Monday, August 29, 2011

Wednesday Deadline for Submitting Proposals to Present at 2012 AALS Annual Meeting in DC

Here is a reminder about the call for presenters for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.  You may forward this message to colleagues who may be interested in presenting at the AALS Annual Meeting.  The deadline is this coming Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

FIRST -- On Thursday, January 5, 2012, we have a field trip to the Law Library of Congress.  Our program will allow for two or three members of our section to be additional presenters at the Law Library of Congress.  (Really, how cool is that!)  If you teach something relating to resources at the Law Library of Congress (for example, how to teach students to use THOMAS).  We welcome your presentation proposals to be part of this special field trip day.  Remember also that this is a ticketed event.  Right now there are only 94 tickets left.  We do expect to sell out. 

SECOND -- We will have a section business meeting at 6:30 p.m. that Thursday evening (so go first to that the meeting and then go to the law school receptions).  OK this isn't really a "speaking opportunity" as such but we do want to hear your ideas so I'm including it here too.

THIRD -- On Friday, January 6, the section will have a program from 10:30 am - 12:15 pm called "In the New Millennium, What Are the Best Practices in Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research?"  All of the presenters will be selected from a call for papers.  The section's program committee will select the presenters from the submissions received.  They are also empowered to draft additional speakers for this particular panel.  

FOURTH -- Later that Friday, we are co-sponsoring a panel with the AALS Section on Law and Interpretation from 4:00 pm to 5:45 pm.  The speakers are already selected for that panel so that's all I'll say about it for the moment (because this is to remind you about speaking opportunities that are still open). 

FIFTH -- On Saturday, January 7, the section is co-sponsoring a panel with the AALSSection on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers.  The topic of that panel is "Legal Research and Writing for Non-U.S. Lawyers: What Resources Do Law Schools Need to Provide?"  Presenters for that program will be selected from a call for papers.  This program will be of particular interest to those of us who have students who speak English as a second language.  Because it is a co-sponsored program the selection process will involve both sections.  We are collecting submissions for the panel -- you may see an additional call for presenters from the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers.

SIXTH -- On Sunday morning, January 8, we have an additional three-hour session on "Legal Writing in the 21st Century: Practical Teaching Tips for Legal Skills Professors."  Presenters for that program will also be selected from a call for papers.  We may have a dozen or more presenters on Sunday morning -- the program will run from 9 a.m. until noon (so please keep that in mind when you are making arrangements for your return travel from DC).  This Sunday morning slot is meant to offer additional speaking opportunities for as many section members as the program committee can accommodate.  Presenters for this session should probably plan to speak for 10 minutes or less (although the program committee will make its recommendations based on the submissions received).   

TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR ONE OF THE SESSIONS THAT ARE STILL OPEN please send an email to Professor Lurene Contentoat The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  Her email address is 9content [at] jmls.edu. Please include (1) your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information, (2) which panel(s) you are proposing to speak on, (3) a brief description of what you propose to present.  Do this no later than August 31, 2011.  The program committee will contact you for any additional information it might need when making its selections and recommendations.

The AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is also sponsoring posters again this year.  The deadline for posters is September 5, 2011.  Send a short description of the poster and an actual electronic copy of the poster.  The submission guidelines are available on the AALS website.

Mark E. Wojcik, Chair, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research

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