Program

Thank you to our 100 sections and the Annual Meeting program committees who have organized a vibrant schedule for the Annual Meeting. The meeting is filled with sessions of particular interest to deans, faculty, and administrators at any level of their careers.

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Highlights

Some of this year’s fresh program options include:

  • AALS President’s Program on Diversity. The AALS President and President-Elect have joined together to launch a two-year focus on diversity, starting with this President’s Program.
  • What is AALS and Why Does It Matter for My Career? And How Do I Get the Most Out of the Annual Meeting?: A session to help first-time attendees navigate the meeting.
  • AALS Opening Reception. Enjoy drinks and light appetizers while mixing and mingling with your colleagues from law schools across the country.
  • AALS Plenary Program with keynote speaker Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft. Smith will join AALS President Kellye Testy for an interactive conversation on “Preparing a Diverse Profession to Serve a Diverse World.”
  • AALS President’s Program on “Great Expectations: The Competencies, Skills, and Attributes that Employers See in our Graduates.” A diverse panel of lawyers will offer reactions from their practice perspectives to recently-gathered data from IAALS.
  • A session organized by the AALS Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students: “Making Room for More: Theorizing Educational Diversity and Identifying Best Practices in the Age of Fisher.”
  • Workshop for Pretenured Law School Teachers of Color. Minority law teachers face special challenges in the legal academy, starting from the first day of teaching. 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.
  • Mixed Empirical Methods Workshop. This workshop will be held Thursday, January 5 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm through Friday, January 6 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Thursday’s workshop will provide an important foundation for the workshop session on Friday. There is a $80 fee to attend and includes a box lunch on Friday.
  • AALS Symposium on “Why the Decline of Law and Legal Education Matters (And What We Might Do About It?)”
  • Arc of Career programs, which have been specifically designed for faculty at various stages of their law school careers.
    • Branching Out in Your Post-Tenure Career
    • Building Academic Communities and Blogging for Law Professors: Forming Online Communities
    • Chartering New Waters: Clinicians’ Post-Tenure Reflections
    • The Legal Writing Lateral
    • So…You Want to be a Dean? Why Considering a Deanship Matters
    • Transitions: Preparing For Life Beyond the Legal Academy

  • Discussion Groups, which facilitate scholarly discussion and engagement with a small group of faculty.
    • The Central American Refugee Crisis: A Discussion of the Current Response and Evaluation of U.S. Legal Obligations under Domestic and International Law
    • Clinics and Practice-Readiness: Perfect Partners or Strange Bedfellows?
    • Community Development Law and Economic Justice: Why Law Matters
    • The Future of Tax Administration and Enforcement
    • Introducing Leadership Development into the Law School Curriculum
    • Salman v. United States and the Future of Insider Trading Law
    • Student Assessment: Tips and Tricks from the Trenches
    • Why [Transactional] Law Matters

  • Academy Programs, which are designed by law faculty outside of section programming.
    • #BlackLivesMatter: Balancing Security with Dignity in American Policing
    • Does Anyone’s Law Matter at the Border? Shootings, Searches, Walls, and the U.S. Constitution
    • New Directions in Access to Justice Research – Measuring Outcomes
    • Still Victims: Continuing the Trauma of Victims of Military Sexual Assault

  • Hot Topics, which are programs focusing on late-breaking issues of general interest.
    • Declining Bar Exam Scores, the New Bar Pass Accreditation Standard, and Ensuring New Lawyer Competence: A Perfect Storm
    • Federal Power Over Immigration
    • The Juliana v. U.S. Atmospheric Trust Litigation: Will the Children Save the Planet?
    • New Frontiers in Reproductive Rights and Justice
    • The Securities and Exchange Commission and Sustainability Disclosure

    Want to learn more about the types of programs offered at the meeting? Check the FAQ page.