Discussion Group Programs – Annual Meeting

Proposals Due: April 12, 2019

Proposals for a Discussion Group program should follow the general submission guidelines.

A Discussion Group program provides a small group of faculty the opportunity to engage in a sustained conversation about a topic of interest to the participants. Discussion Group sessions will not feature formal presentations. Discussion Group participants will typically be expected to write and share a short presentation summary (3-5 pages) as part of their participation. These written summaries are intended to facilitate a lively and engaging real-time round table discussion among the participants.

Discussion Groups could be limited to a single substantive area and subject (e.g., “Equitable Remedies in Civil Rights Litigation”). Ideally, however, Discussion Groups will offer an opportunity for faculty in cross-cutting fields to bring useful perspectives to the conversation. For example, a Discussion Group on “Free Speech and Community Policing” could invite perspectives from multiple vantage points, obviously including public law and criminal law, but also critical, feminist, and comparative law perspectives.

Discussion Group proposals should plan for no fewer than 8, and no more than 12 invited speakers or discussants. Of that proposed number of discussants, Discussion Group proposals should identify approximately two-thirds of the discussants. The remaining one-third of the discussants will be selected from an open call for participation disseminated by the AALS staff in coordination with the program’s organizers. For all accepted proposals, the Program Committee and the AALS staff will post calls for participation and will facilitate the program organizers’ review of the submissions. The final participant list is subject to review and approval by the Program Committee. Once the participants are identified, the organizers should solicit one-page abstracts from them and distribute the abstracts to the participants in advance of the meeting.

As with other programs at the Annual Meeting, attendees who are not invited Discussion Group participants are welcome to attend the Discussion Group as observers, and at some point during the discussion, the moderator should open up discussion to all attendees.

Organizers are also expected to moderate the Discussion Group unless another moderator is identified in the proposal. Organizers are responsible for ensuring timely communication among the discussants prior to the Annual Meeting, including disseminating any abstract or paper requirements.

Discussion Group Program proposals are due April 12, 2019 and should be submitted using the online submission form.

Questions may be directed to AALS Discussion Groups.