By AALS President Kellye Y. Testy
“As we look forward to the year ahead, I have selected a theme that I hope will be inspiring to our member schools and one that will help AALS continue our advocacy for law and for legal education. That theme is “why law matters.” It is a theme designed to bring out the best of the academy, to turn our vision outward to the world we serve, and to explore–at a fundamental level—why what we do matters in meeting all of the challenges of our current social environment.”
More than 3,000 law school faculty, deans, and staff attended the 110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) from January 6-10, 2016, in New York City. In accordance with the Meeting’s theme of “From Challenge to Innovation: American Legal Education in 2016,” programs focused on novel thinking and fresh perspectives on law and legal education during a time of profound change in the legal profession.
By 2015 AALS President Blake D. Morant
“The theme of this annual meeting, “innovation through challenge,” rings true. I have seen law schools all over the country continue to evolve and progress, even in the midst of extreme challenges. There are two words that typify what I believe have been the cornerstones of my year as president of this wonderful association: voice and innovation. With regard to voice, the association has become a tenable voice for American legal education. Never has there been a time when that voice has been more critical than today.”
By Melinda Price
For this edition of “Spotlight on Sections,” AALS spoke with the leadership of the Section on Constitutional Law about their programming at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting and other section activities.
By Melinda Price
For this edition of “Spotlight on Sections,” AALS spoke with the leadership of the Section on International Law about their programming at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting and other section activities.
This conference focuses on the role of clinics in communities and the role of communities on clinics. The conference will feature a variety of formats: plenaries, concurrent sessions, working groups, and workshops.
The AALS House of Representatives voted on the recommendation of the Membership Review Committee and the AALS Executive Committee. The committees cited UCI Law’s thorough demonstration of the numerous requirements for AALS membership, including strong academic record and commitment to scholarship in its recommendation to accept the school’s application to become a member.
The AALS House of Representatives elected Paul Marcus, William & Mary Law School, as 2016 President-Elect and Alicia Alvarez, University of Michigan Law School, and Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean, Boston College Law School, as new members of the AALS Executive Committee.
The 34th Workshop for New Law School Teachers will be held June 9-11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed for new law teachers regardless of subject area. Law teachers enter the academy on different paths, but also have much in common as they begin their careers.
The Association of American Law Schools is pleased to request proposals for the Symposium to be held at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. These programs are full- or half-day sessions focusing on in-depth scholarly exploration of a topic of academic interest.
AALS is seeking proposals for open submission programing at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.