CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW TEACHERS
L’ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DES PROFESSEURS DE DROIT

Call for Participants in a Reading Group & Roundtable at CALT 2023 Conference: The Comparative Value of Online and In-person Legal Education

A Reading Group & Roundtable Discussion on Teaching Modalities: The Comparative Value of Online and In-person Legal Education
This reading group, convened by Professors Anna Lund (Alberta) and Angela Lee (Toronto Metropolitan University) will culminate in a Roundtable at the CALT 2023 conference. It will bring together Canadian legal scholars to think through and discuss the comparative value of online versus in-person legal education. 
When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in 2020, it necessitated a hasty adjustment to the ways in which education was delivered. Schools at all levels switched from a predominantly in-person to an online model of teaching and learning, with mixed degrees of success. As public health restrictions have been relaxed, many law schools have since moved back to the pre-pandemic norm of in-person education, often justified by the assumption that in-person learning is better for students and teachers alike. At the same time, some constituencies have resisted this "return to normal" for reasons including accessibility for students with disabilities, flexibility for Indigenous students who wish to remain in their home communities, and ongoing concerns around public health.

This reading group and roundtable will give legal educators space to consider and compare the value of online versus in-person legal education, and imagine how to move forward to a "new normal" that can hopefully better reflect some of the lessons learned about different teaching modalities during the pandemic. 

Participants will be invited to read three articles relevant to the topic prior to the roundtable. Each of these readings will be briefly summarized at the start of the session, and participants will then be guided through a series of discussion questions on the roundtable's theme. 
Anyone interested in joining the reading group and participating in the roundtable can join the mailing list by emailing Professor Anna Lund (Alberta) at [email protected]
A reminder that being on the program for the Conference - including being a member of a Roundtable - will require a CALT membership purchased either prior to or concurrent with Conference registration.

 

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Call for Participants in a Roundtable at CALT 2023 Conference: Teaching Critical Approaches to Criminal Law

Profs Sarah-jane Nussbaum (UNB) and Danardo Jones (Windsor) are convening a Roundtable for CALT at Congress 2023 (see link for dates and details of the Conference) about teaching critical perspectives in criminal law, and are reaching out for expressions of interest in joining.

The focus here is on teaching law school first years, and early career teachers are especially welcome.

  • Roundtable participants are asked to bring something for the group conversation, for instance:
  • More granular descriptions of teaching goals/learning outcomes in terms of "critical perspectives", or a definition of "critical perspectives" that you are using in designing your course
  • A description of specific challenges (or perceived failures) in bringing critical perspectives to students, reflections on the reasons for the problem including perhaps how it relates to other courses, classroom dynamics, etc.
  • A particular class or teaching unit which worked well including perhaps material, focus, activities, and evaluation methods to share with the group.
  • Evidence of how an approach is received by students (good or bad)

Please reach out to Profs Nussbaum and Jones by December 20 if interested ([email protected][email protected]) so that they can add your name to the proposal they plan to submit.  Your email should include some indication of what you would like to bring to the Roundtable. 

There is space available for a number of people to join - invite your colleagues to consider it.  At the Conference, people not actually part of the Roundtable will of course be able to attend the session. 

 

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2023 Call for Proposals

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS  

Annual Meeting 2023 

Deadline for proposals December 23 2022.   

Submit proposals using this form

The Canadian Association of Law Teachers first in-person meeting since the Summer of 2019 will be at York University in Toronto as part of the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (May 27 to June 3 2023).   

 

CALT’s meetings will be  on Monday May  29 and Tuesday May 30 2022.   

The CALT Banquet and awards will be held concurrently with the Canadian Law and Society Association on the evening of Sunday May 28th, 2022, the night before our meetings begin.   

On Monday May 29 CALT will host a Luncheon for Junior Professors - all of those appointed to their first full time tenure track position in or after the month of January 2020.  

Congress 2023 is an important moment to come together and attempt to re/connect with our communities.  We are  particularly focused on the way our communities have both grown and changed since our last meeting, and of issues left on the table when we canceled our 2020 conference.  The Congress theme, Reckonings and Re-Imaginings has particular resonance in that light and will be somewhat familiar to  Canadian scholars and learners of law:   

The third decade of the twenty-first century has brought us into unprecedented times. An unrelenting global pandemic, protests for racial justice, and escalating climate disasters have heightened our awareness of the urgent need for collective action to help us create a more equitable and sustainable world. The lessons from Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, have been joined by new lessons, new reckonings about what is needed to live in non-hierarchical relationships that can truly honour our human differences, while protecting the land, water and air we all need to live together.  

