attractions

Dining & Attractions

Dining | Sightseeing | Shopping | Additional Fun Activities | Social Media and Mobile Applications for Visitors | Weather | Time Zone | International Visitors | Tipping Guidelines | Special-Service Needs |

New York City’s tremendous energy, excitement and diversity set it apart from all other destinations on the planet—and that’s no overstatement. Take in the dazzling lights in Times Square and breathtaking views of our famous skyline from Top of the Rock Observation Deck or the Empire State Building; experience celebrity-studded theater on and off Broadway, visit renowned art museums and monuments, stroll tranquil green expanses in parks citywide and choose from a wide array of major league sports; indulge in incredible shopping and enjoy sumptuous meals; and witness major events like the Times Square ball drop, NYC marathon, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Fourth of July Fireworks. With five boroughs—each with many neighborhoods—comprising the City of New York, there’s so much to do and see year-round. People, communities, businesses and architectural development are often in flux here so, whatever your tastes or interests, there’s always something new to discover in New York City.

Links

NYC+ Welcome Video: Download
Attraction Passes: http://www.nycgo.com/attraction-passes/
NYC Tours: http://www.nycgo.com/articles/city-experts-nyc-tours
Broadway Tickets: http://www.nycgo.com/broadway/
Dining & OpenTable Reservations (by area/cuisine/features): http://www.nycgo.com/dining/
Sports: http://www.nycgo.com/sportscalendar
TV Show Tapings: http://www.nycgo.com/tv-show-tapings/
Must See NYC: http://www.nycgo.com/must-see-nyc/
NYC Deals: http://www.nycgo.com/offers/
NYC Smartphone Apps: http://www.nycgo.com/articles/best-nyc-smartphone-apps

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Dining

Dining in New York City is nothing short of an amazing excursion around the world. The cuisines served here represent the enormous cultural diversity of the City’s inhabitants. From Middle Eastern fare to bagels and lox to Chinese dim sum to tender dry-aged steaks, there’s no shortage of exceptional foods. You can always have a casual brunch, a four-course meal or a late-night snack, but you can also expand your culinary boundaries in NYC. Televised chefs showcase innovative pop-up restaurants, and there are eateries throughout the five boroughs to satisfy any palate or budget. Whether you’re in the mood for the traditional or an innovative creation, New York City has it all. Check out nycgo.com for the latest restaurant news and be ready to “Eat Up.”

Local Restaurants near the Hilton New York:
https://www.aals.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/LocalRestaurants.pdf

Comprehensive Local Restaurant Listing by Cuisine:
https://www.aals.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Local-Restaurants-by-Cuisine.pdf

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Sightseeing

Before you even get here you may have an image of the City as the setting for numerous movies and books, but once you arrive you see that the fame is rightly due. With five boroughs, each with remarkable landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island, Coney Island to Times Square, the United Nations to the Empire State Building, it is clear why the City’s sights represent America to the world. You can certainly visit the most famous attractions, but consider wandering a little farther into all five boroughs to discover wonderful surprises in diverse neighborhoods such as Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, Flushing in Queens, St. George on Staten Island and the Upper West Side of Manhattan. With endless places to explore, you’ll have no problem filling your free time and entertaining your family. Plus, getting around NYC is efficient and affordable with its extensive mass transit system, 24/7. Hail a cab, rent a bike, hop a ferry, board a bus or take the subway to everywhere.

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Shopping

This is the city of retail, with great discounts, variety and abundance. There’s no city or state sales tax on clothing and footwear under $110, and savings can always be found on photography and electronic gear. Discover artists’ works on the streets of SoHo or in Chelsea art galleries, find that special trove at flea markets in Hell’s Kitchen and at Brooklyn Flea, purchase Asian delicacies in Flushing, Queens, or Italian imports on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Try on vintage clothes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or browse designer boutiques in the Meatpacking District. The City is also home to world-renowned flagship stores like Apple, Tiffany & Co., Saks and Bloomingdale’s. It’s impressive how easy NYC is to shop till you drop—without dropping all of your hard-earned cash. Be sure to come with room in your luggage or an extra bag for all the must-have goodies you’ll want from New York City.

Check in regularly for up-to-the-minute discounts and offers and free-in-NYC events at nycgo.com.

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Additional Fun Activities

New York City is an exciting destination for all. The City is home to diverse neighborhoods, historic landmarks, glamorous clubs and some of the best museums in the world.

