The most unique session format at the AALS Annual Meeting, discussion group programs provide an opportunity for a small group of invited participants to engage in focused discussion on a specific topic. Explore this year’s ten topics below. Attendees are welcome, but note that audience seating is limited.

Submissions closed August 24.

Discussion Group Requirements

Bridging the Divisions with Professional Identity Learning Outcomes that Encourage Cultural Competency in the Profession

Projected U.S. demographic changes pose challenges for law schools whose mission is to graduate students who can become effective advocates for this diversifying population. This Discussion Group will combine a diverse group of legal educators who have developed learning outcomes to meet the ABA and AALS cultural competency objectives.

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Building Bridges Across Curricular and Status Lines: Gender Inequity throughout the Legal Academy

This program will highlight persistent issues of gender inequity in the legal academy that disadvantage women faculty and students, particularly those of color. Planned topics include scholarship, institutional inequities, perceptions and expectations, labor and leadership, security of position, and female faculty of color.

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Building Bridges Between Theory and Practice: Incorporating Lawyering Skills into Doctrinal Courses

Why do doctrine and skills remain so separate in legal education? How have law schools reformed their curricula to allow students to learn law in a practical context? This group will share how some schools are incorporating experiential learning into doctrinal courses in pursuit of the practice-ready graduate.

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Building Bridges: Examining Race and Privilege in Community Economic Development

The goal of this group is to identify how experiential and doctrinal community economic development (CED) courses, as well as CED practice generally, build bridges in local communities and may both exacerbate and alleviate racial and socio-economic inequality.

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Cross-Generational Teaching: How to Remain Relevant in a Rapidly Changing World

The pace at which technology and the practice of law are changing favors the competence of law students over law faculty. This group will focus on how to keep up with technology and interdisciplinary approaches to advocating for change.

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The Future of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is back at the forefront of the cultural landscape. This group will engage scholars working on various dimensions of sexual harassment law at work and on campus in conversation grounded in Vicki Schultz’s “Open Statement on Sexual Harassment.”

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How Lawyers Can Build Bridges Across the Disciplines and in the Community

Lawyers and law schools are often siloed from the spaces where community connections are built. This group brings together faculty who seek to break down these siloes and deepen connections between lawyers, community groups, policymakers, and other professionals.

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Insider Trading and Cryptoassests: The Future of Regulation in the Blockchain Era

The cryptoasset ecosystem is emerging from its “Wild West” phase, and insider trading has become a principal concern for trading platforms, investors, and regulators. But what regulatory bodies have jurisdiction over cryptoassets? This Discussion Group will consider these and other related concerns regarding insider trading in cryptoassets.

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Race and Class in the United States: The Legal Academy’s and Profession’s Role in Pacification and Social Change in an Era of Political Polarization

In an era of protest and resistance, what do our institutions (the legal academy and the profession) mean by relying on questionable premises of liberal democracy to call for civility, moderation, common ground and the peaceful, orderly resolution of irreconcilable values? This overarching purpose of this group is to systematically assess our multifaceted intervention and create a model for constructive engagement.

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The Role of Law in Educational (In)equity

This group will engage an open and constructive conversation about the role of the law as a mechanism for or barrier to equity in education, including discussion of topics such as Increasing racial inequity in school enrollments and discipline outcomes, safety reactions to mass shootings, and the intersection of schools and the criminal justice system.

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