Proposal Guidelines - AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education

Concurrent Sessions

The conference will feature seven time slots for 60-minute concurrent sessions:

  • Sunday, May 3: 4:15-5:15pm 
  • Monday, May 4: 9-10am, 110am-noon, 4-5pm
  • Tuesday, May 5: 2:15-3:15pm
  • Wednesday, May 6: 9:45-10:45am, 11am-noon

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

Submission guidelines for concurrent sessions

To propose a concurrent session, select “Concurrent Session” from the dropdown menu in the 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. Ideally, the concurrent sessions will deepen attendees’ engagement with the conference themes while maximizing individual or group participation. We encourage presenters to collaborate with clinicians from institutions outside their own. 

Lightning Sessions

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

  • Monday, May 4: 10:15-10:45am
  • Wednesday, May 6: 9-9:30am

Submission of a lightning session proposal includes a willingness to have that proposal scheduled during either of the two lightning session time slots.

Submission guidelines for lightning sessions

To propose a lightning session, select “Lightning Session” from the dropdown menu in the 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; 3) a description of any documents or materials that you intend to provide to participants; 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.

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 submitters to be realistic about the number of presenters who can meaningfully participate in a 30-minute session.

Poster Presentations

The Opening Reception on Sunday, May 3, 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 registrants 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 beyond 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, select “Poster Presentation” from the dropdown menu in the submission form. Your submission should consist of one document that contains the following:

  • 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. one or more of the subthemes.
  • List of 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. Please designate one person as the contact person for the group.

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

Video Presentations

For the first time in 2020, the Planning Committee formally welcomes video presentations, recognizing that digital communication is increasingly prevalent, and is easily preserved and shared. Consistent with best practices for online videos, we recommend that the videos be no longer than 10-15 minutes. Depending on the number and length of accepted video presentations, they will be slotted during the concurrent and lightning session time blocks. The Planning Committee will identify ways to disseminate video presentations after the conference.

Submission guidelines for video presentations

To propose a video presentation, select “Video Presentation” from the dropdown menu in the submission form. Your submission should consist of one document that contains the following:

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

Workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity for groups of pre-registrants to explore a topic in-depth over the course of one 4-hour session. In 2020, the workshops will be held on Sunday, May 3 from 9am-1pm, a time slot which does not conflict with concurrent sessions, lightning sessions, or working groups. 

Workshop attendance may be limited to a certain number of pre-registrants, as determined by the workshop facilitators and room capacity.

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 engage them before the conference begins.

Submission guidelines for workshops

To propose a workshop, select “Workshop” from the dropdown menu in the online 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 workshop; 2) a detailed plan for how the workshop will be conducted; 3) a description of any documents or materials that you intend to provide to participants; and 4) a summary of why you believe your topic has a broad appeal and why it is particularly suited to the workshop format.
  • List of Presenters: Identify all individuals who will be planning and presenting the workshop, list their institutions, and name one of them as the contact person for the group. Please state the qualifications of the presenters to lead a workshop on the proposed topic. This may include demonstrated experience in the subject of the workshop, past presentations on the topic, and related publications.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Planning Committee. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando in May 2020.