Webinar: How to Become a Law Teacher

This webinar is for law school career development professionals, current students, and graduates who may have an interest in law teaching.

How to Become a Law Teacher is designed to provide useful information about the faculty hiring process within the legal academy. Only a small segment of law schools are able to provide dedicated career counselors for students who seek careers in legal academia. This information will help career counselors at member schools, as well as prospective law teachers themselves, as we work to attract a wider, more diverse group of qualified candidates to the legal academy.

The panelists are a group of recently hired law faculty, experienced hiring chairs, and current deans. This webinar will also provide an overview of resources that AALS offers to assist and support candidates throughout the hiring process and while they are members of the legal academy.

Panelists will discuss:

  1. Concrete actions that law students can take while in law school to make them more competitive candidates when applying for law teaching jobs.
  2. Different pathways for entering legal academia.
  3. Nuts and bolts of the hiring process including the typical hiring cycle, what to expect at different phases of the hiring process, and tips for an effective job talk.

How to Become a Law Teacher

Thursday, April 4
4 – 5:30 EDT | 1 – 2:30 PDT


Alena Allen

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Alena Allen is dean and professor of law of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She previously served as deputy director for the Association of American Law Schools and as a professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Allen’s scholarship focuses on health policy and tort law. She was named an American Society of Medicine, Law, and Ethics Health Scholar at the Center for Health Law Studies, St. Louis University School of Law. Prior to joining LSU, Allen served as interim dean and professor of law at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Allen began her academic career at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she was awarded Professor of Year, the Farris Bobango Faculty Scholarship Award, and the MLK 50 Faculty Service Award. In addition to serving as an associate professor of law, she also served as director of diversity, director of research, and was elected to serve in the faculty senate.

Yvette T. Butler

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Yvette Butler is an associate professor at Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law. Her scholarship examines how the law, particularly the U.S. Constitution, protects or hinders the survival and resistance strategies of marginalized groups. Her research was inspired by and remains grounded in present day advocacy efforts, particularly those involving sex workers. Her articles, essays, and book chapters have been published in or are forthcoming in the California Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewRoutledge, and more. Professor Butler’s previous experiences include federal civil rights litigation, advocating for policy change alongside sex workers and survivors of trafficking; and finally, directing national training and advocacy efforts related to domestic/sexual violence and economic security. She received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Stephen Clowney

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Professor Stephen Clowney joined the law faculty of the University of Arkansas Fayetteville in 2014. Before moving to Arkansas, he held the Frost Brown & Todd endowed professorship at the University of Kentucky. At the U of A, Professor Clowney teaches Property, Land Use, Trusts & Estates, and a seminar on Race & the Law. Prior to entering academia, Professor Clowney served as a Law Clerk in the Chambers of the Hon. Ruggero J. Aldisert, in Santa Barbara, California. He has also worked as a legal consultant in Hawaii, a college admissions officer, and a gravedigger. He received his JD from Yale Law School.

Adam K. Feibelman

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Adam Feibelman is the Sumter Davis Marks Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School and Tulane University’s Murphy Institute. He also serves as the Director of the Center on Law and the Economy at the Murphy Institute. His teaching and research focus on bankruptcy law, regulation of financial institutions, legal issues related to sovereign debt, and international monetary law. His current work explores two topics: the relationship between corporate bankruptcy and financial regulation and theories of monetary sovereignty. Prior to joining the Tulane faculty in 2009, he was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law and University of Cincinnati School of Law and taught as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Carrie Floyd

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Carrie Floyd is a clinical teaching fellow in the Veterans Legal Clinic, where she teaches students to provide high-quality civil legal services to Michigan’s veterans. Her practice focuses on a variety of issues, including consumer protection, housing, and public benefits litigation. Before joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty, Floyd worked as a staff attorney in Lakeshore Legal Aid’s Systemic Advocacy Unit, where she pursued systemic and impact litigation on behalf of low-income families and seniors. Floyd has litigated a wide variety of cases in federal and state court with a systemic change lens. Her most recent practice has focused on addressing predatory lending, including challenging abusive land contract and small-dollar loans and rental-purchase agreements. She received her MSW from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Wayne State University.

Matthew D. Kim

Professor Matthew Kim teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and empirical legal research at the University of Florida. His work has been published in or is forthcoming in the Missouri Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, and Tennessee Law Review, among others. Prior to joining the University of Florida Levin College of Law, he clerked for two judges in Miami – Judge Barbara Lagoa of the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge Beth Bloom of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Professor Kim received his B.A. and M.A. from Emory University, his M.A. from Yale University, his Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School

Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner

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Elizabeth Kronk Warner is the Jefferson B. & Rita E. Fordham Presidential Dean and Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She is a nationally-recognized expert in the intersection of Environmental and Indian law, and supervised the Tribal Judicial Support Clinic at the University of Kansas School of Law. She has received several teaching excellence awards, co-authored several books on environmental issues and Native Americans, and has over 40 articles and book chapters to her credit. Dean Kronk Warner, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, served as an appellate judge for the Tribe and as a district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe. Dean Kronk Warner currently chairs multiple AALS Committees. She is on the LSAC Board of Trustees, as well as on the LSAC DEI and audit committees. She holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan

Tamara F. Lawson

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Tamara F. Lawson is Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. She previously served as Dean and Professor of Law at St. Thomas University College of Law, where she was also the founding dean of the Benjamin L. Crump Center for Social Justice. Dean Lawson holds several leadership appointments in the legal community: AALS Deans’ Steering Committee, LSAC Council Board of Trustees, Society of American Law Teachers’ Board of Governors, National Bar Association’s Board of Governors and Law Professors’ Division. She has chaired three different AALS Sections: Women in Legal Education, Evidence Law, and Law and Humanities. Dean Lawson is regularly invited to speak on issues of criminal justice and race, both domestically and internationally. She holds a LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Katherine Macfarlane

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Professor Katherine Macfarlane is a leading expert on civil procedure, civil rights litigation, and disability law. She serves as Director of the Syracuse University College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program and teaches Civil Rights Litigation, Disability Law, and Torts. During the 2022-2023 academic year, Professor Macfarlane served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Prior to joining the Syracuse University College of Law faculty, Professor Macfarlane served as an associate professor at Southern University Law Center and the University of Idaho College of Law. From 2013 to 2015, she was a teaching fellow at the Louisiana State University Hebert Law Center. Professor Macfarlane received her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she served as Chief Articles Editor of the Loyola Law Review.