The 2021 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education will be a virtual gathering, held from April 28 to May 1, 2021.  The COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the 2020 Clinical Conference in Orlando, but all accepted presenters have been invited to present at the 2021 conference.  In an effort to ensure that the conference programming remains timely and relevant, the Planning Committee invites proposals for a limited number of “Hot Topic” presentations that take the form of a 45-minute concurrent session.

Hot Topics proposals should address dimensions of our work that have emerged over the last year, especially:

  • Pedagogical approaches in a remote learning environment
  • Adapting lawyering skills instruction to a remote lawyering environment
  • Clinic operations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Community engagement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn, and movements for racial justice
  • Incorporating antiracism in clinical pedagogy and advancing both antiracism and inclusiveness in the clinical legal professoriate

Eligibility to Submit Proposals: Faculty members including adjunct faculty and fellows at AALS member and fee-paid schools are eligible to submit proposals or serve as presenters.  International faculty, visiting faculty (who do not retain a permanent affiliation at another law school), graduate students, and non-law school faculty may serve as presenters.  Presenters must pay the registration fee. Preference will be given to presenters who are not already on the conference program.

Proposals should be submitted through the Hot Topic Submission Form by 11:59 pm Eastern on Friday, January 22.  The Planning Committee plans to notify participants on or before February 12 of the status of acceptance.

How to Make a Proposal

To propose a “Hot Topics” session, use the Hot Topic Submission Form. Your submission should consist of one document that contains the following:

  • Description: A one- to two-page description that includes: 1) the title, goals, and learning objectives for the session; 2) an outline of how the session will be structured, including any interactive features; 3) a description of any documents or materials that you intend to provide to participants (including classroom exercises, syllabi, bibliographies, and the like); and 4) an articulated connection to the conference theme or one or more of the subthemes. 
  • List of Presenters: Identify all individuals who will participate in the session, including their institutions, whether they come from another discipline or from outside the academy, whether they have presented at the AALS Clinical Conference in the past two years, and any other information about the presenters that you deem relevant.  Please designate one presenter as the contact person for the group. 

Past attendees have expressed a preference for presentations that focus on specific teaching strategies and methods, include ideas that are replicable in different settings, and supply participants with takeaways.  We encourage presenters to collaborate with clinicians from institutions outside their own.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Planning Committee.  Thank you for your interest in the conference.  We look forward to seeing you at our gathering next spring.

2021 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education Planning Committee

Lisa R. Bliss, Georgia State University College of Law
Robert Edward Lancaster, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Dana Malkus, St. Louis University School of Law
Kim McLaurin, Suffolk University Law School
Lynnise Pantin, Columbia Law School
Jayesh Rathod, American University Washington College of Law, Chair
Katie Tinto, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Cindy Wilson, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law