In the theme, “Reckonings and Re-Imaginings,” we invite the Congress community to pause and reflect on the lessons we have learned, but also to begin the work of imagining and enacting the terms under which we might create a radically different world. What might it mean for us to commit to knowing and caring for each other across our differences, understanding that the world we want to live in tomorrow is dependent on the action we take together today? Can we re-imagine a new set of social relationships grounded in decoloniality, anti-racism, justice, and preservation of the earth? This invitation for both reflection and action requires a genuine investment in the project of learning and growing, a willingness to participate in active and meaningful co-engagement, and a commitment to exercising patience and care in doing the hard work of changing belief systems and the world.”   

See more at the Congress main site here. 

AN EXPANDED FOCUS 

In putting together our program, we are proposing two particular areas of attention in addressing the themes above:  

  • We would like to pay particular attention to the work and needs of those members of the academy who have joined in the last 3 or 4 years (along with programming aimed at graduate students in law);
  • We are looking to make more space for discussions of scholarly legal research inside or across areas of legal scholarship - beyond the scholarship of teaching and learning.    

These plans complement our familiar focus on teaching and learning law in Canada.   

PROPOSALS 

We encourage the submission of complete or partial (with space for more participants)  proposals for sessions of 1.5hrs or 1 hour. We are open to a variety of formats and themes, as set out below and we encourage you to reach out to colleagues at different institutions and career stages to generate possibilities. 

Participants should assume that remote participation—for presenters and audiences—will not be supported at this conference. All participants should plan to attend the conference in person.  If you have questions or concerns please be in touch at [email protected]   

Form  (all sessions slots are 1.5 hours – you may request a 1 hour session) 

  

Substantive Themes related to Reckonings &  Reimaginings (feel free to identify more than one)  

  

  

  

  i.     Workshops (participatory workshops led by one or more people) 

  

a. Topics which relate to or engage with Indigenous and / or Black communities and  law or legal education  

  ii.     Roundtables (large number of speakers or expectation that all participate) 

  

b. Post Pandemic Reckonings and Reimaginings 

iii.     Panels (3-4 speakers presenting research work, with or without drafts and commentators) 

  

c. Teaching and Learning in Legal Education 

iv.     Author meets Reader 

  

d. Focus on scholarship about a particular issue. 

  v.     Another format 

  

e. Focus on scholarship in a particular subject area. 

  

By the time of the conference, all participants must be registered as members of CALT and registered for Congress   We would be delighted if you chose to become a member now: please visit https://www.acpd-calt.org/join_adhesion. 

The requirement of membership does not include JD students or community members who may be participating in your proposal. Please contact us directly in that case at [email protected] or indicate that people in this position are a part of your proposal. 

Submit proposals using this form.   

https://forms.gle/MXiYF2XsPutQcRt97  

Our Deadline is December 23 2022 but we will begin reviewing proposals on November 23 2022.    

Questions should be directed to  contact@acpd-calt.org 

 

We also anticipate a role in arranging ‘CALT-sponsored” Open Sessions (available to all Congress attendees).  These should closely relate to the theme-related sessions and so invite suggestions for sessions or speakers and expressions of interest in co-arranging specific sessions.  Limited funding may be available to support non-academics in travel and attendance in relation to these open sessions where applicable.  Creative proposals are welcome.  

  

 

CALT may award a “Congress Graduate Student Merit Award” worth approximately $500 to one graduate student who is presenting their work at our meetings.  Only students who are presenting work which can be described through an abstract of 250 words will be able to apply for this award.  The award recipient will be notified by May 2023, and funds will be disbursed in June 2023.  If you or someone participating in your proposed session is interested in this opportunity please indicate using the box available in the submission form.  

 

CALT members participating at Congress may also be eligible to receive a “Child and Dependent Care Subsidy” (up to 200 per person) via the Federation of Social Sciences and the Humanities. An application is required, and decisions about this subsidy will be released on May 2 2023.  Information about this opportunity will be distributed to all who are on the program in late March 2023.  

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CALT Conference Series 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Online workshops and roundtables (and more)

to be held in June 2022

 

Deadline for Proposals April 22 2022

In lieu of a conference this summer, CALT proposes a series of Wednesday sessions in June, with a longer session including our AGM on June 8th

CALT is now soliciting proposals from Canadian law teachers for online roundtables or workshops connected to legal education.

For events included in the series, CALT will provide publicity (through its website, mailing list, and other channels) and assume responsibility for the technical aspects of hosting the meeting (registration through Zoom, etc.).

CALT would be glad to consider partnering with other academic or professional organizations in order to co-host particular events in the series.

 

Proposals should address a unified theme, and be designed for a total duration of 60 to 120 minutes, including activities and/or discussion.

