Register Now for Our 2022 Annual Conference!

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ELA's 68th Annual Conference: Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace -- and Online!

ELA's Annual Conference presents scholarship, interdisciplinary dialogue, and opportunities for networking for diverse scholars and legal and educational practitioners. Our gathering attracts attorneys, professors, education leaders, graduate and law students, teachers, public officials, human resources professionals, compliance officers, hearing officers, advocates, consultants, and others from the worlds of PreK-12 and higher education; public, private, and charter; colleges of education and law schools; plaintiff- and defense-side; and labor and management. It's an extraordinarily welcoming gathering, with the richness of programming that ELA's unique diversity makes possible. 

2022 FEATURES 

Check out this year's program schedule and speakers:

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This year's program includes these offerings on a substantive legal topics as well as on the teaching, study, and practice of education law:

  • A plenary panel discussion on "Title IX at 50: Past, Present, and Future," which will be the start of a whole conference program strand on a variety of Title IX topics that can be selected from among all of the program offerings.
  • A plenary panel on "The Religion Clauses in Education, with Additional Reflections from Richard Katskee" a variation on a longstanding and popular conference feature that this year will held as a plenary session in light of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases this past term and will include reflections from an attorney who argued one of them: ELA member Richard Katskee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who argued Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.
  • The annual Supreme Court update on the morning of Saturday, November 5, this year again delivered by Mark Walsh, writer for Education Week, SCOTUSblog, and the ABA Journal; Mark may have a tough time topping his tour de force at the 2021 conference in San Antonio, but we are delighted that he graciously accepted the challenge.
  • Featured panels of scholars and practitioners on hot topics.
  • Two exciting, stand-alone half-day preconference workshops for professors on Wednesday, November 2, and a stand-alone half-day postconference workshop for K-12 school administrators on the afternoon of Saturday, November 5, described below.
  • Dozens of concurrent presentations, in person and live-streamed.
  • Roundtable discussions on the morning of Friday, November 4, in person only.
  • Poster sessions on the evening of Thursday, November 3, which are described under Call for Proposals below and for which proposals are being accepted through October 10.
  • Role-alike discussion groups.

In addition, the conference provides ample opportunities for networking, socializing, small discussions about shared interests, special opportunities for students and for first-time attendees, and recognition for excellence in the field through the bestowing of ELA's five awards -- and two new ones for student poster sessions, described below! And the hybrid format allows for viewing almost all of the conference live but also enables registrants to view recordings of the program for six months after the conference.

Check out the program from our 2021 Annual Conference, also a hybrid event.

ELA can provide certificates of attendance for attorneys to self-apply for continuing legal education (CLE) credit and for school employees to self-apply for professional development credit. This year legal ethics CLE will be included in the conference program.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS -- STILL ACCEPTING POSTER SESSIONS!

The deadlines for proposals for concurrent presentations and round tables at the conference have passed. If you believe you submitted a proposal and have not heard back about it from ELA, please contact us immediately.

ELA has decided to accept proposals for poster sessions through October 10, 2022. Poster sessions now will be held in person only, at the attendees' reception on the evening of Thursday, November 3. Presenters will create a visual poster board display setting forth their education law research or work and discuss their work with attendees who walk among the displays during the reception. It's a priceless opportunity for presenters -- especially graduate students, law students, and undergraduate students -- to share their work and get feedback from a range of scholars and practitioners. This year, for the first time, ELA will recognize two student poster sessions with awards: one for ELA Best Legal Research Poster Session as selected by a committee based on criteria for the work and its presentation, and one for ELA Members' Choice Poster Session as voted on by conference attendees at the reception.

This video provides more information on the conference overall and about the various types of presentations, including poster sessions:

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To propose a poster session, here is our online form for submitting proposals.

Please note! Presenters of paper sessions, your papers or annotated outlines need to be submitted to ELA by October 10, 2022.

OPTIONAL PRECONFERENCES AND POSTCONFERENCE

This year's conference offers three optional workshops, which can be selected on their own or in combination with the full conference.

Best Practices and New Ideas in Teaching Education Law

Professors and other professionals who teach education law, join your instructional colleagues on Wednesday, November 2, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., for this popular member-initiated preconference. Exchange what works, innovative practices, and strategies for overcoming instructional challenges with fellow teachers from a range of institutions and programs. The fee for this optional workshop is $50.

Free Speech and Inclusion on Campus 

Scholars active and interested in the intersection of free speech and diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, as well as lawyers and administrators, are invited to join this member-initiated, generative space to engage in conversations that will ultimately inform research questions and help move forward a research agenda in this area. Two topical focal points will be Free Speech and the Purpose of the University and Hateful Speech on Campus. This preconference also will be held on Wednesday, November 2, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., for a participation fee of $50.

School Law Workshop for Florida Administrators

This year ELA offers its special program for local K-12 school administrators as a Saturday postconference instead of a full-day preconference, to allow more administrators to take advantage of the opportunity. Postconference participants are invited to join the final conference plenary session with the U.S. Supreme Court Update by Mark Walsh on the morning of November 5, and then take part in the afternoon postconference, from noon to 4:30 p.m. The postconference will address key challenges currently confronting Florida school administrators, including parent rights, social media, special education, and labor and employment law during staff shortages. The fee for this option is $100.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Registrations for the conference are managed by ELA's partners at Indiana University Conferences and can be accessed here:

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This year all concurrent sessions will be live streamed via Zoom on Whova, so the registration is the same for in-person for virtual attendance. ELA members receive a discounted rate, and students enrolled in six or more credit hours receive a more steeply discounted rate that also includes 12 months of student membership in ELA.

  • Regular ELA member: $445
  • Student registration (includes one year of ELA student membership): $165
  • Non-member: $650
  • Wednesday Preconference Workshop on Teaching Education Law: $50
  • Wednesday Preconference on Free Speech and Inclusion: $50
  • Saturday Postconference Workshop for School Administrators: $100

Please note! All conference presenters must have registered and paid for the conference by October 10, 2022 to be listed in the program.

Information on ELA membership and online membership registration is here.

HOTEL

Register now at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace at the special ELA conference basic room rate of only $179 per night:

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The conference discount rate is available until October 13, 2022. Conference attendees also have access to Disney Theme Park special offers on tickets and advance purchase savings, with an added bonus on multi-day tickets for their travel party. These Theme Park Tickets are valid from up to seven days before the Annual Conference and up to seven days after.

We look forward to seeing you!