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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Call for proposals for AALS Teaching Methods Section for 2011



On behalf of the 2011 Program Committee for the AALS Section on Teaching Methods, we invite you to submit proposals for the 2011 Section Program.  The 2011 AALS Annual Meeting will be held January 4-8, 2011, in San Francisco, CA.  

AALS President H. Reese Hansen has chosen to focus the 2011 Annual Meeting on the Core Values of the Association as reflected in Section 6-1 of the AALS Bylaws.  The Value most directly relating to Teaching Methods is:

iii. a rigorous academic program built upon strong teaching in the context of a dynamic curriculum that is both broad and deep.

The Program Committee encourages proposals that stem from and build upon this value. We encourage and prefer topics that appeal to a wide audience at the AALS conference.  The Committee welcomes both individual proposals and proposals for panel presentations. 

The Program Committee will give preference to presentations designed to engage the program audience, so proposals should contain a detailed explanation of both the substance of the presentation and the interactive methods to be employed. In addition, we would like to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and will look for variety in presentations and presenters.

Proposals must include the following information:

1. A title for your presentation.

2. A brief description of the objectives or outcomes of your presentation.

3. A brief description of how your presentation will support your stated objectives or outcomes.

4. The amount of time allocated for your presentation and for the interactive exercise. No single presenter should exceed 45 minutes in total time allowed. Presentations as short as 15 minutes are acceptable.

5. A detailed description of the presentation style (e.g. single speaker, panelists, teaching simulation, etc.).

6. Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employ other technology.

7. A brief biography of the individuals involved in the presentation including school affiliation, title, courses taught, and contact information (include email address and telephone number), and past conference presentations.

8. A brief bibliography of materials relevant to your program topic.

9. Optional: a video of the presenter(s) making the type of presentation envisioned.[1]  This can be done through an electronic file or by posting on an online site (e.g. your website or YouTube).

If your program is accepted, the Program Committee will work with you to maximize the potential of your program.

The deadline for proposals is February 22, 2010.  We anticipate finalizing the selection process by mid March 2010.  Please submit your proposal by email to Kristin Gerdy (

[1] While a video is not required, some preference may be given to presenters who provide evidence of their ability to connect with an audience etc.  In lieu of a video, evaluations from previous conference presentations could be submitted.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Call for proposals for Institute for Law Teaching and Learning conference

Summer Conference of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning
“Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum”
June 16-18, 2010; Topeka, Kansas
The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning invites proposals for conference workshops on techniques for teaching law practice across the law school curriculum.    The Institute’s summer conference provides a forum for dedicated teachers to share with colleagues innovative ideas and effective methods for modern legal education. 
The Institute invites proposals for 75-minute workshops consistent with a broad interpretation of the conference theme, “Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum.”  The workshops can address teaching and learning in first-year courses, upper-level courses, clinical courses, writing courses, and academic support.  The workshops can deal with innovative materials, alternative teaching methods, ways to enhance student learning, formative feedback to students, evaluation of student performance, etc.  Each workshop should include materials that participants can use during the workshop and when they return to their campuses.  Presenters should not read papers, but should model effective teaching methods by actively engaging the participants.  The co-directors would be glad to work with anyone who would like advice in designing their presentations to be interactive.
To be considered for the conference, proposals must be limited to one page, single-spaced, and include the following:
•        The title of the workshop;
•        The name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter(s); and
•        A summary of the contents of the workshop, including its goals and methods.
The Institute must receive proposals by February 19, 2010.
Submit proposals via email to Professor Michael Hunter Schwartz, Co-Director, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning at
The conference is self-supporting.  The conference fee for participants is $450, which includes materials and meals during the conference (two breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner).  The conference fee for presenters is $200.  Pleasant and reasonable accommodations are available near Washburn University School of Law, the site of the conference.  Presenters and participants must cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.
The conference workshops will take place on June 17 and 18.
Interested participants can take part in an optional Teaching Lab on June 16, in which they work on an aspect of their teaching working in small teams with a teacher-coach.  Depending on participant interest, possible teaching topics for the lab may include reviewing and discussing videotapes of participants’ teaching, designing one or more class session(s) to achieve particular goals, creating simulations, planning a course, creating opportunities for practice and feedback without killing yourself, or finding ways to bring real life into law teaching.
For more information, please contact:
Gerry Hess                                                               Michael Hunter Schwartz
ILTL Co-Director                                                     ILTL Co-Director                                 
(509) 313-3779                                                      (785) 670-1666

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