The coronavirus pandemic has caused the greatest disruption in legal education in our lifetimes, but we can be proud of the way members of the academy have come together for their students and to support one another. As faculty transition classes to remote instruction, AALS is continuing support of legal education during this time.
In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AALS staff are now working remotely. You can still reach us by email or the usual phone numbers as our system allows for remote answering.
After careful consideration of the risks posed by COVID-19, we have canceled the 2020 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education scheduled for May 3-6 in Orlando, Florida, and the 2020 AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers scheduled for June 4-6 in Washington, DC. Although we are disappointed to cancel these events, the health and safety of our attendees and staff are our first priority. Many previously scheduled in-person committee meetings have now been converted to phone or video conferences. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to next year’s conferences.
Many of you are teaching classes remotely for the first time. Faculty with experience in online teaching have shared their thoughts and recommendations through AALS Section discussion groups and other forums. This is a great example of the legal academy coming together in a time of need. We encourage faculty, staff, and administrators who are members of our 103 sections to use our discussion groups to connect with one another. For faculty who are not currently part of a section, you may want to join a section in your field.
Over the last three weeks, we have expanded our weekly legal education news and blogs digest to share advice, resources, and ideas about online teaching. A form to subscribe to the digests are available here. We have also organized recent news and advice related to remote instruction on our website.
Working with LSAC, the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and NALP, we continue to reach out to law school deans. Please let us know if you have other suggestions for ways AALS can be helpful to you.
Thank you for your patience, your dedication to your students, and your dedication to legal education.
Your colleagues at the Association of American Law Schools