I'm on the fence about attending the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in January. It is the law school conference, akin to the AEA/ASSA annual meetings, which are held the same weekend but almost always in a different city, unfortunately.
Reasons to go:
- The AALS is returning to New Orleans for the first time since Katrina.
- My sister and her family live in New Orleans.
- I haven't been to the annual meeting in several years.
- I would see friends I rarely get to see otherwise.
- Great food.
- New Orleans is fun.
Reasons not to go:
- As a conference, the AALS annual meeting is the absolute worst, regardless of price.
- The AALS is very expensive.
- I find law conferences less interesting, as a rule, than social science conferences.
- I find conferencing generally to be stressful.
- Flying my whole family to New Orleans would be expensive.
- I am behind on writing projects that need to get done.
- I don't care about "networking."
It's definitely a tough call.