 

Sessions may be in one of two formats: workshops (with active learning and participatory approaches aimed at capacity building); or, roundtables (interactive discussion and exchange, either with a small group of panelists with some participation by the room, or intended to engage the whole room). Other formats may be proposed.

 

Proposals should be contained in a standalone Word document (i.e. not in the body of an email) that is no longer than 2 pages and must provide the following information:

  • Session title;
  • Session format (workshop, roundtable or other) and length
  • Brief description of session topic, content and agenda (100-500 words)
  • Identification at least 3 presenters, including a session chair.

**Please note while CALT has currently suspended membership fees, we will be reinstating modest membership fees before June 2022, in the <$50 range for full time faculty.  All presenters will be expected to become CALT members and pay the membership fee)

  • Brief biographical information for each contributor (including institutional affiliation and position title or program status);
  • Identification of partner (co-hosting) organization, if any;
  • Preferred dates, if any (June 1, 15, 22, 29 are the Wednesday dates we are looking at – along with the second Wednesday of the month in some of all of July through December.

Please send all proposals, in Word format, as well as any suggestions or expressions of interest, to <[email protected]> no later than April 22 2022.

The CALT Conference Committee will review all proposals and make selections based on timeliness, rigour, anticipated interest of CALT members, and potential for interactive exchange and learning impact.

If a proposal is selected, members of the CALT Conference Committee will contact the persons making the proposal to agree upon a date and time. The Committee may request additional information and modifications.

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CALT 2021 Conference Registration

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the CALT 2021 virtual conference (7-10 June) here.  There is no registration fee, but registration is obligatory.   Also, an updated Program in Brief, as well as the Full Program, are now available.

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CALT Conference 2021 Program in Brief

CALT conference 2021: SAVE THE DATES!

 

We are delighted to confirm that the virtual conference will take place over four days, from Monday 7 June to Thursday 11 June.   Two sessions will be offered on each day, as well as the CALT AGM on Tuesday 8 June.  A ‘program-in-brief’ is now available on our website here.

 

Sessions will be conducted via Zoom, hosted by Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Registration will be required, but there will be no registration fee.  An Eventbrite registration page is coming soon and will be the source for further program information.  For any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

 

Please SAVE THE DATES and STAY TUNED.

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Call for Proposals CALT Conference 2021

Call for Proposals 

CALT annual conference 2021

7-11 June, 2021

Virtually Hosted by:

 Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

 

We are pleased to release this Call for Proposals for the 2021 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT).   The conference will be held in a virtual online format throughout the week of 7 to 11 June (which is the week following the virtual gathering of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities). 

The virtual platform for the conference will be provided by the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.  We gratefully acknowledge their participation and support.

Subject to the level of response to the Call for Proposals, and logistical factors, our tentative plan is to schedule 6 plenary sessions over the course of the week, with no more than two sessions of up to two hours duration on any one day. 

The general focus of the conference will remain on legal education and pedagogy.  We primarily invite proposals on two specific themes:

  1. “Building Back Better: Lessons from Adapting to Teaching in the Pandemic”;
  2. “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism” – the theme of the cancelled 2020 conference.

We will also consider proposals that address non-theme topics and issues of current interest in legal education and law, but preference may be given to theme-related proposals and proposals that address teaching and learning.

 

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CALT 2021 Conference & AGM

We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Association of Law Teacher’s annual conference is resuming in 2021. The conference will be held in a virtual online format throughout the week of 7 to 11 June (which is the week following the virtual gathering of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities).  A Call for Proposals will be issued soon.  The CALT AGM will also be held during that week.

Subject to the level of response to the Call for Proposals, and logistical factors, our tentative plan is to schedule 6 plenary sessions over the course of the week, with no more than two sessions of up to two hours duration on any one day.  The general focus of the conference will remain on legal education and pedagogy.  We anticipate inviting general proposals with that focus, as well as inviting proposals engaging two specific themes: one theme focusing on lessons from adapting to teaching in the pandemic; the other reaching back to the theme of the cancelled 2020 conference, “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism.”

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CALT 2020 CONFERENCE CANCELLED

The Canadian Association of Law Teachers regrets to announce that it has decided to cancel its conference, previously scheduled for June 1 to 3, 2020 at Western University. We have also decided that we will not participate in the proposed online version of the Congress 2020 meeting. For a variety of reasons, including solidarity with the position of the Black Canadian Studies Association, we do not think it is in the interests of CALT to proceed with an online version. 

We have not reached this decision lightly and we regret the disappointment and inconvenience that it may cause. 

For  anyone  who  has  already  registered  for  the  conference,  a  full  refund  is available.  You can find information  about  the  process  for  cancellation  in  the  email  you  received  (from  Congress)  as confirmation of your registration. 

 

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