Thursday, October 15 – Saturday, October 17, 2020
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW
Note for 2020: After careful consideration of the risks posed by COVID-19 and consultation with law school deans, AALS has canceled the 2020 Faculty Recruitment Conference. AALS will continue to support faculty hiring through Becoming a Law Teacher, the Placement Bulletin, and the FAR. We are encouraging law school hiring committees to reach out to FAR candidates directly.
AALS staff members are available to help you with any questions at email@example.com. The 2021 Faculty Recruitment Conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 14 – Saturday, October 16 in Washington, DC.
AALS facilitates the annual Faculty Recruitment Conference (FRC) each fall to make the screening interview process easier and more centralized for schools and applicants alike. Law school hiring teams meet and conduct in-person interviews with candidates over three days in Washington, DC.
Schools typically contact candidates they are interested in before the conference to prearrange interviews to take place onsite. Interviews are usually scheduled every 30 minutes; thus, with time to navigate the hotel, the actual interview length is usually about 20-25 minutes. However, AALS does not specify what hours to interview or how long the interviews should last.
If you plan to attend the FRC, please RSVP via the email sent to you in the fall. There is no additional charge to attend the conference; registration is included in your FAR fee.
The link to reserve a room at the Marriott Wardman Park will be posted in the summer. The room rate is $279 (plus taxes) for single and double occupancy. If you need to cancel your reservation, you must do so by 6 pm on the scheduled date of arrival to avoid being charged for one night.
We strongly encourage all candidates to review the videos and materials about screening interviews on Becoming a Law Teacher well in advance of the conference.
If you do not have prearranged interviews with attending law schools, review the advice provided on Becoming a Law Teacher as to whether it is worthwhile to attend the FRC.
Programming for Candidates
In addition to interviews, the Faculty Recruitment Conference offers candidates and law school recruitment teams opportunities to socialize and network. See the conference schedule for hours and details about these events:
FRC begins on Thursday evening with a roundtable workshop during which all interested candidates have both structured and unstructured time to mingle with and solicit advice from experienced faculty members.
This year’s Workshop will be held Thursday, October 15, from 3:30 – 5:15 pm.
Hospitality rooms sponsored by the AALS Sections on Minority Groups and Women in Legal Education are available throughout the conference for candidates to chat with representatives from these Sections. Each Section will host a question and answer session in their hospitality room during the conference.
Open receptions are held throughout the conference. They are sponsored by various AALS Sections including the Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues and the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research; plus a reception for religiously affiliated law schools.
All receptions and lounges listed are open to all candidates.
The Candidates Lounge is a comfortable place to relax, offering complimentary beverages.
- Onsite Information
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is wheelchair accessible to all public locations and guest rooms. We recommend guests specifically request an accessible room when making a reservation.
AALS will provide sign language interpreters for the hearing related issues on request. We ask that you contact AALS by email no later than September 13 to request this service.
If you need assistance getting around the hotel’s meeting rooms or interview rooms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and our staff at the conference will assist you.
There is a full-service FedEx business center (extension 2769) on the mezzanine level of the hotel. It provides copying and computer usage as well as faxing and sells general office supplies. The hours during the conference are 7 am – 7 pm but it can be accessed by hotel guests 24 hours with your room key. If you are not a guest at the Marriott Wardman Park, visit the front desk for access to the Business Center.
The Fitness Center on the lobby level is free of charge and accessible 24 hours a day with a guestroom key. There is an outdoor jogging course in Rock Creek Park near the hotel; ask the concierge for details and directions.
Getting Around the Hotel/Helpful Hints
The Marriott Wardman Park can be a confusing hotel to navigate. We recommend that you spend some time familiarizing yourself with the layout before your interviews begin, and wear comfortable shoes. When locating a specific room, use this key to understand the room number:
- The first digit indicates the floor.
- The second digit indicates the part of the hotel: 0 or 1 is the Center Tower, 3 is the Wardman Tower
- The last two digits indicate the room number on the floor.
- Exception: Rooms 101-180 are on the First Floor (Mezzanine Level) of Center
The hotel provides complimentary wireless internet in AALS interviewing rooms and guest rooms, the hotel lobby, and public areas.
Statement on Equality and Non-Discrimination
Equality and non-discrimination are core values of the AALS. All participants at AALS events are expected to treat others with dignity and respect and in a manner that is consistent with these core values. Individuals who have concerns about the treatment they or others experience at the 2020 Faculty Recruitment Conference are encouraged to report that to any of the following AALS staff members:
Erick Brown, Database and Registration Manager (202) 296-2355
Mary Cullen, Associate Director of Meetings, (202) 296-4755
The Marriott Wardman Park offers a variety of dining options on site, and the Woodley Park neighborhood is home to a number of restaurants.
Public Transportation (Metro)
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is located at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road, NW, in Washington, D.C. The hotel is close to the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/National Zoo stop (red line) on Metro. There is an incline from the Metro escalator exit to the hotel which may be challenging for individuals with mobility issues. The Metro’s elevator exit has a flatter approach to hotel; walk up Woodley Road, turn left into the hotel main driveway. Visit www.wmata.com for trip planning assistance.
Reagan National Airport (DCA) is nearest the hotel and is connected to the Metro system.
- Estimated taxi fare: $30 one way
- To ride the Metro to the hotel, take the Yellow Line to Gallery Place/ Chinatown and change to the Red Line (heading toward Shady Grove) to the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/National Zoo Metro station.
Dulles International Airport (IAD) is about 27 miles from the hotel in Virginia.
- Estimated taxi fare: $65 each way
Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is in Baltimore, approximately one hour in non-rush hour traffic from the hotel.
- Consider using the MARC train from the airport to connect to Union Station in Washington, D.C. From Union Station you can take Metro Red Line to the Woodley Park/ Adams Morgan/National Zoo Metro stop.
- Estimated taxi fare: $88 one way
Self-parking at the Marriott Wardman Park is $48 per day and valet parking is $55 per day.