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Workshop for Beginning Legal Writing Teachers
June 22-23, 2011

Workshop for New Law School Teachers
June 23-25, 2011

Workshop for Pretenured People of Color Law School Teachers
June 25-26, 2011


Planning Committee for AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers,
Workshop for Pretenured People of Color Law School Teachers,
Workshop for Beginning Legal Writing Teachers

Okianer Christian Dark, Howard University School of Law, Chair
Darby Dickerson, Stetson University College of Law
Luz E. Herrera, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Kellye Y. Testy, University of Washington School of Law


Workshop for Beginning Legal Writing Teachers

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Why Attend? 
The workshop is designed to offer new law faculty an introduction to the teaching of legal writing, research, and analysis. The workshop will address the basic tasks of the teacher of legal writing: classroom teaching, designing problems, conducting effective individual conferences, incorporating the teaching of legal research, and critiquing students’ written work. Additionally, the workshop will address new teachers' scholarly development and institutional status issues.

Who Should Attend? 
The workshop will be of interest to new legal writing teachers and to all new teachers whose responsibilities include some teaching of legal writing. The program will be particularly valuable for (1) full-time professors and adjunct professors who will be teaching legal research and writing for the first time, (2) new directors of legal writing programs, if those individuals have taught full-time for four or fewer years, (3) newer legal writing professors who have not had an opportunity to attend a national conference on teaching legal writing.



Workshop for New Law School Teachers

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Why Attend?
At the 29th annual workshop, new law teachers will share their excitement, experiences and concerns with each other and with a roster of senior and junior faculty chosen for their track record of success and their diversity of scholarly and teaching approaches. These professors will pass along invaluable advice about teaching and testing techniques and tips for developing, placing and promoting one's scholarship. Speakers will also address how to manage the demands of institutional service, as well as the expectations of students and colleagues, along with special challenges that arise when confronting controversial topics.

Who Should Attend?
The workshop will benefit newly appointed faculty members, including teachers with up to two years of teaching experience, and those with appointments as visiting assistant professors.



Workshop for Pretenured People of Color Law
School Teachers

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Why Attend?
From their first day of teaching until tenure, minority law teachers face special challenges in the legal academy. At this workshop, diverse panels of experienced and successful law professors will focus on these issues as they arise in the context of scholarship, teaching, service and the tenure process. The workshop dovetails with the AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers by providing sustained emphasis on the distinctive situations of pretenured minority law school teachers.

Who Should Attend?
The Workshop will be of interest to newly appointed minority law teachers as well as junior professors who are navigating the tenure process and looking for guidance and support.

Where are These Workshops?
Workshop sessions and sleeping accommodations will be at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, located at 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.

The hotel room rate per night is $229 for a single and double occupancy and $20 for each additional person in the room.

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Testimonials from previous New Law Teachers Workshops attendees:

“The workshop was designed to get us thinking critically about the many choices ahead of us. This meant that attending the workshop was hard work, and an example of what our own teaching should be."

“I came away more confident and empowered to draw on my strengths as an educator and not try to replicate some other imagined model."

"I found the information very useful and thought-provoking. I loved the collegiality among participants and meeting others in the “same boat” as me."

“This conference was rejuvenating and practical. It was a shot in the arm, helping me get excited and not just dread this fall.”

“The panels offered numerous invaluable tips in the scholarship, service and teaching.  I appreciate the practical viewpoint from the professors and deans.”

“Highly focused; honest, effective use of time.”

“I have been teaching for three years and I can’t believe I missed all this valuable information all this time! What a great conference and the information was very useful!”

“Very concrete tips: depth, breadth and substance. We now know what to do, what to ask about and what to think about.”

“I especially appreciated the networking opportunity, the motivational key note address, and the helpful workshops on teaching.”

“It was inspiring being around so many law profs of color who were generous with their time, talent, war stories, words of encouragement and energy. Wednesday evening and Thursday couldn't have been any more perfect. “

“All speakers were informingly engaging and offered excellent advice. Very valuable conference!”

“This workshop has provided me with a wealth of knowledge. I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend such a workshop!”

“Enjoyed it thoroughly – very important for minority issues to be addressed by AALS; made me feel valued in legal academia.”

“I am extremely glad I had the opportunity to attend this conference. It has been a great experience and tremendous learning opportunity.”