Program Schedule – Annual Meeting

Much of the programming at the Annual Meeting is organized by the 103 AALS Sections, with the rest organized by the Program Committee, the Arc of Career Committee and the AALS President. See the program for schedule details. We are sure you will find something of interest.


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Below are a few highlights of the program that we are especially excited about:

Thursday, January 3

  • Justice Edwin Cameron from the Constitutional Court of South Africa will join AALS President Wendy Perdue at the Opening Plenary Program on Building Bridges at 8:30 am.
  • Wendy Perdue will welcome a distinguished group of international legal scholars for the AALS President’s Panel on Law and Reconciliation at 10:30 am.
  • We will present to past AALS President Michael A. Olivas the AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and the Law, our highest honor, at the AALS House of Representatives meeting at 3:30 pm.

Friday, January 4

  • Friday will start strong with an exciting AALS Symposium on Court Debt: Fines, Fees, and Bail, Circa 2020 at 9 am.
  • Do not miss a panel of current and former elected officials discussing the impact of polarization on our politics at the AALS President’s Panel on Bridging the Divide of Political Polarization: A Conversation Among Elected Officials at 3:30 pm.


  • Arc of Career programs have been specifically designed for faculty at various stages of their careers. Topics this year include preparing for life beyond the legal academy, academia and direct action, and what to make of student evaluations.
  • Discussion Groups facilitate scholarly discussion and engagement with a small group of invited faculty. If you’re not scheduled to be a discussant, you may still observe sessions on topics such as learning outcomes that encourage cultural competency, gender inequity, cross-generational teaching, insider trading and cryptoassets, race and class, and the future of sexual harassment.
  • Open Source Programs cover traditional scholarly topics outside of section programming. This year, consider attending sessions on energy justice, equity, judicial supremacy, rural access to justice, and attorneys general.

Networking Opportunities

Attending the Annual Meeting is as much about making connections with peers, mentors, and guests as it is about scholarship. You’ll have plenty of time to do both. A brief selection of events, both formal and informal, includes:

Wednesday, January 2

  • For first-time attendees (or second-, or even third-time), connect with other newbies and learn how to get the most out of the meeting at What is AALS and Why Does It Matter for My Career? And How Do I Get the Most Out of the Annual Meeting? at 5:30 pm.
  • If you attended the AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers this year, the reunion is on! Join the AALS Reception for New Law Teachers at 6:30 pm.

Thursday, January 3

  • Enjoy refreshments and light appetizers while mixing and mingling with the exhibitors and your colleagues from law schools across the country at the classic Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall at 4:30 pm.

Saturday, January 5

  • Minority law teachers, don’t miss your opportunity to obtain a guide to tenure, tailored for faculty of color at the Workshop for Pretenured Law School Teachers of Color at 8:45 am. Later, join us for the workshop’s networking reception from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Sunday, January 6

  • Early-rising Section officers should take the opportunity to attend the annual Section Officers Breakfast. Share ideas with leadership other Sections and receive in-person support and guidance from the AALS Section Services Manager.


  • We all need caffeine. Coffee with Colleagues breaks happen several times per day, and are an ideal time to schedule relaxed, informal conversations with necessary connections, or just catch up with old friends.
  • Exhibitors and sponsors are not only valuable supporters of the legal academy and AALS community, they may also be the key to your next book deal. Take advantage of time in the Exhibit Hall whenever possible.
  • Celebrate the successes of the past year and have invaluable in-person face time with your communities at Section breakfasts and luncheons.
  • Catch up with your current and former colleagues at law school receptions.