Register now for ELA's 2020 Annual Conference!

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The Education Law Association's (ELA) 66th Annual Conference will be held virtually, out of respect for considerations of safety and budget restrictions. This will not be an event testing your passive on-screen endurance! We are confident that we will deliver virtually the kind of engaging, insightful, and fun experience ELA attendees have come to expect over many years.

ELA's Annual Conference attracts hundreds of scholars and practitioners in the field from all over the United States and Canada and a number of other countries. This uniquely diverse gathering draws attorneys, professors, education leaders and administrators, graduate and law students, educators, public officials, consultants, reporters, and other stakeholders from the worlds of PK-12 and higher education; public, private, and charter sectors; colleges of education and law schools; plaintiff- and defense-side; labor and management; and more. It's an extraordinarily welcoming and collegial gathering that offers the richness of programming that ELA's diversity and cross-fertilization make possible. And we will capture what people most love about ELA in how we organize our interactions online.

Online registration is available here. The conference registration fee for non-ELA members who are not students is $309. Discounts are available to ELA members ($219), first-time ELA Annual Conference attendees who are ELA  members ($119), students ($69 for ELA members, $109 for nonmembers), and ELA members aged 65 and up ($189). There's an extra $20 discount for registrants who simultaneously join or rejoin ELA or who renew their ELA membership for an additional 12 months. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available for attorneys. Four stand-alone preconferences are offered separately for $69 each:

  • 2020 in Review: A Challenging Time in Higher Education Law, with Peter Lake, Stetson University College of Law
  • Legal Ethics for Education Attorneys
  • The New Title IX Regulations in K-12 Schools
  • Special Education Law for Administrators (With Extra Focus on Florida)

Here is the link to the Call for Proposals with important information for presenters, including those who have presented at past ELA conferences. The deadline to propose Breakout Sessions has passed, but proposals for Roundtable or Poster Sessions are being accepted until September 1. If you would like to learn more about how virtual Poster Sessions will work, please watch this ELA webinar; the slide deck from the webinar is available here. Please note that all presenters must register for the Annual Conference by October 1, 2020, and Breakout Session presenters must submit a more detailed outline of their paper by that date.

The deadline to submit nominations for ELA's 2020 awards, which are presented at the Annual Conference has been extended to September 1, 2020. Information about the awards and nomination forms are available here.

Check back here soon for more information, including more detail on the stand-alone pre conference sessions and information on our keynote speakers and other features!

Here's what one 2019 first-time ELA Annual Conference attendee said about her experience:

Attending the Education Law Association Conference was professionally a transformative experience. Colleagues were incredibly welcoming, providing valuable feedback on my research and insightful suggestions on how to improve projects moving forward. The conference gave me the opportunity to get further connected within the education law community, and multiple professional opportunities have emerged as a result. -Paula Chan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Cleveland State University

If you are new to ELA and/or its Annual Conference, you can get good sense of the rich program, the speakers and sessions, and the overall experience from reviewing the materials from our most recent conference, below:


2019 Annual Conference Information

November 13-16, 2019, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, Virginia 

Click here to see the full 2019 Annual Conference Program

ELA's 65th Annual Conference in Norfolk was a huge success during a challenging year. It featured celebrated keynote speakers, four preconferences, and over 50 break-out sessions. Especially exciting was the presence of so many first-time attendees.

driver justin headshotKeynote speaker: Justin Driver
Professor of Law
Yale Law School

In his acclaimed book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind, Professor Driver argues that "the public school has served as the single most significant site of constitutional interpretation within the nation’s history." He has written for SlateThe AtlanticThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The New Republic and served as a law clerk for Judge Merrick B. Garland of the D.C. Circuit and for Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sandra Day O’Connor. Professor Driver delivered provocative remarks and insights into cases that were new even to an audience that was deeply familiar with them.

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Keynote speaker: Mark Walsh
Supreme Court Reporter
Education Week, ABA Journal, SCOTUS Blog

A freelance writer, Mr. Walsh has covered legal issues in education for a variety of publications for more than 20 years and has appeared as a commentator for C-SPAN, Court TV, Fox News, NPR, and BBC Radio. He is co-author with Michael Edwards of More Than a Lawyer: Robert Chanin, the National Education Association, and the Fight for Public Education, Employee Rights, and Social Justice. Mr. Walsh returned to ELA to deliver the Supreme Court Update with his characteristic insight and humor.

The conference program featured a remarkable lineup of presenters in over 50 break-out sessions, as well as roundtable discussions, and poster sessions. On Wednesday, four special, stand-alone preconferences were offered:

The video below also helped show prospective attendees some what they could expect:

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65th ELA Annual Conference

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