Past Events
The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning sponsored the 2013 summer conference, Hybrid Law Teaching which took place June 7-9, 2013 at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. Presentations at the conference incorporated ideas relating to balance in legal education and the creation of a more humane law school experience. Materials from prior conferences and more information about upcoming conferences are available on the Institute’s Web site, http://lawteaching.org.

The Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law conducted a Workshop on Mindfulness in Legal Education on June 6-9, 2013, which aimed to be the first in-depth, national conversation on integrating meditation into law schools. The Workshop followed the 2010 Mindful Lawyer Conference, which explored the integration of meditation and contemplative practices with legal education and practice. Information on the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law, as well as its past and upcoming conferences, is available through its website, http://www.law.berkeley.edu/mindfulness.htm.

Phoenix School of Law hosted a conference on Lawyers as Peacemakers and Healers on February 22-24, 2013. The program, handouts and video recordings were at one time available on the Phoenix Law conference website and a flyer for the program can be found by clicking this link on the Cutting Edge Law webpage.

The 2012 LatCrit/SALT Faculty Development Workshop and the SALT Teaching Conference, Teaching Social Justice, Expanding Access to Justice: The Role of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, was held October 4-6, 2012, at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland. Information on upcoming conferences as well as on past conferences is available on SALT’s Web site, http://www.saltlaw.org.

On April 10, 2010, there was a one-day conference for new and experienced legal educators on the topic of “Teaching Law for Engaged Learning” at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina. The conference was co-sponsored by The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (Gonzaga and Washburn) and the Center for Engaged Learning in the Law (Elon). More information on the conference can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/centerforengagedlegallearning/home.

The first “Colonial Frontier” Legal Writing Conference was held at Duquesne University School of Law on December 5, 2009. The Conference explored the theme of “Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom: Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Attitude.” The conference grew out of the work of Allison Martin and Kevin Rand on hope, some of which Allison Martin presented at the Balance Section’s 2009 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego. The Duquesne Law Review published a symposium issue stemming from the conference, and the papers are available on the Duquesne website. Subsequent “Colonial Frontier” Legal Writing Conferences have explored other themes of interest to legal writing professors.

The University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law hosted a conference entitled “Legal Education at the Crossroads, v. 3 – A Conference on Assessment” on September 11-13, 2009. The conference responded to recent calls in legal education to improve methods of student, teaching and institutional assessment. More information on the conference is available at http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/assessment-conference.

In February of 2008, Georgia State University College of Law hosted the International Conference on the Future of Legal Education. Webcasts of sessions from the conference, along with other conference materials, are available through the GSU erbsite and also by clicking here.

On October 19-21, 2007, Washburn University School of Law sponsored a Symposium on Humanizing Legal Education. The symposium gathered legal educators from around the country to discuss and consider ways to improve the experience of students during their time in law school. The symposium resulted in the publication of a rich set of papers in the Washburn Law Journal. Papers and other materials from the Symposium are available at http://washburnlaw.edu/publications/wlj/issues/47-2.html.

On January 3-7, 2006, AALS sponsored a full-day Workshop on Balance in Legal Education as part of its 2006 Annual Meeting. The Workshop attracted hundreds of attendees and solidified the desire of the organizers to petition to form a new Section on Balance in Legal Education.