It’s hard to believe that more than a month has passed since we welcomed people in person and virtually to the 15th Annual AALS DR Section Works-in-Progress Conference here at the University of Oregon. We had almost sixty registrants, in Eugene and over Zoom, and we saw thirty-six presentations over 1.5 days. It was such a pleasure to hear about the exciting work that everyone is doing, and it was absolutely fantastic to reconnect with our wonderful community!
Some pictures from the event (I’m not as good as John at taking pictures, so please forgive the clumsy framing etc.):
Our Thursday reception took place at Claim 52, a local brewery.
For our Friday dinner, we went to Party Downtown and had some kind of local farm-to-table foodie-style tapas, tasty but difficult to describe.
Cynthia with Puddles! We were lucky that the LRW people were also having a conference at the same time, and they’d arranged for Puddles to swing by the law school.
A group of us on Saturday. To the far left is Jessica Bregant, one of the co-authors on this year’s outstanding article.
More of our favorite people!
Here is our main meeting room. At this point we had divided into two tracks because of the volume of presentations, and a significant portion of the presentations during this track in this room were over Zoom. I was worried about managing the technology during a hybrid conference but it worked pretty well. I made a list of things I’d do differently next time, and I will review feedback from the conference for more ideas about how to make sure the virtual attendees feel welcome and included.
The following photos are some candid shots of folks during the conference. It still warms my heart to see these pictures of ADR colleagues in our building!
Many thanks to everyone who came to Eugene, in person or via Zoom, for the WIP. You are all incredible.