New York City comprises several islands, and its waters are home to an extensive ferry system to take you uptown and downtown, as well as across the rivers between boroughs. Perhaps the best-known transport is the Staten Island Ferry. It’s primarily a commuter shuttle between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan, but it’s also a wonderful 5.2-mile, 20-minute mini-cruise with great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan—plus it’s free. Other shuttles include New York Water Taxi and NY Waterway and other services are available, too, such as harbor and sightseeing cruises like Statue Cruises, operating direct service from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

If you love to shop, choices abound. Midtown offers top-name fashion spots like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and other big-name department stores; SoHo, TriBeCa and NoLIta feature celebrity designer goods, handmade jewelry and artwork; and Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a fun place to find one-of-a-kind vintage apparel in charming boutiques. For culture and entertainment, consider NYC’s remarkable museums and the bright lights of Broadway at the Theatre District in Times Square.

Night owls can party at cocktail lounges in Chelsea and dancing dens in the Meatpacking District. There’s also cabaret and karaoke in Times Square, comedy clubs in Greenwich Village and Long Island City, and rock and roll venues on the Lower East Side.

Foodies who want to savor delicious, authentic cuisines from every region in the world should head to Astoria or Flushing in Queens, the East Village in Manhattan, and Cobble Hill in Brooklyn.

A visit to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the Mets’ Citi Field in Queens or their minor-league teams—the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones—is a must for all baseball lovers.

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Social Media and Mobile Applications for Visitors

While you’re in NYC, follow NYCGO on Twitter and Facebook for daily events, tips and deals. Or head to nycgo.com for a list of mobile applications you can download on your smartphone to help you explore NYC with ease.

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Weather

New York City weather can vary from day to day, and even morning to afternoon. The winter months (December–February) are cold and snowy with less daylight, though the sky is often sunny, blue and clear.

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Time Zone

New York City is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (Greenwich Mean Time minus five hours during daylight saving time, from March through November, and minus six hours the rest of the year). Check here for the current date and time in NYC.

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International Visitors

If you’re visiting New York City from outside the United States, you may need a visa to enter the country. For details, visit the US State Department’s visa information website.

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Tipping Guidelines

  • Hotel doorman: $3 for hailing a cab
  • Porters and bellhops: $1–$2 per bag
  • Maids: $1–$2 per person, per day of your visit, or as much as $5 per day
  • Waitstaff and bartenders: 15–20 percent of total bill
  • Taxi drivers: 15–20 percent of total fare
  • Tips for other service personnel, such as theater ushers, tour guides and coat-check staff, are always appreciated.
    It’s worth noting that if you’re having drinks at a bar, bartenders typically expect a $2 tip for every drink they serve you. Later, when the bar gets crowded, you’ll be glad that the bartender remembers you!

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Special-Service Needs

New York City is committed to ensuring accessibility for everyone with special needs, and has equipped all buses with lifts for those in wheelchairs and those who have difficulty climbing stairs. In addition, many subway stations include elevators, ramps, visual display signs, accessible public telephones, and tactile and audio features on vending machines. Subways also have automated voices indicating stops, and all buses and select subway stations are wheelchair accessible. Many street-hail taxicabs accommodate wheelchairs. To request a wheelchair-accessible taxi, call the accessible dispatch center at 646-599-9999; text a request to 646-400-0789; or download the free mobile app “WOW Taxi” at the Apple App Store. Passengers with disabilities are eligible for reduced fares on most mass-transit trips. For more information about NYC accessibility, call 212-NEW-YORK from outside the City or 311 while in town; contact the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (212-788 2830, TTY: 212-504-4115, NYC.gov/mopd); or visit NYC & Company’s accessibility section.

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FAQs

FAQs

Registration | Ticketed Events | At the Meeting | Hotels | Explanation of Program Types |

Registration

What are this year’s registration deadlines?

Early Bird Friday, November 20, 2015
Regular (paper form) Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Regular (online) Thursday, December 31, 2015

Registrations should be sent in time to arrive at AALS headquarters by the due dates above. All registration forms submitted by regular mail or fax must be received by AALS no later than December 15, 2015. The online system will be available for registrations through December 31, 2015. Attendees may also register on-site at the Annual Meeting Registration Desk in the Grand Ballroom, Third Floor, New York Hilton Midtown starting Wednesday, January 6, 2016. A $50 on-site fee will be assessed for registrations made on or after January 1, 2016.

