Theme l Speakers l Podcasts l Posters l Innovations in Legal Education Proposals l Exhibitors l Sponsors
2012 Annual Meeting
Date: January 4 — 8, 2012
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

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Daylong Section Programs and AALS Workshops:

Sessions by Date & Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm AALS Registration

7:00 am - 7:00 pm AALS Registration

7:30 am - 8:30 am Twelve Step Meeting

7:45 am - 5:00 pm Joint Field Trip of Sections on Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law-Waitlist
Biodiversity, Urban Parks and Academics in Government - Field Trip to the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History

8:45 am - 5:00 pm Socio-Economics
The Socio-Economics in the Academy and the Economy: Changing the Economic Debate

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Crosscutting Program - The Law and Science of Trustworthy Elections: Facing the Challenges of Internet Voting and Other E-Voting Technologies
The Law and Science of Trustworthy Elections: Facing the Challenges of Internet Voting and Other E-Voting Technologies

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Disability Law
Disaster, Disability and Law

9:00 am - 10:30 am Employment Discrimination
Solidarity: The New Antidiscrimination Law?

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Institutional Advancement
Meeting the Needs of Our Stakeholders in the Midst of a Changing Legal Landscape

9:00 am - 5:00 pm International Law and North American Cooperation Joint Program
North American Legal Developments – 2011 and Beyond

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Jewish Law
Jewish Law at Harvard: Rediscovering Nathan Isaacs

9:00 am - 4:30 pm Student Services
The Duty to Develop Our Students: Enrollment to Endowment

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Torts and Compensation Systems
Twenty-First Century Tort Theories: A New Audit of Civil Recourse Theory

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Women in Legal Education
Speed Mentoring and New Voices in Gender

9:15 am - 5:00 pm Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Field Trip
Law Library of the Library of Congress

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Crosscutting Program - The Antibalkanization Turn in Antidiscrimination Law and Theory?
The Antibalkanization Turn in Antidiscrimination Law and Theory?

11:40 am - 1:00 pm Socio-Economics Luncheon
The Corporate Campaign to Roll Back Regulatory Controls: A Case Study in Power and Misuse of Economics

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Institutional Advancement Luncheon and Business Meeting
New Realities of the Practicing Bar

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Law Libraries Luncheon

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Minority Groups Luncheon

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Student Services Luncheon

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Business Associations
The “New” Corporate Governance

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Constitutional Law
Part I: American Citizenship in the 21st Century Part II: Article V: To All Intents and Purposes

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Education Law and Law and Sports Joint Program, Co-Sponsored by Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues
Taking Stock at Title IX’s 40th Anniversary: Athletics, Single-Sex Education, and Bullying/Harassment

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Labor Relations and Employment Law, Co-Sponsored by Section on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Public Employees: Labor Issues in a Era of Economic Recession

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Law Libraries
Libraries and Copyright: Friends, Enemies, or Strangers on a Common Path?

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Property Law and Real Estate Transactions Joint Program
Rethinking Urban Development

7:00 am - 7:00 pm AALS Registration

7:00 am - 8:30 am Property Law Breakfast

7:30 am - 8:30 am Twelve Step Meeting

8:30 am - 12:15 pm AALS Site Evaluators Workshop

8:30 am - 10:15 am Agency, Partnerships, LLC’s and Unincorporated Business Associations
Using Unincorporated Business Entities for Non-Business Purposes

8:30 am - 10:15 am Aging and the Law
Guardianship: Reconsidering the Reality of Reform

8:30 am - 10:15 am Balance in Legal Education
Effective Faculty/Student Collaborations and Student Initiatives: Working Together to Enhance Students’ Professional Identity and Personal Integrity

8:30 am - 10:15 am Civil Procedure
Procedural Reform: Rulemaking v. Legislation

8:30 am - 10:15 am For the Law School Dean
Deaning in the Weird Wired World

8:30 am - 4:00 pm Institutional Advancement
Meeting the Needs of Our Stakeholders in the Midst of a Changing Legal Landscape

8:30 am - 10:15 am International Human Rights
New Voices in Human Rights

8:30 am - 10:15 am Jurisprudence
Law, Plans, and Coordination: A Roundtable on Scott Shapiro's "Legality"

