For the first time in four years, we will meet in person for the 2023 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, from Thursday April 27 through Sunday, April 30, 2023 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel in San Francisco, California. The biennial Clinical and Experiential Law Program Directors Workshop will take place all day on Thursday April 27. The main conference will begin on Thursday evening with an Opening Reception with Poster Presentations.

Given the absence of in person gatherings over the last several years, the 2023 conference will provide various opportunities to exchange concrete ideas as well as space and time to connect with colleagues in a less structured format. The conference program begins with a sole keynote session to frame the gathering and includes 60-minute concurrent sessions, 30-minute lightning round sessions, poster presentations and workshops. As in past years, the conference program will include working group sessions, works-in-progress, and presentations from Bellows Scholars. Community gatherings, a new type of session, will be offered to support what we understand to be the desire of many of us to make the most of a long-awaited opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues.

The Planning Committee invites proposals from individuals or multiple presenters for the four categories of presentation listed in the bullet points above. We especially encourage faculty who have not presented before or who have not presented in the past few years to submit proposals. We also encourage collaboration within and across institutions.

Concurrent Sessions

The conference will include six time slots for 60-minute concurrent sessions:

  • Friday, April 28: 2:00 – 3:00 pm and 3:15 – 4:15 pm;
  • Saturday, April 29: 9:00 – 10:00 am; 10:15 – 11:15 am; and 2:00 – 3:00 pm; and 
  • Sunday, April 30: 10:45 – 11:45 am.

The Committee seeks proposals for 60-minute concurrent sessions that develop the conference theme and/or subthemes. Submission of a concurrent session proposal includes a willingness to have the session scheduled in any of the concurrent session time slots or, if necessary, in a lightning session time slot.

Submission guidelines for Concurrent Sessions

To propose a concurrent session, use the Submission Form, and select “Concurrent Session” from the dropdown menu. Your submission should consist of one document that contains the following:

  1. Description: A one- to two-page description that includes: 1) the title, goals, and learning objectives for the session; 2) an outline for how the session will be structured; and 3) an articulated connection to the conference theme and/or subtheme(s). Include your ideas about the ways in which the session will be engaging and interactive. Past attendees have expressed an interest in presentations that focus on specific teaching strategies and methods, include ideas that are replicable in different settings, and supply participants with takeaways. We strongly encourage you to consider those issues in designing your proposal. Ideally, these sessions will deepen attendees’ engagement with the conference themes while maximizing individual or group participation.
  2. Materials: Describe any documents or materials you intend to provide to participants at your session (including rubrics, surveys, a syllabus, evaluation forms, bibliographies, and classroom exercises). You may include with your submission any materials you already have.
  3. Presenters: Identify all individuals who will participate in planning and presenting 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, if so, the title and nature of the session), and how their identities and experiences reinforce our commitment to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion. Name one of them as the contact person for the group. We encourage presenters to collaborate with clinicians from institutions outside their own. 

Short “Lightning” Sessions

The conference will include two time slots for 30-minute lightning sessions:

  • Friday April 28: 4:30 – 5:40 pm: two lightning sessions per room with a 10-minute break between sessions.

Submission of a lightning session proposal includes a willingness to have the session scheduled during either of the two lightning round sessions. The Committee seeks proposals for 30-minute “lightning” sessions that develop the conference theme and/or subtheme(s). Submission of a “lightning” session proposal includes a willingness to have that proposal scheduled during the lightning session time slots.

Submission guidelines for “Lightning” Sessions

To propose a 30-minute lightning session, use the Submission Form, and select “Lightning Session” from the dropdown menu. Your submission should consist of one document that contains the following:

  1. 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; and 3) an articulated connection to the conference theme and/or subtheme(s). 
  2. Materials: Describe any course documents or materials you intend to provide to participants at your session (including rubrics, surveys, a syllabus, evaluation forms, bibliographies, and classroom exercises). You may include in your submission any materials you already have.
  3. Presenters: Identify all individuals who will participate in planning and presenting 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, if so, the title and nature of the session), and how their identities and experiences reinforce our commitment to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion. Name one of them as the contact person for the group. We encourage presenters to collaborate with clinicians from institutions outside their own. 

We strongly encourage the submission of lightning session proposals that present one or two concrete takeaways for the audience. For example, a lightning session might describe a specific classroom exercise, instructional approach, self-care practice, or model of collaboration. We also encourage people submitting proposals to be realistic about the number of presenters who can meaningfully participate in a 30-minute session.

Poster Presentations

The Opening Reception on Thursday, April 27, provides an opportunity for presenters to display posters and discuss their materials as conference participants circulate. The posters will remain on display in the registration foyer, where participants can view them during the rest of the conference. Poster presentations are an integral feature of professional conferences for many disciplines and allow for greater participation and dissemination of information than a single concurrent session. Posters are particularly useful for presenting descriptive information or other material not well suited for the more interactive format of a concurrent session.

Submission guidelines for Poster Presentations

To propose a poster presentation, use the Submission Form, and select “Poster Presentation” from the dropdown menu. Your submission should consist of a single document that contains the following:

  1. Description: A one-page description that includes: 1) your goals and learning objectives for the poster; 2) the content you expect the poster to include and how you expect to display it; and 3) the relationship of the poster to the conference theme or subthemes.
  2. Presenters: Identify all individuals who will participate in preparing and presenting the poster, including their institutions and whether they come from another discipline or from outside the academy. Name one person as the contact person for the group.

Bear in mind that many universities offer assistance in poster design and printing. You can find good tips on creating posters online.

Workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity for groups of pre-registrants to explore a topic in-depth in one 3.25 hour session (including 15 minutes for a break or breaks). The conference will include one 3.25-hour time slot for workshops:

  • Saturday, April 29: 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm.

Workshop attendance will be limited to a predetermined maximum number of pre-registrants.

We encourage proposals from groups of workshop planners and presenters. Leading these workshops will require more time and preparation than a concurrent session. Workshop leaders will play a major role in designing workshop content and in preparing for the workshop before the conference. Since participants will register for workshops in advance, we encourage workshop leaders to assign materials to participants and to convene them remotely before the conference begins.

Eligibility requirements

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. Concurrent or lightning session presenters, poster presenters, and workshop leaders must pay the registration fee and are responsible for their own expenses for attendance at the Conference. 

How to Propose a Program

Proposals should be submitted through the Submission Form and have been extended to 11:59 pm Eastern on Friday, October 14. The planning committee intends to notify participants by November 18 whether their proposals are accepted. 

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 in San Francisco in April 2023.