The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education has planned an exciting program for Thursday, January 5, 2012. From 9:00 – 10:15 AM, the Section will host a “speed mentoring” program. The Section’s Executive Committee is looking for faculty members who are willing to commit to attend the program as “speed mentors.” (You will have to be registered for the conference at some point in order to attend in January.)
The responsibilities of a speed mentor are limited: attend the program and chat with newer faculty members (in an organized fashion). A full description of the program is at the AALS website. To be a “speed mentor,” you don’t need any special expertise or interest – just have 7 or more years of teaching experience. “Speed mentees” will be those with less than 7 years of teaching experience. Neither mentors nor mentees are required to sign up in advance, but we hope that they will.
If you are a faculty member who is willing to attend the program as a speed mentor, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, all potential speed mentors and speed mentees can go to TWEN and add “Speed Mentoring AALS Section on Women in Legal Education” to your courses. Once you have added the course, click the “Sign-Up Sheets” link to go to “Section Members Planning to Attend as ‘Speed Mentors’ or ‘Speed Mentees’” When the sheet opens, click “Sign-Up” under “Speed Mentor” or “Speed Mentee” and your name will be added.
By publicizing the names of those who agree to attend, we hope to attract a large number of participants. The Section on Women in Legal Education is the largest of all AALS sections, and we hope to encourage connections and conversations among professors across subject matters and viewpoints.