Additional Announcements

New Award from AALL: AALL Excellence in Community Engagement

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Excellence in Community Engagement Jury is excited to announce a brand-new addition to the existing AALL awards: the Excellence in Community Engagement (ECE) Award!  Approved by the AALL Executive Board in Spring 2018, the ECE Award is designed to recognize and honor activities or projects that exemplify outstanding outreach efforts through community engagement and that raise the visibility of the profession and the Association.  AALL members, Special Interest Sections, chapters, member libraries, and other groups affiliated with AALL are eligible. This award will honor persons or groups who have demonstrated excellence in community engagement, collaboration, visibility, networking, and/or member-to-member relationships. More details about the award criteria can be found here.

The Excellence in Community Engagement Jury is now accepting nominations. Eligible projects for the inaugural ECE Award must have taken place between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018.  The online nomination form is available here.  The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2019.

The members of the ECE Jury look forward to receiving your nominations for the first winner of this new award!

Teaching the Teachers Conference

This course will provide a foundation in instructional philosophy, techniques, and assessment for law librarians by law librarians. Unlike other similar courses provided by other organizations, this program will be a peer-to-peer, hands-on learning environment where we will be able to leverage our collective similar experiences to enhance the work that we do.

Topics include:

  • Instructional design and planning, including instructional design and cognitive theory, developing learning outcomes and creating rigorous assessments;
  • Presentation and delivery, including employing a variety of teaching methods, including presentation styles, delivery, and visual aids, and utilizing current and developing technologies in the delivery of information; and
  • Assessment and metrics, including developing formative and summative assessments, revising instruction based on feedback, and using technology to analyze assessment data.

Registration limited to 40 participants. Registration will begin on January 22, 2019 at 1pm Eastern time. The event takes place May 30-31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit for more information.

Institutional for Law Teaching & Learning Summer Conference

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning is proud to host a conference addressing the many ways that law professors and administrators are reaching today’s law students. With the ever-changing and heterogeneous nature of law students, this topic has taken on increased urgency for professors thinking about effective teaching strategies.

The conference theme is intentionally broad and is designed to encompass a wide variety of topics – neuroscientific approaches to effective teaching, generational research about current law students, effective use of technology in the classroom, teaching first-generation college students, classroom behavior in the current political climate, academic approaches to less prepared students, fostering qualities such as growth mindset, resilience, and emotional intelligence in students, or techniques for providing effective formative feedback to students.

In addition to presentations by law professors from around the world—a Call for Proposals will be coming soon!—the Institute will provide several plenary sessions throughout the conference to further address relevant topics.

This year the Summer Conference theme is “Teaching Today’s Law Students.” The event will take place at the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas from June 3-5, 2019. Visit for more information.

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