2023 AALS Clinical Conference: Call for Working Group Facilitators

Dear Clinical Community: 

The Planning Committee seeks volunteers to facilitate working groups at the 2023 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education in San Francisco. Each working group is organized by subject area or affinity group and is led by two volunteers. Working group facilitators are critical for helping their groups explore conference themes and address concerns. This year’s theme, “Hope as a Discipline,” focuses on abolition and the concept of “radical imagination” as a frame for our clinical teaching.  As we explore this theme, we invite Working Groups to facilitate conversations on how to implement these goals in our day-to-day work. Working Groups discussions are open-ended and an opportunity to have sustained conversations over the weekend about any issues that advance your clinical teaching and/or practice. 

We are looking for Working Group facilitators who provide a diversity of viewpoint, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race, faith, geographical location, years of experience, type of school, type of clinic, and similar factors.  Facilitators must be willing to plan meaningful consideration of the Conference’s theme, foster dialogue during the two Working Group sessions, and ensure an inclusive forum for discussion


  • Thursday, April 20, 7– 8 pm ET, 6 – 7 pm CT, 4 – 5 pm PT on Zoom: Facilitators’ preparation meeting 
  • Friday, April 28, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Working Group session 1  
  • Saturday, April 29, 11:40 am – 12:30 pm: Working Group session 2 


  • Working group facilitators pay the registration fee and their own expenses for the conference. 


Submit the Online Submission Form by Tuesday, February 14. Please choose up to two subject areas that you would be comfortable facilitating. We will work to match facilitators with groups based on your preferences. We appreciate your flexibility in case areas must be changed due to factors such as lack of space or low subscription.  

The following list identifies the topics that will be offered for registration.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Associate Deans of Experiential Education
  • Civil Rights/Discrimination/Race/LGBTQ
  • Clinic Administrators
  • Community Economic Development
  • Community Lawyering
  • Consumer Law/Tax
  • Criminal/Juvenile Delinquency Law
  • Critical Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Elder & Disability Law
  • Environmental
  • Externships
  • Family/Domestic Violence
  • Family Law
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Juvenile Law/Education Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Legislative/Policy
  • Medical-Legal
  • Partnerships/Interdisciplinary Clinics
  • Poverty Law/Public Benefits
  • Transactional Law/Small Business
  • Veterans Clinic
  • Workplace/Employment Law