Thursday, June 6 – Saturday, June 8
Washington, DC

Why Attend?

Whether you are about to begin your first semester of teaching or your fifth, this workshop provides an opportunity to consider your new career through your multiple roles as teacher, scholar, mentor, and institutional citizen. The conference is open to new and nearly-new law teachers, including those joining law school faculties as tenure-track, lecturer, clinical, or visiting appointees.

At this workshop, participants will be able to share their experiences and concerns both with each other and with a roster of inspirational scholars and teachers chosen for their commitment to legal education, the distinction they have achieved in their own careers, and the diversity of their scholarly and pedagogical approaches. These speakers will pass along valuable advice about developing, placing, and promoting one’s scholarship as well as tips and techniques for successful student engagement and assessment. They will also address the often-competing demands of institutional service and the evolving expectations of law students and faculty colleagues.

There is something truly special about an event that draws together new law faculty from around the country. We look forward to welcoming new faculty members as they settle into this phase of their legal career.

Highlights Program (PDF) Online Program Speakers AALS Sections

Who Should Attend?

The workshop will benefit those within their first one to three years of teaching in law school, whether they are on tenure track, contract, or are visiting assistant professors.


The workshop will begin on Thursday, June 6 with registration at 4 pm and small group discussions at 6 pm. An opening dinner will be held at 7:30 pm featuring an inspirational keynote address by Dean Danielle Holley-Walker of Howard University School of Law. Dinner will be followed by a dessert and coffee reception. The workshop program (PDF) includes two and a half days of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions and small group discussions. The workshop will conclude by 4 pm on Saturday, June 8. In addition to the program sessions, there will be luncheons on Friday and Saturday and a reception on Friday evening.

Planning Committee for AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers

Aaron H. Caplan, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Sarah B. Hadjimarkos, University of Wisconsin Law School
Michael J. Higdon, University of Tennessee College of Law
Susan S. Kuo, University of South Carolina School of Law, Chair
Naomi Jewel Mezey, Georgetown University Law Center