Faculty Focus is a series of webinars featuring expert advice from law school leaders and shared experiences from law faculty. The current series is designed to support experienced tenure-track faculty, but anyone in the legal academy is welcome to join.

Join these free, conversational webinars on Thursdays at 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific. The hour-long sessions are structured to encourage conversation and connection with carefully-selected panelists who demonstrate a range of diverse perspectives, and to include opportunities for participants to engage with speakers and crowdsource ideas across a range of law schools.

Upcoming Session

Beyond the Entry-level Market: Tips for the Lateral Market and Obtaining a Visiting Professorship 

November 3 | 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific

There are many resources about the entry-level hiring market, but the lateral market and how experienced faculty can obtain a visiting professorship is more opaque.  The final Fall 2022 Faculty Focus webinar seeks to provide insights into the lateral hiring market and visiting positions for experienced faculty. The panelists will discuss their personal experiences and offer advice for navigating the hiring process.

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Christopher Odinet
Christopher Odinet is Professor of Law and Michael & Brenda Sandler Fellow in Corporate Law at University of Iowa College of Law.

Shu-Yi Oei 

Shu-Yi Oei is Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School.

Shaakirrah Sanders 

Shaakirrah R. Sanders is currently a visiting Professor of Law at Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law.

Series Host & Moderators

Alena Allen | Moderator

Alena Allen is Professor of Law at University of Arkansas School of Law, and AALS Deputy Director. Her scholarship has focused on the intersection of health policy and feminist theory. Previously, Allen served on the faculty at the Cecil C. Humphreys University of Memphis School of Law where she won Professor of Year in 2013, the Farris Bobango Faculty Scholarship Award in 2019, and the MLK 50 Faculty Service Award in 2021.

Erwin Chemerinsky | Host
Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at of Berkeley Law, and AALS President. He is one of the foremost legal academics in the United States. He is the author of eleven books, including leading casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure, and federal jurisdiction, and more than 200 law review articles. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States. 

Mark Alexander | Host

Mark Alexander is the Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and AALS President-Elect. Prior to Villanova, he served as Associate Dean for Academics at Seton Hall University School of Law. Alexander’s areas of expertise include constitutional law, criminal procedure, election law, criminal law, and the First Amendment. Alexander served as an adviser and issues director for several political campaigns. He clerked for Chief Judge Thelton Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and was a litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Alexander earned a B.A. and J.D. from Yale University.

Past Sessions

Missed a past Faculty Focus? Watch all past sessions here.