Meetings & Events Code of Conduct

Approved by the Executive Board, November 2014, Tab 25.
Revised by the Executive Board, April 2021, Tab 13.

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and harassment-free environment for all participants attending in-person and virtual programs and meetings regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Participants include, but are not limited to, AALL members, attendees, speakers, volunteers, guests, exhibitors, AALL staff, and service providers.

AALL seeks to provide an environment free from any form of discrimination, intimidation, or harassment of participants at programs/events or on AALL social media channels and community platforms related to those meetings. This includes offensive verbal comments related to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity; inappropriate use of sexual and/or discriminatory language, gestures and imagery in public spaces or presentations, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and sustained disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by AALL throughout an in-person or virtual meeting.

All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all conference venues, including online venues, and conference social events. Participants asked to stop an uncomfortable, hostile, or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

AALL reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior experienced virtually or in person.


  • Any participant experiencing harassment at an in-person event or meeting, or notice that someone else is being harassed, should immediately report the incident to the AALL staff office onsite, a member of the AALL staff, or facility security.
  • AALL staff will assist the complainant, if needed or requested, in contacting facility security personnel or local law enforcement to ensure they feel safe for the duration of the conference, event, or meeting.
  • If you experience or witness behavior that threatens your or another’s physical safety or poses a serious threat to public safety at an onsite meeting, contact 911 immediately, or if in a convention center, locate a house phone and ask for security. Please report other incidents or suspected incidents to AALL staff, leadership, or security.
  • It is the responsibility of the complainant to work directly with facility security or law enforcement to initiate security or legal enforcement.
  • AALL staff will follow-up with facility security or law enforcement to request a report that outlines their course of action and will follow-up with complainant to inform them of any course of action taken.


  • If you experience or witness harassment or any incidents of unacceptable behavior, AALL asks that you inform the AALL staff person monitoring the event (including meeting, institute, webinar, or chat), or contact a staff person at the AALL headquarters office at 312.939.4764 so that appropriate action can be taken.
  • AALL staff will assist the complainant to feel comfortable and safe for the duration of the event.