The 102 AALS Sections and the Annual Meeting Program Committee have organized a vibrant schedule of programs for the Annual Meeting, ranging in topic from discipline-specific hot topics to teaching and pedagogy. You will find sessions of interest for deans, faculty members both new and established, and administrators at any level of their careers.

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Some highlights of this year’s program include:

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 (or second-, or even third-time) attendees navigate the meeting.

AALS Opening Reception. Attending the Annual Meeting is as much about making connections with peers, mentors, and guests as it is about scholarship. Enjoy a drink and light appetizers while mixing and mingling with your colleagues from law schools across the country.

AALS Opening Plenary Program on Access to Justice. Join Paul Marcus as he moderates a panel of speakers that includes Cara Drinan, The Catholic University of America; The Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn, Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia; Alex R. Gulotta, Executive Director, Bay Area Legal Aid; and Martha Minow, Vice Chair, Legal Services Corporation.

AALS Symposium on Why Intellectual Diversity Matters (and What Is To Be Done).

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.

Arc of Career programs, which have been specifically designed for faculty at various stages of their law school careers.

  • Design Thinking for Law Professors
  • Leadership Development in Law Schools
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Faculty of Color in Skills-Focused Law Teaching and Law Administration
  • So You Want to Publish a Book

Open Source Programs, which are designed by law faculty outside of section programming.

  • Civil Rights Enforcement and Administrative Law in the Trump Era
  • Empirical Research Methods and the Experiential Curriculum: “New” Tools for Securing Justice in a Post-Fact Era?
  • Innovations in Teaching Access to Justice Across the Law School Curriculum
  • Mainstreaming Feminism
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) at 10 Years
  • Visual and Popular Culture Imagery in Legal Education

Discussion Groups, which facilitate scholarly discussion and engagement with a small group of faculty.

  • A New Era for Business Regulation?
  • A Unique Approach to Access to Justice: Training Lawyers Ready to Serve
  • Access to Justice in the Age of Technology, Television & Trump
  • Community Economic Development is Access to Justice
  • Foreign Interference in Elections
  • Professional Identity Development Tools to Help Law Students Meet the Needs of Today’s Clients
  • What Is Fraud Anyway?

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