Register Now for Our 2022 Annual Conference!

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ELA's 68th Annual Conference will be at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace -- and virtually -- November 2-5, 2022

ELA's popular Annual Conference presents scholarship, interdisciplinary dialogue, and opportunities for networking for attorneys, scholars, and educational practitioners. The 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 ELA's diversity makes possible.

The conference program offers a variety of formats for engagement on a range of substantive legal topics as well as on the teaching, study, and practice of education law:

  • Keynote speakers, including the annual U.S. Supreme Court Update
  • Featured panels of scholars and practitioners on hot topics
  • A special, stand-alone half-day preconference workshop on Wednesday, November 2, on Best Practices and New Ideas in Teaching Education law
  • A special, stand-alone half-day postconference workshop on Saturday, November 5, on School Law for Florida Administrators
  • Dozens of concurrent presentations
  • Roundtable discussions (in person only)
  • Poster sessions 
  • 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 the hybrid format allows for viewing of recorded sessions on your own time, including 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. Legal ethics CLE will be available in the conference program. 


ELA is pleased to announce that the annual Supreme Court update at the conference will again be delivered by Mark Walsh, writer for Education Week, SCOTUSblog, and the ABA Journal. After Mark's tour de force at the 2021 conference in San Antonio, ELA's Committee feared getting tarred and feathered if they failed to produce him in Orlando, so they moved quickly to invite him. We are delighted that Mark graciously accepted.



The deadlines for proposals for concurrent presentations, round tables, and poster sessions at the conference have passed, but for future reference we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the options to present and the process. This year we will live stream in-person concurrent sessions in Orlando to our virtual conference attendees. We always strongly encourage collaborative proposals among co-presenters from different professional roles, as well as students. And we welcome proposals addressing not only the substance of education law and policy but also professional opportunities and best practices in education law for scholars, teachers, and practitioners.

More information on the conference, submitting a proposal for the various types of presentations (paper sessions, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions) and co-presenter options is available on this webinar recording:

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Here is our form for submitting proposals.


Join your instructional colleagues on Wednesday, November 2, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., for our popular preconference on "Best Practices and New Ideas in Teaching Education Law." This stand-alone program is available for a separate $50 fee.

This year ELA will offer its special stand-alone program for K-12 school administrators as a Saturday postconference instead of a full-day preconference. 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., "School Law Workshop for Florida Administrators." The fee for this option, which can be selected in addition to the full conference or alone, is $100.


Online conference registration is live here! Registrations are managed by ELA's partners at Indiana University Conferences. This year all in-person concurrent sessions also will be live streamed, 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
  • Saturday Postconference Workshop for School Administrators: $100

All listed conference presenters must register for the conference by Monday, October 10, 2022. Information on ELA membership is here.


To register at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace at the special ELA conference basic room rate of only $179 per night, click here. The conference rate is available until October 13, 2022.

We look forward to seeing you!