Request for Proposals on Innovative Teaching, Other Legal Education Practices, and Work at the Intersections among Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

From:    SUSAN D. CARLE, American University Washington College of Law, Chair
               RENEE NEWMAN KNAKE, Michigan State University College of Law
               CAROL A. NEEDHAM, Saint Louis University School of Law
               MILTON C. REGAN, JR., Georgetown University Law Center
               CARLA D. PRATT, Pennsylvania State University The Dickinson School of Law

Re: Request for Proposals on Innovative Teaching, Other Legal Education Practices,  and Work at the Intersections among Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

We are planning the AALS 2011 Annual Meeting Workshop on “Changes in Law Practice; Innovations in Legal Education,” to be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  The workshop seeks to examine (1) the many changes currently underway in how law practice is organized and carried out, and (2) the relationship between these changes and the future of legal education.   We are seeking proposals on innovations in the many facets of legal education, especially teaching and work at the intersections among teaching, scholarship, and service.  Proposals selected by the workshop planning committee will receive national exposure, either through possible presentation on a workshop panel or by being included on the AALS Workshop webpage highlighting ideas and themes generated by the workshop.  We are interested in any innovations taking place in legal education that would be of interest to members of the legal academy in planning for the future against the backdrop of the changes in law practice that our students will encounter in their legal careers.  

Some possible topic areas might include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • innovations that point the way to what legal education of the future could or should be;
  • innovations in teaching that reflect expansive conceptions of the cognitive abilities and skills needed for law practice beyond traditional conceptions of legal analysis;    
  • innovations that combine newer and more traditional teaching methods;
  • innovations that engage with changes in law practice and/or respond to the changing economic realities of the profession;  
  • innovations that involve interdisciplinary collaborations and/or borrowing from ideas and innovations taking place in other disciplines or professions;   
  • innovations aimed at cultivating experiential learning and reflection through externships and other practice-based experiences;
  • innovations in legal education that address differences in styles of learning;
  • innovations in methods of giving meaningful feedback and evaluation;
  • innovative work at the intersections among scholarship, teaching and service;
  • innovations in scholarly activity that involve different kinds of critical inquiry beyond the traditional law review article, such as a sabbatical engaged in law practice;
  • innovations in teaching designed to address gender and racial disparity among positions of leadership and power in the legal profession;
  • interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and/or service projects;
  • innovations in the financing and organization of legal education.

Interested proposal writers from faculty at AALS member schools should submit a short (not more than 1,000 word) description of their innovation in teaching or legal education more generally, or innovation through work at the intersections among scholarship, teaching and service, to by July 15, 2011.   We will notify proposal writers by September 1, 2011, if they have been selected for an oral workshop panel presentation or a written posting of their proposal on the AALS website for the workshop.  Selected speakers will pay their registration fee for the Annual Meeting and are responsible for their own travel and other expenses.  Please direct questions to any one of the planning committee members;  Susan Carle,; Renee Knake,; Carol Needham,; Mitt Regan,; and Carla Pratt,

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