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Is my law school an AALS member school?

You can check your institution’s membership status on the AALS Member Schools website.

Does AALS offer a one-day registration fee?

No, we do not offer a one-day registration or per-session fee. Registration is for the entire Annual Meeting, except for the registration fee for the two-day program offered by the Section on Institutional Advancement.

What does my registration fee include?

As a full conference registrant you will have access to all Annual Meeting programs, including AALS and Section programs, panels, receptions, and other programs more fully described in the 2016 Annual Meeting Brochure.

What is Institutional Advancement and who should register for it?

This registration is limited to law school professional staff only attending the two-day program of the Section on Institutional Advancement. It does not include other Annual Meeting programs or events. This year, Institutional Advancement attendees have the option to register online or submit the Institutional Advancement paper registration form by fax or regular mail.

I want to register online but don’t know my username.

Your username is typically your school-affiliated email address. If you have never used online registration before, you should first contact your Dean’s Office to ensure you are listed on your school’s AALS Roster for the Directory of Law Teachers. For further assistance with this process you can email AALS support. For all other questions about signing in please email registration.

I know my username, but I don’t know my password. How do I get/reset it?

Use this link to have an email sent to your school address to reset your AALS account password. You may also use this link if you have never set up a password for your AALS account.

How do I register if I do not want to pay by credit card online?

We strongly encourage online registration using our secure website. We offer the option to submit a paper registration form (PDF) by fax to (202) 872-1829, or regular mail (using check or credit card payment options). Mailed submissions of the paper form should be sent to: AALS, 1614 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Please note that we no longer accept submission of registration forms by email.

Why does AALS no longer accept registration forms by email?

In order to meet Payment Card Industry Association (PCIA) standards the AALS can no longer accept credit card payments by email. We recommend that you take advantage of our secure online registration system. We are happy to provide assistance and answer any questions that you may have concerning this change.

My school wants to submit payment by electronic direct deposit or wire transfer; does AALS accept these forms of payment?

Unfortunately, AALS is not able to accept payment by electronic deposit or wire transfer.

What is the cancellation policy for the 2016 Annual Meeting?

Cancellations must be made in writing and sent by email to registration@aals.org, fax to (202) 872-1829, or by regular mail to: AALS Registration, c/o Erick Brown, 1614 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. A refund of all conference fees paid, minus a $25 processing fee, will be issued for requests that are submitted by December 15, 2015. Cancellations received after this date, as well as no-shows for the Annual Meeting, are not eligible to receive a refund of conference fees.

I need to cancel my registration. Can I send another faculty/staff member from my law school in my place?

If you find that you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting you may authorize the transfer of your registration to another faculty or professional staff member of your law school. Requests to transfer your registration must be made in writing; by email to registration@aals.org, by fax to (202) 872-1829, or by mail to: AALS, 1614 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Please be certain to include the following information when authorizing your registration to be transferred:

  • A written authorization to AALS using one of the above methods. Please include your wish to cancel and transfer your registration, as well as the name of the individual you would like the registration to go to.
  • Submission of a paper registration form (PDF) for the substitute registrant. Please submit only by fax or mail if including any additional payment information by credit card.

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How can I request Access-Related Accommodations for the Annual Meeting?

For information on access-related accommodations please visit the Accessibility webpage (by clicking the “Accessibility” tab on the left). For further information, contact AALS accommodations at accommodations@aals.org so we may assist you.

Explanation of Program Types

Most programs at the Annual Meeting are planned by one of the one hundred sections. Programs marked Call for Papers, include at least one presenter selected on the basis of a call for papers. Programs marked as a Law Review Published Program will have their papers published in a law review. The Program Committee for the 2016 Annual Meeting selected Academy, Crosscutting, Discussion Groups, Hot Topics, and Symposia programs from proposals submitted by law school faculty; the AALS Task Force on Professional Development selected Arc of your Career Programs.

Program types at the Annual Meeting include:

  • [New] Academy Programs – programs submitted by faculty that do not fit into any of the other program categories.
  • [New] Arc of The Career programs – specifically designed to help law faculty with professional development over the course of their law school careers from pre-tenure, to reinvention at mid-career, to retirement.
  • Crosscutting Programs – focus on multi-subject and interdisciplinary subjects and seek to offer new perspectives on legal issues.
  • [New] Discussion Group – program sessions that provide a setting for an in-depth discussion of topics by a smaller group of participants.
  • Hot Topic Programs – late-breaking issues of general interest.
  • Symposium – a day-long opportunity to examine a specific issue topic in greater depth than is possible during a regular panel program.
  • Pedagogy Programs – section programs on pedagogy designed for new law school teachers.
  • Works-in-Progress Programs – section programs in which senior law scholars assist junior scholars ready their scholarship for submission to law reviews.

