What do the different types of sessions/programs mean? - Annual Meeting

Planned by the 103 AALS Sections 

AALS Section Programs  Most programs at the Annual Meeting are planned by the sections.  The majority are 95 minutes in length. There are some extended programs with multiple sessions can last a whole morning and/or afternoon. 

  • Section Call for Papers Programs include at least one presenter selected from a call for papers. 
  • Section Co-Sponsored Programs are organized by two or more Sections that do hold other programs. 
  • Section Joint Programs are planned cooperatively between two or more Sections, and Sections participating in a joint program do not typically plan a separate independent program 
  • Section Pedagogy Programs are designed for new law school teachers. 
  • Section Works-in-Progress are programs in which senior scholars assist junior scholars in preparing their scholarship for submission to law reviews. 

Selected by the AALS Program Committee: 

  • Discussion Groupsare unique programs in which a small group of discussants selected in advance by the Annual Meeting Program Committee (by invitation or selected from a call for participation) conduct focused discussion on a specific topic. There will be limited seating for audience members to observe on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Hot Topic Programsare programs with late-breaking issues of general interest. 
  • Open Source Programsare traditional scholarly programs that do not fit into any of the other program categories. 
  • Symposia are half-day or day-long opportunities to examine a specific issue topic in greater depth than is possible during a regular panel program. 

Selected by the AALS Committee on Arc of Career Programs: 

  • Arc of Career programs are specifically designed to help law faculty with professional development over the course of their law school careers from pre-tenure, to reinvention at mid-career, to retirement.  
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