Welcome, 2021! – and a Round-Up of Pedagogy Sessions at this week’s AALS Annual Meeting

Dear readers, authors, commenters, and friends far and wide:

Happy New Year!

We look forward to another year of exciting and thought-provoking discussion with you through the Best Practices for Legal Education blog. 

We begin 2021 with the AALS annual meeting, being held virtually, that you can access here

The conference will include some fantastic programs to help us share skills and techniques in this tumultuous teaching environment. We’ve compiled a round-up of the sessions best suited for those interested in deepening our grasp of pedagogy across a wide range of subject areas. Please feel free to comment below on what you’re learning as the conference progresses!

Tues. Jan. 5

4:15-5:30pm: Section on Civil Rights, Co-Sponsored by Criminal Justice: Teaching About Civil Rights During Incarceration

4:15-5:30pm: Section on Commercial and Consumer Law, Co-Sponsored by Teaching Methods and Technology, Law, and Legal Education: Teaching Commercial Law in the 21st Century

4:15-5:30pm: Section on Professional Responsibility: Bright Ideas and Best Practices for Online Teaching in Professional Responsibility Courses

Weds. Jan. 6

11am-12:15pm: Section on Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities, Co-Sponsored by Clinical Legal Education, Leadership, and Poverty Law: Calling Out and Leaning In to Racial and Class Inequities in Experiential Learning Opportunities

2:45-4:00pm: Section on Global Engagement, Co-Sponsored by Teaching Methods, Technology and Law and Legal Education: Virtual Mobility: Innovating and Promoting Global Legal Education in Times of Crisis

4:15-5:30pm: Section on Criminal Justice: Beyond 2020: Decarceral, Anti-Racist and Non-Traditional Teaching

Thurs. Jan 7

2:45-4:00pm: AALS Discussion Group: How the Pandemic Made Me a Better Teacher – Lessons Learned and Plans for Change

4:15-5:30pm: Section of Family and Juvenile Law: Family Law – Creative and Experiential Teaching Tips

Fri. Jan. 8

2:45-4:00pm: Section on New Law Professors: Spreading the Word – Law Professors as Teachers, Scholars, and Legal Influencers

4:15-5:30pm: Section on Teaching Methods: Best Practices for Creating and Administering Mid-Term Exams

4:15-5:30pm: Section on Women in Legal Education, Co-sponsored by Clinical Legal Education, Legal Writing Reasoning, and Research and Teaching Methods: Gender, Power, and Pedagogy in the Pandemic

Friday, Jan. 8 2:45-4:00

Sat. Jan. 9

2:45-4pm: Section on Balance in Legal Education, Clinical Legal Education, and Leadership Joint Pedagogy: Teaching Leadership Skills in a Time of Crisis

As you consider your own teaching and writing, please consider posting your original content with us.  You can learn more about the purpose and history of the best practices blog here.

With best wishes for a great 2021,

Melanie and Davida

2 Responses

  1. There is a session sponsored by the Section on New Law Professors that will include a discussion of teaching:

    “Spreading the Word – Law Professors as Teachers, Scholars, and Legal Influencers”

    Friday, Jan. 8 2:45-4:00

  2. Thanks so much for the comment – I will add that to the list above! This is especially comical as we were just talking this morning about how to do a better push-out of the blog via social media…. Sorry I missed it… such a robust conference schedule!

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