8:30 am - 10:15 am Law and Mental Disability, Co-Sponsored by Section on Disability Law
Institutionalization and Incarceration: New Legal Strategies for Advocating on Behalf of Individuals With Mental Disabilities

8:30 am - 10:15 am Law and Religion
Blasphemy, Religious Defamation, and Religious Nationalism: Threats to Civil Society from Religious Speech and Its Suppression

8:30 am - 10:15 am Mass Communication Law
Minding Media: The Future and the FCC

8:30 am - 10:15 am Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities
Teaching and Learning in Pro Bono and Service Learning Programs

10:30 am - 12:15 pm AALS Committee on Research Program
Empirical Research

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Antitrust and Economic Regulation and Law and Economics Joint Program
Behavioral Economics and Antitrust Law

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Biolaw and Defamation and Privacy Joint Program
Privacy and Innovation in Pharmacogenomics

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Law and the Humanities
Excavating and Integrating Law and Humanities in the Core Curriculum

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research
In the New Millennium, What Are the Best Practices in Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Minority Groups, Co-Sponsored by Section on Africa
Minority Conservatives and Their Impact on Legal Theory

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Natural Resources Law, Co-Sponsored by Section on Environmental Law
Adaptation Strategies: Responding to Climate Changes as the New Normal

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Professional Responsibility
Does the First Amendment Protect Attorney Advice, Assistance, and Representation?

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Securities Regulation
Exploring the Regulatory Response to the Financial Crisis

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Taxation and Trusts and Estates Joint Program
Death and Taxes: Now and Beyond 2012

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm AALS Committee on Bar Admission and Lawyer Performance Program
Unplanned Interactions: Practical, Ethical and Legal Guidance for Faculty Working With Students in Distress

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Africa
The International Criminal Court and Its Focus on Africa: Helping or Hindering Peace on the Continent?

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Commercial and Related Consumer Law
The Uniform Commercial Code and the Mortgage Crisis

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Crosscutting Program: Preventing Legal Problems
Preventing Legal Problems

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Family and Juvenile Law
Federal Family Law and Family Law Federalism

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Internet and Computer Law
The Legal and Policy Implications of an Internet Kill Switch

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Law and Interpretation, Co-Sponsored by Section on Legal Writing Reasoning and Research
Law as a Discourse Community: Critical Perspectives on Legal Discourse

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Law and South Asian Studies
Is There a South Asian Jurisprudence?

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Litigation, Co-Sponsored by Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure
Large-Scale Litigation Issues: Class Actions and Mass Tort Cases in 2012 and Beyond

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Part-Time Division Programs
The Effects of U.S. News & World Report Rankings on Part-Time Legal Education

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Prelegal Education and Admission to Law School
What They See and Hear Is What They Get! Or Is It? Making Sure Your Marketing Messages Are Consistent With Your Institutional Identity!

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Teaching Methods
Teaching Professional Values Across the Curriculum: Engaging Student Learners in the Process of Becoming Lawyers

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AALS Gala Reception

7:00 am - 7:00 pm AALS Registration

7:00 am - 8:30 am Africa Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 10:15 am Administrative Law
Presidential Review in the Obama Administration

8:30 am - 10:15 am Agricultural Law
Contemporary Issues in the Federal Regulation of Agriculture

8:30 am - 10:15 am Art Law
From Creation to Curation: The Law of Museums

8:30 am - 10:15 am Creditors' and Debtors’ Rights
Marathon at 30: A Retrospective on Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction in the Shadow of Article III

8:30 am - 5:15 pm Informal Networking Sessions

8:30 am - 12:15 pm International Association of Law Schools Program
Enriching Legal Education Globally – Curriculum, Legal Methodology and Public Service Prototype Innovations

8:30 am - 10:15 am Islamic Law, Co-Sponsored by Section on Family and Juvenile Law
Legal Issues Arising Out of Marriage and Divorce in Islam

8:30 am - 10:15 am Law and Anthropology
The Role of Anthropologists in Establishing Native Identity

8:30 am - 10:15 am Law, Medicine and Health Care, Co-Sponsored by Section on Clinical Legal Education
Reaching Out Beyond the Classroom: Health Law Professors Interacting with the Real World

