Biennial Conference

ALWD Biennial Conference

ALWD hosts a national conference every two years. The conference provides an opportunity for colleagues from across the country to come together and share ideas about teaching, leadership, scholarship, and the issues affecting legal education generally and legal writing programs specifically. The conference typically takes place over two and one-half days in the summer at a location that varies from conference to conference.

The conference committee typically issues a call for site proposals in the fall of the non-conference year. After reviewing the proposals, the conference committee makes a recommendation to the ALWD Board of Directors regarding the conference site. The Board typically selects and announces the conference site approximately one year in advance of the conference. The conference program is planned by the program committee, which is a sub-committee of the full conference committee. That sub-committee typically sends a call for program proposals in the late summer or early fall of the conference year.

Past Conferences

The most recent ALWD Conference was hosted June 3-5, 2015, at the University of Memphis. The theme was Heart and Soul: LRW at the Center of Legal Education; colleagues from across the country presented on a wide range of topics. In addition to presentations on innovative teaching ideas, curriculum development presentations, and scholarly presentations, the conference included a leadership track, which provided opportunities for attendees to discuss a wide range of leadership topics. Mentoring groups provided an informal opportunity for attendees to connect with colleagues who shared similar interests, program designs, or teaching experience. The full conference program and conference materials are available here.

Other past ALWD Conferences have included:

    • June 26-28, 2013, Marquette University, Doing It Our Way / Conference Website
    • June 23-25, 2011, Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Leadership for the Second Wave / Conference Program
    • July 16-18, 2009, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Professionalization of Legal Writing Programs / Conference Program
    • June 14-16, 2007, University of Denver, Best Practices in Teaching, Management, and Scholarship/ Conference Program

Upcoming Conference

We hope you will participate in the upcoming ALWD Conference during Summer 2017, whether as a site host, a presenter, or an attendee.