Discussion Groups Call for Participation - Annual Meeting

Discussion Groups are a session format introduced by the Program Committee in 2016 to facilitate scholarly discussion and engagement. Discussion Groups do not feature formal presentations; rather, the objective is to facilitate a lively and engaging real-time discussion. Participants consist of a mix of the invitees identified in the original proposal along with additional individuals selected from this call for participation.

Submissions are now closed for the 2023 Annual Meeting.

Discussion Group Requirements

Multifaceted Strategies for Expanding the Pipeline of Diverse Law Students and Attorneys of Color: Law School, Bar Assoc., and Judicial Commission Collaboration
Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 1:00 – 2:40 pm

In New York, the partnership between New York State law schools (including Syracuse University College of Law, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, and the University of Buffalo School of Law) along with the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, the New York State Bar Association, and affinity bar associations in New York, have worked respectively and collaboratively on pipeline programs to expand diversity in the legal profession. This Discussion Group session will discuss pipeline activities such as those across institutions in New York, as well as programs and collaborations between law schools, legal institutions, and law-related entities in other jurisdictions along these lines.

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The Future of Law School Rankings
Friday, January 6, 2023, 10:00 – 11:40 am

The Discussion Group will focus on law school rankings, with a specific focus on U.S. News rankings. Each participant will begin the discussion with two to three-minute introductory remarks. Speakers will coordinate to ensure each is speaking on a different point. After each speaker gives brief opening remarks, the floor will be open for discussion, which will include both the speakers and audience members. Dean Kronk Warner (S.J. Quinney College of Law, Utah) will moderate. The entire program will last one hour and 45 minutes. The goals of the program include the following: 1) reaching an understanding of whether the existing methodology used to rank law schools is normatively good; 2) if the understanding is that the methodology is not “good,” then reaching an understanding of changes that might be made; and 3) discussants might also address whether law schools should continue to submit information to third parties for ranking purposes. In discussing these topics, many of the speakers will critically engage with the proposed discussion topics from anti-racist, diversity, equity, and inclusion perspectives. Additionally, the proposed discussion group directly addresses President Chemerinsky’s theme of considering how law schools can make a difference, as the discussion will address how law schools may influence current rankings and methodologies.

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Russia v. Ukraine: Implications for a New Global Order 
Thursday, January 5, 2023, 8:00 – 9:40 am

This Discussion Group will be composed of experts who have studied the role of international law and international institutions in world affairs. The overall goal of this Discussion Group will be to assess whether the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has the potential to disrupt the existing global order and our understanding of the role which international institutions play in global affairs. In addition, discussants will focus on what role law schools will be able to play in terms of shaping such a possible new world order.

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What a Difference a Difference Makes: Empowering Students Through Self-Determination Theory
Saturday, January 7, 2023, 1:00 – 2:40 pm

Social scientists have developed theoretical frameworks that can be helpful to us. One such framework is self-determination theory. According to self-determination theory, adults learn best when they are aware of their connections to others, their own autonomy, and a sense of competence. This approach can infuse all aspects of our students’ law school experiences – from the doctrinal curriculum to clinical education and every place in between, including career development, professional identity formation, and student life programming. In this Discussion Group, we will consider the potential of this framework in the legal academy. We will discuss how much we are doing to foster these principles in all areas of our law school education and how much more we could do. We will discuss how intentional consideration of these values might influence choices we are making, our pedagogy, and our messaging to students.

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