We invite you, our colleagues, to create online-friendly and engaging proposals. Have fun: consider video, music, poetry, games, etc. as part of your proposal. Zoom will be our platform, and AALS is open to syncing with other apps, if possible, within our budget constraints. AALS has genuine interest in making this a tech-smart conference.

As the conference date nears, we will send out another request for affinity group gatherings (e.g., school or program alumni, clinicians from a specific geographic region; clinicians celebrating milestones; externships leaders; transactional clinicians, etc.). These gatherings will require minimal planning and can be primarily social.

We are accepting proposals for two types of sessions:

Workshops

(replacing Concurrent sessions and 2-4- hour Workshops)

  • 90 minutes
  • 1-5 leaders who create presentation content (50-66% of allotted time) and facilitate active engagement through small group work (33-50% of allotted time)
  • Subject matter might include creating lesson plans; fostering DEI classroom climates; developing training for supervisors; active exploration of new technology (either for learning or lawyering)
  • Participation over 25 people encouraged. Breakout rooms allowed.

Discussions

(replacing Working Groups, Posters, and Concurrent Sessions)

  • 75 minutes
  • 1-3 leaders who moderate a conversation among the leaders and the participants. Leaders might pose questions or present briefly, but most of the session is spent in discussion and other interaction with participants.
  • Subject matter might include an open-ended issue or a focused discussion of a new idea, a lesson plan, an assessment, program design, etc.
  • Participation, including leaders, would be limited to 20 people

How to Propose a Program

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.  

Proposals should be submitted online by 11:59 pm Eastern on Sunday, October 31, 2021. The Planning Committee plans to notify the proposal contact person of their acceptance status on or before January 31, 2022.

Your submission should consist of:

  • Session Description: A 250-word description that includes: 1) the title and format of the session; 2) an outline of how the session will be structured, including specific uses of breakout rooms for a Workshop session and interactive techniques to foster discussion in both types of sessions; and 3) a description of any documents or materials that you intend to provide to participants (including classroom exercises, syllabi, bibliographies, and the like). 
  • List of Presenters: Identify all individuals who will participate in the session, including their institutions, their discipline, whether they have presented at the AALS Clinical Conference in the past two years, and how their identities and experiences reinforce our commitment to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Please designate one presenter as the contact person for the group. 
  • Keywords: From our menu, identify up to three keywords that are priorities for your session. The key words are:
Assessment (content & process)
Content/substantive knowledge, legal or nonlegal
Classroom & supervision culture & dynamics (includes decolonization, centering)
Collaboration (includes community engagement)
Communication and dialogue
Design thinking (backward, universal, etc.)
Egoless lawyering & teaching  
Empathy (cognitive & affective)
Hierarchies, Status & Power/Privilege (academic or non-academic)
Lawyering & Classroom Learning Activities
Reflection & Metacognition
Technology & Graphics

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Content: Focuses on specific teaching and lawyering strategies and methods that are replicable in different settings and supply participants with takeaways focused on knowledge, skills, and values.
  • Presenters: We value diversity in all its forms, including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, class, language, culture, national origin, generation/age, ability, veteran status, documentation status, geographic location, discipline, and academic status and duration in the academy (untenured, tenure, staff, contract, adjunct, new professor/seasoned professor). Proposals that include presenters from diverse backgrounds as a key part of the session learning are particularly welcome.

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.