Program - Annual Meeting

The majority of the programming at the Annual Meeting is organized by the 104 AALS Sections, with the rest organized by the Annual Meeting Program Committee, the Arc of Career Committee, and the AALS President. This year’s conference has sessions on a wide variety of topics. We are sure you will find something of interest.

Want to be part of the programming at AALS? The Request for Program Proposals will open this spring for the 2021 Annual Meeting


  • Join us for three Authors Meet Readers sessions:
    • Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking and Changing Constitutions by Richard Albert
    • Law and Macroeconomics: Legal Responses to Recessions by Yair Listokin (Yale Law School)
    • Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia by Meera E. Deo (Thomas Jefferson School of Law)
  • Sunday, January 5 will start strong with an exciting AALS Symposium on 21st Century Policing at 9 am.


  • Arc of Career programs have been specifically designed for faculty at various stages of their careers. Topics this year include Becoming an Associate Dean; Encore Faculty: Further Reflections on Preparing for Life Beyond the Legal Academy; So You Want to Publish a Book?;  Teaching Abroad: For Visitorships, Sabbaticals, Retirement, and Summer Programs; and Tweeting, Gramming: Social Media for the Legal Academic.
  • 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 Politics and Priorities in the Classroom; Breastfeeding Law and Policy; Changing Concepts of International Economic Security & the Law; Fintech Innovations; Online & Hybrid Learning Pedagogy Best Practices and Standards Development; Regulatory Abdication and Student Loans; Multi-Generational Teaching of Legal Writing; The Role of Women as International, Regional, and National Judges; and Time-Turning, Invisibility, and Other Magic Mentoring Tricks.
  • Open Source Programs cover traditional scholarly topics outside of section programming. This year, consider attending sessions on En/Countering Race, Racism, and Racial Distinctions in Tax Law; Federalism and the Relationship Between State and Federal Constitutional Law; How to Build an Effective, “Supreme Court-Proof” Pipeline Program; Law as Data: Text Analysis and the Future of Legal Scholarship; and Teaching Social Justice in a “Hip Hop and the Law” Course.

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:

Thursday, January 2

  • For first-time attendees (or second-, or even third-time), connect with other newcomers 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.

Friday, 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 Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall at 4:30 pm.

Saturday, January 4

  • 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 1:30 pm.

Sunday, January 5

  • Early-rising Section officers should take the opportunity to attend the annual Section Officers Breakfast at 7 am. Share ideas with leadership of other Sections and receive in-person support and guidance from the AALS Section Services Manager.


  • Yes, we have caffeine! Coffee with Colleagues breaks happen several times per day, and are an ideal time to schedule relaxed conversations with potential collaborators, or just catch up with old friends.
  • Exhibitors and sponsors are not only valuable supporters of the legal academy and AALS community, but 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 luncheonssee a list of these events.
  • Catch up with your current and former colleagues at law school receptions.