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Ticketed Events

What events require an additional ticket purchase at this year’s Annual Meeting?

The Section breakfasts, luncheons, and field trips requiring a ticket purchase are listed below:

Thursday, January 7 Code Price
Property Law Breakfast 1401 $55
State and Local Government Law Breakfast and Business Meeting 1402 $55
East Asian Law & Society Luncheon 1403 $85
Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Luncheon 1404 $85
Student Services Luncheon 1405 $85
Environmental Law Field Trip 1450 $75
International Law Field Trip 1451 $90

Friday, January 8 Code Price
Federal Courts Breakfast 1406 $55
Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers and International Law Joint Breakfast 1407 $55
Clinical Legal Education Luncheon 1408 $85
Labor Relations and Employment Law Boxed Luncheon 1409 $65
Law Libraries and Legal Information Boxed Luncheon 1410 $65
Minority Groups Luncheon 1411 $85

Saturday, January 9 Code Price
Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples Breakfast 1412 $55
Criminal Justice and Evidence Joint Luncheon 1413 $85
Socio-Economics Boxed Luncheon 1414 $65
Women in Legal Education Luncheon 1415 $85

Sunday, January 10 Code Price
Institutional Advancement Luncheon and Business Meeting
(There is no 1416 fee for those registering under Institutional Advancement)
1416 $85

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Why is the AALS Luncheon not listed in the program?

The AALS Luncheon has been replaced by the AALS Opening Plenary Program, which will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 9am -10am. This change allows all attendees to hear the meeting’s keynote speakers without having to incur the expense of a hotel lunch.

How can I purchase a ticket for meal events or field trips?

You are welcome to purchase your meal event or field trip ticket when you submit your initial registration. You may also add a ticket purchase to your registration once it has been completed using online registration or a paper form (PDF). Advance purchase of your ticket is recommended, as they will only be for sale on-site until the close of business the day prior to each event. To follow Payment Card Industry Association standards, tickets will not be sold at the door.

I have already registered for the conference but would like to purchase a ticket for a section breakfast, luncheon or field trip to my registration. How do I do this?

Registrants will be able add and make changes to their registration online. A confirmation email is sent when changes are made using online registration. Additionally, you are welcome to use a paper registration form (PDF) to submit your changes. Paper forms may be submitted by fax or regular mail. Please email registration with any other questions or concerns.

I have already registered but would like to add a program session, one that does not require payment. Is there an easy way to add this session?

Yes, you can easily add sessions included in your registration fee using the online registration system or by sending an email to registration@aals.org with the unpaid sessions you would like to add. You will receive an email confirmation of the changes requested.

Can my spouse or significant other attend the Annual Meeting?

A spouse or significant other is welcome to attend with a law faculty or staff member who is registered for the full meeting. No additional fee is charged for your guest to attend non-ticketed program sessions. Guests will receive a badge from the registration desk upon check-in. Note that Institutional Advancement registration does not include the option to register a guest. Also, a spouse or significant other who is also a law school faculty or professional staff member cannot attend as a guest registrant, and must instead register individually through the standard registration process.

I would like my guest to attend a breakfast or luncheon with me. How do I pay for their ticket?

To purchase a ticket to a breakfast or luncheon event for your guest you may use the online registration system or submit a paper registration form (PDF) using the standard fax or regular mail processes described above. If using the paper form, please include the code for the ticket you would like to purchase for your guest and provide payment information at the bottom. You should also place your name on the form as the primary registrant, and include a notation in the “Registration Type” field that your registration has been completed previously.

Can I purchase a ticket for my guest to attend a field trip?

Field Trips have limited space and registration priority is given to law school faculty and professional staff. Tickets for a spouse or significant other may be available for purchase on-site, but are subject to availability.

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At the Meeting

Where is AALS Registration located and when is it open?

Registration is located in the Grand Ballroom, Third Floor, New York Hilton Midtown. Hours are listed below:

Wednesday, Jan 6 2pm – 8pm
Thursday, Jan 7 7am – 7pm
Friday, Jan 8 7am – 7pm
Saturday, Jan 9 7am – 7pm
Sunday, Jan 10 7am – 10am

Where is the Exhibit Hall located?