8:30 am - 10:15 am National Security Law, Co-Sponsored by Section on Mass Communication Law
Government Transparency in the Digital Age

8:30 am - 10:15 am Remedies
Remedies for Disasters: BP, Exxon, and the Quest for Complete Justice

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Alternative Dispute Resolution, Co-Sponsored by Sections on Civil Procedure and Litigation
The Supreme Court and the Future of Arbitration

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Civil Rights
National Security and Civil Rights

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Committee on Law Libraries and Technology
When Worlds Collide: Keeping the Planets Aligned During Times of Opportunity and Change for Law Schools and Law Libraries

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Environmental Law, Co-Sponsored by Section on Natural Resources Law
Climate Justice: Domestic and International Dimensions

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Evidence
Theorizing Standards of Proof

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services
Reviving Financial Institutions

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property and International Trade

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Legislation and the Law of the Political Process
Statutory Interpretation and the Separation of Powers

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law
The Personal Price of Nonprofit Activity

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Post-Graduate Legal Education
The Economics of Graduate Law Programs in the Changing Legal Marketplace

10:30 am - 12:15 pm Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues
Violence and the LGBT Community: Bullying, Bashing, and Sex Crimes

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm AALS Committee on Research Program
Uses of Legal Scholarship by Courts and Media

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Animal Law
Animals in Legal Context

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Clinical Legal Education and Poverty Law Joint Program
Theory and Praxis in Reducing Women’s Poverty

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Contracts
New Voices in Contracts Scholarship

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Co-Sponsored by Section on State and Local Government Law
An Objective Discussion on Public Sector Pension Plans

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Federal Courts
War, Terror, and the Federal Courts, Ten Years After 9/11

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm International Legal Exchange
Theory into Practice: The Globalization of Legal Education to Address the Changing Realities of Legal Practice

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Legal History
Was Emancipation Legal: Reflections on the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Scholarship
Legal Scholarship’s Balance of Trade: We Import from Other Fields, But What Do We Export?

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Admiralty and Maritime Law
Where Should Admiralty Law Come From?: Intrarational, International and Transnational Sources of Maritime Law

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Comparative Law
Comparative Law and the Evolution of the Global Norms of Good Governance

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Conflict of Laws
Choice of Law and the General Common Law

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Criminal Justice, Co-Sponsored by Section on Women in Legal Education
Teaching Rape, Reforming Rape Law

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers, Co-Sponsored by Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research
Teaching Legal Writing and Reasoning to Non-U.S. Lawyers

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Immigration Law
Responding to Immigration Flows Resulting from Failed States and Civil Wars: From Western Europe's Response to the Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa to the United States' Response to Mexico

3:30 pm - 5:15pm Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples
The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act at 40

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Insurance Law
Regulating Risk Classification

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Law and the Social Sciences
Evidence-Based Approaches to Clinical Education and Legal Aid

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm New Law Professors, Co-Sponsored by Section on Teaching Methods
Teaching How We Teach: Lessons from the Classroom for New Law Professors

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm State and Local Government Law, Co-Sponsored by Section on Law and Religion
The Impact of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act on States and Local Governments

3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Transactional Law and Skills
Transactional Law Teaching: Moving Forward

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Twelve Step Meeting

7:00 am - 10:00 am AALS Registration

7:30 am - 8:30 am Twelve Step Meeting

9:00 am - 10:45 am Criminal Justice
The Importance of the Pretrial Process in Reducing Mass Incarceration and Protecting the Innocent

9:00 am - 10:45 am Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services
Rubber Hits Road: Implementing Dodd-Frank Amid Reform Fatigue

9:00 am - 10:45 am Law Libraries
Assessing the Effectiveness of Legal Research Instruction: Are Our Students Learning What We Teach?

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research
Legal Writing in the 21st Century: Practical Teaching Tips for Legal Skills Professors

9:00 am - 10:45 am Minority Groups
Fostering Diversity and Excellence during Challenging Economic Times

9:00 am - 10:45 am Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues
Out in the Classroom and in Academe

9:00 am - 10:45 am Women in Legal Education
Busting Out In Scholarship