Mark Your Calendar for Our 2022 Hybrid 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. 

FEATURES 

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.

 


CALL FOR PROPOSALS

ELA invites proposals for concurrent presentations, round tables, and poster sessions at the conference. This year we will live stream in-person concurrent sessions in Orlando to virtual conference attendees. We 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 recording of a May 2, 2022 informational webinar:

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Here is our form for submitting proposals. Please read the details carefully -- even if (maybe especially if) you have been submitting proposals for years -- and respond completely. Proposals for paper sessions are now due on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Proposals for round table discussions and poster sessions are due on Friday, July 15. We can't wait to see what this year has in store!

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Check back here for online registration through 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. Information on ELA membership is here.

HOTEL

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!