The Exhibit Hall is located in the Grand Ballroom, Third Floor, New York Hilton Midtown. Hours are listed below:

Wednesday, Jan 6 2pm – 8pm
Thursday, Jan 7 8am – 6pm
Friday, Jan 8 8am – 5pm
Saturday, Jan 9 8am – 2pm

When is the AALS Orientation Session for First Time Meeting Attendees held?

Wednesday, Jan 6 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm

What day is the AALS Annual Meeting Opening Plenary Session?

Thursday, Jan 7 from 9am – 10am

Am I required to wear my badge?

Yes, badges are required for entry into all Annual Meeting sessions and events.

What type of clothing is appropriate?

Although the meeting takes place indoors it is advised that you bring a jacket or sweater to meeting events, as meeting rooms can sometimes be cooler than expected. Additionally, this year’s Annual Meeting events are being held between the two co-headquarter hotels. While the hotels are located across the street from one another you may still prefer to have a jacket as you move between them.

Hotels

How do I make a hotel reservation at a co-headquarter hotel?

You will receive a confirmation email from AALS containing a link with instructions for booking a hotel reservation online once you have completed your registration for the Annual Meeting. AALS co-headquarter hotels will only accept reservations made online through our partnering housing service for hotel reservations, Experient.

I just finished registering but don’t see a hotel reservation email.

If the hotel reservation email does not appear in your Inbox following registration please check your spam filters. Email registration if you’d like a copy resent to you. If you did receive your hotel booking email but are have difficulty booking your reservation online, please email Experient directly.

Where can I find information about the hotels online?

Visit the Housing website (by clicking the “Hotels” tab on the left) for more information on the co-headquarter hotels (rates, restaurants, complimentary services, amenities, and check-in/out times), as well as information on reserving a suite, travel tips, accessibility, and cancellations/refunds.

I called the hotel to make a reservation and they told me to call you; what do I do now?

AALS co-headquarter hotels will only accept online reservations made through our housing service partner, Experient. You will find the link to Experient’s AALS hotel website in the hotel booking email you receive when you complete your reservation. If you have not registered for the Annual Meeting you must do so before you access the hotel reservation website. If you have registered and cannot locate your confirmation email, please contact registration.

Is there a deadline for making a hotel reservation?

Hotel reservations should be completed by Friday, December 17, 2015. If you have not made your reservation by December 17, visit the Housing website (by clicking the “Hotels” tab on the left) for instructions about hotel availability and how to reserve your room. All reservations will be transferred from our housing service partner, Experient, to the co-headquarter hotels on Saturday, December 18. Therefore, the last day to process new reservations, changes, and cancellations will be December 17. We recommend that you book early to ensure you receive your desired accommodations.

I am mailing in my registration payment, but I want to make my hotel reservation online.

All participants must register before making hotel reservations through the AALS hotel reservation website. Should you decide to mail your registration and payment by check, please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

Will I receive a confirmation email for my hotel reservation?

Yes, Experient, our hotel reservations partner, will email a reservation acknowledgment within 72 hours of processing your reservation. If you have questions about this acknowledgement please email Experient directly.

Is there a guarantee required for the hotel? If so, is it refundable?

A valid credit card with an expiration date of January 2016 or later is required to secure your room reservation. Credit cards will not be processed prior to your arrival. Your credit card will be charged one night’s stay plus tax if you fail to cancel before 6pm on the day of arrival or if you do not to check in on your scheduled arrival date.

How do I change or cancel my reservation?

Reservations may be modified or cancelled at any time. You can make changes and cancellations to your reservation until 5pm (CST) on Friday, December 17 online using the link, email address, or fax number provided in the Experient reservation’s confirmation email. No cancellations will accepted by phone. For changes or cancellations made after December 17 it is necessary to wait until December 24, when you can contact the hotel directly.

I would like to share a hotel room with a colleague or have my family stay with me.

One person should be designated to make the hotel reservation online. List all occupants when making the reservation, including children and their ages. Children under the age of 18 may stay free of charge in a parent’s room. There is an additional charge of $20 per person, per night for more than two adults (age 18 and above), sharing a room. To avoid this charge for guests under 18, who will be counted as exempt, you will simply notify the hotel at check-in.

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