Saturday, January 5, 2019
8:45 am – 4:15 pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

A guide to getting tenure, tailored for faculty of color

Many minority law professors choose legal education because they want to have a positive impact on students, pursue justice, and transform the legal system to improve lives and communities. These professors often discover that they face special challenges in the legal academy, starting from their first day of teaching.

This workshop is a space where pretenured teachers of color can receive support and encouragement as well as concrete guidance on navigating the tenure process. Diverse panels of experienced and successful law professors will talk about their goals and achievements as teachers and legal scholars and offer ways to successfully meet challenges as they arise in the context of scholarship, teaching, service, and the tenure process. By bringing together faculty who are navigating similar career paths, the workshop also facilitates cohort relationships that can provide long-term sources of support.

Attendance at the Workshop is included in the cost of a full meeting registration; there is no separate fee to attend the Workshop. A   schedule is available.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is valuable for all minoritized law school teachers who are navigating the tenure process and looking for guidance and encouragement, including professors who have not yet received a mid-probationary or retention review and professors who have passed the mid-probationary or retention review but are not yet tenured.

Financial Assistance

The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) has generously made funds available to assist faculty from member and fee-paid schools who would like to attend the 2019 Workshop and would not otherwise be able to. Reimbursement funds must fall into one or more specific categories, including:

  • The Annual Meeting registration fee (note: make your request for 50% of your registration fee. Applicants who are approved for registration reimbursement will receive an automatic 50% fee reduction, and reimbursement funds may be used to cover the other 50%)
  • Economy airfare
  • Ground transportation to/from the airport
  • Up to 2 nights at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside
  • Meals up to $100 for up to 2 days, which may be used for reimbursement of Meal Events at the Annual Meeting.

If there are more funds requested than available, successful applicants may be offered less than 100% of the amount requested. Please consider how you can keep costs down (e.g. sharing rooms), so we’re able to help as many faculty as possible.

To apply, submit this application by October 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified by October 19, 2018.

2019 Planning Committee

Kaiponanea Matsumura, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Cynthia E. Nance, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Robert A. Leflar School of Law, Chair
Brenda V. Smith, American University, Washington College of Law

AALS thanks the Committee for their work and dedication. For more information about the PTOC Workshop, please contact Sean Scott.