Thursday, December 29, 2016
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools is being held next week in San Francisco. Among the hundreds of presentations will be a program on Building and Sustaining Academic Communities Through Blogging and Other Tools on Thursday, January 5, 2017 8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
This panel focuses on the work that a number of scholars have done to build community in their respective fields. Such community building does not fit neatly into traditional scholarship, teaching, or service categories and therefore often is not explicitly rewarded as part of the tenure process. But for those willing to do the work, creating community can be both personally rewarding and a good fit for those seeking to be engaged scholars.
The participants all have different goals and methods when it comes to community building, but there are commonalities. Establishing a strong blog and web presence have been core parts of the community building work in a number of fields. Participants who have worked on building online communities will discuss everything from how they started and the choices they make as far as blogging coverage to what are the best and most challenging parts of blogging. In other fields, much of the community building work takes the form of conference organizing and participants will discuss their successes and failures when it comes to this form of public service. They will also discuss the amount of effort conferences require as well as ideas to lessen the planning burden.
- Moderator: Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
- Benjamin Barros, University of Toledo College of Law
- Gerry W. Beyer, Texas Tech University School of Law
- Megan Boyd, Georgia State University College of Law
- Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Northeastern University School of Law
- Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez, St. Thomas University School of Law
- James B. Levy, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
- Ezra E.S. Rosser, American University, Washington College of Law
- Nancy J. Soonpaa, Texas Tech University School of Law
- Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School - Chicago
The presentation will be in the Continental Ballroom 6, Ballroom Level, Hilton San Francisco Union Square.