2014 AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers
June 18 - 21, 2014
At this annual workshop, new law teachers will have an invaluable opportunity to share their excitement, experience, and concerns with each other in a supportive environment. This workshop is designed for new law teachers regardless of subject area, as we recognize that law teachers enter the academy on different paths, including clinical and legal writing programs, but also have much in common as they begin their careers. This workshop will be suitable for all teachers, with plenary sessions focused on common interests, and concurrent sessions and small group sessions tailored to the varying needs of clinicians, legal writing teachers, and other beginning law faculty. Sessions will be led and facilitated by a group of inspirational senior and junior faculty chosen for their commitment to legal education, track record of success in their own careers, and diversity of scholarly and teaching approaches.
The workshop is intended to enhance the new law teacher’s long-term professional development and identity. Specifically, the workshop faculty will share invaluable advice on areas of great interest to new law teachers, including teaching and testing techniques, placing and promoting one’s scholarship, and managing the demands of institutional service and expectations of students and colleagues.
Who Should Attend?
The workshop will benefit those within their first few years of teaching in any program in the law school, including clinic and legal writing, tenure track and contract, and visiting assistant professors.
The Workshop for New Law School Teachers will begin on Wednesday, June 18, with registrants meeting in small group discussions at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Opening Dinner at 7:30 p.m. with a talk by Dean Frank H. Wu, University of California, Hastings School of Law. The following three days will include plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, small group discussions, and luncheons. The planning committee encourages all registrants to attend the first set of small group discussions on Wednesday evening. The workshop concludes at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. The AALS Sections on Women in Legal Education and Minority Groups will host continental breakfasts, and the AALS Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues will host an informal evening gathering during the workshop.